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  • Defying Facebook: which emerging market social networks will stand tall?

    Social networking stalwart Facebook claims one-billion users. That’s around a seventh of the population of the planet. Sometimes it’s easy to believe the internet is comprised solely of Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. But what about more regional social networks, mobile social networks and specifically those with a strong foothold in emerging markets? How do they stack up against the behemoth that is Facebook? According to Italian social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza although Facebook’s star is still ascending around the world, there are pockets of the globe where the social networking giant does not claim number one position. Cosenza’s been tracking these...

  • 3 simple things to remember about being influential on social media

    Millions of updates are shared on social media every day and years worth of content is spread along with it. When we log in to Twitter we are greeted with "What's happening?" On Facebook it's with "What's going on?” Social media demands content from us and is driven by user-generated content, but it adds a lot of noise across the social media channels we are using and on the social web. Some organisations sport hundreds of followers and unique visitors to their blog every month while others have thousands of followers and generate so much more unique traffic. Which one...

  • 10 VCs you should be pitching to right now

    So you're a startup, and you have a great idea. In fact, your idea is going to change the world. It's better than Facebook. But you have no money. You need a venture capital firm to take pity on your poor soul (and make a truck load of cash from your great idea). South Africa's venture capital space is growing quite nicely. With startups funded by the country's firms exiting to big multinationals like Visa, it's no wonder the startup scene in South Africa has a seemingly cool visage. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • 10 gadgets you never knew you’d always wanted

    Geeks, we love our gadgets and in honour of 2013, and just because it’s so damn cool, we've listed the hottest, weirdest and coolest gadgets for the year. Onwards to glory. JetLev Flyer It’s a jetpack, but instead of using weapons-grade rocket fuel, it uses regular water which is obviously much cheaper and can be acquired without some sort of government agency interference. It’ll cost you about R2-million (with free delivery, what a deal), but think of all the cash and bureaucratic inconvenience you’ll save in the longer term. Plus you’ll always be remembered as that guy who spent a couple...

  • Did BlackBerry miss a trick with the launch of BB10?

    BlackBerry might just have missed a trick with the recent launch of BlackBerry 10. No not with the devices -- those were largely well-received -- but with the countries it chose to hold the launch in. The launch event represented a new start for the company that once ruled the smartphone roost. Out went the name Research in Motion (RIM) and all the negative connotations that came with it. In came a couple of exciting new devices. At the time, the decision to launch almost simultaneously in seven countries (USA, UK, South Africa, India, Indonesia, France...

  • Forget native versus web: half of all apps to be hybrid by 2016

    When it comes to building apps, there are two dominant lines of thought: go native -- that is build an app specifically for an OS -- or build a web app (most likely using HTML 5). The fight between the two hasn't always been easy. Facebook used HTML 5 for its mobile apps for a long time. When it went native, Mark Zuckerberg said he regretted not doing so sooner. “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native,” he said. “It just wasn't ready”. There is however a...

  • Twitter buys social TV analytics company Bluefin Labs

    Twitter is really taking this social television business quite seriously. Last year it partnered with research house Nielsen to launch "Nielsen Twitter TV Rating". The project was launched for the US market and allowed the companies to deliver a metric for gauging TV conversation reach on the social network. Now Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, reports Business Insider. Rumoured to be in the region of US$800-million, this is the social network's largest acquisition to date. If the rumours are true it means a big pay day for investors. "Bluefin Labs has raised US$20.5-million to date,...

  • A farewell to clones? China’s first Dropbox copycat closes

    China’s first major Dropbox clone was created by Chinese web company Shanda back in 2010. Shanda was previously best known for its e-book store and online gaming, but with the Shanda Everbox file storage service the company started to push into cloud-oriented apps. But Shanda has now announced that Everbox is shutting down, effective March 1st. A notice on the Everbox site suggests that users migrate their data this month before the closure deadline. New registrations, as well as new uploads for current users, have been ceased. The announcement says that the cloud storage capabilities will be “incorporated into the...

  • Chrome and Firefox talk to each other

    Here is one for the developers. It's always nice when tech companies play nice together, especially when both companies are in direct competition. Google and Mozilla decided to have a bit of chat via WebRTC, says the Chrome blog. According to the blog post, Web-Real-Time Communication is a new set of technologies that brings clear crisp voice, sharp high-definition (HD) video and low-delay communication to the web browser. It has proven quite popular in open source circles. The service allows developers to include real-time video calling and data sharing capabilities into their products. "In order to succeed, a web-based communications platform...

  • Dell’s road to buyout almost at an end

    It's getting to crunch time for computer maker Dell. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, the company is close to inking a US$23-billion deal to take itself private at between US$13.50 and US$13.75 a share. Rumours have been flying around about the possibility of the company going private for a while now with several large banks reported to have approached Dell about financing an offer. Word on the street is that Dell's board met last night to vote on the matter. According to Bloomberg the deal could be announced any day now with bigwigs like...

  • Another blog for the family: AOL buying gdgt?

    According to TechCrunch, AOL is looking to add another tech-centric property to the family. The word on the web is that AOL is making a play for gadget review site gdgt, founded by Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas and former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block. The report says that the internet and media company is in the final stages of inking the deal, according to people familiar with the matter. So far neither gdgt or AOL has commented on the rumours, which is interesting as they come from an AOL-owned site. According to TechCrunch, "Gdgt's parent company PastFuture has raised some US$3.7-million from...

  • Netflix plays its $100-million ‘House of Cards’

    Streaming site Netflix has set its sights on producing original content to contend with the likes of HBO. House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, a 13-episode political drama, was released in its entirety on 1 Feb. 2013. This is a big step for online streaming (and Netflix) as its business model has previously involved paying for the streaming rights of content made and belonging to other distributors and creators. With monthly subscriptions starting from just US$7.99, it’s hard to see how Netflix could fund a US$100-million show (cost of two seasons). After all that is over 500 000 subscriptions for over...

  • Marketing to other businesses? Here’s where your digital priorities should lie

    Marketing budgets the world over have been squashed and marginalized, forcing people to focus their efforts on those areas which are going to give them the greatest return on their investments. So what should you be focusing on in 2013 -- and more specifically and how does this filter down to you if you're talking to other businesses? The first amazing thing to note is that email marketing is, according to a recent eMarketer survey, a higher spending priority than social media and search marketing. This is however not an indication that the social media bubble is bursting – what...

  • Enough is enough: it’s time to bring back the small smartphone

    There is a clear trend with mobile phones that they just get bigger and bigger. Here’s my thing: I want a small smartphone. I recently tweeted about what kind of mobile phone size I’d want: I'd like a phone the size of an iPod nano. If Apple, or anyone else, creates that, I'm a given buyer!— Robert Nyman (@robertnyman) January 28, 2013 I figured it would be good to write a little about it, to expand on what I mean and also to cover some of the replies I got. Mobile phone size To begin with, I’d like a really small and lightweight mobile...

  • 7 things startups can learn from the Super Bowl

    If the Super Bowl was a startup, it would be the greatest and most successful startup in the world. The annual event is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States. Really you don't get higher than that. To be one of the final two teams on Super Bowl Sunday takes hard work, dedication and a certain level of skill that not everyone has. Even more to run a successful Super Bowl Sunday takes much more, the football is the easy part. Read more on Ventureburn....