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  • 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....

  • 8 of the geekiest and most exciting cars of 2013

    The state of the global economy has had the entire world shaken up. People have been saying horrific things like, "The day of the supercar is over." Well I can tell you that a day may come when the world has no more eccentric, adrenaline pumping cars, but it is not this day. This year will see some of the most highly anticipated cars in some time, as well as something gangster from the East. Here is a taste of some of the most exciting cars that will grace the face of the planet this year. Read more on Gearburn....

  • Trouble brewing: China’s Qihoo faces special investigation by Apple

    At the start of last week, all the 20+ iOS apps made by Chinese software company and search engine Qihoo vanished from Apple’s App Store -- and they still haven’t been restored. According to multiple sources in one Chinese media report, Qihoo is in big trouble with Apple for systematic abuses of its iOS ecosystem. This is not just about manipulating App Store rankings -- which Qihoo was allegedly caught doing last year -- but also, it is claimed, for encouraging the jailbreaking of iPhones by the way that Qihoo often makes its apps available as single file downloads...

  • Super Bowl 47: an advertising paradise

    Super Bowl. The month of January is a 31 day inconvenience before February ushers in the greatest advertising showcase in American history. If you like, you can watch the football too. For car makers, it is a chance to out do one another with the most memorable story told in two minutes or less. It's a big deal. Two years ago Volkswagen’s "Boy Vader" ad tugged at the world's heartstrings, a veritable win on the cute and creative scale. Last year Chrysler decided that the American people needed to know it was halftime and it was Clint Eastwood's job...

  • Emerging markets help push Wikipedia past 3bn monthly mobile users

    Wikipedia has passed three-billion monthly mobile page views for the first time in its history, driven largely by growth in emerging market countries. The crowd-sourced encyclopedia, which has become the go-to repository for all our information needs, reports that 14.5% of its page views are now via mobile. That represents a 4.6% increase from a year ago and a massive leap from the 500-million or so mobile page views it was getting just two years ago. Mobile is also where Wikipedia has seen the most growth among non-English speaking users. A couple of years ago, 71% of Wikipedia's mobile users...

  • Twitter got mention in 50% of Super Bowl ads, with 24m game tweets

    It seems almost impossible to find commercials these days that don't have some form of social reference. Brands are always throwing their Facebook pages, Twitter handles and Insatgram stream at people. It's now part of the norm. There is no bigger place to make a big splash than the Super Bowl, arguably the biggest sporting event in the United States. According to Marketing Land 50% of this year's ads had Twitter references beating out all other social networks. Marketing Land says that this is a huge change from the previous year when both Facebook and Twitter only got mentioned eight times...

  • Apple app store vanity urls unveiled in ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Super Bowl ad

    Among the tech companies that rolled out adverts during The Superbowl (the advertisers take it as seriously as the football fans) was Apple. During the extravaganza we did however get a glimpse of a new Apple product. During a promo for the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness, it was revealed that the Cupertino-based tech giant now has vanity urls for the app store. At the end of the ad, Paramount flashed the url for the film's promo app. Rather than the usual array of seemingly random numbers and letters, appstore.com/startrekapp came up. As Cnet notes, the function...

  • Landmark ruling means South Africans can now sue each other over Facebook posts

    A ruling by a South African judge means people in that country can sue for defamation over posts about them on Facebook. The man sued a woman who he was formerly close to after she wrote slanderous remarks about him on her Facebook timeline. In her post, the woman wrote: I wonder too what happened to the person who I counted as a best friend for 15 years and how the behaviour is justified. ... Remember I see the broken-hearted faces of your girls every day. ... Should we blame the alcohol, the drugs the church or are they more reasons...

  • The internet is an extreme sport, so expect injuries

    It's a funny moment when you realise that the internet has changed your body. I was burning through another late night session of League of Legends last year when I noticed a dull pain in my right arm. The next morning, I was at a computer again for work and the dull pain had developed into full-on searing agony. I have been living with this pain, on and off like some hellish velcro girlfriend, for about six months. There isn’t a lot of data available about computer injuries, or as the professionals now call them, “work-related upper limb disorders”. A...

  • Who owns your social media account and community when you resign?

    There have been a number of court cases that have taken place recently concerning the ownership of social media accounts and associated contacts and content. This is a very contentious issue and is not always easily resolved. The question of ownership can be quite tricky especially if the owner of a social media account grew their community and developed content at the expense of their employer. I was contacted by a young lady recently who faces a dilemma. She was employed by a recruitment company and during her tenure, created a LinkedIn account and connected with thousands of individuals,...

  • Google’s evil plan and loving BlackBerry developers: top stories you should read

    This week's round-up of some of the top tech stories on the web will introduce you to the team behind Square and the VP who was responsible for making sure BlackBerry's revamped app store had 70 000 apps at launch. It also shares share discussions around the pros and cons of Google's self-driving cars and what may just be its real mission on earth. Off you go then, these articles aren't going to read themselves. Meet the man who would make BlackBerry apps cool VP of developer relations at BlackBerry isn't an easy job -- but Alec Saunders has pulled...