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  • Not safe for work content making its way to Twitter’s Vine app

    So apparently nothing is sacred on the internet. If you build it, they will use for porn. Twitter's new video sharing app seems to have become an unlikely portal for adult content, reports The Verge. The problem was first noticed by a number of ordinary people using the app: Friend: "So are people using Vine for porn yet?"Me: "Nah, I don't think so."Friend: "Check the hashtag #porn."Both: "Holy ****!"— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 27, 2013 The app, which is currently only available for iPhone and iPod Touch, allows users to create and share six-second long video clips. It seems that...

  • Twitter rolls out ad network in Middle East, North Africa

    Twitter is targeting the Middle East and North Africa in a big way. The social network has reportedly opened commercial operations in the UAE after its user base in the region more than tripled over the past year. According to The National, the social network will work with Egyptian-based ad agency Connect Ads to punt its sales products across the region. "It is one of our fastest-growing regions," said Twitter vice president of internal operations Shailesh Rao. "Twitter is used when events in the real world spark conversations online, be it unplanned events, natural disasters, politics or TV shows." While...

  • 6 reasons data is crucial to your social media strategy

    If your brand or company has a social media strategy, are you using and segmenting all of the data you can acquire? Did you know that with the data you can gather intelligence that can strengthen your campaign and help you find areas where you can improve on your strategy? The data that you can gather can be used to help you identify the positive and negative sentiment about your business, discover hidden opportunities, and find valuable information regarding your target audience that you can use to make sure your message reaches them and you can engage with them. This...

  • Beautifying Google and the story behind Siri: top tech stories you should read

    From the big G's revamp to the stories behind some major innovators: this instalment of our weekly tech round up features everything from Google's design evolution to Siri's little-known history and the story behind Samsung's now famous anti-iPhone 5 ad. Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution When Larry Page took over as CEO of the company he co-founded, he promised that all the Google products would be redesigned. And the team listened: they had two months to make all the various G-somethings look and feel like they were related, but still functional and, well, pretty. There was...

  • Microsoft’s quarterly earnings: things look okay, not great, just okay

    It's quarter report week for everyone and right on cue Microsoft has released its results. Based on the report, it seems that things are going okay at the Redmond-based giant. The company reported second quarter revenue of US$21.46-billion, operating income of US$7.77-billion, profit of US$6.38-billion, and diluted earnings of US$0.76 per share. Late last year, Microsoft made a big splash with its Windows 8 launch calling it a reimagining of Windows 8 and the PC industry. "Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and...

  • From Towning to Izikhothane: 7 SA Twitter terms that need to go global

    I love Twitter for many reasons -- in many ways, I’m in a relationship with it. But one of the things I value the most is the insight it has given me into the lives of my fellow human beings. I get to eavesdrop on conversations I’d never normally have the opportunity to hear, and because they’re between people who know each other, they’re more natural -- even if they are visible to others, who watch with their express permission (which, when you think of it, is just a little bit weird). In my line of work, I’d typically...

  • Series A crunch blah blah… Get over it. Learn from Africa’s example

    If you are a startup junkie (yes there is such a thing), chances are you have been hearing about the ominous Series A crunch. It's all anyone seems to be talking about these days -- the doomed startups that must find new ways to fund their businesses, the possible ways to do this and the investors giving advice on how to survive the dreaded crunch. The issue is so important that Forbes has posted two articles arguing opposite points. 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");

  • Marissa Mayer: Yahoo!’s future lies in personalised content and mobile

    Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is spilling some information about how she hopes to turn embattled internet giant around, reports Bloomberg. It seems that, just like company COO Henrique de Castro, said earlier this week, it is all about personalisation and content. Mayer wants Yahoo! to compete in the mobile space through strategic partnerships. "I think that it's really important," Mayer said of mobile. "If you look at what’s happening in terms of the shift to mobile, the number of mobile phones and smartphones in the world has tripled in five years. Tablet sales will outsell laptops this coming year,...

  • Samsung rounds off 2012 with $8-billion in operating profit in Q4

    It's no secret that Samsung had a pretty great 2012. The Korean manufacturer dominated the high-end smartphone market with its best selling Galaxy S III, and its Galaxy S range recently passed the 100-million sales mark. Now the financials are out: the company announced today that it made 29.05-trillion South Korean Won (around US$27-billion) in operating profit last year. The last three months of the year were just as good to the company: it made 8.84-trillion Won (approximately US$8-billion) in consolidated operating profit in the fourth quarter, up 10% from the previous period and in line with its expectations. Samsung's...

  • RIP 3D

    Is 3D dead? Should you be happy that new apparent replacement for HD is slowly being buried under four thousand pixel screens? The first time I went to a 3D movie it was, yes you guessed it, Avatar. It was grand. I can't say it was great, but grand it certainly was. It looked like it was heralding the newest, greatest step in movie history since the introduction of colour. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Samsung shipped a record 63.7m smartphones in Q4

    Samsung is in record-breaking form. According to tech research company IDC, the South Korean electronics giant consolidated its place at the top of the smartphone pile with a record-breaking Q4 and 2012 over all. As the mobile phone market in general flattens (it declined 0.2% over the whole of 2012), Samsung has been able to take advantage of the increased demand for smartphones. In the fourth quarter of 2012 it reportedly shipped a record 63.7-million smartphones, helping it to a total of 216-million for the year. IDC reckons that the company's "broad and deep line-up of Android smartphones", particularly...

  • Apple cuts Chinese supplier for employing 74 underage workers

    We’ve been looking at Apple’s annual ‘supplier responsibility’ reports for a few years now and, depressingly, it's still battling the same ingrained problems among its Chinese partners, most notably child labour, forced excessive worker hours, and poor safety conditions. Year in, year out. Apple’s newest report is out today, and it details the same grim scene. For example, Apple details that it found, in its site inspections, one Chinese company where there were “74 cases of workers under age 16.” That Apple supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics, has been terminated, and the 2013 report points out that it’s also...

  • Facebook cuts off friend-finding access to Twitter’s Vine app

    Well now. Hours after Twitter announced the launch of its six-second video sharing service Vine Facebook has blocked the ability to find friends on it. Anyone trying to add their Facebook friends on the service is now greeted with the message: "Vine is not authorized to make this Facebook request". Hmm...an app cutting off the ability to find friends on a rival social network. Now where have we heard that one before? As was the case when you lost the ability to find people you knew from Twitter on Instagram, this is an annoyance. It just makes it that...

  • Tencent’s WeChat looking to enter South African market with a bang

    This is potentially very big. Chinese internet giant Tencent is looking to take its massively successful instant messaging service WeChat to South Africa, where it will take on the likes of Mxit, Africa's largest mobile social network. WeChat has seen phenomenal growth in recent times. Last week, Tencent revealed that the company has passed the 300-million user mark, with the last 100-million having joined in the past three months. Much of that growth has been outside of China, with the service finding particular favour in other Asian markets. Now though, it looks like Tencent has its eyes set further...

  • Microsoft’s new IE ad: loads of nostalgia, no real message

    In case you missed it, 90s nostalgia is huge right now. If you want an indication of how huge, just go to comedy site Buzzfeed. Anyway, Microsoft's decided to tap into that nostalgia with its latest ad for Internet Explorer. The ad goes through a litany of fads, bad haircuts and toys: tamgotchis, snap bracelets and Hungry Hungry Hippos all make an appearance. Back then, Microsoft seems to be saying, things were simpler. The only social network was the Oregon trail, only big corporate types had mobile phones it was doing its level best to make sure you only...