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  • Apple’s Tim Cook thinks the best place for wearable tech is the wrist

    Ever wondered why the most likely rumors surrounding Apple and wearable tech have focused on a potential smartwatch? If that's the direction it chooses to go in, it won't be because Google got the jump on smart glasses (the smartwatch scene is already pretty crowded). More likely is that it's because the company thinks the wrist is the best place for wearable tech. Speaking at AllThingsD's D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he thinks wearable tech is “ripe for exploration”, but only if companies come up with compelling solutions. The most compelling of those solutions, in...

  • Apple looking to buy more companies [D11]

    What is it with tech giants? It seems acquisitions and acqui-hires are all the rage in Silicon Valley. Speaking at the AllThingD's D11 conference Apple CEO Tim Cook, in between discussing Number One Infinite Loop's tax issues, said that the company is in full shopping mode. According to Cook, in the last fiscal year the company bought a company every two to three months and it seems the pace has picked up since October. Apple has acquired nine companies in the current fiscal year, so it seems there is no slowing down for the tech giant. Though Cook doesn't...

  • How publishers can get ready for a programmatic advertising future

    Premium publishers around the world are faced with a set of very unique challenges that they are trying to overcome. There has never been such a dramatic growth of an advertising technology and automated advertising platforms as publishers are experiencing today, and the main aspect that is driving this growth is Real-Time Bidding technology. What is programmatic selling? Dina Zelikson, Digital Program Manager at Bluestem Brands, really sums it up nicely in here recent post on Adexchanger.com. "On the supply side, programmatic marketing is linked to ad monetization and ad serving, driven by the goal of maximizing yield. The retiring of...

  • Facebook cloning making the rounds in South Africa

    Received a friend request from someone you've already added on Facebook? Don't accept. There's a plague of Facebook profile cloning going around, and your information could be put at risk. That's the warning circulating between South Africa's millions of Facebook users, after reports that the number of incidents of impersonation on the service are on the rise. It's a low-tech version of identity theft that has been a problem worldwide for quite some time, but anyone with a 'friend' or two in the African country is likely to have witnessed a sharp spike in the number of users urging connections...

  • Digital advertising: it’s time to get real

    Digital advertising spend is increasing annually on a global scale and this global trend is being felt in emerging market countries too. According to statistics released from The MediaShop, the recorded advertising spend in a medium-sized country like South Africa totalled around R32-billion at the end of 2011, with digital advertising spend amounting to around R752.5-million of the total sum. Although still a small percentage, online advertising in the country is expected to grow at a rapid pace over the next three to five years. As audiences migrate from print to digital, and television audiences increasingly practice ‘multi-screen’ viewing,...

  • Sexism in tech: why gender needs to stop being an issue for female geeks

    The world of technology is exciting. It changes all the time and the opportunity to use your mind to create something new is right there for the taking. So why aren’t more women strolling in this space? We should be up there, using our unique way of thinking to add value and to start our own businesses. The problem is, women don’t feel very welcome in geeky circles and most would rather get a job where fighting to prove themselves every day isn’t a standard part of the job. You may be reading this article and thinking, “Oh brother...

  • Aspiring data journalist? This book is a must-read

    It was work in progress, but after almost one year and 40 'versions' later, Paul Bradshaw's 'Scraping for journalists' is published. Bradshaw is teaching at London City University and the City University at Birmingham, but he is also a respected data journalist and blogger at the Online Journalism Blog. And not without reason. You can order a copy of the work as an e-book, available in PDF, Mobi or Epub formats. Leanpub, where you can obtain a copy, has an interesting concept: it offers all the tools for the production and for the publishing of a book. You can make...

  • Google to launch blimps to carry wireless networks across Africa and Asia

    Google has made it public knowledge for some time that it wants to connect the world to the internet. The challenge of facilitating this in remote areas has seen the search giant come up with some seemingly unorthodox methods, such as its TV white space project in South Africa. Now it's extending the use of existing technologies to provide wireless networks across Africa and Asia with blimps. That's right -- blimps and, according to Wired, high-altitude balloons. The goal of these portable wireless networks is to serve the remote regions in sub-Saharan African and Southeast Asia that don't have the wired...

  • Buzzfeed’s launching a YouTube channel with CNN. No, really.

    It's the end of the web as we know it. The latest news to emanate from Buzzfeed HQ is that the social media marvel known for gifs, catchy lists and things like 'The Internet Has Peaked: Cat, On Roomba, Dressed As Shark, Chases Duck', is partnering with CNN to launch a YouTube presence using the news organisation's footage. Genius. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed COO Jon Steinberg said that the company plans to invest an "eight-digit sum" over the next two years in the channel, which will adapt chunks of CNN's archive into social media friendly...

  • Eric Schmidt on Google’s UK tax practices: ‘What we’re doing is legal’

    While Google's tax contributions in the UK continue to be under scrutiny, the search giant's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt recently quipped that he is "rather perplexed" by the debate. Despite questions surrounding ethics, Schmidt maintains that Google's tax practices in the UK are lawful. Schmidt was quoted on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week as saying: What we are doing is legal. I'm rather perplexed by this debate, which has been going in the UK for some time, because I view taxes as not optional. I view that you should pay the taxes that are legally required. It's not a...

  • Matt Mullenweg writes a love letter to WordPress on its 10th anniversary

    This is pretty adorable and one of the sweetest things we have seen on the internet. To mark the 10th anniversary of WordPress, founder Matt Mullenweg has written the most touching love letter to the world's most popular content management system (CMS). He begins his letter by remembering the early days as a teenager and how WordPress went from a "cute" platform so afraid of colour to becoming something so beautiful. The letter exposes Mullenweg's deep and personal relationship with building the CMS, his mistakes and his sense of guilt. He talks about being "supported" by the platform and...

  • The next tech giant to fall under EU scrutiny? That may be Apple

    The European Union seems to pretty much have its hands full investigating Google's suspected abuse of its market dominance, but now it may end up looking into Apple's practices too. The authority has sent out questionnaires to regional networks asking about everything from Apple's marketing practices to 4G requirements, which could lead to a formal investigation in the future. According to the Financial Times, the nine page document is designed to figure out if Apple's tactics are anti-competitive, and comes after some networks complained about the requirements the company sets for them. The questionnaire touches on aspects like whether Apple...

  • Samsung sets up a US patent office to protect its intellectual property

    When Apple takes you to the cleaners, you get prepared it seems. Korean tech giant Samsung has announced a US$25-million venture to set up Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT), its own Washington DC-based patents firm. According to a report from the Korea Times, the business opened its offices in March and it is the first time that Samsung has created an independent arm dedicated to just patents. "Patents are a good source of innovation and we also need to protect our intellectual property by strengthening our patent-related business," a Samsung spokesperson told the paper, confirming the US-based business. This new business...

  • 5 hot tips for using social media in the real estate industry

    The property industry is tougher than ever and estate agents need to find new ways to engage with potential buyers. Gone are the days where flashy bus stop ads or newspaper inserts will do the trick. Buyers are tech savvy and in order to stay in the game, as agents you need to be too. Like any activity, a successful strategy requires planning. Here are five tips that estate agents and members of the real estate industry can use to better their social media strategies. 1. Consistency is key The big thing about social media is that you need...

  • 7 habits of highly successful cloud-based medium businesses

    No, this is not going to be yet another article about cloud services and why, as a business owner, you should be embracing all things cloud-like. That ship has sailed. Medium-sized businesses are no longer asking if, but rather which components of their business they need to transfer to the cloud first. Indeed, around the world small and medium businesses (SMB) are set to spend up to US$100-billion on cloud services by 2014, according to research from AMI Partners. Further findings from Microsoft and Edge Strategies say that paid cloud services are expected to double in five years, while...