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  • LG sells 1m flagship Optimus G smartphones, is miles behind big rivals

    LG's flagship Optimus G, the smartphone that runs on Qualcomm Inc.'s Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, has sold more than one-million units since its release four months ago, reports Yonhap News. Sales started in Korea in September 2012, before moving to the rest of the world in October. While this is a good and fairly solid performance for LG, it is also quite revealing of how distantly far behind the rest of the world's mobile manufacturers are against the big guys, Samsung and Apple. The Galaxy S III, for instance, sold 10-million units in less than two months and has achieved...

  • Mobile ad revenue to grow 400% by 2016, will be worth $24.5bn

    Well now, it looks like mobile advertising is no longer the young upstart desperately trying to convince people of its merits. This year, it's set to bring in US$11.4-billion in revenue, growing by 400% a year to hit US$24.5-billion in 2016. Those numbers, from tech research company Gartner, are however meaningless without a little context. By way of comparison, fellow research company Forester estimated that online advertising was worth US$12.7-billion in 2012. Mobile is catching up to online in a big way. According to Gartner, mobile search -- including paid positioning on maps and various forms of augmented reality,...

  • Nokia cuts another 300 jobs, is set to outsource 820 more

    Just as things were looking up for Nokia, the company has announced that it's going to cut another 300 jobs and will potentially outsource a further 820. The struggling Finnish phone manufacturer says the cuts are part of the new focused strategy it announced back in June 2012. That plan calls for it cut at least 10 000 jobs in its mobile division by the end of this year. These planned cuts follow on from an earlier plan to eliminate about 14 000 jobs worldwide, reports The Wall Street Journal. The news comes in the wake of some better...

  • Amazon takes on iTunes: launches MP3 store for iPhone, iPod Touch

    Looks like Amazon's trying to take a bite out of Apple's dominance of on-device music sales. The online retail giant today launched a new HTML5 MP3 web store for the iPhone and iPod touch. Amazon says store, which is specially formatted for the devices, is designed to run seamlessly on Safari. It also reportedly offers personalised recommendations, Amazon ratings and bestseller lists. According to The Next Web, as soon as a user makes a purchase, the track is transferred to their Amazon Cloud Player account and can be played back using the Cloud Player Music App, which is available...

  • Mobilising the masses: getting responsive web design for mobile right

    The term “responsive design” is being bantered all around the online community at the moment as the ultimate technology solution to dealing with multiple screen sizes and resolutions across mediums like desktop and mobile and is being confusingly associated with the use of HTML5. Firstly, we need to separate the terms responsive design and HTML5 as they are not mutually exclusive. Responsive design is a methodology, not a technology, whereas HTML5 is one possible enabler to perform responsive design but it is one of many solutions and not necessarily the best solution. So what’s the actual need for responsive design? With...

  • The 4 most common methods of calculating pay-per-click ROI

    Understanding the various ways to calculate Pay Per Click (PPC) ROI (return on investment) is imperative for anyone online who wants to benefit from an increase in sales rather than just getting more leads. Before we go on, lead generation can be the goal and then optimisation can be done based on the conversion rate, but for more than lead generation, it is important to understand which method is the most applicable to determine the ROI on advertising. Before we can fully understand the ways for calculating Pay Per Click ROI, we need to understand ROI. For most of you...

  • Next-gen console madness from Sony and Microsoft

    How many years have we been speculating about the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Five years? Ten? How long have the rumours been flying around not only about their specs, but their names? PS4, Orbis, Xbox 720, Infinity, Durango, Loop -- we’ve heard them all. Let's be honest, we really don’t know much about these consoles at all, but we can speculate 'til the cows come home based on bits of information we gleaned while scouring the internet for official press releases. Let us begin with the PS4. 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");

  • China’s internet users spent 19m years on social media in 2012

    If you're not careful, Chinese internet stats can leave you feeling a little dizzy. The latest social media numbers to come out of the country are no exception. According to a new report from multi-national "conversation agency" We Are Social, internet users in the Asian superpower spent 19-million years online in 2012. That's not necessarily because they're completely addicted to social, (although engagement on micro-blogging service Sina Weibo did completely trounce that of Twitter during the Olympic opening ceremony) either. The numbers are based on an estimated average of 46 minutes a day spent on social media. It's more...

  • Are YouTube (and Google) investing in VEVO?

    Google, through YouTube, is in the final stages of investing in video site VEVO, reports AllThingsD. VEVO has been a YouTube content partner for a while now and hosts many celebrity channels on the video sharing platform. VEVO was founded in 2009 and is a joint venture music video website operated by Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media with EMI licensing its content to the group without taking an ownership stake. According to people familiar with the matter, YouTube and Google have agreed to buy a minority stake in VEVO and are currently waiting to finalise...

  • HelpBridge: the Microsoft app that lets people know you’re okay in a disaster

    Microsoft has unveiled a new app called HelpBridge, which it claims will help people connect with those that matter most to them during a natural disaster. The app, which is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS is based on Windows Azure and has two basic settings. The first allows you to let your friends and loved ones know you're okay during a natural disaster via an SMS, email or a message to your Facebook wall. The second meanwhile uses the same avenues to let people know you need help. HelpBridge reportedly enables you to build a list of...

  • US Attorney’s office finally speaks out about Aaron Swartz

    The suicide of Aaron Swartz rocked the internet and has dominated online conversation over the last few days. The Reddit co-founder hanged himself in his New York apartment after receiving news that he could've faced 35-years in jail for distributing academic journals protected by paywalls. Since Swartz' passing, there have been several voices blaming US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, saying that her office's intense prosecution led to the 26-year-old's death. A whitehouse.gov petition with nearly 40 000 signatures calls for the removal of Ortiz. Swartz' family also released a statement linking the prosecution to their son's suicide. "Aaron’s death is not simply...

  • Studentology’s mobile payment app attracts international investor attention

    In November last year, eleven promising startups boarded a plane bound for London where they would be introduced to potential investors and mentors. The eleven, chosen as part of Silicon Cape's incubation programme, pitched to a panel of investors that included the Mamba Mentors, a group of South African expats who were also involved in previous pitching rounds. One of the startups, Studentology, a student marketing company with a mobile payment solution, caught the eye of Mamba member, Haji Chana. Chana has a background in private equity, management consulting and investment banking, having worked at Blackstone Group, Mckinsey & Company...

  • ‘App store’ still under fire as Apple, Amazon trade punches over the name

    Apple and Amazon have a trial date set for later this year as the dispute over the term "app store" continues. Amazon has the Appstore, Apple the App Store. The Cupertino-based company is claiming exclusive rights to use the term "App Store", as Amazon found out last year. The judge in charge, US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, has however ordered the two companies to come to a settlement, saying: "No participant in the settlement conference will be permitted to leave the settlement conference before it is concluded." Executives from the two companies, with full authority to negotiate and settle the...

  • John Sculley: Apple needs to focus on emerging markets

    So Apple's adamant that it has no intention of building a low-cost iPhone, but if former CEO John Sculley is to be believed that philosophy could eventually cost the company its spot at the top of the tech pile. In an interview with Bloomberg, the man who led Apple between 1983 and 1993 warned that the market for the iPhone in developed countries in Europe and the Americas was fast becoming saturated. If the company is to survive, he said, it will have to focus on emerging markets and that means diversifying its line-up of devices: “Apple needs...

  • US developer outsources his job to China so he can watch cat videos at work

    Straight from the corner of the web that is populated with stories so crazy there's no way they could have been made up comes a case study laid out in a blog post by Verizon's security team. According to the report, last year, one of their clients asked them to investigate a suspicious connection recorded in its VPN (Virtual Private Network) logs, which suggested that someone was logging in with an employee's credentials from China. Even while the employee was sitting at his desk in his office in the US. The security team says the company thought that somehow...