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  • Apple stock surges to new record high after trial victory

    Boom. If you've got Apple stock then its court victory against Samsung should have had you fist pumping at your desk. This morning, the Cupertino-based tech giant's stock rose to a record high. The stock opened at US$680 a share on what was the first day of trading since the ruling. That's up around US$5 a share from the previous record, which it hit last week. As TechCrunch notes, it also gives it a new record market capitalisation of US$637-billion. The trial jury declared victory for Apple in the trial in a case which focused on Apple’s claim that Samsung...

  • Spotify clone Simfy now live in South Africa

    German-based Spotify clone Simfy is now live for users in South Africa. That means that anyone in the country can now try out the service for two weeks, before committing to a full account. Monthly membership costs will set them back R60 a month, with discounts offered for each additional month that people pay in one go. The German-based company boasts over 18-million songs in its library, including content from all four of the major record labels -- Sony Music, Universal, EMI, and Warner. Alongside its label affiliation it also has partnerships with the Merlin Network and aggregators...

  • App.net gets first mobile client in form of Hooha

    Subscription-based social network App.net has its first third-party mobile client in the shape of Hooha, available now on the Google Play Store. According to The Next Web, the app was built by Australian developer The Modern Ink and released over the weekend. Like App.net Hooha is in Alpha, but it still looks pretty slick. The app includes tabs for viewing rolling stream, mentions and global posts. You can do all the usual social networking app stuff like follow people, view their user profiles and share links to Hooha from other Android apps. According to The Next Web, the app developer...

  • Content is king comes of age

    The term “Content is king” has been floating around the internet since 1996, when Bill Gates said in a speech that ‘Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting.’ But over the past decade and a half, this hasn’t exactly been the case. Content has been devalued to the extent that people have expected to get it for no charge. From written copy, to music, images and video -- there’s been a generally accepted status quo that it’s okay to access this content without having...

  • Who really won the check-in Olympics?

    So you thought that the Olympics were over? Well you were right -- but there is no end to Olympic-themed analysis, especially by companies all over London who had a lot riding on many foreigners making their way through their doors during the 2012 London Olympic Games. So if like me you are incredibly skeptical about the actual value that “checking in” can bring; then you might need to think through your objections and open up a bit to the location-based social phenomenon! Picture it. London. 2012. (I might be showing my age with the Sophia from Golden Girls like intro...

  • Samsung claims innovation high ground in wake of Apple trial result

    While Apple's lawyers and top brass are likely still to wake up from their victory hangovers, Samsung's still standing pretty much where it was going "but, but, but..." After a US jury found in favour of Apple in a patent trial between the two companies, Samsung has released details of an internal memo claiming that it is the one pushing innovation over litigation. In the memo, the Korean company, which got hit to the tune of US$1-billion in the trial verdict, says its US rival's “primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit...

  • Entrepreneurship — some people just don’t get it

    I heard a story this week that raised my blood pressure and left me fuming at another great injustice. Unfortunately there is very little I can do about it. Kicking the dog would not be PC (and after all, it’s not her fault); stamping my foot makes me feel like a child and waving my fist in the air while shouting at the universe... well, it didn’t do anything the last few times so that’s out too. So instead, I’m venting through my keyboard. 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");

  • On the move with Samsung’s WB150F Smart Camera

    With technology changing at an amazing rate, I often stand astonished at the offerings that become available, sometimes in a much understated way, and the US$200 Samsung WB150F Smart Camera is no exception. This little camera comes neatly packaged in a box that could resemble that of a cellphone. Inside the box you will find the camera, a battery, AV cable, USB cable and power adaptor, a handy quick start guide and a CD-ROM containing the user manual and the Intelli-Studio software. 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");

  • Google: Samsapple has nothing to do with Android

    Looks like Google is doing its outright damnedest to distance itself from the recently ended Samsapple trial. The internet giant claims that "most" of the patents at issue in the trail have nothing to do with the core of Android. Google's implicit involvement in the trial stems from the fact that Samsung is the largest company to use its Android mobile operating system. The statement is non-committal and also points out that several of the patents that were subject to the trail are currently under review by the US patent office: The court of appeals will review both infringement...

  • Super speed Nexus 7 pumps out 2GHz

    It's already one of the top contenders in the tablet market, but now XDA-Developer Clemsyn has made it even more sought after by squeezing every little drop of performance out of it. To achieve the claimed 2GHz processor speed for the Tegra 3 chip, an Elite Kernel is used. It isn't without risk, however. The builder has said that he doesn't quite trust it with the public yet, because it won't necessarily work on every Nexus 7. 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");

  • SA domain names about to get pricier with tougher rules

    If you own a website, your domain name is vital. Without it, you're just a series of dots and numbers. And if you're a business, having a regional domain can be pretty important too. If you're a large multi-national for instance, you can make sure people are directed to your presence in their country. But maintaining those different domains can be difficult, especially if every country's playing with different rules. That's why the decision by the ZA Central Registry (ZACR), manages and administers the .co.za domain name space, to change its guidelines to reflect international guidelines is probably a good...

  • Samsapple: jury finds in favour of Apple

    The nine-strong jury in the Apple/Samsung patent war delivered a decisive victory to Apple when it found in its favour after days of deliberation. The jury awarded the Cupertino-based giant US$1.05-billion in damages, "providing ammunition for more legal attacks on its mobile-device rivals," reports the Wall Street Journal. The case focused around Apple's claim that Samsung “slavishly” copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad). Samsung countered with the simple defence that it didn't. The California jury found that several of Samsung's devices had infringed Apple's software and design patents. But dismissed Samsung's claims that several of its patents...

  • Klout’s no good and here’s why

    I was recently shocked to see social media thinker David Graham say that the sentiment around Klout is going to change. If anything, the sentiment around Klout is going to die off as more people realise the algorithm and methodologies behind it are seriously flawed. Klout adds impetus to the saying that "there is no truth, only perception" because it acts as a mouthpiece for it -- showing users what it perceives to be the truth about their online personas. This filter of perception isn't infallible either, it's incredibly easy to game it. Yesterday I logged in and gave John Beale...

  • 6 tips for famous tweeting animals: a tribute to Solly the hippo

    Over the past few days, the story of a hippo trapped in a pool had people in South Africa captivated. As is the case with many newsworthy animals nowadays, "the hippo" (christened Solly) started tweeting about what he was going to do once he got out of the pool. Unfortunately rescue workers were not able to save Solly, who died today. Word is that he will continue tweeting in ghost form. In a bid to give him -- and any other animal -- the best start possible, the Sandton Pythons (who escaped from their Johannesburg homes in early 2012...

  • The social media playground: we’re the kids, brands are the adults

    Let’s imagine all social media platforms are a massive playground and all the millions of users are running around inside of it, climbing on things, playing games and exchanging conversation. Now imagine there’s an adult watching over the kids, keeping an eye over their every move, making notes of their behavior -- what games they are playing, what they are talking about and with whom. The “adult” represents big companies and brands and “kids” the general public and users of social media platforms. One increasingly hears of and sees a new Facebook game or competition that a brand has implemented on...