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  • Facebook trumps Twitter in pushing traffic to news sites

    You've seen those "Like", "Recommend" and share buttons strategically planted on news sites and blogs, big and small, encouraging users to share content to their personal social networks. Well, according to a new study by research group Pew these social sharing icons are playing a big part in sending an increasing chunk of the internet's traffic to these news sites. The study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at the behaviour of news consumers online during the first nine months of 2010 using audience statistics from the Nielsen Co. The study looked at the 25 most...

  • Research reveals a growth in eCommerce site development

    There has been considerable growth in the eCommerce development sector in the first quarter of 2011 with regard to freelance projects. This is according to the latest quarterly report from DoNanza, the Israeli-based search engine which aggregates information from freelance sites such as elance, odesk and others on related online projects. The quarterly report, which is released on Monday 9 May, focuses on eCommerce freelance jobs and required skills. The data was gathered from more than 150 000 projects on hundreds of marketplaces and sites from all across the web. The report shows a 27% increase in the total number of...

  • Android steams ahead in US

    Smartphones powered by Google software widened their lead on BlackBerry handsets in the US market during the first three months of the year, industry tracker comScore reported on Friday. At the same time, Android is growing quickly in Europe, taking market share from Symbian. Android smartphones dethroned BlackBerry in January by capturing 31.2 percent of the US market and that share grew to 34.7 percent by the end of March, according to comScore. BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) lost ground in the quarter, ending March with 27.1 percent of the US market. Apple was close behind RIM...

  • Social Media, a non-event at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa

    Social media was certainly officially present, but not fussed over at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa which was held in Cape Town, South Africa. Without any specific headline focus on technology, the keynote plenary session kicked off with South African President Jacob Zuma as leaders assessed the rise of emerging markets in "the new global reality". While Zuma and others discussed the implications of emerging markets on the future of the world's economy, Rajiv J. Share from the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, reminded everyone of one critical driver of the emerging markets...

  • Does retweeting make you an activist or a slacktivist?

    The online space is vastly contested space. News, memes, injustices and celebrity weddings are constantly competing for your attention. Destiny Man magazine editor, Kojo Baffoe recently tweeted, "deluge of opinion, flurries of indignation and concern, until the next thing. How quickly we move on. How quickly we forget". In times past, to be part of a movement or to think of oneself as an activist was to actively engage for extended periods of time with whatever your particular cause of choice was. This didn't necessarily mean that one had to be a Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr or Mohandas...

  • Q&A: John Waibochi on mobile and Nokia’s future in Africa

    Kenyan innovator, John Waibochi, is best known for his Nokia million dollar award at the international Nokia World and Developer Summit in London in 2010. He has won many awards World Summit Award Mobile 2010, Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear and Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to name a few. Waibochi is the Managing Director of Virtual City Ltd, a mobility solutions company specialising in supply chain automation, knowledge Management and interactive solutions. The company is helping revolutionise Kenya's growing mobile culture. Waibochi, talked to Memeburn about mobility in Africa and Nokia's future on the continent ahead...

  • With Apple and Android artists switch from easels to touch-screens

    3D design, engineering and entertainment software developer, Autodesk, has released a major update to drawing software, SketchBook Pro. This update now has artists switching from pencils and paints to virtual canvasses on iPhones or iPad tablet computers. SketchBook Pro software upgrades were crafted to take advantage of improved features in second-generation iPads, recently unleashed on the world by California-based Apple. "This is the biggest release we've had since last year when the iPad launched", SketchBook product line manager Chris Cheung said on Friday at a Digital Canvas exhibit of art made using the application. "It is more productive and, as...

  • US lawmakers plan ‘Do Not Track’ bill

    US lawmakers announced plans on Friday to introduce "Do Not Track" legislation that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia said his "Do Not Track Online Act of 2011" will offer a "simple, straightforward way for people to stop companies from tracking their every move on the Internet". "Consumers have a right to know when and how their personal and sensitive information is being used online -- and most importantly to be able to say 'no thanks' when companies seek to gather that information without their...

  • Is there a death looming for cinematic releases thanks to a tech-savvy world?

    Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Sony Entertainment, are planning to introduce a premium video-on-demand service that will allow users to stream movies on their computers/TV screens just six to eight weeks after their cinematic release dates. For consumers, it means a night on the couch with the latest releases instead of filling a chair in a movie-theatre. Cinemas, however, aren’t quite enamored with the idea. And can anyone blame them? The only real hitch to the whole concept seems to be the price: new releases will be available for rental for US$30, a fair way higher than what...

  • You’ve got mail: A look at some email milestones [Infographic]

    Social media is increasingly dominating our communication patterns. Thanks to instant messaging, text messaging, social networking and email we can communicate with world without having stepped a toe outside our bedrooms. The role email is playing in today's communication arena is growing quite rapidly according to a new survey commissioned by Microsoft. The software giant recruited market research firm MarketTools to conduct a new survey on email, social tools and other means of online communication. The firm polled 1 268 professionals and students all ranging from 18 and older. "Just as email didn’t kill the telephone and video didn’t kill...

  • South African venture capital exit to US technology giant

    Graceful exits are often unreported, but one South African venture capital company has done it smoothly with seemingly positive effects for the local emerging markets environment in which it operates. PoweredbyVC, which manages the South African venture capital portfolio of HBD, has concluded the exit of its CSense Systems (Pty) Ltd to US based GE Intelligent Platforms. CSense has been behind rapid process troubleshooting and process improvement software solutions that aim to enhance the performance of industrial processes by indentifying problems before they occur. The latest deal sees GE Intelligent Platforms having now acquired the technology assets of CSense,...

  • The Enormous Nano-size Watch

    When the sixth generation iPod nano came out, it took about four nanoseconds for most beholders of its skinny elegant square form and the classic-looking analogue clock screensaver to think, “Hmmm…that could make a nice watch if you stuck a band on it.” An American designer called Scott Wilson (Minimal) got straight to work, designing a machined aluminium case with a strap, and pushed it out onto the Kickstarter funding network to see if the idea had legs. It did. Legs like a millipede. He needed US$15 000 to go into production, and by the time the first round was over,...

  • WSJ launches a possible WikiLeaks rival with SafeHouse

    The Wall Street Journal has launched SafeHouse - "Securely share information with The Wall Street Journal." It asks: "If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to us using the SafeHouse service." It's an interesting concept but one with a problem: anonymity. It's tough for a reporter to pursue an anonymous tip. It's even tougher to wade through documents if you don't know what to look for, what the story is. That's why using "sources," in which the reporter guarantees anonymity, is more than half the battle to getting a...

  • The story of the Martin Luther King ‘quote’

    The death of Osama Bin Laden has already brought one man Sohaib Athar, the man who “unwittingly” gave the world a front row seat to Bin Laden's death and unexpected fame. However, yet another person has now received their 15mb of fame kudos to the death of Bin Laden. In a strange twist of irony, after Osama Bin Laden was literally bombarded, figuratively, so have we. The news on Bin Laden that has been most discussed has ranged from the serious -- such as questions on how will his death affect the War on Terror -- to the not...

  • Complicated email — There’s no central authority

    Earlier this year Facebook announced a 95% reduction in certain kinds of spam. Taken at face(book) value, that sounds like a tremendous breakthrough, but there’s less here than meets the eye, because the “certain kinds” are basically only those that are internal to Facebook, and the solutions are hard to generalise to the broader spam problem. What Facebook has done is essentially allow users to provide feedback about which messages from Facebook applications are unwanted. By consolidating such feedback, Facebook can block further unwanted messages to most other users, and even sometimes completely block an antisocial application. If Facebook can be...