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  • How has WordPress evolved as a business tool?

    WordPress as a business platform is not a new trend by any means. Successful businesses have been running on WordPress for a long time, what’s changed is how they do it and how easy it is to join them. Whether B2B or B2C, it should be the first choice CMS for existing businesses and new startups alike. Of course there is quite a bit more to it. One does not simply get set up on WordPress, configure a few plugins, sit back and get rich. To achieve success you need passion, drive, some skill and a product that people...

  • The future of computing? It’s Minority Report: Gartner

    Gartner is pretty good at predicting the future. In the first part of our interview with the company's head of research, Peter Sondergaard, we tackled a few predictions but mostly we chatted to him about Apple, Facebook and the current state of innovation. Gartner is a New York Exchange-listed information technology research and advisory firm based in United States. Gartner knows everything. It has predicted the future of pretty much all devices and all web experiences. So we decided it was worthwhile to ask Sondergaard to gaze into Gartner's crystal ball and give us some inside information. Sondergaard...

  • From Facebook’s Myspace moment to Gorilla Glass: 4 stories you have to read

    This week, the unthinkable happened: Myspace got cooler. But other stories were also told: from the turning fortunes of under-appreciated startups and the murky future of the world's biggest social network, to the little known history of the compound shattered in almost every drop test video on YouTube. Here are our picks for the best of the week. Facebook's Myspace moment: why Twitter is already bigger than Facebook Ok, so Twitter isn't actually bigger than Facebook in user numbers or total revenue, but the microblogging site is already thumping Facebook in a number of areas. Number one is, you guessed it,...

  • Hootsuite, Facebook & Myspace’s new features: pushing social collaboration

    The only constant in life is change, and in the world of social media no phrase rings more true. Things change and evolve at an astounding rate. And with every new development, sharing, entertainment and conversation has become that much easier, and powerful. The thing about social media is that it is, well, social. And that means that various brands, platforms and conglomerates are bound to pair up or revamp in an attempt for digital dominance. Here are three new endeavors that take digital collaboration the next level. 1. Hootsuite conversations HootSuite is a popular tool used to manage various...

  • 2go: SA startup you’ve never heard of crushes Facebook in Nigeria

    South African instant messaging startup 2go is getting some good traction in Nigeria. The company is reporting that it recently crossed the 10 million user mark. That’s a significant number seeing as Facebook has managed to attract just over five-million users in the Nigerian social networking market. The service claims to have more than 21-million registered users in total and is reporting an average of 50 000 new registration per day. Its biggest direct competitor, Mxit reported just over 50 million earlier this year. 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");

  • Is IE9 really the safest of the big browsers?

    It's pretty much a geek cliché these days: the only thing Internet Explorer's good for is downloading Chrome. Turns out though that it might actually be really good at keeping you safe from malware. In fact, a new study from security company NSS Labs suggests that Microsoft's browser may actually provide better cover against malware than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari combined. According to NSS, Internet Explorer "provides users with significant advantages", blocking 95% of malicious activity, while Chrome is a distant second, blocking only 33%. Safari and Firefox both block less than six percent. “Given Chrome’s prominence and increasing market...

  • Tim Cook apologises for Apple maps disaster

    So Tim Cook is sorry. The Apple CEO issued a public apology to consumers for the company's less than perfect maps app in iOS 6. Cook admitted that the app "fell short" of the desired Apple experience and he even suggested alternative apps that users can download in the meantime. Cook's suggestions include Bing, Mapquest, and Waze’s apps, as well as Google and Nokia’s mapping web apps. According to the CEO, more than 100-million people have upgraded to the new OS and are actively using Apple's new Maps app. He says that users currently have searched for more than...

  • Microsoft strengthing social search with a stake in Klout

    It seems Klout isn't stupid after all... at least, Microsoft doesn't seem to think so. The software giant has inked a deal with the social reputation startup to help strengthen its social search and online influence for an undisclosed amount. This partnership with Microsoft will help the startup create a product and business relationship with the Bing team, along with some new funding. According to a blog post by Bing's Corporate Vice President's Derrick Connell, it is an "alliance based on a shared belief that people are at the center of task completion". "To help you find the right person...

  • RIM shows minor gains amid wider losses

    It might have produced a completely kick-ass video for its developers, but things still don't look great for the Canadian smartphone manufacturer. In its latest earnings call, the company revealed that revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was US$2.9 billion, up two percent from US-$2.8 billion in the previous quarter. That might seem hopeful, but it's still down 31% from US$4.2-billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2012. Approximately 60% of that revenue came from hardware, 35% from service and five percent from software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 7.4 million BlackBerry...

  • Facebook goes in for social gifting

    Facebook is set to roll out a social gifting service, which allows you to send real, yes real, gifts to people over the social network. All you have to do is choose a gift, attach a card and send. According to Facebook, you can post your gift to your friend's timeline or send it privately. They can then unwrap a preview of the gift and it will show up on their doorstep a few days later, even if you don't know their address. Okay, that's not actually as scary as it seems. Once you've given the gift, the receiver gets...

  • It’s Gangnam style at the Google S.Korea office with Eric Schmidt

    What does every high powered executive do when in South Korea? Gangnam Style of course. That's what Google's Eric Schmidt did anyway. While on a business trip to Asia where he was launching the Nexus 7 and discussing patents, the Google head took sometime to hangout with South Korea's wildly popular pop-culture icon, PSY. According to a Google rep, "PSY visited the Google office to chat with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt." As one does, "Eric asked to be taught the horse dance and presented PSY with a framed Google Doodle." The artist now holds the Guinness World Record for...

  • US pirates face potential lifetime internet ban

    US-based ISP MediaCom has announced a three-strike rule for Digital Pirates which will result in a lifetime ban from its network. Online Piracy makes up a significant portion of internet traffic with some research pointing to more than 22% of bandwidth used online for the transmission of copyrighted material. From music, TV-series, Movies and software, online piracy is rough. Organisations like MegaUpload and PirateBay have made it their business to help facilitate the searching and finding of copyrighted material as regular search engines, like Google, are put under increasing pressure to censure words like “torrent” and “megaupload”. A joint initiative by interested...

  • Google Chairman Eric Schmidt slams the patent wars

    In between learning how to dance Gangnam style and launching the Nexus 7 in Korea, Google chair Eric Schmidt found time to point out that patent wars were killing innovation in the tech industry. During the launch of Google's signature Android tablet, the Google head told the assembled crowd that "literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues." The market share war, he said, should instead be fought with better technology, rather than in...

  • Google Docs to ditch Office 1997-2007 format (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on 1 October

    Google made announcements to upcoming changes to its popular Google Docs system this week which will affect its ability to export documents to older versions of Microsoft Office. While Google has been known in the past to kill unpopular products, (Google Wave and Google Buzz in 2010/2011 were its most spectacular failures) this year has been more about solidifying its product line. In an announcement yesterday Google said its system would no longer support older 1997-2007 Office Suite formats, which include .doc, .xls and .ppt. This could mean some troubles for companies which rely on the older software suits and Google...

  • Bad Piggies on track to repeat Angry Birds success

    Following up a hit is never easy, but it looks like Rovio's going to do just fine with its latest title Bad Piggies. The game, which stars those laughing pork antagonists from the Angry Birds series, shot straight to the top of the US app store just three hours after launching. The news was tweeted by Rovio's Ville Heijari @badpiggies hit #1 in the US iTunes App Store in slightly over 3 hours from launch. Incredible stuff from @roviohq twitter.com/heijari/status…— Ville Heijari (@heijari) September 27, 2012 When Rovio launched the sequel to its massively popular Angry Birds franchise Angry Birds: Space, it...