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  • HootSuite cosying up to China nicely with new Renren and language updates

    Social management tool HootSuite is taking measures to entrench itself in the Chinese market, reports The Next Web. The company announced that it now supports Simplified Chinese and would be integrating Renren (China's answer to Facebook) into the HootSuite App Directory. "The Simplified Chinese user face is to serve Mandarin-speaking owls who have access to HootSuite in China as well as the ex-pat community all around the world," says the service. A few weeks ago the service included China's Sina Weibo microblogging service and it is currently pushing out a Traditional Chinese version of its service. According to Tech in Asia,...

  • How effective is social media when it comes to customer retention?

    Memeburn gets a lot of mail asking their opinions on various types of marketing or social media best practices; and every so often they throw me a bone, erm… topic, so I can answer some of those questions. Think of me as a digital marketing Agony Uncle! This time around I got a great one to answer. The question basically asked what thoughts we could pen around online customer service on external channels and retention strategies via social networking media and whether or not these are effective strategies. So let’s get stuck in… Dear Kash, thanks for a...

  • Why Google might just be wrong about responsive design in Africa

    Maybe, just maybe, Google is getting it wrong in Africa. I recently attended a very good session on responsive design by Luisella Mazza, and although I think responsive design is awesome, it's not for Africa. She (and Google) recommended that anyone building for an African audience use responsive design to build their mobile sites. What is responsive design? A new feature in HTML5 (or rather CSS3) is the ability to add media queries rules. So inside your CSS you can add conditions that apply to certain screen resolutions. This means you can create one HTML file, but depending on what device...

  • Hitman: Absolution review — open world assassinations

    Hitman: Absolution heralds the return of Agent 47, the bald assassin who kills first and asks questions later. Except, in Absolution, 47 is asking all the questions. This is a tried and tested morality tale that serves up familiar themes of bloodshed and betrayal. But for once 47 isn't merely a contract killer touring the globe at the behest of his superiors. Instead he’s on a mission all of his own, and the blood on his hands is personal. 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");

  • Tyme Capital: MTN and Pick ‘n Pay team up to launch mobile bank in South Africa

    It seems the mobile money space in Africa just became a little bit more crowded. MTN has partnered with retail chain Pick 'n Pay to offer South African consumers a new mobile bank called Tyme Capital. Tyme (which stands for 'take your money everywhere') is not just a mobile wallet though -- it's a full-scale mobile-only bank that offers most of the services you'd expect from any other banking service. It offers users the ability to send, receive, deposit and withdraw money, as well as make payments and purchase pre-paid electricity and airtime. According to Business Day, customers can...

  • Kenyan government plans to almost double the country’s bandwidth

    Kenya’s government has announced plans to lay a fifth fibre-optic cable in the region, which is expected to practically double the country’s bandwidth capacity from the current 8.6Tb per second to more than than 15Tb per second. According to the country's Ministry of Information and Communications' permanent secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo, improved uptake of the current cable capacity will only be possible once the country adopts 4G. Although he did not specify the timeline, Ndemo said that a firm in the Middle East is in negotiations with the government on the procurement process. While the four existing undersea cables, namely...

  • Mozilla lets you give Firefox OS a whirl from your desktop

    We recently wrote about Firefox OS -- Mozilla's attempt at a mobile OS. At the demo we got, it seemed promising. Now you can try it out for yourself. The organisation has released a prototype test environment for the new OS, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The very early, and still slightly buggy, add-on allows you to run the OS from your desktop, without having to install it on your phone. In a blog post from earlier this year, Mozilla's Patryk Adamczyk outlined how the Mozilla intends to reflects its core values in the OS: Much like various...

  • Facebook to change its governing policies, lets you comment but not vote

    Facebook is proposing updates to its governing documents and it's asking its users to have their say. The documents explain how the social network collects and uses data when people use Facebook and explains the terms governing the use of its services. If you're a Facebook user (and let's be honest, the odds of that are pretty good) then you can comment, but not vote, on the changes. According to specialist news site All Facebook, the social network did previously have provision for voting but has done away with it for the current round of changes. Facebook says that the...

  • The Oatmeal is being sued by a greeting card company with a similar name

    Popular webcominc The Oatmeal is being sued by a greeting card company called Oatmeal Studios. Way to make yourself popular, random greeting card company. According to The Next Web, the issue stems from The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman's recent work with Recycled Greetings, a company that own a chain of gift and stationery shops. Inman has been selling cards based on some of his more famous comics through the chain, as well on his website. Apparently Oatmeal Studios caught wind of this and decided to sue Inaman and Recycled Greetings for infringing on the phrase "Oatmeal Studios". The company says...

  • Twitter users are more likely to visit online stores… and actually buy stuff

    So it seems that all those tweets you see by retailers on Twitter may be working ... well, for businesses in the US at least. According to a new study by Twitter and statistics company Compete, Twitter users who see posts from retailers are more likely to visit online stores (and buy things) than your average netizen. Good news for Twitter's business model. The US-based study analysed over 2 600 desktop users who were exposed to 665 different retailers (including Apple, Nike, Amazon, Groupon and Walmart) and compared them to 2 600 Twitter users who didn't see a store's tweet...

  • Apple’s Spaceship campus will only be ready in 2016

    Apple's plans for its new 260 000 square metre campus in Cupertino have hit some snags courtesy of an environmental impact report, according to AppleInsider. Initial plans to start construction in 2012, look more than likely to change to 2014, meaning that the project will likely only be completed in 2016. Cupertino city manager David Brandt said: "They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly. The project is running a little bit slow." Slightly altered plans were submitted to the city of Cupertino on 14 November, detailing the relocation of a proposed auditorium. But even...

  • Narrowing it down: how to deal with Facebook’s bullying tactics

    So, here’s what we know. Facebook is now acting like the biggest, baddest kid in the playground and has been kicking up dirt for the past year or so. With the introduction of promoted posts for users and a change to its Edge Rank algorithm -- the sequence in which users are appropriated posts in their own news feeds -- the likelihood of catching your best friend’s status, announcing his engagement to his high school sweetheart as well as seeing the latest update from your favourite clothing brand is now less likely to happen organically. I say organically because the change...

  • 6 music apps that are rocking Facebook

    If video killed the radio star, then Facebook certainly gave it a second life. Internet radio and other music streaming services are seeing a massive uptick thanks to integration with the social media giant via its Open Graph platform. With Facebook changing so fast, and so often, it’s difficult to keep up with what has been around from the start, and what is a recent addition. Timeline integration with apps has only been around for a bit longer than a year, since Open Graph was launched by the company. And Facebook and music is a match made in heaven. Music is...

  • Behind the Great Firewall: 5 top Chinese tech predictions beyond 2013

    The tech world's eyes are glued firmly on China, and with good reason too. It has the world's largest online population. And despite, or perhaps because of, a series of controls colloquially known as the Great Firewall of China, it is home to some of the world's largest social networks. Once written off as Twitter and Facebook clones, the likes of Sina Weibo and Renren now regularly have space in the Western media. Chinese mobile manufacturers like ZTE and Huawei meanwhile are becoming dominant players in the smartphone scene, largely on the back of their successes in the budget Android...

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II — beyond the standard delivery

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is not the revelation we've been waiting for, but it makes bold new changes to a very stale formula, including mission goals that affect the overall game, real-time strategy levels, customisable loadouts before each mission and the slickest multiplayer of 2012. Lock and load. Harrowing tale I need to speak about the story first, because it's incredible. While it may dive into torture porn in some places to hammer the point home, it's still leagues above the flag-waving plots of previous titles. 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");