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  • Nokia’s new mapping service is HERE and set to hit iOS and Android

    Maps are important, just ask Apple. There is superior mapping software though, and it belongs to Nokia. Nokia's new mapping product HERE is not yet "here", but it is a GPS app for iOS and Android, made the Nokia way. Nokia says, HERE is the "first location cloud" software and is going to be a free download when it lands on various Android and Apple products later in the year, or Q1 2013. Nokia HERE is an HTML 5 app with voice-guided walking, an offline mode and a guide for public transport. All very handy for those wanting to explore their...

  • 5 rocking guitar apps to get you shredding

    The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in music today. Used in pretty much every genre of music you can think of, guitars are probably the most widely played instrument on earth (next to piano, I guess), and anyone who plays will tell you why. Learning to play the guitar brings you that much closer to the music that you listen to, and helps you appreciate it that much more. You understand the level of skill, the pure creativity and the passion that goes into the playing, and you yearn to emulate that emotion coming through your...

  • Doogle vs Google? Tech giant issues SA company with letter of demand

    Ever used online directory and job site Doogle? Well, it's definitely on Google's radar... the tech giant's legal team has reportedly issued a letter of demand to the South African company for using a website name, URL and logo which is too similar to its own. As originally reported by Beeld, the 23 year old owner of Doogle-it Database Administrators (Pty) Ltd, Andries Maree, said he has been contacted by Google's lawyers. De Kock Attorneys, the intellectual property law firm representing Maree, said in a statement to Memeburn that the letter of demand claims that the logo of Doogle's website...

  • Free voice calls over Wi Fi comes to BBM in beta

    While RIM is focusing on the BlackBerry 10 OS launch, a new feature for BBM users is also ready to roll. Free voice calls between BBM users over Wi Fi will be available in Beta from today. Following in the footsteps of similar Android and iOS apps like Viber, this will help to save on voice minutes and costs, as long as a Wi Fi signal is used. A few other tweaks to the current BBM 7.0 include the merging of a user's BBM ID with their BlackBerry ID, linking all contacts and purchases under one ID. This offers the...

  • MEF launches Africa office to showcase mobile innovation

    MEF, a global community for mobile content and commerce, has launched a dedicated African office to help promote mobile growth and showcase innovation on the continent. Headquartered in Johannesburg, the MEF Africa Office, launched in association with mobile operator Vodacom, will reportedly serve as a hub for MEF's African membership. MEF says its Africa office has "a mandate to help drive mobile growth and innovation at both a continental and country level". It claims that it "will advance regional market initiatives aimed at boosting consumer trust and promoting monetisation as well as providing business development and dedicated analytics across...

  • Africa to spend $18.5bn on mobile data by 2016

    Mobile data is about to explode on the African continent. In fact, it could represent as much as US$18.5-billion in revenue across the continent by 2016. Research company Informa Telecoms & Media reckons that number will see mobile data account for around 22% of mobile revenue in Africa. This growth, it says will power a number of revenue opportunities: Giving mobility to broadband services will empower enterprises and especially SMEs to benefit from more mobile working thereby generating greater business agility. As the research company points out though, some problems just won't go away. Despite a rapidly growing middle class,...

  • Using Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to reach your target audience

    Engaging and connecting with your target audience is what social media all about. With millions of users across all the social media channels available, the biggest challenge for many businesses is how to get hold of their target audience on the channels that they use. While it may be important to reach a broad group of consumers with your digital marketing strategy, it's just as important to reach consumers that are actually interested in your company and what you stand for. These people can help you spread the message about your business to their own social media circles. Do you...

  • 10 ways you’re annoying your friends and followers on social media

    Social media rearchitects itself very quickly... our ability to change behaviours is not nearly as fast. This timing dichotomy results in seemingly appropriate behaviours that come off as thoughtless or self-serving. New tools and capabilities in social media have created new norms, some good, and others that unfortunately encourage repugnant behaviour. In the past I’ve complained about 29 communication behaviours (see “16 annoying communications that must end in 2011” and “13 annoying communications that must end in 2012”). After some reflection on a few of these annoying communications and others soon to be mentioned, I realize the reason many of these communications...

  • Google, 8ta introduce free mobile search, mail in SA with Free Zone

    Google, in collaboration with mobile network operator 8ta, has announced "Free Zone" -- a project that allows users with an 8ta sim card to access the web for free. Free Zone is powered by Google, which means that users can access almost all Google products with no data costs. The service, which Google says is an African first, is available to mobile phone users only. 8ta's senior Managing Executive Amith Maharaj reckons that it is critical to break down "barriers to internet adoption" in South Africa in order "to keep up with the rest of world in terms of social...

  • Why Internet Explorer 10 is the best browser there is

    Yes it is. No, it isn’t! Is! Isn’t! Well, I suppose we could argue about this if we really wanted to. And without a look at the facts we would probably come to the conclusion that it’s all subjective really. It’s subjective like leather pants or ass-less chaps are subjective -- there will always be somebody who’s into that. Now I’m not knocking anyone in particular -- I think it’s safe to say we all enjoy comfort and ease. We generally don’t want something heavy or that slows us down. We don’t want something that exposes us all time....

  • Goodbye to Windows and all that: Steven Sinfosky leaves Microsoft

    Steven Sinofsky is leaving Microsoft, having just led the release of Windows 8 and, in part, helping to give the company a fresh dose of cool. Despite his efforts with the new OS, Sinfosky was seen as something of a controversial figure at Microsoft and, according to Cnet, was thought to be involved an internal war with CEO Steve Ballmer. Neither gave any indication that this might have been the case. Given the speed with which the announcement went into effect however, acrimony probably shouldn't be ruled out. "I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in...

  • Take a trip to Mars with Google Earth

    The Context Camera (CTX) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been quite busy, prompting Google Earth to let its users take a better virtual trip to the red planet. The search giant has always had maps of Mars as part of its Google Earth app since 2009, but images were very low-res and had a yeah-well-so-what feeling to it. Google has now updated a large amount of these images to high-res from the CTX. For a comparison, images of cities on earth are covered with a resolution of 50ft per pixel to as low as 12ft per pixel....

  • The trend continues: mobile money services keep growing in Africa

    It's been widely heralded as the medium for Africa: the mobile phone is giving people on the continent a means to do everything from accessing the internet to paying their bills. And it's often the only way to transact for a large chunk of the population: while the majority of people in high income economies have an account with a financial institution, only 24% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa, and 18% in Northern Africa and the Middle East do. But mobile payment systems may be making things easier for the millions of people without a bank account or...

  • John McAfee: antivirus pioneer, murder suspect

    Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has gone into hiding after police came looking for him in connection with the murder of a neighbour. McAfee went into hiding as police combed his property on Sunday afternoon. Speaking to Wired, he said that he buried himself in sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe. “It was extraordinarily uncomfortable,” he said. “But they will kill me if they find me.” Like McAfee, the victim lived on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize. McAfee maintains that he's innocent but says that police in the...

  • Africa to have 1bn mobile subscribers by 2015

    We all know that mobile in Africa is a big deal. It allowed countries to leapfrog some Western technologies and has fostered innovative products like Mpesa. Less well known is the actual number of mobile subscribers. Hint: it's big, and will only get bigger. The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa will cross the 750-million mark during the fourth quarter of 2012 and reach one-billion before the end of 2015. That's according to forecasts by Informa Telecoms & Media, which says that the number of mobile subscriptions in Africa will grow by 17.5% over the year to end-2012,...