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  • Zynga’s not so shitty third quarter: Farmville 2 to the rescue

    Things haven't been so great for Zynga in the last couple of days: the social gaming company laid off five percent of its workforce, closed down its Boston offices and is considering closing down its UK and Japan studios. It's a tough time to be founder and CEO Mark Pincus, but according the company's third quarter earnings report, it seems things may be looking up. The social gaming company reported US$317-million in revenue for the third quarter, up three percent year-over-year. It also reported a net loss of US$52.7-million which is less than what the company had thought it...

  • Griffin AirCurve Play review: Why oh why?

    I am suspicious of anything that promises to improve sound quality or volume without the use of electricity or some kind of external power. So when I received the AirPlay for the iPhone 4/4S to review I gave it back immediately and said it does not work. That was my personal review. It won’t work. But I was told to give it a go anyway. What is it? Basically you get a neat Perspex holder that through intelligent use of sound channelling, will get you an increase of the volume you get from the iPhone’s one little speaker. Read more on...

  • Apple 13 inch Macbook Pro Retina ad makes you feel like a winner

    One of the best ways to get people to buy your product is to make them feel like they've achieved something by doing so. Apple's new ad for its recently launched 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display is pretty much the epitome of that. “Introducing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a stunning Retina Display. For the pro in all of us,” says the narrator as mood-lifting paino music plays in the background. No matter what your feelings on Apple are, you can't help but crack a smile. You feel special, and that's the point. Special people buy Macbook Pros....

  • Galaxy S III ads: ‘bumping’ with NFC for more than just file sharing… wink wink

    Samsung has given its latest adverts for the Galaxy S III a slight sexual twist, because as we all know, sex sells. Near Field Communication (NFC) is designed to help mobile devices easily receive and share information between each other. Sharing a sex tape with your loved one has become so much easier now, according to the ad. In the advert called "Work Trip", a father is leaving for a business trip as his daughters tell him they have made a video for him to watch on his trip, and the video is transferred to his Galaxy through NFC....

  • 10 strategic technologies your company needs to seriously consider investing in

    Business is war. And as is this case with most wars, there are arms races: in strategy, advertising and perhaps most importantly, technology. The technologies that can make a big impact on business tend to bring with them a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. Those qualities can come from an existing technology reaching maturity, an emerging technology that could give early adopters a distinct advantage, or one that has potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. Tech research company...

  • What people really want from mobile money services in emerging markets

    No bank account? That's becoming less of a problem thanks to the proliferation of mobile money services which let you send cash and pay your bills right from your phone. But how are people using the services, and what are the potential benefits they think they can take advantage of? A new study by Visa and its mobile money platform Fundamo surveyed almost 2 500 consumers, mobile money agents and merchants in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan. It found that more than half knew about mobile money services and almost 90% wanted to use them in the future......

  • Boeing’s CHAMP missile: bringing EMPs from the Matrix into reality

    It's time to forget the rise of the machines and future computer apocalypse scenarios if Boeing's CHAMP missile is anything to go by. The CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) does the simplest thing possible. It shuts down anything electrical related: computers, mobile phones and power systems. Think of how frustrating it is when the power goes out in your home, and you still want to switch on the kettle to make coffee. On 16 October Boeing successfully tested the CHAMP at Hill Air Force Base. As the missile flew over its target, a two-story building on the test...

  • 5 technologies that will disrupt the world in 2013

    Five emerging technologies could become mainstream next year. A list announcing the constituents was released by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a heavyweight trade body in the US consumer electronics market, recently. Mind you, these are not products but new technology trends that we are talking about. So let the drums roll as I list the five... 3D printing Next-gen TVs and displays Evolution of the audio market Mobile revolution in Africa Technology in education To anybody following new technologies, 3D printing topping the list is a no-brainer. The technology has been around for over three decades now, but has taken some serious strides in the...

  • What are we doing to protect kids from the dangers of smartphones?

    We live in a time when many four-year olds are able to pick up an iPad and operate it better than most adults, where children from the age of six are sporting smartphones instead of the classic action figure or Barbie doll. It almost seems natural to buy a kid a smartphone, iPad, or computer. The problem with this generation of little tech junkies is not them being in possession of smartphones or having unlimited access to internet, but what they do with these gadgets and possible threats that are accompanied with the use of smartphones. It's all...

  • Facebook’s Q3: Some losses, mobile is going to be big

    The world's largest social network, Facebook, released its third quarterly earnings for 2012 revealing that despite its stock's plummeting trajectory, the company isn't doing badly at all. It showed a 32% rise in sales to US$1.26-billion compared to last year's US$950-million. The company's young founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quite intent on making a big splash on mobile. "I want to dispel this myth that Facebook can’t make money on mobile. We are just getting started," he said during the earnings call. The Menlo Park-based company seems to be well on its way to doing just that. It...

  • Take a look at Microsoft’s global ad campaign for Windows 8 [Video]

    You may have heard that a little company called Microsoft is spending a rumoured US$1.5-billion on marketing its new Windows 8 OS and devices... well, we're starting to see where all that money has gone. Hint: it involves a takeover of Times Square and a lot of partying with Windows 8 gadgets. Microsoft Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc announced the company's global campaign in a blog post, which gave a bit of background into the adverts which will soon go live in 42 countries around the world. It's localised the adverts for the US, Latin America and Asia (no, not Africa)...

  • Apple’s iPad Mini videos: design philosophy, psychedelic consumerism

    In case you've just got back from a vast, desolate wilderness without access to any sources of information -- the iPad Mini launched last night. With it come two fresh videos from Apple. The first is typical Apple fare. A variety of executives pontificating on the device from a room so white it can only be heaven, gorgeous product shots and ridiculously good looking people using the iDevice. Jony Ive also reprises his role as designer cum genius tech philosopher. Apparently the iPad Mini is a "concentration of, not a reduction of" the full iPad experience. In Apple land,...

  • eBay goes after SA company fighting to keep website open

    Cue the David and Goliath similes. eBay is trying to get a South African property site called RentBay to close up shop, claiming its name is deceptive to its customers. The site's owners, Tenant Profile Network (TPN) reportedly received a letter from the ecommerce giant telling it that it had "deceived" eBay's millions of customers. The lawyers also instructed TPN to quit using the rentbay.co.za URL and the trademark RentBay. According to the Business Day, TPN sells information on tenant behaviour to property owners and runs RentBay -- a property listings site -- without charge. eBay says the site...

  • Apple vs Samsung (again): let the nitpicking begin

    Apple's "rubber band" scrolling patents are invalid. So says the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a preliminary ruling in the ongoing patent saga. This means that for the time being at least, this part of Apple's claims of patent violation against the Korean smartphone maker will for now not stand. The USPTO has found evidence of prior existence of this feature in previous technology, but also that the invention was deemed to be quite obvious. This means that Apple would not be allowed to lay claim to such patents as its own. This is a bolster for...

  • So much for mobile in emerging markets? InMobi pulls out of Africa, Russia

    Multi-national mobile ad network InMobi is set to close up its operations in Africa and Russia. The San Francisco headquartered company claims to be the world's largest independent mobile ad network, with operations on five continents, with offices in Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. In a statement, InMobi admitted that it would be closing the offices, but said that it would continue servicing the affected markets: Like all successful and growing businesses, we routinely review our business to determine how to optimally serve our customers. We are changing the...