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Startup Pitch Bootcamp, Bandwidth Barn, CT

Published by on May 30th, 2013, No Comments

Founders-InstitutePitching your startup ideas effectively is a crucial skill that will help you acquire financing, customers, partners and top talent.

In just three hours, the Startup Pitch Bootcamp from the Founder Institute will help you improve your pitching skills and recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch.

Then, you can apply that learning and pitch to both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback in a relaxed setting.

Who Should Attend the Pitch Bootcamp?

  • Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching.
  • Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company.
  • Anyone that is interested in joining a new startup or looking for a co-founder.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the Founder Institute program.


Kaspersky Lab launches affiliate program

Published by on May 30th, 2013, No Comments


Kaspersky Lab has launched an affiliate program in partnership with OfferForge, South Africa’s top online advertising network.

Kaspersky Lab, firmly positioned as one of the world’s top four leading antivirus vendors continues to improve its market position with global revenue having grown by 14%  since 2012  demonstrating higher growth rates than the market in general.

The program allows publishers who run email mailing lists, websites, blogs and twitter streams to monetize their online community by earning referral revenue from Kaspersky for driving successful online purchases of the Kaspersky products.


Gmail gets new features, smarter inbox

Published by on May 30th, 2013, No Comments

We all try to keep up with all the messages that land in our inbox, and even the best filtering tools have a tough time getting rid off mails you do not want to see.

Gmail has always had the labels and folders features, but it is not always the most logical tool to set up for everyone. Now Google is placing these categories of mail upfront and center in the interface of your inbox, in a new tabbed interface:


The new “Primary” inbox button ought to keep only email from actual people mailing you, while other automatically sent emails will land under the other tab buttons. You can also add your own, and also customize where mails do land. You simply drag the mail to the right tab to set the rule in place.

The new Inbox categories will also be available on Android and iOS apps soon enough, but Google is still rolling these out.

If you want to see the new inbox in action, check out the video below: (more…)

Moto X smartphone confirmed

Published by on May 30th, 2013, 5 Comments


Since being acquired by Google in August 2012 Motorola will be launching its very first product in October 2013 along with other new devices.

The rumoured Moto X smartphone, formerly known as Google’s X Phone, was confirmed at the D11 conference yesterday by Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside who also revealed that it will be the first smartphone built in the U.S.

The smartphone will feature an organic LED display that will  be thinner and lighter than older LCD displays.

Woodside also reveals that the device will feature always-on battery friendly sensors that will enable it to anticipate what a user is  going to do based on the position of the phone be it in a pocket or inside a moving vehicle and subsequently trigger appropriate user interactions.


KPCB’s Annual Internet Trends Report presented at D11

Published by on May 30th, 2013, No Comments

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Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) presented the company’s annual Internet Trends report at the D11 conference.

The in-depth report, published by Meeker and Liang Wu, finds continued robust online growth with 2.4 billion Internet users around the world.

The report also reviews the shifting online landscape, which has become more social and content rich, with expanded use and sharing of photos, video and audio.

While the opportunities in mobile advertising remain largely under-utilised, mobile usage is expanding rapidly.


Get it together Cell C

Published by on May 29th, 2013, 12 Comments


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I recently moved house, and upon moving in I realized that Vodacom has almost no signal in my area. So, after having a Vodacom contract for more than a decade, it was time to move to another network. So I jumped at the chance to finally move to Cell C. On Saturday I went to the Cell C store in Tygervalley center to get a Nano SIM for my phone, which I would need before I port. The sales lady informs me that a Cell C Starter Pack with a Nano SIM will cost me R150. Upon enquiring why, she tells me it is a “very expensive” SIM card to manufacture (which I happen to know is BS).

I then walked over to Game (just a few stores away), and bought the very same Nano SIM Card Starter Pack for the royal sum of R1 and the Game employee tells me that she is well aware of the “skelms” at the Cell C store. So I buy it, and walk back to Cell C to ask the store manager if they are aware of this. She tells me yes, but they cannot do anything about it. Apparently other stores (like Game) buy their SIM cards from “Cell C Direct”, and the Cell C franchise stores get their SIM cards from Cell C.

First off, I know my issue is all about the (some might argue) measly sum of R149, but it is things like this that affect your brand’s reputation. Right now Cell C is punting itself as the most innovative network with their customer’s interests at heart. I must agree, their current offerings like Supacharge prepaid make it very hard to ignore, and I believe their smartphone deal packages are much better structured than any other network.

But here is the thing. (more…)

Nokia no longer leader in domestic market

Published by on May 29th, 2013, 2 Comments


We have been aware of Nokia’s troubles for some years now, but luckily they have started a turnaround in recent months. Their devices are starting to sell again, which we are happy to see. Unfortunately, it is not selling nearly as well as their competitors’ devices. Now comes more bad news. Nokia’s last remaining stronghold was their home market of Finland, where they still had the majority share at the end of last year.

Samsung wins 4 TIPA Awards for Imaging Products

Published by on May 29th, 2013, 2 Comments


Samsung has won four 2013 Technical Image Press Association Awards in the ‘Best CSC Advanced’, ‘Best Mobile Imaging Device’, ‘Best Imaging Innovation’ and ‘Best Photo TV’ categories.

For the first time, Samsung’s Digital Imaging devices won three 2013 TIPA Awards. The Samsung NX300 Smart Camera won Best CSC Advanced, making it the best advanced compact system camera (CSC) on the market.

The NX300’s brand new 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor allows users to take images that boast sharp, life-like colours which are crisp and clear in all light conditions. Taking images even in the darkest conditions is also made possible by the NX300’s wide ISO range (ISO100-25600), while its Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system delivers fast, accurate phase and contrast detection. With its Wi-Fi capability the camera also allows users to share their images. All of these features contributed to the decision of the TIPA judges to award this camera ‘Best CSC Advanced’. 

The Samsung GALAXY Camera won Best Mobile Imaging Device (more…)