Steve Whitford

Why I love Google+

Google Plus (G+) is a major foray by Google into the world of social media. The platform takes the best of Facebook and Twitter and slaps it into one. I affectionately call it TwitFace. And while a small group of techy South Africans have gotten really excited about Google Plus (G+), a training session I…

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MTN NokNok shutting down

SMSs went out yesterday informing MTN users who had subscribed to NokNok in the past and if you visit the NokNok website it simply says it’s shutting the service down at the end of this month. It’s hardly surprising. The product was ill-conceived, poorly rolled out and was hardly supported by the network operator. History…

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Macs still overpriced

All the Mac acolytes have been jumping up and down this year with the iPad 2 and the falling MacBook prices. Quite frankly it’s just more of the same hot air. Before you think I’m just a Mac basher/deluded Windows follower, let me assure you that I am quite happy to give credit where it’s…

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Online retail taking off

Last week World Wide Worx released its online retail report which showed that online retail is growing by about 30% every year and will grow by about 40% in 2011 according to industry expectations. I’ve had a chance to see the full report as I am doing some work for a client in the industry…

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Nokia positioning for smartphone growth

Nokia is looking to position itself strategically for smartphone growth in SA. It’s signed an agreement with Microsoft to get the Windows operating system onto Nokia handsets and smartphones, like the N8, available on some seriously cheap contracts. Having just got an N8 on contract, some things about Nokia’s strategy started to fall into place…

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Why Starcraft II’s important

For those of you who don’t know, the sequel to one of the biggest real-time strategy (RTS) games of all time, Starcraft, has been 12 years in the making. The game is made up of three races: Terran (humans), Protos and Zerg. The three races are three versions of popular science-fiction race types: humans in…

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Five things to avoid on Facebook

And as an avid Facebook user these things really get on my nerves. I think the points should become part of acceptable internet behaviour on social-networking platforms. Listed in no particular order. 1) Avoid attention-seeking posts I’m really not a fan of posts which are obviously designed to draw attention to people’s sorrowful state. Posts…

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Android vs iPhone

Android pips it, but only just. With the new Android software version 2.1 running on local HTC phones, there is no doubt that the iPhone has a true competitor in the market. I am running a HTC Hero with 2.1 software on it and I’ve never owned an iPhone, so doing a comprehensive review is…

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Don’t get duped by the internet hype

I’m on an internet ranting mission. I’m amazed at the lack of understanding in the market about how internet access is charged for and how people are getting ripped. Had a conversation with someone the other day who said MWeb uncapped was competitive with Telkom because it was R219 vs R199 for Telkom’s 1GB on…

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Swindled by Uncapped

When Mweb announced uncapped Internet in this country, the market went crazy. Competitors followed with similar offerings within days and analysts announced the breaking of a new dawn. Most people failed to mention that it was a rip and in everyone’s enthusiasm, the point that the product is not worth paying for got swept under…

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