Tag Archives: phones

Move over iPhone: This is the ultimate converged phone

Now this is the true iPhone killer we have all been waiting for. Sorry for all you guys that spent your $$$ buying the iPhone. This is the baby you:

The future of the newspaper

From: “European papers optimistic on future — with web’s help” (Sent to me by M&G Online editor, Riaan Wolmarans.) …but European editors interviewed by the Associated Press appear strikingly optimistic about the future. They see the online media explosion more as an opportunity than as a threat, and express confidence they can provide the content […]

A cellphone & the power of the blogosphere

I’m a gadget freak. Need the latest with most buttons. Gotta have Gotta have… you know how it is. It’s an expensive little vice I have, so it means I got a great phone in my pocket, but my T-shirt and shoes have holes in them. I was doing a search for my latest obsession […]

50m bloggers, 6bn people — but who gets to speak?

Ethan Zuckerman, the founder of Tripod and activist site Global Voices Online, emphasised just how difficult it is to get news about Africa, especially online. If there is news, its the usual fare of famine and disaster. I blogged about this in a rather depressing post called “Africa: Giraffes, war, famine, blah blah blah”, and […]

SA online media industry "surging"

Quite a nice article in Business Report, we issued via the OPA about “Online advertising surges”… our quarterly traffic release got covered in quite a bit of media, especially traditional media… which suggests to me that online is quite the hot topic at the moment… It’s no secret that after being one of the pioneer […]

Reader power records snowfall in (usually sunny) Africa

How often does it snow at the tip of sunny Africa? Well, not very often. In fact according to Sapa comparable widespread snow across South Africa has only been recorded twice in the past 20 years, in 1981 and 1988. The country, which usually bakes under the African sun, has been bristling under freezing temperatures […]

Newspapers will not die, ever

Listen up. Newspapers are NOT going to die or be “replaced” — not ever. Had an interesting pow wow with Ben Hammersely, “special prototypes guy” (his title) at the Guardian Unlimited. We shared the panel at the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Conference. The conference took place in the 40/50/60 storey, green tinted mirror skyscraper that […]

Every African politician and his blog

In the context of the We Media conference — I want to draw attention to a major blog innovation that took place in the South African online media. It happened a while ago — but I just wanted to highlight it again… it was something we did as the Mail & Guardian Online… read and tell me what you think…

The great convergence sideshow

It’s always been cheap and easy to publish on the web. Big professional, online publishers share the same medium as small-time, personal homepages. Online publishers typically publish at a lower cost than newspapers or magazines, making it an affordable option for shoestring publishers and budding entrepreneurs. It’s why they are in the web business in the first place.

The internet goes from free to fee

If only the internet had been invented by a businessman. It’s a common lament of internet publishers who are buckling and wheezing under the financial strain of running unprofitable websites

Netocracy

Netocracy BOOK REVIEW: NETOCRACY If Karl Marx were alive today this is the book he would have written. This is the bold, if not slightly ambitious, claim of Swedish authors Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist. For Marx, society’s power politics, ideology and social dynamics are shaped by the economy, most notably in modern times by […]

Revenge of the amateurs

net savvy Revenge of the amateurs Now South Africa has its own citizen journalism offering via Johnnic’s commendable reporter.co.za One of the first images of the Asian Tsunami crisis came from a Nordic tourist stuck on a rooftop in Phuket who MMSed it to a major news website, where it was immediately published. During the […]

Audio streaming online: Dare to Stream

Net Savvy Dare to Stream Radio “streaming” may draw in a surprising amount of listeners, but the business prospects have yet to evolve. Matthew Buckland considers the current landscape and future prospects of the net’s audio capabilities. Thanks to the world wide web, regional and national South African radio stations have become, in a sense, […]

South African websites: Who’re the Big Fish?

Net Savvy Who’re the Big Fish? The first statistics from the online industry’s new standard measurement system reveals some remarkable trends. Matthew Buckland crunches the numbers. South Africa’s online publishers pulled in about 3,5-million unique users or readers and about 106-million page impressions in the month of August. It’s the first time we have been […]

Cellphone and new media — Promised Land?

Net Savvy Promised Land? According to the World Association of Newspapers, cellphones are set to take over PCs as the medium for accessing the ‘net. That’s good news for publishers, says Matthew Buckland, ‘cos cellphones mean revenue. There is a common lament among online publishers these days, and it goes something like this: If only […]

Cocking Up Convergence

Net Savvy Cocking Up Convergence What’s the point of a licence fee on websites if print isn’t regulated? Matthew Buckland looks at the anomalies in the proposed Convergence Bill. Let’s start with the good news. We have a Convergence Bill. It has good intentions. It aims to promote the growth, diversity and the liberalisation of […]

SA’s quiet revolution

TV/Online convergence Somewhat of a quiet revolution appears to be taking place in South Africa’s media world. Late last year News24 launched their 24-hour interactive news channel 59 on DSTV. It’s not quite a TV channel and not quite a website. In fact it is something in between. What we are seeing here is the […]

Blogs from Beyond the Printed word Madrid Online publishing conference

Did these late from Tegel Airport on my way back to South Africa. (Third time in two weeks I find myself wiling away my time at this nasty airport). Day 2 was a much better day for the conference, with stronger speakers. I was actually blown away with some of the talks and the enthusiasm […]