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iNamibia gets big
iNamibia gets big

iNamibia (www.inambia.co.na) has announced that they have become the biggest local website in Namibia. This is according to the web traffic ranking site, Statshow. They have achieved this in a period of 18 months, launching in January 2011....

Loeries: 5% discount for early bird entrants
Loeries: 5% discount for early bird entrants

The early bird deadline for entries into The 2010 Loerie Awards is 16 April 2010. Entries before this date will receive a 5% discount. The Loeries is open to work conceived and produced anywhere in Africa and the Middle East, including island states off the African coast like the Seychelles or...

Women photojournalists called to enter international competition

Since 2000, the Association des Femmes Journalistes and Canon France, in partnership with the international Visa pour l'Image festival, and with the support of Figaro magazine, have awarded an annual prize for women photojournalists. Women photojournalists worldwide are welcome to enter the...

Podcasters, get on your podium!

Apple, 5FM, Coca-Cola and MINI are running a podcast competition with more than R250 000 in prizes up for grabs. The competition opens for uploads on Monday, 19 March 2007, so get ready to broadcast yourself or vote for your favourite podcast. Go to www.getpodcasting.co.za for more information....

USA Today website goes social

US: The relaunch of www.usatoday.com towards the end of last week is a move towards the news site becoming “a full on social network, integrating user generated content in intelligent and interesting ways,” according to Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington. For more, click here....

Classifieds site revamped for enhanced usability

One of the key features of the newly relaunched Junk Mail site is the ability to upload pictures online for free, which significantly increases the user’s likelihood of selling. Visitors also no longer have to subscribe in order to enter www.junkmail.co.za and non-subscribers are now able to preview...

Second M&G podcast in the pipeline

The Mail & Guardian will soon be launching the Mail & Guardian TechNews podcast, which will consist of a five-minute round-up of local and global technology news, a five-minute feature discussion and a few minutes wrapping up the latest news on the local blogosphere. Podcasters will be Vincent...

Online travel section flies solo

Independent Online (IOL)'s travel section, which previously featured as a channel on the IOL main page, is now a standalone travel site, www.ioltravel.co.za, due to an increasing demand for online travel content. Expanded content and added features include currency converters, flight bookings,...

Free net TV from Skype founders

IOL Technology reports that the founders of Skype are trialing a free online television service that is supposed to be a "'piracy-proof' Internet platform based on the open-source Mozilla web browser... crafted to guarantee copyright protection for creators and owners of content, according to its...

Film board cracks down on online distribution of adult material

ITWeb reports that the Film and Publications Board has given online distributors of adult material in South Africa until the end of December 2006 to discontinue their services. For more, click here.

Yahoo, Reuters join up for eyewitness pictures

NEW YORK: Yahoo and Reuters yesterday, Tuesday 5 December 2006, launched a news contribution system, "You Witness", for citizen journalists to contribute eyewitness photos and videos of news events that will be selectively edited by Reuters and distributed to other news outlets. For more, read the...

South African dances her way to LA
South African dances her way to LA

click to enlargeAmy Rosslind, an 18-year old dancer from Cape Town, is literally dancing her way to Los Angeles after recently winning one of five spots in the European final of Nike's online Dance to LA competition. Rosslind's one-minute freestyle dance routine received the most votes out of the...

Yahoo also to deliver newspaper ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo is following in the footsteps of Google by announcing "a strategic partnership with more than 150 daily United States newspapers to be their main source for online adverts", reports IOL Technology. For more, click here....

Yet more online motoring sites

Junk Mail Publishing has taken Allicat's (a division of Junk Mail Publishing) SA Automart, Buy & Sell 4x4 and Truck & Trailer online. The sites - www.saautomart.co.za, www.buyandsell4x4.co.za and www.truckandtrailer.co.za - have been modelled on search engine Google and Craigslist, an online free...

Scouting out property business
Scouting out property business

click to enlargewww.propertyscout.co.za not only finds homes for users to buy or rent, it is also a directory of products and services related to the property industry. Registered members are able to send out their portfolios or newsletters directly from the site to their client databases. Editor...

Google muscling into radio

It appears that Google is preparing for its continued expansion into the multi-billion dollar radio industry, reports IOL Technology. Not only is it hiring radio sales people and public testing of Google Audio ads will begin by the end of the year, rumour also has it that the search engine is "in...

Mango increases site bandwidth

Due to the high demand for tickets, Mango has beefed up capacity to www.flymango.com. "Demand is still growing," says CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. "We have increased bandwidth to the site three times and still, traffic volumes exceed available web space. We are in the process of further increasing...

Nutritionist to give sweet advice

Canderel has partnered with nutritionist Mandy Marcus to create an online consumer advisory column. Says Canderel brand manager Deshendri Reddy, "During the initial test phase, www.canderel.co.za was inundated with queries, indicating a real need among consumers for such a service." Marcus will also...

Newsletter for building connections

Profinder, an initiative by The Virtual Works that brings architects, design and construction professionals together, is now publishing an email newsletter called Building Connections. This fortnightly publication focuses on the challenges and successes of the South African building industry and...

News resource for travel and tourism

TravelWires.com is a new online interactive daily news resource for the South African travel and tourism industry, offering up-to-the-moment industry news, events, product launches, services information and vacancies. The site covers eighteen industry sectors including trade associations, tour...

Teen title revamps website
Teen title revamps website

click to enlargeseventeen magazine's new-look website (www.seventeen.co.za), which went live yesterday, Wednesday, 4 October 2006, has been designed by Prezence, a Cape Town-based digital marketing and new media agency. "The site retains the feel of the magazine, but also creates an interactive...

Making online auctions snappy

Online marketplace bidorbuy has recently introduced the 2 Hour Snap Auction, a special that occurs once a week on a Friday and only gives bidorbuy users a two-hour window in which to place a bid. The starting price is R1, with no reserve on goods and can include any type of item.

Google News versus Belgian court: is there a case?

John Burke of Editor's Weblog is questioning whether there is enough evidence in the court case against Google News in Belgium to uphold the court's original decision. Recently, the Belgian court ordered Google to remove all French and German-language content from its Belgian Google News site. For...

Closer ties for two Silicon Valley giants

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is to join the board of directors at Apple Computer, reports IOL technology.co.za. Schmidt is also a member of Google's board of directors and Princeton University's board of trustees. For more, click here....

Google teams up with MySpace

IOL Technology reported last week that Google has signed a deal with the owner of MySpace.com that will see it become the exclusive search provider for the popular online hangout and pay at least U$900 million (R6 billion) in shared advertising revenue. For more, go to...

The chic world of wine

www.winediva.co.za is a new blog aimed at South African women who want to explore and indulge in the variety of wine selections, tastes and styles that are readily available to consumers. "Many savvy South African women want to know more about wine in fun easy to consume snippets," says chief...

Online consumer forum launched

New consumer forum www.jump.co.za/forum aims to provide a platform for consumers to comment on online stores and shopping experiences in South Africa, allowing all parties involved in the e-commerce process to make themselves heard. "The web-based forum caters for discussions about all products sold...

Simply digital, really

Real Simple magazine's newly launched website www.realsimple.co.za is based on the US template and constructed by local web designers RIPE. Says marketing manager Lara Black, "While the website will include issue-led content, one of the site's key objectives is to provide a more interactive...

If you're at loss for power...

www.powerloss.co.za is a newly launched website to inform the public on the damage caused to our local business economy by Eskom's negligence. Citizens and business owners are encouraged to express and vent their frustration by posting their companies' damages during power cuts....

What girls really want

According to a recent survey, www.sweet16.co.za found that 37.2% of South African girls aged 12 - 24 browse the Internet for a few hours each day, with 17.4% checking in at least once a day and 38.1% a few times a week. With more households now having broadband connections, 47.1% have access from...

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