Do you know your Hipsters from your Punks? – Well, your computer does

Dividing people into popular subcultures may be the quickest way to determine whether you have anything in common with someone but  it wasn’t the kind of thing you would expect scientists to take a particular interest in until now. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms to determine an individual’s ‘urban …

How crowdfunding has made business more personal

The days of relying on the generosity of well-to-do acquaintances and persuading angel investors to back your ideas are gone. Crowdfunding has opened the flood gates for good ideas to become real businesses and unlike traditional sponsorship models, everyone can get involved and the general public is choosing the products and services that they want …

The online entrepreneur and the iconic newspaper – An unlikely love story featuring Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post

It seems that the ‘death’ of print media should have been dubbed more suitably as ‘an ill-health’. It is true that since the internet came along to save the lives of many a tree, print publishing on the other hand, has suffered greatly. But print has found an unlikely saviour, or at least a monied …

TripAdvisor buys luxury holiday site Jetsetter

In the latest big acquisition in the IT world, TripAdvisor, the travel and leisure giant already monopolizing all of our tech-assisted holiday decision-making, has just acquired the luxury travel deal community, ‘Jetsetter’. Once luxury umbrella Gilt Groupe’s high-end travel arm, Jestsetter now officially forms part of TripAdvisor’s growing holiday consortium.  Jetsetter, a members-only site that makes community members aware …

African Facebook users in 2013 – social networking hot spots on the continent and some scary stats

A recently released map of Facebook usage across Africa provides a snapshot of who’s making the most of the network.  There aren’t many surprises but interesting global usage comparisons are being made, especially here at home. Egypt takes first place as the largest Facebook-using country in Africa, with 13,010 580 users it is ranked twentieth worldwide, …