Merloni featured in The Annual 2010/11

The Annual 2010/11

South Africa’s biggest hardcover review of the advertising, branding, marketing and media industry in South Africa. It remains a must read for anyone in the industry." Jeremy Maggs Merloni Features in The Annual 2010/11

Merloni features in The Annual 2010/11 Merloni features in The Annual 2010/11

Imagine you’ve just opened a restaurant. Your recipes make Gordon Ramsey’s offerings seem bland, you’ve found a
supplier to deliver ingredients so fresh they may as well still have dew on them, and the interior is singularly stunning. Just one problem – your eatery is still very much a ‘secret address’. Read more

White iPhone 4 Issues Fixed With New Paint?

The white iPhone’s light-leakage issues may have been fixed with a new kind of paint.

As I previously commented the white iPhone 4 was delayed because light leaks into the camera ruining photos, especially when the internal flash is used.

According to other reports, Apple has partnered with an unnamed Japanese company that has developed a “miracle painting material.” The new paint helps Apple control the thickness prior to application, solving the light-leakage issues. However, a Japanese blog posts gives new meaning to the term ‘vague.’ Details are scarce.

Either way, the white iPhone 4 looks to be launching soon.

Sean Parker Says “The Social Network” Is “Fiction”

Napster founder and Facebook founding president Sean Parker lashed out at the movie The Social Network at a conference in Europe, calling it “a complete work of fiction.”

As you can see in the video above (skip to 5:20 for this part), Parker admires the production values of the film, but objects to the way his character was portrayed. Read more

Apple’s App Store nears 10 billion downloads

Apple’s running a big ticker on its web site as it heads toward a milestone 10 billion downloads for its App Store worldwide.

The company is celebrating with a contest: Whoever downloads the 10 billionth app could win a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

To say that Apple’s App Store has been a huge success would be an understatement. At the end of September 2009, 2 billion apps had been downloaded from the store. In January 2010 the number was 3 billion. The number has more than tripled approximately one year later, showing the strength of Apple’s app ecosystem, which now encompasses three major devices: the iPod touch, the iPhone and the iPad.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs to take medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take a leave of absence from the company for medical reasons, but will remain involved in major strategic decisions. He will leave day-to-day operations to COO Tim Cook.

Jobs made the announcement in an e-mail message to Apple employees.


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

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Cell C had no choice but to like Nando’s

Nandos CEO

Can you imagine the scene? Nando’s marketing team, agency, digital team and PR trying to work out the best time to release the Nando’s CEO parody campaign. Phone calls to lawyers working out the possible action should Cell C respond, as could reasonably be expected, with a court interdict.

I can almost hear it: “The best time to launch would be mid afternoon Friday — no time for Cell C to react and to get to the courts, so at least we’ll have Friday afternoon and the weekend and probably most of Monday. Yeah, if we can make a big enough splash we will be noticed – that’s perfect. Friday afternoon it will be.”

So off goes the campaign and sure enough Cell C does send a letter to Nando’s. But it isn’t threatening, it’s lighthearted and with it the mobile operator sends a few superfast affordable Whoosh speedsticks. Read more

Enhancing guest services globally with iPad.

For over 50 years, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts have aimed to make guests feel more than welcome by providing amenities and services that meet their needs as quickly and directly as possible. With iPad, Hyatt now has the ideal platform to deliver the kind of seamless guest services the company prides itself on — not to mention a powerful, portable business tool for executives in Hyatt’s corporate headquarters.

“We’re all about home away from home,” says John Prusnick, Director of IT Innovation & Strategy for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “We’re also all about ‘high touch,’ meaning the interaction with the guest. We’re enabling that with iPad. The combination of the two has been very powerful for us to reach that operational vision.”

From Hyatt’s Chicago headquarters to individual properties throughout the world, iPad is changing the way this hotel empire does business. Features like instant-on power, fast Internet access, and a large, easy-to-use onscreen keyboard make iPad a valuable contributor in meetings — and many Hyatt executives now take iPads on business trips in place of laptops. Read more

Introducing the Mac App Store

The App Store brings a world of possibilities to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It’s about to do the same for your Mac.

Great apps for your Mac. Right on your Mac.

The Mac App Store is just like the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. So it’s as easy to find and download Mac apps as it is to add your favorite magazine to iPad or a new game to iPod touch. You can browse Mac apps by category, such as games, productivity, music, and more. Or do a quick search for something specific. Read developer descriptions and user reviews. Flip through screenshots. When you find an app you like, click to buy it.

The easiest installation ever.

The Mac App Store revolutionizes the way applications are installed on a computer — it happens in one step. Enter the same iTunes password you use to buy apps on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. And within seconds, your new app flies to your Dock, ready to go. Read more