Contributors A-Z | Top contributors | Edit profile
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in New Media in her final year.
She later joined Memeburn, where she worked as a reporter-slash-social media manager-slash-internet cat tracker, before heading to the WWF to do her bit for the planet. She's also a Masters in Media Theory and Practice graduate, after battling a dissertation focusing on Twitter and journalism at the University of Cape Town.
It's made headlines with its seemingly crazy unconventional project to bring internet access to the developing world with drones and lasers, but now it seems Facebook's Internet.org has simpler plans too.
It has announced an Android and mobile web app, which will give users access to services like Google Search, the weather, Wikipedia and (of course) Facebook for free.
The Internet.org app is initially rolling out in Zambia in partnership with local telcom Airtel, where it will offer its more than 4-million ...
Yes, it's real. After a few not-so-well-kept secrets snuck out of Facebook HQ, the Instagram team has officially unveiled its new standalone messaging app. It's called Bolt.
Bolt is a photo-messaging app built in the same vein as Snapchat and Taptalk, which allows you to rapidly take and share photos with your friends. You simply frame your photo, add some text if you want and tap your friend's avatar -- the app quickly snaps and sends the shot, which the recipient ...
What do you get when you combine Lil Bub, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Nala and Venus the cat? That would be latest species-saving campaign from Greenpeace. No, really.
The environmental organisation has rolled out something special for International Tiger Day. Its #CatsSaveTigers campaign is a partnership with some of the internet's biggest kitties, which sees them using their social media influence to raise awareness about the plight of their larger cousins. In the last century, the world's tiger population has ...
We've had everything from bacteria and chocolate-covered insects to a functioning Rubik's Cube -- but Google's not done yet.
The search giant is inviting South African children between the ages of 6 and 17 to submit their entries and be the artist behind a custom country doodle, themed 'South Africa of My Dreams', which will run on the Google home page for millions to see.
It's the first time the nation will be running a dedicated Doodle for Google competition ...
Microsoft's not shy when it comes to tackling its competition head-on -- from openly pitting its Surface Pro 3 against the Macbook Air to all those Scroogled ads. The latest victim? That would be Siri.
The company's new Windows Phone ad essentially simulates a showdown between Apple's personal assistant and its own recently-launched competitor, Cortana. It directly compares Apple's flagship device to the Lumia 635, assigning them both a series of tasks -- and the budget Nokia beats it every time. ...
Are you addicted to stickers? Yes, I am referring to those silly-but-awesome oversized emoji made up of cute cats and Facebook foxes. Wish you could just have more?
You're in luck. An app called Imoji makes stickers -- from anything. You can upload your favourite snapshots or turn on your front-facing camera and snap a selfie, and seconds later -- poof! You have a completely original customised sticker to share with your friends.
The app, which is currently only available on ...
Yes, they're back... and this time, they're armed with emoji.
Stock imagery site Dissolve has put together a clever video which tells the story of the growing influence of emoji on our world. Presented as a scientific Sir David Attenborough-style documentary, "Emoji Among Us" explains how emoji have permeated classrooms and boardrooms and influenced how we communicate.
The best part? It's made up entirely of emoji superimposed on stock footage. In addition to the footage, Dissolve has shared links to ...
Okay, Microsoft is no stranger when it comes to troupes of dancers and snapping keyboards into place when promoting its Surface tablet... but this is another level.
The tech giant's OneNote engineering team has put together a parody video of LMFAO's "Sexy and I know it" to promote the note-taking software and the latest iteration of the Surface which is, how do I put this... a bit funny. As in, not so much humorous as it is weird.
While good parodies ...
Ever flick through Facebook and spot an interesting post, only to be distracted and lose it in the ever-changing Newsfeed stream? Perhaps your friend shared something you want to follow up on when you have some spare time to sit down for a long read. If only there was some way to keep track of all those links...
Well, there is. It's called Pocket. Or Instapaper. Evernote. Or even Delicious. But the latest news in read-it-later services is from social giant ...
When you snap a photo and upload it to your favourite social network site, chances are you're more focused on spreading the image and not really thinking about what else you're sharing. But that photo contains information about everything from what device you used to where you were when it was taken. And if the subject was your cat, you may have another privacy issue to worry about.
I Know Where Your Cat Lives is an experiment by Florida State University ...