General, Social media

Facebook ditches Bing, plans to introduce own search tool

Facebook Quite out of the blue, it seems that Facebook is removing Microsoft's Bing as its search provider. Today the social network plans to launch its own new search tool. The new search engine is said to give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends, allowing for a more accurate experience. Facebook has been building its search products for a long time, using Bing as an extra layer to provide results beyond its Interest Graph -- ...

News

James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ movie plot notes leaked by hacker group

Spectre Following the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November where five unreleased movies along with sensitive documents were made public, the drafts of 007's up-coming Spectre movie have been divulged over the weekend. Several sources who claim to have gone through "some emails from those leaked Sony files," have shared these sensitive notes regarding the highly-anticipated James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista. Here’s some emails from those leaked Sony files re: the new Bond film. ...

Android, Google, News

These are 2014′s most popular apps, games and movies on Google Play

Play If you have Candy Crush along with Duolingo, Facebook and MyFitnessPal on your phone, you're probably one of the most average Android users of 2014. That's according to the new stats on what was trending on Google Play this year. Housing an estimated 1.3 million apps, Google Play tops the Apple App Store which is home to 1.2 million and therefor is the biggest mobile operating system's store. The most popular Android applications per category are Duolingo under Education, Facebook in ...

Advertising & Marketing

Why empathy matters for your marketing strategy

clasped-hands-541849_1280 Decoding the intricate consumer mindset is something marketers have been trying to do for years. But to crack this complex puzzle, they need to attack it from the other end. The most successful marketers address problems from a customer or user standpoint through design thinking. This mentality focuses on whom the product or service is designed for rather than whom it’s designed by. But the biggest component of successful design thinking is a marketer’s ability to empathize with customers. This detailed ...

BurnCast, News

Weekly Roundup #9: Ralph Baer, Dragons’ Den prodigy, Instagram, Volvo’s hybrid and Art of the brick

Instagram mobile In our ninth edition of Weekly Roundup the Burn Media squad chats about all things startup prodigies, sexy hybrid vehicles and all so many LEGO. This week the world said goodbye to The Father of Video Gaming, 92-year-old Ralph Baer -- the legend who's responsible for the first gaming console among other things awesome. Over at Ventureburn, the first season of popular reality pitching show Dragons' Den SA came to a conclusion with one of the youngest entrepreneurs walking away ...

Advertising & Marketing

Now, more than ever, content is king in the digital space

king There are two defined parts in every ad agency’s strategy in the digital and social media arena. One is the technical side, and just about everyone has this part sorted. The other part, the one that stands out, is content and here lies the challenge – are agencies equipped with skilled content writers to produce content, and to produce it on a daily basis to keep populating various platforms with vibrant and fresh relevant copy? We all know social media ...

News

19 snaps of incredible LEGO designs at the Art of the Brick Cape Town

LEGO It took 4 188 hours and more than 1 million colourful LEGO bricks to build the 78 pieces of LEGO art displayed at the "Art of the Brick" exhibition, currently underway in Cape Town. American lawyer-turned-LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya yesterday showcased his amazing works of brick art at the Art of the Brick exhibition launch at the city's V&A Waterfront. With an air of 8-bit in physical form, the plastic brick creations are all presented in different rooms -- from ...

Infographic, Mobile

Does the country you live in determine how you use your mobile? [Infographic]

Mobile user It's almost become cliche to say that we live in a mobile world. The thing about cliches though is that they often have more than a grain of truth about them. This is especially true when it comes to mobile. Think about it. There are around 2-billion smartphone subscribers on the planet, with sub-Saharan Africa alone set to have more than half a billion of its own smartphone subscribers by 2020. The money is following people's user habits too, with ...

Gearburn

Fails, sharks and Minecraft mazes: this week’s greatest gaming and gadget videos

Game-fails-Gamesprout-1-650x350 It's Friday, and we really shouldn't be at work, but that won't stop us from gandering through the week's best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? People are always doing great, stupid and simply dumbfounding things on the internet. More often than not, the good folk with recording devices capture these priceless moments and upload them to video libraries across the web, giving us a chance to view them. Read more on Gearburn.

News, Social networking

New Facebook buttons let you make reservations, use external apps, shop now

Facebook Facebook has rolled out call to action buttons which enable users to book reservations, use an app, go to a non-Facebook website, sign up for a subscription service, watch videos, and play games all from a Facebook page. The buttons have no complications, Facebook says, and will appear to the left of the Like button on a page. On its blog, the company wrote: “Pages are an important destination for people on Facebook, and we’re building new ways for people to interact ...

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