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Forget social media, it’s boring

I love my computer Oh, so you've got a startup that's going to change the world using social media? Tell someone else about it. I'm not listening any more. Here's why: social media got boring. Yup, it's boring and its lost the luster that made it so revolutionary in the first place. I can pinpoint when it happened too: The Evolution of a Social Media Professional: 2007: Holy crap, this is so cool. 2008: This is really cool. You should check it out. 2009: Why won’t anyone listen ...

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TrashCanKidz: socially conscious gaming with a big heart, giant ambitions

Following in the footsteps of socially conscious toys and games such as Karito Kids and Xeko, TrashCanKidz is taking an everything but the kitchen sink approach with a unique game and retail product one-two punch that contributes 20% of its revenue to charity. The startup hailing from Mauritius is seeking funding via Kickstarter, hoping to raise US$100 000 to bring the project to life. The aforementioned game Xeko also took to Kickstarter for funding and succeeded in reaching its target of ...

Apple, Infographic

Apple by the numbers [Infographic]

Apple by the numbers infographic Well now. If you had any doubts about Apple's financial status, this infographic will eradicate them: Apple is coining it. The Cupertino-based giant announced its latest results yesterday -- a cool US$8.8-billion in profits this quarter thanks to the sale of 26-million iPhones and 17-million iPads -- so it's clear the company is not exactly filing for bankruptcy. But a yearly revenue equal to the GDP of New Zealand? Ef. Ok, so some sources put the GDP of the ...

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Shanghai to introduce free city-wide Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi The eternal hunt for free Wi-Fi is about to get a lot easier for residents of Chinese mega-city Shanghai. According to the Oriental Daily, the city's municipal government is embarking on a massive push to make Wi-Fi freely available to all its citizens. The programme, called i-Shanghai (a pun on the word love) will see a test batch of Wi-Fi hotspots going live in the next few days. According to the Oriental Morning Post (translation via Sina Tech), authorities are ...

News

Foursquare finally serious about making money

oldnavy-foursquare1 In what seems a natural succession its recent series of updates, location-based social network Foursquare has launched a revenue-generating product. Following the same route as Twitter and Facebook, the service launched "Promoted Updates" to help selected merchants promote their products and business. "This is the first time ever that we’re allowing businesses to pay to promote their business in Foursquare," product manager Noah Weiss told Venturebeat in an interview. "It’s obviously a very exciting milestone for us." Promoted updates which work ...

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Apple rides high on back of iPad, iPhone sales

Ipad and iphone Apple has just released its latest financial results and it looks like the Cupertino giant is healthier than ever. Well it was hardly going to be disaster at every turn now was it? This is the world's most valuable company we're talking about after all. Things look especially good for sales of Apple's signature iDevices. This quarter saw it ship 26-million iPhones, representing 28% year on year growth and 17-million iPads, representing 84% growth from the same period last year. ...

General Tech, Infographic

60% of people are stressed out by technology [Infographic]

digital technology and stress infographic Does technology stress you out? Apparently you're not alone. Technology is supposed to make your life easier, but because of all the real-time information and multiple screens you're suddenly expected to deal with every day, your brain is becoming overloaded and you're losing the ability to concentrate or even be polite. Your cellphone has become a chunk of plastic and glass you check obsessively, as technology becomes a slightly creepy stalker. Add this to the stress of dealing with never-ending ...

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Is there a solution to Groupon’s SA woes?

Groupon There’s been a recent surge in complaints about the South African iteration of Groupon, with many customers getting vocal about undelivered products, not receiving refunds as promised and even about difficulties in opting out of their mailing list. Complaints are flooding in on consumer websites such as HelloPeter, most of which typically relate to users not receiving goods paid for, refunds that never get processed, poor after-sales service and spamming by the group-buying giant. Read more on Ventureburn.com

News

YouTube set to tackle trolls head on

troll This is interesting. YouTube is trying to take on the trolls by taking on their biggest weapon: anonymity. The world's most popular video-sharing site has very quietly introduced a dialogue box that opens up when you're about to post a comment. Here's the kicker though, if you don't want to post as yourself, YouTube will go ahead and ask you why. The possible options include “My channel is for a show or character” and “My channel name is well-known for other ...

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The Zuck’s first patent finally comes through

Mark Zuckerberg Poor Mark Zuckerberg. Seems the Facebook founder's had to wait six years for his first patent to be filed. According to ReadWriteWeb, the filing is fairly inconsequential, but no one ever forgets their first right? The patent is called Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary, and in its abstract is described as: … a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile ...

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