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  • Tweet your way to cheaper pizza

    Everyone loves a good pizza -- but what people love more is a discount. Pizza outlet Col’Cacchio has just launched its "Slice the Price" viral campaign which has seen it take to Twitter, encouraging people to tweet the hashtag associated with the campaign (#priceslice) to generate a buzz around the brand. The more someone tweets #priceslice the greater the discount they receive on their next pizza. The campaign has only been launched on social media platforms and in order to redeem their discount patrons need to whisper the tag line “Price Slice” when ordering. Taking cognizance of...

  • Pinterest rolls out redesigned profile pages

    Up-and-coming social player Pinterest has gone live with the first major update to its profile pages since launching a couple of years ago. The redesign lends profiles a new, more streamlined look. This is much the same approach that Facebook and Twitter took with their most recent updates. In fact, our first reaction on seeing Memeburn's new profile was something along the lines of “Hey, it looks like Timeline!” We noticed, however, that the redesign hasn’t quite been blended seamlessly into the rest of Pinterest’s design The updates also allow you to reorder your boards, gives you a clearer view of activity,...

  • Anonymous-OS is fake, ‘wrapped in trojans’

    When we found out about Anymous-OS, we had our suspicions that it might not actually be from everyone’s hacktivist group. The worse-than-usual English was one warning sign. The warning directing users not to attack any websites was another. A warning from The Hacker News that “the OS “is not developed by any Genuine Source, can be backdoored OS by any Law enforcement Company or Hacker” didn’t help either. Now one of Anonymous' official Twitter accounts has rubbished the legitimacy of the OS, adding that it was “wrapped in Trojans”. The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped...

  • Tencent set to expand into search, other markets

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is already a dominant player in the online space. It owns a number of chat properties, microblogging sites, social networks, and multiplayer online gaming portals both in China and around the world. Turns out that’s not enough. The company, which is part-owned by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, says it wants to expand into new business areas including search and ecommerce. "We will continue to invest selectively, but forcefully, in emerging growth opportunities, notably ecommerce and search," the company said in a statement. It claims that it is making these investments in a bid...

  • TED brings ‘ideas worth spreading’ to Android

    This is very cool, if a little long in the making. TED, the organisation behind the renowned conference series of the same name, has just launched its Android app. The free app features over 1 200 talks from a wide variety of people, including “education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends”. It also includes curated audiostreams The apps launch has not yet been tweeted out by the non-profit’s official Twitter account, or by its curator Chris Anderson. TED’s tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and it seems to believe that Android’s position as the world’s number one...

  • Why competition for the SKA Telescope is important for tech

    A recent article in Nature states that South Africa has won the backing of the SKA Site Advisory Committee to host the SKA Telescope. Although the report states that the victory was by a very narrow margin, it is great news for South Africa and many of the other participating African nations. If you're wondering what this has to do with your usual dose of IT news, it's actually very important. The SKA Telescope is a radio telescope that consists of over 3 000 radio dishes with a total surface area of one kilometer squared. In order for it to...

  • 4 Tips for pitching your great idea to a blog

    Part of being a blogger is constantly advertising your ideas as unique. Even if you maintain your own site, you have to establish credibility. Writing guest blogs on other prominent sites is one of the most effective ways to make yourself known as a thought leader in your niche. Here are a few tips for pitching ideas to other bloggers. 1. Know the blog You’ve got an amazing topic in mind, and you want a reputable site take a chance on you. You can increase your odds of being picked up by doing some research. Don’t pitch your ideas blindly. You could...

  • 5 Ways real estate agents can use social media to sell houses

    Real estate agents aren't exactly renowned for their tech-savvy, and being listed among the 10 most hated professions, next to bouncers and motorcycle couriers, is a bit embarrassing. Looking for ways to turn this perception around, estate agents, like so many professions before them, are turning to social media. Memeburn decided to take a look at a few ways they can use the medium to sell houses. 1. Taking offline skills online In the world of estate agents open houses, listings and viewings are crucial to selling property and going digital is making it easier. WellcomeMat is a great example of this....

  • Review: Griffin Protector case for iPhone 4 and 4S

    The Griffin Protector case for iPhone 4 and 4S is a $US20 piece of silicone rubber that wraps around your phone to protect the back, sides and bezel and has a matte texture on the exterior which improves grip. It has cutouts for the front and back camera, headphone jack and noise-cancelling microphone, mute switch, ear piece as well as speaker/microphone grills and Dock Connector at the bottom. The Protector is part of Griffin’s ruggedised Armored line, so it falls into the same category as the extreme-duty Survivor case. Incidentally, the Survivor case meets US and UK Departments of Defense standards....

  • What Firefox has planned for 2012

    Last year, Mozilla managed to get Firefox back on track. While the long delay of Firefox 4 gave competitors like the up-and-coming Google Chrome a chance to gain quite a bit of market share. Mozilla adapted to the changing environment and switched to a Chrome-like rapid-release schedule that is focused on releasing a new version every six weeks. Given these short release cycles, it's good to keep the larger picture in view sometimes and, thankfully, Mozilla today provided us with a nice overview of what we can expect from Firefox over the coming months. The organisation has discussed most of...

  • Google claims it’s winning the war on bad ads

    Google is at war. This time it’s not with Facebook, Apple, or any of the other tech giants. No, this time its target is bad ads. According to an official blog post, the internet giant wants is looking to take the same approach to ads that appear on it and its partners sites as it does to spam on Gmail and malware on the Google Play Store. Google claims that. “Like all other internet companies, we’re fighting a war against a huge number of bad actors”. These bad actors, it says, range from “websites selling counterfeit goods and fraudulent...

  • FBI requests Google help after failing to unlock pimp’s cellphone

    Here’s one for the books. A US judge has approved request from the FBI that Google give up information on a pimp’s Android phone -- starting with how to get past the pattern screen lock. According to The Verge, the device belongs to one Dante Dears, who was arrested in 2005 for pimping out teenage prostitutes and beating a 15-year-old girl. Following his 2011 release, Dears was reportedly still directing prostitutes running using the phone in question. The FBI then seized the phone in an attempt to get information from it. The pattern lock was, however,...

  • Anonymous-OS goes live, download if you dare

    Hey, remember when Anonymous created its own um... anonymous social network? Well the lovable hacktivist scamps behind it seem to have made another go at building something. This time it’s an OS. The Linux-based operating system is called, rather imaginatively, Anonymous-OS. According to Source Forge, the OS was created “for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages”. A Tumblr blog dedicated to the OS claims it has been downloaded 4 600 times since going live. The User Interface (UI) actually doesn’t look too bad if headless suits, Guy Fawkes masks and lots of black are your thing. Then again, if...

  • Facebook, Google benefit most from Pinterest shares

    We know Pinterest is great for driving traffic to sites, but who’s actually benefitting the most from the up-and-comer’s surge in popularity? Logically, it should be sites that share some of the visual appeal of Pinterest, or those selling the kind of objects people like to pin -- lifestyle brands in particular should be doing well. A couple are, but according to new data from Experian Hitwise, the company benefitting the most from Pinterest is actually Facebook. That’s a little surprising given that it isn't among the top sources of content on the visual social network (despite Facebook wanting to associate Pinterest’s...

  • #ArsenalLive: Arsenal players talk to fans on Twitter

    In what could be a very cool trend for football teams around the world, English professional football club Arsenal F.C held a question and answer session on Twitter. The football club gathered some of its top players to answer questions posed by fans in what it calls a "live Twitter takeover". Takeover seems about right given that hashtag in use #ArsenalLive was the top trending topic on Twitter. Each player, whose identity was kept a secret until the moment they stepped into the "hot seat", got five minutes to answer questions posed by fans. Some of the players involved...