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  • The Oatmeal is being sued by a greeting card company with a similar name

    Popular webcominc The Oatmeal is being sued by a greeting card company called Oatmeal Studios. Way to make yourself popular, random greeting card company. According to The Next Web, the issue stems from The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman's recent work with Recycled Greetings, a company that own a chain of gift and stationery shops. Inman has been selling cards based on some of his more famous comics through the chain, as well on his website. Apparently Oatmeal Studios caught wind of this and decided to sue Inaman and Recycled Greetings for infringing on the phrase "Oatmeal Studios". The company says...

  • Twitter users are more likely to visit online stores… and actually buy stuff

    So it seems that all those tweets you see by retailers on Twitter may be working ... well, for businesses in the US at least. According to a new study by Twitter and statistics company Compete, Twitter users who see posts from retailers are more likely to visit online stores (and buy things) than your average netizen. Good news for Twitter's business model. The US-based study analysed over 2 600 desktop users who were exposed to 665 different retailers (including Apple, Nike, Amazon, Groupon and Walmart) and compared them to 2 600 Twitter users who didn't see a store's tweet...

  • Apple’s Spaceship campus will only be ready in 2016

    Apple's plans for its new 260 000 square metre campus in Cupertino have hit some snags courtesy of an environmental impact report, according to AppleInsider. Initial plans to start construction in 2012, look more than likely to change to 2014, meaning that the project will likely only be completed in 2016. Cupertino city manager David Brandt said: "They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly. The project is running a little bit slow." Slightly altered plans were submitted to the city of Cupertino on 14 November, detailing the relocation of a proposed auditorium. But even...

  • Narrowing it down: how to deal with Facebook’s bullying tactics

    So, here’s what we know. Facebook is now acting like the biggest, baddest kid in the playground and has been kicking up dirt for the past year or so. With the introduction of promoted posts for users and a change to its Edge Rank algorithm -- the sequence in which users are appropriated posts in their own news feeds -- the likelihood of catching your best friend’s status, announcing his engagement to his high school sweetheart as well as seeing the latest update from your favourite clothing brand is now less likely to happen organically. I say organically because the change...

  • 6 music apps that are rocking Facebook

    If video killed the radio star, then Facebook certainly gave it a second life. Internet radio and other music streaming services are seeing a massive uptick thanks to integration with the social media giant via its Open Graph platform. With Facebook changing so fast, and so often, it’s difficult to keep up with what has been around from the start, and what is a recent addition. Timeline integration with apps has only been around for a bit longer than a year, since Open Graph was launched by the company. And Facebook and music is a match made in heaven. Music is...

  • Behind the Great Firewall: 5 top Chinese tech predictions beyond 2013

    The tech world's eyes are glued firmly on China, and with good reason too. It has the world's largest online population. And despite, or perhaps because of, a series of controls colloquially known as the Great Firewall of China, it is home to some of the world's largest social networks. Once written off as Twitter and Facebook clones, the likes of Sina Weibo and Renren now regularly have space in the Western media. Chinese mobile manufacturers like ZTE and Huawei meanwhile are becoming dominant players in the smartphone scene, largely on the back of their successes in the budget Android...

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II — beyond the standard delivery

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is not the revelation we've been waiting for, but it makes bold new changes to a very stale formula, including mission goals that affect the overall game, real-time strategy levels, customisable loadouts before each mission and the slickest multiplayer of 2012. Lock and load. Harrowing tale I need to speak about the story first, because it's incredible. While it may dive into torture porn in some places to hammer the point home, it's still leagues above the flag-waving plots of previous titles. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Israeli Vice Prime Minister’s blog, email, social accounts hacked

    A pro-Palestinian group calling itself the Z Company Hacking Crew (ZHC) has claimed responsibility for a widespread hack of a number of social accounts held by Israel's Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. The group has managed to gain access to Shalom's Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube, Picasa, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts -- and it's threatening to release information it's found, including his contacts and personal phone number. It seems that Shalom either used the same password for multiple accounts, or that he registered for all the services using his Gmail address, which allowed ZTE to reset the passwords once they had...

  • ‘Spotify of Bollywood’ launches English-language service

    Indian digital music platform Saavn, which bills itself at the "Spotify of Bollywood", has launched an English-language service incorporating a quarter of a million songs into its database of Bollywood and South Asian content. The new service will bring songs from the likes of Jay-Z, Pitbull, Shakira, and Michael Jackson to Saavn's Indian web platform. The reserve of English-language songs, says Saavn, comes from its partnerships with Sony and Universal Music. The company reckons that launching an English-language service will give it "an even larger Indian user base that's seeking Western music instead of, or in addition to, regional...

  • Emerging markets growth, convenience push mobile content and commerce

    If you think mobile content and commerce are just buzzwords at the moment, or concepts you should look at for the future, think again. Nearly 90% of mobile users already engage in mobile content and commerce. That's up from 82% last year. That growth isn't about to start slowing down either, especially as people in emerging markets get access to increasingly affordable, sophisticated mobile technology. According to the latest annual survey conducted by MEF -- a global community for mobile content and commerce -- around 88% of mobile users now use their devices for research, to purchase products or...

  • HP admits to overpaying for Autonomy, says it misrepresented its financials

    HP has admitted that it overpaid for software company Autonomy, saying that it was misled by management about the company's finances. The purchase means the tech giant took a US$9-billion hit following accusations an investigation into "improprieties" at the British company. The investigation was reportedly triggered by a someone from within Autonomy. According to HP: “senior member of Autonomy’s leadership team came forward, following the departure of Autonomy founder Mike Lynch, alleging that there had been a series of questionable accounting and business practices at Autonomy prior to the acquisition by HP.” That's nearly as much as the US$10-million...

  • Tencent’s WeChat gets a mobile payments injection

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is set to bring payment services to its mobile chat app WeChat. According to the Wall Street Journal Lai Zhiming, the head of TenPay -- Tencen't third-party payments platform -- told media that the WhatsApp-style app will integrate with the payments service in the next couple of months. At this point its unclear how the service will work, although users will reportedly be able buy items by scanning their codes at stores. The new service could be potential boon to the service, which recently hit the 200-million user mark. In turn it could provide a...

  • Intel CEO decides to call it a day, announces retirement

    CEO Paul Otellini, an Intel Corp employee for nearly 40 years, has announced that he will retire at the age of 62. This comes during a difficult time for the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker -- in existence since 1968 -- as the traditional PC market flails in the face of the ever increasing push towards mobile computing. Otellini's retirement comes as a surprise to many. Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst and consultant said: "I don't think anyone expected Otellini to retire until he hit 65. This is a few years early and takes everyone by...

  • The Mxit mix-up: the rise and fall of Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

    The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter at Mxit's Wonderland By Michelle Atagana and Matthew Buckland Just over a year ago, on a rainy August morning, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr took a long walk along a river bank in Stellenbosch with Herman Heunis, the founder of Mxit, Africa's largest mobile social network. They were sharing an umbrella and engaging in small talk. Towards the end of the walk, Knott-Craig broke the news to Heunis that he had been unable to raise enough money through his venture capital firm, World of Avatar, to buy Mxit. He felt he'd lost his chance when...

  • Online security: if you’re dumb, you must suffer

    I've just finished reading Matt Honan’s (Wired Senior Editor) exhaustive, but very good piece, Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore. For all its merit and accurate advice I feel there’s on issue that wasn't adequately addressed, and it’s something that’s particularly relevant to people in emerging markets. I have long advocated, albeit only in my personal capacity, the advantages of keeping as much of your digital life as possible offline. Yes, there are certain modern-day conveniences that are nigh unavoidable: online shopping, online banking, social networking, etc. However, that does not mean you...