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  • Turns out there were some unexpected winners in Apple’s map announcement

    When Apple announced that iOS6 would come with a built-in maps app featuring turn-by-turn navigation there were a couple of different responses. The hardcore phandroids smugly reminded everyone that Google maps has had the feature for a while now. Others lamented the fate of navigation apps that had clearly just been screwed over. One of the first apps that sprung to mind in the latter category was Waze, the community-driven navigation and traffic app. As it turns out though, Waze wasn't completely willing to bend over the Cupertio-based tech giant. Far from it. Waze is actually one of the...

  • iOS 6: Is Apple loosening up?

    Apple announced a new Safari “feature" in iOS 6 last night that made me grin. And when you’re posting a photo or video to eBay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video -- or choose from your Camera Roll -- without leaving Safari. If you’re a web developer, you might have noticed that it wasn’t possible to allow iOS Safari users to upload a picture or video to your website using the standard HTML file input type (input type="file"). It made sense because iOS doesn’t really have a user-facing file system and traditional file concepts. In the past you...

  • WordPress.com sites get infinite scrolling, ‘the future of the web’

    This is cool. Well for people who read the web at any rate. For advertisers, maybe not so much. WordPress.com sites are set to come standard with scrolling. What this basically means is that when you reach the end of a post, you can just keep scrolling down and the next post will load. According WordPress.com's Lance Willet, this is the way the web will work in the future: Instead of the old way of navigating down a page by scrolling and then clicking a link to get to the next page, waiting for a page refresh — the document...

  • Twitter to start tailoring trends to individuals

    Twitter is changing the way its trending topics work. Right now you can see topics as a worldwide list, or select one of more than 150 locations. But in the future it'll all depend on who you follow on what your interests are. According to Twitter product manager Sara Mauskopf, "Trends lists are tailored for you by default on twitter.com and mobile apps like Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android." If you're a journalist who uses trends as a valuable reporting tool, don't panic. If you don’t wish to see tailored Trends, but instead want to see a...

  • 10 snazzy iOS 6 features you need to know about

    Last night, Apple's WWDC kicked off with three major announcements. Firstly, Apple's MacBook line has been significantly upgraded. Next, Mountain Lion received a few nice touches and finally, iOS 6 is launching this fall. It's not the UI upgrade everyone wanted, but it's filled with tweaks and new features iOS was gagging for. Let's delve into ten hot new features and updates planned for iOS 6. Siri Everyone's favourite, 2001 AD -voiced digital assistant gets a slew of updates. Siri's vocab has grown, its sport knowladge is bumped up, Yelp is more deeply integrated into the search queries, and Siri can...

  • Google turns up the heat on Hot Searches

    Google has announced a series of updates to its Hot Search function in Google Trends. Hot Searches allows you to see a list of the fastest rising search terms for a snapshot of what’s on the public’s collective mind. Now Hot Searches has gotten a refresh that makes the list of searches more visual, groups related rising search terms together and lets people see more information about those searches. According Nimrod Tamir of the Google Trends Team the "rich images and links to related news articles" mean that you can "glance at the list and instantly get an idea of...

  • How social is killing TV as a one-way medium

    Take a moment and think about how you watched television last night. Were you glued to the screen, just you and the TV? Or did you sit phone in hand, scrolling through your social channels, replying to an email and Whatsapp’ing with your friend on the other side of the country about said show? One of my favourite quotes sums it up: “social media makes you social with the people who aren’t there, and unsocial with the people that are”. Translate this into TV viewing habits and what I find in my network is that people are connecting in communities...

  • How online tools can help determine the worth of a sporting sponsorship

    It's a good year to be talking about sponsorship effectiveness. A very good year. Sure, 2010 was a pretty good one too, but the Olympic Games take it to another level. While it may not bring in the same value in sponsorship dollars as that overly-regulated tournament where men in shorts fall over if you so much as sneeze in their direction, the prestige of an event which had its first incarnation in the BC years adds another dimension. Sponsorship investments, and their effectiveness, have long been a challenge for brands to get their heads around. What constitutes a...

  • 6 must-have accessories for the fashionable geek

    A common misconception is that geeks are inherently unfashionable (think Big Bang Theory). Well, let’s just set the record straight. Just because you’re into tech and the digital space, it doesn’t mean you need to spend your weekends dressed in Star Trek gear. Geek-dom can still be cool and it looks like geek is in and “I’m too cool for school” is out. Bottom line -- being geeky is the way of the future. Sitting behind a laptop all day doesn't mean you can’t do it in style. Relish in geek-pride and check out some of these awesome geeky...

  • 50 awesome short films to check out on YouTube

    YouTube is about more than videos of cats, or skaters falling over. The world's most popular video-sharing platform is also now a repository for classic films, a movie rental service and a sports broadcaster. The company also has several projects which it says are aimed at pushing creative innovation, including YouTube Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Play, and YouTube Space Lab. Another of these projects is Your Film Festival, which kicked off earlier this year and encourages users to submit “a short-story driven video”. The competition, run in collaboration with acclaimed director Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free, has reached the semi-final...

  • Lulzsec splinter group hacks Twitter client

    What? You thought you'd heard the last of hacker collective Lulzsec when its ringleader turned out to be an FBI mole? Sorry pal, you thought wrong. Lulzsec Reborn -- a splinter group formed from the remnants of the now defunct Lulzsec -- has claimed responsibility for leaking 10 000 passwords from a Twitter-based app called TweetGif. The app, which allows people to share GIFs, required its users to share their names, passwords, and locations. The group has yet to give any reason for the hack, although it may just have been "for the lulz". That is, it may have...

  • Wily Scots develop search engine for ‘Internet of Things’

    People have been promising us The internet of things for some time now (the term dates back all the way to 1999). Things were pretty slow to get off the ground but now it seems that it is big enough to need a search engine. The term "internet of things" essentially refers to uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an internet-like structure. A group of Scottish academics has developed a search engine that uses the connected sensors on these real-world objects to provide answers to search queries. According to Tech World, the scientists at the University...

  • SilverWiz completes the cycle with MoneyWiz for Mac

    If you’re one of those people with a good memory or like to read my articles over and over (anybody?), you’ll remember how I went absolutely crazy over MoneyWiz for iOS a few weeks back. Calling it "the best on the market" and saying that "I no longer use any other finance apps on either device and that I’ve never been happier with an app before"...well five weeks on and I still feel this way, and as of today, even better, I've just received my copy of the brand new Mac version of MoneyWiz. Here’s a quick review of...

  • Facebook owns the world, rumors of empire decline may be exaggerated

    The world is blue, Facebook blue to be precise. The 900-million strong social network is predominant in all but a few of the world's countries. The latest world map of social networks, which charts social network popularity by country, shows that the last real bastions of resistance to Facebook dominance are Russia, China, Iran, Vietnam, and Latvia. In those countries, the social networking giant is held at bay by local efforts V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki in Russia, Zing in Vietnam, and Draugiem in Latvia. Thing is, it could well be on its way to dominance in these territories. Vietnam...

  • Memeburn’s WWDC software roundup

    Ahem. If you'd care to take a couple of minutes out from drooling over the new Macbook Pro, we'd like to tell you about some of the software updates Apple announced today at its World Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC). The Cupertino-based tech giant unveiled new iterations of both its desktop and mobile operating systems at the San Francisco event. Here's the run down. OS X Apple was pretty keen to punt its desktop software at the event, calling Lion "it's best-selling release ever" with 26-million sales to date. Today it officially launched OSX Mountain Lion, just four months after the...