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  • North Korea’s rocket fails, the memes roll in

    You could sense a nervous tingle as North Korea announced plans to send a rocket into space. Was it real, or just a front for deploying intercontinental nuclear missiles? Then one of the world’s most isolated nations invited foreign press in for the launch. It was hoping to show off in a big way. It all suddenly seemed legit and, for some, a little more frightening. Then the whole thing blew apart less than a minute after take-off. While some breathed a sigh of relief, the web went into meme mode. Some poked fun at the country’s fearless leader:...

  • Oooh, Julian Assange’s TV show is on the horizon

    This was inevitable, in fact I am a little surprised it took this long. Wikileaks infamous leader will be coming to a small screen near you in a few short days. At least that's according to a tweet from the organisation's official Twitter account. THE WORLD TOMORROW:NEW ASSANGE TV SHOW AIRING ON Tuesday 17 April 2012Julian Assange has completed (cont) tl.gd/gunqv7— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 13, 2012 Assange -- who has been under house arrest for 500 days -- has completed shooting of a 12 episode television show that will air on RT, a Russian 24-hour television station. Titled, "The...

  • Facebook rolls out merged email and Timeline addresses

    Facebook announced that it will be updating the vanity urls of its users to match their Facebook email addresses. What’s that you say? Facebook forcing change on people without giving them an opt-out option? Queue the pitchfork-waving virtual mob. Before you go storm castle Facebook though, bear in mind that this change won’t actually do much more than give your timeline a url that actually makes sense. It’s also a not-so-subtle attempt by Facebook to push its email service, which was launched in 2010 and was a runaway success. Oh wait no, that’s wrong. Most users were happy with...

  • Apple: price-fixing allegations ‘simply not true’

    Apple’s has rejected claims from the US Justice Department that it colluded with some of the world’s biggest book publishers to fix prices. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the charges were “simply not true”. The US government has previously sued Apple, along with five other publishers, for conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. It later negotiated a compromise with three of the publishers, which could result in cheaper ebooks for consumers. Kerris defended the way Apple works with publishers, saying it was comparable to the way it deals with the...

  • Loopers trailer: Time travel, big guns [Video]

    You know we love geeking out to some of Hollywood's latest offerings, so of course we weren't ballistic when we saw the trailer for Loopers. It's a time travel assassin flick with corporate influences, high-tech time travel and a bit of film noir. Oh, and did we mention the time travel? The upcoming film is directed by third time director Rian Johnson and stars the smoldering Joseph Gordon-Levitt, action veteran Bruce Willis, and ever-present Emily Blunt. In a futuristic but not post-apocalyptic gangland, a killer (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mob in the year 2042. His job,...

  • YouTube opens up partner programme to everyone

    YouTube’s partner programme is what allows people to make money -- real money that is -- from the video-sharing platform. For most of its existence, it’s been available to a select few. All that’s about to change. The Google-owned service announced that it would be opening up the programme to all YouTube users. YouTube claims that, as long you live in one of 20 eligible countries, the process of becoming a partner is fairly simple: YouTube uploaders in these countries can become YouTube partners by enabling their YouTube accounts, and successfully monetising at least one of their videos. The video-sharing...

  • iPads still own the tablet market, but is Microsoft onto something big?

    Apple’s been dominating the tablet scene ever since the first iPad came out. Given the record sales figures for the new iPad it’s hardly surprising that dominance is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Even a soaring market -- sales are up 98% from 2011 -- and a slew of cheap new devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire can’t put a dent in the Cupertino-based tech giant’s dominance. According to tech research company Gartner, tablets running iOS are expected to account for around 61.4% of tablets sales in 2012. That share is expected to slip to around 45%...

  • Facebook is giving you more of your data, how nice

    Facebook has decided that it will allow users to download more of their private data. This, it claims, will allow them to back up more detailed information from their Facebook account. In a short post on its privacy page, the social networks explain what data it intends to make available to users: Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. First introduced in 2010, Download Your Information lets you get a copy of what you've shared on Facebook, such as photos, posts, messages, a list of friends and chat conversations. Now you...

  • StumbleUpon joins the Facebook Timeline party

    Web users the world over love StumbleUpon as a procrastination tool. Now the social discovery engine has become the latest big name to launch a Facebook Timeline app. In an official blog post, the company says it hopes to bring "the things in life you're most passionate about...to life" with the app. Stumbleupon claims its app is like a number of other Timeline apps in as much as it groups your activity "in a more streamlined format". Rather than being displayed one at a time, it says, your likes will be grouped together. StumbleUpon says the app...

  • Nando’s wishes Jacob Zuma a happy 70th in typical style

    He shares initials with a famous rapper, loves to dance, and always seems to have forgotten where he put his machine gun. Yup, it’s South African president Jacob Zuma and he turns 70 today. Fast-food chain Nando’s decided to celebrate the occasion with one of its trademark ads. The ad makes light of Zuma’s efforts to keep the ANC Youth League under the control of the party as well as his numerous wives and children. Full Size Come to think of it: four wives, and 20 or so children and we’d also forget where things were. Happy Birthday Mr Pres....

  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper giggles over Pussy Willow beating [Video]

    Remember when Anderson Cooper started giggling on live television during is his RidicuList segment? It's happened again. Cooper seems to be suffering from a giggle fit here while doing a report on the Polish-American end-of-Lent holiday known as Dyngus Day -- yep apparently that's a real thing. Cooper's fit begins when a reporter mentions that it is traditional on Dyngus day for women to hit men with Pussy Willows. Seriously? I can't say I blame him for laughing, really Pussy Willows? I guess it takes all sorts. The video is epic, trust me you'll be in fits of giggle after...

  • 5 Reasons Facebook Timeline’s time is limited

    By now, most Facebook users have made the transition to the new Timeline profile page, and it’s only inevitable that the resistant few will be forced to follow, as Facebook make the changes permanent in the next week or so. The change has been advertised as a way in which to “rediscover the things you shared”, but more importantly, as a way to map personal milestones that occurred in the days pre-social media. As with all Facebook updates, user response has been mixed, with many complaining that the new features are cumbersome to use; and to be fair, they’re...

  • Are the BRICS building legal barriers to social media?

    Are emerging market countries, notably the BRICS, clamping down on internet freedoms? Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vincent Cerf warned last year of an "authoritarian" trend particularly among certain emerging market countries. We know about China. Western social networks are often blocked by a series of filters colloquially called the Great Firewall of China. Authorities in the Asian superpower are also clamping down on native social networks such as the incredibly popular microblogging site Sina Weibo. Most recently, China passed legislation requiring social networks to verify their user accounts, purportedly in an attempt to put a halt...

  • 4 Lessons from the PSFK Conference on creativity, business and technology

    It took some time to digest the insight given out by speakers at the recent PSFK Conference in New York, but the information imparted was well worth the tech time-out. 1. It is possible to have deeper and longer-lasting ways for people to tell stories about their lives Even as we hurtle towards this over-load of information that seems to be disposable and created by someone else, Jonathan Harris believes we have an opportunity to create something more tangible. He’s behind the online community Cowbird, where people upload their stories in often quirky, always engaging ways. It’s designed to be a...

  • Digital publishing conduit Snapplify launches Android platform

    If you haven’t heard of Snapplify, it’s a solution that enables publishers, authors and content providers to convert their books, magazines and brochures into digital publications. If the concept sounds compelling to you and you happen to be in London between 16 and 18 April this year, Snapplify will be on hand at the London Book Fair to launch its new Android platform. Its iOS version currently supports publishers such as iMaverick, Random House Struik, New Holland Publishing and Fiell Publishing. CEO Wesley Lynch says other items on the London agenda include the strengthening of Snapplify’s regional channels and...