Microsoft, Tablets

Microsoft may have finally cracked the convergence code with Surface tablets

microsoft surface keyboards The gloves are off as Microsoft, for the first time, commits to a range of computers that bears its own name. In a very Apple-like way Microsoft held a super-secret event in Los Angeles which got the Tech world speculating and claiming all sorts of inside info. Many were close, predicting a Microsoft tablet. The reality was far bigger than the hype suggested. Microsoft launched a well-executed and extremely innovative range of tablets appropriately called Surface. The Microsoft Surface tablet ...

Usability

Queuing for a ticket online: Is Computicket crazy?

lady gaga sa So the general idea of booking something online is to satisfy the need instantly. The idea of standing in a queue while online does not sit so well with me; but that’s what is happening on online ticketing site Computicket as it attempts to deal with the demand for the South African leg of a Lady Gaga world tour. So maybe I’m being melodramatic or maybe the promise of a digital world if instant gratification has spoiled me; but the queuing ...

Google, Le Web

Any way you slice it, it’s been a busy 11 months for Google+ [LeWeb]

Google logo Speaking at Le Web London, Bradley Horowitz of Google+ announced a future aspect to Google+ many weren't really expecting -- a future partnership with Flipboard -- in other words another way to consume Google+ that is less about Google and more about the individual. Smart move Google. Ahead of many more announcements at Google I/O (THE Google conference) shortly Google+ has been around for just 11 months and boasts 170m users (or as Bradley put it "converts") -- ...

Le Web, News

Instagram is all about speed, not being ‘bitchy’ like Twitter [LeWeb]

le web london instagram Instagram isn't in any hurry to go into video-sharing. And it's down to one simple factor: speed. "Users want a faster experience, they want to produce quickly," says the popular photo-sharing app's founder Kevin Systrom. Systrom was speaking at LeWeb London 2012 -- the British edition of the leading tech conference usually held in Paris. His speed obsession is fitting given that the conference's theme is "Faster than real time" -- an exploration of our need to share ...

Le Web, Social media

LeWeb London 2012: The social media stream

Popular tech conference Le Web took a trip over the Channel this year, for the "Faster than real time" LeWeb London. The line-up of tech leaders and thought leaders features the likes of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Klout's Joe Fernandez and Evernote CEO Phil Libin. We'll be curating all the social media buzz around the two day event using Storify. LeWeb is a special place for Memeburn. The site was founded at one of the previous ...

News

Twitter blasts Computicket for #LadyGagaSA fail

It's funny how quickly things can change, isn't it. Yesterday South Africans were celebrating the announcement that the queen of Twitter herself Lady Gaga would be gracing their shores. Today they're in full complaint mode about the long queues online ticketing service Computicket has been subjecting them to. Most had to wait hours for the chance to buy a ticket, while some experienced irregularities when they tried to pay. Others had the site freeze on them when they got to ...

Facebook, News

Endangered fish causes a stink on Facebook

Fruit 'n Veg fish A fresh food retailer caught selling an endangered fish species has Facebook users' emotions running high. Facebook user Cameron Johnson posted a photo of a large fish in one of South African retailer Fruit & Veg City's stores. Johnson claims that the fish in the photo is a Garrick, which is on the South Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative's (SASSI)'s "No Sale" list. The list separates fish into three lists: Green -- which is sustainable, Orange -- which includes species that are ...

Mobile

RIM vs. Nokia: The fall from grace, divergent strategies and the future

Nokia In the wake of Nokia’s announcement of an additional 10 000 layoffs, the media has devolved into histrionics. Some are writing eulogies, while others are citing the announcement as a harbinger for the "end of the European dream," referring to Nokia’s reported fall from grace as Europe’s strongest mobile phone competitor. There’s no denying things are dire for Nokia. As it stands today, the total number of layoffs since Stephen Elop took over as CEO in September of 2010 stands ...

Le Web, Social media

All hail your new digital overlord: Joe Fernandez of Klout [LeWeb]

You would expect the person that wants to rank everyone on the internet by their popularity to be a total douche bag. For all the crap that Klout and it's CEO, Joe Fernandez, get, he's actually a surprisingly mellow guy. Klout wants to rank everyone by how influential they are. If you are a normal person then Klout seems like the stupidest thing in the world. On the other hand, if you're at involved in marketing (which, let's face it, ...

Web development

Why it might not be time to jump on the HTML5 bandwagon just yet

html_5_wallpaper_for_ipad_by_bqra-d382pll copy In April 2010, Steve Jobs published an open letter on Flash on Apple’s official website that he called “Thoughts on Flash”. In it he openly explained why the Cupertino giant had refused to use Flash player on its mobile devices. The Flash vs. HTML5 debate had long been on the lips of developers across the world by then, and this letter fuelled the fire even further. Two years on we’re still reading about the demise of Flash and the rise ...

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