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  • Want to know about the future of social? Look where mobile’s going

    eMarketer recently released a survey in which CEOs from the media and entertainment industries worldwide were asked their opinions on what was going to be the biggest disruptor to their industry in the following 12 months. While their answers provide some interesting reading; I am more interested in the grey area between their words. So, according to the eMarketer report; all the CEOs agreed that social media definitely has its place in the future of the industry; but it is more the technologies which social media platforms are migrating to that is going to be the biggest influencer. Respondents...

  • Google Wallet for content: Is it already doomed?

    Google has launched an experimental service that allows people to pay for online content using Google Wallet. According to the internet giant, the service will allow people to pay for individual online articles for anywhere between US$0.25 and US$0.99 each using its virtual money service. Once you buy the page, it's yours forever says Google. "Users love free content, and so we expect that advertising will remain the most effective monetisation model for most content on the Web," the company said in a draft post found by CNET. "However we know that there is more great content that...

  • Samsung cries juror misconduct in Apple patent case

    This is starting to feel like a soap opera. Samsung has asked the judge to throw out the US$1.05-billion ruling in the epic Samsung/Apple patent battle citing jury discrepancies. The smartphone maker claims that Velvin Hogan, the jury foreman, failed to disclose certain relevant information about a prior lawsuit and personal bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg. Samsung claims that during jury selection, Hogan had been asked about his involvement in a lawsuit against Seagate, a "substantial partner" of Samsung, which he chose not to disclose. This, the Korean tech giant claims, could have clouded his judgement. According to the company, the...

  • Linux Ubuntu 12.1 review: finally growing up

    After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy to say that it has finally broken out of that mold with Linux Ubuntu 12.1. I would like to remind you that this is still a beta and I’m reviewing the work that it has done so far. 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");

  • Baidu’s new tool makes designing a Chinese mobile website easy… and free

    With so many websites neglecting to make a mobile website -- despite China now having more mobile web users than there are on PCs -- the local search giant Baidu has launched a free service for creating simple mobile web apps. Called SiteApp, it crafts the content of a site into a basic yet elegant mobile-optimised site. Baidu’s SiteApp also gives websites the option to put categories in a neat sidebar (pictured above) that looks a bit like the one on Path app. Plus, there are easy-to-access tabs for the main sections of a site. Individual article pages can have...

  • Signed, sealed and delivered: the Mxit/Motribe deal

    Mxit has officially inked the deal to buy social network builder Motribe. We reported a few weeks ago that the deal was in its final stages, we now have confirmation from the mobile social network that it is now the 100% owner of Motribe after buying out the current shareholders 4Di Capital, Nic Haralambous and Vincent Maher. Motribe has been working closely with Mxit over the last few months building photo-based apps for the platform. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • SA company calls Facebook out on private messages scandal

    Despite Facebook's assurances that private messages sent between you and your friends were not posted on peoples walls, some users still insist that they are seeing private messages on their timelines. The furore started late last month when some Facebook users reported that they were seeing private messages on their timelines from between 2007 and 2009. Facebook sought to quell these claims by suggesting that its users had misunderstood what had happened and that had been "no breach of user privacy": "A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on...

  • CW network launches live Twitter feed ad in ‘Entertainment Weekly’

    This is pretty damn cool. In the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, the CW Television Network has taken out an innovative new ad. The company famed for shows like Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural has decided to take live tweets to print. Who said print was dead? Well CW does not agreed. The insert in the weekly magazine contains a small LCD screen that shows a short video of an upcoming show “Emily Owens, M.D.” and the latest tweets from @CW_Network account underneath the words, "Follow Us Now." This bold new ad campaign only appears in...

  • LinkedIn gets Twitterish, now lets users follow key ‘thought leaders’

    So it seems that LinkedIn really is moving swiftly on from the Twitter divorce with its own Twitterlike feature. The professional social network today announced a new feature that allows users to follow those considered to be key influencers. According to LinkedIn's Ryan Roslansky this seemed like a natural evolution in the network's development as users have been able to follow news sources and companies for quite some time now. "These updates have seamlessly become part of the discussions you're having everyday on LinkedIn with your peers," he wrote in a blog post. "And now, you can follow other...

  • Samsung adds the iPhone 5 to its patent suit against Apple

    Yes, the new iPhone may have only hit the market just over two weeks ago, but that's long enough for Samsung to analyse the phone and file a patent suit against its creators. According to Reuters, the South Korean company filed a request with a US court because it believes the iPhone 5 also violates its patents. In a statement, Samsung said "we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights." Samsung has said previously that it intended to analyse the new iPhone and then decide if it should take action....

  • Nifty new Gmail feature lets you search attachments

    Look, there are a couple of reasons Gmail is so many people's email service of choice. One of those reasons is the features it continues to roll out, making our email lives easier. The latest such feature allows you to search for content in email attachment from within Gmail. The new feature allows you to search for attachments such as .doc, .pdf, and .ppt. All you have to do is add the prefix "has:attachment” before your search. You can also search for a specific type of file by typing "has:attachment filename:extension” ("has:attachment filename:exe" for example). According to Google Operating...

  • Peugeot claims world first with socially driven 208 launch

    This is interesting. French car maker Peugeot has launched its 208 with what it is calling a world first for digital campaigns. The launch saw Lucky du Plessis, a comedian and 94.7 Highveld Stereo DJ, embark on a mission in and around Johannesburg driven by the tweets of online users. “Let your TWEETS drive” allows Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers to dictate where Lucky goes, what he eats for lunch and even the questions he asks his guests! All this is done while being live-streamed to the Peugeot SA Facebook page and on SkyRoomLive. The agency responsible, Popimedia, claims that...

  • RIM’s biggest challenge: mindshare

    San Jose, California. Colloquially referred to as the Capital of Silicon Valley and also the venue for this year's BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012 (formerly BlackBerry DevCon) -- a convenient location, or maybe there's symbolism here: an embattled company having a call to arms a stone's throw away from Cupertino. As the event went on, I picked up on a sense of understated confidence. It wasn't swagger. It's the type of confidence rooted in assiduous work -- derision be damned. While it's too early to call RIM's fate, I came away feeling optimistic. We noted how RIM's stock started to spike...

  • How The Global Festival used the web to connect the world, fight poverty

    It was the reason Neil Young signed on in the first place. The same reason The Black Keys did too. And Foo Fighters. The fact that The Global Festival was going to be more than “just another Live Aid”, in the words of organizer Hugh Evans. This was to be a concert with a true difference, and on Saturday, 60 000 fans took to the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park to play their part. Streamed live online, and with input from around the world, the show really did become the global event it was intended to be,...

  • Top 10 factors to consider when choosing a gaming PC

    A good high performance gaming PC can be a big investment. It’s not like the console market where everyone gets the exact same build to run the same games the same way. Choosing the right gaming system for your needs requires more thought. The nice thing is that you actually have a lot of control over your experience and your end product. Before you make any final decisions on your next custom gaming PC though, there are a lot of factors you should consider, just to make sure your investments pays off. 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...