Apple

Steve Jobs: Being an asshole is okay when you’re a genius

Steve JobsHe was adopted and resented the rejection by his birth parents, but abandoned a daughter of his own born out of wedlock. Steve Jobs was a complicated man as it turns out."The saga of Steve Jobs is the Silicon Valley creation myth writ large: Launching a startup in his parents' garage and building it into the world's most valuable company. He didn't invent many things outright, but he was a master at putting together ideas, art, and technology in ...

Design, Usability

Mixing user experience and usability so that everyone wins

jumping-joyI recently introduced myself to someone and when I explained that I'm a User Experience Designer, his eyes lit up and he said "Ah, you’re the usability guy." "Yeah, kind of" I responded. He looked at me, confused. "What’s the difference?" he asked.For apps and websites, usability refers to how easily your site visitors can complete a given task e.g. filling in a checkout form. In the emerging markets particularly, usability is still a differentiator. This is why the savvier ...

Le Web

Kicking off LeWeb 11 in Paris

Screen Shot 2011-12-06 at 10.46.28 AMFrom the cold and slightly wet heart of Paris, Memeburn is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, LeWeb.LeWeb is a gathering of key industry players, from executives to influential pioneers, focusing on "key issues and opportunities in the web marketplace".This year's star-studded line-up is headed by Google's former CEO and now Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt. Tech industry bad boy, Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook movie fame, will also be here as ...

Gearburn

Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 now!

A sickly feeling crawls up my spine as my iPhone refuses to reboot. Damn you Apple, damn you for making it so difficult to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. Three days and a hundred reboots later, the Cydia icon happily nests on my iPhone's desktop, the sign of a successful Jailbreak. For hackers, it seems that no wall is too high too climb and no version of iOS is too tricky to crack.Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1Apple is proud of its latest iOS, especially ...

News

Millions of Chinese vent online over Beijing smog

Millions of Beijing residents are going online to vent their anger over thick smog that has blanketed the Chinese capital in recent days.Conditions in the already polluted city have become so bad that hundreds of flights in and out of Beijing’s main airport -- the world’s second busiest -- have been cancelled. Health fears have been raised with the US embassy ranking Beijing's air as "very unhealthy".China’s popular microblogging platforms, called weibos, have been at the forefront of ...

Apple

Win the Steve Jobs biography

Steve Jobs biographyTHIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSEDMemeburn together with Penguin are giving away three copies of the new Steve Jobs biography, written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson. Want to win a copy? To stand a chance of winning, see below for more details.How to enter: Tweet @memeburn and your favourite Steve Jobs quote. Use the hashtag #MEMESTEVE. Please note that you MUST be following Memeburn on Twitter to qualify for the competition.The competition runs for two weeks, from today.TweetAbout Steve Jobs: The Exclusive BiographyFrom bestselling ...

Humour, Video

Advertising is out ‘catvertising’ is in [Video]

Want something you've created to go viral online? If you plan on starring on the video, it’s not going to be easy. Not everybody has the time to get hit by a buck while out on a bike ride, or rescue a calf from an irrigation canal, or fall painfully off a skateboard.There is, however, another way. Be warned, though, it involves cats. It’s an almost universally accepted truth that the internet loves cats. Ceiling Cat, Basement Cat, Monorail ...

News

Gowalla is at Facebook

Gowalla Surprisingly not through a check-in at Facebook’s Palo Alto office, founders of location-based service Gowalla announced that they are winding down the location-sharing service and joining Facebook."We're excited to announce that we'll be making the journey to California to join Facebook!" Josh Williams, a co-founder of the Texas-based company said in a blog post.Facebook confirmed that Gowalla co-founders Williams and Scott Raymond and other members of Gowalla would join Facebook's design and engineering teams in January.As is the norm with ...

News

New Study: Facebook, Twitter played no role in UK riots

London-RiotA new study has revealed that Facebook and Twitter played no significant role in organising riots that rocked cities across the UK earlier this year.The is a collaborative effort by UK newspaper the Guardian and the London School of Economics, called "Reading the Riots". The study casts doubts on a number of popular perceptions around the riots, particularly around the role of social media."Contrary to widespread speculation that rioters used social media to organise themselves and ...

News

Assange granted legal lifeline as deportation order stayed

Julian Assange leaving Royal Court of Justice 13 July 2011Julian Assange has been given another lifeline in his fight to not be extradited to Sweden, with British courts ruling that he may take the fight onto the UK Supreme Court.Last month, the Wikileaks founder’s battle to not be extradited to face questioning over allegations of rape was dealt a blow when a UK court ruled that he must be deported from the UK to face Swedish authorities.By convincing two High Court judges that the case was of "general ...

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