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  • Is your company timing its social campaigns wrong?

    We recently told you that half of the world's biggest companies weren't effectively using social media to talk to their customers. Now it turns out that some of the biggest names in retail are getting the timing of their social media campaigns wrong. That's according to the latest research from tech analysis company Yesmail Interactive, which looked at companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Apparel, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Diesel, Eddie Bauer, Express, Forever 21, The Gap, Guess, H&M, J Crew, Kenneth Cole, The Limited, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Urban Outfitters. The company...

  • Nedbank launches app suite, only available to staff for now

    South African banking giant Nedbank today launched a smart and feature phone app suite to its staff. Speaking at the Nedbank Leadership Summit the group's CEO Mike Brown announced that a beta version of the app suite would be available to the company's employees: I am really excited about Nedbank's digital journey....we have built a foundation that enables unrivalled security and on-going app releases to meet customer needs for anywhere anytime banking. Can't wait to get going myself! The announcement was shared on Nedbank's Facebook Timeline: “The Nedbank App Suite is unique in that it will be available on...

  • Facebook gets even creepier, lets you know which friends are nearby

    Hello, what have we here? It seems the social network giant has sneakily launched a location-based mobile app that lets you find out which of your friends are close by. According to Tech Crunch, the app also allows users to see who else is using the app in the area, even if they're not 'friends', and easily send them a friend request. Is it just me, or does this all sound suspiciously similar to what SXSW darling Highlight does? The app is called "Friends Nearby" and is available from some regions under its previous name ("Friendshake") via the mobile web...

  • Google easter egg celebrates gay pride

    We've told you about the nifty tricks you can pull using Google's various services. It's latest may not be the most technically brilliant, but it is still important. Type Gay Pride, LGBT, gay, lesbian, NYC Gay Pride and SF Gay Pride into your Google search bar and you'll get a rainbow ribbon below your search bar: As Mashable reports, Google has always had a pro-gay rights stance. In a 2008 blog post company co-founder Sergey Brin expressed opposition to Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that took away the rights of Californian same-sex couples to marry: While there are many...

  • Microsoft confirms Yammer deal

    Microsoft today confirmed that it would be buying out business social network provider Yammer for US$1.2-billion. According to an official press release from the Redmond based tech giant, Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, while the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks. “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services". Microsoft claims that Yammer will continue to develop its own stand-alone products, but that it eventually...

  • From space to the racetrack: Angry Birds launches Formula 1 themed game

    Angry Birds in space not enough for you? How about Angry Birds on a Formula 1 track? Well, you're in luck -- the Finnish gaming giant launched a themed web version of their fowl-flinging game today, as part of their sponsorship with Caterham F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen. It's all chequered flags and red starting lights in Angry Birds Heikki -- the game takes place on Formula 1 race tracks around the world. Currently, the only level available is set on the site of the upcoming British Grand Prix (Silverstone) but that will change as the real-life F1 championship continues...

  • 3 innovative ways people are using Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi, single-board computer, has been shipping for a few months now and you're lucky if you can fit in an order. A month ago, over 20 000 boards had been sold, and suppliers are struggling to keep up with the demand. We decided to take a look around to see why the boards are proving so popular so quickly after launch. Raspberry Pi at school Eben Upton, one of the core designers behind the board, envisioned bringing hardware back into schools and to interested hobbyists to try to kickstart the hardware hacking culture that seems to be dwindling in...

  • What Steve Jobs can teach us about hacking charisma

    Olivia Fox Cabane makes her living by teaching people the skills needed to be charismatic, influential and persuasive. During her career, she’s been invited to speak at Harvard, MIT, Google and the United Nations. And through her new book, The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, Cabane wants to change the way you think about charisma. While most people think charisma is so something you’re either born with it or you’re not, Cabane believes that charisma is nothing more than a set of attitudes, skills and behaviours that can not only be practiced...

  • 8 ways to promote your retail brand on Pinterest

    Ok so Pinterest is the next big social network, but how can the fashion and retail industry harness the power of this growing platform? I’ve already given you some general Pinterest tips in a previous article, but considering that you can create boards from any topic or trends imaginable, I thought I’d invite you to the inside track of how to use Pinterest for more specific areas.  Here are 8 simple steps to turn the unfamiliar territory of Pinterest into the back of your hand. 1.  Give your readers exclusive sneak peeks: if you're working on a new product, design...

  • Turns out email subscription popups really do work

    I’ve had several conversations about the email subscription popups new visitors to sites are likely to see. Many of the most experienced people in the business are in favour of them. The results are also focused are in their favour, but there are some “marketing gurus” who are very vocal in their opposition. Never one to leave a debate like this to gut feeling and guesswork, I decided to actually look at my own stats to see what story they had to tell. These stats are from a single data point. Your site may be different, you should experiment with...

  • Reviewed: Acer Aspire S3 – beefy but boring

    The progress of technology is astounding. Every couple of years, computing power doubles. We keep packing more features into mobile devices. Features such as GPS, Accelerometers, Quad Core Graphics and resolutions so high you cannot distinguish the pixels anymore. My cellphone now has a faster processor than the Windows 7 machine I'm typing this review on! Notebook computers are getting lighter, faster and have more battery life than ever before. So you'd think that these days PC manufacturers would have figured out how not to fuck up the small things. Small things such as a basic build quality, input devices, speakers,...

  • Naspers internet head dies following operation

    The head of Naspers and MIH's global internet operations Antonie Roux has died aged 54. According to Naspers publication Fin 24 Roux died after undergoing surgery in Heidelberg, Germany. Roux was a founding member of the company's subscription TV channel M-Net. He went on to head up its internet service provider M-Web, before taking over as Naspers' CEO for internet operations in 2002, and its online investment division MIH in 2011. The executive worked for Naspers for the best part of 20 years, starting as junior technician and climbing his way up the ranks. In 2008 he was awarded...

  • Is Nedbank about to launch an app?

    Nedbank may be about to follow in the footsteps of First National Bank (FNB) by launching a mobile app. The large South African bank tweeted a hint that it may be about to join the world of banking apps from its official account this morning: We are tweeting live from the #NedbankLeadership Conference. Exciting digital news through the day. Will it be 'appy' news?— Nedbank (@Nedbank) June 25, 2012 When FNB launched its app in 2011, it was a first for South Africa. The bank also has a reputation for being social media-savvy. This reputation is helped by its CEO Michael...

  • World’s smallest police chase is all kinds of cool [Video]

    This video contains so many kinds of awesome, I can't even begin to count them. Take one pico projector, add in some video footage from a couple of iPhones and you get the smallest, most badass police chase in history. The video is made by TheTheory which, according to its website, is "a pseudonym for writer/director team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp". In case you're calling "Fake" on this one, the team claims that the video "was all projected and filmed FOR REAL -- there's no CGI trickery". 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");

  • The people who break Google: 15 deadly SEO sins

    There are a number of, what the industry calls, “black hat” SEO techniques that companies (and even some SEO Consultants) may be tempted to practice so that they can try to push their rankings for target keywords to the top of the Google search results. Unfortunately there are still those SEO firms who guarantee their clients number one position on the first page of Google for target keywords, or maybe in some instances they are a little more cautious and don’t quite guarantee number one, but insist that they can get the client’s web pages onto the first page within...