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How Facebook Connect is paying dividends for one mobile game

How powerful is Facebook when it comes to connecting mobile social gamers with each other? In answering that question, it can’t hurt to look at a game with a significant number of downloads. Since launching in December last year, Diamond Dash for iOS has been downloaded around 11-million times. According to its designer Wooga, the game was also one of the first to include “a fully realised implementation of Facebook Connect”. This means that people can interact with each other ...

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Ashton Kutcher to star in Jobs biopic?

Is Ashton Kutcher set to star in a biopic of Steve Jobs? If an article from Variety magazine is to be believed, then the answer is yes. There was some doubt as to the story’s authenticity given that it first emerged on April Fools’ Day. Variety reporter Jeff Snider, however, sent out several tweets in an attempt to assure people of the story’s authenticity: Guys, do you REALLY think the top @Variety brass & my editors would let me post ...

Gearburn

Details leak for PlayStation 4, codename ‘Orbis’

Despite no official news from Sony, PlayStation 4 rumours have spread like a bad virus across the internet. Gearburn.com rounds up the various factoids regarding Sony’s PlayStation 4. Codename: Orbis The likelihood of the PS4 being dubbed “Orbis” is low. This is the working title of the PS4 according to this report and is extremely likely to change. Orbis means “circle” in Latin, so a possible “circle of life” deal, tied with the PS Vita? Sounds romantic, Read more on Gearburn.com

Africa, Interviews, Mobile

A geek at the helm: Memeburn’s interview with Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys

Pieter Uys It’s not often that a geek rises to the top of a multi-billion dollar company. These are spots frequently filled by accountants or lawyers. But times are changing. In a technology-driven world, the geeks are rising to the top. We know Microsoft was run by a geek (possibly the geekiest CEO of all time?) and Steve Jobs was somewhat of a geek (more a design-obsessed geek than anything else). In the startup world, technology investors frequently refuse to put their money ...

Advertising & Marketing, Online media

Screw advertising, start a niche online publication

Mr Porter Why spend thousands to advertise in a top-notch magazine while you can start a whole new publication online for the same amount? That is exactly the current mind-set of more and more companies, which have discovered that targeting your audience with a niche approach pays off better than advertising. Why? Well, who wouldn’t like a brand that thinks creatively outside the box? Printing their own publications The fashion industry seems to be leading the pack with this increasingly popular trend. Marketing director of ...

Ecommerce

The benefits of customer reviews on your ecommerce site

Online Shopping By now, unless you’ve been spending the vast majority of your time hankering around the Gobi Desert, sans internet, you’ll have noticed the abundance of ecommerce sites that have sprung up, especially in emerging market regions. There’s no disputing it, ecommerce is a booming industry, and if the latest stats are anything to go by, we can assume that it's going to develop into even bigger and better things over the next few years. An interesting success story around ecommerce is ...

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RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie retires on the heels of dire earnings results

jim_balsillie No one should have been surprised by RIM’s year-end and fiscal Q4 earnings results, but then again no one expected RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie's retirement to come at the same time. Three months ago we reported that Balsillie and RIM’s other co-founder Mike Lazaridis stepped down from their co-CEO positions to sit on RIM’s board, while then COO Thorsten Heins was promoted to new chief executive officer. Balsillie’s retirement ends his 20 year run with Canada’s leading smartphone maker. As I complete ...

Apple, Google

Google makes more from Apple than Android? What a crock

Apple Android UK newspaper The Guardian claims that Google's Android operating system is far less valuable than Google's revenues from Apple devices. The story was, of course, picked up and even a respected site like TheNextWeb reported it as fact. According to the newspaper: Android generated less than US$550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright ...

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MXit launches new developer APIs

MXit has announced the launch of a new set of developer APIs as well as a redesigned Developer Centre. The company claims that by using open web standards, it is opening MXit up for anyone who wants to develop apps for it. The new APIs will reportedly allow developers access to MXit authentication and messaging, and will also allow them to publish apps on MXit, through its Mobi Portal API. Developers will also able to tie into the MXit payment ...

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Twitter keeps abreast of National Cleavage Day

Once a year, brassiere manufacturer Wonderbra sponsors National Cleavage Day in celebration of, well, cleavage. This year, it’s gained enough attention to trend globally on Twitter. The overwhelming sentiment seemed to be positive and the mood light-hearted: Today is National Cleavage Day? Awesome. I've been working on these manboobs for a while now - time to unleash the boys! *buys low-cut top*— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) March 30, 2012 Happy National Cleavage Day, the one day it is acceptable for men to ...

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