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  • Bad Piggies on track to repeat Angry Birds success

    Following up a hit is never easy, but it looks like Rovio's going to do just fine with its latest title Bad Piggies. The game, which stars those laughing pork antagonists from the Angry Birds series, shot straight to the top of the US app store just three hours after launching. The news was tweeted by Rovio's Ville Heijari @badpiggies hit #1 in the US iTunes App Store in slightly over 3 hours from launch. Incredible stuff from @roviohq twitter.com/heijari/status…— Ville Heijari (@heijari) September 27, 2012 When Rovio launched the sequel to its massively popular Angry Birds franchise Angry Birds: Space, it...

  • 6 tips for small businesses looking to really engage on the social web

    Usually when small businesses jump on the social media bandwagon they see the social web as another one-way broadcasting channel such as TV, radio, and print media. Yes, you can use this exciting medium to only broadcast your own message, but that is not what social media is about. Using social media for your business can help you build relationships with your targeted audience and also increase your brand exposure online. When done right, it can be an inexpensive way to build awareness of your business, products, and services. Even though it is very easy to set up social media...

  • Facebook Offers for Pages: An awesome weapon in any social campaign

    For the past several months Facebook has been experimenting with a small number of businesses that have pages concerning a new feature called Facebook offers. This is truly an awesome weapon for any serious social media marketing campaign. To qualify all you need is a Facebook page and 400 fans or more. Facebook offers are rolling out starting with as little as US$5 in order to use offers. The whole idea is to share discounts or other special promotions whereas the user needs to claim the offer and follow its instructions to claim the discount. When the user claims it...

  • 4 things gaming can teach education

    Gaming and education are often seen as two extremes of a spectrum -- the one is a frivolous pastime while the other is a serious, valuable activity. At the same time, we instinctively know that playing and learning are linked somehow -- after all, children and young animals use play to acquire the vital skills they’ll need for survival in the grown-up world. Think back to a time when you played an awesome game -- whether that’s a casual game like Angry Birds or Pictionary, or a full-on gaming experience like Dungeons and Dragons or Battlefield. Remember how...

  • Dishonored preview: the most important game of 2012?

    Dishonored might be terrible. It might be unplayable, riddled with glitches and crashes and it could be a financial flop. Or it could be brilliant, win game of the year and make millions for publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Arkane Studios. No matter what happens upon its release next month, Dishonored is the most important game to come out this year, if not the last few years. That’s an audacious statement, but I think it holds true given the current industry releases of sequels upon adaptations upon threequels. 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");

  • The cull has started: Facebook is clearing out fake likes from fan pages

    If you've been staring at your Facebook Insights panel in frustration and wondering why your fans are suddenly unliking your page, don't blame your latest lackluster status update. Facebook is cleaning house -- it's removing fans which it detects are not authentic, genuinely interested users. The social network recently announced its plan to restore the integrity of the site by increasing its automated efforts to remove likes on brand pages from the type of users who violate its terms of use. These include fan page likes gained through malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or bulk likes the brand may...

  • LG joins Samsung patent suit brigade

    Just when you think Samsung has its hands full enough fighting off Apple in court, LG decides to join the fray. The South Korean giant today announced that it would be suing Samsung over the seven patents relating to the advanced OLED screens used in its rival's smartphones and tablets. The Wall Street Journal reports that LG will seek an injunction against some of Samsung's most popular devices including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note. “This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition,” LG...

  • Russian giant Mail.Ru launches social browser

    Looks like a Russian front just opened in the browser wars. Internet giant Mail.RU has launched a socially integrated web browser called Amigo. The launch comes six weeks after the company revamped its 'Internet' (yes that's really its name) browser. According to The Next Web, the update was aimed at making browsing safer. Like Opera, Amigo comes standard with a bar that allows people to connect directly with Russian and International social networks. As well as the likes of Facebook and Twitter, you can plug the browser directly into Russian sites like Odnoklassniki, VKontakte and Moi Mir. People using...

  • Brazil Google head arrested over refusal to remove YouTube video

    Brazilian officials have arrested Google’s President of Brazil Operations Fabio Coelho after YouTube refused to take down videos criticizing a mayoral candidate in the city of Campo Grande. According to Brazilian news site G1 the videos in question accuse the candidate of having a criminal history. They come as people in the South American country get ready to head to the polls to elect to new mayors, deputy mayors, and city councilors. The judge who signed the arrest warrant also ordered a 24 hour YouTube suspension in his state. Google maintains that the videos do not count as negative electioneering....

  • Melting bridges and lost cities: 10 of the most bizarre iOS 6 Maps fails

    Apple's decision to build its own maps app was an interesting one: yes, now the company doesn't need to rely as much on Google, but it has also had to offer its users an app that was created without the detailed data Google has been collecting for years. So far, it's been a bit of a problem. Within a day of the official release, the complaints started: some cities, bridges and landmarks carried outdated names, stations and city centres were turned into parks, and some areas lost rivers and lakes. While Google Street View users were given turtles, Apple users...

  • Twitter is big in emerging markets: just ask China, India and Mexico

    Well this is interesting. Twitter's most active country is China, where the Great Firewall is meant to keep it out. According to a new report from eMarketer it seems the firewall isn't doing its job. The Chinese government has done its best to keep out most Western social networks, but tech-savvy citizens have been accessing these networks by using tools such as VPNs to bypass the Great Firewall. According to a September 2012 GlobalWebIndex report cited by eMarketer, there were 35.5-million active Twitter users in China during Q2 of this year making it the most active Twitter nation. The list...

  • Daterly: a new social dating network emerges from the African startup scene

    Online dating sites like Match and eHarmony use matching algorithms to identify romantic partners, but this approach is believed to be flawed. The New York Times cites a study that divulges 80 years of scientific research on what makes couples romantically compatible. It turns out, the core of traditional matching algorithms, similar interests and personality traits, are not key to predicting happy relationships. So what works? Well, good old fashion dating is still the best way to tell if you’re a match, but a new “social dating network" called Daterly, believes that by building “an online social resume," couples could...

  • Hootsuite’s new feature: All about conversation and collaboration

    Popular social media management tool Hootsuite has announced a new feature dubbed HootSuite Conversations. This new addition to the services offerings allows users to chat with anyone inside and outside their organisation, as well as collaborate with different people in real-time. Sounds pretty cool doesn't it? The internal communication tool, says Hootsuite, is helpful in three key areas: simplifying communication, internal conversation and collaboration. Before all you social media managers lose your minds with giddy excitement, here is how it works: Simplify communication: Users are able to talk to anyone you work with, collaborate with, and share messaging with, easily...

  • Google Play Store: 675k apps, 25bn downloads

    Boom. There are now 675 000 apps on the Google Play Store and they've been downloaded 25-billion times. Impressive. To celebrate the milestone, the internet giant announced that it would be offering discounts on a number of paid-for apps from the likes of Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, and Full Fat. It will also be releasing a number of special offer collections "like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top-selling magazines". The figures announced today show that Google is rapidly closing the gap on Apple. The Cupertino-based giant recently...

  • Reassessing ROI in social media

    The burning question on everyone's social media-laden lips is, "what's the return on investment (ROI) of social media?" As the social web has matured over the last 8 to 10 years, so has the need, nay, the desire for people to prove its worth as a reputable marketing channel. To be honest, it's been plaguing. And in many respects, has been the cause of much debate and anger between a new breed and those traditionalists already firmed rooted to the marketing plateau of their advertising value equivalency, circulation and reach values. Circulation and reach? Really? Those are the metrics for...