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  • What kind of internet troll are you?

    Do you spend an awful lot of time posting comments on the internet? If so, it's possible that you are a troll. But, just knowing this is not enough. There are so many different types of trolls operating on the net today. Take this handy, informative and completely serious quiz to find out… What kind of internet troll are you? 1. Someone writes a truly heartfelt blog post that lays bare the very essence of their soul. You decide to post a comment below, saying: a) You say you are depressed in paragraph one, yet in paragraph two you say that...

  • Innovation: It’s all about seeing David in the block of marble

    Think about the great innovators for a moment. They're different. Whatever field they're in, they don't just look at the world, they see it. Great innovators are constantly trying to fix things, even if they have to break them first. They're the kid who tears apart his remote control car in a bid to try to make it go faster, all grown up. Om Malik from GigaOm writes: The present isn't as interesting to most of us who live here, mostly because that would mean accepting the status quo. Instead, guys like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey want...

  • In a band? Use social for a chance to to play London’s 100 Club

    This is cool. The 100 Club in London attained legendary status in modern British music, having played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet since 24 October 1942. Now you and your band could have the chance to play there just by using social media. Renowned shoe brand Converse is looking for South Africa's best unsigned talent to get out of the garage and be transported to London to play a gig at the 100 Club. The competition allows unsigned music talent from all over South Africa to win a chance to play at...

  • Flipboard for Android officially arrives

    A little under two years ago Flipbaord launched on iOS, promising to be the app we'd all been waiting for. Now it's finally available on Android. The award-winning app that helps people "stay up to date with the things that matter most" can now be downloaded across all Android devices running Android 2.2 and up. Flipboard for Android has been in Beta since 30 May. Earlier, users were able to use a basic version of the app. Flipboard was initially set to launch exclusively for the new, hyped-to-the-extreme (and then some), Samsung Galaxy S III, but it would be only a...

  • Upcoming UN summit could change web freedom forever

    An upcoming UN summit on international telecommunications could see wholesale changes in a global treaty that would diminish the internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information. That's if a group of dozens of countries reportedly engaged in secret meetings ahead of the summit have their way. The US delegation attending the World Conference on International Telecommunications to be held in Dubai in December has vowed to block any proposals from Russia and other countries that they believe threaten the internet's current governing structure or that give tacit approval to online censorship. There is a certain...

  • Connected devices in China will be worth over US$700 billion by 2020

    The GSMA and Machina Research are forecasting a six-fold increase of connected devices in China -- currently worth US$116-billion to US$707-billion by 2020, bringing forth what they are terming "the Connected Life". Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and devices that have machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. No, it’s not Skynet taking over the world, it just means your car can communicate with your house and let your family know your ETA. Or that it can locate the nearest charging station and inform you to juice up or face a long walk home. This future may not be so far-fetched,...

  • CellC sees 8ta’s BlackBerry social deal, raises it one more

    A few days ago South Africa's fifth mobile operator 8ta announced that it would be offering a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package for around half its usual price. Today, the country's third operator Cell C responded with two offers of its own. Like 8ta, it will offer the ‘BlackBerry Social & Email’ which gives you full access to online browsing, BlackBerry’s native messaging app BBM, BlackBerry mail, internet browser, social networking, and BlackBerry App World. The only real difference between it and the full BIS offering is that you get one web-based e-mail account from the likes of Gmail...

  • Facebook to let you edit comments, finally

    Have you ever delivered that witty riposte to someone's Facebook status only to realise that it contains the kind of typo that makes you look like a monumental idiot? Unfortunately there was never much you could do about it. Until now. The social network has started giving users the ability to edit or delete their comments below someone else's post. Facebook will begin rolling out the update in small batches over the next couple of days. It's not just comments you make from now on either. You can go back in your history and edit a comment you made...

  • Why LinkedIn’s latest changes prove that it’s like Batman

    I clearly mean “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman; not “Original Grey Suit with Yellow Belt” Batman. The professional social media platform had made a significant change to its status updates for companies. LinkedIn has always been the forgotten social network -- mainly because of its unwavering dedication to the professional. This means that it has not always been popular with the masses who adopt social technologies quickly; but that has not stopped it from reaching north of 100-million registered users. LinkedIn has made some rather interesting updates to its platform recently though; and it's taken a rather large leaf out...

  • 6 breakthrough startups set to disrupt the news industry

    In April this year, Memeburn picked ten innovative Knight News Challenge entries that had the potential to propel the news industry forward. The “Networks" leg of the competition required entrants to innovate on top of existing social media and other services to create new ways for informing and engaging communities. The Knight Foundation recently announced the winners of the first round at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. The winning ventures will receive US$1.37-million in funding as well as support from the Knight Foundation’s network of peers and advisers. The second round of the competition aims to spur innovation in its “Data"...

  • 150+ incredible examples of online marketing

    Look, we all know that online marketing is a seriously big-money game. Google wouldn't have made anywhere near the US$37.9-billion it did in 2011 if not for online advertising. We also know that it is exorcising the ghosts of media's past. Online ad spend overtook print in the US as far back in 2010, and in emerging markets like Russia earlier this year. But online marketing is also evolving. Banner ads are on the decline. Big companies are like GM are questioning the value of Facebook ads, while maintaining that the social network is still a big part of its...

  • Twitter down across all devices, now back up [Update]

    Let the panic ensue. Twitter is down across all devices. The news was confirmed by website Down for Everyone or Just Me, which monitors websites to see whether or not they're down. According to Mashable, the social network was briefly up before going back down again. This isn't just a fail whale type of "down" either. Users visiting Twitter via the web will see a "no data received" message on their browsers, while third-party apps are giving out the message “Twitter API is busy”. The social network has issued a statement explaining that it is working on the...

  • Exclusive Books gamifies online shopping with social discounts platform

    In case you missed it, South African retailer Exclusive Books just gamified its online store. Stickers -- its new DIY social discounts platform -- rewards you for rating their products and sharing them via Twitter and Facebook. Exclus1ves.co.za customers can now earn up to a 25% discount on books, ebooks, music, movies and games just by dragging and dropping stickers on to items they want. In case you've just logged on to the website and are wondering why on earth your home page is covered with multicoloured symbols and emoticons, let me explain how it works. The point of the...

  • Facebook, Expedia to visit SA for E-Tourism summit

    Remember travelling before the internet? What a pain in the arse that was. No user reviews to save you from dodgy hotels, no quick ticket booking from the comfort of your office, no way to share your boring holiday photos with anyone until you got home. I think it's fairly safe to say that the internet has changed tourism. The ways it has done so, and continues to do so, is the focus of this year's E-Tourism Summit in Cape Towm. The annual summit's focus this year is "one-billion". That's a significant number for two reasons: It’s the total...

  • Apple and Microsoft have forced Google into a corner

    The timing of the Microsoft’s announcement of Surface was particularly peculiar. “Hands-on” demos were decidedly hands-off. Microsoft didn't allow anyone to use the SmartCover keyboards -- bizarre, given that this is the most innovative feature of Surface (and a real differentiator between the iPad). It’s obvious now that Surface is not ready. So why did Microsoft unveil something that it isn’t launching yet? The answer is Google. It is expected to launch a Nexus tablet to showcase the “best of Android” at its I/O conference which runs from 27-29 June in San Francisco. Microsoft simply had to “launch” Surface. It doesn’t matter...