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  • Choose your own zombie adventure in The Walking Dead

    Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead (TWD) is a lot less game, a lot more interactive story. Like a great Choose Your Own Adventure novel, your decisions mould the way the story plays out. The choices you make here are both challenging and mature. Zombie-Tropes Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series, Telltale’s The Walking Dead has some serious work to do to find relevance in the zombie-saturated media world that we live in. 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");

  • Get your portrait drawn in the sand by a robot with this Google experiment

    Ever wanted to take a photo with your webcam and get it sketched in sand by a robot at a museum in London? Well, your dream could come true... if you're a Google Chrome user. Thanks to a new API in the new version of Chrome, web apps will be able to 'see' and 'hear' you. According to an official blog post, the browser update includes the getUserMedia API, which allows you to grant web apps access to your webcam and microphone without a plugin. This allows experiments like Google's Sketchbot access to your camera, so it can capture...

  • Twitter to UK journo: sorry we ratted you out, but your suspension was valid

    Twitter has issued a statement apologising for its suspension of UK journalist Guy Adams. Well sort of. The social network maintains that it followed most of its own procedures properly when it decided to suspend Adams after he tweeted the email address of an executive at US broadcaster NBC: That said, we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with...

  • Outlook.com hits 1m signups just hours after launch

    Wow. Turns out people are really excited by Outlook.com. One-million people have already turned on the product that will ultimately kill hotmail just hours after its launch. The news comes via a tweet from the product's official account and in the wake of a media onslaught that may well have stoked curiosity in the new email service: One million people have signed up for a new, modern email experience at Outlook.com. Thanks! #outlookpreview twitter.com/Outlook/status…— Outlook.com (@Outlook) July 31, 2012 The tweet also came with a graph showing how quickly it hit that one-million user mark. You've got...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s younger sister now part of the Google family

    When you hear the name Zuckerberg, your brain tends to jump to the hoodied founder of Facebook. Here's the thing though, there are, apparently Zuckerberg's all over the tech world. Following the acquisition of Wildfire Interactive, Mark Zuckerberg's younger sister Arielle will be joining Google. The junior product manager has previously offered up her thoughts on the changes made to Facebook. The Zuck's older sister Randi left Faccebook in August 2011, to pursue other projects, most notably social media company R to Z Studios. The older Zuckerberg is also an executive producer on Silicon Valley a show that applies...

  • London 2012: the social media highlights of the Olympic Games

    It's been called the most social Games in history -- and this year's Olympics is definitely living up to the title. Even before the opening ceremony had begun, Twitter had already confirmed that there were more tweets about the London Olympics than there were for the entire duration of the Beijing Games. So far, not one but two athletes have been cut from their country's Olympic teams for inappropriate tweets, and a UK journalists' critical messages about US Olympic broadcaster NBC have caused widespread controversy after his account was banned by Twitter. In case you're still wondering who to...

  • Windows 8: Fluidity and an uncompromising user experience

    Microsoft is pulling out all the stops with Windows 8. For the Redmond-based tech giant, it's not just another operating system, it's a complete shift in direction. "We worked hard to build a platform that is fast and fluid," says Windows 8 engineer Rajeev Nagar, who is part of the core Windows 8 development team. Since the announcement of Windows 8, a three preview versions have been released to consumers and the developer community. Microsoft's aim is to "bring along all of our user base through engagement; hence we have rolled out so many versions. The consumer previews has...

  • Cape Town social tourism campaign hits 13 million impressions on Twitter

    This is very cool. The city of Cape Town is currently hosting four international travel bloggers and their itineraries are being guided by Twitter. The initiative, which is the brainchild of Cape Town tourism, invited people to participate in the campaign by sharing tips for the bloggers' itineraries using the hashtag #LoveCapeTown on Twitter. The campaign, which kicked off with a "tweet-up" on Sunday 29 July, has seen suggestions flooding in to a series of questions posted by the bloggers. Over a 24 hour period, Cape Town Tourism claims, the #LoveCapeTown hashtag generated 1 500 tweets, 13 521 392...

  • Microsoft’s new Outlook: a home-grown hammer in Hotmail’s coffin

    Hotmail's been the wheezing old collie of the email world for a few years now: we all acknowledge that it doesn't really serve any purpose but don't have the guts to put it down because it reminds us of simpler times. Well Microsoft's about to do it the kindness it should've done a long time ago. The puppy set to replace the old hound is the latest iteration of Outlook. In a what may be one of the frankest statements to ever come out of the Redmond-based giant, it acknowledges that the update is its first "major improvement" to...

  • Twitter behind UK journo’s suspension over Olympic complaint [update]

    US broadcaster NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games has been controversial enough to cause a social uproar all of its own. Then UK journalist Guy Adams, was suspended from Twitter after tweeting the email address of an NBC executive. If that incident fanned the flames, then the revelation that Twitter was actually behind the suspension could result in an all out blaze. According to The Telegraph, representatives from Twitter had actually emailed NBC executives, alerting them to the tweet. “Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter and then we filled out the form and submitted it,”...

  • Internet TV: have we reached the tipping point?

    Jerry Seinfeld is back with a weekly show. Every week, America’s best-loved comedian picks up a friend in his car, they drive around chatting while being filmed by Go-Pro dashboard cameras. Sounds like a hit TV show, right? Well, it is, except that you can’t see it on television. Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is made exclusively for the internet. Here’s the promo for the new show: Britain’s Independent newspaper reports that “Seinfeld's decision to forgo television -- in favour of Crackle.com, a Sony-owned site -- comes at a watershed moment for television's relationship with the internet.” ...

  • 6 great tips for selling yourself online

    I was contacted by a potential client a few weeks back and when we had our initial meeting I asked the question, "Why did you contact me?" The answer I received is what everyone in digital wants to hear: "Every time I googled, your name kept appearing in the search results". I never asked for specifics because at that point I realised that the model I adopted was working for me. Without going into the nitty gritty details of the model, I have listed its key ingredients. I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone, but it appears to be...

  • Twitter’s Cashtags: a clone and a broken promise?

    If you're into the stock market and Twitter, then you're probably stoked about the fact that you can now click on stock market ticker symbols. Now you can click on ticker symbols like $GE on twitter.com to see search results about stocks and companies— Twitter (@twitter) July 31, 2012 Except you've actually been able to do it for a while now. And the third-party company that's provided the service until now StockTwits isn't exactly thrilled with the social network's latest feature. In fact, CEO and founder Howard Lizden has gone as far as accusing Twitter of "hijacking" his company's product....

  • Is Facebook rolling out a ‘save it for later’ feature?

    Ah Facebook. Two new updates in one day? You're too kind. First the 955-million strong social network announces that it's overhauling how images appear in Timeline, and now we hear that it's rolling out a favourites function which would allow you to bookmark posts you'd like to follow up on. The save it for later option seems pretty straight-forward: when a Facebook user taps and holds on a post (it works with statuses, images or links), they'll be given the option to save it. All these saved posts will appear in a new page under the favourites menu, where they'll...

  • Goodbye old video chat, hello Google+ hangouts in Gmail

    The Google graveyard is getting fuller by the day. The tech giant has been on a bit of a killing spree recently, axing what it sees as unnecessary products (like iGoogle and Google Video) during its spring cleaning process. Add its increased focus on social networking to the mix, and its latest move won't seem like much of a surprise: Google is replacing video chat in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts. Ok, so it's not so much a murder as it is an update, as Google continues to make its products more and more intertwined. When the gradual rollout of...