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  • MXit primarily used by adults finds SA social media study

    No longer the forgotten step-child of South African internet activity, a study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx has found that along with e-mail, news, and banking, South Africans have now also embraced social media as a core pillar of their internet activity. The study, titled South African Social Media Landscape 2011 as Memeburn has previously reported, found that MXit and Facebook lead the way in user numbers. When it comes to growth, Twitter and BlackBerry's instant messaging service -- which also doubles as a semi-social network -- BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are in the lead. Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth...

  • Nokia unveils Lumia 800: The ‘first real’ Windows Phone

    Finnish communications giant Nokia has unveiled what it calls the "first real" Windows phone. The Lumia 800, it says, is designed entirely around the Windows Phone operating system. Addressing the audience at Nokia World 2011, currently underway in London, Nokia’s Kevin Shields called the phone "a beauty on the outside and beast on the inside". The Lumia 800 borrows heavily from the design of the Nokia N9. Its insides are held together by a single piece, injection moulded polycarbonate shell, which the company claims allows for "outstanding antennae performance". Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop elaborated on the...

  • Nokia’s Asha phones target the ‘next billion’ internet users

    While much of the attention from the opening keynote at Nokia World 2011 was focussed on the Lumia 800, the Finnish communications giant also announced that it intends targeting the "next billion" internet users. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop said he believed that "for many people, their mobile phone will be their first connection with the internet". “Our focus, particularly in emerging markets, is to bridge the digital divide,” Elop said. One way in which it aims to do this is by connecting people with the internet via their new "Asha" range of phones, which it claims, further blurs the boundary between...

  • Sketching, prototyping — The key to solving design problems

    A leading figure in the British user experience community, Cennydd Bowles is a user experience designer and writer based in Brighton, England. He works in design and strategy at Clearleft, a UK-based design agency well-known as a leader in user experience, and his book, Undercover User Experience Design, written with colleague James Box, has been acclaimed as "a must-have for your bookshelf". In a recent blog post Bowles wrote: Design is inherently less predictable than most other product fields, since it closely involves emotion, comprehension, taste and all those complex, deeply human attributes. That means that design is a gamble....

  • Five reasons why QR codes are — mostly — a crock

    Dear everyone. Please stop using QR codes. Stop putting them on your billboards. Your posters. Your magazines. Your flyers. Your websites. Just stop. Until you sit down and think about it a lot more carefully. Thank you. It’s a funny thing when people get hold of a new technology. As people prone to hyperbole, we start shouting from the rooftops how this new thing is going to "revolutionise" (our favourite word) the way people communicate. With QR codes, we’re nattering on about how “virtual and real world communications have finally merged” and how we can now offer “a seamless consumer...

  • Tips for live blogging with Coveritlive

    When a Turkish Airlines aeroplane crashed on the runway at Schiphol Airport in February 2009, reporting started with a simple tweet by an eyewitness. Twitter became the first news source of this event. A few newspapers in the Netherlands took the reporting one step further. They started live blogging using Coveritlive. What was an exception at the time is now a must. Journalism cannot escape live blogging. The final breakthrough came with the Tahrir Square demonstrations in Cairo earlier this year. Coveritlive can not, however, be used for all events. What are the conditions? Console First a little background. Coveritlive is...

  • Africa’s road to technological success lies in hardware production

    As the founder of the non-profit African Institute of Technology and Fasmicro(AFRIT), Africa's first integrated circuit design house, Nigerian academic and inventor Ndubuisi Ekekwe is a strong campaigner for Intellectual Property Rights as a means of monetising technological innovation in Africa. He also believes that a change in educational mindset and an emphasis on hardware production are two factors that will help propel Africa's success in the technology sector. Ekekwe is a TED fellow. In his "idea worth spreading" he writes: Technology capability will offer the best pathway to help developing nations emerge from their under-developments. This is supported by...

  • Memeburn’s 50+ prominent South African journalists on Twitter

    The rapid uptake of Twitter by the general public is often ascribed to celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, and Demi Moore. In South Africa, with the most followed users being mainly celebrities, the situation is similar. Though this may be true, less recognised, however, is the role the media has played in publicising Twitter. From the New York Times' Nick Kristof to CNN's Anderson Cooper, journalists have taken to Twitter with a gusto. South African journalists have done the same right along with their international counterparts. Whether it's been traditional South African media publications looking to Twitter for a...

  • Review — Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is everything you want in a superhero title and more. While its predecessor Arkham Asylum was an incredible game — possibly the best of 2009 — Arkham City accelerates the possibilities of exploration, creating an unrivalled adventure which lesser titles will have a tough time eclipsing. Storytelling As much as the gameplay, graphics and sound sucks you into this insanely detailed world, the story lets it down with its half-baked plot. Outside of the heart-wrenching ending, the very muddled tale of good-versus-evil is simply not as tight as the original Batman game.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");

  • Video review: Is Samsung ‘convergence’ real?

    One of Samsung's biggest selling points with its latest crop of products is the "convergence" between them. Gearburn was lucky enough to get it's hands on the Samsung Galaxy SII running Android's Gingerbread OS, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Honeycomb OS, and the Samsung D8000 55" LED 3D TV more commonly known as the Samsung Smart TV. With all these devices on hand, it was time to test whether or not they truly work together in a harmonious amalgam.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");

  • Grand Theft Auto V announced

    Open-world series Grand Theft Auto has announced its latest title,Grand Theft Auto V. On its official website, a trailer is promised on 2 November. Outside of this very little information about the new title is available. Fans only have the hastag "#GTAV" to hang on to as they patiently wait for the merest inkling of information. The Grand Theft Auto series is not without spectacle and every game in the lengthy history of this violent, yet deeply enjoyable open-world extravaganza has sold millions of copies. 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");

  • Japan latest target in suspected cyber-espionage attack

    The Japanese parliament is the latest victim of cyber-espionage. As with other such attacks, suspicion again is being pointed towards China. Computers in the lower house of parliament were breached from a server based in China, it was recently discovered. Passwords and other information could have been compromised in the attacks said a report from Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Of additional concern was the fact that the attack began in July but it was at least a month before the breach was noticed and reported to security. Member of the house and Japanese government spokesperson Osamu Fujimara said that he had...

  • China, Taiwan crack down on web users

    Chinese police have begun arresting people for spreading what they deem to be false rumours online, as authorities intensify their efforts to retain control over online content. According the State Internet Information Office a university student in the southwest province of Yunnan was detained for spreading fake information about a local murder. A man in Shanghai, meanwhile, was taken into custody for fifteen days for posting falsified tax documents online. The newly established authority says police are also investigating the whereabouts of those responsible for posting false information found on three popular websites. It did not, however, reveal what...

  • Financial investors vs business owners: Every startup’s ‘offside’ relationship

    My cry goes out not to add to the orchestra of outrage as referees seemingly miss foul play in our favourite sports, but to voice my support for another cause, the "Business Owner" and "Financial Investor" relationship, where too many "offside" decisions are not blown. Any business owner, unless their family has one of those black American Express credit cards or they have, like Scrooge McDuck, managed to save their life earnings, would have had a relationship with a Financial Investor in some form. Call them Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Financial Institutions or my Silent Partner, I refer to...

  • Brendan Jack’s 13.5 extremely important rules for online marketing

    Comedian Brendan Jack of Crazy Monkey fame writes for Memeburn on the latest cutting-edge ideas around online marketing. They are so cutting edge they’ll make your eyes bleed. The web is deep. I mean I thought the deep end of the Brakpan municipal diving pool was deep. Then I signed up to Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+, and LinkedIn, and eBay and 4Chan, and well you get the idea .... I felt like a German tourist in central Hillbrow. Lost. Then I met advertising expert and all round good guy Dunlop Fantasia, who was kind enough to share his golden...