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4 Reasons someone should get Helen Zille away from Twitter

Helen Zille Last year I wrote a piece for Memeburn about ways I felt Helen Zille was using Twitter well. She was controversial even back then, but I liked her for four reasons: She was responsive She was unscripted She was active and She had a sense of humour Overall, I loved the fact that she was both accessible and real. No PR gloss: you got Helen pretty much undiluted. I didn’t mind the sarcasm; somehow it lent her a certain appealing authenticity. A ...

Advertising & Marketing, Mobile

10 Reasons mobile coupons are here to stay

Smartphone scanning QR code People want mobile coupons. Although vouchers are already very popular online, the overflow into mobile has now grown rapidly. In part due to mobile’s convenience and the global recession’s after-effects but mostly because everyone loves a bargain. The appeal of having a bargain specifically targeted to you, and delivered to your own mobile phone when and where you need it, and even when you didn’t know you need it is very powerful. Brands are now able to appeal to people’s ...

News

HTML5, smartphones will change the way we interact with companies

HTML5, together with massive growth in smartphone penetration, could see a lot more people interacting with companies using their mobile devices. Many companies -- such as banks and telcos -- already enjoy major business benefits by allowing customers to transact with them, perform routine service tasks, manage their own accounts and conduct research through Web-based Self-Service systems. Up until now, self-service has largely been limited to internet-connected desktop users. The rise of the smartphone is about to change all that. ...

News

Pair: The cutesy social network for couples that looks set to go big

Less than a week after going live, a new social network called Pair has been downloaded over 50 000 times and seen more than a million messages sent. Here’s the thing, it doesn’t connect with everyone you’ve ever known. It isn’t even a great professional networking tool. In fact, the only person it connects you with is your significant other. Geez, the only way you could stretch the definition of a social network any further is if you made one for ...

News

What if you could have more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga?

Fame What if you could have a million Twitter followers for a day? What would you do? Well, you might just have the chance to find out. A new site, called Fame, selects a winner from the pool of people who’ve connected to it via Twitter every day. Everyone on the site is then automatically followed to the daily winner before being automatically unfollowed the next day. It’s a pretty nifty idea. If you’re the daily winner, and people like your ...

Humour

Give us your Facebook password or we won’t hire you [Comic]

Facebook password The issue of employers demanding that current and future employees hand over their Facebook passwords has been causing a bit of a stir of late. Even Facebook itself got in on the action. We imagine the words "I quit" echoing across many a boardroom if more companies started applying the policy. In the United States, two lawyers have decided that enough is enough and intend sticking it to the man. Good for you lawyer boys. Even Senator Richard Blumenthal has ...

Gearburn

Mozilla shows off HTML 5, other new tech with MMORPG

Mozilla, in cooperation with French developer Little Workshop, launched a new MMORPG called BrowserQuest today to demonstrate what developers can do with HTML5, WebSocket, Canvas and other advanced web technologies, including Node.js. The game, which is actually quite fun in its own right, should work with virtually every modern desktop browser (except for Internet Explorer), as well as Safari on iOS and Firefox on Android. The mobile version is, in Mozilla's words, "more experimental," but should be seen as "an ...

News

Google helps put Mandela archive on the web

nelsonmandela Google and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) have created a new Nelson Mandela Digital Archive on the web that is freely accessible to the world. Google donated about US$1.25-million to the Johannesburg-based Centre in 2011 to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Mandela. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users from around the world now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of this extraordinary African statesman. ...

Video

The new Doctor Who trailer — because geeks like stetsons and guns

Popular British science fiction show Doctor who is ready to once again roll through time and space with a brand new season coming soon. BBC America released a teaser trailer of the upcoming season setting the Doc Who fan world into a froth of anticipation over what is to come. The show follows the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-travelling, humanoid alien, known only as the Doctor, who explores the universe in a sentient, telepathic time machine called the ...

News

Major Silicon Valley VC to deliver lecture in SA

A major Silicon Valley VC is set to return to South Africa, the country of his birth, to deliver a lecture at Stellenbosch University. Roelof Botha made his name as one of the people fundamental to the early development of ecommerce payments system PayPal. He was named CFO in 2001, when he was 28. When eBay bought out PayPal in 2002, Botha moved to Sequoia Capital, where he has remained ever since. He sits on the boards of companies such ...

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