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  • 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...

  • Awesome TED video explains life behind the Great Firewall

    This is very cool. China's internet space can be a little difficult to figure out at times. A Great Firewall, Weibos, and social clones -- to a Westerner it can seem as alien as Mars. Imagine if there was an easily digestible primer that gave you a quick overview of the online space in the country. That would be great, wouldn't it? That's where this TED video from renowned Chinese blogger Michael Anti (Jing Zhao) comes in. In 19 minutes, Anti explains why China's policy of "block and clone" has given China a lively, home-built online social space and...

  • Baidu, Sina team up to share mobile and search content

    Two of China's most influential online powers, Baidu and Sina, are teaming up in a partnership that will see them swapping cloud-based and mobile search content. According to The Next Web, the partnership will include "work on search, content, platform, technology and resources". More specifically, Sina will integrate Baidu search into its massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform. Baidu's cloud initiative meanwhile will come with the Weibo app pre-installed. Tech in Asia says the relationship builds on pre-existing ties between the two companies. Sina has been using elements of Baidu search for years, while Baidu added real-time support for...

  • Another athlete expelled from Olympics after racist tweet

    Just days after Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was cut from her country's Olympic team for posting a racist tweet, another athlete has been expelled from the Games for the same reason. After his team lost 2-1 to South Korea yesterday, Swiss footballer Michel Morganella picked up his iPad and posted an offensive tweet about Koreans on the social network. The 23 year old's Twitter account has since been deleted, but Swiss website Le Matin managed to capture a screen grab of the tweet. According to a translation by The Next Web, the tweet reads: "I f*** all Koreans,...

  • Where are you on the map of the internet?

    This is very cool. It's a representation of the internet that maps each site according to its relative size, with the distances between them determined by the strength or frequency of the link created when people move from one site to another. The map's makers claim that it encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. "Information about more than two-million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters," they say. They minds behind it were apparently inspired by the sheer size and complexity of the net. "The Internet...

  • Opera hits 200m mobile users, reports massive African growth

    It may not be a big in the world of desktop browsers but Opera's mobile effort makes it a serious player in the browser wars. The Norwegian-made browser today revealed that its mobile browsers are installed on some 200-million phones across the world, up 47% from the same period last year. The company also reports that it's experienced massive growth in its African user numbers. Thirty six countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year, with some doing a lot more than that. The number of Opera Mini users in Côte d’Ivoire for instance rose...

  • Mountain Lion hits 3m downloads in 4 days

    Wow. It looks like Apple owners are really keen on upgrading their operating systems. The Cupertino-based tech giant says that downloads of its latest OS Mountain Lion have topped three million in the first four days its been available. According to the folks down at 1 Infinite Loop, this makes is the most successful iteration of OS X in history. “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of...