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How hot cross buns caused a social media storm

Which seasonal food do you think is capable of working people into an emotionally fuelled social media frenzy? Christmas gammon? Thanksgiving turkey? Actually, it turns out the answer is hot cross buns. Well, it’s a little more specific than that. The real controversy surrounds South African retail outlet Woolworths putting Halaal stickers on its hot cross buns. Owing to the baked good’s association with Easter, a group of Christians took to social media and email to protest Woolworths declaring them fit ...

Gearburn

Review — Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube

Verbatim’s Bluetooth Audio Cube is utter tosh. It’s too bulky, the buttons are too fiddly and it needs 4 AA batteries to run if you want a cord free music experience. But, it sounds decent. Stuff the positives. Let’s tear it apart I say. Boxy sound For roughly US$35, the Audio Cube pumps out 2 Watts of pure portable power. Whether corded, connected to your laptop or mobile phone via the A2DP Bluetooth standards, the Audio Cube smoothly rubs out audio, pumps ...

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Turn a Twitter feed in toilet paper? Sounds…cathartic actually

Shitter Ah, your Twitter feed. It amuses, angers, and sometimes even inspires you. Surely there should be a way for the tweets on it to live on beyond the time you spend reading them. Well there is. Sort of. It comes in the form a brand new service from a company called "Shitter" that turns "one or more feeds from your Twitter account" into four rolls of toilet paper, delivered straight to your door. Given the product’s blunt name, it’s probably ...

Infographic

Draw something: The latest smartphone craze [Infographic]

The recent purchase of new mobile game, Draw Something, by social game giant Zynga shows just how much of a sensation this game, launched earlier this year, really is. Draw Something creator OMGPOP is rumoured to have sold to Zynga for between US$180-210-million in cash and employee retention payments. That is a lot of change for a game only two months on the market. Then again it is a sensation. The game has been downloaded 37-million times since going live. ...

Video

YouTube goes wild for Anchorman sequel announcement [Video]

Quick, what’s the most anticipated sequel of 2012? A few days ago titles such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Bourne Legacy would've been the obvious answers. That all changed last night with the announcement of Anchorman 2. Will Ferrell made the announcement in full Ron Burgundy mode on Conan O'Brien's talk show. YouTube’s hit counter is stuck on 883 views, but the 10 000 plus likes suggest the video is a hell of a lot more popular than ...

Gearburn

Indie darling Fez drops onto XBLA 13 April

We've harped on about Fez before on Gearburn. Simply put, it's one of the most exciting independent games ever made. On 13 April, Fez will launch on Xbox Live (XBLA) for the price of 800 Microsoft Points, or US$10. No other platforms have been considered, for now. Fez is all about the Zen-like trip through three-dimensions. The adorable pixel art plays to the strengths of Fez, letting the player rotate the 2D world on a 3D axis to solve intricate puzzles. ...

Video

Google puts blind man behind the wheel of its self-driving car [Video]

Google’s self-driving car. Is it really worthwhile, or is it an example of one of the products that should have been axed in Larry Page’s “more wood behind fewer arrows” purge? Whatever your feelings on the project, Google claims it’s now travelled some 200 000 miles (321 868.8 km ). To celebrate that milestone, the company has released a video showing off one experiment it conducted with the car. The experiment centres around a man called Steve who joined Google ...

Humour

Nando’s offers Helen Zille a tastier alternative to a foot in the mouth

Nandos Helen Zille If anyone shows how easy it is to go from the highest of highs on Twitter to the lowest of lows, it’s Helen Zille. Late last year, people were talking about how well she used the medium. Some even suggested she could be an example to everyone from major brands to Kim Kardashian. How things have changed. Zille’s seemingly uncensored rants, troll feeding and lobbed insults are a far cry from the tweets she was sending out in 2011. In ...

News

Twitter mourns feminist poet Adrienne Rich

News of the death of American poet Adrienne Rich reverberated across Twitter, becoming a top globally trending topic just moments after it was first tweeted. The news broke on Twitter before it was published by any mainstream media. My deepest bows to Adrienne Rich, 4the power of her life, her presence, her words. May we all work toward her "dream of a common language."—T Tempest Williams (@TempestWilliams) March 28, 2012 Just got very sad news: the poet Adrienne Rich has died.— ...

Twitter

‘Pull to refresh’ — Yep, Twitter is patenting that

memeburn pull down No? Seriously? I was just reading Sarah Perez's latest column over at TechCrunch and it seems Twitter wants to patent "pull to refresh". You know that thing your official Twitter client does when you need to refresh your feed? Yep, Twitter is getting a lock down on that. I never really noticed that you couldn't do it with other apps, especially core iOS or Android ones. As Perez points out, however, none of these companies can actually implement this while ...

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