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  • 25+ of the best wireframing and prototyping tools, ever

    You're all about User Experience (UX) design. The terms wireframing and prototyping roll off your tongue with poise and you probably already have a fantastic workflow that helps you with rapid design iteration and concept testing. Like us however, you're always curious about what's out there, that special tool that might take your design process to the next level. And, for those new to UX design, we think you'll like this article quite a bit too. We dug deep and came up with what we consider to be some of the greatest tools out there. We also realise that...

  • 5 areas of social media that are about to get seriously exciting

    Social media has completely altered the way we interact and share with one another, compelling brands to follow suit and embrace the age of social media. When it comes to getting you, or your brand's name out there, it is still evolving and in constant flux as social communities grow and new social networks spring up. It has undoubtedly become the central mechanism through which people communicate with each other and share information about products and brands. On these interactive platforms consumers are able to make a significant brand impact -- especially when the innately viral nature of social...

  • Google updates Android Maps, hints at alternative for iOS users

    When Apple's iOS 6 launched yesterday, it marked the official death of Google maps as a native feature on Apple devices. Like a jilted lover bringing out her skimpiest little black number, the Mountain View-based giant rolled out a massive update to the Android version of the service at the same time. Included in the update is single-handed zoom, search history and cross-device syncing. The last of these is pretty cool. It means that if you're logged into Google and search for directions on your computer, you'll be able to get those directions again as soon as you start...

  • Samsung mocks iPhone fans (again) with its new ad [Video]

    Remember when Samsung released that ad mocking iPhone fans queuing for the new iPhone? Yeah you do. It seems that Samsung has decided that it was time to once again demystify the supposedly 'cool' thing the iPhone 5 has going for it... because the S III has had it for a while now. This new ad (like the last one) is pretty fun and we must admit the turnaround time is quite impressive, considering that Apple only debuted the iPhone 5 a week ago. The South Korean smartphone maker picks some choice features to mock such as the new...

  • Check out ex-Webby boss Tiffany Shlain’s new cloud sourced film

    This is very cool. It's the new short film from Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain. In order to make the two-minute film Shlain, together with her production company The Moxie Institute, asked people from all over the world to send videos of themselves feeling their heartbeat and thinking about what it means. The film, titled Engage, is part of the company's "Let it Ripple" movement. The movement comes with the tagline "Mobile films for Global Change" and takes its cue from the last line of Shlain's first feature film Connected. “For centuries we’ve declared our independence. Perhaps it’s now time...

  • LinkedIn after Twitter: Facebook referrals jump 1000%

    Were you concerned that the LinkedIn newsfeed was set for a quick demise after Twitter decided to disconnect from the service and no longer allowed tweets to feed through on to your home screen? Well, it seems your fears were unfounded: the LinkedIn team seems to be happier without it, and all the LinkedIn users just seem to be clicking on through to the other big blue social network. According to analytics service PageLever, the volume of referrals from LinkedIn to Facebook has spiked dramatically -- according to its data, it increased by 1000% in July compared to any...

  • SA’s ‘Tokoloshe’ online video campaign is pure genius

    Check this out. It's one of the best online video campaigns we've seen in a while. Except, if you'd seen the first video, you probably wouldn't have even been aware that it was advertising anything, much less a new player in the South African online property space. The teaser ad for Tivvit.com, comes in the form of a news story purporting to show a man who had filmed a Tokoloshe breaking into his house. In order to make it seem more legitimate the teaser featured filmed cell phone footage, a news report, and the news reader in studio, screened...

  • US tech giants form lobbying group in bid to curb online regulation

    US online giants including Facebook, Google, and Zynga have banded together to form a lobbying alliance. The aim of the alliance is to prevent lawmakers in the country over-regulating their sector. The group, which calls itself the Internet Association, says it is the "unified voice of the Internet economy in Washington". The Internet Alliance will represent Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. Notably absent are other big US-based tech players like Microsoft and Apple. Then again they have significant revenue streams outside of the internet. “A free and innovative internet...

  • Yahoo! sells 17% of its Alibaba stake

    Yahoo has inked a deal to sell a portion of its stake in Chinese internet powerhouse Alibaba. The deal, which comes just months after the appointment of new CEO Marissa Mayer, will net the company net US$4.3-billion, US$3.65-billion of which will be given back to shareholders, reports the Wall Street Journal. In a memo to company employees Mayer noted that this "outcome is terrific for Yahoo," and that it "generates liquidity to create substantial value for our shareholders, while retaining a meaningful amount in the company to invest in our future. Also, because we still own 23% of Alibaba's...

  • Samsung to open Silicon Valley R&D centre

    Korean tech giant Samsung looks set to open a research and development centre in Mountain View, California. If you're wondering why that sounds familiar, it's because that's Google country. It's also just a ten minute drive away from the its fiercest legal rival Apple. It claims that the R&D centre, to be run by its Samsung Information Systems America division, will "provide a state-of-the-art campus that can support the current rapid growth in the organization, and also provide the infrastructure to support Samsung’s open innovation and university collaboration activities". According to SISA president Jay Chang: "Our new R&D Center...

  • Don’t let a tweet bring you down: 3 top tips for managing a social media crisis

    While it's crucial that you communicate with your audience if you experience a social media crisis, it's just as important that you communicate in a way that isn't insulting or negatively impacting your brand. One negative comment, tweet, Facebook status update or a YouTube video can spread like a plague online and turn into a full-on social media disaster. A social media crisis can happen at any moment. Everyone that has access to the web could potentially update their own network on their favourite social media channel when they have a nasty experience with a brand. A few years ago...

  • How many pageviews make an insult insulting?

    The global protests against the anti-Muslim Innocence of Muslims YouTube clip raises the issue that anyone could post a video insulting to a religion or nation. A small number of extremists on both sides could continuously derail a country's foreign diplomacy. Insults are easily published on the internet, and easy to find, if that's what you're looking for. Are we facing years of instability in global hotspots because of extremists hurling insults online? Robert C. Post, in Foreign Policy magazine, Free Speech in the Age of YouTube writes that "Barack Obama couldn't censor that anti-Islam film - even if he wanted...

  • SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive: a great impulse-buy

    Right off the bat, SandDisk's 16Gb Extreme USB 3.0 impressed me. It's not the stupidly long name that did it, but the build quality and above-average speed of the device that won me over. Slowly buy surely Despite USB 3.0 going strong since 2008, we haven't really warmed to its use. The reason's simple enough. We still hang on to our older devices with US 2.0, therefore anything faster seems like a waste. It's 2012 now, and every laptop comes with USB 3.0 so enough with the history lesson. 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");

  • SA’s eCommerce Awards: the real story

    I write often for tech publications and online media, and try my best (and fail hopelessly) to keep up with the billion daily changes in the digital field. That said, I've picked up on a number of conversations with people in the ecommerce arena that ask about the SA eCommerce Awards. So here's the low down, including all the details. First there was Jump Shopping (now uAfrica.com), an online shop itself, which pivoted into the online price comparison space in 2006. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Facebook expands ‘pay to promote’ test, lets more users highlight posts

    If you feel like your Facebook posts aren't getting enough attention, a solution may be at hand. The biggest blue social network is expanding a programme that gives people the chance to pay to have their posts highlighted. The service has been available to some New Zealand users since May. Now users from around the world are reporting that they've also been given the option. Speaking to The Next Web, a Facebook spokesperson said the tests were primarily designed to see how interested people are in the service: We are expanding a test that started last May that enables...