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Facebook owns the world, rumors of empire decline may be exaggerated

The world is blue, Facebook blue to be precise. The 900-million strong social network is predominant in all but a few of the world's countries. The latest world map of social networks, which charts social network popularity by country, shows that the last real bastions of resistance to Facebook dominance are Russia, China, Iran, Vietnam, and Latvia. In those countries, the social networking giant is held at bay by local efforts V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki in Russia, Zing in Vietnam, ...

Operating systems

Memeburn’s WWDC software roundup

OSX Mountain Lion Ahem. If you'd care to take a couple of minutes out from drooling over the new Macbook Pro, we'd like to tell you about some of the software updates Apple announced today at its World Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC). The Cupertino-based tech giant unveiled new iterations of both its desktop and mobile operating systems at the San Francisco event. Here's the run down. OS X Apple was pretty keen to punt its desktop software at the event, calling Lion "it's best-selling ...

News

Online ad revenues hit new peak

We recently told you about how online advertising is killing the traditional media model. As it turns out, it's breaking records along the way. The Interactive Advertising Bureau today announced that internet ad revenues for the first quarter of 2012 totaled around US$8.4-billion. That represents a 15% increase–over the US$7.3-billion figure reported in the first quarter 2011. According to David Silverman, a partner at PwC US, that increase is a "solid affirmation the internet is delivering on its promise to attract ...

News

Microsoft scrapped 2011 plans to buy Nokia

The ties between Microsoft and Nokia run deep. But apparently not deep enough for the Redmond-based giant to consider buying the Finnish phone maker. According to a report from UK-based tech news site The Register, Microsoft had the opportunity to buy out Nokia in 2011 but ran screaming when it got a glimpse at the former phone giant's books. As the report's author Andrew Orlowski notes however, a buyout may have been in neither company's best interests: Nokia still has time ...

News

Nando’s hits back at broadcasters with print ad

Nando's has hit back at the decision by all of South Africa's national broadcasters to ban its pro-diversity ad in the only way it knows how: big and with tongue placed firmly in cheek. The SABC, DStv, and eTV all refused to flight the ad last week citing fears that it would provoke xenophobic attacks. In response, the fast-food franchise took out advertising space in the country's largest newspapers detailing the advert scene by scene. Full size The online version of ...

Advertising & Marketing, Online media

Online advertising: Exorcising the business model ghost of media’s past

newspaper headlines Print is dead. Television is dead. Terrestrial radio as we know it, is dead. What we are currently experiencing is the business model ghost of media's past: advertising that sends an irrelevant message at an inopportune time, followed by the frustration of having wasted your time purveying it. This is not a new situation, Rupert Murdoch's introduction of paywalls for The Times site formally announced that the print business model was in deep trouble late in 2010 after other numerous publications "shed ...

Future Trends

How IPv6 will revolutionise the internet

internet connection IPv6 is finally rolling out onto the internet. We've been waiting for this to happen for nearly ten years now. On 6 June 2012 we celebrated World IPv6 Day. This event marked a commitment by many major ISPs, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services. In the very long-term, this will revolutionise the internet. The number of unique addresses available under IPv6 is difficult to express in non-mathematical ...

General Tech

The quest for quality digital music in the age of iTunes and MP3s

Digital music - earphones on laptop One of the great game-changers of the digital revolution has been the shake up of the music industry. Today, music is more accessible and more ubiquitous than it has ever been, and there is almost nothing recorded that a fairly tech-savvy consumer can’t get with just the click of a few buttons. But while the quantity of music is increased substantially, the quality of the sound produced is a shadow of what it was during the analog era. Since the early days of ...

Gearburn

Reviewed: Galaxy S III — the only phone you will ever want

When you pick up the successor to the best phone of the year in 2011, you expect something special. The minute we unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S III at Burn HQ, something special happened. The hallelujah chorus resounded and we all stared at the device that is sure to change our lives -- it is after all the most anticipated phone of the year. Overall design The Galaxy S III, as Samsung touts it, is "inspired by nature -- it sees, listens, ...

Infographic, LinkedIn

The state of LinkedIn in 2012 [Infographic]

LinkedIn is by far the most useful business network on the internet. I say this because LinkedIn has grown from a social network that connects professionals into a powerhouse of business tools that can improve your bottom line. As is the case with much of the web, its prominence in emerging markets is also growing. In a country like South Africa for instance, LinkedIn grew 83% (600 000 professionals) in 2011 and 2012 has already seen a 45% increase with ...

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