Ecommerce

eBay’s physical stores are giving it the jump on competitors this Christmas

While most retail businesses this year are pushing to get a bigger slice of the online shopping spend, eBay Inc. has turned the tables on its more-traditional competitors by opening up physical "pop-up" stores in New York, San Francisco and London.Open for only five days (from 1 – 5 December) these stores will allow consumers to touch-and-feel products and purchase the product on the spot by using QR codes and scanning it in with their mobile phones.Traditional shoppers who are ...

Future Trends, Infographic

Beyond 2012: Predicting the future of tech [Infographic]

Virtual Reality-only lifeforms will be a reality by 2025, the importance of self-driving vehicles will outweigh their novelty by 2019, and petabytes of storage will become standard by 2024. That’s according to a set of predictions collated by Michael Zappa and first posted on his site Envisioning Technology.Zappa backs up the predictions, released in the form of an infographic, saying:“Understanding where technology is heading is more than guesswork. Looking at emerging trends and research, one can ...

Gearburn

Video Review: Samsung D6570 all-in one home theatre

It's slinky, it's skinny, it'll fit in any room... and a wireless link for your rear surround speakers saves the spaghetti cable runs. Samsung's D6750 all-in-one is a Blu-ray player with a home theatre AV receiver and amplifier built in, feeding some high-tech, ultra-slim column speakers. One box convenience, even the latest and greatest in 3D technology, but with a lot of compromises when it comes to flexibility and audio quality. Gearburn takes a look in this video review. ...

Gearburn

Win Batman: Arkham City for Xbox 360 with Gearburn.com

Want to add the latest Batman game to your collection? Gearburn.com is there for you. Yep, we're giving away Arkham City for Xbox 360 to one lucky winner.Batman stalks the night and the streets of Gotham once more in the sequel to one of the best selling Xbox games of 2009. Batman: Arkham City is the free-roaming follow-up which hands you the reigns to the world's greatest detective. Fight Joker, Two Face, defeat Riddler's puzzles and battle Bane in this ...

News

‘Travesty of justice’ sees 5 UAE internet activists jailed [Update]

uae-federal-supreme-court-620_0 (650 x 325)In a widely condemned ruling, five activists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been jailed for periods of up to three years on a number of charges including publicly insulting the country's rulers, and disrupting public order.Of the five, four of them (Nasser bin Ghaith, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq) were imprisoned for two years for criminal defamation. Ahmed Mansoor - the most prominent of the group according to news reports - was sentenced ...

News, Social media

Durex social media cock up is no joke

durex_socialmediaDurex has issued a hasty apology over an offensive, misogynist tweet apparently sent out by their public relations company on Friday.The tweet, via the company's South African Twitter account @DurexSA, has caused an outcry amongst tweeters, bloggers and mainstream media.In what is a case study on how companies should not use social media to further their brand, the offensive tweet in question read:Facing a backlash, the Durex Twitter account then initially tried to defend itself in a rather poorly-worded tweet: ...

Newspapers

Could a free Kindle be the final death knell for print newspapers?

Newspapers It's easy to imagine that some day, in the not too distant future, paper distribution of news will become obsolete. It seems that in most concept videos about consumer electronics in the future, a person is featured sitting at a kitchen table, coffee in hand, swiping through the morning's news on a transparent, flexible display. Prompted by the iPad revolution, I’m sure many people have already traded paper and ink, for glass and pixels to consume the news.About a year ...

Social media

Are banks and social media a good fit? Take a look at FNB

FNB LogoWe love to hate things. Taxi drivers, for example. Cellphone providers. But mostly we like to hate our banks. Bank hatred is a national sport, especially on a platform that lends itself to venting so well: Social media. So when a bank starts to come across as likeable, you pay attention. First National Bank (FNB) is one such bank, gaining considerable kudos for its social media policies.So, what is FNB doing right in social media -- and what can others ...

Gearburn

Review: Art-ertainment in Ico & Shadow of Colossus HD

In this age of mindless first-person shooters and endless chasing down of health packs, it’s refreshing to see a game like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus come around... again. They may be remastered, but they hold an important kind of currency in today’s gaming market: originality.Go ahead and look at other reviews for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus (SOTC), they’ll all focus on the same thing - how the PS2 versions have been improved from Team Ico’s original ...

News

Arabic explodes on Twitter

Global Tweets 2 Arabic is exploding as a language on Twitter. In a reflection of the social network’s importance to the "Arab Spring" (which saw the overthrow of decades-old regimes in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia) the number of Arabic tweets has grown by more than 2 000% in the last 12 months.A number of prominent bloggers, who admit that social networks like Facebook and Twitter were tools used in the revolutions, were widely praised for their real-time reporting of events on ...

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