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  • Pinterest is a ‘virtual refrigerator door’: Q&A with Robert Scoble

    When most people hear the name Robert Scoble, the first thing that comes to mind is "Scobleizer". Scoble was probably the first person to get famous through blogging and also the first person to get an annoyance measurement named after him. In September 2008 Follow Cost, a site that calculates how annoying it will be to follow anyone on Twitter, launched the milliscoble unit of measurement, which is defined as: "1/1000 of the average daily Twitter status updates by Robert Scoble as of 10:09 CST September 25, 2008." According to Follow Cost, a person with a milliscoble rating...

  • Dealing with Big Data: the ‘thin slice’ concept

    It has been said that “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”, and this rings true for Big Data. Just as applications like Google have become synonymous with the concept of searching for information on the internet through the use of a search engine, it’s not surprising that application frameworks such as Hadoop are becoming synonymous with the concept of Big Data (it may be no coincidence that the logo for Hadoop is a yellow elephant). Breaking down Big Data into thinly sliced concepts should help us understand its nature. There is also...

  • The real difference between Microsoft, Apple’s record valuations

    News that Apple became the most valuable company ever has dominated the tech news space over the past couple of days. It was quickly pointed out that it didn't actually hold the mantle on an inflation adjusted basis, but then again who is checking that? It turns out that there are some folks. They have every right to do so, I just think they're looking for answers in the wrong places. The stock closed at a 52 week and all time high at US$665.15 a share, to give the company a market valuation of US$623.52-billion. This tops the Microsoft...

  • Samsapple: Apple & Samsung make their last stand

    It's been a long road getting here. Here is the skinny if you have been living under a rock: Apple claims that Samsung "slavishly" copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad) and Samsung is countering with the defense that it didn't. Last week US District Judge Lucy Koh told the two companies to talk about a settlement over the phone “at least once” before the case reaches the jury. “It’s time for peace,” said the judge during the case in San Jose, California. Koh also said that she could see “risks here for both sides,” if the case...

  • Sleeping Dogs: a sprawling, violent sandbox

    Sleeping Dogs bears similarities to Grand Theft Auto. That much is clear. Both operate in a sprawling sandbox world with cars to drive, missions to undertake, and an overarching story lending purpose to you travels. Yet Sleeping Dogs has enough of its own flavour to leave a lasting impression. At times it’s even better than the aforementioned GTA; a surprise indeed for a game Activision canned because they thought it lacked quality. 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");

  • Rocket internet mulling shutdown of China operations

    International ecommerce cloning giant Rocket Internet is reportedly on the verge of shutting down its operations in China. According to The Next Web, the company is desperately seeking new investors in the country and will be forced to shut down its operations there if it fails to find any. If it does so, it will mean that around 60 jobs will be on the line. The tech news site reckons that Rocket's various businesses in the Hong Kong-China region will continue operating. These operations include Square clone Payleven, the Airbnb-style Wimdu and the Zappos-esque Zalora. Andreas Winiarski, Head of...

  • Fake Indian Twitter accounts blocked: gov’t intervention suspected

    A number of fake Twitter accounts, accused of misinforming people in India about violence against Muslims have been taken down. While a number of news outlets have been reporting that the social network had ceded to demands from the Indian government that it censor inflammatory tweets, it's uncertain who's actually behind the takedowns. According to an update from Indian tech news site Plugged.In, it nay gave actually been Indian ISPs blocking the pages of several fake Prime Minster's Office (PMO) accounts. That could explain why people in the country trying to reach the accounts, can sometimes see the updates...

  • The Oatmeal hits Tesla museum target in one week

    Geeks of the world rejoice! The Oatmeal has helped a non-profit raise the funds it needs to buy land for a Tesla museum on Long Island, New York less than a week after putting out the call for donations. According to Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, an anonymous donor put US$33 000 forward to push the campaign past US$875 000: Wow, someone just donated $33,000 at the last minute and put us over our goal!$873,169 REACHED!— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) August 21, 2012 The aim of the project is to build a Tesla Museum on the site of Wardencliffe Tower. The site...

  • Indian govt could take on Twitter over failure to filter inflammatory tweets

    Oh look. Twitter's in hot water in India. Again. This time the Indian government is going after the social network because it has failed to comply with the country's efforts to clean up social media. According to the Times of India attention returned to Twitter shortly after the country accused neighboring Pakistan of using social media to spread "disinformation". The government's attention then turned to Twitter when the social network refused to block inflammatory messages in the volatile North Western part of the county Earlier this year the government tried to censor social networks for posting content that...

  • Amazon Web Services rolls out Glacier: for the data you seldom need

    Amazon's Web Services division today announced the launch of Glacier, a new archiving and data storage product. The tech giant says that the service is designed especially for data "that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable". It also claims that its price offering of as US$0.01 per gigabyte per month makes it much more cost-effective than hosting the data on your own premises. Glacier apparently addresses the fact that "Companies typically over-pay for data archiving": First, they're forced to make an expensive upfront payment for their archiving solution (which does...

  • Mobile payments company offers young African devs place at top conference

    Right, by now we should've cottoned onto the fact that the future of mobile payments is pretty damn big. Africa's always had a weighty punch in this market. After all people on the continent have been using mobile to make money transfers since at least 2002. Investing in the future of Africa's mobile developers seems pretty damn sensible then. Mobile payments enabler TrustPay seems to be taking a step toward doing exactly that by offering five €650 access passes to African app developers for the upcoming Mobile Entertainment Africa 2012 conference. The company clams it has been a passionate...

  • Why research is crucial before starting any social campaign

    There are thousands of social media channels available to us all. From blogging to Facebook, all of these channels are not created equal and for the same purpose. Just because a certain social media channel works well for some businesses, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you. Wherever you look online you will find many videos, images, and the latest infographics about all the various social media statistics regarding the best social media channels. Some facts about social media: Facebook isn't big. It is massive 950-million users would make it the third largest country on Earth by population...

  • 4 reasons why you should start taking a much closer look at Klout

    There has been a lot of speculation and debate concerning the merits of participating on Klout. Klout measures social influence and until now, most have not taken it seriously, citing that the Klout algorithm is not accurate and does not reflect true social influence. Following recent announcements from Klout, I believe that general sentiment around Klout is about to change. Here are the reasons. 1. Social signals increased to 400 Klout has increased the number of signals from 100 to 400 from seven social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The signals include Twitter mentions, followers, replies and retweets,...

  • You have only yourself to blame for bad SEO content

    There are two schools of thought surrounding SEO (Search Engine Optimised) copy. The first is that it can simply be generated with fridge poetry and a few keywords. It’s this belief that has given rise to the second notion: that soon these people and their fridge poetry will become redundant due the rise of “robot” generated copy as indicated by narrativescience.com. People who believe either of these notions are naïve. Some people would believe that Shakespeare is currently turning in his grave due to the current state of SEO copy. I class these people with the previous bunch, who...

  • The life wireless — are we ready to cut the cord?

    I hate wires. For every piece of technology I own, there seems to be at least three cables that come along with it. A work colleague often refers to the daily routine of plugging our laptops into the monitor, keyboard, power source, mouse etc. as putting it on life support. It feels as if wireless technology is still trying to catch up with all the cool gadgets that are created every year. Why isn't everything wireless yet? 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");