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  • ‘Banned’ iPhone 5 advert is hilarious

    Yes, it's another iPhone 5 story. Sort of. You see the guys behind this parody ad probably feel the same way about the extensive coverage as you do. The 'banned' ad features designer Johnny Five showing that he can actually count and that he is aware that this is actually the sixth iPhone. "With iPhone 5, we started with a design that we really love, but to build it, we had to look way into the future," he added. "So we basically built the iPhone 9 and the worked backwards". "And let me tell you, once we figure out...

  • Gartner: 10-15% of social reviews will be fake by 2014

    Whether you're booking a holiday or buying a new smartphone, chances are you'll probably read a few consumer reviews. Chances are you'll also trust the reviewer more if you can see their social profile than if they've published it under the name "HorsePants32". That could be giant a mistake. According to tech research company Gartner, anywhere between 10 and 15% of reviews that appear on social media could be fake by 2014. Increasingly large numbers of businesses, it says, will pay for positive reviews. “With over half of the internet's population on social networks, organizations are scrambling...

  • WhatsApp gets its first roaming plan, but is it a day late?

    Anyone who's left their mobile data turned on when travelling overseas knows that it can result in a massive bill when you get home. But what if you could pay a set fee to run just one service? That seems to be the idea behind WhatsApp's partnership with 3 Hong Kong. Under the banner, “Free the World”, the two companies launched WhatsApp’s local data pack and roaming pass. The local data pack is kind of interesting. For HK$8 (US$1) a month, it gives people "access to all WhatsApp functionality in Hong Kong", including location-based services and messaging, as well as...

  • Apple claims new record: 2m orders for iPhone 5 in 24 hours

    Hear that? That's the sound of millions of Apple consumers telling every tech journo out there who panned the iPhone 5 launch to stick it where the sun don't shine. The Cupertino-based tech giant today announced that some two-million people had pre-ordered its latest iBaby, more than doubling the number who ordered the 4S. Despite apparently having more stock available, pre-orders for the iPhone 5 on Apple's website sold out way faster than as the 4S too. If those figures are anything to go by then the 5 could completely destroy the opening weekend sales for the 4S...

  • Smartphones up 78% in SE Asia, but feature phones still rule

    The global mobile market might be slowing down, but business is booming in South East Asia. Smartphone sales grew by 78% across the region, while overall mobile sales grew by 24%. In the last 12 months some 115-million phones have been sold in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines at a total value of US$13.7-billion. That's according to the latest stats from GfK. Although feature phones continue to dominate across the region, smartphone sales are proving more valuable. Smartphone sales accounted for 61% of the market's total value over the last year. "Feature phones still reign as...

  • 4 important lessons on social media intimacy from your local dry cleaner

    While delivering my washing to our local dry cleaner this morning, I realised the reason why I always go back to that specific dry cleaner: it is a result of an intimate relationship that has developed between me and the owners over a period of time. The owners know me by name and the name of my wife. They know that I am happy to collect my washing the following day. They know how I like my shirts ironed and the list goes on. In turn, I know that opening the dry cleaning business was something they planned to...

  • When should you worry about Google punishing you for backlinks?

    The SEO industry is abuzz once again over recent news which broke around a patent that Google owns. The patent states that any attempt to artificially manipulate the ranking of a pre-ranked page will result in that page being “punished” (basically). This story was covered a few times on Memeburn; most notably here and here (I know, that is awful link text to use for SEO). Essentially, these two posts looked at the on-site manipulation of a site to effect its rankings; but what about the off-site manipulation? In other words; what about backlinks? Every SEO worth their salt knows...

  • Does Google’s smackdown on Aliyun mean it’s becoming like the mafia?

    So, you’ve heard about the Google smackdown on Acer’s planned partnership with China’s Alibaba to make its latest flagship Aliyun OS phone. Where does that leave the cloud-oriented, Linux-based Aliyun mobile OS now? In further comments on this saga, the SVP of mobile at Google, posted on his G+ yesterday (via AllThingsD): Hey John Spelich -- We agree that the Aliyun OS is not part of the Android ecosystem and you’re under no requirement to be compatible. However, the fact is, Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools. And your app store contains Android apps (including...

  • iFamily Stickers: rush hour traffic is for showing off your Apple fanaticism

    Machead? This will make your iSensibilites go haywire. You know those family stickers you often see on rear windshields? Designer Graham Shillington, a longtime Apple geek, decided to create a range of stickers to represent each device in the Apple range, from the hefty Mac Pro tower to the tiny iPod shuffle. Rear vehicle windscreens used to be a place where you describe your family -- sometimes in Star Wars attire -- but now, Apple fanatics can show everyone in traffic how big their iFamilies are with iFamily Stickers. It's quite brilliant. Apple is one of the world’s most iconic brands...

  • Nando’s gives South Africans 25 reasons to love their country

    Nando's has a knack for integrating online and offline advertising. Its "Last Dictator" campaign is probably the most well-known example, although its latest one looks like it has some serious potential. The campaign, in celebration of the chicken outlet's 25th birthday, asks the people of South Africa to give 25 reasons they love their country. The franchise has also created a board on Pinterest, typically tongue-in-cheek, detailing the reasons it loves South Africa. It's also asking people to make their own Pinterest boards titled #25Reasons. They can re-pin their favourite reasons from the Nando's board, or create their own.The...

  • Yahoo! is giving its staff free smartphones… but not BlackBerrys

    So you thought Microsoft was the place to work if you wanted free gadgets? It seems there might be a second option: Yahoo!. According to Business Insider, the search engine's new CEO Marissa Mayer sent round an internal memo late last week to inform her employees that they could have their pick of a new Apple, HTC, Nokia or Samsung smartphone -- but not a BlackBerry. Yahoo! isn't giving its staff middle-of-the-range tech either. They're being given the choice of an: Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S III HTC One X HTC EVO 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 920 Yes, Yahoo! employees...

  • Retro love: Bill Gates shows off Excel in 1987

    Millions of people around the world use Microsoft Excel. Large portions of those people will never have used anything else for their spreadsheets. Although they're aware that there was a time before Excel, they're probably not sure what that entailed. That time was the mid 1980s: the glasses were big, the computers were beige and Bill Gates dressed like the ultimate geek stereotype. When Microsoft launched Excel for Windows in 1987, it effectively replaced Lotus 1-2-3 in one foul swoop. If the rest of the world was as enthusiastic as the Microsoft founder was back then, it's easy to...

  • WPP wants a slice of Native? [RUMOUR]

    Memeburn sources can reveal that the world’s largest advertising and PR conglomerate WPP has been sniffing around high-profile digital agency Native with a view to buying it. A source close to Memeburn says a deal between the two companies is in the works and should be completed soon. When we approached Native MD Jarred Cinman for comment however, he denied that any acquisition deal was in the works. “I don’t know where you’re getting that information from, but it’s absolutely not true,” he said. Read more 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 needs to show it is a ‘real business’, says Gartner research boss

    There is a lot of talk around the future of social, what Facebook's plummeting stock means and what Apple's win against Samsung will mean for innovators. A few people have pontificated about these questions and come with phrases such as "post-social" and "social bubble". There's even talk about Apple and Samsung and the death of innovation. We spoke to Gartner's global head of research, Peter Sondergaard, to get the get the skinny on some of these issues. Gartner is a New York Exchange-listed information technology research and advisory firm based in United States. Gartner knows everything. It has predicted...

  • The ‘boring’ iPhone 5 and life inside Anonymous: the week’s top tech stories

    It's been a busy week in the world of tech. Of course, the biggest smartphone launch of the year may have had something to do with the fact that most of the headlines included the words 'Apple' or 'leak', but in other parts of the web, life went on. Memes were generated, Gangnam Style exceeded 163-million views, and journalists hit 'publish' on thousands of stories. Here are our picks for the best of the week. The iPhone 5 is completely amazing and utterly boring It's not just us -- Wired's Mat Honan also thinks the iPhone 5...