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Yahoo! Axis is actually pretty cool

Yahoo! Axis Yahoo!'s newly launched Axis web exploration and search tool isn't what you'd expect from a company that's been in corporate turmoil over the past few months. In fact, it's pretty damn impressive. Axis is both a mobile browser and a desktop plugin that gives people visual search results as they type. In the desktop version, Axis comes in the form of a little black pill that nestles in the bottom left corner of your browser. Hover over it and extends ...

Video

John Malkovich uses Siri and it’s kinda creepy [Video]

If there's one thing that John Malkovich excels at, it's playing John Malkovich. He reprises that role in two ads for Apple's voice assistant app Siri. The first features the logo of US carrier Verizon, and features the actor using Siri to find out about the weather, search for restaurants, and to tell a joke. Malkovich appears to find the joke hilarious, which is worrying. The second ad, which has AT&T's logo on it, shows Malkovich asking ...

Memes

8 of our favourite ‘Spear of the Nation’ memes

John Terry Zuma The media has been obsessed with the developments in South African president Jacob Zuma's Lenin-esque nude portrait saga. Brands and consumers alike have meanwhile taken to social media with offerings of their Spear of the Nation memes. Below is a selection of our favourites. 1. Gabriel's image is hard to absorb Gabriel employs shock tactics. 2. John Terry A meme within a meme. 3. Helen Zille Tit for tat: the leader of the opposition is unknowingly pulled into the paint-slinging affair. 4. Spear Spies Sports meets politics. ...

Video

The Great Gatsby gets Twitter all abuzz

Proof that good literature still matters! Or that Leo DiCaprio is still an A Lister. Either way Twitter is abuzz with the trailer for the Great Gatsby. If you are a fan of the brilliant Baz Luhrman and have read and loved F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby then you have been waiting for this movie since Warner Bros. announced it. Luhrman’s interpretation of the novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as ...

Facebook

Things get worse for Facebook post IPO as shareholders sue

Looking back, the technical glitches that delayed Facebook's IPO are starting to seem like an omen. After seeing its shares plummet more than 10% on its second day of trading, the social network -- along with its financial underwriters -- is being sued by its shareholders. According to Reuters, the shareholders claim that Facebook, along with banks like Morgan Stanley hid the social network's weakened growth forecasts ahead of the IPO. The suit was filed today in a New York ...

News

Social gambling to be worth $100bn by 2017

There's a very fine line between social gaming and social gambling. Think about it. All you have to do is add a wager and one becomes the other. Given that the former is already massive business (It's no accident that Zynga accounts for 12% of Facebook's revenue) it's hardly surprising that the latter is set to follow suit. In fact, tech analysis company Juniper Research reckons that social gambling could be a US$100-billion industry by 2017. It says the surge ...

Ecommerce

The future of shopping is mobile

Mobile shopping People are swapping shopping malls for online and virtual stores at a faster rate than ever before. Combine this shift with our increasingly compulsive and indecisive nature, and you can see why online retailers are frantically coming up with new ways to entice people, so they can linger on their sites longer. One way they are doing so this is by focusing on our closest companions: our mobile phones. This echoes one of my favourite lines from Irish comedian Dylan ...

Startups

mmMule: Deliver things and have an adventure, do some good

mmmule "For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience." That quote from the cult movie, The Beach embodies the whimsical spirit of mmMule, a startup that rewards you for delivering things to people on your travels. mmMule is essentially a crowdsourced courier service. As it ...

Mobile

8 facts about mobile life in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Mobile phone penetration continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and that growth means new users, new experiences, new uses and a new world of opportunity. Anyone interacting with this evolving ecosystem needs to understand mobile behaviour and trends. Mobile Life is an annual investigation into the behaviours, motivations and priorities of the world’s mobile phone users, covering 48 000 interviews in 58 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the study includes Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, ...

Future Trends, Google, News

Google CEO Larry Page spotted rocking Project Glass glasses [Video]

Larry Page Google Project Glass Yes, really. When Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page stepped on stage to speak at Google Zeitgeist 2012, he wore a pair of the Project Glass glasses. Well, I don't know if you can call it a 'pair' of glasses when technically it's just a set of frames with a small rectangle of glass over one eye, but it seems that Google is slowly releasing prototypes into the wild. Google's innovative glasses, which will theoretically be able to do ...

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