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LoyalT: Bringing check-in rewards to sport

LoyalT We're always looking for hot startups and so it was with great glee that we were introduced to LoyalT, which brings location-based reward programs to life for small businesses by offering users special deals based on checking in, similar to Foursquare and Scvngr. The first implementation of LoyalT's technology is called SharksFrenzy for The Sharks Rugby Union in Durban, South Africa. According to Justin Raleigh, New Media Director at LoyalT, the concept of SharksFrenzy was started in August 2010 ...

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Foursquare gets extreme makeover, finally adds a ‘like’ button

explore-copy-640x469 Popular location-based social network Foursquare has added a fresh coat of paint to the platform. The company has been hinting at a redesign for while now and it comes as no surprise that version five is finally here. The new version is set to change the app experience drastically and allow users to interact more with people they know and people they don't know. "After today, no one will be able to call Foursquare just a "check-in app" any longer -- ...

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How to tell if your LinkedIn password was hacked

LinkedIn Offices When you heard about some 6.5-million of LinkedIn's password's being leaked, you may have felt a twinge of panic (even if you hadn't been on there in months). Some opportunistic developers have built a tool called LeakedIn, which allows you to to check if your password was one of the ones compromised. All you do is feed in your password, which the tool hashes with JavaScript. It looks legit enough but, as always, you use it at your own risk. ...

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Dating site eHarmony joins LinkedIn in password saga

Online dating site eHarmony has confirmed that it too suffered a hack on its password database. In an official blog post, the company said that the attack had affected a minority of its user base: After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected. We are continuing to investigate but would like to provide the following actions we are taking to protect our members. In the wake of news ...

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Google Earth mobile gets radical 3D makeover

Google is set to give Google Earth for mobile a radical 3D makeover. The internet today announced that it will begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices. According to Google's VP of Engineering for Google Maps Brian McClendon, this is possible "thanks to a combination of our new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision that let us automatically create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial ...

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New Die Antwoord video is solid Zef Gold

Viral sensations Die Antwoord have dropped the latest video from their album Ten$ion. The video for "Baby's on Fire" swaps the gritty black and white scenes of "I Fink U Freeky" for the bright neon of white trash, working class suburbia. In the video, Ninja plays Yolandi's overprotective brother who is constantly outwitted by her collection of lovers. Oh and each of them has some insane skill in one form of vehicle or another. Looks like a return to ...

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Twitter kills bubble font, replaces with minimalist bird symbol

Twitter's growing up. At least that seems to be the message coming from the social network as it announced changes to its design. For a start, the bubbled typeface and lower case "t" are being chucked out, because there's "no longer a need" for them. Twitter you cold, cruel bastard. Throwing innocent typefaces out onto the street like that. You should be ashamed. From now on, the social network will only be one "universally recognisable" symbol: that little blue bird. ...

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Google makes Maps for Android available offline

Google Maps is cool, but it does have its limits, as anyone who's ever travelled anywhere even vaguely remote will tell you. Now the internet giant looks to make the Android version of its popular navigation tool available offline. Huzzah! Users will however be required to have a modicum of forethought and planning, as they'll need to download the map, to use offline later. If you want to do so, simply click on "My Places" tab and you'll be given ...

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Sim City comes to Facebook

Hey, remember playing Sim City as a kid? Chances are you were playing it on a computer that would now function better as a museum piece. Well the city building simulator is back and now you can play it on Facebook. According to the game's owner Electronic Arts, SimCity Social has no linear paths and cities evolve as a direct result of player-driven choice allowing for more creative freedom: As mayor, players will deal with unforeseen issues like fires, crime ...

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YouTube, IOC to livestream Olympics to Asia, Africa

Before you start reading this post take a moment and watch the beach scene from Chariots of Fire. If that doesn't get you in the Olympic spirit then nothing will. If you're all hyped up but afraid that you'll be missing out on the action because you're at work at all day, don't worry, YouTube's got your back. The video-sharing platform says that it will be broadcasting the Summer Games to 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on ...

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