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  • New Die Antwoord video features Lady Gaga parody, is cringe-worthy [Update]

    The latest video from international viral sensations Die Antwoord has dropped, and it's about the most cringe-inducing thing you'll ever see. The video, which is for the track "Fatty Boom Boom" features a taxi driver come tour guide taking a Lady Gaga (meat dress and all) parody around downtown Joahnnesburg. While Yolandi, Ninja and DJ Hi-Tek do what we've come to expect of them -- rap crude lyrics, wear vaguely offensive costumes and gyrate wildly -- much of the video appears to be an attack on Lady Gaga. The "Zef" group famously turned down an invitation to tour with...

  • Microsoft bets big on Surface: Orders 3-5 million for Q4, opens preorders

    Microsoft really wants Surface to work. After being left behind in the tablet market, it needs something to give it serious clout in the war against Apple and Android. In a bid to build hype for the device before its 26 October launch, the company's pushed the button on TV spots and online banner ads in quick succession. It's confident that hype's going to work too. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Redmond-based giant has ordered somewhere between three and five-million of the devices for the fourth quarter from its Asian suppliers. That puts it in more or...

  • Foxconn confirms underaged children worked in its factory in China

    It seems that when it comes to Foxconn, good PR is hard to find. The tech giant (that manufactures devices like the iPhone, iPad, Kindle and the Xbox) has admitted that it employed underage interns in one of its factories in China. In a statement (via The Next Web), Foxconn confirmed that children as young as 14 worked in its Yantai factory for three weeks as part of its internship programme. The legal working age in China is 16. The company launched an investigation after media reports claimed that young interns were being forced to work in its factories due to...

  • 10 prominent examples of social media creating social change

    "Social media" as a phrase has almost become blasé even though it’s literally just a few years old. As an idea, it has only recently been introduced to the world, though as an entity it has existed ever since the first cave paintings in Africa and smoke signals from a rocky mountain top. The telephone can be considered the first modern social media tool, and today we have Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a multitude of other platforms. Suddenly you knew what was happening all over the world. People started to connect much easier, ideas floated around and hey presto...

  • 5 habits you need to adopt to be effective on social media

    While many small businesses are realizing that marketing on the social web is becoming more important everyday, one question I'm often asked is how to add social media to a busy day that is already full. For those of us with small businesses, it may at times feel like we are practically working around the clock. So when is a good time to post a blog post, to do status update or a tweet? I'll admit; starting with a social media programme with consistent updates is not always bells and whistles. You just have to take a plunge and stick...

  • Foursquare now gives you customised recommendations without an account

    If you're not one of the 25-million Foursquare users who sees the appeal in checking in everywhere from space to that kooky restaurant down the street, don't stress. Foursquare has another plan to get you using its user-generated personalised recommendation service. And you don't even need an account. The startup announced that it's now allowing everyone to access customised suggestions, without signing up or checking in, directly from its website. Its redesigned home page tracks your current location, and lets you search for anything from major sights to food and businesses, based on where you are in the world. It's...

  • Yahoo! nabs top Google exec as new COO

    Let the poaching begin! If you thought Marissa Mayer was just going leave Google and its employees behind, you are grossly mistaken. The company has just appointed Henrique De Castro, Google's top sales executive as its COO, reports All Things D. According to the report, De Castro has been wooed with a lot of cash. His package includes "a US$600 000 yearly base salary and an annual bonus that could double that figure. In addition, the Silicon Valley Internet giant will give him $36 million in stock grants, including a one-time retention equity award of $18 million and...

  • Microsoft Surface ad: Clicks, dancing school children, zero product info

    And cue the next portion of Microsoft's US$1-billion plus ad blitz. The Redmond-based giant has released the first TV ad for the Surface, and, well, interesting is probably the best way to describe it. The ad makes prominent use of the clicking sound generated by the tablet's kickstand and magnetic keyboard. Those sounds then set the rhythm for businessmen sitting with their Surfaces like extras from a Kraftwerk gig, crunking school girls and what appears to be an incredibly elaborate tablet swapping party. None of this tells you anything about the actual product. Then again, Microsoft isn't really trying...

  • Eric Schmidt: Global knowledge means that ‘eventually technology disappears’

    The ease with which technology connects us, means that at a global level, human knowledge is accelerating. With this increased knowledge we will be able to create a new set of wealth and opportunities. That's according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who argues that technology offers far more solutions than problems, particularly when it comes to education, human governance, and conflict. Speaking at Google Zeitgeist Americas, Schmidt uses the example of how massively open courses like the Khan Academy and Coursra are changing the face of education. Because all of these courses have to get the edge on each...

  • Google expands Gmail, Google Drive results in Search box trial

    This is pretty nifty. You can now sign up to view results from your Gmail inbox using the search bar on the front page of Google. While some people have been able to do this since August, the trial has been expanded to include more users as well as the ability to search your Google Drive account. According to Google the early trial had been successful, and the decision to include Drive was as a result of user feedback: We've gotten very positive feedback from those of you testing it out -- such as this note: “The Gmail results...

  • Pinterest isn’t just for pretty pictures: It’s where your brand should be

    If you still think Pinterest is just a place for hanging out and organising weddings, you've had your head buried in the sand. The fact that directs more referral traffic than Twitter, Google referral and Bing should tell you that it's more than just the little social network that could. New research published by online analysis company eMarketer gives another reason that it's the best social network for your brand to be on. According to the study, people follow more retailers on Pinterest than they do on any other social network. The average Pinterest user, it says, follows 9.5...

  • Watch vertigo-inducing footage of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump

    Watching Felix Baumgartner's space jump from the cameras on the ground was spectacular. Terrifying, but spectacular. Now footage has emerged showing the fall from the Austrian's helmet cam. The visuals give you some sense of what Baumgartner must have been experienced during his free fall. Although things are moving pretty quickly, you also get a glimpse of what he saw, from the darkness of space to the shape of the earth. A word to the wise if you suffer from vertigo though: as well as the rapid falling, the video contains some crazy spinning. Brace yourself before you press...

  • Felix Baumgartner: The record-breaking jump by the numbers

    After Felix Baumgartner's record fall from the sky, we decided take a quick look at some of the numbers that accompany this amazing feat. And some of these numbers are simply mind-boggling. Just the sheer thought of falling from that height and travelling at that speed is awe-inspiring. Here are some of the interesting numbers that go along with the records: 849 505 cubic meters -- The volume of the helium balloon that was used to lift Baumgartner into the stratosphere. 39 045 meters -- The approximate height that Baumgartner jumped from. 1 500 m -- the approximate height that Baumgartner will...

  • How people are using e-learning and crowdlearning to change education

    Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has said that “big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” Then it would be no surprise pointing out the exciting ventures trying out to improve the struggle we have with education. Though the implementation and execution have always been under scrutiny, some have come up with interesting experimental solutions. Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy has recently published a book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, in which he is re-imagining and rethinking the current education system. He notes that society's current idea of...

  • Rascarlo custom Nexus ROM review

    What’s in a ROM? I've mentioned a few times in my older posts that custom ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus aren’t really needed anymore, because of where stock Android is. JellyBean is a fantastic OS, but luckily with Android we are spoilt for choice, and although we don’t need them, using custom ROMs, which are stable, is a lot of fun and they do offer a number of awesome enhancements to an already great OS. I've been using Rascarlo’s RasBeanJelly for the past three weeks and I have to admit, I don’t see that changing any time soon. Read more on Gearburn....