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  • Mind your language and stop worrying about crowdsourced dictionaries

    Words like 'amazeballs', 'Facebook', 'totes' and 'frenemy' are officially part of the English language. In July 2012 the Collins English Dictionary decided to “crowdsource” new words to the English Language by allowing the public to submit words (and definitions) they thought had become part of our everyday lexicon. Late yesterday, it released a list of approximately 80 words that would be added to its online dictionary. What constitutes an English word or not has more been in the realm of scholars and professors (most notably from Oxford), but the move from Collins certainly shows how much the world has changed. For...

  • Groupon deal sees movie chain sell 30k tickets in 11 hours

    This is pretty cool. A deal for movie tickets on the South African iteration of group-buying deals site Groupon has set new sales records in that country. A Ster Kinekor movie ticket deal that went live at twelve o’clock last night saw Groupon sell 30 000 tickets by mid-morning, averaging 32 tickets a minute since going live. It was anticipated that the deal would take three days to sell out and instead was closed within half a day. “The success is testament to South Africans love of the cinema experience and their love for a good deal. We...

  • Why African social networks kick Facebook’s mobile experience in the ass

    Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the rest of their ilk are taking over the world, right, and forming a homogenous mass of consumer data and eyeballs across the globe from which no one can escape. Or not. Definitely not when one considers the local and regional social networks springing up, particularly in Africa. A key differentiator of these networks is often that they better serve the mobile market -- usually because this is their primary or only market -- whether on smartphones or not so smart phones. Those of us still mentally tethered to our desktops and laptops often forget what a shoddy...

  • 6 reasons Sleek Geek’s use of social could actually get people exercising

    You’re a typical geek. All your waking hours are spent bathed in the pale glow of a screen. Your workstation is cluttered with empty Red Bull cans and the smell of stale pizza hangs in the air. Actual sun seldom makes contact with your epidermis and you’re beginning to resemble the larval form of the mountain borer beetle. You were perfectly happy with this crepuscular existence. But then the tweets about gym started. The breathless announcements of new personal bests for 5km runs. The cool new apps, the must-have gadgets. Your flabby virtual friends started posting before and after...

  • Chrome Time Machine: see the history of the world’s favourite browser

    Google just announced its Chrome Time Machine, a website which takes you through the dynamic changes and developments of Chrome from 2008 up until 2012. And the browser has definitely grown and improved over the years since it was born on 2 September 2008. One of the biggest milestones was reached on 5 August 2009 when HTML5 capabilities were built into Chrome as default. This is why Chrome is the overall winner and the rest of the browsers do not even come close, where some still do not even support HTML5. The day this unique internet browser was born, it simultaneously...

  • MacBook Pro with Retina Display — there is no equal

    Humankind is governed by fear. The fear of the unknown being the most prevalent. It's this sticky enigma of hope and desire that separates PC and Mac owners. For decades now, the war between Apple and everyone else has raged on and the losers were always the PC crowd, we just didn't know it yet. Clarification, I didn't know it. Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display is one of the fastest, most hassle-free laptops ever produced and while there are faster desktop and laptop PCs, nothing beats the overall comfort and clarity of the MacBook Pro. Read more on Gearburn....

  • Tencent’s WeChat hits 200m users, doubles in six months

    Over at the China Internet Conference earlier today, Pony Ma, CEO and co-founder of Tencent (HKG:0700) took to the stage to talk about all things mobile. He began by pointing out that mobile internet users have surpassed PC internet users in China. Referring to Tencent’s data, he shared that today, more than half of the users on QQ, the company’s huge IM service, are accessing it via mobile phones. Furthermore, he noted that Weixin (aka WeChat to international users), its Whatsapp-style messaging app, hit 100 million users in March earlier this year. That’s old news, of course -- but in...

  • Pinterest users complain of mass hacks

    It was bound to happen. Pinterest users claim the social network has been hacked, with many noticing that their friends and followers were pushing spam onto Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest users then flooded to Facebook and Twitter to complain about the hacks, with some saying that it had been an ongoing issue: My Pinterest boards were hacked last night... one more time, and I will ditch it until they can fix their act!— Dushyant Shetty (@dustyplanet) September 11, 2012 ugh my pinterest was hacked! whats the point of hacking a pinterest?— Mr. Pink (@MrPinkRC) September 11, 2012 Looks like my Pinterest account...

  • Apple IDs: Antisec didn’t hack the FBI… no one did

    Well this is awkward... Antisec didn't hack an FBI laptop: it seems the US government agency in fact had nothing to do with it. It appears that our friendly neighbourhood hacktivists lied when they claimed responsibility for hacking an FBI agent's laptop to extract a file with millions of personal details about Apple users. What had actually happened was that app publisher Blue Toad's database was hacked and files were copied. The company describes itself as "a digital publishing company providing digital editions and apps to publishers worldwide. We utilize page flip technology to convert a PDF into an online viewable...

  • Anonymous member claims responsibility for taking down GoDaddy

    A member of hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the website of GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar and hosting company -- and the outage seems to be affecting at least some of the millions of GoDaddy clients. A number of users have reported that they are unable to access websites or email services which are hosted by GoDaddy, and attempts to access GoDaddy.com are met with error messages. The user operating the Twitter account @AnonymousOwn3r has taken responsibility for the hack, and suggested it was a not a group attack. S/he has not explained exactly...

  • Bridezilla to bashtag: Collins dictionary gets 86 new crowdsourced words

    A while back we told you about a campaign HarperCollins was running to crowdsource words for the next version of the Collins dictionary. Turns out there's a fair few amateur lexicographers out there. The British publisher today approved its first batch of 86 new crowdsourced words and definitions. This after receiving some 4 400 submissions through CollinsDictionary.com, which will be updated once a month with the best user suggestions. All the new words -- including bridezilla (“a woman whose behaviour in planning details of her wedding is regarded as intolerable”), helicopter parent (“a parent who is excessively involved in...

  • Twitter now lets you upload pics from its mobile site

    Looks like Twitter's trying to give its users even more reason to use its own products instead of third-party apps. If your smartphone runs iOS 6 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich and up you will soon be able to upload photos directly from the social network's mobile web app. According to Sociable, the new feature was first revealed when Twitter product manager Sung Hu Kim tweeted a picture of the sun setting over San Francisco. He then revealed that the picture had been uploaded from his phone's browser. Sunset and a jet. twitter.com/sunghu/status/…— Sung Hu Kim (@sunghu) September 9,...

  • Wikipedia wants photos of your country’s monuments

    What better way to get all of the world's monuments in one library than run a contest. Wikipedia has launched a global version of "Wiki Loves Monuments" an initiative that crowdsources cultural heritage monuments through a photo contest. The project started two years ago in the Netherlands and a European project was run in 2011 this year the user curated encyclopedia has decided to go international. The project will run throughout September and anyone can take part: Everybody can participate and improve Wikipedia in their local and regional neigbourhood. Cultural heritage is everywhere around you, you just need to...

  • Is there a way to guarantee that your video will go viral on YouTube?

    Virality. It’s the new holy grail, the mecca of marketing. Everyone wants it but nobody knows how to get it. It just happens: it’s a matter of luck. Or is it? With YouTube becoming such an overwhelming force for marketing, with 800-million unique users every month, it’s no surprise that whole schools of thought are developing around how to tap into this market. Marketing professor Brent Coker claims he has found an algorithm that explains why some things go viral and others don’t. He has called it the Branded Viral Movie Predictor. This includes 4 key elements: if they...

  • 8 music streaming services to kill your Spotify FOMO

    Online music is the future and all your friends in Spotify-enabled countries keep shouting about how they can't survive without it. Suffice to say, you've gone and developed a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Well, put that FOMO aside because we understand your pain and we have gone and found you Spotify alternatives. Some of these are more like internet radio stations, but provide great listening -- and more importantly -- most of them are available irrespective of location. You can also stream music on YouTube because let's face it, that is the world's biggest music...