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  • Facebook launches ‘Share Activity’ plugin: allows you to control app privacy

    Facebook has launched a new Shared Activity plug-in, a tool that allows users to manage who sees what they are doing on Facebook-connected apps. "The plugin provides a simple solution for implementing the user controls required when working with Open Graph built-in actions," says Facebook's Andrew Chen. The cool thing about this is that Facebook users control the activity they share on the social network from apps, without having to leave the app and go to Facebook to manage who sees what. Imagine surfing a site for Hello Kitty memorabilia and you're a 30-something year old man and you logged...

  • Google shutters China-only music service

    Google has shuttered its three-year old music China-only music service, admitting that things haven't worked out quite as well as it hoped. In a post on the Google China blog the internet giant explains that the service is not a part of its global Google Music service, but was actually run in collaboration with Whale Music. People have until 19 October to download their playlists, although as of today all legal MP3 downloads and streaming is dead on the site. According to Google (translation via Tech in Asia), it shut down the service because: “The impact of this product...

  • 4 great tips for tweeting journos

    Twitter has completely changed journalism. One tweet can sometimes give you information that is as valuable as that source you've been cultivating for months. But it has also changed the way they get their work done. Every journo is now, at least to some degree, responsible for promoting themselves, their work, and the publication their work appears in. Saying that tweeting is one of the most effective ways of doing so is a bit like saying you'll get wet if you take a walk in the rain. Thing is, you have to do it right. In order to figure...

  • Let the hunt for Africa’s next big tourism app begin

    Whether you're getting set for a long-haul flight or navigating around some fantastic destination, chances are that your mobile phone or tablet will come along for the ride. But what apps are you using before, during and after your trip? As more tourists use their mobile devices to plan their adventures, the demand for helpful and efficient travel apps has increased. Some studies estimate that as much as 88% of smartphone users use their phones to access travel-related info. Which is probably why Visa and South African Tourism have decided to issue a challenge to developers across sub-Saharan Africa to...

  • Irish government joins Apple Maps haters brigade

    Oh man, the guys at Google will be hosing themselves when they see this one. The Irish government has sent a request to the Cupertino-based giant asking it to reclassify an area labelled as a dedicated airport. While the area in question is called Airfield Park, there's no airport at the site. In fact, a plane might have a difficult time landing among the farm, gardens and cafe that inhabit the location. According to Irish news site Breakingnews, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter contacted Apple with his concerns over the classification. The designation, he says, could be dangerously misleading and...

  • The patent war continues: Samsung will soon strike at Apple

    We knew the patent battle between Samsung and Apple in the United States wasn't over, we just wished they'd take a reprieve. Since before the launch of the iPhone 5 Samsung has been threatening legal action against Cupertino-based company simply because of speculation that the new iPhone would support 4G LTE networks. Now it has all that and more. It seems Samsung may be taking its time to go after Apple though, reports The Next Web. In a new filing submitted to the US District Court for the Northern District of California late Wednesday, the company said it would file...

  • Microsoft tries to convert Safari users to the Bing side

    Microsoft is urging Safari users to switch from Chrome to Bing. If you find yourself suppressing the urge to burst out laughing at that concept, don't worry. So did we. The Redmond-based giant's latest campaign targets Safari users, telling them to make the switch because Google "may have recently tracked you even though it promised it would not". Things move quickly in the tech world, so you might not recall that this saga dates all the way back to February this year. The internet giant reportedly “used special computer code that tricks Apple’s Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor...

  • SA, UK hacker team wins big at international event

    A team of South African and UK hackers has won big at the Mobile Pwn2Own competition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The team, comprising four members of IT security company MWR InfoSecurity's MWR Labs division, has won a US$30 0000 prize at the competition held at the EuSecWest Conference. The four researchers found critical vulnerabilities in Android which they exploited over the phone's Near Field Communications (NFC) functionality. IT security researchers from all over the world participated in the competition which is held every year. Nils Sommer and Jonathan Butler from the firm’s UK office and Tyrone Erasmus and Jacques Louw from the...

  • Be a secret agent with ‘Skyfall’ interactive campaign

    This is pretty cool. The new campaign for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall allows fans to vicariously experience the adventures of everyone's favorite British spy. The mini-film, called "Crack the Case" takes you through a series of tasks on a train while evading Soviet-style villains. It features current Bond actor Daniel Craig as well as Skyfall Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe (as Sévérine). At one point you're asked to identify yourself by name and gender. You also have the option of uploading a photo or continuing with a "secret identity". Once it's over, you get directed to Heineken's Facebook...

  • 25+ of the best wireframing and prototyping tools, ever

    You're all about User Experience (UX) design. The terms wireframing and prototyping roll off your tongue with poise and you probably already have a fantastic workflow that helps you with rapid design iteration and concept testing. Like us however, you're always curious about what's out there, that special tool that might take your design process to the next level. And, for those new to UX design, we think you'll like this article quite a bit too. We dug deep and came up with what we consider to be some of the greatest tools out there. We also realise that...

  • 5 areas of social media that are about to get seriously exciting

    Social media has completely altered the way we interact and share with one another, compelling brands to follow suit and embrace the age of social media. When it comes to getting you, or your brand's name out there, it is still evolving and in constant flux as social communities grow and new social networks spring up. It has undoubtedly become the central mechanism through which people communicate with each other and share information about products and brands. On these interactive platforms consumers are able to make a significant brand impact -- especially when the innately viral nature of social...

  • Google updates Android Maps, hints at alternative for iOS users

    When Apple's iOS 6 launched yesterday, it marked the official death of Google maps as a native feature on Apple devices. Like a jilted lover bringing out her skimpiest little black number, the Mountain View-based giant rolled out a massive update to the Android version of the service at the same time. Included in the update is single-handed zoom, search history and cross-device syncing. The last of these is pretty cool. It means that if you're logged into Google and search for directions on your computer, you'll be able to get those directions again as soon as you start...

  • Samsung mocks iPhone fans (again) with its new ad [Video]

    Remember when Samsung released that ad mocking iPhone fans queuing for the new iPhone? Yeah you do. It seems that Samsung has decided that it was time to once again demystify the supposedly 'cool' thing the iPhone 5 has going for it... because the S III has had it for a while now. This new ad (like the last one) is pretty fun and we must admit the turnaround time is quite impressive, considering that Apple only debuted the iPhone 5 a week ago. The South Korean smartphone maker picks some choice features to mock such as the new...

  • Check out ex-Webby boss Tiffany Shlain’s new cloud sourced film

    This is very cool. It's the new short film from Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain. In order to make the two-minute film Shlain, together with her production company The Moxie Institute, asked people from all over the world to send videos of themselves feeling their heartbeat and thinking about what it means. The film, titled Engage, is part of the company's "Let it Ripple" movement. The movement comes with the tagline "Mobile films for Global Change" and takes its cue from the last line of Shlain's first feature film Connected. “For centuries we’ve declared our independence. Perhaps it’s now time...

  • LinkedIn after Twitter: Facebook referrals jump 1000%

    Were you concerned that the LinkedIn newsfeed was set for a quick demise after Twitter decided to disconnect from the service and no longer allowed tweets to feed through on to your home screen? Well, it seems your fears were unfounded: the LinkedIn team seems to be happier without it, and all the LinkedIn users just seem to be clicking on through to the other big blue social network. According to analytics service PageLever, the volume of referrals from LinkedIn to Facebook has spiked dramatically -- according to its data, it increased by 1000% in July compared to any...