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  • Highlight: the app that lets you know who’s nearby

    A brand new iPhone app has been released that alerts people when they’re near someone they share a connection with. Actually the app, called Highlight, does a little more than that. According to its App Store description: If someone standing near you also has Highlight, their profile will show up on your phone. You can see their name, photos of them, mutual friends, and anything else they have chosen to share. When you meet someone, Highlight helps you see what you have in common with them. And when you forget their name at a party a week later, Highlight...

  • Win online fashion vouchers with Memeburn and Zando.co.za

    Love online fashion? Want to win one of 10 fashion vouchers to the tune of R100 each? Why wouldn't you? Shopping online is better than walking into an actual brick-and-mortar store. This is the future, baby, and Memeburn and Zando.co.za wants to help you realise your online shopping fantasy. Zando, which went from a humble startup to a successful online clothing store, knows the online arena. It stocks a mixture of local and international brands, including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana -- and you can buy them all online from the safety of your computer. Best...

  • Facebook announces ‘next wave’ of Timeline apps

    Facebook has announced a slew of new apps for Timeline including ones from Foursquare, Nike, The Onion, VEVO, Fandango, Viddy, Endomondo and RootMusic. The announcement takes the tally of apps on Timeline close to the 3 000 mark. It says the new apps “give people more ways to add their location, fitness, video and media interests to their timeline and share what they love with friends”. Let's take a closer look at what Facebook says some of these new apps can do: Foursquare: Foursquare users can now reportedly “add their Foursquare check-ins to their timelines and maps”, share their badges and see...

  • Yahoo! confirms intent to sue Facebook

    Yahoo! has confirmed that it will be suing Facebook for patent infringements. At present, details are scant on exactly what patents the troubled internet giant feels Facebook has infringed upon and why it has taken so long in filing a suit. Yahoo! has, however issues an official statement on the issue: Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed. These technologies are the foundation of our business that engages over 700-million monthly unique visitors and represent the spirit of innovation upon...

  • Twitter acquires Posterous

    Popular blogging platform Posterous has been acquired by Twitter. Posterous announced on Monday that it has been acquired, but that Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption and that users will receive ample notice should there be any changes to its service offering. Alluding to possible upcoming changes, Posterous said in its blog post that it would share instructions on how users can back up their content and export data to alternative services like Wordpress, Tumblr and Blogger in the coming weeks. The company posted an FAQ for more information on what can be expected as well as information...

  • Kony 2012: The most viral video in history

    Invisible Children wanted to make Joseph Kony's name known around the world. Well the organisation has succeeded. The 30-minute documentary "Kony 2012" is now the most viral video in history according to analytics platform, Visible Measures. Hitting more than 100-million views in six days across the web, the documentary about the Ugandan warlord and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader is the most discussed topic on the web. In its report, Visible Measures found that Kony surpassed other record-setting "viral legends" such as Susan Boyle and the Old Spice Guy. Visible Measures created a chart to outline the time it...

  • How to create your own hidden network

    For us privacy loons, it's always interesting to find ways to communicate with friends and family on the internet without having to worry about somebody watching everything we're doing. With the battle against piracy heating up, its interesting to watch the technological fallout that is taking place in the software arena. A newsworthy newcomer on the P2P stage is just starting to grab media attention. After installing it and setting it up, I can see why. RetroShare takes advantage of a variety of technologies to provide a simple way to set up your own DarkNet. For most people, a DarkNet sounds...

  • Where spam is going in 2012 and what to do about it

    Over the years Spam has evolved from consisting of annoying but otherwise harmless advertisements, to becoming a carrier of viruses and malware that can damage your computer and make you vulnerable to identity theft (a.k.a. “phishing”). Despite major developments in the area of anti-spam software and measures such as filters, blocks and blacklists for dubious senders, the negative effects of spam are still being felt by individuals and businesses alike. How spam affects you Spam is more than just a minor rash. According to a study by the Radicati Research Group, spam costs businesses US$20.5-billion annually in decreased productivity as well as...

  • Privacy? Why you should actually be concerned about being tracked online

    Hilton Tarrant recently wrote a piece on Memeburn entitled, "Privacy? Why you should let Google, Facebook and others track you online". I had a few issues with the piece. My feeling is that he's uninformed on the matter, made bad assumptions owing to a technical error and decided to ignore some legal complexity, then presented us with a false-dichotomy between ugly display ads and personalised advertising. Let's pick these apart one at a time. Uninformed In general, Hilton makes a common error when it comes to discussion of privacy, and online privacy in particular; he assumes he knows what he's talking about....

  • SXSW opening weekend: rain, social, comedy

    There wasn't much sun around for the opening weekend of the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas -- actually there was none -- but that fact, like many of those attendees new to the overwhelming schedule that makes up the annual event, soon found itself lost, among the dozens of other facts -- about social media, about the future of video blogging, about online journalism -- that were offered up by this year's panels in the festival's first days. An embodiment of all that SXSW has come to represent, comedian and digital editor for The Onion, Baratunde Thurston, was one...

  • Crowdsourced traffic app Waze to launch in SA

    Crowdsourcing seems to be all the rage. It’s been used for everything from funding startups to forming national constitutions. But what about traffic? If the people behind Waze, a free, user generated traffic app, are to be believed then that’s been taken care of too. Waze calls itself the world’s first community-based traffic and navigation app for smartphones. The app allows drivers to outsmart and beat the traffic together by sharing the information the app passively transmits about a user’s speed and location to identify where traffic is moving slowly. The company claims to have a user base of around 12-million...

  • ZunguZ wants to turn Facebook into a bank

    Facebook’s great for a lot of things. Keeping up to date with friends, promoting your brand, and organising your social diary are just some of the things you can do on the world’s social network. But what if you need to pay someone you know on Facebook? Surely you’d have to at least have their banking or PayPal details right? That might have been true in the past, but a company called ZunguZ is looking to change all that. The company which has presences in Silicon Valley and Cape Town claims that its product allows social network users “to...

  • CNN to buy Mashable for $200-million [Rumour]

    Rumour has it that international news giant CNN is in possible talks to buy popular tech news site Mashable for upwards of US$200-million. The rumour comes courtesy of Reuters reporter Felix Salmon, who said a "little bird" informed him of the possible purchase. According to Salmon, citing unnamed sources, the announcement should come as early as Tuesday. CNN seems to be following AOL's acquisition trail. The news giant already acquired iPad magazine publisher Zite for US$20 million to US$25 million back in August 2011. If the rumour proves to be true, CNN's acquisition of Mashable will be the latest in a string...

  • Youku, Tudou put aside rivalry in merger deal

    Chinese online video giants Youku and Tudou have announced plans to merge. According to Tudou the deal will take the form of a 100% stock-for-stock transaction, with the new company to be called Youku Tudou Inc. "We intend to lead the next phase of online video development in China. Youku Tudou Inc. will represent a differentiated leader in the online video market in China with the largest user base, most comprehensive content library, most advanced bandwidth infrastructure and strongest monetisation capability within the sector," said Victor Koo, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Youku. "Youku Tudou Inc. will...

  • Marvel unveils next line of AR comics

    Geeks of the world rejoice. Marvel is going high-tech. The comics giant has announced a partnership with Autonomy’s Aurasma platform. According to TechCrunch, the new partnership will allow people to view video trailers of the books they see in store. The AR app will also reportedly allow people to view, among other things, 3D animations and recaps by holding up their phones to the comics. Speaking at South by South West, Marvel representatives said they hoped “build out DVD and Blu-Ray extras into the comic book itself.” Marvel Infinite Comics will apparently be “the first marvel comics built strictly for digital. They’ll use...