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What does ‘The Spear’ have in common with Barbara Streisand?

John Terry Zuma You know your country’s digital landscape is maturing when locally brewed memes make international news. Brett Murray’s controversial The Spear caused an inadvertent ruckus in the South African media, and web-going South Africans were on the forefront of spreading the word, sharing news content and creating their own graphics lampooning the situation. Thousands of news stories, images and Facebook shares later, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone around the office water cooler or in the grocery store queue who isn’t ...

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Space X Dragon to return to earth today

Attention, earthlings: the Space X Dragon capsule is on its way home. Well, if by 'way' you mean hurtling through the atmosphere and 'home' you mean a splash-landing in the Pacific Ocean. The first privately funded and built space craft to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) left earth just over a week ago and was captured by the ISS on 25 May. After spending five days attached to the station while its crew unloaded supplies and picked up some ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video

People now watch more online video on iPads — and on Saturday nights [Study]

Do you spend your Saturday nights curled up with your new iPad, watching the latest episode of your favourite TV series or flitting through YouTube like the power user you are? No? Well, you’re in the minority, according to the latest global online video statistics from Ooyala. The recent study of over 200 million users worldwide showed that people aren’t just watching three minute videos of cats -- they’re watching more long form video, more often, on a variety of platforms. Half ...

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Baidu set to launch Android ROM

baidu rom Baidu is taking its smartphone push into full gear with the release of a ROM that takes Google's full suite of Android services and replaces them with its own. The Chinese internet giant has a lot to gain if people decide they like the new product. According to The Next Web, just under 70% of new phones in China ship with Android. Baidu claims that the ROM, which comes standard with services including the Google-Drive like Wangpan, music, maps, apps ...

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Google SA to launch online child safety initiative

Playground Google South Africa will announce on Friday the launch of a local child safety initiative. The search giant says that it and its partners will create a safe cyberspace for children to engage with technology as well as empower parents and guardians with tools to help them choose what content their children see online. Partners include the South African Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (DWCPD), the Department of Communications, the Film and Publications Board (FPB), youth-based social network ...

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Facebook opens office dedicated to Middle East, North Africa

Facebook has opened up operations at its new Dubai offices, aimed specifically at expanding its operations in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). In a statement made at a press conference in the Gulf emirate, the social network said that its Mena team "will work with brands across the region to help them harness the power of the world's largest social network". Joanna Shields, Facebook's vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the network has some ...

Google, News

Google Places is dead, long live Google+ Local

Google+ Local We called it. After Google bought out restaurant review site Zagat in 2011, we said that it signalled the company had "good taste" and that Google+ would become "a repository for your Google user data". The company's announcement that it would be scuppering Google Places and replacing it with Google+ local, which it calls "a simple way to discover and share local information featuring Zagat scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+", shows just how far we've come ...

News

One quarter of mobile users will pay with NFC by 2017

As a technology Near Field Communication (NFC) has been kicking around for a while now -- Nokia's 6131 was the first NFC-enabled phone and launched all the way back in 2006 -- but mass adoption has been slow. All that's about to change. According to a new report from tech analysis company Juniper Research, more than one in four mobile users in Western Europe and the US will make in-store payments using NFC by 2017. That's massive growth, considering that ...

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Orkut to be linked with Google+

It was inevitable. Google is now letting Orkut users link to their Google+ profiles. This effectively means that people will be sharing their posts on both social networks. Except, the integration goes a little deeper than that. In an official blog post, the internet giant says: After you link your profiles, your Orkut profile photo and name will be the same as your Google+ photo and name. In addition, you will be able to share all your public Google+ posts ...

General Tech

Bit.ly redesign: now with added annoying bookmarking feature

the new bitly redesign You may have heard that popular link-shortening service Bit.ly has had a bit of a redesign. Or maybe you were just made aware of that fact when you logged in to your account and everything was all over the place. Ok, so the old Bit.ly wasn't on my list of the top 10 most beautifully designed sites on the web, but it was functional. There was a nice big bar at the top where you pasted your link, it shrunk before ...

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