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  • Twitter mourns ‘Green Mile’ star Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for his starring role in 1996's The Green Mile, has passed away aged 54. According to a statement from a family representative, the actor "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered." Duncan had been in an LA hospital after suffering a heat attack seven weeks ago, his life prolonged by the actions of girlfriend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a reality TV star. The actor's death has sent Twitter into mourning with "RIP Micheal Clark Duncan" and "Green Mile" both trending globally on Twitter: The tributes included tweets from some of his fellow...

  • Preparing for the next disaster: Japan sets up emergency information site

    According to The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time blog, the Japanese government is aiming to create an improved system for spreading emergency information in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. It has established a sort of ‘IT disaster lifeline’ portal over on itbousai.go.jp which is in a month-long testing phase. The website will also be easily accessible from feature phones and smart phones, which is certainly a big plus since in the event of a tsunami or prolonged blackout, many citizens are suddenly without the use of a personal computer. It will bring together a number of online...

  • Health and welfare mobile service Impilo is powerful, free

    Impilo is a new mobile service that helps people easily locate health and wellbeing service providers in South Africa. It can also be used to give confidential feedback on the services received at public health and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) service points. The service is free -- no airtime is required -- and as it is USSD based, it will work on any mobile phone. To use it, simply dial *130*448# and follow the menu prompts. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Does Bruce Willis read Memeburn? His ‘fight’ with Apple says he might

    Last week we wrote an article about what happens to your digital legacy when you die. The basic premise being that whatever digital music or books you buy through Amazon and Apple doesn’t really belong to you and that you’re simply “renting” ownership until the day you die. The Digital Media has non-transferable rights and you are therefore not able to leave them to your descendants. News on the wire today announced that Bruce Willis is considering taking Apple to court over the fact that music and books bought via the online iTunes store doesn’t actually belong to him. It...

  • Rocket Internet woes continue with mass Nigerian layoffs

    Looks like things aren't exactly rosy at ecommerce cloning giant Rocket Internet at the moment. A couple of weeks ago, he company revealed that it was scuppering its Chinese operations. Now it's downsizing in Nigeria. Rocket Internet only launched its Nigerian presence a couple of months ago, but is reportedly already downsizing its staff in the country. According to tech news site Techloy, the company fired 50 members of staff, mostly from its support division, on Friday. When the company first entered Nigeria, it hired aggressively taking aboard some ex-employees from Kalahari Nigeria, which was scuppered by parent company...

  • Mobile overtakes fixed-line web in India

    It's finally happened, ahead of schedule too. More people in India now access the web via mobile than fixed-line access. The latest data from tech research company StatCounter suggest that 56% of the country's population now accesses the web via mobile, versus 45% who access it via desktop. Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Mobile vs. Desktop Market Share Back in May, StatCounter's figures suggested that we would reach this point by the end of this year. That large numbers of Indians are using their phones to go online isn’t surprising when you consider the prohibitive cost of broadband,...

  • Freddie Mercury Angry Bird is the most awesome yet

    Check this out. It's Freddie Mercury re-imagined as a character from Angry Birds, mustache, hairy chest and all. The character is part of the "Freddie For a Day" initiative, which encourages people to dress like the renowned Queen front man on 5 September. The day is in support of Aids charity the Mercury Phoenix Trust. “Freddie For A Day and Rovio Entertainment are proud to announce a unique and innovative partnership that sees the most iconic Rock’n’Roll frontman of all time, Freddie Mercury, become an honorary member of the Angry Birds family,” says the announcement today. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • Why big data means big things for the future of marketing

    There has been a lot of hype and content generated about big data of late, but what does it really mean to people looking to push their business into people's minds? How can they take advantage? So the first thing to note is that big data is not solely dedicated to the world of IT. This is not something that IT managers and CIO’s alike can get excited about and then hide in their server rooms, never again to see the light of day. Big data is... well... big! According to a survey by eMarketer, nine out of every 10...

  • Is TV really still trouncing the web when it comes to ads?

    Delegates to the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival were in need of some good news, accustomed as they are to the view that the internet is inches away from swallowing their entire medium and raison d’etre. So imagine their delight when they were informed that “most consumers still consider TV the most impactful advertising medium”, according to a new report released by Deloitte last week. The survey, conducted amongst 4 000 UK-based adults, confirmed that TV’s status had dropped from 64% of consumers in 2009 who considered it the most impactful, to 57%. Nevertheless, there is still a...

  • Gangnam Style hits 90m views: Understanding the viral phenomenon

    I was amazed the first time I read a post on Facebook from a friend back home in South Africa spreading the viral video that has become Gangnam Style. At first I thought that the Psy's Gangnam Style was just another Korean Pop (K-Pop) one hit wonder in South Korea. The catchy song is a satire concerning current Korean consumerism and has soared past the 90-million views mark on YouTube. K-Pop is part of Korea's much sought after K-Pop soft-power image which is one of the reasons Psy's song has been able to stand out from the rest. At first...

  • Is Facebook a social network for narcissists? [Infographic]

    Log into Facebook and what do you see? Your cousin squealing about her promotion, or posting photos of her kid who has (finally) learnt how to walk. You scroll down to see your friend from school, who has just changed his relationship status to "engaged" and is subsequently tagged in 50 perfectly-Photoshopped photos in his fiancé's "Our Engagement

  • Windows 8 RTM — love at first sight

    Like it or not, Windows 8 is about to take the world by storm. I had the chance to play around with the latest RTM build for a while and I have to admit Microsoft did a very good job. It’s been a year since I got my hands on the Consumer Preview, and every build after that improved a lot. When I got the first Preview back in September 2011, the first thing I complained about was the overall look of the OS. It was super ugly by even the lowest of denominators. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • ‘The Age of Context’: A glimpse into Robert Scoble, Shel Israel’s new book

    A little while ago I interviewed Robert Scoble and one of the key things that came out that interview was his belief that we are about to enter an age of context. The way he sees it, we are shifting away from the "age of social into the age of context" where information will based on the context of where we are and who we are with. The idea that the world is moving from a social world to a social-contextual world is the core component of his latest book. The new book, The Age of Context, is the...

  • Spanish film takes first YouTube ‘Your Film’ festival honours

    YouTube's come a long way from being just a platform for sharing frivolous online videos. Heck, it's now somewhere that serious filmmakers can share their work, and win awards while they're at. The world's most popular online video-sharing platform has announced The Guilt, by Spannish filmmaker David Vitorri as the winner in its inaugural 'Your Film' festival. The victory, announced at the Venice Film Festival, sees Vittori walk away with a US$500 000 YouTube original production grant to work with renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free. Actor Michael Fassbender, who was also...

  • Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia

    It seems the hunt is over. Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was arrested in Cambodia late last week -- reportedly at the request of the Swedish government. It issued an international arrest warrant for Warg in April, after he failed to report for the start of his one-year jail sentence for copyright infringement. According to The Guardian, the 27-year-old was apprehended in the capital city by Cambodian police, even though the country doesn't have an extradition agreement with Sweden. He has been living Cambodia since 2009. Despite initial confusion about exactly why Warg was suddenly arrested in his apartment...