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  • Instagram for Android will be ‘better than iOS app’, coming really soon

    Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom, revealed at SXSW yesterday that the Android version of Instagram is coming very soon and "in some ways, it’s better than our iOS app." It's no secret that the world's favourite photo social network is headed for Android, but we seem to be getting very close to an actual release. Systrom showed off Instagram for Android running on a Galaxy Nexus at SXSW yesterday, but didn't give a full demo. During a Q&A session, Systrom promised the Android version would be incredibly fast, scale well on various screen sizes and that the team hopes "to have it...

  • Blog looks to list all the banned words on Sina Weibo

    We all know China is strict when it comes to online censorship. We also know that it’s getting stricter, particularly on the country’s various microblogs, known as weibos. What you might not know is precisely what terms are banned on them. One blog is looking to change that, by listing every single term not allowed on Sina Weibo -- China’s biggest microblog. Blockedonweibo is a tumblr that exhaustively lists the banned terms on Sina Weibo and explains why they are banned. Some of the banned terms include fairly obvious ones such as government agencies and "nude photograph". Other terms, though, are slightly more...

  • 30 brilliant African tech startups

    The methodology behind this list of startups had two simple directives. First, the startup had to have African roots and secondly it had to be brilliant. More specifically, we were looking for that type of brilliance that exudes intelligence, talent, quality or simply, something fresh. Of course brilliance, like most things in life, is subjective, so we went into this journey with an open mind. Tabula rasa if you will and we hoped to recognise brilliance when we saw it. We did, over and over again. Why did we focus on Africa? The continent’s one-billion people are coming online and 600-million...

  • A critical view of social media campaigns

    This morning, we were talking about the KONY 2012 movement, various reactions around it and how easy we share things without even looking at it. How our gut reaction is to act without even knowing what we’re acting on or reflect on what it means. (If you want to delve deeper into the KONY 2012 topic, you can, for instance, read Kony 2012: what’s the real story?). What we want to cover here is the greater scheme of things, social media and how people react. When a social media campaign gains traction, and especially when it becomes widely successful, this seems to...

  • 8 Ways to beat digital writer’s block

    Admit it; just thinking about writer’s block is frustrating you. Writer’s block is a unique obstacle in that it gets worse with time. If you write for a living or for recreation, you know what it’s like to struggle with wording or to find a topic in the first place. Professional bloggers cover a range of topics and often write under irregular deadlines. Here are a few simple tips for getting your creative juices flowing. 1. Just start writing Few sights are as daunting to a writer as a blank Word document. Facing down the white screen is hard enough when you...

  • Angry Birds in space! What could be cooler? [Video]

    The popularity of Angry Birds has proved that there is nothing more fun than hurtling some seriously pissed off birds at some not-so-nice pigs. Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the game, has been working hard to expand the franchise with other versions of the game such as Angry Birds Rio and Seasons. Now they've moved on to space. Let's face it -- everything is cooler in space. The folks at Rovio teamed up with the leading experts  -- NASA -- to bring you the new game. The announcement video for Angry Birds Space features NASA astronaut, Don Pettit -- straight from the...

  • eBooks: Did Apple screw us all, or save the industry?

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the American Justice Department is about to sue Apple and five of the biggest book publishers in the US for colluding to raise the price of eBooks. This means that the Justice Department, which has been investigating eBook pricing since last year, has decided the parties involved violated the Sherman Act. The Sherman Act is a law that guards against business activities that lead to anti-competitive behaviour in the marketplace. The US government’s intention to sue signifies strained negotiations and that we might see a shakeup in the way publishers charge for eBooks. How...

  • Kony 2012: Cause célèbre to internet meme

    If there’s one thing the internet does really well, it’s compressing a serious issue into a captioned picture. The Stop Kony 2012 campaign is a case in point. The campaign gave new meaning to the word viral, with Jason Russell’s documentary getting over 30-million views across Vimeo and YouTube in just two days. Then came the counter-arguments. People pointed out that the Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) hadn’t been active in Uganda for the past five years. Others criticised Invisible Children for its apparently militant stance. Some even went so far as to suggest that the intervention it was...

  • Online checkouts get a social dashboard

    Technology integration is moving forward at a rapid pace. Some technology marketers are even feeling that technology advancement and user acceptance is moving so quickly that they are having difficulty in finding an angle to market to their prospects. But that's not stopping Own, a Point of Sale software that has integrated its PoS with social media. Simply put what it has done is integrated FourSquare, Twitter and Facebook with its PoS software. The Own PoS runs as an Android app which does away with the bulky cash registers of old and integrates with a cash drawer and a cash...

  • Path 2.1: Now with smarter camera, support for Nike+

    Up-and-coming private social network Path had a couple of rough days last month because it uploaded its users' address books to its servers without their explicit permission. Today, however, the company is focusing squarely on its product again with the release of version 2.1 of its iOS app. This isn't a major overhaul of the service, as the version number already indicates, but the company made some pretty significant updates to the product that its users will surely appreciate. One really cool new feature is the built-in support for Nike+, so your runs now automatically appear in Path. For those...

  • New Reddit CEO sends out first public message

    New Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has sent out his first public communication since officially taking over the reins at the ‘front page on the internet’. A former director of engineering at Facebook, Wong was asked to step into the CEO role shortly after Reddit was spun off as an independent entity from publishing giant Condé Nast. In an open letter to the social news site’s community, Wong expressed surprise at the fact that he'd even been considered for the position: I didn't have any straight-up CEO experience, despite having managed large teams of engineers and working on numerous business and startup issues....

  • The iPad tells all, Tim Cook’s wardrobe disappointment [Comic]

    I think the guys at Joy of Tech were sitting just waiting for Apple to have an event. Following the launch of the device we all thought would be called the iPad3 or iPad HD and that turned out to actually just be the iPad, Nitrozac and Snaggy put together two comics to unpack the main issues of the event. I am really glad they did, because they have addressed the elephant in the.... room? World? Whatever, they addressed an elephant in the form of Tim Cook's apparel. What utter nerve he had to have a sense of individual style!...

  • Facebook to become ‘your personalised newspaper’ with Interest Lists

    Facebook has introduced a new product that it claims is “a whole new way to keep up with stuff you care about and tidy up your experience on Facebook”. The new feature, called Interest Lists, is basically a way for you to tidy up your news feed into sections determined by you. Facebook claims that doing so turns the social network into “your own personalised newspaper, with special sections—or feeds—for topics that matter to you”. In fact, the company has taken this traditional news feel a step further by including sections like Business, Sports and Style. You could also get...

  • Yola boss Vinny Lingham steps down to launch new startup

    Well-known Silicon Valley-based South African web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has resigned as the CEO of Yola, the internet startup he founded about five years ago, to launch a new venture. The new venture -- Gyft -- promises "to change the way you think about gift cards". It plans to launch in May this year and is offering an early sign up for members. There is no indication of who is backing the venture (but Memeburn will find this out soon). Yola says that Lingham will retain his board seat and shares at the company and will "continue to provide vision and...

  • Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter

    Want to drive traffic to your site? Forget Twitter (Okay maybe don’t forget it entirely) and get pinning. That’s right, Pinterest -- a two-year old social network with 11-million users -- drives more traffic to websites than Twitter -- a five year-old network with well over 100-million active users. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic, a third-party social measurement tool, Pinterest not only beat out Twitter, but also referred Google traffic and organic Bing searches. Shareaholic claims its findings are “based on aggregated data from more than 200 000 publishers that reach more than 270-million unique monthly visitors...