Apple

3 Reasons the new iPad is actually a huge deal

Ipad stuff Apple's iPad launch hype has come and gone. A number of the speculations were proven wrong: there is no smaller iPad, there are no 3D glasses. In fact, the new iPad is essentially the same as before. There are, however, a few changes such as the high-resolution screen, fast LTE connectivity in the USA, and for some that’s all there is to the new iPad. Wrong. The new iPad is a big deal, a very big deal. In fact, in many ...

News

SA Gmail users get free SMS…at last

Gmail users in South Africa are reporting that they can now send free SMSes from Google chat. The reports are coming through even though South Africa is not listed among the countries supported by the service, which has been around since 2008. At present, however, the service only allows you to send messages to MTN and 8ta numbers. According to MyBroadband, any attempts to SMS Vodacom and Cell C numbers resulted in an error message. Quite why Vodacom isn't supported ...

Social media

Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman talks social media at SXSW

Billy Corgan Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan took to the stage at South by Southwest -- not to perform, but to be interviewed by social media guru Brian Solis -- on his views about how social media has changed the music business. Corgan, who has over 100 000 followers on Twitter, wants fans to step up their support and help create new ways of sustaining the music industry. Corgan, whose band found great success in the 90s and helped break stereotypes with their ...

News

TED launches initiative to bring ‘lessons worth sharing’ to high schoolers

TED 2011 TED, the organisation behind the popular conference series with the same name, launched a new initiative that aims to bring TED-like video content to high school students. The idea here is to repackage existing TED talks as well as videotaped lessons from teachers around the world with additional graphics and effects to make them more palatable to a younger audience. As TED's curator Chris Anderson notes, the organisation doesn't claim that TED-Ed, as this new program is called, will "transform ...

Online journalism

Data journalism: where coders and journos meet

News Image How do you make sense of a growing data pile spit out by the internet? The number of journalists who can analyse and write stories based on this data is still relatively small. At a time when large numbers of journalists are being laid off -- because print newspapers are closing or decreasing the number of editors -- data journalism is becoming a great way to get value out of journalistic work. Newspapers are also exploring it, and data journalism could potentially ...

News

How influential is your company on social? Brandometer thinks it knows

How do you know how well your brand’s doing on social media? Awards are one way, but they tend to be chosen by industry “experts”. They also tend to roll around on a fairly irregular basis, so you can’t be sure if your latest campaign has put you ahead of your competitors. What you need is a way of benchmarking yourself across a variety of platforms, against your closest competitors and the best practitioners of social media. A new tool called ...

Humour, Video

Siri gets her Led out, sings ‘Stairway to Heaven’ [Video]

We know Apple’s celebrated voice assistant Siri can do a whole lot, but did you know she could soon be the voice of the entire iTunes catalogue? Apple-centric parody news site Scoopertino has imagined a present in which Tim Cook and co. have become so enamoured with Siri that they decide to drop musicians entirely and let Siri take over on vocal duties for every song ever licensed to iTunes. “Apple started a revolution by signing the major music companies. ...

News

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 ...

Competition

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, ...

News

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: ...

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