Twitter

#Discovery: 20 top tweeted pics of a space shuttle’s final journey

The Space Shuttle Discovery made one final flight today. Alas, it wasn’t to space, but to its final resting place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The retired spacecraft’s journey, on the back of a modified jumbo jet, caught enough attention to trend globally on Twitter: Given the proliferation of photo-sharing apps and the strength of most smartphone cameras, it’s hardly surprising that loads of people were tweeting pictures of the flight. Memeburn decided to ...

Conferences, Startups

14 International events and a startup exchange for your calendar

Tech Calendar The last post I wrote featured seven, which later became nine, South African events worth attending to grow your startup. If you have started building a product or platform that you deem worthy of international exposure, which I’m sure it is, then you may want to attract the attention of investors, mentors and innovators worldwide. Here is a list of 14 events and a startup exchange programme you may want to consider: 1. South by Southwest (SXSW) One of the most talked ...

Microsoft

How should everyday users feel about Windows 8?

Windows 8 startscreen The only constant in life is change, and the digital world is no exception. Just when you get the hang of one operating system and start to think you’re pretty smart they go and change everything. Just to keep you on your toes. Apple does it. Facebook does it. Google+ just did it, and now Microsoft is getting on the band wagon. The creators of the Nike slogan would be so proud. Having not been one of the millions ...

News

Pebble smartwatch sets Kickstarter record

If Double Fine Adventure brought crowdfunding site Kickstarter to the world’s attention, then the Pebble smartwatch shows how much people are willing to pay for a good idea. The watch, which connects either to an iPhone or Android smart device and uses e-paper technology, has raised over US$3.3-million with a month of funding set to go. That’s a record for any Kickstarter project and comes fresh off the back of the Pebble having raised US$1-million a day after it went ...

News

Twitter won’t copy Facebook in buying photo-sharing app

When Facebook acquired Instagram for US$1-billion, some felt that Twitter had missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Despite this, the social network says it isn’t about to go shopping for a photo-sharing app of its own. That people felt Twitter had missed out is hardly surprising when you consider the fact that the company had looked into buying Instagram in 2011 and that co-founder Jack Dorsey had invested US$1-million of his own money into the photo-sharing service. CEO ...

News

HuffPo wins Pultizer

In journalistic circles, the Pulitzers are more than a big deal -- they're probably the biggest deal. This year, online publishers have made a stronger showing than ever. The Huffington Post's David Wood won in the category of national reporting for his 10 part series on the struggles of wounded American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. The site appears to view the award as an answer to everyone who has criticised it over the years. Its founder Arianna ...

Video

Samuel L Jackson, Zooey Deschanel star in new Siri spots [Video]

Apple’s not exactly renowned for using celebrity endorsements in its adverts (unless you count Santa’s Siri spot). Seems like that’s changing with Samuel L Jackson and Zooey Deschenel making appearances in the latest video spots for Siri. Jackon’s spot features him in sensitive date mode, rather than the badass action star we’ve all come to know so well: Deschanel’s spot meanwhile features her in archetypal, ridiculously cute mode, ordering soup on a rainy day: Personally we would have preferred to see ...

Video

Coachella brings Tupac back to life with hologram tech [Video]

The death of Tupac Shakur shook the hip hop community to its core in 1996. Conspiracy theories abounded. Some said the government had ordered a hit on the rapper, others that he was still alive and in hiding. Dead or alive, the wonders of technology have seen 'pac make a comeback performance. The organisers of the Coachella music festival resurrected the rapper in hologram form. This is way beyond the little blue figures you thought were so cool, the first ...

Infographic, Twitter

South Africa’s 10 most influential political tweeters [Infographic]

Most influential Tweeters Twitter matters. There’s no doubting that. It can help effect social change, make stars, or pariahs, out of politicians, and make or break a brand. Makes sense then that mattering on Twitter also matters. But who matters? In South African politics, the most influential people on the social network turn out to be a mix of politicians, journalists, activists and academics. At least, that’s according to a list compiled by PR and communications company Burson-Marsteller. The company compiled the ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video

See if you can spot who Nando’s is ripping off with its new campaign

nandos-logo-with-barci copy Nando’s is renowned for tilting its sword at everyone from dictators, to politicians, and young pretenders. This time it’s taken a stab at an entire industry. The latest ad from the fast-food outlet, satirises the tone and setting of a certain kind of financial service. You know, the kind that thinks its product has you covered for every possible eventuality? The kind of businesses that make adverts which are intended to make you go “These people are smart. I’m also ...

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