Gearburn

Sleeping Dogs: a sprawling, violent sandbox

Sleeping Dogs bears similarities to Grand Theft Auto. That much is clear. Both operate in a sprawling sandbox world with cars to drive, missions to undertake, and an overarching story lending purpose to you travels. Yet Sleeping Dogs has enough of its own flavour to leave a lasting impression. At times it’s even better than the aforementioned GTA; a surprise indeed for a game Activision canned because they thought it lacked quality. Read more on Gearburn.

News

Rocket internet mulling shutdown of China operations

International ecommerce cloning giant Rocket Internet is reportedly on the verge of shutting down its operations in China. According to The Next Web, the company is desperately seeking new investors in the country and will be forced to shut down its operations there if it fails to find any. If it does so, it will mean that around 60 jobs will be on the line. The tech news site reckons that Rocket's various businesses in the Hong Kong-China region will ...

News

Fake Indian Twitter accounts blocked: gov’t intervention suspected

A number of fake Twitter accounts, accused of misinforming people in India about violence against Muslims have been taken down. While a number of news outlets have been reporting that the social network had ceded to demands from the Indian government that it censor inflammatory tweets, it's uncertain who's actually behind the takedowns. According to an update from Indian tech news site Plugged.In, it nay gave actually been Indian ISPs blocking the pages of several fake Prime Minster's Office (PMO) ...

News

The Oatmeal hits Tesla museum target in one week

Geeks of the world rejoice! The Oatmeal has helped a non-profit raise the funds it needs to buy land for a Tesla museum on Long Island, New York less than a week after putting out the call for donations. According to Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, an anonymous donor put US$33 000 forward to push the campaign past US$875 000: Wow, someone just donated $33,000 at the last minute and put us over our goal!$873,169 REACHED!— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) August 21, ...

News

Indian govt could take on Twitter over failure to filter inflammatory tweets

twitter logo Oh look. Twitter's in hot water in India. Again. This time the Indian government is going after the social network because it has failed to comply with the country's efforts to clean up social media. According to the Times of India attention returned to Twitter shortly after the country accused neighboring Pakistan of using social media to spread "disinformation". The government's attention then turned to Twitter when the social network refused to block inflammatory messages in the volatile North Western ...

News

Amazon Web Services rolls out Glacier: for the data you seldom need

Amazon's Web Services division today announced the launch of Glacier, a new archiving and data storage product. The tech giant says that the service is designed especially for data "that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable". It also claims that its price offering of as US$0.01 per gigabyte per month makes it much more cost-effective than hosting the data on your own premises. Glacier apparently addresses the fact that "Companies typically over-pay ...

Africa, Mobile

Mobile payments company offers young African devs place at top conference

Right, by now we should've cottoned onto the fact that the future of mobile payments is pretty damn big. Africa's always had a weighty punch in this market. After all people on the continent have been using mobile to make money transfers since at least 2002. Investing in the future of Africa's mobile developers seems pretty damn sensible then. Mobile payments enabler TrustPay seems to be taking a step toward doing exactly that by offering five €650 access passes to ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Why research is crucial before starting any social campaign

business ipads There are thousands of social media channels available to us all. From blogging to Facebook, all of these channels are not created equal and for the same purpose. Just because a certain social media channel works well for some businesses, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you. Wherever you look online you will find many videos, images, and the latest infographics about all the various social media statistics regarding the best social media channels. Some facts about social ...

Social media

4 reasons why you should start taking a much closer look at Klout

klout There has been a lot of speculation and debate concerning the merits of participating on Klout. Klout measures social influence and until now, most have not taken it seriously, citing that the Klout algorithm is not accurate and does not reflect true social influence. Following recent announcements from Klout, I believe that general sentiment around Klout is about to change. Here are the reasons. 1. Social signals increased to 400 Klout has increased the number of signals from 100 to 400 from ...

SEO

You have only yourself to blame for bad SEO content

SEO There are two schools of thought surrounding SEO (Search Engine Optimised) copy. The first is that it can simply be generated with fridge poetry and a few keywords. It’s this belief that has given rise to the second notion: that soon these people and their fridge poetry will become redundant due the rise of “robot” generated copy as indicated by narrativescience.com. People who believe either of these notions are naïve. Some people would believe that Shakespeare is currently turning in ...

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