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  • Samsung Q20: like the spray, only better

    Is this just another camcorder to film our daily lives of significant others, milestone events or silly pranks, or can this be the one camcorder you would have to record the rest of your life with? The Samsung HMX-Q20 fits into most coat sized pockets and is a cinch to carry around with you. But is it worth buying it on top of your already decent smartphone camera? Design I'm not sure, but it looks like every camcorder manufacturer has gotten really lazy. 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Naspers, Tiger Global throw $150m into Flipkart

    Boom, money time. Naspers and Tiger Global have invested US$150-million in Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart in its latest round of funding. While Naspers is new to the party, Tiger Global is a long-time investor in the company. In January, it contributed to the US$150-million. The funding effort suggests that the investing companies still see a big future for Flipkart despite the fact that things haven't been easy in the ecommerce space of late. According to Indian ecommerce site DeaCurry, Flipkart has had to put a minimum price cap on orders that qualify for free delivery. It's also had to...

  • Check out Samsung’s inspirational Paralympic ad

    A few weeks ago, we got you psyched for the Olympic Games with eight inspirational adverts. Thing is we're not sure any of them can even touch this ad from Samsung for the Paralympics. The message is simple. Sport doesn't care who you are. Everyone can participate. At the same time though, everyone -- no matter what physical challenges they might face -- needs to put in the same kind of dedication to get to the top. Too right too. Like their able-bodied counterparts, the people who'll competing in the Paralympics over the coming fortnight are athletes...

  • Chinese video giants Youku, Tudou complete $1bn merger

    This is big. Chinese online video monoliths Youku and Tudou have announced the completion of their billion dollar merger, with the latter set to halt trading on the Nasdaq today. The reason Tudou is the one to leave the stock market is because it's now a wholly owned subsidiary of Youku, although the company will now officially be known as Youku Tudou Inc. That puts to rest Tudou's earlier assertion that it would continue operating as a separate entity. The two video giants first announced plans for a merger back in March. Back then they suggested that the deal...

  • Extra vanity URLs roll out on Google+

    If you're a brand or a verified individual, Google+ just got a little more appealing. A new batch of custom URLs has just gone live on the platform. This news comes ten days after Google announced it would be allowing people to get their vanity on without needing to use a third-party service. According to Google+ team member Saurabh Sharma, the changes will roll out over the next few days and people will be given notice when their new URLs are ready to be activated: Today we're rolling out custom URLs to thousands more verified (and well-known) brands and...

  • Kill me now! ‘Lolz’, ‘Ridic’ & ‘Mwhahaha’ now in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

    It's official, we are all going to hell and lexicographers are leading the way. The geniuses at Oxford Dictionary decided a while ago that it needed to keep up with the times by adding popular social media words to its dictionary. Yes there's no need to be confused about the meaning of "LOL" because it's in the dictionary now. None of those embarrassing "lot of love" mistakes anymore. Now it seems we have more social/online speak in the dictionary's online version. According to a report by Time, the publishing house has added a host of abbreviations and online colloquialisms to...

  • Meet Microsoft’s first new logo in 25 years

    Ahem. The emperor has new clothes. This time though they're really there and a lot more sleek and modern. Microsoft has revealed its first new logo since 1987. The Redmond-based tech giant unveiled the new logo today, telling the Seattle Times, that it is intended to “signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness”. The logo reportedly uses the Segoe, which has been used in the company's software and branding for some time now. Another first is the incorporation of a symbol into the logo. This places the four squares used in...

  • Facebook revamps iOS app from the ground up

    Looks like Facebook's rolling out the changes. It's just launched a fresh version of its iOS app after earlier revamping the Android version and updating its Messages function. A number of the updates are similar to the ones it rolled out in the refreshed Android app, meaning that you can now add to emoji to messages for instance. But it's also much more than that. For the first time, people accessing Facebook from their iPhones and iPads will be getting a native experience. That in and of itself pretty much guarantees a better experience than the web-based views that have...

  • The Oatmeal’s not the only one crowdfunding Tesla’s legacy

    We recently told your about The Oatmeal's efforts at raising money for a museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla. Well it turns out it isn't the only one using crowdfunding to honour the legacy of the nineteenth century scientist, inventor, and original geek. Memeburn's got wind of Kickstarter project aimed at bringing Tesla's story to life in the form of a documentary. The man behind the project is documentary television producer and founder of the now defunct Electric Motors Wil Cashen. He has used the Serbian inventor's story to inspire his own life's work (he created a retrofitted...

  • What impact will the Samsapple trial have on you and me?

    Apple versus Samsung has been great news for the legal and tech journalist fraternity. The lawyers have been churning out billable hours, and the journalists have been churning out tons and tons of reports, special reports, and analysis. Great fun if you can keep up. What got me thinking is what all this hype and reportage has got to do with me and my shiny gadgets. The answer luckily is very little. The media circus that has ensued over the whole Apple versus Samsung patent debate has focused primarily on the claims and counter claims, and very little on the...

  • Twitter: value-added conversation is more important than broadcasts, rts

    I have been using Twitter for over three years and have been through a long learning curve. Besides having to get my head around how to use the tool effectively, I have received constant advice from the community on how I should conduct myself on the platform so as not to upset anyone out there. All advice revolves around how to tweet and what to tweet. This is categorised into three areas, namely broadcasting, retweets and having conversations. Broadcasting Broadcasting is a one way stream of information, utilised mainly by the marketers out there using Twitter with a Marketing...

  • Why should Facebook’s board members wait to sell their shares?

    The decision by early Facebook investor Peter Thiel to unload the vast bulk of his shares in the massive social network was explained easily enough. It had simply awlays been his intention to sell the shares as soon as the company went public. Nonetheless it had a number of people scratching their heads. One such person was The Atlantic Wire's Dashiell Bennett: While no one is questioning Thiel's right to take back what he earned, some people are still wondering why a board member would choose to essentially exit the company (financially, at least) so soon after going public....

  • Custom ROMs for Jelly Bean, are they really necessary?

    So I’ve always loved flashing custom ROMs on all of my Android devices, but during the past two weeks I’ve come to a bit of a revelation. I think Android has matured to a point where custom ROMs aren’t really necessary any more. SHOCK! RECOIL! HORROR! Now, please don’t misunderstand me. There is validity to its existence, because it offers some fantastic additional functionality over Google’s stock offering, but do we NEED the custom ROMs? No, I don’t think so, not any more. Let me explain. 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Twitter cuts off Tumblr, one engineer dissents

    Go on to Tumblr right now and have a look at the "Find People You Know" option. Notice anything different? Yup, Twitter's no longer one of the options. In an official statement to BuzzFeed, Tumblr confirmed that it had been cut off by the social network. It's not exactly pleased by the move either: To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to "Find Twitter Friends" on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70...

  • Facebook Messages becomes more like your inbox, Android app gets update

    Look, Facebook's had a thing for email for quite a while now. It was perhaps inevitable then that Facebook Messages would start looking and functioning a lot more like a typical inbox. The update brings with it a two-pane layout designed to bring the feature more in line with the iOS and freshly updated Android versions. The inbox lists all the messages on the left, while a full view of all your selected conversations appears on the right. “We know how to scale email,” Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure Jay Parikh said. “This is a scaling problem that’s...