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ADzero – The bamboo unibody Android smartphone

If you’re like me, you’re tired of your phones sinking. Kieron-Scott Woodhouse’s unique bamboo smartphone designs are something else. In an attempt to break free from the smartphone industry’s general design malaise, the 23 year old final year product design student atMiddlesex University experimented with fresh ideas in his free time. Woodhouse’s designs received an enthusiastic reception at a design show during London Design Week last year and he was subsequently contacted by a technology entrepreneur who, with the aid of a ...

News

Chinese video platform Tudou enhances sharing with Sina Weibo

Chinese video integration site Tudou has announced an enhanced video-sharing site for China’s most popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The companies claim that the platform will allow any Sina Weibo user who isn't already registered on Tudou to "upload and share videos seamlessly to and from Tudou's video site". The move reportedly builds on an existing history of cooperation between the two companies. What this means, essentially, is that Todou can now count every single one of Sina Weibo’s users ...

Emerging Markets

The battle for Brazil’s tech market is heating up

brazil Brazil is going through an economic boom. In December, it overtook the UK as the world's sixth largest economy. Much of Brazil's success has come through changes within its agricultural sector where, over the past 40 years, it has focussed on the Soya trade. But Brazil's success does not rest on agriculture alone. Brazil has access to huge mineral resources and has recently struck oil. Its industrial sector has been picking up pace, and China has been taking notice. Last ...

News

People can resist the desire to have sex, but not to tweet [Study]

We can’t do without sleep, and sex is imperative for the survival of the human race, however, a soon-to-be published psychological study has found that despite these desires being built in to our DNA, we’re more likely to resist them, than the desire to shoot off a tweet. Reported by the Guardian, the study looked into just how much willpower 205 people aged between 18 and 85 had when it came to resisting their desires. Not only were people less likely ...

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WordPress now lets you upload video direct from your iDevice

Are you a WordPress user? Happen to have an iPhone or an iPad? Well now you can instantly upload video from your iDevice and embed it on your WordPress blog. The ability to do so comes in the shape of a tweak to the VideoPress upgrade. The company claims that VideoPress, which allows you to upload and embed your own videos on your blog, "now comfortably handles videos from iPhones and iPads". WordPress also claims that it has made ...

Social media

4 Reasons your business needs Online Reputation Management

Online Reputation Management Online Reputation Management (ORM) is the practice of monitoring online conversations, articles and websites, in order to gain a better understanding and insight of how one’s brand is perceived online. Despite a global surge in ORM adoption in the past two years, few emerging market businesses have embraced its full potential for strategic business decision-making (as opposed to merely utilising it as a social media management tool). The role of a business is to provide products or services to their customers in ...

Social media

Does banning Olympic volunteers from social media make sense?

olympic-logo The 2012 Summer Olympics kicks off on 27 July in London and promises to be 17 days of grit, grime and glory for the athletes. Besides the athletes, the Games will also be attended by heads of state and other dignitaries. And to make all this run smoothly and safely, more than 70 000 volunteers will be working in the background. With the Olympics in England seen as a high risk target for terrorism, it comes as no surprise that security ...

Gearburn

Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that. Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the stereo mix — blasphemous I know, sorry audiophiles ...

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5 Great puzzlers for iOS

Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering ...

News

Google brings in a ‘Bouncer’ to beef up Android security

The Android marketplace has taken a bit of a beating in recent weeks, after it was found that a large number of the available apps were just fronts for malicious software (malware). In a bid to combat this, Google is rolling out new software called "Bouncer". Intimidating. In an official post on its mobile blog, the internet giant says Bouncer “provides automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring ...

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