Gearburn

Asus Zenbook: The world’s most beautiful ultrabook?

Asus Zenbook For some time now it's been pretty obvious who's been leading the laptop stakes. I don’t want to say it, but let’s just say it’s a company that begins with “A”. Again its caught computer manufacturers around the world with its pants down, consistently innovating with products like the MacBook Air and user interface innovations like multi-touch and Retina Display. The only premium laptop around has been the Sony Vaio, but even now there is a sense that this brand is ...

Social media

What happens when PR companies go into social consulting?

social media sign SocialxDesign (Social by Design) a high-end social media consulting firm launched this week with Eastwick, a top Silicon Valley PR firm, as investor. The CEO is Giovanni Rodriguez, who just left Deloitte and used to be a partner at Eastwick, and Chief Strategy Officer Toby Chaudhuri, a top public affairs consultant in Washington, DC. The two met while working for a White House Hispanic initiative and they realized that large enterprises had a lot to learn from combining Silicon Valley's tech and ...

Ventureburn

13 inspirational documentaries for entrepreneurs

We understand that starting a business can be a pretty wild ride and that some business owners experience feelings of guilt when they do anything outside of work, not involved with running their businesses. Documentaries have a way of conveying profound ideas in an entertaining way that can lead to new thoughts, inspire action or simply shine a light on a stones unturned. If you're struggling to unplug, we hope these 13 documentaries will not only inspire you (to continue) to pursue ...

News

Lonmin shooting: South Africans use social to mourn, vent, debate

South Africa is reeling after a shootout between police and striking miners Marikana, Rustenburg left 35 people dead. A number of the miners were reportedly armed when they charged toward police lines, after pleas from union leaders to put a halt to the action failed. It is unclear however who fired first. There has been serious activity across social media channels with Twitter the most active, causing South Africa to briefly trend globally. For a number of people, the shooting was ...

News

Android voice search gets support for 13 new languages

Voice search: it's one of the biggest battles going on in tech today and Google just let off its latest round of ammo. The internet giant today announced that voice search for Android would now support an additional 13 languages. The feature was already available in 29 languages, bringing the to total to 42 languages and accents supported in 46 countries. According to Google, this means that 100-million people across world can now find what they want by speaking to their ...

News

Wikileaks warns journos on language as Ecuador grants Assange asylum

Wikileaks has sent a warning out to media organisations around the world threatening them with libel suits after its founder Julian Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador. the confirmation of asylum from the South American country comes two months after the man behind the well-known cable-leaking site turned to its embassy after the UK Supreme Court refused to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over allegations that he committed sexual offences against two women. Earlier today, the organisation sent out ...

News

Domain name a big factor in eNews Channel rebrand

enewschannel The eNews channel, part of the multi-billion rand terrestrial broadcasting company Sabido, is set to relaunch as the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). Memeburn can reveal that the rebranding was in part influenced by the need for a short, simple domain as the broadcaster looks to launch a digital presence. eNews group head Patrick Conroy confirmed the rebrand on Twitter, adding that it the change was needed in order to avoid confusion as the channel expands its international offering. @jdrsampson eNews Channel Africa, eNCA. ...

News

Judge to Samsung, Apple: try talking to each other

I am of the opinion that Samsung and Apple should hug it out and it seems the judge presiding over the case agrees. It's a bit of a tiresome dance really, Apple is claiming that Samsung copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad) and Samsung is countering with the defense that it didn't. According to a Reuters report U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told the two companies to talk about a settlement over the phone "at least ...

News

Instagram 3.0: Pin your filtered food pics geographically

If you're the kind of person who spends their nights out at restaurants taking finding the perfect filter for your food photos, the new version of Instagram will have you jumping out of your skinny jeans with excitement. You see Instagram 3.0 allows you to display all your geotagged photos on a map. So you can now let people know exactly where you ate the Malaysian-style scallops on a bed of Hawaiian sea grass, or where you saw that cute piece ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Social Media: not just a post-production bolt on

social media The days of the huge budget 30 second commercial are waning; not over; but waning. The fact of the matter is that the playing field has changed and marketers are changing with it. Does that then mean that TV and the much celebrated 30 second prime time spot are history? Or is there something else. The inspiration for this article came from an interview that Andy Fennell gave to Ad Age a few weeks ago. For those of you not familiar ...

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