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App Deathmatch: Nike+ vs Runkeeper

A uncovered autobiography and cookbook written by Kentucky Friend Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders was made available for download via KFC's Facebook page last month, which documents Sanders's life up to 1966 -- annoyingly you have to "like" and add an app to your account, so we pulled out some lessons based on anecdotes for you. In 1971, Sanders sold KFC to a liquor and food conglomerate called Heublein, which later lead to the Colonel becoming bitter as the quality of ...

News

Facebook and CNN to make US political coverage an interactive social experience

International news outfit CNN is partnering with Facebook to offer an interactive and "uniquely social experience" for CNN’s on-air, mobile and online audiences and Facebook users this US election period. Through this partnership, Facebook and CNN say they hope to "amplify the voices" of social media users as they share their opinions on candidates and topical issues facing the country ahead of Election Day. The duo claims that it will achieve this through an "innovative multi-platform " that includes: “I'm Voting” ...

News

Updated iPhone Twitter app to come with interactive tweets

This is interesting. Updates to the iPhone's Twitter app, set to roll out with iOS 6, will give users a much more interactive experience than they've has before. According to release notes leaked to 9to5Mac, Twitter for iPhone 4.4 will include increased interactivity, enhanced notifications, and improved search. The interactive tweeting element is probably the most interesting. The content previews, images, and videos you can see from your web-based Twitter feed will now be available on your iPhone. The social ...

Ventureburn

6 finger lickin’ good tips for success from Colonel Sanders

A uncovered autobiography and cookbook written by Kentucky Friend Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders was made available for download via KFC's Facebook page last month, which documents Sanders's life up to 1966 -- annoyingly you have to "like" and add an app to your account, so we pulled out some lessons based on anecdotes for you. In 1971, Sanders sold KFC to a liquor and food conglomerate called Heublein, which later lead to the Colonel becoming bitter as the quality of ...

News

Facebook rolls out App Centre in major English-speaking countries

Facebook has rolled its App Centre to users in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, a month after the portal first went live. Anyone using Facebook in those countries will now see the App Centre on the bookmark on the left side of their home page on Facebook.com and in the Facebook apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The social network claims that the App Centre has already "helped millions of ...

News

Kayak finally readies IPO, looks to raise $100M

Online hotel, flight, and travel search service Kayak is finally ready to go public after making its first filing with US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2010. According to its latest filings with the SEC, the company is looking to raise around US$100.6-million in its IPO. As AllThingsD notes, that's about double what it was looking for in its initial filing. The offering would entail Kayak selling four-million shares for between US$22 and US$25 a share. The ...

Ventureburn

Q&A with EasiOnline.com: The latest kid on the online buying block

A flurry of online buying companies has rushed in on South Africa, some local and some from abroad, and a relatively new kid on the block has launched recently, offering any number of products amidst stiff competition. We spoke to Ardi Coetzee and Kevin Pillay from EasiOnline about their plans and aims in this market. Ventureburn: Perhaps we can start with a little on each of your backgrounds? Kevin Pillay: Prior to Easionline, I've been involved in the financial selling and credit ...

Emerging Markets, Mobile, News

Smartphones start to overtake feature phones in China

China has over one-billion mobile phone users and for the first time they're buying more smartphones than feature phones. According to Tech in Asia, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a report detailing the number of mobile phones sold in the first half of 2012. Of the 190-million phones sent out to retailers across the country, 107-million were 3G capable. Admittedly not all of those are smartphones. MIIT has however confirmed that feature phones were firmly ...

Viral videos

Dark Knight Rises 13-minute TV spot is full of win, and Batman

The Dark Knight rises, the utterly-epic finale to the Batman trilogy hits theaters on 20 July. In celebration, or to fuel the viral flames of war which Batman has always been excellent at, there's a shiny new 13-minute long TV special to wrap your cape around. Some men just want to watch the world burn, others want to watch Batman TV specials. This TV spot is chock-full of spoilers. You have been warned. We're built up beyond belief now. This is ...

Video

New Robocop trailer aims for viral success [Video]

That's right folks, there's a new Robocop movie in the works and it's building buzz for itself with a (yawn) viral campaign. One of the main thrusts of the campaign is a website for the film's villainous face of big business Omnicorp. The site is the home of an advert-style trailer showing off sky drones, a new dark and gritty version of the ED 209 and, of course, incredibly unsubtle hints of the programme that will eventually result in Robocop. ...

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