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  • 3D printing for kids with Origo

    When I was a kid, you could give me a stick and a puddle of mud and I would be entertained for hours. In fact, one of the most beautiful things about the world I grew up in, was that we were positively encouraged to use our imaginations and to invent our own games. Nowadays, kids seem to compete for the latest and greatest toys, and these toys are getting increasingly hi-tech, which begs the question "are modern toys teaching our kids not to use their imaginations?". That's why I was really excited to come across Origo, a project that...

  • 10 Response management tips for email marketing

    Today's B2B and B2C communicators are subject to a daily digital bludgeoning of email queries. In the years before email became popular, senders shouldered the burden of mail. The writing and mailing of a letter was a lot of work, and each new addressee meant more postage; so businesses and individuals needed to be more thoughtful and specific about whom to send things to. Since cost-effective sending to an infinite number of people is now a reality, every little impulse can become an instant global communication, and it’s the readers who are now bearing the burden. The result: Information...

  • Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine — A dumb game for smart gamers?

    The Warhammer 40 000 series has a go at a next-generation console title. But what does this mean for diehard fans of the series and Relic Entertainment’s direction for the Warhammer Universe? “…We aim to make smart games for smart gamers” is part of Relic Entertainment’s philosophy. The Canadian developer behind the Warhammer 40 000 video games has finally taken a stab at stripping the strategy element the series is so well-known for, and finally put the gamer firmly in the action –– in the shoes of a Space Marine. But why have Relic taken this direction, and does the...

  • Apologetic BlackBerry offers free services, apps to customers

    Following the three-day failure of BlackBerry services across the world, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, Research In Motion (RIM) has outstretched an olive branch to disgruntled customers offering "premium apps" and other services for free. In press statement, RIM explained that the selection of premium apps, "worth a total value of more than US$100," will be offered free of charge to subscribers "as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions". "Our global network supports the communications needs of more than 70-million customers," said RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. "We truly appreciate and value our relationship with our...

  • Facebook’s failures, criticisms & missteps [Infographic]

    Facebook finally released its long-awaited iPad app last week. Most celebrated the fact that the social networking giant had broken out of the deadlock in its negotiations with Apple. WordStream Inc., a provider of search marketing software and services, seems to have been left particularly cold by the app, claiming that it was "too little, too late". The company has released a "Facebook Wall of Shame" infographic detailing Facebook's criticisms, missteps and outright failures in the seven years since its inception. The social networking giant boasts approximately 800-million active users worldwide and an estimated US$4.27-billion in estimated annual...

  • Samsung reeling after European loss seeks iPhone 4S ban

    Samsung has made the latest move in the patent war between itself and Apple. The South Korean company filed papers in Japan and Australia looking to have sales of the new iPhone 4S banned. In a statement released by Samsung, in Tokyo and New South Wales, Australia, the electronics giant filed papers alleging that Apple's iPhone 4S infringed on Samsung's technology patents and should therefore not be sold. Samsung also announced that it was seeking a ban on the sale of iPad 2, also for alleged patent infringements. In a statement which pulled no punches, Samsung said Apple "has continued to violate...

  • Google denies killing newspapers, which still have wider reach than the web

    Google insists that it is not stealing business away from print media, even as it becomes a dominant source of news on the web. "We are not making money on the back of newspapers," Stefan Tweraser, head of Google Germany, told a media industry conference in Vienna. According to Tweraser, the company pays six billion US dollars for news services worldwide and draws content from some 50 000 publishing companies around the world. Tweraser disclosed the figures at an annual gathering of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). "Google's real business model is partnerships... Google News lives because...

  • Google kills Buzz, hedges bets on Google+

    Google has announced that it will kill its social networking tool Buzz as it seeks to put its energy into the young, but fast growing Google+ community. "We aspire to build great products that really change people's lives, products they use two or three times a day," Google product vice president Bradley Horowitz said echoing a sentiment frequently expressed by chief executive Larry Page. "To succeed you need real focus and thought -- thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on," Horowitz continued. "It's why we recently decided to shut down some products, and...

  • iPhone 4S grey market booming in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s iPhone 4S fans eagerly snapped up Apple's latest smartphone offering this weekend, with some paying six times the phone's retail value. Dealers had managed to secure grey imports of the much-anticipated Apple product, as the iPhone 4S is not yet on sale in Hong Kong. Apple released the iPhone 4S in seven countries across the globe. Hong Kong dealers, therefore, had to snag models from countries such as Japan and Australia. The imported iPhone 4S’ retail from between HK$10 000 and HK$12 000 or US$1 300 to US$1 500 on the grey market. In the US,...

  • iPhone sales boom as world mourns Steve Jobs

    Following the death Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs, Apple products are selling in their droves, with opening sales of the iPhone 4S ranking in the millions. Fans have been camping out and stores have been mobbed as eager buyers lined up to purchase Jobs' last iPhone. In Silicon Valley, meanwhile, tech gurus, celebrities and politicians alike arrived on Sunday to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs at a private memorial service in Stanford University.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");

  • Google just wants to be #3… Here’s why.

    My son told me about a breakthrough ad strategy he stumbled upon for his affiliate businesses: Reduce your Google AdWords spend, yes, you drop down from #1 in the Google advertising order to #3 or so, but the conversion rate is still good and it's costing a lot less. The reason I'm sharing this tidbit is because it reminded me of this: When Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, testified recently in front of a Senate committee, he was asked about a puzzling set of search results, ones that consistently showed Google sites in the #3 position... CNET reported that Senators...

  • How iOS 5’s iMessenger will kill BBM

    The recent three day Blackberry fail adds impetus to the notion that Research in Motion (RIM) is dying. Sales of the BlackBerry are in worldwide decline, with RIM having a really bad last quarter. Pundits are wondering when the management will give in -- either through acquisition or throwing in the towel altogether: This isn't the first time an outage has happened, with independent telecom and technology analyst, Jeff Kagan, stating that: "I have been an analyst for 25 years and have watched RIM wrestle with this same outage problem time after time...this will not be the final nail in RIM's...

  • Eight startups that promise to Ignite

    Tech4Africa, a prominent web and emerging technology conference, has announced the eight finalists for its "Samsung Ignite" startup initiative. The startups provide a diverse range of services, covering everything from real-time wine buying assistance to automised billing. Ignite aims to showcase and foster local technology development and is inspired by similar competitions at internationally renowned conferences like South by South West and TechCrunch Disrupt. The eight finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to an audience of influencers, journos, bloggers, media, attendees, investors, mentors, and their peers. "We are extremely excited about such a platform from which local...

  • The Mullenweg 6: Predictions for Apple’s future

    I have no inside information or insight, but historically Apple’s product improvements have strongly rebroadcast where it’s going in the future. Here are six things I think Apple will inevitably do over the next decade, from most to least obvious: Maps, iCloud, payments, TVs, search, and cars. 1. Maps When the iPhone was first released Steve Jobs called Maps on iPhone the best version of Google Maps on the planet, with emphasis on what Apple’s designers had brought to Google’s raw technology. Four years later, you can't imagine such a core piece of the mobile experience reliant on its largest...

  • Are you ready for some Ice Cream Sandwich?

    As you may have heard, Google is on the verge or releasing its blend of Gingerbread (phone OS) and Honeycomb (tablet OS) and will be the search giant’s most ambitious OS to date. Android, as an OS, is very fragmented and this is Google consolidating. This would've come on 11 October, but out of respect to Steve Jobs and Apple, Google and Samsung (manufacturer of the new Nexus handset) decided to postpone the event indefinitely.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");