Google

Why Google’s Project Glass is actually a brilliant business strategy

google glass Google's augmented reality glasses are the key to a killer business strategy: how to provide Google to its users 24/7 -- it's instant search on steroids. You'll be able to Google reality anytime, and all the time. Facebook can keep the social network space and the ten and more hours a month that its users spend there; Google has its eyes on the biggest prize of all -- reality. Forget social, 24/7 is the new battleground. Google is ready and able to ...

News

Iran denies internet shutdown

With reports that Iran is set to restrict access to the internet by August, equally fervent denials are beginning to circulate. According to news agency AFP, the initial statement -- which supposedly came from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology actually had nothing to do with it. In a statement, the ministry said ”The report is in no way confirmed by the ministry”. It added that it was “completely baseless,” and that it served only, “the propaganda wing ...

Video

HalfArsed-a-chef goes all Kenny Kunene with sushi challenge [Video]

Sushi’s tricky enough to make as it is. But when you have to make it look good enough to eat off a half-naked model, well that’s when things get really complicated. In this week’s HalfArsed-a-chef, the contestants were challenged to dish up the Japanese speciality a-la Kenny Kunene. For those not in the loop, Kunene is a South African businessman -- and former convicted criminal -- who rose to prominence after serving platters of sushi off half-naked models in his ...

News

‘Iran-ternet’ reportedly set to roll out fully by August

Iran plans to completely block its citizens from accessing the web by August. By then it hopes to restrict access to its own sanitised, internal Intranet. According to the International Business Times, the first phase of the project will be rolled out in May, during which services from the likes of Yahoo!, Google, and Hotmail will be replaced by Iran Search and Iran email. According to Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology the changes are in ...

News

Instagram for Android goes past 5m downloads in six days

Twitter may have been abuzz with users claiming they were ready to leave Instagram after it was bought out by Facebook but it might not matter. Why not? Well for one thing, some 5-million users have downloaded the Android version of the app since it went live six days ago. According to TheNextWeb, this makes it one of the most successful Android launches of all time. In fact it puts the performance of the OS app completely in the shade. ...

Gearburn

RIM changes PlayBook app sideloading story

Sideloading apps? Not on our PlayBook, said RIM. The “chaotic cesspool” of the Android Market and piracy concerns caused Alec Saunders, Developer Relations VP to send out this tweet: @Spy520e we're removing sideloading for consumers.Pretty sure we've got a solution for devs. — Alec Saunders (@asaunders) April 4, 2012 RIM would have none of it. The struggling company sent a message which counteracts Saunders' message:

Facebook, News

Facebook doles out $1bn for Instagram

Facebook Just days after Instagram launched an Android version of its immensely popular app, Facebook has bought the photo-sharing social network. Facebook is estimated to have paid around US$1-billion in cash and stock options for the company. This is a massive acquisition for the social networking super power, which itself is on the verge of what is expected to be a record-setting IPO. In fact, the acquisition is so big that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted about it on ...

News

Twitter expresses betrayal at Facebook Instagram deal

To say that Twitter’s reaction to Facebook buying out Instagram has been mixed would be an understatement. A massive understatement. Many users reacted to the announcement with what can only be described as outright betrayal: Deletes instagram of iphone, post-haste...— Angelo Coppola(@angelo2711) April 9, 2012 Instagram, you sell outs. Typical hipsters.— . . . . . . . . . .(@violentflux) April 9, 2012 R.I.P. Instagram— cut:eater (@cuteater) April 9, 2012 Prepare for instagram to be downgraded because of Facebook.— Jay Christopher. (@MadebyJay) ...

Google

A glance into the future: Google Glass

Glasses Google’s mission to collect all of the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful has been placed under the veritable microscope with the introduction of Glass In December last year news broke via Mashable and 9to5Google that Google was working on a “top secret” eyewear project in Google X: its clandestine lab of experimentation famously spearheaded by uber-geek and co-founder Sergey Brin. Sceptics might have thought this was the early emergence of one of Google’s fabled April Fools' ...

Social media, Video

Kony 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous [Video]

Kony beyond famous On the back of Kony 2012, the group behind the mind blowing social media campaign has decided to release another documentary. The new documentary highlights the issues raised by the first one, following worldwide interest. Kony 2012 Part 2 launched online just as the first one hopes to employ the same social media tools in its quest for justice. Using the hashatag, #beyondfamous the second video takes the complex conflict from #KONY2012 and provides more context about the Lord's Resistance ...

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