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Jimmy Kimmel makes kids cry in viral Halloween YouTube challenge

crying baby US late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, on Halloween, issued a bold challenge to parents in the US: "Tell your kids you ate all their candy and post the reactions on YouTube".Whilst he, and the parents who took him up on the challenge, certainly must have known the reaction would be strong, that it would prove to be so funny was probably unexpected.For the average American kid, Halloween is possibly the most important nights of the year.It’s not the chance ...

News

Groupon shares rise 46% in early trading

After a tumultuous journey, Groupon Inc. is finally trading. Early reports from news agency Reuters say that shares in the group buying site rose 46% in "hectic early trading on Friday".This puts the shares at US$29.15 or 46% above the company's US$20 IPO price a few minutes after opening on the Nasdaq, says Reuters. This gives the company an US$18-billion valuation.According to the news agency:"The company on Thursday sold 35-million shares for US$20 each, raising US$700 million. It had filed ...

Twitter

Four Twitter lessons Kim Kardashian could learn from Helen Zille

kim-kardashian Kim Kardashian’s now infamous divorce has dominated the Twittersphere this week. In fact, days after the announcement, the topic was still trending (her cuckolded ex-husband, Kris Humphries whom no one here had heard of until the wedding, was trending alongside his ex). Kardashian herself has contracted a serious case of denial which, when it comes to Twitter, could be fatal.Kardashian is usually a prolific Tweeter, keeping her followers entertained with her "pearls of wisdom". Then the divorce was announced, ...

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Google to bring more ‘fresh’ results with new search algorithm

google-favicon-icon-andre-resende-computer-science-undergraduate-student-university-of-campinas-brazi-lower-case-g-brand-colors-blue-red-yellow-green-url-web-graphic-design-image1.jpg Google announced a major adjustment to its search algorithm, which will impact 35% of web searches. The adjustment is designed to give current information a higher ranking.The internet-giant states that the nature of search can be compared to freshly baked cookies and is best when consumed fresh."Given the incredibly fast pace at which information moves in today’s world, the most recent information can be from the last week, day or even minute, and depending on the search terms, the ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video, YouTube

Six ways to make your YouTube channel competitive

Media evolution is often driven by technology. YouTube is no exception. The video-sharing platform has around 3-billion views a day. The mobile version of the platform gets over 400-million views a day, or 13% of the platform's total views. Few of us, however, think about it as an avenue for making money. And if we do, we probably don’t think of it as something within the grasp of ordinary people.The truth is, YouTube empowers ordinary people to market themselves ...

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Google rumoured to get into ‘triple play’ communication with pay TV

Google is rumoured to be considering a move into the pay television business, a move that would expand the internet giant's reach into the profitable world of television, reports the Wall Street Journal. The search monolith has already announced plans to build a fiber-optic high-speed internet service in Kansas City, and according to the Journal, Google might now also be considering ways to expand that into pay video and telephone services.A move like this would put Google in ...

Gearburn

Samsung Galaxy Note launches in South Africa

samsunglogo The Samsung Note has been officially unveiled across the world and in South Africa.George Ferreira, Head of Mobile, for Samsung launched the Galaxy Note calling it “a new product category which fits between tablet and smartphone”. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a behemoth of a smartphone, 5.3 inches of HD Super AMOLED screen which is begging to be explored. The 1.4GHZ dual core processor ensures that the Note is the fastest mobile phone in the world. 21MBS HSDPA support delivers ...

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Jawbone launches UP, the wearable health monitor

Jawbone, creator of some of the damn finest Bluetooth headsets in existence has launched “UP”, a wearable gadget for Apple devices which monitors basic health.UP is a wristband, embedded with electronics which tracks activity, sleeping and eating patterns. Hosain Rahman, Jawbone CEO proudly presented the new gadget:“UP is Jawbone’s first step in giving people tools to become engaged as consumers of their own health. As the global health crisis mounted, we felt a strong sense of responsibility to see if ...

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’84% owner of Facebook’ ordered back to the US

Facebook-Zuckerberg Paul Ceglia, who has been waging a legal war against Mark Zuckerberg from Ireland, has been ordered to return back to the US by a New York Court.Ceglia, who claims to be the rightful owner of an 84% stake in Facebook, has argued that he provided Zuckerberg with the seed money for a website called "The Face Book" or "The Page Book".Judge Leslie Foschio has now ordered Ceglia to return to the US to look for removable computer storage ...

Gearburn

It’s Nook versus Kindle with the newly-released Simple Touch

amazon-kindle-2 The Barnes & Noble Nook is seemingly set to enter into an almighty throw down with the Amazon Kindle. It has now been discovered that Barnes & Noble will be announcing a new Nook, called the “Simple Touch”, a gadget which is seemingly in line with Kindle’s current line-up of cut-price eReaders.The Nook Simple Touch, priced at US$99 has “the world’s best reading screen and longest battery life” according to a leaked slide from Barnes & Noble, a US-based book ...

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