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  • Facebook App Centre goes live

    Facebook's App Centre has officially gone live, with around 600 apps available on the web as well through its iOS and Android apps. In an official blog post, the social network revealed more details about the app centre, after announcing it a few weeks back. First off, Facebook seems to be punting personalisation, saying that the centre "lets you browse the apps your friends use". It also claims that it "only lists high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app". Although the number of apps is limited at the moment it has some big name players...

  • Facebook gets a little Twitter integration

    Ever get annoyed with people who share the same updates on Facebook and Twitter? Or maybe you've set up your tweets to go out as status updates and you just wish it worked a little more seamlessly. Well now it looks like Twitter just got a little closer to the big F. According to The Next Web tweets that appear as Facebook status updates will now carry links to hashtags and user handles. Neither company has made any official announcements regarding the integration. The Next Web did however manage to get hold of a Twitter representative who said that...

  • East African startup accelerator gets international attention

    East Africa has a new tech startup accelerator fund and it’s getting international attention. The Savannah Fund is a partnership between Mbwana Alliy, Paul Bragiel and iHub founder Erik Hersman and is “focused on finding and investing in East Africa’s highest potential pre-revenue startups”. According to Hersman, the “idea is to bring the Silicon Valley-style accelerator model to Africa, seeing what needs to be tweaked to make it work for our region”. At present the fund has about US$10-million at its disposal with classes of five startups at a time being brought on board and invested in. Each startup...

  • Google Panda and Penguin got you stumped? Catch this live debate

    Google and the SEO industry seem to be in a constant state of battle. Algorithm changes like Panda, along with updates like Penguin have made it increasingly difficult to manipulate Google's search results. Livelihoods are at stake on either side of the fence, and if there's a middle ground somewhere, we should probably look for it. A leading group of SEO experts will be debating these issues and also discussing a proven formula to ensure one has the best possible rankings, marketing and ROI for your online business presence or website. The debate starts at 12:00 CAT (GMT+2), and...

  • What does the LinkedIn hack really achieve?

    If you haven't changed your LinkedIn password yet, it's time to do so. And for all of you who like to use the same password across all of the sites that you visit, you have a lot of password changing ahead of you. This week, a hacker in a Russian forum claimed to have hacked LinkedIn and to have obtained the password hashes for 6.5-million accounts. The hashes were posted online on a variety of sites, but have been released without corresponding usernames. Of course, while the usernames have not been released, only the hacker will be aware of...

  • Eulerian Video Magnification – the new video tool that will blow your mind

    Google Research earlier shared some breakthrough research to come out of MIT. This time, the research does not just influence the world of social or search — it is research that has the potential to break boundaries in medicine, the military and even law enforcement. The new video technique, called Eulerian Video Magnification, is designed to magnify subtle changes in the world. The system basically works by taking a video (or even still images) and comparing the changes that happen on a pixel level. These pixels are then amplified and their movement is exaggerated to make the change readily apparent....

  • Half of the world’s biggest companies are getting one aspect of social wrong

    Social media's a powerful business tool. In the wrong hands it can do serious damage to your company's reputation. In the right hands it can help avert a crisis. But if you want it to work, you have to get it right first -- and a lot of the world's most powerful companies are getting at least one aspect of it wrong. The latest findings from tech research company Gartner suggest that only 50% of Fortune 1000 companies will see worthwhile returns from their social Customer Relationship Management (CRM) campaigns. Perhaps of greater concern, though, is...

  • Sorry Android, developers still prefer iOS

    Think you're dedicated to Apple fanboy? Sorry but those Instagrammed photos of your Mac (taken with your iPhone of course) have nothing on the love developers have for the Cupertino-based tech giant. According to the latest findings from research company Flurry Analytics, nearly 70% of the new apps are built for iOS. A paltry 31% are built for Android. So while Google's mobile OS might be winning the mobile OS wars in pure number of handsets shipping with it, it's not winning the hearts and minds of developers. The research company reckons that one reason...

  • 4 reasons why Google+ is cooler than ever

    When Google+ launched in 2011, the new social network on the block was warmly received and lauded for its cool, user-friendly interface and innovative approach. It was also billed as a new competitor to the omnipresent Facebook -- which, in hindsight, probably set the whole thing up for an inevitable anti-climax. Despite keeping up a steady albeit sluggish growth, it was just becoming too easy to rip on the 'blunder' some saw Google+ to be. Just a few weeks back The Oatmeal turned his satirical eye on the social network and included it in his state of the web comic,...

  • 8 ways to put LinkedIn to work for your blog

    If you’re like a lot of bloggers, you’ve already got a LinkedIn account but probably don’t know quite what to do with it. Sure, you know you can build relationships through Facebook and find topic ideas on Twitter, but what of LinkedIn? Are there ways you can use this social network to benefit your blog? The good news is yes -- although LinkedIn is a highly under-utilised tool for bloggers, it’s also a powerful one, drawing more than 100-million members and useful for developing blog content, making connections, strengthening relationships and more. Here are eight tips for putting LinkedIn to...

  • LoyalT: Bringing check-in rewards to sport

    We're always looking for hot startups and so it was with great glee that we were introduced to LoyalT, which brings location-based reward programs to life for small businesses by offering users special deals based on checking in, similar to Foursquare and Scvngr. The first implementation of LoyalT's technology is called SharksFrenzy for The Sharks Rugby Union in Durban, South Africa. According to Justin Raleigh, New Media Director at LoyalT, the concept of SharksFrenzy was started in August 2010 with a need to develop a sports rewards programme that not only rewards fans for their support to a...

  • Foursquare gets extreme makeover, finally adds a ‘like’ button

    Popular location-based social network Foursquare has added a fresh coat of paint to the platform. The company has been hinting at a redesign for while now and it comes as no surprise that version five is finally here. The new version is set to change the app experience drastically and allow users to interact more with people they know and people they don't know. "After today, no one will be able to call Foursquare just a "check-in app" any longer -- in fact they’ll have a hard time even finding the word 'check-in' within the app," writes commentator Chris Thompson....

  • How to tell if your LinkedIn password was hacked

    When you heard about some 6.5-million of LinkedIn's password's being leaked, you may have felt a twinge of panic (even if you hadn't been on there in months). Some opportunistic developers have built a tool called LeakedIn, which allows you to to check if your password was one of the ones compromised. All you do is feed in your password, which the tool hashes with JavaScript. It looks legit enough but, as always, you use it at your own risk. Whether you password comes out clean (like mine) or compromised, it's still probably a good idea to go and...

  • Dating site eHarmony joins LinkedIn in password saga

    Online dating site eHarmony has confirmed that it too suffered a hack on its password database. In an official blog post, the company said that the attack had affected a minority of its user base: After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected. We are continuing to investigate but would like to provide the following actions we are taking to protect our members. In the wake of news that some 6.5-million LinkedIn passwords had been leaked, eHarmony immediately reset the afflicted passwords. It also sent out an...

  • Google Earth mobile gets radical 3D makeover

    Google is set to give Google Earth for mobile a radical 3D makeover. The internet today announced that it will begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices. According to Google's VP of Engineering for Google Maps Brian McClendon, this is possible "thanks to a combination of our new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision that let us automatically create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial imagery". He says that Google is aiming to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of...