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17 Movies worth geeking out to in 2012

Prometheus I have learnt a great many things from movies. Every time I read a book, a comic or a graphic novel, I imagine what it would look like as a movie. The action packed sequences, emotional transitions and character development. I love seeing how a director's eye interprets the written word. Sometimes they win... sometimes they lose. I believe 2012 will cater for all geeks movie-wise. Hollywood is bringing its A game and tinseltown clearly has all you geeky movie fanatics ...

Advertising & Marketing

Pay per click advertising: You’re doing it wrong

Tips light bulb "Too many digital agencies are focused wholly on driving traffic to their clients’ sites without providing any insight into what to do with it," says Michèle Macnab, head of the Pay Per Click team at digital marketing agency World Wide Creative. We chatted a bit and she gave me five tips for managers wanting to oversee a profitable PPC campaign. Macnab has widespread experience, both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, working on a large variety of Pay-per-click (PPC) ...

Infographic

Facebook, Google and the death of online privacy [Infographic]

I’ve come to the conclusion that online privacy is pretty much dead. Remember the early days of the internet, where everyone used fake names or nicknames and didn't enter their real location because there were creepy people out there in cyberspace that you were supposed to hide from? Then along came Facebook, which wasn’t interested in your pseudonym: it wanted your real name and birthdate, please. Twitter defaults to public profiles and Google has now gone and shared pretty much everything ...

News

Heads up, DropGifts is taking social gifting to South Africa

dropgifts DropGifts, the service that lets you send free and paid gift cards to your friends on Facebook, will be launching in South Africa by the end of Q1 2012. Backed by Rocket Internet -- the German web incubator run by the Samwer brothers -- DropGifts is expanding its rollout strategy into emerging markets following good traction in the UK, France and Germany. Rocket is famous for its clone sites and DropGifts is no different. It follows the same recipe as ...

Emerging Markets

China is winning with staggering internet stats

China With a population close to 1.3-billion (yes, that's a 'B'); it's hardly surprising that Chinese internet statistics are staggeringly high. In fact, in 2011 almost half of all mobile subscriptions and two-thirds of the internet users in the six Asia-Pacific countries that were surveyed by Euromonitor International were from China. But how does this compare to the Western world and what impact does this have? While China's population does make it easy to achieve these kinds of internet user and mobile ...

Infographic

Intel’s narcissism machine… oh what fun

intel graph In its infinite wisdom, Intel has decided to give social network users a digital self-obsession tool -- because Googling oneself is so passé. The chip maker built a tool that creates an infographic that’s all about you. Oh yay. Mirror Mirror on the web, who is the fairest of them all? The app, called "What About Me?", gathers information from your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube profiles to produce a data visualisation of your entire social media profile. Yep, why Google when you ...

Video

Mad Men: The game — help Don Draper with new ideas or find inner peace

Filmmakers Benny & Rafi Fine make up the awesome production company Fine Brothers. The duo is famed for producing innovative videos on YouTube. Who knew YouTube could be so interactive? Until I came across one of the Fine Brothers productions, I didn't. We all love Mad Men and the brothers Fine decided to help us interact with the characters a little bit more. So they have launched a Mad Men Interactive Game that asks users to help Don Draper. It's ...

Facebook

Facebook: Most people get into a relationship early in the week [Study]

You’re not really in a relationship until you’re FBO (that’s Facebook Official for the uninitiated). We all know that that little relationship status update has become incredibly important, but have you ever wondered when most people make the switch? Nope? Us neither, but it was clearly on the minds of the Facebook Data Team. The team collated U.S. Facebook data from 2010 and 2011 in a bid to find out “how different times of the year affect the beginning and ending ...

News

Facebook takes a stand against bosses requesting employee passwords

Facebook may have all the dirt on you, but it doesn’t think your boss should too. The issue of employers requesting their employees’ Facebook passwords has recently come to the fore. In response to these kinds of reports, the social network has issued a statement damning the practise. According to Facebook, “this practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends”. Moreover, the social network believes that employers who engage in ...

Twitter

Twitter time machine: What the first 30 tweets looked like

A little over six years ago, an idea that started out on a scrap of exam pad became reality. Twitter was born, its creators probably unaware that earth changing events would soon come to us in 140 character-sized chunks. In fact, judging by the messages Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and company sent out, they had absolutely no idea. If you saw their tweets today, you’d probably judge them for being so banal. The only one to show any ...

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