Google brings African rock art, Brazilian graffiti to the world

Google is expanding its Art Project in a big way. In fact, it wants to take everything from South African rock art to Brazilian graffiti and make it available to art lovers around the world “with a few simple clicks of a finger”. The internet giant claims that people will be able discover paintings, sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. The project now includes some 30 000 high-resolution pictures, with Street View images for 46 ...

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It’s Startup Month at Memeburn

startup cover image1 Every month is startup month at Memeburn, but we’re doing something special for the month of April. We invite you to let us know about which killer startups -- your own or ones you admire -- we should be covering. Share on Facebook or Twitter Tell us about deserving startups by using the hashtag #memestartup on Twitter or by posting a short motivation on Memeburn's Facebook page. If you’d like us to feature your own startup, be sure to complete Memeburn's startup ...


Marvel rewards Avengers Facebook fans with early screenings

Being a fan, be it of a sport’s team, franchise, or band can be frustrating. But that dedication can also, very occasionally, have massive pay off. The rewards being offered by Marvel to fans of its upcoming movie The Avengers is a case in point. The studio announced that it would be offering advance screenings of the movie all over the world in those cities where the movie has the most fans on Facebook. People in those cities will get ...


Tablet users expect a faster web

Some people think the tablet is killing the PC. Others aren’t so sure. There’s no denying they’re popular either -- the opening sales figures of the latest iPad attest to that. But how much grunt do people expect to get out of their tablets? One good indicator is web loading times. Browsing is, after all, one of the things the tablet is supposed to be perfect for. According to online research company eMarketer, citing a worldwide survey by Equation Research, ...


There is hope for Africa’s internet progress

Broadband connectivity in Africa is set to help boost the continent's economy over the next decade. The road to better economy is, however, far from completed. Aidan Baigrie, Head of Business Development at SEACOM, reckons that broadband is to the 21st century what railways were to the last century -- the engine of social and economic progress that forges economic links between countries and supercharges trade and transactions. According to a World Bank study there has been a 1.3% increase in GDP ...


#HalfArsed-a chef: The tomato dance from hell

Apparently parody is still the best form of flattery when it comes to the web. Another tantalising, or not -- you be the judge -- episode of HalfArsed-a Chef has graced the YouTube populace. The web series claims to highlight the "essence" of South African cooking by asking contestants to create things out of old favourites like Boerewors (a spicy sausage), and make gumboot dance puree. In this week's episode, the 13 South African hopefuls participate in what is supposed ...


HCL launches two great new budget tablets, starts at US$160

Budget tablets are a dime a dozen these days, but it’s interesting to watch companies push them into new market segments. With the rise of the iPad it seems that tablets will soon be commonplace in the classroom. HCL agrees. The Indian company announced two new low cost tablets –- the HCL ME U1 and the HCL MyEdu Tab. While the MyEdu Tab is aimed squarely at India’s classrooms, the ME U1 displays a good low-end price and feature mix, making it ...


Nokia takes a swing at competitors with new ad campaign [Videos]

Wow. Talk about swinging with your back to the ropes. Nokia just got dirty in the latest ad campaign for its Lumia 900. The ads are supposed to be a series of insider recordings about smartphones available on the market today. Apple’s notorious antennagate comes up gets a dressing down with one insider telling another to “Stop acting like a spoiled child and use the approved grip”. How very droll of Nokia to mock a product from 2010. In fact, the Finnish communications ...


RIM to open first African development centre in Egypt

BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is set to open its first developer centre on the continent. According to daily news site Ahram Online, the centre will be based in Smart Village -- a dedicated business and tech park -- just outside Cairo and will hire Egyptian software engineers. RIM says it was drawn to Egypt because of the role technology played in organising protests during the country's 2011 revolution. According to RIM’s North Africa head Ben Quirin, the company ...


Is tweeting profitable?

tweet The Next Web reportedly recently paid Paris Hilton US$3 000 for a sponsored tweet and while sponsored tweets are nothing new, we've got to wonder how profitable Twitter is both for itself and its users. Barack Obama has often used Twitter to broadcast his feelings on certain topics like tax (#40dollars) and the debt-ceiling (#Compromise) and, as a result, has also used it to drum up support for his re-election in 2012 -- so it clearly has a role to ...






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