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  • Procrastinate with today’s basketball-themed Olympic Google doodle

    Another fantastic time-wasting Olympic-themed doodle? Aww Google, you shouldn't have. After the search giant made up for all those static Olympic doodles by launching a hurdles game yesterday, we thought it would be back to the standard, non-interactive Olympic doodles this morning. But today, Google's logo is nestled in the stands at a basketball court, and you can take aim and shoot a stack of balls through the hoop. Tap the spacebar once to build up momentum, and twice to release (or just press, hold briefly and let go if you're a real pro). But don't hold on too...

  • The world’s first real-money Facebook game launches in the UK

    They're colourful puffballs, and their cutesy name is spelt with a 'z': they're called the Friendzies, and they're characters in the world's first real cash Facebook game that went live on the social network today. Bingo Friendzy is a new Facebook game from online gambling operator Gamesys, which gives users the opportunity to play with and win real money in 90 ball bingo games. No, not Facebook credits. Actual money. The game was developed by the London-based online gaming company which also runs the UK's biggest bingo and slots website (Jackpotjoy) and two related Facebook games which work...

  • China’s Sohu: losing the microblog battle, but planning a comeback

    If you know anything about the Chinese social media space it's probably that Tencent and Sina rule the microblogging space. If things had turned out a little differently though, there could well have been a third big player. In a recent earnings call, Sohu CEO Charles Zhang admitted that his company had lost out in the microblogging space over the past two years. The company, which also offers advertising, a search engine, and on-line multiplayer gaming, launched its microblogging or weibo platform in early 2010. It's unclear how far behind Sohu is given that it doesn't release its numbers....

  • Watch the Mars landing from Curiosity’s point of view [Video]

    Check this out. If you're a hardcore geek, you'll probably think it's the coolest thing you've seen this year. NASA today released a stop motion video of Curiosity's descent onto the Martian surface. It's by no means a state-of-the-art high-definition piece of cinematography. Once you know what it is though you can't help but be awed, especially when it kicks up a cloud of dust on landing. To make the video NASA stitched together 297 thumbnail images taken by the craft's onboard Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) According to The Verge, the images are only 192 x 144, although...

  • Amazon’s social game studio has Zynga in its crosshairs

    Things could be about to get a lot hairier for Zynga. The game studio is about to face competition from Amazon, after the web giant announced the launch of its new social gaming product. Amazon is on something of a gaming run at the moment, having recently launched its cross-device platform GameCircle and MMO developer service GameConnect. The first title to come from Amazon Game Studios is called Living Classics. According to Amazon, the game is a “moving object game”, involving a family of foxes: In the game, a family of foxes have wandered into vibrant, animated illustrations from their...

  • 3 tips for turning your team into a crack social media unit

    With today's digital lifestyle, your online reputation is everything and it's important that you manage your image online continuously, aggressively, and actively, without ever being side tracked. This is easier said than done, unless you follow a certain process to effectively manage it. A solid understanding of all the social media channels you are using is vital if you want to be innovative and progressive on the social web. Being active on social media will help you to build your business, improve revenues, increase your customer base, have more satisfied clients, and be the “go to business” over your competitors,...

  • What lessons can we learn from mapping the SA Twittersphere?

    In the last post of this series we looked at what the most popular hashtags in conversations around two of the most powerful tweeters in South Africa, Helen Zille and Jacob Zuma, revealed about the way politicians use Twitter. Our next piece of research went one step further by mapping and visualizing a large portion of the actual network of connections the underlies the South African Twittersphere. In our network, people were connected if one person followed another person. The way in which we collected our data ensured that it was biased towards collecting people with many connections rather than...

  • 9 of our favourite images from the ‘NASA mohawk guy’ meme

    Unless you've just woken up from a coma, or have been tracking dangerous animals in wild over the past few days, you're probably aware that NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. Millions watched the live stream, the NASA geeks went wild and people sent out some funny tweets. Standing out above them all though was Bobak, 'mohawked NASA dude' Ferdowski. The flight director, who changes his hairstyle for every new mission, has captured hearts around the world. And of course, once he came to the internet's attention, he became a meme. Memeburn picked out nine of our favourite images from...

  • 5 of the best cases for the new iPad

    So, you just forked out a ton of money for a new, shiny iPad. If, like me, this was your first introduction to the world of Apple, you’re probably staring at the screen, a little scared even to touch it. Taking it out the box is almost unthinkable! What if you should drop it? What if a seagull flying overhead happens to take aim right above it? The world is a scary, and potentially damaging place for an iPad. The very first thing you’ll probably want to do is find some kind of protective cover for it before showing it...

  • Which country is winning the gold in Olympic mobile search? [Infographic]

    Most of you are probably enjoying the Olympics, but perhaps in a manner quite different from you did for past Olympic Games. The folks at Google have crunched some numbers about what they call the first multi-screen Olympics, where fans are tuning in not just via television, but using mobile devices to find out what’s happening as well. According to the search giant, at moments during the Games, there were more tablet and smartphone searches than ones run on desktop computers. During the first week of the Olympics, search queries spiked more than 10% as people hit Google to find...

  • Google’s hurdle doodle is a return to form

    You might recall that we weren't exactly enamored with Google's doodle on the opening day of the Olympic Games. It wasn't bad or anything, just really boring. Today's effort though is a very definite return to form. The doodle plays out as a fairly straightforward mini-game, with you as a hurdler. The controls are about as basic as you can get: Press the right and left arrow keys in rapid succession to run and space bar to jump. Once you've run the track, Google will give you a time that you can share on Google+, or just carry...

  • How Mark Zuckerberg inspired a new generation of Chinese hackers

    Most people know Mark Zuckerberg as founder of Facebook. A lot fewer people know that one of his first projects prior to Facebook was a service called FaceMash. A new generation of Chinese hackers though, are much more interested in copying it than the 955-million strong social network. The site crudely pitted photos of Harvard's female student populace against each other and, just occasionally, farm animals. In order to get at those photos, his hoodiedness had to hack into the university student database -- an important part of what would become Facebook. According to Chinese site TechRice...

  • Happy 21st birthday world wide web [Video]

    So the web is 21 today, and what's a 21st without something unique to mark the occasion? This year, in celebration of this momentous occasion, a South African startup as created a tribute video to Sir Tim Berners-Lee to thank him for inventing the web. After many proposals to use hypertext "to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will", on 6 August 1991 Berners-Lee and Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau gave life to the web. Moneysmart, the startup in question, is an online personal finance manager (PFM)...

  • 10 of the quirkiest tweets from the Mars Rover landing

    When the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars earlier today, it represented humanity at its best. The mission, designed to see if Mars ever supported microbial life, pushes to the technological boundaries of what is possible. So naturally when Curiosity touched down on the planet's surface, anyone in the know celebrated. And then Twitter got involved. Sure most of the tweets were appropriately celebratory, but as is the case with most celebrations there were a few jokers in the pack. Some were a bit lame, but there were a good few pearlers out there. Memeburn picked out some some of...

  • Will the real journalists please stand up?

    The internet, and specifically the recent meteoric rise of social media platforms like Twitter, has irreversibly disrupted the status quo with regards to journalism. Gone are the days of desks cluttered with coffee-stained research material, the "man on the beat", "the old hack" with a byline you could trust to produce the goods. Or have they? Milo Yapiannopoulos raises some telling points in his article deriding the role social media has played in journalism, the major one being that the anticipation is gone. The fact that breaking news can be “broken” within five minutes thanks to Twitter means that newspapers...