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  • Why being a Linux geek could make you more employable

    I love Linux and I have been fortunate enough to have been able to use it as my base operating system in all of the different companies that I've worked for the last ten years or so. But, I know that unless you're a systems administrator, most fans of the OS find themselves battling against corporate IT if they even try to run a non-Windows system at work. Just recently, I noticed a post on Slashdot where a user was asking where he could get a job in the FOSS industry. So, I was quite relieved to see that...

  • 8 Reasons hiring at a technology startup is tough

    I like to define a startup in a way that goes something like this: A startup in my world is a young company in a new, fast growing and evolving industry that could swing, change or be disrupted very quickly. The reason that it's relevant for me to lay out how I define a startup is because this definition is extremely important when considering hiring a team. It is often not as simple as hiring the best person for the job. It's much deeper and more complicated than a simple contract with leave allowances and a stable income. Hiring is tough...

  • Bees Awards to honour best in social media marketing

    Twenty-one of the most renowned social media marketing professionals from around the globe will gather to honour the best social media marketing has to offer at the third edition of the Bees Awards in San Francisco. The Award organisers claim that the jury was handpicked “on the base of their expertise, the references they received from peers, their passion for social media and their geographic location.” Entries will be judged according to 26 categories ranging from best “Best use of Micro-Blogging Platform” to “Best Branded Viral Video” and “Best Social Media Marketing Theory". Four of the categories are new,...

  • Don’t Google it: 9 Alternative search engine options

    In a world where Google is the most visited website, and “just Google it” is an answer to many questions, are there any up-and-coming search engines with something more to offer than the usual round-up of Google, Bing/Yahoo and Wolfram Alpha? While Google and its specialised search options (like Google Scholar and Google Blogs) have the monopoly, there are other choices for those looking for a search provider that doesn’t track your queries, store your personal information or fill their results pages with advertising. Blekko: Blekko is a spam-fighting search engine where the search results are biased towards ‘higher quality’...

  • Mobile online video play sees phenomenal growth

    More and more people are using their mobile devices for watching online content. In fact, the latest stats from online video service provider Ooyala suggest that non-desktop video plays more than doubled in the final quarter of 2011. Intuitively you’d think that much of that growth would be driven by short-form videos. It’s just more difficult to pay attention to a long video on a smaller screen right? Ooyala’s stats, however, suggest that people actually prefer watching longer videos on their smartphones and tablets to their desktops. The screen size rule of thumb still seems to apply to some...

  • Gearburn picks: 5 Great social games for iOS

    Social games: the end of hardcore gaming or its untimely saviour? Decide for yourself as we look at the top social games for iOS, which are all incidentally, free to play. CityVille Hometown Zynga, the kings of copying original titles, know how to reel the suckers in. CityVille Hometown, an updated version of FarmVille, offers little in the way of innovations, but has the same emotional hook which reels users in for that elusive “one more game”. Users or “residents” remain active by engaging with in-game characters, who just happen to be Facebook friends building their own neighbouring communities. Players are...

  • Orange to bring Facebook to ‘every phone in Africa’

    Mobile telecommunications giant Orange has launched a brand new service which it claims will make Facebook “accessible on every phone in Africa”. The French-based company says that it will allow its subscribers across the continent to via USSD -- a technology used by all GSM mobile devices to send information across a 2G network. It is already used widely in Africa for services such account information and callback services. This means that even the most basic of handsets without an internet connection or data plan will be able to use the service. Orange reckons that the familiarity with USSD...

  • More apps pinned in ‘Address book-gate’ as Apple tries to make good

    Revelations that Path had been uploading users’ address books without their permission seem to have opened up the metaphorical floodgates as more and more social apps are revealed to have been doing the same. The latest to admit to harvesting user contacts is social networking giant Twitter. According to the BBC, Twitter’s iOS app gains access to people’s address books when they click on the "Find Friends" feature. Unlike Path, which admitted to wrongdoing and at least claimed to fix the problem with an update, Twitter has only promised to alter its privacy policy to more explicitly state what...

  • Guinness World Records names Black Ops as ‘best game ending’

    The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition has named Call of Duty: Black Ops the game with the "best ending ever". The game topped a poll of well over 13 000 gamers. Gas Deaves, Guinness World Records Gamers Edition editor, speaks out on the choices. "Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it's an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie. This list recognises some of the greatest endings and hopefully will get gamers talking about what are their favourites and why." The top 50 games below were voted in by the Guinness...

  • Street Bump app detects potholes, couldn’t care less about your tyres

    Pothole reporting apps are nothing Street Bump is different. Over in Boston USA, they’ve figured out a way to report potholes in their city without all the tedious manual labour of, you know, typing and stuff. Through a collaboration by the city of Boston, The New Urban Mechanics and crowdsourcing platform Innocentive, Street Bump uses a smart phone’s accelerometer and GPS to automatically detect and report potholes to the city.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • ‘New new’ Twitter rolls out to all users

    It’s official, everyone now has "new new" Twitter. The social network announced the redesign late last year but initially only rolled it out to a limited number of users as it was given final performance tweaks. Twitter’s official support account made the announcement earlier today: As of today, all users have been upgraded to the new version of Twitter. Looking for a feature? Take the tour here: support.twitter.com/articles/20169…— Support (@Support) February 16, 2012 While the new design hasn’t been met with quite the same kind of public outcry as there was with Facebook’s most recent update, there were still some people...

  • Tunisians turn to Facebook in marijuana protest

    When you think Tunisia and Facebook, a couple of terms come to mind: the Arab Spring, protests, regime overthrow...and marijuana? Just months after the country held its first democratic election in decades, a group of Tunisian Activists is reportedly using Facebook to campaign for the legalisation of Marijuana. According to Global Voices Online, some 4 600 Facebook users have joined an event which will see them meet up in front of the Tunisian parliament to demand that legal prosecution for smoking marijuana be put to a halt. The legal punishment for smoking marijuana in Tunisia can be as harsh as...

  • Chirpify looks to bring commerce to Twitter

    Twitter is a great platform for businesses, journalists and everyday people. We all know that. But what may not have occurred to you is that it could also be an incredibly useful commerce platform. At least one company was thinking differently to you. A Portland, Oregon based startup called Chirpify claims that it “turns tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact on Twitter.” Although founded in 2011, the company only officially launched its product today. Chirpify’s product effectively integrates your Twitter account with PayPal, allowing you to make a variety of transactions over the...

  • Apple dominates smartphone sales but iOS still lags behind Android — Gartner

    Apple is now the world’s top smartphone manufacturer, but iOS still has less than half the market share of Android. That’s according to the latest findings from renowned tech research firm Gartner. According to the report, around 51% of the world’s smartphones are rocking Android, with iPhones accounting for just under 24%. Both appear to have taken market share from Symbian and Research in Motion. The former went from having running on just over a third of smartphones on the market in 2010 to just under 12%. The latter meanwhile went from 14.6% of market share to 8.8%. The research company...

  • 6 Things every startup should watch out for before signing with an investor

    "Yes, we would like to invest". The magic words that any startup owner loves to hear. Your idea is no longer just a seed in the back of your mind; it is about to be watered allowing it to blossom into the reality you always knew it could be. After the celebratory high fives and handshakes followed by the compulsory boozy lunch with your new best ‘investor’ friend, a term sheet or funding agreement arrives to formalise your relationship. The agreement is rather lengthy and contains some legal jargon; defining exactly when is the last day of the month, is important....