Humour, Online media

11 Webcomics worth bookmarking

webcomic Just as books, magazines and newspapers have ditched a paper-only form, so comic books have taken up space on the web since the 1980s. The great thing about webcomics is that anyone can publish their own, using a variety of different styles and genres that range from avant-garde to comic strips. In 2007 about 38 000 webcomics were published online, but only about three percent of webcomic creators are financially successful. The first webcomic ever published was Eric Millikin's Witches and ...

News

New online project looks to ‘highlight the human cost’ of Syria conflict

Syria was one of the last Middle East countries to get swept up in the Zeitgeist of the Arab Spring. Things have not, however, turned out as well for it as they have for the likes of Tunisia. The country is locked in a state of turbulence, with a number of people having been killed in on-going protests against president Bashar Al-Assad. A new online project looks to memorialise those who have lost their lives while protesting the ruling ...

Facebook

Timeline for brands is here. Now they have to make a hard decision

facebook banner So, Timeline is here for brands. It’s a good day. Lots of things to pin, star and more! Fantastic! But in this "everything's a story" world that Facebook is creating, brands have a big question to answer: “Are we going to create a happy-slappy version of ourselves or will we create the warts ‘n’ all, fallible, honest version of the huge, juddering beasts we actually are?” Will Domino’s pizza, for example, fess up to its previous issues with certain employees? What ...

Humour, Infographic

Under the sea with the startup ecosystem [Infographic]

Ever wondered how the startup world really works? Are you dying to know who the key players are in this mystical world? Do you lie awake at night cursing the sky hoping your anguish will penetrate the darkness and send you some answers? Well, it's your lucky day. The idea of a startup ecosystem is actually quite simple. There are 13 key players. Yep, it only takes 13 people to make a startup work. These fearless men and women venture out ...

Facebook, News

Facebook rolls out mobile ads

Facebook’s decision to roll out Timeline to brand pages was pretty big news, but its decision to include ads on its mobile offering could affect the average user just as much, if not more. The social network made the announcement at its Facebook Marketing Conference. Sponsored Stories -- essentially posts from friends or Pages on Facebook that a business, organisation or individual has paid to highlight so there’s a better chance people will see them -- will now appear on your Facebook ...

Video

YouTube goes wild for new ‘Avengers’ trailer [Video]

You know the online buzz around a movie is pretty substantial when its trailer leaves YouTube’s view counter unable to keep up. The second trailer for comic-book based action flick Avengers Assemble has done precisely that in the few hours since being uploaded to the world’s most popular video-sharing platform. More usefully, the like button on the video had been hit over 7 000 times at the time of writing. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, ...

Apple, News

Apple hits $500bn market valuation as stock continues soaring

illuminated apple Apple’s stock market valuation rocketed past the US$500-billion mark in the wake of news that the Cupertino-based tech giant would be unveiling the iPad 3 on 7 March. Stock in the Cupertino-based tech giant has been on a continual growth trajectory ever since it announced stellar first quarter results. In fact the price of an individual share in the company recently went past the US$500 mark. This effectively meant that it was cheaper to buy an iPad 2 off the shelf ...

Video

TED presents 10 ‘Ads Worth Spreading’ [Videos]

The TED conference series is all about ideas an innovation. But when most of us think about the kind of innovation TED preaches, we tend to focus on the three areas that comprise its name: Technology, Engineering and Design. What we tend not to think about is advertising. TED wanted to change all that with an initiative called “Ads Worth Spreading”. The organisation claims that the idea behind the initiative “is to find ads that communicate ideas with consumers ...

News

Orange threatens to leave emerging markets

Mobile operating giant Orange has threatened to pull out of emerging markets if it does not meet two important targets. Orange's Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and Asia Marc Rennard said that the company would have to increase its revenue from €3.4-billion (US$4.5-billion) today to €7-billion (US$9-billion) by 2015 and become the number one or two operator in each emerging market to consider staying. The announcement comes in the wake of news that the operator would be offering ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Why Facebook’s revenue growth is dwindling

Facebook There may be a ton of competition in the social platform market at the moment with new entrants Google + and Pinterest making some serious waves; not to mention the likes of Twitter and old stalwart LinkedIn still going from strength to strength. None of this, however, seems to be hurting Facebook ad revenue growth too much. In the United States; 6.5% of all advertising revenue will be earmarked for Facebook. That means that Facebook’s ad revenue in the United States alone ...

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