News, Twitter

London Eye hosts the first Twitter based, positivity-powered light show

london eye lights Think measuring sentiment in social media is difficult? Try using it to power a light show on one of London's most iconic landmarks. But that's exactly what EDF Energy has decided to do for this year's Olympic Games: it's measuring the sentiment in tweets about the games and representing the score using lights on the London Eye. The project, called "Energy of the Nation", launched last night in London. It uses a sentiment algorithm, the geo-location tag, IP addresses and ...


Geeking out with Firefox’s 3D view option

memeburn 3d I love geeking out with the geeks! The geeks at Burn HQ found this nifty little feature today while playing around in FireFox: a 3D view of our site, because viewing a site in 2D is so last year. What it is, is actually a developer tool released by Mozilla a few months ago. "Nicknamed Tilt, it is a brand new WebGL-based website visualization tool that highlights the structure of a page better than a flat view, so anyone can immediately understand ...


Baidu expands social effort into Vietnam

Chinese internet giant Baidu confirmed that it has launched its PostBar (‘Baidu Tieba’) social network in Vietnam, where it is called ‘Tra Da Quan’. According to The Next Web, a source at Baidu confirmed that the company had launched the service earlier that this week. One thing the company refuses to comment on however is the possibility, raised by Tech in Asia, that it failed to properly notify Vietnamese officials before launching the site. In the South-East Asian country, anyone ...

Microsoft, News

Microsoft posts first ever loss, no cause for panic

It was bound to happen. Microsoft has posted a quarterly loss for the first time in its history. A US$6.2-billion writedown isn't exactly great for profit-taking. The Redmond-based tech giant reported a US$192-million loss this quarter. While that might be a "far cry" from the US$5.9-billion it reported during the same period last year, it's worth looking at it with a little perspective. It's a little weird to be saying so with such big numbers, but US$192-million is a relatively ...

Mobile, News

Nokia results confirm that it is in big trouble

Nokia It looks like Nokia isn't about to stop hemorrhaging any time soon. The release of its latest quarterly report highlights just how bad things are, for the once mighty mobile company. The bright point for investors is that this bad news was anticipated, and mostly factored into the share price. Overall net sales fell by 19% year on year but were a smidgen higher than the traditionally bad first quarter, up three percent. The overall loss was close to US$1-billion ...

Apple, News

Apple ordered to say that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad

samsung galaxy tab apple ipad Someone needs to give the judge in Apple and Samsung's UK patent case an award for all the entertainment he's given the tech press. First he said that there was no way the Galaxy Tab was infringing on the iPad's design, because (among other things) the Tab is just "not as cool" as Apple's tablet. Now he's ordered the Cupertino tech giant to publish a notice on the UK version of its website and local print media declaring that Samsung ...


Google teams up with Tate Modern, lets you collaborate on animations

Google logo Aspiring artists of the world rejoice. Google and renowned British art museum the Tate Modern have teamed for an HTML 5 and Javascript-based online art experiment that lets you collaborate with others to create animations and stories using a web-based drawing tool. Called This Exquisite Forest, the experiment features short “seed” animations from the likes of Bill Woodrow, Dryden Goodwin, Julian Opie, Mark Titchner, Miroslaw Balka, Olafur Eliasson and Raqib Shaw. From these seeds you can add new animations that extend the ...


Use social media to join a band for one night at London’s 100 club

100 club The 100 Club in London attained legendary status in modern British music, having played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet since 24 October 1942. Now you have the power to get one of ten bands a gig there using a Facebook app. What's cooler is that by voting you and a friend stand a chance to join them in London for the gig. Renowned shoe brand Converse is looking for South Africa’s best unsigned talent to ...


Mobile money in emerging markets: where to next?

mobile money We recently identified some of the main challenges that have faced mobile network operator (MNO) mobile money (MM) products, and why the concept's overall impact in emerging markets remains a bit of a mixed bag. This week, we look at whether the shift to interoperability heralds a new deal between banks and operators that offers a sufficiently compelling model to make services practical and affordable for the vast majority of the poor and unbanked. The aid and donor community has always ...

Online journalism

How big tech companies keep journalists under their thumbs

News Image David Weidner, a 15 year veteran reporter on the Wall Street beat, recently wrote an interesting article about the time he spent reporting on some of the world's biggest companies and financial institutions. He notes that much has changed and a lot hasn't in his time among America's financial elite. Presumably to mark each of his years covering the financial services sector he came up with 15 "takeaways." The one that caught my eye was number three: Too cozy for comfort: It's ...






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