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The difference between Facebook friends and real friends: A case study

facebook banner My object of study, the 21-year old beauty who I call EmmaFB, has 921 Friends on Facebook. Her friends are from all the phases of her life, from pre- and primary school, high school, university, going out, friends of friends, and family members. This range of friends has been confirmed by international studies to be the typical set of friends a young person has. As EmmaFB told me in an interview I conducted with her, she goes out a lot, ...

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7 Of the most popular ‘old school’ classics on YouTube

YouTube iPad There is a common misconception that only modern artists like Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber can rule YouTube and create videos that generate millions of hits. In fact there are plenty of classic artists whose staying power has earned them top spots on the video-sharing site. Stars like Elvis, The Beatles and many more may have had humble beginnings on a colourless square-shaped box (the television), but they now dominate the internet and millions of people are still listening to ...

Gearburn

Review: Nokia Lumia 800 – Achingly beautiful

Writing this review was emotional. I became deeply pensive, and at one stage called my mom to tell her that I love her and that I’ve found the perfect phone for her. It’s what the Nokia Lumia 800 does. It evokes emotive responses. It makes you, for the lack of a better word, gaga. I work with a panoply of personality types, and the Lumia 800 drew superlative praise from everyone. No hyperbole here, just plain, honest truth. Expletives were thrown ...

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Google wishes you an adorable Valentine’s day

Google Valenteine's day doodle Google can be pretty damn cute! Unless you've been living a cave you know what day it is today -- Valentine's day. The day to show someone you love just how much they mean to you. The Candy hearts, blood-red roses and soppy cards are all ready to impress today, and so is Google. The internet giant has put together an adorable doodle for the romantics and even the not so romantics. The doodle follows the tale of a young man ...

News

Angry Birds flies beak-first into Facebook

Good news for anyone who loves Facebook and loves gaming, but hates Zynga’s slew of social titles. Angry Birds has arrived on the world’s most popular social network. For the most part, the Facebook version of Angry Birds is the same game anyone who’s played it on their smartphones, tablets or Chrome web browser knows and loves -- Kamikaze birds, devious pigs, and destructible scenery. Rovio has, however, added a few social elements for this particular iteration. People can, for ...

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Google wants to bring Brazil’s Carnival to the world

Mention Brazil and a couple of things come to mind: golden sandy beaches, football, and Carnival. Now Google is trying to give everyone a taste of one of the world's most famous street festivals. In an official blog post the internet giant claims that it will be bringing people the "sounds and energy of Brazilian Carnival directly from the streets of Salvador (Brazil's first capital and one of the oldest cities in the Americas) through Google+, YouTube and Orkut)". Between 16 ...

Gearburn

Geek Love — there’s an app for that

Geek love. If the lads from The Big Bang Theory can do it, anyone can. The theory is resoundingly sound: go online, find a partner, woo them with your collective knowledge of MacGyver, hook up and enjoy life. Easier said than done. At the very least, we can provide you with a collection of smartphone apps which may unlock the possibility of romance and lead to a more streamlined Valentine’s Day. Read more on Gearburn.com

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Apple admits to having human rights issues

Apple has admitted it has a bit of a human rights problem. The problem lies not with the people employed directly by Apple, but rather with its overseas suppliers who manufacture the bulk of its products. According to UK newspaper, The Independent, workers in the Chinese Foxconn plants that manufacture a number of Apple’s devices will, for the first time, be allowed to detail their working conditions. The workers will be able to do so under the auspices of an ...

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New mobi-site looks to bring QR codes, geotagging to university education

A brand new mobi-site is looking to bring QR codes and geotagging to the tertiary education sector. The site is a mobile extension of content provider LexisNexis’ established online education portal MyAcademic. The company claims that the mobi-site acts not only as "an interactive space for students" but can also direct them "to relevant online bookstores". The geotagging feature, meanwhile, will reportedly "enable students to locate their nearest bookstores". LexisNexis academic marketer Henry van der Walt reckons that the site ...

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Apple stock goes past $500, one share now more valuable than an iPad

Apple shares went past the US$500 mark for the first time. That means a single share in Apple is now more expensive than an entry level iPad. Stock in the Cupertino-based tech giant has been on a continual growth trajectory ever since it announced stellar first quarter results. Apple posted quarterly revenue of US$46.33-billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06-billion. Highlighting its increasing global dominance, the company reported that international sales accounted for 58% of its revenue in the ...

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