Innovation

Want to kill the status quo? Innovate

innovation I was recently asked, “how do you find innovators?” It’s an odd question really, one that I hadn’t thought about before, but one that is valuable to think through. You have to dig deeper and think why innovations happen at all, and what the power structures are that make them be identified as innovative. After all, innovation is just a new way of doing things than what is currently the norm. In any industry, society or business there are status quo ...

General Tech

Low Orbit Server Stations: Is The Pirate Bay trolling, or could it work?

md4-1000_drone Trolling, probably. You've heard The Pirate Bay's annoucement that it will be experimenting with low orbit server drones to make its service impervious to Hollywood’s threats. Oft-facetious, it wouldn't surprise us if The Pirate Bay were just scaremongering, but could it actually work? Maybe, but putting such an idea into practice is still a ways off. The world record for a battery powered hover drone in laboratory conditions is currently held by the md4-1000 hover drone which managed to hover for ...

Viral videos

‘Webbed Menace’ viral campaign calls Spiderman fans to action

Spiderman Batman did it, the Avengers tried it and now the Amazing Spiderman is in on the game, namely viral marketing. This site, WebbedMenace.com is the home for Spiderman hate and fans have been asked to "end this masked hooligan's reign and shine a light on the shadows of vigilantism". Basically, take a picture of yourself acting like a nut, all the while dressed up as Spiderman. It’s a sparse site, but fits well into the viral template set down by so ...

Gearburn

Review round-up: Blades of Time, SSX, MGS: HD

Gearburn knows that you don’t have time to play every game out there, that’s why we’ve created a trio of reviews, bite-sized portions to sink your teeth into. Blades of Time, SSX and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection are all new for the Xbox 360, so let’s see which ones captured our gaming hearts. All games were reviewed on Xbox 360 Blades of Time Blades of Time is utter nonsense, and a derivative rip-off of Tomb Raider, Bayonette and whatever other third-person adventure ...

Gearburn

Win SSX for PS3

Keen on playing SSX, the latest addition to the exciting snowboarding series? Hell yeah you are, and Gearburn.com is giving away the PS3 version of SSX. This year's SSX is the most ludicrous take on extreme sports yet. Drop from a plane, wingsuit onto a slope and race an avalanche to the bottom. These are the deadly descents and there are many real-world locations to conquer, including Mount Everest. The game's all about the tricks though, and SSX 2012 takes tricking ...

News

Apple announces 3M iPads sold since launch

When Apple confirmed that it had a record-breaking weekend with the new iPad, we said it probably wouldn’t be long before it announced some official figures. We weren’t wrong. Just hours after a conference call in which Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer detailed what the Cupertino-based tech giant was going to do with its massive hoard of cash, Apple announced it had sold three-million new iPads since Friday. Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller confirmed that it ...

Startup news

MIH launches new online shop creator on WordPress

QikCommerce This has the potential to be big. It’s a new eCommerce tool that allows users to “create an online shop in minutes”. The new service, called QikCommerce, is a joint venture between MIH -- the investment arm of US$18-billion emerging markets internet giant Naspers -- and a small WordPress theme building company Obox. Obox has also been credited with building official themes for Posterous. It’s fairly natural then that QikCommerce should run off a WordPress platform, although the ...

News

Pirate Bay wants to sail servers across the seven skies

Pirate Bay The war between Hollywood and The Pirate Bay (TPB) looks set to enter a new frontier: the sky. Um...Yarr, I suppose. The group, which advocates online sharing, has released a statement saying that intends to put some of its servers into the air. Yup, that’s right. The Pirate Bay is so desperate to stop attacks against it that it wants to put its hardware as far from the ground as possible. How does it intend to do this? With ...

Social media

9 Tips and tricks for Pinterest

Pinterest Pinterest is attracting plenty of eyeballs, especially with the female demographic, but you might still be a little unsure of how to integrate this growing platform into your social media mix. So what’s the fascination with Pinterest? In October last year Pinterest had an estimated 3.3-million unique monthly visitors. Today that number is over 10-million. While there may be no direct link for potential customers to buy products directly from the site, the platform does offer massive marketing potential. Think of it ...

News

Apple had ‘record weekend’ with new iPad

Despite Apple insisting it would not talk about anything other than cash during today’s conference call, one analyst did manage to slip in a question about how well the new iPad did on opening weekend. The answer, apparently, was pretty damn well. Without going into specifics, CEO Tim Cook said the company had “had a record weekend and we are thrilled with it.” According to TheNextWeb, searches for the new iPad already account for five percent of internet traffic from ...

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