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SA president asks citizens to share concerns on social media

South African president Jacob Zuma wants his country’s citizens to lay out their troubles on social media ahead of his State of the Nation address, scheduled for 9 February. This is the second year-running that Zuma has turned to social media as a means of addressing the concerns of the nation. In an official post, the office of the presidency claims that in 2011 Facebook messages from people in the small towns of uMzimkhulu and Bekkersdal, saw sewerage being repaired ...

Google

Is there a viable search alternative to Google?

Google In light of the "Your World" ruckus that is taking the tech world by storm, including more employees who want to leave, perhaps it’s time to look at a few alternatives to el Goog. What can be assured from the get-go is that none of these pretenders-to-the-throne have anywhere close to the ubiquity that Google has in terms of product diversity and user figures: Yahoo! (The obvious one) With 14% of the world’s search engine traffic, the ailing search engine company ...

Advertising & Marketing

4 Hot tips for sending out a kick-ass Valentine’s email campaign

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you personally view the season of hearts as the most romantic time of the year, filled with love and affection, or an annual catastrophe of tacky décor and extravagant gifts; there’s no question that it can have a positive effect on business. In America, Valentine's Day is the second largest retailing event of the year and has, quite reasonably, been criticised as just an excuse for frantic commercialism. While this sentiment may be true, few ...

Gearburn

App of the Week: Puzzlejuice

This week I take a look at Puzzlejuice, a brand new puzzle game for iOS that will, as the developers say, punch your brain in the face. Let me start off by saying, and I'm sure I've said it before, that I am not much of a gamer, at all. Yes, there have been a couple games on the iOS platform like Swords & Scorcery, Tiny Wings and Angry Birds that have grabbed and held my attention for a while and ...

Social networking

Adventurers, athletes ‘check into’ the wild with social networking

north-pole-4 Gone are the days when all you needed to climb a mountain or run a marathon were some good shoes and ropes. These days sports enthusiasts and adventure travelers rely on apps and social networking to track their progress and share experiences with friends and the online community. Parker Liautaud, now 17, became the first person to “check into” the North Pole via the location-based social networking site Foursquare in 2010. Since then he’s been tweeting and posting on Facebook ...

News

780+ viruses target online banking daily – top antivirus company

Banking security has been a hot topic recently. The launch of financial management app 22Seven, for instance, sparked debate about the safety of inputting your banking details to a third-party. It seems, however, that there are much bigger threats out there. According to leading online security provider Kaspersky, around 780 new malicious programmes designed to steal users' online banking data are detected every day. This number, it claims, accounts for 1.1% of the total number of daily malware ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video

Beckham, dead vampires: The Super Bowl in ads

Super Bowl Sunday. It's practically a national holiday, all around the world people gather to watch four hours of passion, dedication and pure ingenuity. Some even watch the football. Having an ad air during the Super Bowl is a big a deal and chances are, if the ad is really good or bad, it will go viral. So like kids counting the days until Christmas, every year we await the football extravaganza just so we can see what the advertising ...

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Google adds Cape wineries, Botswana to Street View

The wineries around Cape Town are among its biggest tourist draw cards. Now users can view more than 30 renowned estates from the comfort of their PCs and smartphones. The new wineries available for viewing online include Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Groot Constantia, Hartenberg, Moreson, Rustenburg Wines and Warwick. The internet giant says it will also be sending its Street View cars through Botswana in the coming weeks. The cars will be taking 360 degree pictures of the country’s main cities -- Francistown ...

Gearburn

ADzero – The bamboo unibody Android smartphone

If you’re like me, you’re tired of your phones sinking. Kieron-Scott Woodhouse’s unique bamboo smartphone designs are something else. In an attempt to break free from the smartphone industry’s general design malaise, the 23 year old final year product design student atMiddlesex University experimented with fresh ideas in his free time. Woodhouse’s designs received an enthusiastic reception at a design show during London Design Week last year and he was subsequently contacted by a technology entrepreneur who, with the aid of a ...

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Chinese video platform Tudou enhances sharing with Sina Weibo

Chinese video integration site Tudou has announced an enhanced video-sharing site for China’s most popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The companies claim that the platform will allow any Sina Weibo user who isn't already registered on Tudou to "upload and share videos seamlessly to and from Tudou's video site". The move reportedly builds on an existing history of cooperation between the two companies. What this means, essentially, is that Todou can now count every single one of Sina Weibo’s users ...

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