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  • Australian billionaire plans to build Titanic II, Twitter asks why

    Yes, an Australian billionaire is going to build a replica of the Titanic -- imaginatively named the Titanic II -- which is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from England to New York in late 2016. Déjà vu, anyone? According to the Sydney Morning Herald, mining tycoon Clive Palmer has commissioned a Chinese company to construct an almost exact replica of the ill-fated vessel. The Titanic II will apparently be identical to its namesake except for a few modern luxuries, like navigation and safety systems, to prevent history from repeating itself. Of course, we all know how things ended for...

  • President Obama roasts HuffPo for its Pulitzer [Video]

    The annual White House correspondents dinner is a chance for the US president and his staff to kick back and relax with the media who interrogate their every move on a daily basis. This year President Obama decided to have a dig at the Huffington Post. More specifically he poked fun at the Pulitzer the site won for David Wood's 10 part series on the struggles of wounded American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate The Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize,” Obama said. “You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one...

  • The design-fantastic in Botanicula

    Indie developer Amanita Design outdoes itself with this point-and-click exploration game chock full of imagination and flair. Band of Brothers What do Mr. Lantern, Mr. Feather, Mr. Poppy Head, Mr. Twig and Mrs. Mushroom all have in common? Well a quest to save the last seed of their home tree of course. Confused? You should be. One thing you shouldn’t be though is surprised. Coming from the hive mind of Czech company Amanita Design, Botanicula is a product of love. The company is known for its games brimming with imagination, bursting at the seams with gorgeous visuals, clever puzzles and colourful...

  • Can TweetCharts replace your social media analyst?

    Have you ever wished you could run a by-the-numbers social media analysis yourself? You know, without having to go to a company or individual who specialises in the field? Well, if social media scientist Dan Zarella is to be believed, that’s exactly what a new tool he’s developed lets you do. The tool, called TweetCharts, reportedly allows you to enter “any word, phrase, hashtag, URL or username” into it. Zarella claims it will then return a “comprehensive report, including data on reply, retweet, and link percentages as well as the most common words, most mentioned users, most...

  • Pepsi to stream live concerts to Twitter followers

    Pepsi and Coca Cola have always had what one might generously call a competitive spirit. Now the two soft drink giants appear to be duking it out to see which can provide the best online music experience for its fans. Pepsi has announced that it will be streaming live video of concerts to its followers on Twitter. According to The Next Web, the deal is part of a global advertising campaign that will also feature a television spot with singer Nicki Minaj. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Coca Cola’s announcement that it would be partnering...

  • Google admits Street View engineer told colleagues about collecting Wi-Fi data

    A Google engineer who wrote a program that collected private data from people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks told at least two colleagues he had done so. That’s according to the full version of a report detailing the FCC’s investigation into the internet giant. The issue caused uproar in the US and Europe when it was revealed that data had been collected as Google’s Street View cars drove around capturing images. The program was first written in 2006, and the internet giant began collecting data two years later, continuing right through until early 2010. The request for a full report was first...

  • Mobile sensors to be worth $6bn by 2016 [Report]

    Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are crucial pieces of equipment in our smartphones and tablets. You might take them for granted, or might not even know what they are, but 4-billion are set to be built into our mobile devices by 2016. MEMS include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors -- some of which are crucial to the Augmented Reality and Location-based services found in so many of today’s devices. Thing is, those 4-billion sensors aren’t going to come from nowhere and tech analysis company Juniper Research reckons they represent a massive business...

  • Prometheus international launch trailer is new and spoiler-riffic

    You've been bombarded with Prometheus trailers, viral campaigns and Twitter teases but still you want more. Today, your gift is the Prometheus international launch trailer, all 2-minutes and 54-seconds of it. A warning before you watch it. The trailer pretty much gives away 90% of the plot. Ridley Scott fans will be able to pick apart the Aliens references with a fine-toothed comb. The video is just shy of 100 000 views, with most of the comments bemoaning the plot being laid out for all to see. For us, Prometheus still seems like a shy, dainty maiden on her prom night. Luckily, Prometheus...

  • Egypt to supply 10k university students with tablets

    Egypt is set to give out free tablets to some 10 000 university students. According to Cairo-based newspaper Al-Ahram, the project is a collaboration between the ministries of education and communication. It was announced at Cairo's ICT conference. It is unclear how precisely the government will decide who the tablets go to, but they will be distributed over the next six months according to who needs them most. It also unclear what the specs for the tablet will be, although the government claims it will be manufactured locally. Egypt’s Minister of Education Hussein Khaled the project is designed...

  • Phandroids, meet your dream bar accessory: KegDroid [Video]

    Hey, are you geek who loves beer? Do you ever wish you could combine the two aspects of your personality? Well one Googler named Paul Karff might just have the perfect product for you. It’s called the KegDroid and it lets you select and pour beer from a couple of Kegs using an Android tablet. Okay, that’s might actually complicate things a little and the lay-person might find all the wires and gadgetry behind KegDroid a little confusing. The real genius behind the device lies in its ability to stop freeloaders stealing your precious amber liquid. If you want...

  • Zuckerberg joins Viddy, sparks Instagram comparisons

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has joined video-sharing service Viddy, potentially providing a massive boost to the company. Under the username Zuck, the young billionaire also posted a video of his dog Beast playing around the house. According to The Next Web, the video has generated some 1 200 likes. The tech news site speculates, however, that it could get a lot more were he to share it on his Facebook page, which has over 13-million subscribers. Although there isn’t anything to confirm that he might be interested, the company is probably hopeful that Zuckerberg will like it enough to...

  • SEO jobs to ‘suffer’ but mobile, open source jobs to fly

    If you're in the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) game, you may need to think about a career change. A recent report from Freelancer.com suggests that SEO jobs in the future will "suffer". Why? Well, says Freelancer.com, Google has "intensified its fight against low quality content". SEO is the practice of ensuring that a site occupies the highest position possible in Google, effectively the largest gateway to the quality web. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this but it does mean that if a site's SEO is better than its content, it may occupy an abnormally high and thoroughly undeserved position in...

  • Google Drive is out, but where is your privacy and ownership?

    "Ok so the new Google Drive is out, but what about ownership of your files and the privacy that comes with it?" This was my first reaction when I heard about the launch. I have a great understanding of Google and I am sure there is more to the purpose behind this new product than meets the eye. Microsoft SkyDrive and Dropbox are the two largest online storage services today, and yes Google took its time to join. As Google already delivers us with some remarkable services and features like Google Docs, integration with Docs, just makes sense doesn’t it? Comparison...

  • Nando’s delivers final word in ad battle with Santam

    The advertising battle between Nando's and Santam has been one of the more entertaining ones in recent history. And just when you thought it was over the fast food chain decided to deliver one final salvo. After Nando's ripped off an ad from the insurance company which illustrated how easy it was to miss the details, Santam fired back with a challenge: Nando's was to drop off a very specific order of food at a children's home. As we reported in an update to the story yesterday Nando's delivered a full 24 hours ahead of time. The company has...

  • 5 ways to use Pinterest for recruiting great talent

    Many companies are often looking for ways to recruit new talent. But finding the right person to not only suit the position, but suit the company and its corporate culture can prove to be trickier than you would imagine. As an employee, a company might look fabulous in the interview process but do you know what working for that business is really like? Pinterest can be a great tool for companies to use for recruitment, but also great for potential candidates to get a better idea of the company and what they’re getting themselves into. As Pinterest is fairly new,...