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  • Queuing for a ticket online: Is Computicket crazy?

    So the general idea of booking something online is to satisfy the need instantly. The idea of standing in a queue while online does not sit so well with me; but that’s what is happening on online ticketing site Computicket as it attempts to deal with the demand for the South African leg of a Lady Gaga world tour. So maybe I’m being melodramatic or maybe the promise of a digital world if instant gratification has spoiled me; but the queuing system that has been implemented -- although for a valid reason -- seems to strike at the heart of...

  • Any way you slice it, it’s been a busy 11 months for Google+ [LeWeb]

    Speaking at Le Web London, Bradley Horowitz of Google+ announced a future aspect to Google+ many weren't really expecting -- a future partnership with Flipboard -- in other words another way to consume Google+ that is less about Google and more about the individual. Smart move Google. Ahead of many more announcements at Google I/O (THE Google conference) shortly Google+ has been around for just 11 months and boasts 170m users (or as Bradley put it "converts") -- that's a lot of people any way you slice it. But while we have a glimpse of where Google+...

  • Instagram is all about speed, not being ‘bitchy’ like Twitter [LeWeb]

    Instagram isn't in any hurry to go into video-sharing. And it's down to one simple factor: speed. "Users want a faster experience, they want to produce quickly," says the popular photo-sharing app's founder Kevin Systrom. Systrom was speaking at LeWeb London 2012 -- the British edition of the leading tech conference usually held in Paris. His speed obsession is fitting given that the conference's theme is "Faster than real time" -- an exploration of our need to share and the amount of data we currently create. Systrom, who took the stage with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (Instagram's...

  • LeWeb London 2012: The social media stream

    Popular tech conference Le Web took a trip over the Channel this year, for the "Faster than real time" LeWeb London. The line-up of tech leaders and thought leaders features the likes of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Klout's Joe Fernandez and Evernote CEO Phil Libin. We'll be curating all the social media buzz around the two day event using Storify. LeWeb is a special place for Memeburn. The site was founded at one of the previous events in Paris -- the very first few lines of code and the initial design was put together during...

  • Twitter blasts Computicket for #LadyGagaSA fail

    It's funny how quickly things can change, isn't it. Yesterday South Africans were celebrating the announcement that the queen of Twitter herself Lady Gaga would be gracing their shores. Today they're in full complaint mode about the long queues online ticketing service Computicket has been subjecting them to. Most had to wait hours for the chance to buy a ticket, while some experienced irregularities when they tried to pay. Others had the site freeze on them when they got to the front of the queue before sending them back a thousand places. Here's just a selection of the trials and...

  • Endangered fish causes a stink on Facebook

    A fresh food retailer caught selling an endangered fish species has Facebook users' emotions running high. Facebook user Cameron Johnson posted a photo of a large fish in one of South African retailer Fruit & Veg City's stores. Johnson claims that the fish in the photo is a Garrick, which is on the South Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative's (SASSI)'s "No Sale" list. The list separates fish into three lists: Green -- which is sustainable, Orange -- which includes species that are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, and Red -- which are unsustainable. Fruit...

  • RIM vs. Nokia: The fall from grace, divergent strategies and the future

    In the wake of Nokia’s announcement of an additional 10 000 layoffs, the media has devolved into histrionics. Some are writing eulogies, while others are citing the announcement as a harbinger for the "end of the European dream," referring to Nokia’s reported fall from grace as Europe’s strongest mobile phone competitor. There’s no denying things are dire for Nokia. As it stands today, the total number of layoffs since Stephen Elop took over as CEO in September of 2010 stands at 40 000. Nokia’s stock price has continued to decline to one of its lowest points in the venerable...

  • All hail your new digital overlord: Joe Fernandez of Klout [LeWeb]

    You would expect the person that wants to rank everyone on the internet by their popularity to be a total douche bag. For all the crap that Klout and it's CEO, Joe Fernandez, get, he's actually a surprisingly mellow guy. Klout wants to rank everyone by how influential they are. If you are a normal person then Klout seems like the stupidest thing in the world. On the other hand, if you're at involved in marketing (which, let's face it, we all are), then you know that the industry is desperate for some sort of way to easily tell...

  • Why it might not be time to jump on the HTML5 bandwagon just yet

    In April 2010, Steve Jobs published an open letter on Flash on Apple’s official website that he called “Thoughts on Flash”. In it he openly explained why the Cupertino giant had refused to use Flash player on its mobile devices. The Flash vs. HTML5 debate had long been on the lips of developers across the world by then, and this letter fuelled the fire even further. Two years on we’re still reading about the demise of Flash and the rise of HTML5. But is HTML5 really all it’s cracked up to be? When talking about Flash and HTML5, there are...

  • 7 reasons why Microsoft’s tablet announcement shows that it’s cool again

    You've got to hand it to whoever handles Microsoft's marketing, they sure know how to drum up hype. The tech press hadn't been this excited for an announcement since, well, the last Apple launch. Wait, does that mean we actually expect Microsoft to be cool again? Totally. In fact, we think its big tablet reveal shows that the Redmond-based giant is getting its groove back and (dare we say it?) becoming cool. Here's why. 1. Venue A photography and film studio in Hollywood set up to look like a fashion show? How much further could Microsoft get from the staid...

  • Nokia treats us to more ‘Dark Knight Rises’ magic [Video]

    Are you getting frustrated waiting for the Dark Knight Rises to finally come out? Well here's a little more trailer action to tide you over. The trailer comes off Nokia's official YouTube channel and is packed full of insane action. Why, you might justifiably ask, does an embattled phone manufacturer get first dibs on the new trailer for a film as big as this? Well it's largely down to the exclusive Batman themed Lumia 900 partnership Nokia has going with the film's makers. Jeez, if Batman can't save Nokia, who the hell can? var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • How multi-tasking online is messing with your brain [Infographic]

    Ever feel like you're stretched too thin, flitting between fifteen different tabs in your browser and a few apps on your tablet all while scrolling through your Facebook notifications on your smartphone? Have you started wondering why you can't concentrate on just one thing any more, and feel the need to tweet when you're watching TV? Turns out you're not alone. In a hyper-connected world where messages are sent and received in real time, it's not surprising that you've got a lot more on your plate than you used to. And it's not all good news for your poor brain,...

  • Is Windows Surface ready to take a bite out of Apple?

    After a long wait of Microsoft "keeping it secret and keeping it safe", it has been revealed. A tablet named Surface. "It's hardware and software pushing each other" said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the press event in downtown LA. And now for the specs: It's 9.3mm thin and 576 gram light. There's a USB 2.0 port. The VaporMag case is "full magnesium". Users will be able to access Windows apps, like Xbox Live and Microsoft Office. The display is "optically bonded" and designed for Surface. And of course, it's made for Windows 8 so yes, it's a flashy...

  • Check out Microsoft’s Surface event in its full glory [Video]

    Look there's no disguising the fact that we think Microsoft's range of Surface tablets is pretty damn cool. We sure as hell can't wait to play with one. There's a chance that some of that's post-event hype though. So just to make sure we'll be watching the whole Keynote again. And thanks to the marvels of YouTube, you can too. Just don't go expecting any hard-and-fast details on pricing. We'll only find that in September or October when the device lands on the market. Oh, we've already picked up something that's left us ambivalent. At one...

  • New Apple ad reminds everyone about iPad amid Microsoft hype

    Unless you were hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Microsoft launched its Surface range of tablets last night. Apparently Apple thought it best to remind us about the new iPad on the same day. The Cupertino-based tech giant released a video explaining how its Retina Display rocking device allows you to "do it all more beautifully". The video ditches the celebrity endorsement style of the most recent iPhone 4S adverts and goes back to the more usual "show off the features" way of doing things. In it, a user is shown sending an email, using Newsstand, watching...