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  • Twitter’s Cashtags: a clone and a broken promise?

    If you're into the stock market and Twitter, then you're probably stoked about the fact that you can now click on stock market ticker symbols. Now you can click on ticker symbols like $GE on twitter.com to see search results about stocks and companies— Twitter (@twitter) July 31, 2012 Except you've actually been able to do it for a while now. And the third-party company that's provided the service until now StockTwits isn't exactly thrilled with the social network's latest feature. In fact, CEO and founder Howard Lizden has gone as far as accusing Twitter of "hijacking" his company's product....

  • Is Facebook rolling out a ‘save it for later’ feature?

    Ah Facebook. Two new updates in one day? You're too kind. First the 955-million strong social network announces that it's overhauling how images appear in Timeline, and now we hear that it's rolling out a favourites function which would allow you to bookmark posts you'd like to follow up on. The save it for later option seems pretty straight-forward: when a Facebook user taps and holds on a post (it works with statuses, images or links), they'll be given the option to save it. All these saved posts will appear in a new page under the favourites menu, where they'll...

  • Goodbye old video chat, hello Google+ hangouts in Gmail

    The Google graveyard is getting fuller by the day. The tech giant has been on a bit of a killing spree recently, axing what it sees as unnecessary products (like iGoogle and Google Video) during its spring cleaning process. Add its increased focus on social networking to the mix, and its latest move won't seem like much of a surprise: Google is replacing video chat in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts. Ok, so it's not so much a murder as it is an update, as Google continues to make its products more and more intertwined. When the gradual rollout of...

  • Awesome TED video explains life behind the Great Firewall

    This is very cool. China's internet space can be a little difficult to figure out at times. A Great Firewall, Weibos, and social clones -- to a Westerner it can seem as alien as Mars. Imagine if there was an easily digestible primer that gave you a quick overview of the online space in the country. That would be great, wouldn't it? That's where this TED video from renowned Chinese blogger Michael Anti (Jing Zhao) comes in. In 19 minutes, Anti explains why China's policy of "block and clone" has given China a lively, home-built online social space and...

  • Baidu, Sina team up to share mobile and search content

    Two of China's most influential online powers, Baidu and Sina, are teaming up in a partnership that will see them swapping cloud-based and mobile search content. According to The Next Web, the partnership will include "work on search, content, platform, technology and resources". More specifically, Sina will integrate Baidu search into its massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform. Baidu's cloud initiative meanwhile will come with the Weibo app pre-installed. Tech in Asia says the relationship builds on pre-existing ties between the two companies. Sina has been using elements of Baidu search for years, while Baidu added real-time support for...

  • Another athlete expelled from Olympics after racist tweet

    Just days after Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was cut from her country's Olympic team for posting a racist tweet, another athlete has been expelled from the Games for the same reason. After his team lost 2-1 to South Korea yesterday, Swiss footballer Michel Morganella picked up his iPad and posted an offensive tweet about Koreans on the social network. The 23 year old's Twitter account has since been deleted, but Swiss website Le Matin managed to capture a screen grab of the tweet. According to a translation by The Next Web, the tweet reads: "I f*** all Koreans,...

  • Where are you on the map of the internet?

    This is very cool. It's a representation of the internet that maps each site according to its relative size, with the distances between them determined by the strength or frequency of the link created when people move from one site to another. The map's makers claim that it encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. "Information about more than two-million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters," they say. They minds behind it were apparently inspired by the sheer size and complexity of the net. "The Internet...

  • Opera hits 200m mobile users, reports massive African growth

    It may not be a big in the world of desktop browsers but Opera's mobile effort makes it a serious player in the browser wars. The Norwegian-made browser today revealed that its mobile browsers are installed on some 200-million phones across the world, up 47% from the same period last year. The company also reports that it's experienced massive growth in its African user numbers. Thirty six countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year, with some doing a lot more than that. The number of Opera Mini users in Côte d’Ivoire for instance rose...

  • Mountain Lion hits 3m downloads in 4 days

    Wow. It looks like Apple owners are really keen on upgrading their operating systems. The Cupertino-based tech giant says that downloads of its latest OS Mountain Lion have topped three million in the first four days its been available. According to the folks down at 1 Infinite Loop, this makes is the most successful iteration of OS X in history. “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of...

  • Mobile network, broadcaster team up for neat location-based game

    This is clever. African mobile giant Vodacom has teamed with broadcasting house Primedia for a social, GPS-based game called Gotcha. The game will see listeners from the South African cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town chase down a virtual wallet, called Smart Money, in an attempt to win a share of R700 000. Here's how it works. You download the "Gotcha" app on your GPS-enabled smartphone. The app allows you to track Smart Money down to within 100 metres. Whoever has the digital wallet at the right time wins the cash. Once you've got the digital wallet,...

  • 3 very important things you need to understand about user experience

    It’s safe to say that we have all heard the phrases “UX” and “user experience” being used in conversation. Although people are beginning understand the value of providing a good user experience, they don’t necessarily understand what it is or how it works. In a nutshell, user experience is a concept or approach that is applied at all interaction points with your customer. It’s all about putting the user first, understanding their needs, and building a positive relationship with them. So why is this important? The benefits are infinite; some are immediate and some are indirect, only realised after...

  • Is there really a solution to racism on Twitter?

    In the 1700s radical French journalist Jean-Paul Marat used the power of his pen and his influence in the media as a vessel to channel his political passion and to rally the masses, in effect contributing greatly to the French revolution. Today, 'Marat-figures' take on different forms. When social networks aren't used as leverage to topple governments or to keep valuable relationships intact, they also serve as an everyday repository of information. Social networks have been cursed by a degree of responsibility towards the flow of information. To complicate matters even more, questions about anonymity, freedom of speech and hate-speech...

  • Understanding how politicians use Twitter: a case study

    Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have fundamentally changed the nature of political discussion. They allow the common person to add his or her voice to the issues that are important to them and to connect with important decision-makers that might otherwise be out of their reach. Twitter has had a particularly profound effect on political discourse, even in emerging market countries like South Africa. In that country, this has been especially true for opposition leader Helen Zille, who has used Twitter to connect with her supporters and to clearly articulate her stance on contentious issues. Following in...

  • The gadgets and gear of The Dark Knight Rises

    Batman’s toys haven’t always been well advised. Who remembers the infamous credit card from Batman and Robin? Or the ridiculous ice skates that miraculously appear during an encounter with Mr Freeze? Hell, let’s not dwell on the nipples the Batsuit sports during Joel Schumacher’s films. With Christopher Nolan at the helm however, Batman was became an icon we could actually believe in: a trained samurai who adopts theatricality and disguise to defeat his foes. His gadgets were similarly immersed in the real world. Read more on Gearburn.com 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");

  • Business Day goes ‘digital first’, erects paywall

    Business Day, a leading South African newspaper, is set to make the leap from "paper first" to "digital first" before eventually erecting a paywall around its content. According to the paper's editor Peter Bruce: Business Day will, very soon now, become a "digital first" news brand. We will begin to publish what we know when we know it on our newly designed website first, and make the newspaper after that. Then, a few months after that we’ll wrap a mesh around the website and the applications (apps, they’re called) we have on iPhones and iPads and our stories --...