Memes

North Korea’s rocket fails, the memes roll in

You could sense a nervous tingle as North Korea announced plans to send a rocket into space. Was it real, or just a front for deploying intercontinental nuclear missiles? Then one of the world’s most isolated nations invited foreign press in for the launch. It was hoping to show off in a big way. It all suddenly seemed legit and, for some, a little more frightening. Then the whole thing blew apart less than a minute after take-off. While some ...

News, WikiLeaks

Oooh, Julian Assange’s TV show is on the horizon

This was inevitable, in fact I am a little surprised it took this long. Wikileaks infamous leader will be coming to a small screen near you in a few short days. At least that's according to a tweet from the organisation's official Twitter account. THE WORLD TOMORROW:NEW ASSANGE TV SHOW AIRING ON Tuesday 17 April 2012Julian Assange has completed (cont) tl.gd/gunqv7— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 13, 2012 Assange -- who has been under house arrest for 500 days -- has completed ...

News

Facebook rolls out merged email and Timeline addresses

Facebook announced that it will be updating the vanity urls of its users to match their Facebook email addresses. What’s that you say? Facebook forcing change on people without giving them an opt-out option? Queue the pitchfork-waving virtual mob. Before you go storm castle Facebook though, bear in mind that this change won’t actually do much more than give your timeline a url that actually makes sense. It’s also a not-so-subtle attempt by Facebook to push its email service, which ...

News

Apple: price-fixing allegations ‘simply not true’

Apple’s has rejected claims from the US Justice Department that it colluded with some of the world’s biggest book publishers to fix prices. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the charges were “simply not true”. The US government has previously sued Apple, along with five other publishers, for conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. It later negotiated a compromise with three of the publishers, which could result in cheaper ebooks for consumers. ...

Video

Loopers trailer: Time travel, big guns [Video]

You know we love geeking out to some of Hollywood's latest offerings, so of course we weren't ballistic when we saw the trailer for Loopers. It's a time travel assassin flick with corporate influences, high-tech time travel and a bit of film noir. Oh, and did we mention the time travel? The upcoming film is directed by third time director Rian Johnson and stars the smoldering Joseph Gordon-Levitt, action veteran Bruce Willis, and ever-present Emily Blunt. In ...

News

YouTube opens up partner programme to everyone

YouTube’s partner programme is what allows people to make money -- real money that is -- from the video-sharing platform. For most of its existence, it’s been available to a select few. All that’s about to change. The Google-owned service announced that it would be opening up the programme to all YouTube users. YouTube claims that, as long you live in one of 20 eligible countries, the process of becoming a partner is fairly simple: YouTube uploaders in these countries ...

Tablets

iPads still own the tablet market, but is Microsoft onto something big?

Ipad stuff Apple’s been dominating the tablet scene ever since the first iPad came out. Given the record sales figures for the new iPad it’s hardly surprising that dominance is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Even a soaring market -- sales are up 98% from 2011 -- and a slew of cheap new devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire can’t put a dent in the Cupertino-based tech giant’s dominance. According to tech research company Gartner, tablets running iOS are expected ...

News

Facebook is giving you more of your data, how nice

Facebook has decided that it will allow users to download more of their private data. This, it claims, will allow them to back up more detailed information from their Facebook account. In a short post on its privacy page, the social networks explain what data it intends to make available to users: Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. First introduced in 2010, Download Your Information lets you get a copy of ...

News

StumbleUpon joins the Facebook Timeline party

Web users the world over love StumbleUpon as a procrastination tool. Now the social discovery engine has become the latest big name to launch a Facebook Timeline app. In an official blog post, the company says it hopes to bring "the things in life you're most passionate about...to life" with the app. Stumbleupon claims its app is like a number of other Timeline apps in as much as it groups your activity "in a more streamlined format". Rather than ...

Advertising & Marketing

Nando’s wishes Jacob Zuma a happy 70th in typical style

Happy-Birthday-Mr-president[12] He shares initials with a famous rapper, loves to dance, and always seems to have forgotten where he put his machine gun. Yup, it’s South African president Jacob Zuma and he turns 70 today. Fast-food chain Nando’s decided to celebrate the occasion with one of its trademark ads. The ad makes light of Zuma’s efforts to keep the ANC Youth League under the control of the party as well as his numerous wives and children. Full Size Come to think of ...

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