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  • The death of BlackBerry [Infographic]

    When I read this infographic about the death decline of the once all-powerful BlackBerry, my first thought was "Ag, shame." Ever wondered how it all went from QWERTY happiness to US$15 a share for the crowd over in Canada? Here is the sad story, all neatly packaged into this infographic along with a progressively balding BlackBerry fan. Ok, so opinions vary on exactly how 'dead' BlackBerry really is. There are still a fair number of loyal users and other human beings who are hoping they may be able to pull themselves out of this mess, and bring out a phone...

  • SA govt runs to MXit to engage younger crowd

    It has become commonplace for politicians to engage audiences through social media. Whatever your views may be on the efficacy of, or motives behind these campaigns, one thing is clear, the public can engage with candidates and those in office like never before. MXit is a South African social media success story, the largest network of its kind in Africa. On the eve of Freedom Day, a significant South African public holiday which celebrates the country’s first post-apartheid elections, MXit hosted an event fostering engagement between the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the public. The NPC is a government initiative...

  • Samsung organises flashmob protest at Apple store down under [Video]

    Tsk tsk. It wasn't all that long ago that a US judge was telling Apple and Samsung to play nice. Apparently the South Korean tech giant took that to mean "organise a flashmob at Apple's Australian headquarters". The flashmob comprised a bus full of protesters telling Apple customers to "Wake Up". It seems that the "protest" is probably an attempt at generating buzz around the Galaxy S III, set to be released on 3 May. An Aussie marketing blog did some research and tracked the campaign back to an Agency called Tongue. The same company is behind the Wake Up...

  • Take a stunning look at every transportation route on Earth [Video]

    Humans have always been a species on the move; it’s why we have presences in all but the most inhospitable parts of the planet. But we‘re also a species that thrives on connections. That’s why technologies that make it easier for us to stay connected tend to do so well. Those which fulfil both needs tend to do even better. Prior to the industrial revolution the best you could hope for when it came to moving and staying connected was a cart on land and a sailing ship at sea. Since then transportation has exploded. A stunning video, commissioned...

  • Prometheus trailer to produce Twitter ad response

    The buzz around Prometheus just keeps on growing. After all that has been done to promote the Ridley Scott flick, you've got to ask: what more can they possibly do? Glad you asked. UK's Channel 4 is kicking things up a notch with live tweets, reports MediaWeek. Channel 4 will be airing the world premiere of the trailer to Prometheus on Sunday 29 April, which will be followed by viewers responses to the trailer from Twitter. The selection of tweets will be broadcast during a special 40-second ad slot. Prometheus, which is shot entirely in 3D, is set in...

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus — bow to our Android overlords

    If brilliance is a crime, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is a mass-murderer. From tip to toe, the Nexus exudes class. It doesn’t have the glass and metal knockout combo of the iPhone 4S, rather a plastic shell with a screen which seems to melt into the sides of the phone. At 135g, the Nexus is a heavyweight which is baffling considering the all-plastic exterior. We can chalk this up to the massive battery which lurks inside. Read (a lot) more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Google set to fight violent extremism online

    Google wants to tackle extremism, not with a full-scale invasion of a conveniently oil-rich country, but with an online network. The network, called Against Violent Extremism (AVE), is the brainchild of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) with support from the internet giant’s think/do tank Google Ideas, the Gen Next Foundation and other partners. According to Google, AVE brings together “former extremists, survivors, non-profits and private sector leaders from around the world” with the aim of tackling “the problem of violent extremism”. The company says the main focus is on stopping young people from becoming radicalised. In order...

  • Can you use BBM to fight pollution? One community thinks so

    BlackBerry’s native messaging service BBM hasn’t always had good press. It’s been blamed for inciting riots, and a number of governments have sought to control it. But how effective is it when it gets used for good? The answer, apparently, is very as one South African community found out for itself. The residents decided to harness BBM in their fight against the pollution of a man-made lake. When the lake began giving off a foul smell, the suburb’s Residents and Ratepayer’s Association was asked to investigate. As a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation, it realised that it would need a cost-efficient...

  • Lou Ferrigno says gaming is sexy [Video]

    Readers of our sister site Gearburn might recall an infographic detailing how many gamers were dating other gamers. But what if you wanted to make the information from it better, what would you do? Add Ferrigno. Lou Ferrigno, that is. The former Incredible Hulk star straps a pug to his chest and feeds a deer in this video explaining why online gaming is now sexy. Ferrigno cautions, however, games like World of Warcraft “may be a more effective medium for meeting your significant other than OK Cupid or, you know, real life, but don’t be too quick to assume...

  • Transform an iPad into a MacBook Air with ‘Brydge’

    According to rumours, the MacBook Air will phase in as the MacBook Pro is effectively killed off. There’s no better time then for an iPad which morphs into a MacBook Air, care of this dazzlingly innovative Kickstarter.com project named "The Brydge". The description on Kickstarter.com sounds promising. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Linked Content Coalition — The answer to online copyright law woes?

    SOPA/PIPA/CISPA/ACTA. Intellectual property (IP) and copyright laws are hot right now, but none of the proposed laws are sticking. Why? What should be exercises in altruism usually provoke incendiary public outcry as these laws either threaten the fundamental tenets of the internet that made it what it is today, or reveal underlying motivations rooted in greed. Legacy IP and copyright laws awkwardly extrapolate to the Information Age. The power has shifted. No longer do traditional media companies have the final word, instead, the internet empowers us to all have a voice. It's uncharted territory for lawmakers and big media...

  • Ad Dynamo goes on a Brazilian adventure

    There are a good few people who think that the next big thing in tech could come from Latin America. It makes sense that foreign companies would want to invest there too. The latest to do so is Ad Dynamo, an online and mobile advertising marketplace with a global presence. The company today officially announced its entry into the Brazilian market, with CEO Sean Riley saying the country represents "an enormous growth market in both online and mobile advertising". Ad Dynamo isn't going it alone in Brazil either, announcing that it would be working in partnership with native outfit...

  • Premium WordPress theme developer WooThemes hacked

    WooThemes is a bona fide South African startup success story. The premium WordPress theme developer was already raking in over US$2 million in sales in 2010. The latest news from WooThemes is less rosy. Adriaan “Adii” Pienaar, WooThemes co-founder released a statement today, confirming that WooThemes were the target of a recent “very malicious & severe hack, which has been the reason for WooThemes.com being offline for this time.” Pienaar notes that despite possible data loss related to recent user accounts, no sensitive or confidential data were seized and that users’ encrypted credit card details are safe and hosted elsewhere. For...

  • ‘Lessons worth sharing’: TED’s super cool educational videos

    Have you ever sat in a classroom and listened to a fantastic lesson that piqued your curiosity, and wished you could share the experience with other students that may not be as lucky as you? Or, conversely, have you sat in a really boring class and thought that physics would be a lot more interesting if your teacher was that guy from Mythbusters? TED may have found the answer. The global non-profit organisation recently took another step into the world of education when it announced its new TED Education (TED-Ed) YouTube channel in March. Now the organisation has launched a...

  • Brandcast: Google’s bid to help brands target YouTube audiences

    YouTube has stealthy launched Brandcast, a new site that gives brands insight on the best ways to reach their audience through the video sharing platform. The launch comes on the heels of Google's announcement of an ad sponsorship model for brands which will help them target their audience through specific packages. These packages will relate to original content shared on YouTube. Google seems to be working hard to make it easier for brands to find the right fit for them on YouTube. YouTube Brandcast is made up of three sections. Each providing brands with critical information. The first gives brands access...