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  • Google brings African rock art, Brazilian graffiti to the world

    Google is expanding its Art Project in a big way. In fact, it wants to take everything from South African rock art to Brazilian graffiti and make it available to art lovers around the world “with a few simple clicks of a finger”. The internet giant claims that people will be able discover paintings, sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. The project now includes some 30 000 high-resolution pictures, with Street View images for 46 museums. That’s a pretty big jump from the 1 000 pictures from 17 museums in nine countries that people...

  • It’s Startup Month at Memeburn

    Every month is startup month at Memeburn, but we’re doing something special for the month of April. We invite you to let us know about which killer startups -- your own or ones you admire -- we should be covering. Share on Facebook or Twitter Tell us about deserving startups by using the hashtag #memestartup on Twitter or by posting a short motivation on Memeburn's Facebook page. If you’d like us to feature your own startup, be sure to complete Memeburn's startup questionnaire. Pitch your startup on Google+ Later this month, Memeburn will be hosting a Google+ Hangout  featuring MXit and World of...

  • Marvel rewards Avengers Facebook fans with early screenings

    Being a fan, be it of a sport’s team, franchise, or band can be frustrating. But that dedication can also, very occasionally, have massive pay off. The rewards being offered by Marvel to fans of its upcoming movie The Avengers is a case in point. The studio announced that it would be offering advance screenings of the movie all over the world in those cities where the movie has the most fans on Facebook. People in those cities will get to see the eagerly anticipated film some three weeks before the rest of the world. According to the Associated...

  • Tablet users expect a faster web

    Some people think the tablet is killing the PC. Others aren’t so sure. There’s no denying they’re popular either -- the opening sales figures of the latest iPad attest to that. But how much grunt do people expect to get out of their tablets? One good indicator is web loading times. Browsing is, after all, one of the things the tablet is supposed to be perfect for. According to online research company eMarketer, citing a worldwide survey by Equation Research, the majority of tablet users expect the web to load at least as fast as it does on their...

  • There is hope for Africa’s internet progress

    Broadband connectivity in Africa is set to help boost the continent's economy over the next decade. The road to better economy is, however, far from completed. Aidan Baigrie, Head of Business Development at SEACOM, reckons that broadband is to the 21st century what railways were to the last century -- the engine of social and economic progress that forges economic links between countries and supercharges trade and transactions. According to a World Bank study there has been a 1.3% increase in GDP for every 10% increase in broadband connectivity -- an illustration of just how important connectivity is in Africa’s growth...

  • #HalfArsed-a chef: The tomato dance from hell

    Apparently parody is still the best form of flattery when it comes to the web. Another tantalising, or not -- you be the judge -- episode of HalfArsed-a Chef has graced the YouTube populace. The web series claims to highlight the "essence" of South African cooking by asking contestants to create things out of old favourites like Boerewors (a spicy sausage), and make gumboot dance puree. In this week's episode, the 13 South African hopefuls participate in what is supposed to be one of the country's most culturally rich activities, as they attempt to make a tomato puree via...

  • HCL launches two great new budget tablets, starts at US$160

    Budget tablets are a dime a dozen these days, but it’s interesting to watch companies push them into new market segments. With the rise of the iPad it seems that tablets will soon be commonplace in the classroom. HCL agrees. The Indian company announced two new low cost tablets –- the HCL ME U1 and the HCL MyEdu Tab. While the MyEdu Tab is aimed squarely at India’s classrooms, the ME U1 displays a good low-end price and feature mix, making it a great option for anyone shopping for a budget slate. 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");

  • Nokia takes a swing at competitors with new ad campaign [Videos]

    Wow. Talk about swinging with your back to the ropes. Nokia just got dirty in the latest ad campaign for its Lumia 900. The ads are supposed to be a series of insider recordings about smartphones available on the market today. Apple’s notorious antennagate comes up gets a dressing down with one insider telling another to “Stop acting like a spoiled child and use the approved grip”. How very droll of Nokia to mock a product from 2010. In fact, the Finnish communications giant goes all the way back to 2007 for a stab at screens looking washed-out in direct sunlight. The...

  • RIM to open first African development centre in Egypt

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is set to open its first developer centre on the continent. According to daily news site Ahram Online, the centre will be based in Smart Village -- a dedicated business and tech park -- just outside Cairo and will hire Egyptian software engineers. RIM says it was drawn to Egypt because of the role technology played in organising protests during the country's 2011 revolution. According to RIM’s North Africa head Ben Quirin, the company hasn’t been put off by the current political climate in Egypt. Since the overthrow of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak,...

  • Is tweeting profitable?

    The Next Web reportedly recently paid Paris Hilton US$3 000 for a sponsored tweet and while sponsored tweets are nothing new, we've got to wonder how profitable Twitter is both for itself and its users. Barack Obama has often used Twitter to broadcast his feelings on certain topics like tax (#40dollars) and the debt-ceiling (#Compromise) and, as a result, has also used it to drum up support for his re-election in 2012 -- so it clearly has a role to play in how prominent businesses and individuals engage with their followers, but what about pure ROI and at what...

  • How one court decision could change email forever

    A few weeks ago, the Californian court made a new ruling about email sender identification that now has people everywhere scratching their heads on how to modify their campaigns to stay out of the legal fire. This new law is all about discouraging the sending of promotional emails that contain false or misrepresenting header information. It mainly demands that commercial email advertisements (in other words, email sent specifically to sell a product or advertise a service) must include a domain name which is registered to the sender in the ‘from’ line of the email, or the name of the sender...

  • What kind of disruption does Africa’s tech scene really need?

    What is it really to disrupt, or what is a disruptive innovation? And to put it in the African context, what does ‘disruption’ mean for the continent and what are the opportunities to disrupt? A dictionary definition of the term ‘disrupt‘ is: to throw into turmoil or disorder to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc.) to break or split (something) apart Disruptive innovation is NOT making a good product better Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor who coined the term and came up with the theory of disruptive innovation, describes it as that kind of innovation that transforms a product that was...

  • April Fools’ roundup: Google’s got big dreams

    The jokes are over for another year. April Fool’s Day has passed and you can go back to enjoying your favourite news sources in peace (that is, unless they get taken in by another hoax). Some big names took part in this year's April Fools' party and even though we didn't (or maybe we did and you didn't notice because it was that good), we found quite a few of the hoaxes quite fun. So here is our round-up of our favourite April Fools' hoaxes. Leading the pack is Google who seems to have crafted a prank for every one...

  • Hands on: Diablo 3 Beta

    With less than six weeks until Diablo 3 hits our shelves, it seems the perfect time to take a look at the latest version of the beta — a real treat with a bag of tricks. Gloomy Watercolours The first noticeable aspect of Diablo 3 (D3) as it stands is its simplicity. Blizzard has refined everything from the skills system to the menus, to such an extent that the result is uncluttered and unadulterated fun. 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");

  • How Facebook Connect is paying dividends for one mobile game

    How powerful is Facebook when it comes to connecting mobile social gamers with each other? In answering that question, it can’t hurt to look at a game with a significant number of downloads. Since launching in December last year, Diamond Dash for iOS has been downloaded around 11-million times. According to its designer Wooga, the game was also one of the first to include “a fully realised implementation of Facebook Connect”. This means that people can interact with each other in the game using features such as "synchronised scores between mobile and flash versions, a real time leaderboard and...