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Apple goes Fair Trade

Apple is moving to become the world’s first fair trade tech company. It has, for the first time, disclosed the identities of 156 of its suppliers and has also announced that it will become the first tech company to join the Fair Labour Association (FLA). The move is something of an about turn for the company, which had previously been secretive about the suppliers used to make its various idevices. This new policy of openness comes in the wake of extensive ...

Twitter

How free should free speech be on Twitter?

Black Twitter The Washington Post recently reported that Twitter had again come under criticism for its free speech policies. The story outlined the plight of Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law group, which has threatened to sue Twitter unless the site agreed to shut down the account of a Hezbollah-affiliated television news station. Operating as @almanarnews, the account posts in Arabic, English and French, and as with most news feeds, reports on a number of global stories. Shurat HaDin claims however, that ...

Advertising & Marketing

Banner ads die as interactive video ads thrive

Could the old faithful stalwart of digital media marketing be in grave danger? Are big brands beginning to take their funding away from a Very Marketing 1.0 form of advertising and placing it in the hands of a more engaging form of advertising? All indications are pointing towards a very big affirmative. But the old banner ad is not dead just yet! In the beginning When the world of online marketing was very much in its infancy; and offline marketing techniques were ...

Gearburn

App review — iTomato

So it's the New Year, a time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, to look forward in a positive manner to where we'll be this time next year (if the Mayans turn out to be wrong), but most importantly, a time to kick bad habits and work on developing new, healthier ones. Which is exactly what I am focusing on this year. Starting with bad habit number one: procrastination. After doing a little research and chatting to a ...

News

White House adds voice to SOPA opposition

The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently making its way through the US House of Representatives, has received another massive blow -- this time from above. In an official statement made on behalf of the Obama administration, three senior officials including Aneesh Chopra, the administration's Chief Technology Officer, have made it clear that any legislation coming across the president’s desk "must not threaten an open and innovative internet". The trio stressed, however, that this stance would not mean the end ...

News

China now world’s largest online population

Last year the number of internet users grew by 56 million. The number of online users in China soared to well over half a billion, making this the country with the world’s largest online population. Of these 513 million users, 50% microblog, known as weibos to the Chinese. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s online population rose to 513 million in 2011, which is a 12.2% increase from 2010. In 2010, 63.1 million users had a Weibos account. ...

Gearburn

Rydeen is backing Android to win the in-car infotainment battle

Will Android dominate the new in-car infotainment battleground?”. Walking around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year, it was clear that cars would be the new battleground for operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive was the choice of Ford, Kia, Fiat and Nissan, while General Motors were onboard with Research In Motion’s QNX. We saw our first glimpse of Android in cars with the Roewe 350’s Continental AutoLinq system, and a year later it seems Android is gaining momentum. ...

Google

Google’s ‘Search Plus Your World’ doesn’t improve your search

There's been a lot of talk in the past 24 hours about how Google may be favouring its own social network Google+ with yesterday's "Search plus Your World" update. Getting lost in this heated discussion is the simple question of whether this update actually improves the search experience on Google. Google, in its announcement yesterday, said that it is "transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships." After testing the update, though, ...

Gearburn

Jailbroken today — the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1

The iPhone 4S has been jailbroken. The video below is proof of concept, clearly showing an iPhone 4S booting untethered into a jailbroken state. The user, Pod2g loads Cydia and plays around in the app which is designed to work on jailbroken phones only. The phone also displays a clear network signal as a sign that its carrier is still operational. This means two things. One, not only is the iPhone 4S capable of being jailbroken, but the iPad 2 as ...

Infographic

How important is tech at university? [Infographic]

University is a big step for anyone. It can be pretty intimidating when you arrive – figuring new schedules, finding the right lecture theatre, and figuring what the hell your lecturers are talking about. These are all big challenges. On the other hand, you can get away with partying like you never have before and – most likely – never will again. All of these have been experienced by students throughout the ages. Today’s students, however, have more technology ...

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