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  • Looqiloo turns everyone into an infomercial host

    Ever wanted to be an infomercial host, but never figured out how? Then Looqiloo might be the right site for you. The site's developers claim that it lets people buy directly from a video pitching products at them. The site, which goes live today, also wants to make selling social. Looqiloo claims that "anyone can easily upload personal videos about their favorite products and share them with their friends, family and social networks". The site isn't exactly starting from scratch either. Looqiiloo says there already 14 000 products live. It also says getting started with pitching a new product is relatively easy...

  • 10 Big tech trends for the next decade

    The world is changing and tech is changing with it. Over the next 10 years the global tech market will be completely redefined as people's values and expectations evolve. These new expectations and values will shaped by global economics, technology itself, and social change. How this change takes place will be defined by what people value enough to pay for, how their values are changing, and how technology and service providers can respond to this profitably. Research company Gartner has identified 10 big trends for the next decade that will change the way we all view tech. 1....

  • Prometheus’ latest viral ad introduces David8, the next generation robot

    It looks like 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its next blockbuster sci-fi flick, Prometheus. The Ridley Scott production has been capitilising on the viral nature of the web to promote the movie. Fox is now taking it to the next level, with an unnervingly awesome video of "David" the eighth generation humanoid robot from the fictitious Weyland Corporation. The video, which plays out as an ad introduces the world to "David", played by Michael Fassbender, and serves as the butler and maintenance man on the space vessel known as Prometheus. Prometheus, which is...

  • South African entrepreneurs are punk rock

    Like most people who grew up in America, I really had no idea what to expect when I first travelled to South Africa (besides gazelles and lions). My first trip was to Johannesburg two years ago to open a new office, and I have been back several times since, most recently Cape Town. Of all the places I travel for our company, South Africa is one of my favorites. After I overcame the shock of there not being any gazelles or lions, but instead razor wire and "taxis" crammed with people, the first thing that struck me was how...

  • Google confirms global Gmail outage, says everything now okay

    Google has confirmed that its email client Gmail suffered downtime earlier today but says that the service is fully functional once again. The disruption, which Google claims affected less than two percent of users worldwide, saw many unable to access their mail. Naturally, this led some to vent their frustrations on Twitter although most saw the funny side: Twitter is doing a better job of confirming that Gmail is down-ish than the Google App Status Dashbaord google.com/appsstatus— chris busse (@busse) April 17, 2012 Gmail is down. I anticipate anarchy and cannibalism will shortly follow.— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 17, 2012 My Gmail is...

  • Twitter breaks from industry norm, swears to only use patents defensively

    Like a number of large tech companies, Twitter files patents all the time. Unlike other companies, however, the social network has just pulled the nuclear option out from under itself. The company today published a draft of its Innovator’s Patent Agreement, which it informally calls the IPA. According to Twitter “the IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers”. The social network claims that this means “that patents can only be used for defensive purposes” and that it “will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation...

  • #Discovery: 20 top tweeted pics of a space shuttle’s final journey

    The Space Shuttle Discovery made one final flight today. Alas, it wasn’t to space, but to its final resting place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The retired spacecraft’s journey, on the back of a modified jumbo jet, caught enough attention to trend globally on Twitter: Given the proliferation of photo-sharing apps and the strength of most smartphone cameras, it’s hardly surprising that loads of people were tweeting pictures of the flight. Memeburn decided to pick out some of the top tweeted images of the battered and bruised Discovery on her final voyage: Live...

  • 14 International events and a startup exchange for your calendar

    The last post I wrote featured seven, which later became nine, South African events worth attending to grow your startup. If you have started building a product or platform that you deem worthy of international exposure, which I’m sure it is, then you may want to attract the attention of investors, mentors and innovators worldwide. Here is a list of 14 events and a startup exchange programme you may want to consider: 1. South by Southwest (SXSW) One of the most talked about conferences is SXSW, whose focus is in music, independent films and emerging technologies. It is renowned for being...

  • How should everyday users feel about Windows 8?

    The only constant in life is change, and the digital world is no exception. Just when you get the hang of one operating system and start to think you’re pretty smart they go and change everything. Just to keep you on your toes. Apple does it. Facebook does it. Google+ just did it, and now Microsoft is getting on the band wagon. The creators of the Nike slogan would be so proud. Having not been one of the millions of consumers who consider Apple to be the greatest thing since the dawn on internet, I’ve stuck to my...

  • Pebble smartwatch sets Kickstarter record

    If Double Fine Adventure brought crowdfunding site Kickstarter to the world’s attention, then the Pebble smartwatch shows how much people are willing to pay for a good idea. The watch, which connects either to an iPhone or Android smart device and uses e-paper technology, has raised over US$3.3-million with a month of funding set to go. That’s a record for any Kickstarter project and comes fresh off the back of the Pebble having raised US$1-million a day after it went up on the site. The watch connects to smart devices using Bluetooth and an app. The makers of the...

  • Twitter won’t copy Facebook in buying photo-sharing app

    When Facebook acquired Instagram for US$1-billion, some felt that Twitter had missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Despite this, the social network says it isn’t about to go shopping for a photo-sharing app of its own. That people felt Twitter had missed out is hardly surprising when you consider the fact that the company had looked into buying Instagram in 2011 and that co-founder Jack Dorsey had invested US$1-million of his own money into the photo-sharing service. CEO Dick Costolo said it would be a mistake for Twitter -- and any other company for that matter --...

  • HuffPo wins Pultizer

    In journalistic circles, the Pulitzers are more than a big deal -- they're probably the biggest deal. This year, online publishers have made a stronger showing than ever. The Huffington Post's David Wood won in the category of national reporting for his 10 part series on the struggles of wounded American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. The site appears to view the award as an answer to everyone who has criticised it over the years. Its founder Arianna Huffington said “It’s the culmination of what we started to build almost seven years ago,” adding that the Pulitzer...

  • Samuel L Jackson, Zooey Deschanel star in new Siri spots [Video]

    Apple’s not exactly renowned for using celebrity endorsements in its adverts (unless you count Santa’s Siri spot). Seems like that’s changing with Samuel L Jackson and Zooey Deschenel making appearances in the latest video spots for Siri. Jackon’s spot features him in sensitive date mode, rather than the badass action star we’ve all come to know so well: Deschanel’s spot meanwhile features her in archetypal, ridiculously cute mode, ordering soup on a rainy day: Personally we would have preferred to see Jackson saving the world with Siri. Seriously, if you have enough money for a Hollywood A-lister, you have enough...

  • Coachella brings Tupac back to life with hologram tech [Video]

    The death of Tupac Shakur shook the hip hop community to its core in 1996. Conspiracy theories abounded. Some said the government had ordered a hit on the rapper, others that he was still alive and in hiding. Dead or alive, the wonders of technology have seen 'pac make a comeback performance. The organisers of the Coachella music festival resurrected the rapper in hologram form. This is way beyond the little blue figures you thought were so cool, the first time you watched Star Wars. Impressive as the tech is though, there’s still an element of the uncanny valley...

  • South Africa’s 10 most influential political tweeters [Infographic]

    Twitter matters. There’s no doubting that. It can help effect social change, make stars, or pariahs, out of politicians, and make or break a brand. Makes sense then that mattering on Twitter also matters. But who matters? In South African politics, the most influential people on the social network turn out to be a mix of politicians, journalists, activists and academics. At least, that’s according to a list compiled by PR and communications company Burson-Marsteller. The company compiled the list using Klout as a standard of measurement. Klout analyses engagement across social networks and creates a Klout Score...