Social media

SXSW: Spotify’s Ken Parks talks about the future of music consumption

Ken Parks It's a favourite topic of discussion in these new-frontier times -- the future of music and how it's consumed by fans. Spotify, the digital music service, is driving this conversation forward by providing a music discovery and sharing platform that has resonated with both artists and fans. According to Spotify's Chief Content Officer Ken Parks, we're only just getting a glimpse now of how those two elements fit together and can be mutually beneficial. Parks says there are 10-million active users ...

Google, Social media

Meet the chefs making money from Google+

Chef My wife is a great cook. But she went for lessons and that's why she is better than me in the kitchen. If your cooking sucks, you might want to meet these forward thinking chefs on Google+. They have built a service on top of Google+ Hangouts which is the video feature of Google+, and they’ve aptly named the service Chef Hangout. Here is how it works. Once you've paid for a cooking lesson, you can join the class via a Google+ ...

General Tech

Most of your website’s traffic doesn’t come from humans

You work hard on your your website right? You enjoy every spike in traffic like it was the first. After all, it must mean people are enjoying the content on your site. That's true for the traffic you can see. It turns out, however, the majority of visits to your site don't actually show up because they don't come from humans. Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites, released a study today showing that 51% of website traffic is automated ...

News

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner steps down as chairman of Mail.ru

Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Yuri Milner, has stepped down as chairman of the board of directors of Mail.ru, one of the largest internet companies in Russia. Milner is also the founder of international investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), and has invested in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Y Combinator and ZocDoc through Mail.ru and DST. In a press release issued by Mail.ru, the group announced that current CEO Dmitry Grishin was elected to the board and promptly appointed as its new ...

Future Trends

5 Reasons your personal computer is dead

cloud-computing The reign of the personal computer as the sole access device is coming to a close, and by 2014 the "personal cloud" will replace the computer at the centre of users' digital lives. "Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices," said Steve Kleynhans from research company, Gartner. "Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of ...

News

PayPal’s Dr Who charity gaffe causes social media outrage

Dr Who PayPal doesn’t exactly have the greatest history when it comes to people collecting charitable projects. Last year, for instance, it tried to get one user to refund the almost US20 000 they had collected to buy Christmas toys for needy children. That incident was brought to the world’s attention by the incident's victim and Regretsy user Helen Killer. That was bad. Now though, the online payments system has managed to anger two sections of the online community: people who care about ...

Mobile, News

Your car is getting smarter

Nevermind talking on your cell phone while driving – soon your smartphone could be so integrated into your car that you could be doing much more than making a phone call. A report by Juniper Research predicts that 92 million vehicles will incorporate the smartphone into the head unit by 2016. “Integrating the smartphone into consumer cars represents a new route for the mobile Internet and infotainment to enter the vehicle,” says report author Anthony Cox. Prototypes like MirrorLink – which links ...

Social media

#OccupyDemocracy: Sean Parker and Al Gore talk social credit at SXSW

Al Gore and Sean Parker Former US Vice President Al Gore and Napster co-founder Sean Parker tag-teamed a presentation at South by Southwest Interactive, urging Americans to use their social media credit for furthering democracy, especially as the country heads towards presidential elections. While they concentrated on America, the pair’s words are pertinent to any democracy and the role new media can play in strengthening it. "Our democracy has been hacked," Gore announced to the packed auditorium. “It no longer works to serve the people of ...

Google

5 Things you should know about Google’s new terms and conditions

google piracy We all know that Google recently updated its terms, conditions and privacy policies. The company argued that the change would ensure that all Google services would be consolidated under one, simple to understand, universal set of conditions, rather than expecting users to navigate a multitude of separate policies for each of their services. Few analysts have been convinced, with many citing that Google is more concerned with turning a profit than protecting user privacy; either way, Google has gone ahead with ...

Apple

3 Reasons the new iPad is actually a huge deal

Ipad stuff Apple's iPad launch hype has come and gone. A number of the speculations were proven wrong: there is no smaller iPad, there are no 3D glasses. In fact, the new iPad is essentially the same as before. There are, however, a few changes such as the high-resolution screen, fast LTE connectivity in the USA, and for some that’s all there is to the new iPad. Wrong. The new iPad is a big deal, a very big deal. In fact, in many ...

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