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  • Investigative journalism gets the YouTube treatment

    This is very interesting. The Centre for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has launched a YouTube channel in partnership with some of the biggest players in the media industry. An initiative of the Knight Foundation, the IFiles will be curated by the CIR and will feature content from the likes of the BBC, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Investigative News Network (INN). Independent filmmakers and freelance video journalists will also get a chance to have their work featured on the channel. The CIR, which has been around since 1977, produces its own investigative content and invests in...

  • Doctor Who is riding a dinosaur in this explosive new trailer

    Geeks, are you ready? The latest installment of popular British science fiction show Doctor Who is almost here and BBC America is not holding back. A few months ago the broadcaster released a teaser trailer of the upcoming season, setting the Doc Who fan world into a froth of anticipation over what is to come. Now a full trailer is ready to go and the Doctor and his companions will once again face a world of danger, time travel and creatures bent on destroying the universe -- Daleks. The promo for the upcoming season released on the show's Facebook page...

  • Check out Durex’s cheeky response to SA’s rowing gold

    This is brilliant. Not the gold for South Africa's lightweight four rowing team. Sure that's brilliant if you're South African. What people from around the globe will be able to appreciate though is Durex's quick response to it. The South African office of the condom brand tweeted out a picture of a rower, along with a bottle of its lubricant and the text, "it's all in the stroke". A quick, clever, relevant pun that alludes to sexuality -- that's a definite advertising win. Well done Team South Africa on another big finish ;)#DurexSA twitter.com/DurexSA/status…— Durex South Africa (@DurexSA)...

  • Google Wallet now supports more credit and debit cards on more phones

    Unless you've somehow been avoiding its products, Google probably hosts your email, stores your documents, knows who you interact with (via Google+), customises your searches, tracks which YouTube videos you've watched, and maybe even built your phone's operating system. Now the tech giant could soon keep your debit or credit card info on its servers and help you pay for everything from your morning coffee to your new Chromebook, thanks to some major updates to Google Wallet. Google's mobile payments app (which essentially transforms your smartphone into your wallet) previously only supported a card from one American bank. But thanks...

  • How Chad Le Clos’ dad became an online phenomenon

    The raw emotion shown by Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos' father in the wake of his son's victory in the 200 metre butterfly endeared him to the media and people around the world. As his interview with BBC sports presenter Claire Balding went viral though, the South African also became a social media phenomenon. That video only has 17 000-odd views, but the post of the interview on sports site Deadspin has over 26 00 likes on Facebook and has been viewed nearly 276 000 times. The younger Le Clos has a couple of his own memes: The...

  • LinkedIn profile views – how many actually result in recruitment?

    LinkedIn is undoubtedly the world's top professional social network. And just like if you don’t tip a car guard you’re a bad person, society would also have you believe that your profile on the platform may be the most important web presence you hold, and what you put in your profile could open plenty of doors for you. I don’t know about the car guards, but the belief about LinkedIn, I’ve found is, without doubt, questionable. Unlike most social networks, the nifty thing about LinkedIn is that it allows you to see just how many people have looked at your...

  • Online video in emerging markets: the possibilities are endless

    Video marketing is on the rise globally and emerging markets are no exception. While some countries' internet landscape is still years behind that of the US and Europe, they're slowly catching up, and trends that have developed over there will eventually make their way to them. But we still need trend setters (for want of a better word) to decide when the best time is for these trends to surface. And for video, I’d say the time is now. Some global stats about online video: Video views on YouTube have increased by 25% in the past eight months, to an astounding...

  • Let the Jelly Bean customisation begin

    If you love mobile tech, regardless of which OS you support, you should’ve heard about the new version of Android by now. Android 4.1.1, or Jelly Bean, has been out for a while via AOSP, OTA and factory images straight from Google, so the developers have had quite a bit of time to spend digging into the source code to tweak, improve and streamline the OS. I’ve been playing with some of the custom kernels and here are three. I think are worth trying. Read more on Gearburn. var 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");

  • Facebook’s carbon footprint: not as big as Google’s

    Facebook is eager to manage its carbon footprint and is sharing the efforts it's making towards ecological sustainability by releasing the data from its green initiatives over the last year. In the spirit of Facebook’s openness and transparency, we are sharing our carbon footprint, energy mix, and energy use for our data centers. As Facebook expands, we need more data centers to power our platform, more office facilities for our employees, and more energy for both. This growth will have an impact on our carbon footprint and our energy, which is why we remain laser focused on maximizing efficiency...

  • Olympic social media controversy hits China

    When you embrace social media as much as the London Games have, you've got to accept that there'll be the odd disaster here and there. Even the most pessimistic organiser wouldn't have predicted the number of disasters there have been so far. The latest incident saw former Google China chief and web celebrity Kai-Fu Lee sharing the personal details of Team USA swimming coach John Leonard to his 15-million Sina Weibo followers. Lee apparently shared the coach's details after Leonard called 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's record-breaking performance in the 400 metre individual medley "impossible". Lee initially defended his...

  • Three more top Facebook execs leave

    It was bound to happen. Three more top Facebook executives have left the massive social network. The latest employees to exit the company in the wake of its less than spectacular IPO include director of platform partnerships Ethan Beard, platform marketing director Katie Mitic, and platform marketing manager Jonathan Matus. Beard made his announcement via Facebook. He will apparently be starting his own business, although it's not entirely clear what it will be: It is with mixed emotions that I’m letting you all know that I’ve decided to leave Facebook to seek my next adventure. For the past four-plus...

  • So, do you dig the new Digg?

    Digg relaunched today. How ‘bout that. There’s not much to say, except that it looks and works a little different thanks to Betaworks, the company that acquired Digg in early July for US$500 000 (give or take a few million in equity). Oh and there’s also a new iPhone app. We could have ended the article here, the smell of apathy lingering, but to tell you the truth, we’re glad to see the original social news curation site being given a new lease on life, just one day after it was previewed to the public. Six weeks after it was rebuilt...

  • Why your company needs a real social media plan — fast

    Think you can just open a brand page, randomly include "like us on Facebook" in your company's website and then sit back and say you're "doing" social media? That won't be possible -- at least, not for much longer. Much has been said about the importance of engaging with social media users -- it's not a one-way channel, and fans and followers won't be happy if they don't receive a reply quickly (or no reply at all). A tweet or comment is starting to become the minimum response people expect from brands on social media. According to technology research...

  • Could the iPad really own 85% of the tablet market?

    Well now, here's something to nibble on. New research suggests that Apple now 85% of the global tablet market -- around 20% more than research company Gartner predicts it will have by the end of this year. The research, from web-monitoring company Pingdom uses data from global web usage on tablets. And it makes for some sorry reading for anyone in the anti-Apple brigade. The Cupertino-based tech giant's tablet is completely dominant, laying claim to around 85.7% of the market. Android devices meanwhile only make up around 13% of the global tablet space with BlackBerry's PlayBook and various...

  • Want to put your coding skills to good use? Here’s your chance

    This is pretty damn cool. It's a chance for digital activists, designers, developers and data journalists to use their tech skills for good. In what its organisers are calling "South Africa's first ever civic hackathon", techies will be called upon to "build web and software applications that will help make government more accountable". The event, called Code4Democracy, is the brainchild of the Open Data & Democracy Initiative (ODADI) and will offer R25 000 in cash prizes and tech support "for ideas that have the potential to empower ordinary citizens, make government more transparent, or make public services more efficient...