Facebook, Social media

Facebook: a shrine for the digital age

Facebook ipad About two years ago a friend of mine died. He was a kind, genial and fun-loving man, and his death at a too young age came as a shock to his vast circle of friends and family. I remember the first time I accidentally came across his Facebook profile after his death: his profile photo was still the same, and for a moment it felt like he was still alive. His wall was being used by many of his friends ...


RunwaySale: selling high-end fashion in a flash

RunwaySale Recently launched RunwaySale is a new and exciting flash-sale website that brings high-end designer labels to the consumer at hugely discounted prices -- all at the click of a button. Although this concept is already entrenched in the minds of European, American and Australian fashionistas, the idea is relatively new to the South African market and RunwaySale has hit the ground running, taking the South African public by well-dressed storm. We spoke to Elmien Smit and Karl Hammerschmidt about some of the ...


See if you can spot any secret projects in Apple’s latest corporate video

Recruitment videos tend to make me think of Veridian Dynamics from the short-lived comedy Better Off Ted. But when Apple does one, we tend to sit up and take note. The latest one is pretty special because it gives us a rare glimpse into the company's Cupertino headquarters. Most of the video is the standard corporate fare about how dedicated the company is to incredible design and how you don't get to work there unless you're pretty special. What has ...


The age of networked intelligence and peril unrequited [Video]

The technological revolution has propelled us into an open world with powerful tools available to empower us. Futurist Don Tapscott, speaking at a TEDGlobal event explores how recent generations have been "bathed in connecting technology from birth". He believes that this has resulted in a world that is transforming into a far more open and transparent place. Yesterday's internet was a platform for the presentation of content. The internet of today is a platform for computation. The internet is becoming ...

News, Twitter

New iOS, Android versions of Twitter get expanded tweets

twitter expanded view If you're rocking an iPhone or a smartphone running Android, you might notice something a little different about Twitter after your next update. The 140-character-or-less social network has rolled out a series of changes in the latest versions of its smartphone apps, including expanded tweets. Anyone using the web version of Twitter will be familiar with the fact that you can expand tweets, allowing you to view videos and photos, or get previews from selected sites. According to Twitter you ...

News, Social media

iPad finally gets dedicated Google+ app

google plus ipad app Look, this isn't the most surprising news on Earth. Google did promise that the iPad would get its own Google+ app at its recent I/O event. And now it's here. The internet giant claims that the iPad app was "designed with the device in mind". As opposed to, you know, a completely different device. It also says that "your stream styles content based on popularity, type and orientation" and adds that it comes with a couple of unique features. These ...

News, Social media

Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Twitter, Google and Bing

pinterest logo The little social network that could is continuing to surprise the critics by climbing up the list of the top social media referrers -- it generated more referral traffic than Twitter back in March, and now it seems it's sending more social media users around the web than Google, Bing and StumbleUpon too. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic (via TechCrunch), Pinterest accounts for 1.19% of visits on its network of over 200 000 publishers. Ok, so all of ...


Google turns +1 button into full-on recommendation service

Until now, Google's +1 button has allowed you to share the fact that a page is to your liking and...that's about it really. Things are about to change though. The internet giant is reportedly rolling a refreshed version of +1 that will see it become a social recommendation button. According to specialist site The State of Search the recommendation will be from the site you're visiting. That means they have a far more vested interest in you actually clicking the ...

News, Twitter

Twitter pays tribute to Mark Boucher on his retirement

new twitter logo blue The retirement of South African wicket keeper Mark Boucher from international cricket has resulted in a wave of tributes from Twitter users around the world. The player made the announcement shortly after it was revealed that emergency eye surgery would keep him out of the Proteas' upcoming English tour. His name quickly became a globally trending topic on Twitter: Most lamented the way Boucher was forced to walk away from the game: Terribly sad way for Mark Boucher's career ...

BlackBerry, News

RIM to sell corporate jet in $1bn saving bid

If you find yourself in financial trouble, it's usually a good idea to cut back on one or two frivolous luxuries. A corporate jet or two, for instance. Beleaguered BlackBerry manufacturer is doing just that as it looks to save one-billion dollars. The company is putting its nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA F50EX up for sale and hopes to raise US$6-7-million. The sale is probably more of a goodwill gesture than anything. After all, it wouldn't look good for a company ...






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