Social media

In a band? Use social for a chance to to play London’s 100 Club

100 club This is cool. The 100 Club in London attained legendary status in modern British music, having played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet since 24 October 1942. Now you and your band could have the chance to play there just by using social media. Renowned shoe brand Converse is looking for South Africa's best unsigned talent to get out of the garage and be transported to London to play a gig at the 100 ...

News

Flipboard for Android officially arrives

A little under two years ago Flipbaord launched on iOS, promising to be the app we'd all been waiting for. Now it's finally available on Android. The award-winning app that helps people "stay up to date with the things that matter most" can now be downloaded across all Android devices running Android 2.2 and up. Flipboard for Android has been in Beta since 30 May. Earlier, users were able to use a basic version of the app. Flipboard was initially set to ...

News

Upcoming UN summit could change web freedom forever

An upcoming UN summit on international telecommunications could see wholesale changes in a global treaty that would diminish the internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information. That's if a group of dozens of countries reportedly engaged in secret meetings ahead of the summit have their way. The US delegation attending the World Conference on International Telecommunications to be held in Dubai in December has vowed to block any proposals from Russia and other countries that ...

General Tech

Connected devices in China will be worth over US$700 billion by 2020

GSMA Connected Life Infographic The GSMA and Machina Research are forecasting a six-fold increase of connected devices in China -- currently worth US$116-billion to US$707-billion by 2020, bringing forth what they are terming "the Connected Life". Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and devices that have machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. No, it’s not Skynet taking over the world, it just means your car can communicate with your house and let your family know your ETA. Or that it can locate the nearest charging station ...

BlackBerry, News

CellC sees 8ta’s BlackBerry social deal, raises it one more

A few days ago South Africa's fifth mobile operator 8ta announced that it would be offering a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package for around half its usual price. Today, the country's third operator Cell C responded with two offers of its own. Like 8ta, it will offer the ‘BlackBerry Social & Email’ which gives you full access to online browsing, BlackBerry’s native messaging app BBM, BlackBerry mail, internet browser, social networking, and BlackBerry App World. The only real difference between ...

Facebook, News

Facebook to let you edit comments, finally

Facebook ipad Have you ever delivered that witty riposte to someone's Facebook status only to realise that it contains the kind of typo that makes you look like a monumental idiot? Unfortunately there was never much you could do about it. Until now. The social network has started giving users the ability to edit or delete their comments below someone else's post. Facebook will begin rolling out the update in small batches over the next couple of days. It's not just comments ...

LinkedIn

Why LinkedIn’s latest changes prove that it’s like Batman

linkedin batman I clearly mean “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman; not “Original Grey Suit with Yellow Belt” Batman. The professional social media platform had made a significant change to its status updates for companies. LinkedIn has always been the forgotten social network -- mainly because of its unwavering dedication to the professional. This means that it has not always been popular with the masses who adopt social technologies quickly; but that has not stopped it from reaching north of 100-million registered users. LinkedIn ...

Startups

6 breakthrough startups set to disrupt the news industry

News Image In April this year, Memeburn picked ten innovative Knight News Challenge entries that had the potential to propel the news industry forward. The “Networks" leg of the competition required entrants to innovate on top of existing social media and other services to create new ways for informing and engaging communities. The Knight Foundation recently announced the winners of the first round at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. The winning ventures will receive US$1.37-million in funding as well as support from the ...

Advertising & Marketing

150+ incredible examples of online marketing

influence image Look, we all know that online marketing is a seriously big-money game. Google wouldn't have made anywhere near the US$37.9-billion it did in 2011 if not for online advertising. We also know that it is exorcising the ghosts of media's past. Online ad spend overtook print in the US as far back in 2010, and in emerging markets like Russia earlier this year. But online marketing is also evolving. Banner ads are on the decline. Big companies are like GM are ...

News, Twitter

Twitter down across all devices, now back up [Update]

twitter support tweet Let the panic ensue. Twitter is down across all devices. The news was confirmed by website Down for Everyone or Just Me, which monitors websites to see whether or not they're down. According to Mashable, the social network was briefly up before going back down again. This isn't just a fail whale type of "down" either. Users visiting Twitter via the web will see a "no data received" message on their browsers, while third-party apps are giving out the ...

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