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Ryan Seacrest, Sacha Baron Cohen’s ashy red carpet moment goes viral

The accidental spillage of fake Kim Jong-il ashes on the red carpet before the Academy Awards has the internet in stitches. Television pretty boy Ryan Seacrest was at the receiving end of Sacha Baron Cohen's prank at the Oscars. The actor dressed as General Aladeen from his upcoming movie The Dictator, "accidentally" spilled Kim Jong-il's ashes on an unsuspecting Seacrest who, at the time, was interviewing him on the red carpet. Baron Cohen arrived at the awards ceremony in full ...

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Opera launches ‘more social’ mobile web browser

Opera doesn't really feature in the web browser landscape. Its mobile browser Opera Mini, on the other hand, is among the most popular. Hardly surprising then, that it should trumpet the release of a new iteration of the latter called Opera Mini Next. The new browser reportedly leverages social through a new feature called the Smart Page. According to Opera, the Smart Page "will take its position alongside Opera’s famous Speed Dial shortcuts and give feature phones smarter access to ...

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Video: BlackBerry Torch 9810

BlackBerry is always trying its hardest to push its Torch range of smartphones into the market. Our intrepid gadget journo, Martin Carstens matches his wits against what BlackBerry has to offer. Is the Torch 9810 past its prime? Can it compete with the "best" smartphones on the market such as the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S? Maybe not, but we'll give it a chance, for now. View the video and find out what we think of the BlackBerry Torch 9810 Read ...

Mobile

Nokia is not BlackBerry

Nokia Nokia’s in trouble! BlackBerry is in trouble! There is a tendency, especially among Wall Street talking heads and US tech bloggers who don’t understand anything outside of the Valley, to group underperforming companies together. After all, it makes for great headlines and “everyone” knows the mobile battle is between iPhone and Android. Except it's not. Nokia and Research In Motion (the maker of BlackBerry) cannot compare on size. In its most recent quarter, Nokia shipped 113.5-million devices, totaling revenue of €6-billion (close ...

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Gregg Jevin’s ‘death’ ripples through Twitter: Who the hell is he?

Gregg Jevin is dead! The sad news of Gregg Jevin's death has spread across Twitter like wildfire and the hashtag #RIPGreggJevin and Gregg Jevin have been trending. The news of Jevin's death was first reported by popular comedian Michael Legge. Wait a minute, who is Gregg Jevin? A man born out of the imagination of Legge. He is as Winston Churchill said, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma -- the engima being Legge's mind. His tweet of Jevin's ...

Social media

Social is not defensible

Social Networks The concept of being social is inherent and should be a part of everything that a company does, in any industry. Social is just the nature of things and people. When you're in the grocery store and you bump in to someone you know, that's social. When you ask for directions: social. When you talk to a petrol attendant: social. When you get advice from a friend on a dinner venue: social. Everything is social. Therefore nothing that claims to ...

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5 Games that would make great films

lbp2-beta-640 Game adaptations: the forbidden sin. Hardly done well, and well worth missing. Despite the watchable Silent Hill and fun Resident Evil series, the rest are just plain awful. So let’s not focus on game movies that already exist, but rather take a look at five great games that would translate well to the big screen. Portal The Game Portal is one of the most creative first person uh, shooters, to have come out in the last decade. Portal took environmental puzzles to the ...

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Britney Spears becomes first person to go past 2M Google+ followers

Britney Spears can lay claim to her second Google+ record after becoming the first person to go past the two-million follower mark. Perhaps more impressive than the songstress reaching the two-million mark though, is the fact that she did so just a couple of months after becoming the first person to go past one-million followers. According to TheNextWeb, that means she’s been adding around 30 000 followers a day. Spears' Google+ page puts the exact number of people who ...

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Standard Bank explains why it took to Twitter for FNB complaints

Standard Bank’s decision to lay out its complaints against fellow South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB) on Twitter yesterday caused a fair amount of buzz, not all of it positive. Now the bank has issued a statement, in the form of an official blog post, explaining why it took to the social network in the first place. The bank claims it chose to make the announcement on Twitter “because we value our online communities and felt that they ...

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Twitter co-founder: Get off Twitter

Twitter co-founder and current creative director Christopher 'Biz' Stone has suggested that users should take a break from tweeting and try not to spend too much time on the site. Speaking before the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Stone described how he had heard of users spending up to twelve hours straight on the social network. “To me, that sounds unhealthy,” he said. Stone said he thinks it’s better if users use the site to find information, or learn something, and ...

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