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  • Is the flying bird man real? [Video]

    A video’s been making waves around the web today. It purportedly shows a man achieving flight using nothing but a pair of wings, some muscle-boosting gears, an Android-powered smartphone, and some Wii controllers, but is it real? The flying device’s supposed inventor is a Dutch chap called Jarno Smeets, who claims to have built the prototype over the course of a year and to have been inspired by his grandfather’s design for a flying bicycle. In an official press release, Smeets says that his aim was to disprove the assumption “that it was impossible to fly with bird-like wings...

  • Amazon next step forward: Buying a massive robotics company

    Amazon has announced that it is going to buy Kiva Systems for US$775-million, in order to help further automate many of the processes within its large warehouses. Kiva Systems develops a fairly unique robotic shelving system, where hundreds of mobile robots can plug themselves into various shelves and move them around a warehouse. In fact, the system is so advanced that shelves literally deliver products to the shipping department from around the warehouse as orders come in. Kiva Systems was listed as one of the top 50 of the world's most innovative companies by FastCompany earlier this year, where...

  • Are social networks really killing the web?

    Occasionally I stumble on blog posts describing how social networks are killing the internet. The claim is that people are becoming locked into social media so much that they no longer surf the web like they used to. Instead, they rely on information shared within the closed environment provided by sites like Facebook. These articles annoy me. To begin with, the internet is really the underlying infrastructure on which everything online, including the social networks themselves, exist. But pedantry aside, and assuming that these authors are really referring to the death of the web, is it really true that social...

  • Google lands a harsh blow to sites with too much SEO

    Anyone who has made sure their sites are as search engine optimised as is humanly -- or mechanically -- possible should be quaking their boots right about now. Google has announced a major algorithm change that is going to penalised overly optimised websites. (Are you sweating yet?) This change comes on the back of another algorithm change made recently where Google blocked search results from the co.cc domains. Google Engineer Matt Cutts explains the change as follows: “We are trying to make GoogleBot smarter, make our relevance better, and we are also looking for those who abuse it, like too many...

  • AngelHub uncorks a heady bottle of Real Time Wine

    Last month, Memeburn got the scoop on AngelHub’s latest investment, Real Time Wine, the no bullshit 140-character social wine review site. Real Time Wine recently disclosed some more information about the deal. AngelHub’s investment in Real Time Wine is the angel investment group’s second paid out deal in six months and it concludes Real Time Wine’s first round of successful fundraising. Real Time Wine secured private angel funding from angel investors such as Michael Jordaan, owner of Bartinney Wines and Mike Ratcliffe, managing director at Warwick Wine Estate. As AngelHub offer expertise, networks and mentorship in addition to...

  • Want to kill the status quo? Innovate

    I was recently asked, “how do you find innovators?” It’s an odd question really, one that I hadn’t thought about before, but one that is valuable to think through. You have to dig deeper and think why innovations happen at all, and what the power structures are that make them be identified as innovative. After all, innovation is just a new way of doing things than what is currently the norm. In any industry, society or business there are status quo powers at play. These are generally legacy structures, setup for a time and place that needed that design. Think...

  • Low Orbit Server Stations: Is The Pirate Bay trolling, or could it work?

    Trolling, probably. You've heard The Pirate Bay's annoucement that it will be experimenting with low orbit server drones to make its service impervious to Hollywood’s threats. Oft-facetious, it wouldn't surprise us if The Pirate Bay were just scaremongering, but could it actually work? Maybe, but putting such an idea into practice is still a ways off. The world record for a battery powered hover drone in laboratory conditions is currently held by the md4-1000 hover drone which managed to hover for 88 minutes. Quite a bit longer than that, the AscTec Pelican by Ascending Technologies managed a record breaking 12...

  • ‘Webbed Menace’ viral campaign calls Spiderman fans to action

    Batman did it, the Avengers tried it and now the Amazing Spiderman is in on the game, namely viral marketing. This site, WebbedMenace.com is the home for Spiderman hate and fans have been asked to "end this masked hooligan's reign and shine a light on the shadows of vigilantism". Basically, take a picture of yourself acting like a nut, all the while dressed up as Spiderman. It’s a sparse site, but fits well into the viral template set down by so many superior campaigns of the same ilk. For now, the crux of the site rests on a five-minute interview...

  • Review round-up: Blades of Time, SSX, MGS: HD

    Gearburn knows that you don’t have time to play every game out there, that’s why we’ve created a trio of reviews, bite-sized portions to sink your teeth into. Blades of Time, SSX and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection are all new for the Xbox 360, so let’s see which ones captured our gaming hearts. All games were reviewed on Xbox 360 Blades of Time Blades of Time is utter nonsense, and a derivative rip-off of Tomb Raider, Bayonette and whatever other third-person adventure you can think of. Created by the oddly named Gaijin Entertainment (Gaijin meaning “alien” or “foreigner”), Blades of Time...

  • Win SSX for PS3

    Keen on playing SSX, the latest addition to the exciting snowboarding series? Hell yeah you are, and Gearburn.com is giving away the PS3 version of SSX. This year's SSX is the most ludicrous take on extreme sports yet. Drop from a plane, wingsuit onto a slope and race an avalanche to the bottom. These are the deadly descents and there are many real-world locations to conquer, including Mount Everest. The game's all about the tricks though, and SSX 2012 takes tricking to a "whole new level", loathe as we are to use that term. With a modern soundtrack and heavy...

  • Apple announces 3M iPads sold since launch

    When Apple confirmed that it had a record-breaking weekend with the new iPad, we said it probably wouldn’t be long before it announced some official figures. We weren’t wrong. Just hours after a conference call in which Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer detailed what the Cupertino-based tech giant was going to do with its massive hoard of cash, Apple announced it had sold three-million new iPads since Friday. Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller confirmed that it was “the strongest iPad launch yet”. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina...

  • MIH launches new online shop creator on WordPress

    This has the potential to be big. It’s a new eCommerce tool that allows users to “create an online shop in minutes”. The new service, called QikCommerce, is a joint venture between MIH -- the investment arm of US$18-billion emerging markets internet giant Naspers -- and a small WordPress theme building company Obox. Obox has also been credited with building official themes for Posterous. It’s fairly natural then that QikCommerce should run off a WordPress platform, although the team behind it claims it has been “tweaked and manipulated to present a customer experience that is unlike any...

  • Pirate Bay wants to sail servers across the seven skies

    The war between Hollywood and The Pirate Bay (TPB) looks set to enter a new frontier: the sky. Um...Yarr, I suppose. The group, which advocates online sharing, has released a statement saying that intends to put some of its servers into the air. Yup, that’s right. The Pirate Bay is so desperate to stop attacks against it that it wants to put its hardware as far from the ground as possible. How does it intend to do this? With GPS-controlled flying drones, of course. Speaking to specialist news site TorrentFreak, the organisation said “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is....

  • 9 Tips and tricks for Pinterest

    Pinterest is attracting plenty of eyeballs, especially with the female demographic, but you might still be a little unsure of how to integrate this growing platform into your social media mix. So what’s the fascination with Pinterest? In October last year Pinterest had an estimated 3.3-million unique monthly visitors. Today that number is over 10-million. While there may be no direct link for potential customers to buy products directly from the site, the platform does offer massive marketing potential. Think of it as virtual marketing 101. Users post images with links back to the original source. Those images then get repinned...

  • Apple had ‘record weekend’ with new iPad

    Despite Apple insisting it would not talk about anything other than cash during today’s conference call, one analyst did manage to slip in a question about how well the new iPad did on opening weekend. The answer, apparently, was pretty damn well. Without going into specifics, CEO Tim Cook said the company had “had a record weekend and we are thrilled with it.” According to TheNextWeb, searches for the new iPad already account for five percent of internet traffic from all models of iPad in the US. If the new iPad continues to sell at record pace, then it...