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  • Man gets charged twice for iTunes song, sues Apple for $5M

    In what some might say is a slight overreaction, a man in the US is taking Apple to court for US$5-million after it charged him twice for a song on iTunes. The class action suit alleges that Apple "double bills" for purchases made on iTunes with "troubling regularity". Robert Herskowitz filed the suit after buying an Adam Lambert Song from iTunes for US$1.29 before being charged again. After he lodged a complaint, Apple reportedly sent Herskowitz the following response: Your request for ‘Whatya Want from Me’ was carefully considered; however, according to the iTunes Store Terms of Sale, all purchases made...

  • Mobile porn subscriptions to be worth $1bn by 2015

    As the cast of the musical Avenue Q once sang, “the internet is for porn”. Given that we increasingly use smartphones and tablets online, it’s hardly surprising that mobile adult content revenues are expected to hit US$11-billion by 2015. Yup, that’s right. Our mobile gadgets are set to become just as dirty as our desktop computers. According to tech research company Juniper Research, the massive growth in adult content will largely be down to more people buying smartphones and tablets. Even though there’s a load of free content out there, the company reckons that people will still be willing...

  • Why the new iPad might not be the tablet that saves journalism

    “Sorry, it is not available,” the shop assistant told me. Ordering online wasn't a possibility either; the ASUS Transformer was nowhere to be found. My rooted, white Pandigital tablet was too clumsy and slow for the job of mobile reporting and reading. I needed a real, powerful tablet. After quite some time, I decided to change my church -- if there was no open source Android tablet, then I would take the new iPad. I had almost bought one, when a shop assistant mentioned he had two of the ASUS Transformers in stock. Here's why I went for the latter....

  • Does Denny’s have the ultimate recipe for online marketing success?

    Denny’s is America’s breakfast diner of choice. But it also seems to have got the recipe right (excuse the pun) when it comes to serving up (I can’t stop!) excellent online content that gets its audience’s mouths watering and coming back for more! But what exactly has it done and are there some real world lessons for the rest of us? Denny’s was going through a bit of a revenue slump a few years back until it hired Frances Allen as the franchise's chief marketing officer. When Allen arrived, one of her first self-made goals was to reposition Denny’s as...

  • 4 awesome sports games for iOS

    Sports games have always been a firm favorite of mine over the years. From the days of NBA Jam on the SEGA Mega Drive ("Boom-shakalaka!") I've always felt that sporting titles are a must in any gamer's collection. Since the introduction of smartphones and tablets, many of the larger sports gaming titles have inevitably made their way on over to the newer touch screen devices and have just as much success as their console-based cousins. Below are just four of my favorites.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");

  • Twitter updates Discover tab, makes trending topics more relevant

    Another day, another Twitter update. Twitter released a new version of the'Discover' tab on its website, which will display topics, news and trends that are more relevant to your interests. Previously, the Discover tab displayed suggestions of who to follow, trending topics and categories of interest. Now, the update does all of that, but also gives greater prominence to the social aspects of trending topics - so, if a few of the accounts you follow (and the users they follow) are all talking about the same thing, it will appear in your discover feed. It groups the tweets so...

  • Google to host VC hangouts on Google+

    Google is reportedly planning to organise a series of Google+ hangouts with top Silicon Valley VCs. The programme, called VC Office Hours was officially announced today. According to the people behind it, VC Office Hours is “an experiment that will use the power of Google+ Hangouts on Air to bring together prominent Tech VCs and entrepreneurs”. Google's vice president of product, Google Apps Bradley Horowitz says the programme already has a number of prominent Silicon Valley VCs lined up, including John Lilly of Greylock Ventures, Chris Dixon of Founder Collective, Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners, and John Borthwick of Betaworks. “For each session,...

  • Samsung, Apple take the lead in smartphone wars

    The war between Apple and Samsung has seen the two tech giants battle it out in court and in the advertising arena. The prize at stake? Smartphone dominance. The two are already the biggest players in the field, with tech research company Juniper Research estimating that nearly 60% of the 139 million smartphones shipped worldwide carried either the Apple (35.1-million) or Samsung (46.9-million) brand. That’s a fairly substantial increase from the 46% that did so in the last three months of 2011. Samsung appears to be winning the sales war -- having shipped 11-million more phones in the first...

  • Can RIM strike it lucky with BlackBerry 10?

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is not in the best of health at the moment. Its latest hope for a miracle cure comes in the shape of the BlackBerry 10 platform, which it launched today at BlackBerry World in Orlando Florida. The company claims that developers and top brands are already on board with the new platform, although it's clearly hoping to woo more in. Any developer that attends the company's BlackBerry 10 Jam will be given a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. This is hardly a new ploy for RIM, having given out free PlayBooks to developers...

  • Facebook, Hollywood big shots and Bjork: Webby winners announced

    The Webby Awards is one of the most prestigious events on the tech calendar. Not for nothing are they referred to as "the Oscars of the internet". Although the ceremony is still a few days away, the winners for the 16th edition of the awards have been revealed. This year the body behind the awards -- the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences -- has recognised winners in some 70 web, 21 interactive advertising, 26 online film & video, and 24 mobile categories. That's a truckload of awards. The Webby Award winners were selected by a panel of Academy...

  • Pinterest, Google+ win big at Webby Awards

    The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, have been around for some 16 years now. In the world of online that's a seriously long time. Over those 16 years they've recognised some of the most innovative players in tech. This year is no different. In terms of prestige, the Webbys, are a bit like the Oscars of online. In terms of spirit they're more like earlier iterations of the MTV Movie Awards. In truth though, they're not really like any other big awards shows. For one thing, the winners are announced before the actual...

  • The new Dark Knight Rises trailer is epic [Video]

    Anyone who's a fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series (by which I mean everyone everywhere) of movies should prepare to be very excited. A new trailer has landed. So if you're sitting in your office right now, sit down and do whatever you must to suppress the whoops of delight you'll want to let out at various points in the trailer. Of course if you're one of those ultra-dedicated fans, you will have already seen it. People participating in The Dark Knight Rises' elaborate viral campaign were able to unlock the video before its official release. This trailer...

  • 9 of the coolest educational videos from TED-Ed

    When TED launched its educational website for younger students last week, I think teachers everywhere realised they had to up their game. The 3-10 minute videos are designed to encourage curiosity and show how the world works using compelling animation and the audible explanations of a gifted teacher.  Even if you’re not in high school, the videos are sometimes fascinating, sometimes kinda strange, but generally very cool. Here are some of the best videos that are designed to amaze and challenge your brain. How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries How can you not wish that Mythbusters’ Adam Savage was your...

  • How Google moved the online advertising goalposts

    The power of digital marketing over its more traditional offline brethren such as TV and Radio has been the measurability of the medium: advertisers can see, down to the penny, what their marketing spend is achieving in terms of impressions, clicks, and ultimately conversions. The particular agency I work for even built with offering clients a performance model based on achieving those conversions at a price that provides high value to the end client as well as a viable income to the business. You would think that with a compelling model like that, a lot of clients would start...

  • 6 Japanese startups worth keeping an eye on

    Given that Japan has some of the biggest tech companies on the planet, it's easy to overlook its startup scene. It's also probably fair to say that the country's emerging tech companies also don't get nearly as much press those from Silicon Valley, or even China and Russia. Thing is, once you take a step back from the massive corporates, there are some very exciting things happening in Japan. At a recent tech event I had the privilege of finding out about a handful of them. 1. Beatrobo CEO/Founder: Hiroshi Asaeda A music community service which enables users to share their...