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  • Anonymous-OS goes live, download if you dare

    Hey, remember when Anonymous created its own um... anonymous social network? Well the lovable hacktivist scamps behind it seem to have made another go at building something. This time it’s an OS. The Linux-based operating system is called, rather imaginatively, Anonymous-OS. According to Source Forge, the OS was created “for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages”. A Tumblr blog dedicated to the OS claims it has been downloaded 4 600 times since going live. The User Interface (UI) actually doesn’t look too bad if headless suits, Guy Fawkes masks and lots of black are your thing. Then again, if...

  • Facebook, Google benefit most from Pinterest shares

    We know Pinterest is great for driving traffic to sites, but who’s actually benefitting the most from the up-and-comer’s surge in popularity? Logically, it should be sites that share some of the visual appeal of Pinterest, or those selling the kind of objects people like to pin -- lifestyle brands in particular should be doing well. A couple are, but according to new data from Experian Hitwise, the company benefitting the most from Pinterest is actually Facebook. That’s a little surprising given that it isn't among the top sources of content on the visual social network (despite Facebook wanting to associate Pinterest’s...

  • #ArsenalLive: Arsenal players talk to fans on Twitter

    In what could be a very cool trend for football teams around the world, English professional football club Arsenal F.C held a question and answer session on Twitter. The football club gathered some of its top players to answer questions posed by fans in what it calls a "live Twitter takeover". Takeover seems about right given that hashtag in use #ArsenalLive was the top trending topic on Twitter. Each player, whose identity was kept a secret until the moment they stepped into the "hot seat", got five minutes to answer questions posed by fans. Some of the players involved...

  • InstaGamer brings gaming to Instagram

    We all know Instagram is great. There’s a reason Apple named it App of the Year for iPhone in 2011. But even with all its filters it has limited entertainment value. What if you took the photos from your Instagram feed and turned them into a game? That could be fun right? Turns out there’s an app for that too... InstaGamer made its way onto the app store a few hours ago and works sort of like the card memory game Pairs. Like pairs you can make your game thematic by choosing to play with photos from specific feeds available on...

  • The mechanics of a Facebook breakup [Case Study]

    Susan Sontag said that photographs "furnish instant history, instant sociology and instant participation." Nowhere is this truer than on Facebook. A user’s photos create an "instant history". "Instant society" is created by who is tagged in the photographs and where, and "instant participation" by the ability that all the friends have to comment on the photographs even if they were not part of the moment that has been captured. When I first started studying the Facebook profile of the beautiful and popular Emma FB, I was struck by a photo taken on the way to her Matric Ball. She is...

  • Fabhunter: The new visual bookmarking startup with big dreams

    Tastemakers. Trendsetters. Fashionistas. Fabhunter aims to become a nexus where these fashion aficionados collide. Launched in January of this year, Fabhunter is a new “social fashion discovery engine” that relies on user generated content to facilitate fashion discovery and trend forecasting. As a collective, Fabhunter aims to become a harbinger for fashion trends, but also a platform where individuals can become tastemakers by showcasing their fashion sense and intuition about trends through visual bookmarking. Fabhunter is self-funded and was founded by Werner Geyser who previously served as the business development manager at World of Avatar, the South African VC-incubator hybrid that...

  • Over a third of China’s online population are mobile-only users [Report]

    China has the world’s largest online population, topping out at over 500-million users. That’s interesting enough in its own right. More interesting though, is the fact that over a third of those users only use mobile devices to access the internet. That’s one of the key findings of a new report from research company On Device. If the report is to be believed, then around 38% of China’s online population only access the internet on mobile devices. If that isn't proof enough that mobile is pushing online growth in the Asian superpower, then bear in mind that 45% of...

  • SXSW: Spotify’s Ken Parks talks about the future of music consumption

    It's a favourite topic of discussion in these new-frontier times -- the future of music and how it's consumed by fans. Spotify, the digital music service, is driving this conversation forward by providing a music discovery and sharing platform that has resonated with both artists and fans. According to Spotify's Chief Content Officer Ken Parks, we're only just getting a glimpse now of how those two elements fit together and can be mutually beneficial. Parks says there are 10-million active users on Spotify, and having just launched in Germany on Tuesday, the company is expecting that number to increase. The...

  • Meet the chefs making money from Google+

    My wife is a great cook. But she went for lessons and that's why she is better than me in the kitchen. If your cooking sucks, you might want to meet these forward thinking chefs on Google+. They have built a service on top of Google+ Hangouts which is the video feature of Google+, and they’ve aptly named the service Chef Hangout. Here is how it works. Once you've paid for a cooking lesson, you can join the class via a Google+ Hangout video session and watch, learn, and ask questions from the comfort of your own kitchen. Apart from teaching you...

  • Most of your website’s traffic doesn’t come from humans

    You work hard on your your website right? You enjoy every spike in traffic like it was the first. After all, it must mean people are enjoying the content on your site. That's true for the traffic you can see. It turns out, however, the majority of visits to your site don't actually show up because they don't come from humans. Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites, released a study today showing that 51% of website traffic is automated software programs, and the majority is potentially damaging -- automated exploits from hackers, spies, scrapers, and spammers. The company says...

  • Russian billionaire Yuri Milner steps down as chairman of Mail.ru

    Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Yuri Milner, has stepped down as chairman of the board of directors of Mail.ru, one of the largest internet companies in Russia. Milner is also the founder of international investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), and has invested in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Y Combinator and ZocDoc through Mail.ru and DST. In a press release issued by Mail.ru, the group announced that current CEO Dmitry Grishin was elected to the board and promptly appointed as its new chairman. Milner said: It has been a great pleasure and privilege to be involved with Mail.ru Group and to take the...

  • 5 Reasons your personal computer is dead

    The reign of the personal computer as the sole access device is coming to a close, and by 2014 the "personal cloud" will replace the computer at the centre of users' digital lives. "Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices," said Steve Kleynhans from research company, Gartner. "Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of devices that users choose to access during the different aspects of their daily life." The past two years have...

  • PayPal’s Dr Who charity gaffe causes social media outrage

    PayPal doesn’t exactly have the greatest history when it comes to people collecting charitable projects. Last year, for instance, it tried to get one user to refund the almost US20 000 they had collected to buy Christmas toys for needy children. That incident was brought to the world’s attention by the incident's victim and Regretsy user Helen Killer. That was bad. Now though, the online payments system has managed to anger two sections of the online community: people who care about charity and Dr Who fans. Ben Morris and Steve Berry are regular contributors to Dr Who magazine. For the past...

  • Your car is getting smarter

    Nevermind talking on your cell phone while driving – soon your smartphone could be so integrated into your car that you could be doing much more than making a phone call. A report by Juniper Research predicts that 92 million vehicles will incorporate the smartphone into the head unit by 2016. “Integrating the smartphone into consumer cars represents a new route for the mobile Internet and infotainment to enter the vehicle,” says report author Anthony Cox. Prototypes like MirrorLink – which links your smartphone to a screen on your dashboard via Bluetooth or USB – will become almost standard, allowing your...

  • #OccupyDemocracy: Sean Parker and Al Gore talk social credit at SXSW

    Former US Vice President Al Gore and Napster co-founder Sean Parker tag-teamed a presentation at South by Southwest Interactive, urging Americans to use their social media credit for furthering democracy, especially as the country heads towards presidential elections. While they concentrated on America, the pair’s words are pertinent to any democracy and the role new media can play in strengthening it. "Our democracy has been hacked," Gore announced to the packed auditorium. “It no longer works to serve the people of this country.” He says he wants to see the hash-tag #OccupyDemocracy come about; showing how the internet can truly...