Design, Interviews

The Memeburn Interview: Q&A with Prezi CEO on ‘non-linear’ presentations

prezi With five-million users, Prezi is becoming the online presentation tool of choice. The service is a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual whiteboard. It has gained enough momentum to rival other presentation tools like Microsoft's PowerPoint. Prezi is stylish and slick and turns presentations into a creative exercise.Prezi is used as a platform for bridging linear and non-linear information, and as a tool for both free-form brainstorming and structured presentations. ...

Advertising & Marketing

Getting to grips with Twitter advertising

Twitter’s advertising model kicked off more than a year ago in April 2010, and it is already starting to get a lot of traction in the market, albeit a lot less than where Facebook and Google ad revenues are pitched at the moment. But how are marketers taking advantage of Twitter ads?Twitter revenueThis year Twitter will bring in US$139.5-million in revenue, which is a 210% increase on the US$45-million that it brought in over 2010. By 2013 it ...

News

YouTube, Lenovo to send student experiments into space

SpaceYouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures and space agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), today announced YouTube Space Lab, a worldwide initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube.YouTube claims that Space Lab is ...

News

Facebook iPad app released into the wild

The long-awaited Facebook app for the iPad 2 is finally here. The app gives an official platform to the world’s leading social network on one of the world's most popular tablets. A number of analysts believed that the iPad 2 Facebook app would have launched last week during the iPhone launch event.iPad owners have been “forced” to deal with unofficial applications to access Facebook such as the surprisingly excellent Flipboard and MyPad.An interesting piece of additional info is that Facebook ...

Africa

How Firefly could inspire Africa’s tech future

FireflyLogoWhen I was a kid of around 10 years old, I used to collect small motors and electrical components with my school friends in Nairobi. We’d find some batteries and create small rotating and whirling contraptions, dreaming of how we’d one day make a walking robot that we could sit in and control -- no doubt inspired by the Star Wars AT-STs.I’ve always enjoyed tinkering. It’s what drove my interest in telling the stories of Africa’s innovative hardware hackers in ...

News

Huffington Media explosion continues with launch of ‘Le Huffington Post’

Le Huffington Post The explosion of titles under the Huffington umbrella continues unabated after it was announced that , Le Huffington Post, a French version of the US news and opinion portal will be going live in November. The site will be run in conjunction with The Le Monde GroupAccording to The Huffington Post Media Group, Le Huffington Post will combine the local editorial resources of Le Monde with The Huffington Post's pioneering combination of original reporting, aggregation, a leading-edge commenting forum and ...

News

Facebook acquires social Q&A service friend.ly

Facebook has acquired friend.ly, the firm behind a social question and answer app on the social network."We're excited to announce that we recently acquired friend.ly, a Silicon Valley startup that created a really compelling way for people to express themselves and meet others through answering questions," a Facebook spokesman said."The friend.ly team will be focusing on new projects at Facebook, but friend.ly will continue to operate as a separate service," the Mountain View, California-based startup said in a blog ...

News

Steve Jobs tribute turns into plagiarism debate

Jobs Apple Since the death of Steve Jobs, a photograph which features the late Apple founder's silhouette -- incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background -- has become an internet sensation.The design, which has now come under accusations of plagiarism, was the sombre tribute of a Hong Kong design student to the Apple visionary. Jonathan Mak, the student in question, denies that he had copied another artist's work.The 19-year-old Mak said he was not the first ...

News, Tablets

Tablet computers set to become ‘the brains’ of all devices

ipad2Tablet computers are set to become the central brains of almost all electronic devices. For example, a tablet computer could be docked into a car dashboard, effectively replacing the vehicle's dedicated navigation device, in-car entertainment and environmental controls.This is according to a new "special report" by US research company Gartner.Gartner says that one tablet may also replace multiple dedicated electronics devices by connecting with different peripherals.An example of this would include a tablet that wirelessly connects a blood pressure ...

News

BlackBerry services fail across Europe, Mid-East, & Africa

Blackberry Users of BlackBerry smartphones midday Monday began noticing that services accessed using BlackBerry’s Internet Service (BIS), were down.Initially it seemed that the service failures were localised to particular networks, then entire countries, before it emerged that this was a problem being experienced across the entire Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.The blackout, Blackberry users reported, lasted for more than 12-hours.According to a report by The Telegraph, this entire region is served by a Research In Motion (RIM) data ...

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