Google’s having a little fun with a zip

Google doodle Possibly the coolest doodle this year, Google put a zip on its home page that allows users to unzip the front page. The impressive Doodle is in honour of Gideon Sundback, the Swedish-American electrical engineer who invented the zip, as today is his 132nd birthday. His name is trending worldwide on Twitter. The unzipped page is a collection of links with information and news reports on Sundback. Users are able to learn more about the invention of the zip. Originally, Sundback intended ...

Africa, Google, Startup news

Umbono Alpha Beta: Beer, pizza and startups, the Google way

umbono Umbono Alpha Beta is a Google event at which you can have as much free beer and pizza as you want, as long as you love startups. Memeburn was invited to watch as six startups -- three teams at the end of their six month Umbono program (last year's winners) and three who are just beginning -- presented their products and businesses to a packed (and we do mean packed) room. Umbono launched last year as a trial startup incubation project exclusive to ...

Social media

Pinterest growth may be slowing (shock, horror)

pinterest logo Pinterest has been on a roll recently, as pins and sign-ups grew faster than most could believe. It was the second fastest website to hit 10 million unique visits (ever) and then went on to drive more referral traffic than Twitter. But, according to some indicators, the social media site is no longer gaining users as quickly as it once did. Pinterest isn’t by any means flat lining, but the hype may be receding a bit. According to Compete, the site ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Google+ vs Pinterest: how to choose the right platform for your brand

google plus vs pinterest Giants like Facebook and Twitter no longer have complete monopoly of the social media realm. Although they are still dominant players, new kids on the block Google+ and Pinterest are giving them a run for their money. Generating some pretty heavy traffic, Google+ has more than 100 million users and Pinterest is now the third most-popular social network in the U.S. But how do you determine which one to use, or which one is better suited to your target market? Here are a ...


15 of the coolest creative Facebook Timeline hacks

richard karstrom facebook timeline hack As the Facebook Timeline roll out continues, more and more users are being forced to decide which image is worthy of being set as their cover photo. While you may still be flicking through your albums to find a photo where you look as good as you do in your profile pic (even at a larger size), there are cool people out there who are using the space to make Facebook more awesome. Dusty Buell With some careful cropping and clever photo ...

Startup news

Exclusive: A peek at ex-Yola chief’s new startup, Gyft

When well-known serial web entrepreneur, Vinny Lingham, recently resigned as CEO of his successful website builder and hosting service, Yola, he announced that he would be heading up a new venture called Gyft. At the time of the announcement all we knew about Gyft was what everyone else knew, simply that Gyft promised “to change the way you think about gift cards". Today we know a little more thanks to a sneak preview given exclusively to Memeburn. Gift cards are estimated ...


Fez: breaking the fourth wall [Review]

Fez is a dreamy platformer, the purest distillation of gaming I’ve played in years. Press start, and sink into a pillow of 16-bit gaming nirvana from the word go. It’s not hard to quantify Fez. For roughly US$10, Fez delivers a 2D platformer which exists in a 3D world. Click the left or right triggers and Fez spins the world on a vertical axis, revelling each side of the chunky cube you get to play in. Read more on


Dropbox for teams is great for small businesses

A few weeks ago one of the companies I work with had a file server dramatically crash after years of faithful service. It took two days of engineering time to set up a new server from scratch and restore files from backups. Even before the crash, it used to take engineering time to add new users and set permissions. The permissions were never really set properly and many folders were accessible simply by using a shared username & password that ...

General Tech

Intel’s Ivy Bridge: Naming the Tri-Gate transistors

What's in a name? Not much if you're talking about the codename for the world's first 22-nanometer processors that use Intel's leading edge Tri-Gate transistors. Groundbreaking as the "Ivy Bridge" chips may be, their codename isn't, according to the man who came up with the initial moniker for Intel's next Core processor family. Ivy Bridge is the internal codename for Intel's third-generation Core processors, the first of which will be unveiled in April. "You might think there's a lot of meaning behind ...


Samsung teaser site counts down to the Galaxy S III

The Galaxy S III is so close we can taste it and this teaser site from Samsung is counting down the hours until something mysterious is released. This is how Samsung dropped the teaser site: Read more on






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