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Gearburn’s Top Tablets of 2011

Tablets exploded onto the scene in 2011. The iPad 2, the previous benchmark by which tablets where judged suddenly found its back up against the wall when Motorola, Asus, BlackBerry and countless others trickled out of the development cycle. Here's Gearburn's roundup of the killer tablets of the year. BlackBerry PlayBook It made a splash, but for all the wrong reasons. The PlayBook is powerful, sturdy and excellent for content viewing but a chore in the usability department. Forced to sync to ...

News

KLM’s innovative use of social media to match-up perfect flight partners

KLM Social Seating Whether long or short haul, if you’ve done any kind of travel, you’ve experienced the awkwardness of being stuck next to the kind of person you would not care to be spending any time, much less hours, with. Looking to alleviate this, Dutch airline KLM, may soon announce the launch of "Social Seating," if reports are to be believed. A simple concept; using your social media profiles, Facebook and LinkedIn according to USA Today, you will be able to pick your ...

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Egyptian blogger sentenced to two years after retrial

An Egyptian man who criticised the ruling military on his blog has been sentenced to two years in prison after going on a hunger strike in protest against his initial three-year sentence. "In the name of the people, Michael Nabil has been sentenced and punished with two years in prison and fined 200 pounds ($33)," the court said after a retrial. As well as using his blog to criticise the military, Nabil encouraged Egyptians to avoid the draft. At the ...

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American Airline pilots take iPads onboard

American Airlines (AA) has become the first airline approved by the FAA to use iPads throughout the duration of all flights. Ironic, after Alec Baldwin got kicked off for refusing to turn off his phone on an AA flight. Since 2010, AA has been running tests using iPads as "electronic flight bags" and for all phases of flight. "During that period they have to show that it doesn't interfere with crew duties and especially that it does not interfere with the ...

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Retailer @home caught with its pants down on Facebook

@homepg A high-end home equipment store has been caught with its pants down... so to speak. @home -- a South African-based retailer that sells furniture, bedding and kitchen ware -- had pornographic content on its Facebook page for three hours before it was taken down. The post featured an image of a woman performing an act of fellatio on a male, and has spurred a slew of comments on the retailer’s Facebook page. "Come to @home this Christmas, the prices will blow ...

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Social media: a platform for ‘The Protester,’ TIME Person of the Year

Occupy Wall Street TIME magazine announced its person of the year: The Protester. This is hardly surprising since protesters have been making headlines across the world with a message for change. Since TIME magazine’s announcement "#TheProtester" and "#PersonOfTheYear" have been trending topics on Twitter. ‪#Person of the Year #The Protester...Get Up Stand Up For Your Right..Don't Give up the Fight..Keep on Struggling On..— MissDelicious1 (@DaDelicious1) December 14, 2011‬ ‪‬ ‪#Person of the year relieved#Time did not choose Bieber or the Kardashians.— CleisDesign (@CleisDesign) December 14, 2011‬ ‪‬ It all ...

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Japanese film beats Beyonce for the tweets per second record

A new tweets per second record has been set by a Japanse movie "Castle in the Sky". Twitter released a statement confirming the new record via its communications account, Twittercomms. "On Dec 9, the television screening in Japan of Hayao Miyazaki’s "Castle in the Sky" led to 25 088 Tweets per second -- a new Twitter record," said the mircoblogging platform. The movie was released in 1986 and was written and directed by prominent Japanese director, Hayao Miyazaki, who was named ...

Media 2.0, Tablets

Magazine mindset undermines tablet opportunity

Magazine and Tablets The rush by media owners to embrace tablets borders on the unseemly. And who can blame them given the continued decline of print revenue and resistance by folk to pay for content on the internet. Tablets, we are told, are much closer to print magazines than to the free-for-all interwebs. Publishers like tablets because they bring people back into "closed" environments through apps. Closing the circle and getting people to "stick" around on one media property was also the purpose of ...

Social networking

Are social networks really killing privacy?

1984 - George Orwell It was recently reported that Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, had his private Facebook account hacked. The hackers were able to download a number of private photographs from Zuckerberg’s account and share them throughout the Web. They claimed that they were attempting to highlight the flaws in Facebook’s new privacy settings which were installed in late November. Interestingly, Facebook has refused to comment on the matter, but has subsequently repaired the "hole" which allowed the hackers entry to Zuckerberg's private account. This ...

Innovation, Mobile apps

How three big New York museums are embracing the app experience

Guggenheim In a classic case of “if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em", museums and art galleries around the world are embracing the opportunities of new technology in an effort to keep up with the times and grow their audiences, or, in some cases, just to hold onto them. The Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art -- some of New York’s most prominent museums and art galleries are all are developing and showcasing their own ...

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