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Twitter opens up translation for right-to-left languages

Twitter has added languages written from right-to-left to its Twitter Translation Centre. The languages available for volunteers to translate are Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. At least three of these languages are spoken across the Middle East, where Twitter was frequently used as a means of spreading the message of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions. Against the background of these revolutions, which saw the overthrow of decades-old dictatorial regimes, Arabic was one of the fastest growing languages on Twitter. This despite ...

Facebook

10 Things Facebook is doing that will guarantee its future dominance

facebook banner Jack Welch once said, "Change before you have to". Few other companies today have applied this wisdom with more consistency than Facebook. For better or worse, Facebook has always believed in pushing the envelope when it comes to making to changes to the platform. It is this willingness to constantly challenge both themselves and their users that some have credited with Facebook's eventual dominance of the social media space. To be sure, some changes have certainly been more popular than ...

Ecommerce, Facebook

How Facebook’s Open Graph could take f-commerce to a whole new level

Facebook So did you get up at the crack of dawn to get your free Wimpy breakfast last week? I didn't, but driving into work I did hear it being discussed at large on various radio stations and they too shared my sentiment of not fully understanding the fascination and dedication of people to get up so early, use their petrol and rush to stand in a queue for breakfast that would have cost them less than R20. The human race ...

Google, News

Google+ ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about real names, just don’t use pseudonyms

Google Plus Black Ever since it launched, Google+ has been criticised for strictly enforcing a real name policy. You couldn't just use your gamer tag or other name you would use to signify your online or offline identity. Instead, you had to use your real name to use the service (though you could obviously just make one up of you felt like doing so). Google recently announced that its naming policy was going to become more "inclusive," but that doesn't mean you can ...

Gearburn

Three (indie) reasons to use Steam

Steam has transformed the industry. As the most comprehensive games digital distribution platform available, they’ve created a space for indie developers to flourish. Recent years have seen some fantastic indie titles get the exposure they deserve, simply thanks to Valve and Steam. Here are three games that best portray the value of the mighty indie and give good reason for why big studio titles aren’t the only way forward. Gemini Rue (Available through Steam or on the official site) Gemini Rue came ...

Infographic

My, Google, how you have grown [Infographic]

Google is one of the largest companies in the world, not just online but offline as well. The internet titan has come a long way since it started as a research project way back in 1996. When Larry Page and Sergey Brin met, I wonder if they could have dreamed that their little college project would become one of the web's most formidable companies? Following Page and Brin's humble beginnings as PhD candidates at Standford University, back when only 36-million ...

News

Like it or not, you’re getting Facebook Timeline

Some people love Facebook’s new Timeline feature. Others have been less certain. In fact, scam artists and spammers capitalised on some users who were desperate to get rid of the new feature. Your feelings on Timeline, however, no longer matter. In the next few weeks, like it or not, your profile will have Timeline incorporated. Facebook made the announcement in an update of the blog post in which it announced the new feature would be made available worldwide. The post ...

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McDonald’s ‘badtag’ hashtag campaign brings the hate

Twitter campaigns walk a tightrope between being incredibly successful or horribly, irrevocably flawed. The new hashtag campaign from fast food giant McDonald's, called "#McDStories" falls into the latter category. McDonald's began its slide into social media oblivion with an initial hashtag called "#MeetTheFarmers" aimed at promoting the "fresh food supply chain at McDonald's". The tweet-apocalypse though, roared into full gear with this innocent tweet from McDonald's. At this point, the gloves came off. Twitter users worldwide vented their horror stories regarding the ...

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Apple posts record Q1 results, promises ‘exciting new things’

Just days after its market value briefly went past the $400-billion mark, Apple released its financial results for the first quarter of 2012 revealing record quarterly revenue and profit. The tech giant posted quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06-billion. Highlighting its increasing global dominance, the company reported that international sales accounted for 58% of its revenue in the quarter. The record profits come on the back of massive sales growth in a number of ...

BlackBerry

The big BlackBerry shuffle

RIM The new year has started with some pretty big tech upheavals. The tech and mobile industry is heaving with new products, new deals, and now new CEOs. Research In Motion, (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry solution, announced on Sunday that the founders and co-CEOs of the company Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie had resigned, and that Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens executive who joined the Canadian company only four years ago would take over as CEO with immediate effect. RIM was ...

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