Win a CyberShot W530 with Sony and Memeburn

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED Memeburn and Sony are giving you the chance to win a Sony CyberShot W530 camera just in time to take some amazing pictures over the holiday season. How to enter: Tweet @memeburn your top Sony device and include the #SONYGADGETS. Please note that you MUST be following Memeburn on Twitter to qualify for the competition.The competition runs for one week, from today. Tweet The Sony Cybershot W530 is a 14.1Mp stunner with Sweep Panorama, Steady Shot Images stabiliser, ...


Calling all next generation entrepreneurs

At the end of the year, most young adults are chilling out, taking a break. One South African project is, however, looking to give them a break of a different kind. From 20 December to 14 January, a five-ton truck equipped with 10 free internet stations and a walk-in meeting area -- will travel to five South African seaside cities to meet matriculants and univeristy students to discuss the idea of being an entrepreneur or an "intrapreneur". The enterprising project is ...


Saudi Prince buys a ‘strategic stake’ in Twitter

A member of the Saudi royal family has just invested US$300-million in Twitter. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, CEO and founder of the Kingdom Holding Company -- also one of the wealthiest people on the planet--, announced his investment in the company reports Bloomberg. The decision to acquire a "strategic stake" in Twitter is apparently the result of "several months of negotiations and comprehensive due diligence," Kingdom Holding said in a statement. The Riyadh-based company, is controlled ...

Mobile, Social networking

Smartphones, geosocial to drive massive growth in mobile social networking

There are around 650-million mobile social media users in the world today. According to Juniper Research, a company specialising in providing research and analysis to companies in the tech sector, that number is to set hit 1.3-billion by 2016 -- "more than the total number of social media users on all platforms today". Juniper Research reckons that a large part of the growth will be as a result of the continuing adoption of smartphones and the rise of geosocial networking -- ...

Advertising & Marketing

Top 15 online ads of 2011

2011 2011 has been my first year of officially working with Ogilvy South Africa. It’s been incredible to watch the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making something that we see, and for the most part ignore, hundreds of times every day. It takes great creativity and courage (from clients and agencies) to create something that pushes through the mundane and catches our attention. What I really like is when brands actually connect with real people and make a relevant, emotional ...

Mobile, Web development

Five ways to decide if HTML5 is for you

html_5_wallpaper_for_ipad_by_bqra-d382pll copy They say that the only certainties in life are tax and death. Nowadays there seems to be a third: you need to mobilise your business, or go out of business. But while this might be a certainty for many, what is less certain is how you go about this. Especially because it sometimes feels like you are getting conflicting, yet equally eloquent and passionate, advice about which path to take: native, HTML5, hybrid, and so on, and so on. HTML5 is ...


Kim Jong Il death: Twitter reacts

Kim Jong Il North Korea is something of an enigma. The outside world has little access to the daily workings of the country, internet connections are few, and reserved for the ruling elite. Despite this Kim Jong Il, the country’s long-time ruler was one of the most recognisable figures in international politics. It isn’t all that surprising, therefore, that his death became a trending topic on Twitter. A number of those tweeting about the dictator’s death were simply sharing the news: Kim Jong-il, ...

Apple, Google

Are Google Music and iTunes match redundant on today’s web?

Record Player The launches of Google Music and iTunes Match were good news for music lovers all over the web. In iTunes Match, Apple finally has a cloud-based solution for accessing all your music on any iOS device, and with Google Music, Google can finally say it offers Android users a service that is competitive with iTunes. Both of these announcements would have been really exciting to me two or three years ago. Today, however, they leave me absolutely cold. Why? Because I ...


Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about ...


Zynga makes rollercoaster stock debut

Social gaming company Zynga debuted on the stock market with a billion-dollar listing, the largest tech listing since Google's in 2004. Its stock price soared in the early hours of trading only to drop below the opening price by the closing bell. The Facebook gamemaker offered 100-million shares -- one-seventh of the company's total -- at US$10 a pop, boasting games such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends was valued at a whopping US$7-billion. In the first few minutes of ...






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