Gearburn

iPad 2 vs Galaxy 10.1: Which one for Christmas?

I don’t know about you but I like fancy toys. I also like design, if the design doesn’t grab me there is a chance I won’t think twice about a product. This is why a Heremes scarf has the power to undo a person: it’s sexy, sophisticated and chic. This is why I love the iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. When I began drawing up my list for Santa I found it difficult to decide which of these sexy ...

News

Sweden hands over Twitter account to its people

Sweden’s Twitter account, @Sweden, has been taken over by ordinary citizens to make it “the world’s most democratic Twitter account”. Each week will see one individual Tweeting about whatever he/she likes. The citizens to whom the account have been handed to, are chosen if they "represent values, skills, ideas and are passionate about a number of areas" Jack Werner, the first citizen to take over @Sweden started tweeting on 10 December. On his profile he writes: “After finishing school with ...

Social media

Five ways to prepare for a social media crisis

SOS Keys Brands make a lot of noise about entering the social media foray and communicating with their communities online. But what happens when this goes wrong? What happens when the community bites back and starts to either attack the brand, or simply disagree with what the brand is saying? A Process is needed! Jeremiah Owyang, a renowned web strategist and partner at the Altimeter Group of San Meto, California in the United States, a group that prides itself on being a research-advisory firm ...

Open Source

Is Linux finally ready for the desktop?

Tux Desktop For the last eight years, I have seen articles proclaiming that Linux is almost ready for the Desktop. In fact, on sites like Slashdot, comments along those lines tend to get modded as 'Funny'. But the tide seems to be turning. AMD is reportedly backing an open-source project that is looking to port the Android operating system onto PCs powered by x86-based processors. If this sort of initiative gains momentum, will it finally see Linux make it to the mainstream ...

Google

Google Zeitgeist 2011: The world really loved Rebecca Black

Google has released its 2011 Zeitgeist, a look back at what was popular in search over the past year. This Zeitgeist marks Google's 11th release, fitting. "This year marks our 11th annual look back at the searches that compose the year’s Zeitgeist—the spirit of the time. With Zeitgeist, we look at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world," writes Google Fellow, Amit Singhal. This year's ...

News

India set to reach 1.36bn mobile subscriptions by 2020

India will have an estimated 1.36-billion mobile subscribers by 2020, up from 812-million connections in 2011. That’s according to research from Analysys Mason, a company that claims to provide “market intelligence worldwide to leading commercial and public-sector organisations in telecoms, IT, and media”. The company reckons, however, that just over half these subscriptions will belong to unique users. A combination of factors, all related to what Analysys Mason calls “affordability constraints in rural areas”, mean that unique subscriptions will only ...

Viral videos, YouTube

Jimmy Kimmel’s Christmas prank [YouTube challenge]

Jimmy Kimmel has yet again managed to convince American parents to prank their kids, this time with bad Christmas presents. Just a few months ago he asked parents to hide their kids' Halloween candy and upload a video of their reaction to YouTube. This time parents were asked to allow their children to open one "bad" present two weeks before Christmas. The parents then had to, as before, upload a video of their children's reaction to YouTube with the title ...

Google

Communication, Matt Cutts and SEO: Three reasons not to hate Google

Google I recently attended the annual media party at the Googleplex. A few of years ago I reported that Google was deliberately avoiding hiring journalists or experienced PR people and recruiting straight from universities for its corporate communications teams. That policy has changed as shown by the hiring of the very impressive Maggie Shiels, a veteran reporter for the BBC. The annual media party has changed a lot from the early days, I've been attending it for nearly a decade. Larry and ...

Gearburn

Gearburn Award: Best Innovation in Hardware 2011

Being a gadget site we’re not looking at core hardware innovations that shake the world, we’re looking at the awesome innovations that knocked our socks off – or will soon. 2011 was largely a year of incremental improvements – but often the impact of radical innovations don’t become apparent for a few years. Accurate, reliable capacitive touch-screens, for example. So we’re reaching a bit, but these are the innovations we think you’ll look back on in a year and say, ...

News

Naspers’ Kalahari dumps own classifieds site for renowned OLX

Naspers, an emerging markets internet multinational based in South Africa, is abandoning its local classifieds service for the internationally-renowned OLX, the world's largest free classified site with over 130 million unique visitors per month. The move is mainly one of consolidation because Naspers took a stake in OLX in August 2010. OLX is used in more than 90 countries and 40 languages. The company was co-founded in March 2006 by millionaire internet entrepreneurs Fabrice Grinda and Alec Oxenford. OLX has more ...

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