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  • Ericsson CEO says networked society will connect ‘everyone, everywhere’

    The growing pace of connectivity is going to fundamentally change the way we function as individuals, businesses and humanity as a whole. So much so that we're all going to be part of something called the networked society. That was the message behind Ericsson CEO Hans Vestburg's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ericsson is a company with a long history. Its vision in the 135 years since its founding has been to connect the world. Hardly surprising seeing as “Communication is a basic human need” was the mantra of its founder Lars Magnus...

  • Google’s personalised search: Your world…or is it?

    Google+ continued to defy its critics by growing 55% in the US in December compared to November according to Experian Hitwise. It’s no wonder the social network is growing at such a rate, considering that during the holidays all sorts of new Android devices landed with Google+ preloaded. Users were asked, upon switching on their phones, if they wanted to link or create a Google+ account and this links nicely with the idea that Google+ is about knowing your identity and being able to give users customised results. Yesterday, Google announced that it is incorporating Google+ data into its...

  • CES 2012: Escort lets you avoid fines using the cloud

    Memeburn recently wrote about Ford's vision for a future in which cars have permanent cloud connectivity. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas we learned that real time cloud connectivity in your car isn't some distant vision of the future. It's here now and ready to go. At least that's according to John Larson, president and CEO of Escort, a company that produces peripheral devices for your car. One of the company's flagship products is called Escort Live, and is designed to protect you from the curse of drivers everywhere: traffic fines. It does this by letting you...

  • The disruptive power of social media on US foreign policy

    Following Barack Obama’s successful 2008 election campaign which relied heavily on social media, it’s hardly surprising that Obama and social media are practically synonymous in the world of politics. What's less known though is the prominent role social media, under the guidance of Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton, has played in his Presidency’s foreign policy. Memeburn, along with other international media, was afforded the chance to hear Washington’s thoughts on social media and foreign policy, via a virtual press conference conducted by the US State Department. As part of the State Department’s "21st Century Statecraft month," Alec Ross, Clinton’s Senior Advisor for...

  • Shades of Jane Austen’s Emma: The art of the Facebook photo pose

    This piece was inspired by the Facebook Profile of a beautiful and rich young lady for whom, in order to protect her privacy, I have chosen the pseudonym of EmmaFB (After the title character in Jane Austen's Emma). When I first started investigating her Facebook, there were 468 tagged pictures of her. A few months later, she was tagged in 317 photos. She had untagged herself or deleted (if the photographs were in her own albums) over 100 pictures of herself in that time period. Roland Barthes, the famous linguist, semiotician and photo connoisseur, writes extensively on the moment...

  • 5 Ways Ford is integrating tech into its future vision

    Ford is best known as the manufacturer of some of the most iconic cars in history, from the Model T to the Mustang. While it’s still business as usual for the Dearborn, Michigan-based motoring giant, the increasing pace of technological convergance means that it is no longer possible just to be a car manufacturer. Therefore, Ford now claims that it is looking to increase its presence in the tech space. Here Memeburn explores five ways it is doing this. 1. Wireless connectivity Ford is serious about wireless leading the way when it comes to connectivity in its vehicles. “Last...

  • Twitter calls Google’s update ‘bad for the internet’

    Twitter has slammed Google's latest search update, which includes a fair amount of social features. The microblogging platform, which partnered with Google until 2011, released a statement expressing "concern" over the fact that the new update will make it harder "for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users" to find information on its network. Google introduced its latest search update on Tuesday, which it calls a more "personalised" form of search. In addition to providing normal search results, the new update also pushes Google+ content on the first page of search results. The search giant claims to be transforming...

  • The other Silicon Valleys [Infographic]

    Silicon Valley is the tech epicentre, where venture capital firms churn out the “next big thing”. eBay, Google, Adobe, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and SanDisk all call Silicon Valley home. But is the USA, specifically California, the only region capable of being the home of tech? Globally, tech hotspots have begun to converge in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In this infographic, care of Gist.com, you can see which countries have the potential to become the next Silicon Valley, what their best attributes are, and how they contribute to the global tech economy. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Intel announces smartphone play at CES

    Intel is probably best known for its pc and laptop processors, but the tech giant announced that it is making a play in the smartphone market here at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel announced that its chips will first be available in the Lenovo K800 smartphone. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch. The phones will only be available in China. Well, at first anyway. At the launch event, Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo joined Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on stage to reveal exactly what we can expect...

  • Getting to grips with patents [Infographic]

    Patent wars dominated tech news in 2011. One in particular, between Samsung and Apple spanned the globe and with suits and countersuits in the US, South Korea, Australia and a number of nations throughout Europe. Things don't look like they'll be much different in 2012. Patents came about with best of intentions: rewarding and protecting ingenuity, but can they actually do more harm than good? A large part of the battle between Apple and Samsung arose from the fact that the latter was responsible for manufacturing a number of the former’s products. Add in other outsourcing partners in the manufacturing...

  • USB 3.0 set for smartphones, tablets by end of 2012

    USB 3.0, the blazing-fast data transferral medium which promises theoretical speeds of 625MB per second will migrate to tablets and smartphone by the end of 2012. Sick of the standard 5-10MBps transfer rates of USB 2.0? Imagine an iPhone which can pump 600Mbps or more. That future is now. At CES 2012 Rahman Ismail, CTO of the USB Implementers Forum spoke of the inherent speed of USB 3.0, “What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds,” Ismail notes that new specifications will have to be implemented for the global USB 3.0 integration. “We’re coming out with...

  • In-game purchases to sky-rocket to US$4.8 billion by 2016

    The smartphone game market, ever the beacon of success, is expected to rocket from US$2.1 billion to US$4.8 billion by 2016. Freemium, paid content, episodic titles, casual and hardcore games, the list of smartphone games is overwhelming by nature and offers something for every audience. A report by Charlotte Miller, Analyst with Juniper Research and author of the whitepaper, details more, and outlines how the mobile games market has blossomed. The rise of social gaming Farmville, a model of accomplishment, is the touchstone of freemium titles. Alongside Smurfs Village and Crime City, the option of purchasing content with actual money draws...

  • Why social media is cooking in emerging markets

    The Arab Spring, the Slavic Spring and the Iranian Twitter revolution all proved how deeply engrained the use of social media is in emerging market countries. But did you know that their rate of engagement with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube is growing a whole lot faster than that of developed markets? Social media penetration is on the rise in emerging markets. A recent report from research and analysis site, eMarketer.com, looking at three studies from Pew Research Center, TNSDigitallife and Brazilian-based F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi on social media usage and how it is aiding brand...

  • Google+ integrated into search with ‘Search plus Your World’

    Google has announced the integration of of its social networking platform, Google+, into its core product -- the search engine. The internet giant announced that it will be releasing three new features, namely personal results, profiles in search as well as people and pages. "We’re transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships. We began this transformation with Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step in this direction by introducing three new features," writes Google fellow, Amit Singhal. The "big step" Google speaks of is simply that Google search results...

  • Jeff Jarvis’ ‘Public Parts’: Understanding sharing in the digital age

    In his latest book, Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, Jeff Jarvis traces the relationship between privacy and "publicness" and examines how it has been affected by a number of "new" technologies ranging from Gutenberg’s printing press and the Kodak camera to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Through the book, Jarvis argues that technology has always created fears about privacy throughout history. Today there are many advocates for privacy but there are few advocates for publicness. And whether you agree with him or not, it is refreshing to hear...