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  • 10 Twitter pics from the iPad launch

    So it was the iPad 3 / iPad HD / “the new iPad” launch yesterday... what, you weren't in San Francisco? Well, the 755 seats at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were all filled with journalists. Fortunately for you, they had cameras. The press has been speculating about the device for months -- everything from the name to the display and the release date has been rumoured and then passionately debated. Yesterday was the day, and the journalists wasted no time photographing every detail -- and when they got to play with a real life iPad, they yfroged and...

  • Why Facebook keeps romancing Wall Street in its IPO

    Facebook has added 25 banks to its IPO offering -- a massive expansion from the original six banks named. It allows the banks offer Facebook stock to their clients in special deals and spreads a lot of favors among the Wall Street investment community. In The Wall Street Journal David Benolt reported: The social networking giant has just added five more lead investment banks to its IPO from the original six, according to an updated filing. On top of that, Facebook added another 20 investment banks that will get a piece of the action. The move is the opposite to Google’s IPO,...

  • The internet is big. Very big. [Infographic]

    Ahh! Every day, 4.7 billion minutes are spent on Facebook? 35 million apps are downloaded? 294 billion emails are sent? My brain cannot begin to comprehend those figures. This infographic by MBA online tries to make them easier to understand… or maybe it’s just trying to overwhelm you. Yes, the internet is big. Just how big? Well, for example, there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people on earth. So it’s pretty big. And it’s growing rapidly – at the end of last year it took just 20 typical households to generate the same amount of...

  • How Dollar Shave Club used its viral video to attract investors

    Dollar Shave Club’s debut video is cool. Scratch that. It is damn cool. It might even have convinced a few people to buy the product. Here’s the thing; it’s also been attracting investors. In fact, it was doing so long before it was convincing us to stop giving most of the money we spend on razors to Roger Federer. According to Mashable, CEO Michael Dubin -- who’s also the star of the video -- used it to get US$1-million in funding out of the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. "We develop great content," Dubin says, "and [the...

  • Huawei takes business products on the road

    Chinese tech giant Huawei is probably best known for its cheap mobile devices and 3G modems (although it did play a starring role at this year’s Mobile World Congress). Now though, it wants to show it can do enterprise too. As part of this, the company is demoing off a number of its new business products with a Mobile Truck Road Show. The Huawei truck is, which is currently making its way through South Africa, is equipped with a number of the company’s "enterprise solutions". These include cloud computing products and Virtual Teller Machines (VTMs),...

  • C’mon Google, give us the real Google+ numbers already

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that things aren't looking so great for Google+. According to data from comScore, Google+'s users spend just about three minutes per month on the site. On Facebook, that number is closer to six or seven hours per month. Google itself, however, has never provided anybody with any useful data about the service and -- at worst -- is just using deliberately misleading information to provide the press with big numbers that look good but are absolutely meaningless. 100-million active users? In January, for example the company's CEO Larry Page said that the site had 90 million...

  • Apple iPad launch event: Memeburn’s iSoftware roundup

    Okay, so the new iPad doesn't appear to have a proper name -- yes everyone, Apple really is that cool -- but the software announcements that Apple rolled out during the launch certainly do. Some of them are updates, and some of them are new, some of them are borrowed, and some of them are blue. Okay, maybe not the last two. iOS 5.1 The first software announcement came in the form of an update to Apple's mobile operating system. Tim Cook and co. didn't have all that much to say about it, although we do know that it allows Japanese-speaking...

  • Apple unveils new iPad with retina display, new Apple TV

    Apple's CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco today to announce the next version of the iPad, as well as iOS 5.1 and a new AppleTV. The new iPad features a retina display and a faster processor. The wireless version will now support 4G LTE networks for significantly faster download speeds while on the go. The design of the new iPad looks virtually identical to the iPad2. The new AppleTV now supports 1080p playback and also comes with an updated user interface. iPad: Retina Display, Faster Processor, Better Camera The central focus of today’s event, of course, was the next...

  • You can now pin text to Pinterest

    Pinterest is all about images and video -- so if you run a text-heavy website, sorry, no pins for you. But someone saw the potential and developed a bookmarklet that lets you pin a cool quote to one of your Pinterest boards. That someone is creative web strategist Adam Rotman. He recently launched Pin a Quote, which lets you highlight text on a website that you think would make a good pin. It then converts the quote to an image and shows you a preview. You can then add a description like normal and pin it to one of your...

  • Shave like a boss with Dollar Shave Club [Video]

    Men of the world unite. Forget those expensive, battery-operated, five bladed razors you’ve been assaulting your face with. All you need to get rid of that five o’clock shadow is US$1 a month. That’s the message behind an advert for the Dollar Shave Club. The video features “Mike” taking you on a tour through the Dollar Shave Club factory, and includes a toddler shaving a man's head, a man dressed as a bear, and a money party. The company claims that it will send new razor blades to your door once a month. All you need to do is...

  • Super angel Fabrice Grinda on the emerging markets internet craze

    Fabrice Grinda is a well-known emerging markets super angel investor and entrepreneur. He’s crazy about the internet in the BRIC countries, especially Brazil and Russia. He is also the co-founder and current co-CEO of popular free online classifieds service OLX, a direct competitor of Craigslist. Memeburn caught up with the French entrepreneur to gain some insights into where the money is going in emerging markets. According to Grinda, Brazil and Russia are exciting markets for potential online and mobile investments. He also believes that South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are growing rapidly economically and present a great opportunity for...

  • KONY 2012: A quest for justice via social media

    Grabbing more than five of the top trending topics on Twitter, the harrowing tale of Invisible Children is well on its way to a social media awakening. The trend is part of Invisible Children Inc.'s quest to bring to Joseph Kony, a Ugandan war rebel, to the world's attention. Invisible Children is a group that uses film and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war in Uganda. The buzz was spurred by KONY 2012 a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to raise support for the arrest of the warlord and hopefully...

  • 13 Brands that are doing Pinterest right

    I’ve read a lot of articles recently telling you how to use Pinterest, but what really gets me excited is discovering a brand that actually does it perfectly. To be successful on Pinterest, brands need to take a more holistic approach to marketing. Like other social media platforms, Pinterest can be more effective and engaging than traditional advertising because consumers can actually see how the brand fits into their lives. "For most consumer brands, the idea behind your brand makes sense on Pinterest," said Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp. "Since you're not supposed to blast pictures of your products on Pinterest, try to...

  • Xtreme Data: Paving the way for BlackBerry killers in emerging markets?

    Quick, make a list of all the reasons BlackBerry is still so big in emerging markets. High up on anyone’s list is the fact that BlackBerry devices all offer unlimited web browsing, email, and instant chat in the form of BBM for a minimal, flat fee. The thing that allows BlackBerry to provide all of these things for a monthly flat fee is called BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS). But what if you could have all the benefits of BIS without actually having to own a BlackBerry? Nashua Mobile, a South Africa-based independent telecommunications service provider, is hoping to do exactly that. The...

  • EMEA region experiences massive Facebook outage

    What do you do when the world’s largest social network goes down? Facebook users from all over the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region found themselves confronting that question today. Anyone trying to access the Facebook from their desktop was met with error messages saying their browser was unable to locate the site. People took to Twitter to confirm that it was down: Yes folks, it seems Facebook in the UK is down. Not sure why, will let you know if we find out any more! — Bournemouthecho (@Bournemouthecho) March 7, 2012   Looks like Facebook is proper down for lots of people! Ah...