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What if you could have more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga?

Fame What if you could have a million Twitter followers for a day? What would you do? Well, you might just have the chance to find out. A new site, called Fame, selects a winner from the pool of people who’ve connected to it via Twitter every day. Everyone on the site is then automatically followed to the daily winner before being automatically unfollowed the next day. It’s a pretty nifty idea. If you’re the daily winner, and people like your ...

Humour

Give us your Facebook password or we won’t hire you [Comic]

Facebook password The issue of employers demanding that current and future employees hand over their Facebook passwords has been causing a bit of a stir of late. Even Facebook itself got in on the action. We imagine the words "I quit" echoing across many a boardroom if more companies started applying the policy. In the United States, two lawyers have decided that enough is enough and intend sticking it to the man. Good for you lawyer boys. Even Senator Richard Blumenthal has ...

Gearburn

Mozilla shows off HTML 5, other new tech with MMORPG

Mozilla, in cooperation with French developer Little Workshop, launched a new MMORPG called BrowserQuest today to demonstrate what developers can do with HTML5, WebSocket, Canvas and other advanced web technologies, including Node.js. The game, which is actually quite fun in its own right, should work with virtually every modern desktop browser (except for Internet Explorer), as well as Safari on iOS and Firefox on Android. The mobile version is, in Mozilla's words, "more experimental," but should be seen as "an ...

News

Google helps put Mandela archive on the web

nelsonmandela Google and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) have created a new Nelson Mandela Digital Archive on the web that is freely accessible to the world. Google donated about US$1.25-million to the Johannesburg-based Centre in 2011 to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Mandela. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users from around the world now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of this extraordinary African statesman. ...

Video

The new Doctor Who trailer — because geeks like stetsons and guns

Popular British science fiction show Doctor who is ready to once again roll through time and space with a brand new season coming soon. BBC America released a teaser trailer of the upcoming season setting the Doc Who fan world into a froth of anticipation over what is to come. The show follows the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-travelling, humanoid alien, known only as the Doctor, who explores the universe in a sentient, telepathic time machine called the ...

News

Major Silicon Valley VC to deliver lecture in SA

A major Silicon Valley VC is set to return to South Africa, the country of his birth, to deliver a lecture at Stellenbosch University. Roelof Botha made his name as one of the people fundamental to the early development of ecommerce payments system PayPal. He was named CFO in 2001, when he was 28. When eBay bought out PayPal in 2002, Botha moved to Sequoia Capital, where he has remained ever since. He sits on the boards of companies such ...

News

Google to go into third-party comments

Google is launching a third-party commenting system. Thing is, it’s not trying to enter into the space of specialist industry players such as Disqus, but take another swipe at Facebook. Tech news site TheNextWeb cited a source close to the development of the product as stating that the system would feed off Google+ . The site also cites Tech WD blogger Saud Al-Hawawi who reported that several yet to be released technologies, including the new commenting system, were discussed at ...

Google

17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

Google Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we? They’re built into practically every Google product -- if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, ...

Social media

Why a social login could be the solution for your site

Social Networks One of the sad truths about people on social networks is that they don’t like to leave those social networks. So getting them to migrate away from beloved Facebook to interact with your site can prove a laborious task. But if you can manipulate your site to encourage people to create user accounts via their social networks you're likely to drive a lot more eyeballs. An easy way to tap into the power of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn is to allow users to quickly ...

Mobile

Why your site should go mobile and 10 things to remember when you do

Ipad and iphone Do you have a website? Running a determined business and want to stay ahead of the crowd? Well then, you have to go mobile as soon as you can. Desktop is just not cutting it anymore and if you do not take action now, you will hate yourself for it later, trust me. It is of fanatical importance that you get on board now, and draw up a mobilising plan for your current and future campaigns. This easy-to-follow slide should show ...

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