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  • Scientists: Sina Weibo users are happier than the average tweep

    This is interesting. With all the strict censorship rules they have to face, you'd think that Chinese social network users would be miserable. Turns out they're actually happier than their Western counterparts. That's according to computer scientists at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and the Shanghai Jiaotong University, who studied some 46-million messages on Twitter and its most prominent Chinese counterpart Sina Weibo. The scientists say that 79% of the messages on Sina Weibo contained positive sentiment as opposed to 71% on Twitter. They also claim that Chinese social network users are less political: “Whereas 16% of...

  • Google wants the web, cloud to work across all devices, all the time

    Google wants to make sure "your web works consistently, seamlessly across all your devices" and that you can always access all of its cloud services. Chrome, said senior vice president of Chrome Sundar Pichai at day two of the company's I/O developers conference, was "built for a better web", which would allow that to happen automatically. Unfortunately, the current web doesn't really allow for that -- which is one reason it's had to launch unique versions of the browser for individual devices (like the iPhone version it launched at the event). That philosophy of building software to work...

  • Genius Gotye cover yearns for the ‘Star Wars’ you used to know [Video]

    This is a piece of unparalleled genius. It's a fan cover lamenting all the changes George Lucas has made to the Star Wars franchise because, you know, they suck. The video was made by Teddie Films, the production duo of Eddie King and Tyler Marshall. The pair is clearly the kind of die-hard fans who hate everything Lucas has done to the beloved franchise but watches everything new he puts out any way. Christine Erickson of Mashable's favourite line from the song is "And they'll never get the Blu-ray of the Star Wars that you used...

  • Attention app developers: the Mxit User API is here

    Developers, Mxit lovers, we have good news for you. With the release of Mxit's new User API, you are now able to develop social apps for the Mxit platform. What type of apps can you build? Any app that benefits from the Mxit community's user profile data, social graph, pictures and video. Just like Facebook though, Mxit users have the ability to control whenever their non-public personal information is shared with an app. The Mxit API is grouped into three categories. First, the aptly named "Profile" category allows developers to pull out profile information as well as do things like retrieve...

  • News 24 gets a dose of internet radio

    Before you start tensing up again, relax. This isn't a new episode in the internet radio stats row that's been raging over the last couple of days. News 24, which is a major part Africa’s largest online publishing group 24.com today unveiled a "strategic collaboration" with South African internet radio station 2OceansVibe Radio. The partnership allows people to listen to the internet radio station directly from the news site's front page. This is big for 2OceansVibe, and probably comes as a welcome relief after the controversy of the last couple of days. News 24 meanwhile appears to be playing it...

  • Design a T-Shirt, win 20k

    A great design can be the difference between success and failure. Done well, it make your brand or campaign iconic. Done poorly and you'll be instantly forgettable, or you could be forgotten, or ridiculed. A new design might not be able to turn Nokia's fortunes around, but it could help. Okay okay, an undiscovered designer probably isn't going to design the Finnish company's new corporate identity, but you could help make its developers look better. Design site Springleap is hosting a contest where designers get the chance to submit their designs to pimp up the Nokia...

  • Fragmentation, OS upgrades: Do people even care?

    Microsoft's decision last week to not offer an upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.5 (currently in the market) to Windows Phone 8 opened a can of worms most thought only applied to Android. The F-word: fragmentation. But do the few million people using Nokia Lumias even care? Do those 200 million-plus people using Android phones care? “Fragmentation is busy killing Android.” It has become one of those facts that are widely believed and repeated in the web’s echo chamber. Worldwide, Android remains in the lead when it comes to market share but there are indications that activation rates have peaked...

  • Why timing is incredibly important for getting social media right

    Distributing content online is easier now than ever before. Anyone can start a blog in a few minutes, and then start sharing their opinions, stories and news via social networks to an audience of hundreds, if not thousands. An important element of content distribution online, which many overlook, is the element of timing. “When exactly should I update my Facebook page?” and “when should I be tweeting to maximize engagement?” are questions which are often raised by online marketers and brand owners. Luckily, we have solid data to show us when exactly we should update our social networks and...

  • 20 brands using social media in really innovative ways

    Using social media effectively is good for your brand, no matter how big you are. There wouldn't have been US$3.08-billion spent just on advertising on social networking sites in 2011 otherwise. A recent study by research company Millward-Brown also showed that there was a direct correlation between how successful a company is and how well it uses social media. Research from eMarketer meanwhile suggests that brands can profit dramatically from a well-executed social campaign. But if you want to stand out, you have to do something really special. The 20 pieces listed below are all special and all stand out....

  • Best demo ever: skydivers and bikers test Google’s Project Glass [Video]

    If there was an award for 'the coolest product demo ever', the guys at Google would be cooing over the trophy right about now. Its Project Glass team put together the most elaborate (and awesome) demo for Google's futuristic augmented reality glasses for its annual developer conference yesterday. Instead of a "normal" demo, which typically involves someone standing on stage to explain how the product works, its version involved an aeroplane, a few sky divers and some guys on bikes. Google co-founder Sergey Brin lead the demo at Google I/O, walking onto the stage wearing a pair of the...

  • App of the Week — TuneIn Radio Pro

    To be honest, when it comes to the world of internet radio, I am a complete novice. I just didn’t see it having a place in our digital, instant satisfaction world. If I wanted to hear a song, I’d find it on Grooveshark, buy it off iTunes or get it from someone I know. That way I could listen to it when I wanted to, not when some annoying DJ who thinks he has the answers to the world’s problems chose to let me listen to it, while talking over both the intro and the outro. And to be...

  • Anonymous claims responsibility for hacking Japanese government websites

    Hacking and online activist group Anonymous has been linked to attacks to Japanese government websites, which briefly brought down ministry and judiciary websites. The group, which uses the Twitter account @op_japan has claimed responsibility, and said the attacks were due to the Japanese government’s proposed anti-piracy legislation. The Japanese anti-piracy bill aims to impose jail terms on users who illegally download copyrighted content. Anonymous said in its website that this would “result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens.” The websites of the Finance Ministry, Supreme Court and two political parties -- the DPJ and LDP -- were...

  • What made Abercrombie & Fitch’s viral strategy so good?

    I love it when brands get creative -- especially when they leverage cheesy pop hits to make cool viral videos. Oh, and without shirts. Eye candy on steroids, the latest lip-dub video making the rounds on social media networks is definitely sure to brighten up any gal's (or maybe guy’s) day. Abercrombie & Fitch made girls around the world gawk and swoon when it challenged the hottest guys from its flagships stores around the globe to make a parody of Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe. Any good challenge starts off with a brief of sorts. In the...

  • Google+ gets some tablet love and a bit of Event gloss

    Google+ just got a makeover. It wasn't the most dramatic one in history, but it did make the internet giant's social effort seem a whole lot more appealing. Like most makeovers, it was probably a long time in the making and the big reveal happened all at once. Unlike most makeover reveals though, the locations was a developers' conference: Google I/O to be precise. Stop! Tablet time! Google+ has been available on smartphones for some time, but it's never had a dedicated tablet app. Until today that it is. Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra calls it...

  • Google announces 400-million Android devices, 20bn app downloads

    There are now 400-million devices running Android and they're downloading apps like crazy. That massive number was announced by Google senior vice president of engineering Vic Gondutra at the internet giant's I/O conference. This, says Gondutra, translates to one-million new Android device activations every day and around 12 device activations a second. That's substantial growth even from the 700 000 activations Larry Page said the mobile OS was getting in January during an earnings conference call. Google says much of that growth occurred in emerging markets such Indonesia. Android is the world's most popular smartphone OS and owns 56% of...