Mobile, Web development

Five ways to decide if HTML5 is for you

html_5_wallpaper_for_ipad_by_bqra-d382pll copy They say that the only certainties in life are tax and death. Nowadays there seems to be a third: you need to mobilise your business, or go out of business. But while this might be a certainty for many, what is less certain is how you go about this. Especially because it sometimes feels like you are getting conflicting, yet equally eloquent and passionate, advice about which path to take: native, HTML5, hybrid, and so on, and so on. HTML5 is ...

News

Kim Jong Il death: Twitter reacts

Kim Jong Il North Korea is something of an enigma. The outside world has little access to the daily workings of the country, internet connections are few, and reserved for the ruling elite. Despite this Kim Jong Il, the country’s long-time ruler was one of the most recognisable figures in international politics. It isn’t all that surprising, therefore, that his death became a trending topic on Twitter. A number of those tweeting about the dictator’s death were simply sharing the news: Kim Jong-il, ...

Apple, Google

Are Google Music and iTunes match redundant on today’s web?

Record Player The launches of Google Music and iTunes Match were good news for music lovers all over the web. In iTunes Match, Apple finally has a cloud-based solution for accessing all your music on any iOS device, and with Google Music, Google can finally say it offers Android users a service that is competitive with iTunes. Both of these announcements would have been really exciting to me two or three years ago. Today, however, they leave me absolutely cold. Why? Because I ...

Gearburn

Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about ...

News

Zynga makes rollercoaster stock debut

Social gaming company Zynga debuted on the stock market with a billion-dollar listing, the largest tech listing since Google's in 2004. Its stock price soared in the early hours of trading only to drop below the opening price by the closing bell. The Facebook gamemaker offered 100-million shares -- one-seventh of the company's total -- at US$10 a pop, boasting games such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends was valued at a whopping US$7-billion. In the first few minutes of ...

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 ...

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