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  • I’m SO in to this, right now

    Not a Review: Immersive games. If you read Andre’s review of FEAR 3 then you know that we think it’s a great game. It has tight and unexpectedly varied gameplay, pretty good graphics and an all-encompassing sense of immersion. That last bit is the most important part of a good game, because if a game immerses you, if it can get you involved in its… vibe (I suppose is the right word), then it’s a lot easier to overlook whatever flaws it may have. Make no mistake, FEAR 3 had its fair share of flaws. A slightly unusual control scheme...

  • Latest Winklevoss twin’s Facebook lawsuit thrown out

    A US judge has blocked the latest courtroom campaign by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss to undo a deal they made to settle a dispute over who came up with the idea for Facebook. US District Judge Douglas Woodlock in Boston granted a request by Facebook that the case there be dismissed. The judge's terse written order did not outline the reasoning behind his decision. The twin brothers and fellow ConnectU founder Divya Narendra last month ramped up litigation accusing Facebook of duping them in a deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea. Lawyers for the Winklevosses...

  • BlackBerry goes shopping for video skills

    Research in Motion has acquired a small video editing startup called JayCut. The seven man Swedish team has been developing a Web-based video editing suite for the past few years -- free to use for casual users, with the technology also being licensed to other companies. The reason for the acquisition seems to be RIM’s fixation on making the BlackBerry Playbook more consumer-competitive against the iPad. RIM has faced a barrage of criticism of the PlayBook, with weak sales requiring a sharp knife be taken to forecasts. Chief amongst the kibitzing has been the slow growth of available apps for...

  • ANC Youth League website hacked

    Hours after a South African newspaper revealed that the lavish lifestyle of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema was being bankrolled by a secret trust fund, the organisation's website has been hacked. The hack takes the form of a banner across the top of the site and shows a laughing Malema with silhouetted masses gathered behind him. Alongside the picture is the text "HA HA HA I have a 16 Million Rand house And all of you don't!!!". Clicking on the banner directs users to a page of comments in support of the league's controversial policy of nationalising...

  • What’s not working (yet) with Google+

    Despite shattering all records by gaining 10 million users in two weeks, and another 8 million the following week, Google+ is hardly the polished platform many were expecting. The new social network is still in its beta testing phase, so the issues will be fixed in future, but there are several problems already and users are clamouring for Google to fix them. Aside from the predictable bugs and server crashes, here are the top three things which just aren’t working well yet. 1. Complexity Google+ is trying to be and do a lot of things at once. Not only is it...

  • Things that shouldn’t be included in an email newsletter

    Over the course of a number of blog posts, we’ve looked at what content you should consider including in your email newsletters if you really want them to stand out (and matter) in your subscriber’s inbox. With this article however we want to focus on content that is best left out, for a number of different reasons. To get the ball rolling (and to rack your brains), let’s have a quick recap of the content that we should work hard to include: Dynamic Content -- This looks at tailoring your campaigns based on how you’ve segmented your audience...

  • What to do if you become an internet meme

    Remember when that "Friday" music video by Rebecca Black hit YouTube? It somehow seemed to plague the Suggestions list for any video you decided to watch. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of popular music, so it really used to annoy me. Certainly it annoyed lots of other people as well, and the parodies came in their hundreds. Somewhere in that video was an awkward girl with braces, dressed in pink, who seemed to catch everyone's attention. Yep, 'That girl in pink' was the meme of the day. Benni Cinkle's amateurish dance moves were immortalized in animated GIF...

  • Drool over the new Mac goodness

    Apple has got the wind behind it - it's just launched a slew of new products, many if not all absolutely drool-worthy, and also exceeded Wall Street expectations by announcing yet another record quarter of US$7.31-billion in profits and gross margins of over 40%. Gearburn takes a look at some of the products which have slammed their way onto every Mac fan's wishlist. 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");

  • Loot? Hello! Dungeon Siege 3! I want my loot!

    Review: Dungeon Siege 3. Since my school days, I've a secret guilty pleasure in staying home on rainy winter Saturday nights to hack-n-slash my way through hordes of evil baddies, collecting treasure upon treasure. The game that started all that? Diablo. It had everything - graphics, storyline and, most importantly, a never-ending stream of loot. Many a happy weekend was spent crawling dungeons, looking for a fight with Baal and then having an epic throw-down where I cast his scaly red ass back to the pit from whence he came. 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");

  • Google acquires social network, The Fridge

    The social network Fridge announced that it has been bought by Google and would become part of the internet giant's fresh new social network Google+. In a post on its blog, Fridge announced that it was closing, and its staff would be "folded into" the Google+ team. Fridge had previously announced to its users they were "in the process of making some changes" and that planning "to to shut down our product". According to the post, Fridge was looking forward to continuing the vision of creating exciting "social group experiences across the web" and that their team" strongly believes in the...

  • Video Review: Moshi Moshi Curve

    Video Review: Native Union Moshi Moshi. There are many reasons to desire something. Form. Function. Status. The fact that it makes your desk look hot, and makes you look hotter when using it. The Moshi Moshi telephone handsets are a whole new class of cellphone accessory: designed to be bigger, heavier and less function-rich than the thing they connect to. It does very little apart from what it says on the box - it's a mobile headset that's phone-sized. You hold it in your hand and talk into it like a top-flight exec from Mad Men. You can be strong...

  • Spotify sets its sights on the world

    After launching in the United States, Swedish online music star Spotify now has its sights set on building the world's largest music catalogue. "We want all the African music, all the Asian music, all the South American music," Spotify co-founder and chief executive Daniel Ek said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen. "Our goal really is to have all the world's music," added Ek, whose company currently offers over 15 million individual tracks for listening on computers or mobile phones. Spotify launched in Ek's native Sweden in October 2008 and in six other European countries...

  • Forget the bubble, the rise in VC investment is unsustainable

    The latest MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the US-based National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters: Q2 2011 VC investments jump 19% to $7.5 billion in 966 deals. Year ago: $6.3 billion in 814 deals Latest quarter is highest total since Q2 2008. These high levels are not sustainable says Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA: "For the past three years, the venture capital industry has been investing significantly more dollars into companies than it has been raising from institutional investors. This level of investment cannot continue if we do not start to see...

  • Tech leaders look to Steven Spielberg for future of mobile

    The pace of innovation and change in mobile devices is dizzying. At times it can be difficult to predict the winning platforms and products of the next few years. With that caveat, a panel of technology executives and experts nevertheless took out their crystal balls at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference to take a glimpse into the mobile future. Before an audience of movers and shakers from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, they looked at trends among smartphones and the fast-growing market for tablet computers pioneered by Apple's iPad. "I'd say that whatever we can imagine in this room right now will be...

  • Silicon Valley: Will it ever be replicated?

    Silicon Valley is the world’s success story in an unprecedented age of technological advancement – not to mention the rapid wealth that has come with it. But is Silicon Valley a success that can be replicated, even partially? Memeburn has checked out the state of similar concepts around emerging markets. This is what we found across four of them. India Bangalore enjoys the nickname "Silicon Valley of India”. Besides some who miss the point and criticise the city for not being truly a valley, the defining aspects of the area when it comes to technology are present. Business...