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  • 10 top performing online social games from 2011

    The year 2011 has come and gone. Social games ruled the roost and with billions of dollars being made in exchange for virtual goods, the wave of casual gaming may never die down. Here are ten of the top performing social games of 2011. 1. Sims Social Combine social networks with The Sims and you get Sims Social. Every friend you meet in Sims Social is a Facebook friend. In a thrilling twist of social awkwardness, becoming a lover or enemy with your friend requires permission from said friend. Collect gifts, upgrade skills, flirt or marry your Facebook friends and enjoy...

  • 11 of Memeburn’s most popular articles from 2011

    As 2011 draws to a close Memeburn looks back at its most popular articles -- the most tweeted, shared and liked by you, our readers. Here is a chance to go back in time and read your favourite articles again. 1. The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg Memeburn got the chance to chat to one of the web’s most influential people: WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg. The interview asks questions about the future of WordPress, who the real Matt Mullenweg is and other topics, giving it almost 250 000 views so far. 2. Google+ is the golden ticket to the...

  • Nine things you should know about Amazon [Infographic]

    The rise of Amazon has been pretty spectacular. From humble beginnings in 1994, when Jeff Bezos took bookselling online from a garage, Amazon has gone on to become the number one e-tailer on the planet, surviving the dotcom crash along the way. Amazon now has data and support centres all over the planet, it is one of the forerunners in the cloud revolution, and its play into the hardware space has seen it go from popularising the eReader platform to taking on giants in the tech space with the Kindle Fire. These are thing we all know about Amazon, but did...

  • 5 Big ways the tech world changed in 2011

    In many ways, 2011 was the year when previously overhyped technologies suddenly became mainstream (you may not have noticed because you were too busy checking BBM). Gadgets that had been at the top of everyone's "Trends" lists for the past two or three years finally started making it onto people's Christmas lists, too. The social changes promised by the rise of "SoLoMo" (social-local-mobile) became felt when they supported enormous social upheaval during the Arab Spring. Here are five of the many ways in which technology changed the world in 2011. 1. The smartphone became mainstream Remember it seemed like the world...

  • The year that was: Memorable Twitter trends of 2011

    The highs and lows of the past year, as experienced by the Twitterverse. Worldwide Events & News Mubarak's resignation (#cairo #mubarak #egypt #jan25) After eighteen days of protests in Egypt and pleas on various social media platforms, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February this year generating buzz worldwide, particularly with regard to the role of social media in the protests Following the detention of Egyptian online activist Wael Ghonim #Jan25 also became a rallying point for those supporting his ideals. Libyan uprisings and Gaddafi's death (#gadafi #gaddafi #muammergaddafi #qaddafi #libya) Libya followed swiftly in Egypt’s footsteps with violent uprisings that started in...

  • 7 apps for a Merry Christmas & a happy new year

    "Tis' the season to be jolly fa la la la la," says the carol. In actual fact, it’s the season to be silly. We've Christmas-fied our malls, offices, and houses and if you feel that just isn’t enough; there's one more thing that you can imbue with the spirit of commercialism. App makers, or the pet rock salespeople of the 21st century as I see them, have also gone all Christmas for us. So, if you fell and hit your head as a child and want some Christmas cheer for your device, here are a few apps that will...

  • A tweet from a kill: Should we stay connected when we’re away from it all?

    One morning last December, I tweeted from a lion kill. While the sounds of cracking bone and the reek of dead giraffe rose up through the swampy Lowveld air, I was hunched over my iPhone, tweeting about what I was watching. In my defense, I was so excited that I had to share the experience -- and the most obvious place to do that was on Twitter. Some of my followers were appalled (to tweet from the bush was to violate a sacred law) but many others were fascinated. At the time, reporting my experience to a collection of...

  • 5 Tips to jingle all the way with Christmas emailing

    For some of us, the joy of Christmas comes in the form of greatly increased interest in retail offers and seasonal content, which makes it the most profitable time of year for businesses. With only a few days to go, the festive season spending frenzy is well underway, but even as we begin to count down the hours there’s still a lot of shopping left before Santa jumps on his sleigh. With that said, it’s getting a little late for planning any major holiday campaigns. After all, there are often a lot of people in the email production chain, however, it’s...

  • 6 Great videos to inspire you this Christmas

    With Christmas only a few days away Memeburn has a Christmas gift for you. We have compiled a Christmas video collection for 2011. Featuring everything from cruel pranks and parodies to classic tv adverts -- the collection is truly magical. From all of us at Memeburn, Merry Christmas This 2011 advert from John Lewis embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Most certain to bring a smile to your face. It will make you wish you had been more like this young boy as a child. To the tune of Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas Is...

  • Like Facebook Timeline? Turns out you’re not alone

    Facebook recently rolled out its new Timeline feature, the highly visual replacement for its previous profile pages, to all of its user worldwide. For the first seven days after they activate this feature, users will be able to make changes to their timelines (hide stories, promote others etc.) before others can see their new profile pages. Typically, Facebook's users tend to dislike any change to the service, especially those that are as invasive as completely changing their profile changes. Oddly enough, though, the initial reaction to this update is relatively positive -- at least when compared to some of...

  • The ‘science’ of Christmas online

    Science makes everything better. Seriously, it’s a proven fact. So of course I did some analysis about Christmas and found some surprising insights. Don’t get fooled by the unicorns-and-rainbows myths about the holidays anymore. Here’s the science. The figures compiled here are the most authoritative view you'll get on the social influence of reindeer, gift buying and just how which social networks you're on affect where you'll be placed on Santa's "naughty or nice" list. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! 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");

  • The law needs to provide better protection for bloggers

    A recent ruling in a Portland, Oregon Court decided that a blogger cannot claim to be a journalist and is, therefore, not protected by normal rules (for example to protect sources). The blogger was ordered to pay US$2.5-million in penalties. The ruling was interesting because it failed to consider just how much the world has changed. The ways in which we transmit information interact with each other have both changed in a phenomenally A large section of the online world receives its news from Twitter and blogs. In fact, I would dare to say the election protests in Iran changed...

  • Why PressTrends is one of the most exciting things to happen to WordPress

    Recent news around WordPress has, primarily, been focussed around the release of WordPress version 3.3 and the launch of WordAds. Those of us interested in the business of WordPress, however, have also been keeping an eye on a new player in the arena – PressTrends. The industry surrounding WordPress theme shops is an ever-growing and ever-evolving landscape. With new theme shops opening on a daily basis worldwide, one aspect of the industry that is making its way to the front line is that of trends and statistics. How can a theme shop better serve its customers? By gathering...

  • 10 online tools that guarantee you’ll have a great festive season

    Tis the Season to be jolly, they tell me, and as lots of us pack up for an end of year holiday, here are some ways your computer can be part of your holiday fun. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 1. These days, it's not just the kids sending Santa letters, Santa sends them videos too. Create a personalised message for a child (or adult) in your life quickly and easily with Portable North Pole. And they're now even more portable, as you can download the app for your iphone or Android. My only question is, who sends...

  • CES 2012 will be Microsoft’s final booth, keynote speech

    Earlier this week, Microsoft stated that it would be unceremoniously pulling out of the spotlight at the Las Vegas CES. The mastermind behind Windows 7 said that it prefers to interact with key industry players off-stage. It will still, however, maintain a product booth. The 2012 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) will also be the final time Microsoft makes its presence known at the States' premier gadget fair. Microsoft vice president of corporate communications Frank Show explained the decision, saying: "We won't have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don't align with the show's...