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  • The real emotion engine? Meet Kara

    A tech demo showcasing impressive motion capture and raw acting talent promises much as a CGI film. How much of that promise can be integrated into a fully interactive game is yet to be seen. A strange beast Twitter’s number one trending topic on the day of its release and subsequently the most talked about tech demo in recent memory, Kara is a fascinating talking point. In the form of a short CGI film, the demo showcases French game studio Quantic Dream’s (QD) newest direction in game development – ‘full-performance capture’. This exciting technique blurs the line between Hollywood and the...

  • Prometheus trailer finally out! [Video]

    After many teaser trailers including a 2023 TED video, the full trailer for Ridley Scott's much-anticipated blockbuster is out. About time too. Prometheus, which is shot entirely in 3D, is set in the Alien universe with its own separate storyline and doesn't star Sigourney Weaver. As it the case with many of these films, a group of nosy, I mean curious, researchers discover that all humans might owe their creation to a single entity (There is a God? Says a scientist? Oh-oh). So, like all curious people, a team of explorers is dispatched to learn more about the origins of...

  • Rumour-mill: Google to launch a US$149 Nexus Tablet

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt leaked it. A senior employee at an anonymous supply chain has all but confirmed it and now it seems that a 7-inch Nexus tablet gearing up for arrival. For a possible US$149, users may soon get their grubby hands on a low-priced Asus Nexus tablet. The rumours begun to swirl around some time last year when Schmidt spoke to an Italian newspaper regarding new Android technology. At that point, things were still hazy regarding who would develop the hardware for the budget Android tablet. Asus pretty much confirms it as well. The Asus MeMO 370T, a Tegra...

  • Apple conference call to detail plans for massive cash reserve

    Apple is set to hold a conference call detailing precisely what it plans to with near US$100-billion in spare cash it has lying around. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced that CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer would be hosting the call. Apple has provided a couple of ways for the general public to listen in on the call, including a live webcast (Warning: requires Quicktime). Just don’t go expecting the two bigwigs to talk about how many new iPads have been sold. “Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any...

  • New iPad jailbroken in three ways

    Let’s file this under “F” for “freaking awesome.” Hours after Apple released the new iPad into the hands of the unsuspecting public, it was Jailbroken. And there are three possible ways to do it. Jailbreak one: Musclenerd’s root access hack Old king Musclenerd is one of the grandfathers of hacking and is famous for most of the user-friendly jailbreak apps currently available. His tweet below hypes up the crowd: jailbroken iPad3: twitpic.com/8x48rt twitpic.com/8x48xg(Just a first step, still lots of work to do!No ETA!)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");

  • Muamba collapse sends shockwaves through Twitter [Update]

    The sudden collapse of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba in this evening’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur has sent shockwaves across Twitter. Muamba suddenly went down towards the end of the first half, apparently with no one around him. Paramedics then tried to resuscitate the footballer for ten minutes, before he was stretchered off the field. The Bolton and Tottenham payers were then called back into the changing rooms by referee Howard Webb, before the match was abandoned. Muamba, White Hart Lane (the stadium at which the match was being played), and #Prayformuamba were all trending...

  • Kony 2012 director, Jason Russell hospitalised after irrational behaviour

    One of the filmmakers behind the viral Kony 2012 film, Jason Russell, was hospitalised following alleged irrational behaviour. A man was found in his underwear running through the streets of San Diego on Thursday morning, screaming and acting irrationally. San Diego police declined to release the identity of the 33-year-old man, but CNN reports that an official familiar with the case confirmed him to be Russell. TMZ released a video of a man the site claims to be Russell, fully naked and pounding on the pavement. Warning, the video contains explicit material. Police confirmed that at 11:28AM on Thursday morning, various...

  • Spammers target Pinterest, take over boards

    There’s no doubting Pinterest's popularity -- it flew past the 10-million unique visitors a month mark in near record time. There’s also no doubting it’s a great referer of traffic -- better even than Twitter. But is it about to become a haven for spammers? According to online news site GigaOm “some kind of spam-exploit injected JavaScript code” started replacing photos on the highly visual social network with ads for US-based retail outlet Best Buy. Most social network users will be familiar with a variety of spam attacks. These can be anything from someone’s Facebook account being...

  • Mozilla’s tech evangelist on the web’s immortality: The Memeburn interview

    Robert Nyman could be the geek of all geeks. As the Swedish-based Technical Evangelist for Mozilla, Nyman is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web. In the app era, while everyone is slagging off the web, he remains a big fan and feels it will flourish. Nyman argues that the web is neither dead nor dying. He sees the app evolution as a way to bridge the gap between the current web experience and to offer "findability and monetisation in a simple way". The web will always be there, he says, because it offers "openness and...

  • Growing up Google: 6 pivotal moments that changed Google for the worse

    Leaving Google was a very tough thing to do: the technological innovation remains immense, the people are smart and the perks aren't bad. "Goldman Gate" and James Whittaker's Microsoft Blog rant have, however, raised the level of attention that a company's culture has on how it operates. Whittaker mentions Google pre and post Google+; the truth of the matter is that Google changed culturally long before the launch of its social network. Let's look at some pivotal moments that changed the culture of Google for the worse. The arrival of Patrick Pichette Pichette replaced long-standing CFO George Reyes in August 2008...

  • Solving the problem of social discovery, lessons from SxSW

    The web people are better dressed than the music people this year, futurist Bruce Sterling remarked in his SxSW closing remarks. Not just better dressed but wealthier, hungrier, more optimistic, I thought. Austin, Texas is where thousands of representatives and enthusiasts of technology, film and music gather every year to talk about their craft and make a dent in the global tequila supply. I attended in 2012 for the second time and these are the trends that I think are worth reporting on. A new generation of social, local, and mobile apps -- SoLoMo, for short -- are trying to solve the...

  • 6 Reasons your PC is not going anywhere

    Memeburn recently featured a story explaining why your PC is dead. It made some interesting points. It made some valid points. Cloud. Virtualisation. Abstraction of application and data from device. But it missed the point. Sure, smartphones and tablets will take over from PCs for many. The PC will return to its place as a powerful tool for those that know how to use it. Those that used it at the start: the geeks, the nerds, the hobbyists, the musicians, the architects, the gamers, the engineers, the designers, the layout artists. The people who need to get real work done....

  • Y Combinator: Investors should back the jockey not the horse

    Y Combinator, a leading seed investment incubator, recently announced that it would be accepting startup applications for this years fund from startup founders WITHOUT an idea. Here's how the incubator describes itself on its website: Y Combinator does seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you're getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer. How much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start. It appears that the technology investment market arrived...

  • Groupon given three months to turn its act around

    Groupon is in trouble. We’re not talking about its easily replicated business model or its shaky IPO either. The group-buying giant is being taken to task by UK regulators. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which enforces consumer protection and competition law in the UK, has given the company three months to improve the way it operates. The OFT made the ruling after conducting an investigation that found “widespread” examples of Groupon breaching consumer protection law. More specifically, the OFT expressed concerns over "pricing, advertising, refunds, unfair terms, and the diligence of its interactions with merchants". “Groupon acknowledges that...

  • Attention entrepreneurs, diarise this: LaunchCapeTown

    If you’re an entrepreneur looking to network, polish your elevator pitch, hone your product or simply learn from big names in the tech industry, diarise LaunchCapeTown, the five day event that starts on 23 March in Cape Town, South Africa and brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. The event includes the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC), as well as startup-related speakers, get-togethers, mentoring sessions and keynotes from big name speakers such as Nimeshh Patel, COO of AOL Europe. Attendees will be able to mix with "trailblazers", media representatives, as well as digital creatives from the interactive industry. The competition...