Innovation, Video

Is the flying bird man real? [Video]

weightless A video’s been making waves around the web today. It purportedly shows a man achieving flight using nothing but a pair of wings, some muscle-boosting gears, an Android-powered smartphone, and some Wii controllers, but is it real? The flying device’s supposed inventor is a Dutch chap called Jarno Smeets, who claims to have built the prototype over the course of a year and to have been inspired by his grandfather’s design for a flying bicycle. In an official press release, ...


Amazon next step forward: Buying a massive robotics company

Amazon Logo Amazon has announced that it is going to buy Kiva Systems for US$775-million, in order to help further automate many of the processes within its large warehouses. Kiva Systems develops a fairly unique robotic shelving system, where hundreds of mobile robots can plug themselves into various shelves and move them around a warehouse. In fact, the system is so advanced that shelves literally deliver products to the shipping department from around the warehouse as orders come in. Kiva Systems was ...

Social networking

Are social networks really killing the web?

Social Networks Occasionally I stumble on blog posts describing how social networks are killing the internet. The claim is that people are becoming locked into social media so much that they no longer surf the web like they used to. Instead, they rely on information shared within the closed environment provided by sites like Facebook. These articles annoy me. To begin with, the internet is really the underlying infrastructure on which everything online, including the social networks themselves, exist. But pedantry aside, and ...


Google lands a harsh blow to sites with too much SEO

google piracy Anyone who has made sure their sites are as search engine optimised as is humanly -- or mechanically -- possible should be quaking their boots right about now. Google has announced a major algorithm change that is going to penalised overly optimised websites. (Are you sweating yet?) This change comes on the back of another algorithm change made recently where Google blocked search results from the domains. Google Engineer Matt Cutts explains the change as follows: “We are trying to make ...

Startup news

AngelHub uncorks a heady bottle of Real Time Wine

real_time_wine Last month, Memeburn got the scoop on AngelHub’s latest investment, Real Time Wine, the no bullshit 140-character social wine review site. Real Time Wine recently disclosed some more information about the deal. AngelHub’s investment in Real Time Wine is the angel investment group’s second paid out deal in six months and it concludes Real Time Wine’s first round of successful fundraising. Real Time Wine secured private angel funding from angel investors such as Michael Jordaan, owner of Bartinney Wines and ...


Want to kill the status quo? Innovate

innovation I was recently asked, “how do you find innovators?” It’s an odd question really, one that I hadn’t thought about before, but one that is valuable to think through. You have to dig deeper and think why innovations happen at all, and what the power structures are that make them be identified as innovative. After all, innovation is just a new way of doing things than what is currently the norm. In any industry, society or business there are status quo ...

General Tech

Low Orbit Server Stations: Is The Pirate Bay trolling, or could it work?

md4-1000_drone Trolling, probably. You've heard The Pirate Bay's annoucement that it will be experimenting with low orbit server drones to make its service impervious to Hollywood’s threats. Oft-facetious, it wouldn't surprise us if The Pirate Bay were just scaremongering, but could it actually work? Maybe, but putting such an idea into practice is still a ways off. The world record for a battery powered hover drone in laboratory conditions is currently held by the md4-1000 hover drone which managed to hover for ...

Viral videos

‘Webbed Menace’ viral campaign calls Spiderman fans to action

Spiderman Batman did it, the Avengers tried it and now the Amazing Spiderman is in on the game, namely viral marketing. This site, is the home for Spiderman hate and fans have been asked to "end this masked hooligan's reign and shine a light on the shadows of vigilantism". Basically, take a picture of yourself acting like a nut, all the while dressed up as Spiderman. It’s a sparse site, but fits well into the viral template set down by so ...


Review round-up: Blades of Time, SSX, MGS: HD

Gearburn knows that you don’t have time to play every game out there, that’s why we’ve created a trio of reviews, bite-sized portions to sink your teeth into. Blades of Time, SSX and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection are all new for the Xbox 360, so let’s see which ones captured our gaming hearts. All games were reviewed on Xbox 360 Blades of Time Blades of Time is utter nonsense, and a derivative rip-off of Tomb Raider, Bayonette and whatever other third-person adventure ...


Win SSX for PS3

Keen on playing SSX, the latest addition to the exciting snowboarding series? Hell yeah you are, and is giving away the PS3 version of SSX. This year's SSX is the most ludicrous take on extreme sports yet. Drop from a plane, wingsuit onto a slope and race an avalanche to the bottom. These are the deadly descents and there are many real-world locations to conquer, including Mount Everest. The game's all about the tricks though, and SSX 2012 takes tricking ...






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