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  • Check out Microsoft’s Surface event in its full glory [Video]

    Look there's no disguising the fact that we think Microsoft's range of Surface tablets is pretty damn cool. We sure as hell can't wait to play with one. There's a chance that some of that's post-event hype though. So just to make sure we'll be watching the whole Keynote again. And thanks to the marvels of YouTube, you can too. Just don't go expecting any hard-and-fast details on pricing. We'll only find that in September or October when the device lands on the market. Oh, we've already picked up something that's left us ambivalent. At one...

  • New Apple ad reminds everyone about iPad amid Microsoft hype

    Unless you were hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Microsoft launched its Surface range of tablets last night. Apparently Apple thought it best to remind us about the new iPad on the same day. The Cupertino-based tech giant released a video explaining how its Retina Display rocking device allows you to "do it all more beautifully". The video ditches the celebrity endorsement style of the most recent iPhone 4S adverts and goes back to the more usual "show off the features" way of doing things. In it, a user is shown sending an email, using Newsstand, watching...

  • 40+ amazing digital campaigns (Cannes)

    Digital advertising campaigns are big business. Seriously big business. YouTube alone brought in US$876-million for Google in 2011. It makes sense too. Digital campaigns "fix" a lot of the issues that exist in traditional advertising. It's trackable, and third-party players such as Google Adsense mean that there's a lot more space for negotiation when it comes to price than there in traditional media. That said, you're still not going to sell any product unless you've got a good campaign. The Cannes Lions, one of the world's biggest international advertising festivals has revealed some of the best digital campaigns from...

  • Fancy an ice tea? Just tweet the vending machine

    This is cool. Soft drinks company BOS is letting Twitter users get their hands on a can of its iced tea just by tweeting a vending machine. Here's how it works: the BOS ice tea robot, called BEV, connects to the Twitter Streaming API and registers the configured hashtag as a filter. All tweets containing the hashtag on the entire Twitter network are then streamed to the BOS sampling machine. It then checks every Tweet's location settings, and compares it with its own location boundaries (also configurable). When a Tweet is found to be within the boundaries, a...

  • Is Baidu about to enter the browser wars?

    Chinese search giant Baidu is reportedly planning to acquire large stake in browser company UCWeb, with the rumours not dissimilar to those linking Facebook and Opera. According to Dow Jones report, a person familiar with the matter said the two companies were still only "exploring possibilities". The report does however follow rumours that Baidu was looking to buy the company outright. If the deal goes through, it'll be something of a coup for UCWeb. Its mobile browser is already used by 8.3% of the mobile web and is now more popular than BlackBerry. Apple's recently announced support for...

  • Facebook promises deeper iOS integration, buys Face.com

    Facebook was one of the definite winners in Apple's recent iOS 6 announcement at WWDC. Now it seems the social network wants to get even deeper into bed with the Cupertino giant. In a short, cryptic post (because there's a real shortage of those at the moment), Facebook said it would be releasing a major update to its SDK for iOS: We're very excited about the Facebook integration in iOS 6 that Apple announced last week at WWDC 2012. We're working on a major update to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch in the coming weeks....

  • 6 top tips for controlling your privacy on social media

    If you are concerned about your privacy online, social media is inevitably going to throw a couple of hurdles in your path. In its basic form, the social web encourages sharing and broader engagement that can translate to a much looser control over your private interactions and your personal information online. Every day we use our favourite social media channel to communicate, engage, and to maintain our relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. We also use the social web as a source of information when we are looking for answers. Think about it -- social media has been integrated into...

  • IPv6: Is your business ready for a new web?

    The address space used by the current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, is rapidly running out. The familiar four number code is fast being usurped by a new protocol -- IPv6 -- which provides over four-billion times more space, and infinitely more options for companies worldwide. Although IPv6 technology has already been deployed extensively in many large networks, it has yet to be implemented on a global scale. World IPv6 Day, which took place on 8 June, marked the ‘official’ transition from IPv4 to IPv6, with major players across the globe uniting to enable the new protocol with minimal...

  • Microsoft mystery event gets a location

    This had better be worth all the fuss. Microsoft's mystery event, scheduled for a couple of hours' time, finally has a location. The announcement that's thrown the tech world into a froth of speculative frenzy will take place at Hollywood's Milk Studios. According to its website, the studio "stands at the crossroads of the fashion, music, photography and film worlds. ... Milk spans contemporary culture and is a hub for supporting partnerships with some of the industry's most visionary talent and innovative brands." Milk started out in New York and opened up its Hollywood branch a couple of years ago....

  • Life without Facebook: Scarier than you can imagine

    Last night I indulged in a little fantasy, imagining what my life would be like without Facebook. I had a bad day and was cross with the world and I thought: I’m going to delete my entire Facebook account. I suppose the fact that deleting Facebook in my head means getting rid of the world is quite telling. I realised that I don’t know where on Facebook I would delete my account, so this morning I started to investigate. Under FB Security settings one can deactivate ones account, and this is what most people mean when they say they’ve...

  • Google: Government take down requests on the up, even in Western democracies

    Government requests to take down online content are on the rise, even in Western democracies not usually associated with censorship. That's according Google's latest Transparency Report, which disclosing data about such requests as well as traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. The internet giant says it has seen a definite rise in the number of requests to have political speech removed from its properties: When we started releasing this data in 2010, we also added annotations with some of the more interesting stories behind the numbers. We noticed that government agencies from different countries would...

  • Why we should still be sceptical about the success of Facebook ads

    Facebook seems to have succeeded in holding back widespread concerns about the effectiveness of its advertising platform with a recent paid-for study by comScore, in the wake of GM's announcement that its Facebook ad campaigns don't pay. That's a damning announcement by GM and it's not something that any company does in such a public manner. Many seemed to dismiss this event as GM being clueless about how to run social ad campaigns. But that's a poor argument because GM, like all large corporations, knows very well what works and what doesn't, it has sophisticated processes in place to track...

  • No Barnes & Noble at today’s Microsoft event [Report]

    If you were looking forward to Microsoft announcing that it would be going after Amazon tonight, sorry. You're going to have to readjust your expectations. According to Dow Jones, via Business Insider, the idea that the event would have something to do with the book seller is "not true at all". A Barnes & Noble spokesperson has also confirmed that the company will have nothing to do with the event. If Microsoft is indeed releasing a tablet, it now seems more likely that it'll be going after the iPad than the Kindle Fire. You've got to wonder how that'll go down...

  • Twitter goes googoo for #LadyGagaSA tour announcement

    Brace yourself, South Africa. Gaga is coming. Speculation in the country been rife since events company Big Concerts updated its Facebook cover photo last week to an image which looked suspiciously similar to her Born this Way Ball tour poster, but it's official: Big Concerts broke the news via social media this morning after an announcement on national radio station 5fm. The tickets for the Grammy-Award winning artist's shows in Johannesburg (30 November) and Cape Town (3 December) go on sale tomorrow on Computicket. The first stage of ticket sales are online-only: on Tuesday 19 June at 09:00am, fans...

  • Mozilla to build ‘simple’ iPad browser

    This is interesting. Mozilla is set to build a browser for the iPad. And here's the thing: it has no tabs or search bars. According to Mozilla, the browser called Junior (cute right) "makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up". TechCrunch reports that browsing the web is reduced to pressing one of three buttons -- "forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar. The rest of the page is pure web". Mozilla is also working on Search Tabs, which it claims takes "search to...