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  • New Twitter ‘great for brands’, enables easy tweet embedding for websites

    Twitter has rolled out a slew of changes. Included in the changes are a redesign and features which the social network claims will make it easier for people to embed tweets on their blogs and websites. Twitter says the changes will also help advertisers "create an even more compelling destination" for their brands. According to Twitter, the new "simplified design", which will appear on both the web and mobile versions (although only on mobile at first) of the social network, makes it "easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new". ...

  • Renault launches in-car tablet, R-Link [LeWeb]

    French car manufacturing giant, Renault chose LeWeb 11 to launch its new in-car tablet device, R-LINK: A seven inch tablet that offers a multimedia experience for consumers on the move. The device is described as an "integrated, connected tablet" that enables drivers to control their car functions without "taking their eyes off the road". R-LINK has a large 18cm tactile display that steers wheel-mounted controls with speech recognition. The tablet also delivers comprehensive connectivity for automotive services and applications in a bespoke AppStore called the "R-LINK Store." "R-LINK Store will pack more than 50 existing useful and community smartphone applications adapted...

  • App development made easy with Tappnology

    App stores are big business and with US$15-billion in revenue expected to pour into their combined coffers by 2012, everyone is looking for a slice of tasty, app pie. Especially the Dube brothers, Fredrick and Michael, creators of startup Tappnology. They promise "to go the extra mile to make sure your application shines". Enthusiasm we like. Tappnology creates mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, with the iPad being the only current device with a workable app. Tappnology currently has one product to show for its hard work, the clumsily named Tweetwallsaver. Did I need “dazzling photo, tweet and video...

  • Samsung’s Australian Christmas wish against Apple granted

    Just in time for the integral Christmas sales period, despite Apple’s claims of copyright infringement, courts have ruled that Samsung can sell the contentious Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia. The sales ban, first instituted in October of this year, was one amongst many South Korea’s Samsung has suffered in its global copyright war against the Apple behemoth. In November, despite another court finding that Samsung could sell the Android powered tablet, Apple was able to get a temporary stay on that order effectively meaning that the ban was still in place. A full bench of the High Court, however, rejected Apple’s...

  • Google+ draws Gmail, Contacts into its circle

    Google is integrating features of its nascent social effort, Google+, into Gmail and contacts. The new features allow people to grow their circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all their contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all from within Gmail. The new features are embedded right in the heart of the Gmail experience. According to Google, every time you open an email from someone “you can see the most recent post they’ve shared with you on the right-hand side of the conversation”. But what if said person isn't already in your circles? Not a problem,...

  • ‘Christianist’ US Presidential candidate faces fire over viral YouTube ad

    In just over a day of being online, an advertisement -- which has gone viral -- of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has led to him facing staunch and sustained criticism online. In the 30 second ad, airing in the key battleground state of Iowa, a smiling Perry, the current governor of Texas, proudly declares his faith and promises to end what he terms “Obama's war on religion”. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly...

  • Next social wave to sweep away ‘nonsense’ like Foursquare: Forrester

    We are in a social, goldrush bubble era and we have literally "run out of time" to give to the increasing social services and applications that are proliferating on the internet, says George Colony, the boss of Forrester Research. He believes that the current crop of trendy social businesses like the location-based, check-in social network, Foursquare, are "nonsense" -- and they will eventually be swept away in a new "post-social era". This is because these services require more time of users... time that users cannot give. Colony says that people in the Western world are "using social" more than they...

  • 12 absolutely incredible lessons for entrepreneurs from Bill Gross [LeWeb]

    It's rare that you see a talk that resonates so deeply and makes complete, fundamental sense. You have the realisation that experience, genius and truth is in the same room as you and you are having those "aha" moments every minute -- and it's exhilarating. Bill Gross is an entrepreneurial genius. He runs a company called Idealab, started in 1996. He founded the company to create and build successful businesses that capitalise on innovations in areas with growth opportunities. Naturally the internet is a key focus for the company. Idealab has been busy: It has started about 100 companies, had...

  • Why you should be considering hybrid mobile apps

    If you've ever had any need to develop mobile apps, you'll probably be aware of the choice between going native or web app. For those not aware, native apps are developed using the language and platform of the phone in question (Objective C for iPhone, Java for Android etc.). Web apps, on the other hand, run in the mobile browser of the device. Like all great techie debates, the reasons for choosing one or the other relate to performance, design and even philosophy. Not everyone, however, is aware of the existence of a third option -- a hybrid of...

  • Flipboard brings its magic to iPhone

    Flipboard, the iPad application which turns social media into a glossy publication, is now available for the iPhone. Download Flipboard for iPhone, sign in or sign up, link your social media accounts and start seeing how it "declutters your social life." For iPhone users, the large-screen format of Flipboard has been condensed into a bite-sized experience thanks to the addition of a new feature called “Cover Stories”. With Cover Stories, Flipboard users can quickly catch up with their friends on Twitter and Facebook. It's a smart, friendly app and leagues better than trawling through the ponderous Facebook/Twitter apps for iPhone....

  • Why regionalised Yahoo! portals make sense

    Yahoo! has been rolling out regionalised and localised versions of its portals for years. This year it rolled out portals in emerging markets like South Africa and Romania. The multinational online publisher also has a presence in key emerging market BRIC countries, including Brazil, Russia, India and China. It does not have a dedicated presence in any other part of Africa, besides South Africa and some North African countries. The veteran internet player, the old man of the internet, serves hundreds of millions of page impressions a month. Daily, it says it serves 15-billion ad impressions. That’s a boat-load of inventory. The...

  • What America’s piracy act means for business and innovation [Infographic]

    America’s proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), if passed, has massive ramifications. Any website deemed to be hosting copyrighted material stands the chance of having access to its domain name blocked. That means a whole slew of mashups, fan tributes and unauthorised remixes would disappear from the internet forever. Sites that depend on online advertising could also have their revenue completely cut off, as the act would empower the Attorney General to ban them from using online payment facilities such as PayPal and Visa. Despite fact that the law is American, its jurisdiction does not stop at US borders. Court orders...

  • Facebook fixes bug that gave access to private photos

    Social networking giant Facebook has fixed a bug in its photo sharing system. The bug allowed users to view pictures that other users, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, had made private. The bug was first spotted noted on a body-building forum and involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate content. When a user reported a member’s profile picture as inappropriate, they were asked if they had other photographs to report. This then gave them access to other private photos. "We discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously,"...

  • Citizen news anchor with Flud 2.0

    You’ve heard of Citizen Journalist? Well how about Citizen News Anchor? Content-curation, the favoured buzzword of Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson comes to life in Flud, a Flipboard-like news aggregator app for iOS. While Flipboard captured the hearts and minds of iPad owners (and now iPhone), the very similar Flud 2.0 attempts to add a distinctive news aggregation flavour of its own. From the beating heart of San Diego where its corporate offices are based, Flud 2.0 promises “an information ecosystem where the audience is empowered to influence the news.” So much like Flipboard, then. What can Flud 2.0 offer over...

  • The future is social, local, mobile, says Google’s Eric Schmidt

    Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says that all the "interesting applications" of the future are going to be a combination of social, local and mobile. "All the best engineering is going into mobile apps," he said at the LeWeb conference in Paris. The fundamentals of social, mobile and local have been a fundamental truth for human beings for years and we're now using technology, specifically internet-connected phones, to enhance that. The social part is what we do as human beings -- we speak to our friends and network. The mobile part is we are always on the move and travelling. The local...