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  • 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...

  • PayPal’s new mobile card reader targets Square, world domination

    PayPal is going after mobile payment service Square in big way. The ecommerce giant announced that it is looking to go global with its new payment app and card reader. They new product, called PayPal Here, (not quite as catchy as Square right?) reportedly allows merchants to accept payments by swiping cards in the card reader, scanning cards and checks using their phone cameras, or manually entering card information into the app. PayPal’s vice president of mobile, David Marcus claims the decision to launch the new product was down to demand from small business owners: We’ve heard small businesses loud and clear. They don’t...

  • Tweet your way to cheaper pizza

    Everyone loves a good pizza -- but what people love more is a discount. Pizza outlet Col’Cacchio has just launched its "Slice the Price" viral campaign which has seen it take to Twitter, encouraging people to tweet the hashtag associated with the campaign (#priceslice) to generate a buzz around the brand. The more someone tweets #priceslice the greater the discount they receive on their next pizza. The campaign has only been launched on social media platforms and in order to redeem their discount patrons need to whisper the tag line “Price Slice” when ordering. Taking cognizance of...

  • Pinterest rolls out redesigned profile pages

    Up-and-coming social player Pinterest has gone live with the first major update to its profile pages since launching a couple of years ago. The redesign lends profiles a new, more streamlined look. This is much the same approach that Facebook and Twitter took with their most recent updates. In fact, our first reaction on seeing Memeburn's new profile was something along the lines of “Hey, it looks like Timeline!” We noticed, however, that the redesign hasn’t quite been blended seamlessly into the rest of Pinterest’s design The updates also allow you to reorder your boards, gives you a clearer view of activity,...

  • Anonymous-OS is fake, ‘wrapped in trojans’

    When we found out about Anymous-OS, we had our suspicions that it might not actually be from everyone’s hacktivist group. The worse-than-usual English was one warning sign. The warning directing users not to attack any websites was another. A warning from The Hacker News that “the OS “is not developed by any Genuine Source, can be backdoored OS by any Law enforcement Company or Hacker” didn’t help either. Now one of Anonymous' official Twitter accounts has rubbished the legitimacy of the OS, adding that it was “wrapped in Trojans”. The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped...

  • Tencent set to expand into search, other markets

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is already a dominant player in the online space. It owns a number of chat properties, microblogging sites, social networks, and multiplayer online gaming portals both in China and around the world. Turns out that’s not enough. The company, which is part-owned by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, says it wants to expand into new business areas including search and ecommerce. "We will continue to invest selectively, but forcefully, in emerging growth opportunities, notably ecommerce and search," the company said in a statement. It claims that it is making these investments in a bid...

  • TED brings ‘ideas worth spreading’ to Android

    This is very cool, if a little long in the making. TED, the organisation behind the renowned conference series of the same name, has just launched its Android app. The free app features over 1 200 talks from a wide variety of people, including “education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends”. It also includes curated audiostreams The apps launch has not yet been tweeted out by the non-profit’s official Twitter account, or by its curator Chris Anderson. TED’s tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and it seems to believe that Android’s position as the world’s number one...

  • Why competition for the SKA Telescope is important for tech

    A recent article in Nature states that South Africa has won the backing of the SKA Site Advisory Committee to host the SKA Telescope. Although the report states that the victory was by a very narrow margin, it is great news for South Africa and many of the other participating African nations. If you're wondering what this has to do with your usual dose of IT news, it's actually very important. The SKA Telescope is a radio telescope that consists of over 3 000 radio dishes with a total surface area of one kilometer squared. In order for it to...

  • 4 Tips for pitching your great idea to a blog

    Part of being a blogger is constantly advertising your ideas as unique. Even if you maintain your own site, you have to establish credibility. Writing guest blogs on other prominent sites is one of the most effective ways to make yourself known as a thought leader in your niche. Here are a few tips for pitching ideas to other bloggers. 1. Know the blog You’ve got an amazing topic in mind, and you want a reputable site take a chance on you. You can increase your odds of being picked up by doing some research. Don’t pitch your ideas blindly. You could...

  • 5 Ways real estate agents can use social media to sell houses

    Real estate agents aren't exactly renowned for their tech-savvy, and being listed among the 10 most hated professions, next to bouncers and motorcycle couriers, is a bit embarrassing. Looking for ways to turn this perception around, estate agents, like so many professions before them, are turning to social media. Memeburn decided to take a look at a few ways they can use the medium to sell houses. 1. Taking offline skills online In the world of estate agents open houses, listings and viewings are crucial to selling property and going digital is making it easier. WellcomeMat is a great example of this....

  • Review: Griffin Protector case for iPhone 4 and 4S

    The Griffin Protector case for iPhone 4 and 4S is a $US20 piece of silicone rubber that wraps around your phone to protect the back, sides and bezel and has a matte texture on the exterior which improves grip. It has cutouts for the front and back camera, headphone jack and noise-cancelling microphone, mute switch, ear piece as well as speaker/microphone grills and Dock Connector at the bottom. The Protector is part of Griffin’s ruggedised Armored line, so it falls into the same category as the extreme-duty Survivor case. Incidentally, the Survivor case meets US and UK Departments of Defense standards....

  • What Firefox has planned for 2012

    Last year, Mozilla managed to get Firefox back on track. While the long delay of Firefox 4 gave competitors like the up-and-coming Google Chrome a chance to gain quite a bit of market share. Mozilla adapted to the changing environment and switched to a Chrome-like rapid-release schedule that is focused on releasing a new version every six weeks. Given these short release cycles, it's good to keep the larger picture in view sometimes and, thankfully, Mozilla today provided us with a nice overview of what we can expect from Firefox over the coming months. The organisation has discussed most of...