Online journalism

The ‘Golden Age’ of tech blogging is over? I don’t think so

Given that the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is usually very slow in the tech blogging world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jeremiah Owyang’s linkbait post about the end of the “Golden Age of Tech Blogging” got its fair share of attention when it came out. My old boss Marshall Kirkpatrick and former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy already wrote some pretty good rebuttals of Owyang’s ideas, but I want to add a few thoughts to this ...

Mobile apps

PriceCheck launches Barcode App for savvy shoppers

Barcode scanning, the ever budding technology is now being rolled out by to make comparison shopping that much easier. Books, dvds, and over seven million products support barcode scanning. Like the site itself, the PriceCheck app (which can be downloaded from the iTunes store) is exceptionally simple to use. The download is less than a meg, and works in seconds flat. Practically no interaction is required by the user, outside of holding the camera in front of a barcode. The ...


Tech spending projected at more than $1 trillion in 2012

Smartphones and tablet computers will help push worldwide consumer electronics spending to more than US$1 trillion this year though growth is sluggish compared to last year, according to industry analysts. "Most product categories are slowing down or going into contraction," Steve Bambridge, global business director for GfK Boutique Research said ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. "Really there are two main exceptions: tablets and smartphones," Bambridge said at a press conference before the official opening of the ...


Logitech presents the Cube, a mouse that is a projector

Dynamite comes in tiny, chocolate sized packages with the advent of the Logitech Cube. Scepticism be damned, the Cube is a mouse cum projector. As a mouse, it fits snugly in the palm of your hand. Lift it off the surface and it changes to projector mode. The Cube is an optical mouse, with the scrolling wheel removed. Navigating a page involves running your finger up or down the rippled surface of the Cube. According to Logitech, the Cube is small ...


Are you a geek or a nerd? [Infographic]

Traditionally most people don't like being called geeks or nerds, but the derogatory connotations associated with these words are being cast away like sand in the hourglass these days. Like it or not, most people these days fall into one of two categories. Before Steve Jobs made mobile phones cool again, geeks and nerds were generally considered to be the same lifestyle choice. Geeks are now considered to be those who have wrapped themselves around their specific lifestyle choice and ...

Social media

What’s going to happen to social media in 2012?

Social networks Memeburn asked me to give my thoughts on trends in social media for 2012. I had a look around to see what other people were saying and discovered that the Net is jam-packed with predictions for the coming year, so writing this article feels a bit like I'm pissing in a river and watching it rise. While many writers are posting about how Facebook will cross the 1-billion user mark or Facebook will decline in popularity, I'm more interested in ...

General Tech

5 big tech stories to look out for in 2012

News Image I saw a joke going around recently … according to tech-experts at Apple, 2012 is actually 2011S. Rather funny, considering I just got myself an iPhone 4S a week ago. It looks and feels exactly like the iPhone4. I upgraded from the iPhone 3GS, so it was a big shift for me, but it really does look the same. Hopefully 2012 will be a little more exciting than a rehash of 2011. So what do the big giants in the Industry ...


Not a Review: Verbatim Netbook USB drive so small it’s almost not even there

Not a cricket chirped. Not a tumbleweed rustled in the chill wind. I sat contemplating the tiny little Verbatim Netbook USB solid state drive squatting on the mound of the fleshy part of my thumb. It sure is tiny — imagine you take the metal bit of a USB plug in hand, and with a sharp lightsaber cut off everything but a little plastic nubbin to grab hold of, and you would have the Netbook USB drive. I looked up, bemused. ...

Advertising & Marketing, Video

8 Great holiday ads on YouTube [Videos]

YouTube2 More and more companies are recognising the diverse array of holiday occasions out there and tailoring adverts to each one. Depending which side of the fence you sit on, you might call it the height of cynicism or good customer relations. Whatever your feelings, there are times when special occasions and the world of marketing come together to produce special adverts. Memeburn decided to scour the depths of YouTube and find, in no particular order, eight of the best. 1. ...

CES, Gearburn

Meet Acer Aspire S5, world’s ‘thinnest, lightest’ ultrabook

Acer has lifted the lid on the Acer Aspire S5, a 15mm supermodel, thinner than a MacBook Pro (24.1mm). At CES, the “thinnest and lightest” laptop which “sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors” moved into the bustling ultrabook spotlight. With a 13.3 inch screen, 15mm thickness and weighing just 1.35kg, the Acer Aspire S5 is a razors edge in a world filled with dull knives. Read more on






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