Innovation

Why competition for the SKA Telescope is important for tech

SKA Telescope 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 ...

Blogs

4 Tips for pitching your great idea to a blog

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. ...

Social media

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

Mortgage 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 ...

Gearburn

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 ...

News

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 ...

News

Google claims it’s winning the war on bad ads

Google is at war. This time it’s not with Facebook, Apple, or any of the other tech giants. No, this time its target is bad ads. According to an official blog post, the internet giant wants is looking to take the same approach to ads that appear on it and its partners sites as it does to spam on Gmail and malware on the Google Play Store. Google claims that. “Like all other internet companies, we’re fighting a war against ...

News

FBI requests Google help after failing to unlock pimp’s cellphone

Here’s one for the books. A US judge has approved request from the FBI that Google give up information on a pimp’s Android phone -- starting with how to get past the pattern screen lock. According to The Verge, the device belongs to one Dante Dears, who was arrested in 2005 for pimping out teenage prostitutes and beating a 15-year-old girl. Following his 2011 release, Dears was reportedly still directing prostitutes running using the phone in question. ...

News

Anonymous-OS goes live, download if you dare

Anonymous Hey, remember when Anonymous created its own um... anonymous social network? Well the lovable hacktivist scamps behind it seem to have made another go at building something. This time it’s an OS. The Linux-based operating system is called, rather imaginatively, Anonymous-OS. According to Source Forge, the OS was created “for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages”. A Tumblr blog dedicated to the OS claims it has been downloaded 4 600 times since going live. The User Interface (UI) actually doesn’t ...

News

Facebook, Google benefit most from Pinterest shares

Pintrest We know Pinterest is great for driving traffic to sites, but who’s actually benefitting the most from the up-and-comer’s surge in popularity? Logically, it should be sites that share some of the visual appeal of Pinterest, or those selling the kind of objects people like to pin -- lifestyle brands in particular should be doing well. A couple are, but according to new data from Experian Hitwise, the company benefitting the most from Pinterest is actually Facebook. That’s a little surprising given that ...

Twitter

#ArsenalLive: Arsenal players talk to fans on Twitter

Tomas Rosicky In what could be a very cool trend for football teams around the world, English professional football club Arsenal F.C held a question and answer session on Twitter. The football club gathered some of its top players to answer questions posed by fans in what it calls a "live Twitter takeover". Takeover seems about right given that hashtag in use #ArsenalLive was the top trending topic on Twitter. Each player, whose identity was kept a secret until the moment they ...

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