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TED launches initiative to bring ‘lessons worth sharing’ to high schoolers

TED 2011 TED, the organisation behind the popular conference series with the same name, launched a new initiative that aims to bring TED-like video content to high school students. The idea here is to repackage existing TED talks as well as videotaped lessons from teachers around the world with additional graphics and effects to make them more palatable to a younger audience. As TED's curator Chris Anderson notes, the organisation doesn't claim that TED-Ed, as this new program is called, will "transform ...

Online journalism

Data journalism: where coders and journos meet

News Image How do you make sense of a growing data pile spit out by the internet? The number of journalists who can analyse and write stories based on this data is still relatively small. At a time when large numbers of journalists are being laid off -- because print newspapers are closing or decreasing the number of editors -- data journalism is becoming a great way to get value out of journalistic work. Newspapers are also exploring it, and data journalism could potentially ...

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How influential is your company on social? Brandometer thinks it knows

How do you know how well your brand’s doing on social media? Awards are one way, but they tend to be chosen by industry “experts”. They also tend to roll around on a fairly irregular basis, so you can’t be sure if your latest campaign has put you ahead of your competitors. What you need is a way of benchmarking yourself across a variety of platforms, against your closest competitors and the best practitioners of social media. A new tool called ...

Humour, Video

Siri gets her Led out, sings ‘Stairway to Heaven’ [Video]

We know Apple’s celebrated voice assistant Siri can do a whole lot, but did you know she could soon be the voice of the entire iTunes catalogue? Apple-centric parody news site Scoopertino has imagined a present in which Tim Cook and co. have become so enamoured with Siri that they decide to drop musicians entirely and let Siri take over on vocal duties for every song ever licensed to iTunes. “Apple started a revolution by signing the major music companies. ...

News

Highlight: the app that lets you know who’s nearby

A brand new iPhone app has been released that alerts people when they’re near someone they share a connection with. Actually the app, called Highlight, does a little more than that. According to its App Store description: If someone standing near you also has Highlight, their profile will show up on your phone. You can see their name, photos of them, mutual friends, and anything else they have chosen to share. When you meet someone, Highlight helps you see what ...

Competition

Win online fashion vouchers with Memeburn and Zando.co.za

Love online fashion? Want to win one of 10 fashion vouchers to the tune of R100 each? Why wouldn't you? Shopping online is better than walking into an actual brick-and-mortar store. This is the future, baby, and Memeburn and Zando.co.za wants to help you realise your online shopping fantasy. Zando, which went from a humble startup to a successful online clothing store, knows the online arena. It stocks a mixture of local and international brands, including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, ...

News

Facebook announces ‘next wave’ of Timeline apps

Facebook has announced a slew of new apps for Timeline including ones from Foursquare, Nike, The Onion, VEVO, Fandango, Viddy, Endomondo and RootMusic. The announcement takes the tally of apps on Timeline close to the 3 000 mark. It says the new apps “give people more ways to add their location, fitness, video and media interests to their timeline and share what they love with friends”. Let's take a closer look at what Facebook says some of these new apps can do: Foursquare: ...

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Yahoo! confirms intent to sue Facebook

Yahoo! has confirmed that it will be suing Facebook for patent infringements. At present, details are scant on exactly what patents the troubled internet giant feels Facebook has infringed upon and why it has taken so long in filing a suit. Yahoo! has, however issues an official statement on the issue: Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed. These technologies are ...

Social media, Twitter

Twitter acquires Posterous

Popular blogging platform Posterous has been acquired by Twitter. Posterous announced on Monday that it has been acquired, but that Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption and that users will receive ample notice should there be any changes to its service offering. Alluding to possible upcoming changes, Posterous said in its blog post that it would share instructions on how users can back up their content and export data to alternative services like Wordpress, Tumblr and Blogger in ...

News, Viral videos

Kony 2012: The most viral video in history

Invisible Children wanted to make Joseph Kony's name known around the world. Well the organisation has succeeded. The 30-minute documentary "Kony 2012" is now the most viral video in history according to analytics platform, Visible Measures. Hitting more than 100-million views in six days across the web, the documentary about the Ugandan warlord and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader is the most discussed topic on the web. In its report, Visible Measures found that Kony surpassed other record-setting "viral ...

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