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#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 ...

Mobile apps

InstaGamer brings gaming to Instagram

Instagamer App We all know Instagram is great. There’s a reason Apple named it App of the Year for iPhone in 2011. But even with all its filters it has limited entertainment value. What if you took the photos from your Instagram feed and turned them into a game? That could be fun right? Turns out there’s an app for that too... InstaGamer made its way onto the app store a few hours ago and works sort of like the card memory game Pairs. ...

Facebook

The mechanics of a Facebook breakup [Case Study]

Broken heart Susan Sontag said that photographs "furnish instant history, instant sociology and instant participation." Nowhere is this truer than on Facebook. A user’s photos create an "instant history". "Instant society" is created by who is tagged in the photographs and where, and "instant participation" by the ability that all the friends have to comment on the photographs even if they were not part of the moment that has been captured. When I first started studying the Facebook profile of the beautiful and ...

Startup news

Fabhunter: The new visual bookmarking startup with big dreams

fabhunter Tastemakers. Trendsetters. Fashionistas. Fabhunter aims to become a nexus where these fashion aficionados collide. Launched in January of this year, Fabhunter is a new “social fashion discovery engine” that relies on user generated content to facilitate fashion discovery and trend forecasting. As a collective, Fabhunter aims to become a harbinger for fashion trends, but also a platform where individuals can become tastemakers by showcasing their fashion sense and intuition about trends through visual bookmarking. Fabhunter is self-funded and was founded by Werner ...

News

Over a third of China’s online population are mobile-only users [Report]

Mobile Only Internet 3 China has the world’s largest online population, topping out at over 500-million users. That’s interesting enough in its own right. More interesting though, is the fact that over a third of those users only use mobile devices to access the internet. That’s one of the key findings of a new report from research company On Device. If the report is to be believed, then around 38% of China’s online population only access the internet on mobile devices. If that isn't ...

Social media

SXSW: Spotify’s Ken Parks talks about the future of music consumption

Ken Parks It's a favourite topic of discussion in these new-frontier times -- the future of music and how it's consumed by fans. Spotify, the digital music service, is driving this conversation forward by providing a music discovery and sharing platform that has resonated with both artists and fans. According to Spotify's Chief Content Officer Ken Parks, we're only just getting a glimpse now of how those two elements fit together and can be mutually beneficial. Parks says there are 10-million active users ...

Google, Social media

Meet the chefs making money from Google+

Chef My wife is a great cook. But she went for lessons and that's why she is better than me in the kitchen. If your cooking sucks, you might want to meet these forward thinking chefs on Google+. They have built a service on top of Google+ Hangouts which is the video feature of Google+, and they’ve aptly named the service Chef Hangout. Here is how it works. Once you've paid for a cooking lesson, you can join the class via a Google+ ...

General Tech

Most of your website’s traffic doesn’t come from humans

You work hard on your your website right? You enjoy every spike in traffic like it was the first. After all, it must mean people are enjoying the content on your site. That's true for the traffic you can see. It turns out, however, the majority of visits to your site don't actually show up because they don't come from humans. Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites, released a study today showing that 51% of website traffic is automated ...

News

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner steps down as chairman of Mail.ru

Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Yuri Milner, has stepped down as chairman of the board of directors of Mail.ru, one of the largest internet companies in Russia. Milner is also the founder of international investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), and has invested in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Y Combinator and ZocDoc through Mail.ru and DST. In a press release issued by Mail.ru, the group announced that current CEO Dmitry Grishin was elected to the board and promptly appointed as its new ...

Future Trends

5 Reasons your personal computer is dead

cloud-computing The reign of the personal computer as the sole access device is coming to a close, and by 2014 the "personal cloud" will replace the computer at the centre of users' digital lives. "Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices," said Steve Kleynhans from research company, Gartner. "Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of ...

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