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  • Cage dancing, Doctor Who, Tesla coils and some Gaga

    Last year's blockbuster release of Nicholas Cage's The Sorcerer's Apprentice featured the phenomena of musical Tesla coils. The spectacular scene when the male lead wows the female lead with his musical Tesla coils catapulted the concept into the mind of the masses. The audio modulation of the output sparks from solid Tesla coils has been an alternative musical phenomena since 2005 when performance art group ArcAttack debuted their custom musical Tesla coils. The coils fire at such a high frequency that they create sound waves though the air. The band's concerts have left audiences in awe and mesmerised...

  • Twitter vs BBC over UK gagging-order lawsuit article

    If you thought that a lawsuit seeking to individually sue more than 30 000 people for sending out 140-character-long messages in one fell swoop was ridiculous and would be thrown out, think again. Seeing as the trial seems to be progressing, Twitter has now in its own way -- through tweets -- officially stated its position on the matter. Speaking at the niftily named "eG8" summit in Paris yesterday, Twitter's recently appointed GM of European Operations Tony Wang, seems to have raised some controversy. A BBC report stated: "Tony Wang said people who did 'bad things' needed to defend themselves." Under...

  • New music streaming collaboration between Facebook and Spotify

    According to Forbes magazine, Facebook and Spotify will be collaborating on a streaming music service at the world's largest online social network. A Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday that it had no news to announce on that front, but pointed out founder Mark Zuckerberg commenting at a G8 summit that the California company is interested in making the music and film industries more social. "Many of the most popular music services around the world are integrated with Facebook and we're constantly talking to our partners about ways to improve these integrations," the Facebook spokesman said. "Specific to Spotify, we consistently point to...

  • S-oh no!-ny hacked. Again

    Sony on Tuesday said its websites in three countries had been hacked with 8,500 Greek user accounts compromised, in a blow to efforts to restore confidence after a huge data breach affecting millions. Websites in Thailand and Indonesia had also been affected, it said. The Japanese entertainment and technology giant said data taken from Greek accounts included email addresses, telephone numbers, names and passwords but that credit card data had not been stolen in the latest attacks. Analysts say such breaches threaten to... Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Online shopping is the ‘it’ thing for the fashion conscious

    Online shopping is a growing trend and an aspect of it that has seen a remarkable growth recently is the fashion sector. People are increasingly shopping online to find good deals especially with the recent introduction of group buying. South Africa's online marketplace, bidorbuy.co.za, reported a growth in its clothing, shoes and accessories section of 73% from early 2010 to the same period in 2011. "Clothing is one of the large growth areas that we have seen on our site and we expect this growth to continue", explains Jaco Jonker, CEO of bidorbuy. Men's clothing, shoes and accessories...

  • Faster fingers are making us weaker

    For the emergent generation of adolescents and pre-adolescents, at least in developed economies, constant high-speed internet access and online networking have become the very air they breathe. A new study, however, has some cautionary advice. The study, published in Acta Paediatrica, has renewed concerns about how digital life has led children off the playground and into the computer room… permanently. The study concludes that the average 10-year-old today is far weaker physically than his counterpart just a decade ago. His arm strength has fallen by 26%, he can do 27% less sit-ups, and he is less likely to be...

  • App of the week: Listbook

    This week I take a look at Listbook, an app that helps to boost productivity through its absolute ease of use and simple, but effective, design. I am, like all of you out there (but probably a lot more so), very guilty of falling into the habit of procrastination. Small and seemingly insignificant tasks, be it at home or at work, simply just don’t get attended to because they are just that: small and insignificant (and probably don’t need to be ... Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Reports: Google to announce smartphones will replace credit cards

    If one thought that Google would take a minute's rest after yet another highly successful I/O conference earlier this month where a slew of new Google products and developments – most notably Google Music – were announced and released, think again. According to "a source familiar with the matter", Google is expected to launch what just may be its most groundbreaking innovation yet – smartphones that we'll use like credit and debit cards. According to these sources, on Thursday, in a New York press conference the California-based internet giant has called to see its "latest innovations" -- but will not...

  • Turning your business into a social community

    Social media has reduced the barriers to entry. Today any business can access the internet and begin an online market where transport costs, logistics and advertising co-ordination simply don’t matter. Whereas previously capital stood as a barrier, getting started is much easier. But with more competition, the loyalty factor has become even more crucial. However, how do you gain a following? With the internet spreading, it’s also spread something less tangible but no less crucial: ideas. When philosopher Richard Weaver said Ideas Have Consequences in a book by the same title he may as well have been speaking to businesses. Today...

  • Experts discuss social media and CRM ahead of #SMWF Cape Town

    Social media marketing has slotted nicely into many African businesses’ marketing mix. But in this two way conversation, both parties decide the direction and purpose of the channel, and it would appear that, far from happily wolfing down a stream of social media marketing messages, consumers actually want to talk back. Unfortunately, some of them are angry, and what they want say to you shoots straight into the public domain, and might stay there forever. Fortunately, some companies are working on changing this. Social media can present more than a fresh new marketing opportunity. With the correct approach, channels...

  • Yahoo! Freshens its mail client

    Yahoo is not asleep at the email wheel – it’s no longer the first pick it once was, but still manages to bring out new features and better functionality in it’s every-few-years update cycle. This iteration is a winner, although the best features need a premium subscription. I like Yahoo Mail, and in theory there are some 284-millions users who agree with me, though many users will admit to creating numerous alternate accounts from different service providers as a trial or as an email backup facility. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Finding influencers is more than just comparing their Klout score

    Lots of people in PR and marketing are enamored by services such as Klout, PeerIndex, and Empire Avenue, which seek to provide a quick assessment on any person's online influence. Influence is an important thing online. Marketers are interested in which influencers will help their campaigns. Online influence is the new celebrity endorsement. Using these online influencers to endorse campaigns ensures reach for the brand and campaign, so marketers believe. If you want to know the top influencers in a specific niche market, services such as Klout, PeerIndex and Empire Avenue will provide you with a simple number for...

  • Two-thirds of China’s population have mobile phones

    The Chinese government announced on Tuesday that the country now has more than 900-million mobile phone subscribers. This mean that nearly two-thirds of the world's most populous nation are using mobile phones. The nation's army of mobile phone users grew by over 41-million in the first quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of mobile phone subscribers to 900.39-million, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said. Mobile phone use has exploded in China in recent years as handset prices and user charges have dropped, while the continual arrival of new technologies on the market has spurred sales. According to government figures,...

  • Why can’t Google win at social?

    The number of times that Google has failed at delivering a successful ‘social’ product is in danger of rising to an embarrassing degree. Google Wave is no longer actively developed for use; Buzz has experienced low usage, and seems to most to yield little value; Latitude never gained traction like Foursquare has; Orkut (Google’s Facebook like social network) is perhaps its most successful project but can claim little popularity outside of Brazil and India. Recently the latest attempt to make headlines is ‘+1’, but this is yet to prove itself and opinion is divided on whether it is following a...

  • Apple finally joins the cloud music game

    It seems Apple has decided to shake things up in the world of cloud music. Amazon and Google unveiled their offerings first, now Apple is ready to join the party. According to a New York Times report, "The company has signed contracts with Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and the Warner Music Group to license those labels’ recordings for its new service. It is still negotiating with Universal Music Group, the largest of the four labels, but that deal could be finished as early as next week." Online retail giant, Amazon launched its music offering, Cloud Drive, a few months ago...