Google, SEO

Why Google’s bid to push G+ might harm search quality

Google Google recently introduced search results heavily influenced by relevant signals from people's social circles and promoting G+ content in its search results. The move is an attempt to boost its nascent Google+ social network, which has had a rocky start. I predicted that this strategy would attract legions of marketers hoping to boost traffic to their client sites through new forms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. A torrent of spam on G+ could risk alienating early users of the social network. It ...

Online media

Angry Birds, Harry Potter: 10 interesting fan fiction sites

Angry Birds The worst moments of a good book, movie or television series are when those final words play out and there is nothing more. The agonising pain you feel when a story you've dedicated seven years of your life to ends and there are still so many unanswered questions. When a network cancels a show without so much as a final all-inclusive episode, what do you do? Enter the world of fan fiction, where no matter what the networks or the author ...

Infographic

Bill Gates is better than Batman [Infographic]

Batman's pretty damn cool, with his cowl, cape and gravelly crime-fighting voice, but is he as cool as Bill Gates? Anyone under the spell of Christopher Nolan’s reignited version of the franchise might just be staring at their screens in beggared disbelief at the idea that anyone could even ask that question. An infographic by financial blogger Frugal Dad, however, looks to make a case for Microsoft's billionaire co-founder. "Obviously most of us don't have the kind of ...

Gearburn

App of the week: AVPlayer HD

This week I take a look at AVPlayer HD, a fully functional and easy to use video player for the iPad that completely blows away the competition with its uncluttered usability and unrivalled format support. I'll be honest, when I first decided to get an iPad 2, I justified it to myself by saying that it would be a great addition to my working life and be used to take and effortlessly share notes in meetings, present strategies to potential clients ...

News

Russian answer to Twitter sees phenomenal early growth

Russia’s answer to Twitter is reportedly attracting users in their thousands. Owned by the Mail.ru group, Futubura attracted some 17 000 users within 24 hours of launching, Russian state news agency Ria Novosti reported. When the public beta launch of Futubura was announced, Mail.ru CEO Dmitry Grishin released a statement saying: "We are excited by the opportunity facing Futubra as microblogging is a fast growing segment which fits well into the Mail.Ru Group vision of the growth in internet communications. ...

News

Google+ ‘growing tremendously’, Android still on top

During Google's fourth quarter report on Thursday, Larry Page announced that Google+ now has 90-million global users, showing a 100% growth over the past three months. Page also said that the social network has a 60% "daily engagement" rate. The report showed that the search juggernaut's stock price dipped after "four straight quarters of accelerating growth" in after-hours trading on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. Nonetheless, Page is still "excited" about the company's growth. "Google had a really strong ...

News

Apple worth more than Greece, South Africa

In 2011, Apple briefly passed Exxon Mobil to become the world’s most valuable company. In the wake of the tech company announcing plans to completely reinvent the textbook, however, the tech giant's valuation rose above $400-billion – a record high. Shares in the Cupertino-based megalith fell back from the all time high, leaving it with a $398-billion market value at the end of trading. According to CNN Money, that still puts Apple well ahead of its nearest competitors and the ...

News

Megaupload closed down, Anonymous strikes back

Anonymous is back. After months of peace and quiet, the self-appointed "Anonymous legion" of the internet has taken down websites belonging to the RIAA, Universal Music Group, MPAA, US Copyright Office, EMI and the cherry on top, the FBI itself. This was in retaliation for a federal indictment by the US Justice Department which shut down Megaupload, one of the internet’s largest online hosting sites. The "hacktivists" launched attacks on the various government sites (most of which are now back online) ...

News

Apple looks to completely change textbooks with iBooks 2

illuminated apple Throughout his tenure at Apple, one of Steve Jobs' abiding passions was education. It should hardly be surprising then that the tech giant announced two brand new initiatives aimed at completely updating education during a special event held in New York City. The first initiative looks to completely reinvent the textbook with the launch of iBooks 2. Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller demonstrated the new iteration of iBooks using a biology textbook. The book included a ...

Video

Volkswagen follow up to 2011 viral success involves Star Wars, dogs [Video]

Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen has released a teaser for its 2012 Superbowl commercial. The ad will reprise the Star Wars theme of its wildly successful 2011 ad, but with a twist. The teaser features a chorus of dogs, some dressed in Star Wars regalia, barking out the Imperial March. Less than a day after being uploaded, the teaser had attracted nearly 60 000 hits. Volkswagen promises that the canine chorus will make proper sense come 5 February when the ...

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