News, Twitter

Australian billionaire plans to build Titanic II, Twitter asks why

Yes, an Australian billionaire is going to build a replica of the Titanic -- imaginatively named the Titanic II -- which is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from England to New York in late 2016. Déjà vu, anyone? According to the Sydney Morning Herald, mining tycoon Clive Palmer has commissioned a Chinese company to construct an almost exact replica of the ill-fated vessel. The Titanic II will apparently be identical to its namesake except for a few modern luxuries, like ...


President Obama roasts HuffPo for its Pulitzer [Video]

The annual White House correspondents dinner is a chance for the US president and his staff to kick back and relax with the media who interrogate their every move on a daily basis. This year President Obama decided to have a dig at the Huffington Post. More specifically he poked fun at the Pulitzer the site won for David Wood's 10 part series on the struggles of wounded American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I’d be remiss if ...


The design-fantastic in Botanicula

Indie developer Amanita Design outdoes itself with this point-and-click exploration game chock full of imagination and flair. Band of Brothers What do Mr. Lantern, Mr. Feather, Mr. Poppy Head, Mr. Twig and Mrs. Mushroom all have in common? Well a quest to save the last seed of their home tree of course. Confused? You should be. One thing you shouldn’t be though is surprised. Coming from the hive mind of Czech company Amanita Design, Botanicula is a product of love. The company ...


Can TweetCharts replace your social media analyst?

Have you ever wished you could run a by-the-numbers social media analysis yourself? You know, without having to go to a company or individual who specialises in the field? Well, if social media scientist Dan Zarella is to be believed, that’s exactly what a new tool he’s developed lets you do. The tool, called TweetCharts, reportedly allows you to enter “any word, phrase, hashtag, URL or username” into it. Zarella claims it will then return a “comprehensive report, including ...


Pepsi to stream live concerts to Twitter followers

Pepsi and Coca Cola have always had what one might generously call a competitive spirit. Now the two soft drink giants appear to be duking it out to see which can provide the best online music experience for its fans. Pepsi has announced that it will be streaming live video of concerts to its followers on Twitter. According to The Next Web, the deal is part of a global advertising campaign that will also feature a television spot with singer ...


Google admits Street View engineer told colleagues about collecting Wi-Fi data

A Google engineer who wrote a program that collected private data from people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks told at least two colleagues he had done so. That’s according to the full version of a report detailing the FCC’s investigation into the internet giant. The issue caused uproar in the US and Europe when it was revealed that data had been collected as Google’s Street View cars drove around capturing images. The program was first written in 2006, and the internet giant ...


Mobile sensors to be worth $6bn by 2016 [Report]

Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are crucial pieces of equipment in our smartphones and tablets. You might take them for granted, or might not even know what they are, but 4-billion are set to be built into our mobile devices by 2016. MEMS include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors -- some of which are crucial to the Augmented Reality and Location-based services found in so many of today’s devices. Thing is, those 4-billion ...

Viral videos

Prometheus international launch trailer is new and spoiler-riffic

You've been bombarded with Prometheus trailers, viral campaigns and Twitter teases but still you want more. Today, your gift is the Prometheus international launch trailer, all 2-minutes and 54-seconds of it. A warning before you watch it. The trailer pretty much gives away 90% of the plot. Ridley Scott fans will be able to pick apart the Aliens references with a fine-toothed comb. The video is just shy of 100 000 views, with most of the comments bemoaning the plot being laid out for ...


Egypt to supply 10k university students with tablets

Egypt is set to give out free tablets to some 10 000 university students. According to Cairo-based newspaper Al-Ahram, the project is a collaboration between the ministries of education and communication. It was announced at Cairo's ICT conference. It is unclear how precisely the government will decide who the tablets go to, but they will be distributed over the next six months according to who needs them most. It also unclear what the specs for the tablet will be, ...

Android, Video

Phandroids, meet your dream bar accessory: KegDroid [Video]

Hey, are you geek who loves beer? Do you ever wish you could combine the two aspects of your personality? Well one Googler named Paul Karff might just have the perfect product for you. It’s called the KegDroid and it lets you select and pour beer from a couple of Kegs using an Android tablet. Okay, that’s might actually complicate things a little and the lay-person might find all the wires and gadgetry behind KegDroid a little confusing. The real ...






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