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  • Apple to add Baidu support to iOS

    Apple products are already wildly popular in China. Reports of local search support being added to iOS may just take that popularity to a whole new level. According to news site Tech in Asia, reporting via Chinese-language site Sina Tech, Apple will begin integrating Baidu’s search function into iOS next month. Baidu is the dominant search power in China and it currently holds around 84% of the Asian superpower’s internet search revenue. The new implementation will reportedly give Safari users the option of setting Baidu rather than Google as their default search engine. It should be cautioned, however, that...

  • Instagram for Android online signups now live

    Instagram for Android? Hooray! Visit the signup page now, young gadget-freak and become one of the “first in line” to receive news of its imminent arrival. The page itself is a bare-bones effort, but shines brightly with the heat of a 1 000 rainbows. Entering an email address delivers the message of “Thanks for signing up! We’ll be in touch soon!” Thanks for nothing then, Instagram. Thankfully, there is some information on why the brand-spanking new Android Instagram app took so long to arrive, care of Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, the founders of Instagram.var 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");

  • Microsoft Messenger blocks Pirate Bay links

    In the war between online pirates and content producers, it’s pretty obvious which side of the fence Microsoft stands on. The Redmond-based software-giant has started blocking all links to The Pirate Bay in Microsoft Messenger. According to The Verge, anyone who attempts to send through a link to the renowned file-sharing site is met with a reply saying: "the link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe." The error message reportedly appears in Microsoft’s native clients as well as third-party tools such as Pidgin or Adium. The Verge reports, however, that it might not be...

  • Rumour-mill: Samsung Galaxy S III launch set for 30 March?

    Is there a mystery UK launch planned for the Galaxy S III? According to some candid snaps of an Oxford-based retail store, something is “coming soon” from Samsung. The store: Phones 4U. A retail outlet which was the first store to sell the Galaxy Nexus when it initially launched and in our opinion, it would be a waste of time and money to promote a random Samsung phone such as the Pocket or a new Tab. Come 30 March, Oxford may be first location lucky enough to get its hipster claws on the Galaxy S III. var 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");

  • And the winners of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition 2012 are…

    Moments ago LaunchCapeTown announced the winners of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition for 2012. Congratulations to the following teams. Track 1 -- Idea Stage 1st place: Zoe-X 2nd place: Ching 3rd place: Home Bug Track 2 -- Growth Stage 1st place: Snapplify 2nd place: Triggerfish 3rd place: Umuntu Media Earlier today all ten finalists received a second round of coaching and delivered their final pitches in front of the judges, mentors and other finalists. The awards ceremony concludes CTEC 2012, but the three Growth stage winners will receive additional coaching next week, in preparation for the Barcelona Global Entrepreneurship Competition nominations. The winners of both groups receive cash prizes and...

  • LaunchCapeTown: Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition — Day 1

    Memeburn was in the house for day one of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC), part of LaunchCapeTown, the event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. The morning started off with an opening address by Belinda Walker from the City of Cape Town. In her spirited talk, ten teams waiting to deliver their opening pitches listened intently as Walker stressed the the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation. She called Cape Town “a city of contrasts” and highlighted the 28% unemployment rate -- 40% if you include those who are not actively pursuing work. In order to avoid what...

  • Meet the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition

    Last night, at LaunchCapeTown's TechBash opening ceremony, the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC) were announced. LaunchCapeTown is a five day event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. Five finalists were announced for two groups. The "idea stage" group -- businesses that are not trading yet -- and the "growth stage" group -- businesses that have been trading for less than two years or that have been trading for more than two years, with a new product or service or that need capital for expansion. The first round of the competition kicked off today and saw...

  • Pinterest rolls out new terms and conditions, actually makes things better

    Pinterest has updated its terms and conditions as well as its privacy policy. So what? People change their terms and conditions all the time right? What’s so special about a few more lines of text at the bottom of page? Here’s the thing, Pinterest’s new policies lean a lot more toward Google’s motto of “Do no evil” than the internet giant's own recent privacy policy updates do. The social network says the changes were made to be “easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future”. Some of the changes include: Our original...

  • The ‘Flying like a bird’ hoax and the trouble with online advertising

    “My name is Floris Kaayk I’m actually a filmmaker and animator. I’ve been working on an experiment about online media for 8 months...” Now that the Dutch artist Floris Kaayk, also known as Jarno Smeets, the man behind one of the most elaborate internet hoaxes of recent times has come clean, how do you feel? You’re a dreamer and for a moment Kaayk’s project inspired you, you defended it to the hilt. You’re disappointed. You’re a skeptic and you gasped as high-profile news sources reported the story as a matter of fact. You feel vindicated. You were undecided, teetering back and...

  • 17 Movies worth geeking out to in 2012

    I have learnt a great many things from movies. Every time I read a book, a comic or a graphic novel, I imagine what it would look like as a movie. The action packed sequences, emotional transitions and character development. I love seeing how a director's eye interprets the written word. Sometimes they win... sometimes they lose. I believe 2012 will cater for all geeks movie-wise. Hollywood is bringing its A game and tinseltown clearly has all you geeky movie fanatics out there in mind. The cheesy one liners, the cinematic theme songs, the hyper intense scores, the over extravagant...

  • Pay per click advertising: You’re doing it wrong

    "Too many digital agencies are focused wholly on driving traffic to their clients’ sites without providing any insight into what to do with it," says Michèle Macnab, head of the Pay Per Click team at digital marketing agency World Wide Creative. We chatted a bit and she gave me five tips for managers wanting to oversee a profitable PPC campaign. Macnab has widespread experience, both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, working on a large variety of Pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns with clients across sectors including tourism, legal, retail, IT, e-commerce and online gambling. "Nowadays," says Macnab, "An increasing number...

  • Facebook, Google and the death of online privacy [Infographic]

    I’ve come to the conclusion that online privacy is pretty much dead. Remember the early days of the internet, where everyone used fake names or nicknames and didn't enter their real location because there were creepy people out there in cyberspace that you were supposed to hide from? Then along came Facebook, which wasn’t interested in your pseudonym: it wanted your real name and birthdate, please. Twitter defaults to public profiles and Google has now gone and shared pretty much everything you've ever told one of its services with the rest of the Google family. Add cookies, IP addresses, tracking...

  • Heads up, DropGifts is taking social gifting to South Africa

    DropGifts, the service that lets you send free and paid gift cards to your friends on Facebook, will be launching in South Africa by the end of Q1 2012. Backed by Rocket Internet -- the German web incubator run by the Samwer brothers -- DropGifts is expanding its rollout strategy into emerging markets following good traction in the UK, France and Germany. Rocket is famous for its clone sites and DropGifts is no different. It follows the same recipe as the Swedish Wrapp. How does it work? DropGifts connects to your Facebook account and pulls in your friend list. Although...

  • China is winning with staggering internet stats

    With a population close to 1.3-billion (yes, that's a 'B'); it's hardly surprising that Chinese internet statistics are staggeringly high. In fact, in 2011 almost half of all mobile subscriptions and two-thirds of the internet users in the six Asia-Pacific countries that were surveyed by Euromonitor International were from China. But how does this compare to the Western world and what impact does this have? While China's population does make it easy to achieve these kinds of internet user and mobile subscription numbers, it must be said that China has invested a tremendous amount in infrastructure. In a Forrester Research...

  • Intel’s narcissism machine… oh what fun

    In its infinite wisdom, Intel has decided to give social network users a digital self-obsession tool -- because Googling oneself is so passé. The chip maker built a tool that creates an infographic that’s all about you. Oh yay. Mirror Mirror on the web, who is the fairest of them all? The app, called "What About Me?", gathers information from your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube profiles to produce a data visualisation of your entire social media profile. Yep, why Google when you can do this? The graphic looks something like a flower that tracks your interests based on what you tweet and...