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Syrian government blocks access to WhatsApp

The latest mobile tool to suffer at the hands of a dictatorial regime isn’t a social network, or even an inflammatory mobile site. It’s SMS killer WhatsApp. The instant messaging service sent out a Tweet from its official account, stating that it had been banned in Syria: We are told that WhatsApp is now being blocked in Syria. A blow to free speech and open communications everywhere. Sad day for freedom.— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 5, 2012 According to TheNextWeb, killing ...

Google

Google’s privacy policy: ‘This stuff matters’

google piracy Google's new privacy policy is probably pretty old news to you by now. After all, for every search that you do, you get a nice notification from Google that its privacy policy is changing and that "This stuff matters...". If you've bothered to read it, you will know that Google intends to amalgamate all of the data that they collect about you into a single account profile. Unsurprisingly, the new policy has divided reception across the internet. Google fans can't see ...

Future Trends, Social media

What does Foursquare have in common with Harry Potter?

marauders map Dennis Crowley’s vision for Foursquare may have something in common with the Marauder’s Map from the Harry Potter series. Crowley recently told Memeburn that he wants to develop Foursquare so that users will be able to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of their friends, family and other social network contacts. The Marauder’s Map allows its user to find out where anyone is on the Hogwarts grounds. Sound familiar? Thing is, to use the map, you have to utter the words “I solemnly swear I’m ...

Gearburn

The Vodafone Smart Tab 10: have we seen it all before?

Vodafone Smart Tab Ah man, the sense the excitement in the Vodafone boardroom when its latest product was unveiled must have been palpable. A tablet! And a 10-inch one at that! At least one person, caught up in a state of self-congratulatory revelry, must have dared to think: “Look out Apple, here we come”. Good news, Tim Cook and co. The Vodafone Smart Tab isn’t the device that’ll knock your company back to the nightmare days of the late 90s. It’s a decent tablet, ...

Social media

Want to know how your intern feels? Check out these social media accounts

Social Media Meet the intern. They are the youngsters braving the grown-up world of office life to gain experience after graduating with fresh dreams and hopes of one day having a good career. Before any of that can happen an intern’s main purpose is to be the office sucker for up to three months, often longer. It can be frustrating. But at least there’s one place they can vent (fairly) safely: social media. A few of these venters even have Twitter accounts and ...

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Facebook status saves woman from attackers

Facebook can be used to catch criminals, but it can also help save victims. A South African woman was saved from two armed robbers who had physically assaulted and threatened to rape her, after updating her Facebook status. According to The Beeld newspaper, the attackers tied up the woman in her bedroom together with her 10-year-old son. They also stole her cellphone and told her that they would kill her husband when he came home. The woman then managed ...

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Android now world’s most popular mobile browser

Android is winning -- hang on a moment Apple fans, take a deep breath and let me finish before you start pounding your keyboards in anger -- the mobile browser wars. According to the latest figures from StatCounter, Android’s native browser has officially taken over from Opera’s as the most used on the planet. Android’s market infiltration has grown two percent in the last couple of months to just under 23%. Opera meanwhile has declined from a high of just ...

Infographic

You’re busted! 20 Facebook related crimes solved [Infographic]

Just when you thought Facebook's reach couldn't get any longer, it goes and surprises you. Our daily obsession with the social network is making it more and more important in society. One of the biggest fears we have about the web is that it's an easy medium for criminals to operate in. But now it seems authorities are taking back the space. Over the last few years they've donned their social media caps and busted some criminals with a few ...

Gearburn

Win a 2GB Walkman with Sony and Gearburn

Stand a chance to win with Gearburn and Sony -- we are giving away a 2GB Sony Walkman B series to one deserving winner. The Sony Walkman Digital Player is a next-gen iteration of the famous Walkman series made popular in the 80s. This model comes with 2GB internal memory, enough space for close to 700 songs. With 18 hours of battery life, the Walkman has enough power to keep you moving throughout the day and long into the night. Other ...

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Avengers trailer sets new viewership records

If there’s one movie that geeks everywhere are desperately awaiting this year, it’s The Avengers (or, for UK audiences, The Avengers Assemble). If you want to know how desperate they are, the fact that the new trailer was viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut should give you some kind of an indication. It also set a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod ...

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