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  • ADzero – The bamboo unibody Android smartphone

    If you’re like me, you’re tired of your phones sinking. Kieron-Scott Woodhouse’s unique bamboo smartphone designs are something else. In an attempt to break free from the smartphone industry’s general design malaise, the 23 year old final year product design student atMiddlesex University experimented with fresh ideas in his free time. Woodhouse’s designs received an enthusiastic reception at a design show during London Design Week last year and he was subsequently contacted by a technology entrepreneur who, with the aid of a hardware engineer, will help bring his design ideas to life in 2012. 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");

  • Chinese video platform Tudou enhances sharing with Sina Weibo

    Chinese video integration site Tudou has announced an enhanced video-sharing site for China’s most popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The companies claim that the platform will allow any Sina Weibo user who isn't already registered on Tudou to "upload and share videos seamlessly to and from Tudou's video site". The move reportedly builds on an existing history of cooperation between the two companies. What this means, essentially, is that Todou can now count every single one of Sina Weibo’s users as its own. The video-sharing platform is already one of the most popular on Sina Weibo, with its videos...

  • The battle for Brazil’s tech market is heating up

    Brazil is going through an economic boom. In December, it overtook the UK as the world's sixth largest economy. Much of Brazil's success has come through changes within its agricultural sector where, over the past 40 years, it has focussed on the Soya trade. But Brazil's success does not rest on agriculture alone. Brazil has access to huge mineral resources and has recently struck oil. Its industrial sector has been picking up pace, and China has been taking notice. Last year, China decided to step up investment in Brazil by ploughing over US$12-billion into the economy, with most of...

  • People can resist the desire to have sex, but not to tweet [Study]

    We can’t do without sleep, and sex is imperative for the survival of the human race, however, a soon-to-be published psychological study has found that despite these desires being built in to our DNA, we’re more likely to resist them, than the desire to shoot off a tweet. Reported by the Guardian, the study looked into just how much willpower 205 people aged between 18 and 85 had when it came to resisting their desires. Not only were people less likely to resist the desire to tweet or use any other form social and general media, compared to resisting the...

  • WordPress now lets you upload video direct from your iDevice

    Are you a WordPress user? Happen to have an iPhone or an iPad? Well now you can instantly upload video from your iDevice and embed it on your WordPress blog. The ability to do so comes in the shape of a tweak to the VideoPress upgrade. The company claims that VideoPress, which allows you to upload and embed your own videos on your blog, "now comfortably handles videos from iPhones and iPads". WordPress also claims that it has made the user experience as simple and easy as possible: "You can shoot vertically or horizontally, and we'll take care...

  • 4 Reasons your business needs Online Reputation Management

    Online Reputation Management (ORM) is the practice of monitoring online conversations, articles and websites, in order to gain a better understanding and insight of how one’s brand is perceived online. Despite a global surge in ORM adoption in the past two years, few emerging market businesses have embraced its full potential for strategic business decision-making (as opposed to merely utilising it as a social media management tool). The role of a business is to provide products or services to their customers in order to generate a sustainable profit. Customers gain value from using these products or services and therefore continue to...

  • Does banning Olympic volunteers from social media make sense?

    The 2012 Summer Olympics kicks off on 27 July in London and promises to be 17 days of grit, grime and glory for the athletes. Besides the athletes, the Games will also be attended by heads of state and other dignitaries. And to make all this run smoothly and safely, more than 70 000 volunteers will be working in the background. With the Olympics in England seen as a high risk target for terrorism, it comes as no surprise that security is of great concern to the powers that be. Volunteers at this year’s Olympics have been handed the rule...

  • Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

    The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that. Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the stereo mix — blasphemous I know, sorry audiophiles –, a pair of “Universal Earphones” that automatically switch audio channels when placed in the wrong ear could be...

  • 5 Great puzzlers for iOS

    Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering -- Contre Jour. Put on your headphones and indulge in an interactive experience that is both challenging and a...

  • Google brings in a ‘Bouncer’ to beef up Android security

    The Android marketplace has taken a bit of a beating in recent weeks, after it was found that a large number of the available apps were just fronts for malicious software (malware). In a bid to combat this, Google is rolling out new software called "Bouncer". Intimidating. In an official post on its mobile blog, the internet giant says Bouncer “provides automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring developers to go through an application approval process”. According to Google, the new service "performs a set of analyses on...

  • Windows 8 phone, codenamed: ‘Apollo’ detailed

    We loved the last range of Windows phones from the ever-hopeful Nokia, namely the Lumia range. Windows 8 phones though, are hotter than the surface of the sun and twice as sexy as a champagne bubble bath filled with supermodels. This site has managed to eke out a full list of features which the new Windows 8 phones will be rolled out with. The platform has been clandestinely named “Apollo” by Windows Phone manager Joe Belifore who says, “The overarching theme with regards to the Windows 8 Phone hardware ecosystem will be scale and choice.” Translation: there will be expensive...

  • Facebook is a grown up company now [Interactive Timeline]

    Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) is that blockbuster movie we all waited years to go see, it was the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Batman of the tech world. Mark Zuckerberg, the James Cameron who took eight years to create his masterpiece just waiting for the world to be ready for it. Now we have it. Facebook has filed and all over the internet everyone is talking about the Zuck and his US$100-billion company. Interesting fact, when the world's largest social network filed its S-1 papers, its 845-million users crashed the Securities and Exchange Commission's site. That's some...

  • The evolution of Foursquare: Memeburn talks to Dennis Crowley

    Foursquare checked into our lives in 2009 and has rapidly grown its user base to 15-million, tripling in just over a year. And now the US-based service reports that just over half of its users reside overseas, largely in emerging market countries. The social network is a piece of innovation that has won the hearts and minds of the fickle early-adopter crowd. It’s an online tool that plays in the rather hot and bubbly SoLoMo space. It’s a mobile-social network designed to give users information and recommendations about their immediate surroundings, allowing them to check in at venues. To say there...

  • Microsoft goes public with Gmail spoof

    Microsoft has posted its take on Google’s privacy policies, somewhat ironically, on YouTube. The campaign centres around the software giant’s bid to sell itself as a viable alternative for any Google users who find themselves frustrated by the search titan’s knack for delving into their private emails and chat messages in order to sell targeted advertising. The video features "the Gmail man" rifling through people's private post before delivering it. According to leading tech news site TheNextWeb, the video was first shown at Microsoft’s Global Exchange sales conference and leaked thereafter. Only recently, however, has Microsoft made the video...

  • Smartphones to play an increasingly important role in the future of M-Health

    More and more people get smartphones every day. It’s only natural, therefore, that they should play an increasingly important role in the mobile health sector. In fact, high-tech analysis firm Juniper Research reckons that some 3-million smartphone users will be using their devices for remote health monitoring by 2016. The monitoring of cardiac outpatients is currently leading the field, the research firm says, largely driven by reimbursement from US insurers. The management of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) will play an increasingly important role in the market. One way doctors are already...