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  • Is it time to bury Flash for good?

    Flash is something which has wowed clients for some years now. It looks impressive on your developer’s desktop, and fantastic in client pitches. New clients are impressed with some agencies’ design capabilities because Flash sites look attractive. That is pretty much where pure 100% Flash websites belong, on power points, in pitches but not in real web designs. Look, of course Flash does have its uses. Some online gaming is driven with Flash, along campaign driven micro sites which have above the line viral concepts. Flash does work, but only in targeted strategies. Apple does not support Flash, most...

  • Startups to ‘Ignite’ Tech4Africa 2011

    Tech4Africa, one of the continent’s most prominent web and emerging technology conferences, has launched an initiative called Ignite, which will provide leading African startups with the opportunity to pitch their products to a carefully curated panel of Angel investors, mentors and business leaders. Startups selected to partake in the Tech4africa Ignite pitches will be given five minutes to showcase their products, with the opportunity to gain not only potential investors but also invaluable exposure to the wider Tech4Africa audience of thought leaders, decision makers, journalists, influential people and potential recruits. From the initial applications, a select group of the most...

  • Check Facebook on the sly in the office with “excel”

    Take a look around your average office and what do you see? Chances are, rather than the office serf toiling away for the capitalist boss, you’ll see him or her pretending to toil whilst furtively "checking" Facebook. In 2007 a widely-reported study found that "233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees 'wasting time' on social networking", equalling over £130million in lost revenues. Like we needed to be told that. It’s hardly surprising that companies around the world have been blocking access to Facebook. But with more than 257-million quick-and-ready tips from Googling "how to get around...

  • The Five is coming: New iPhone set for launch this year

    Apple plans to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, The Wall Street Journal has reported. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the situation," said Apple has placed orders for key components to used in the new version of the iPhone and that it would be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4. Ahead of every major iPhone launch there is frenzied speculation about what the phone's new features will be. Gearburn offered a few of its own predictions recently. Apple released the iPhone 4 in June 2010. "Apple's sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive," the Journal quoted a source...

  • Facebook add Skype video chat feature

    Facebook has added a Skype video calling feature in the face of a direct challenge from Google in the social networking arena. "We think this is awesome because we're using the best technology that's out there for doing video chat with the best social infrastructure that's out there," said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The new Skype feature comes with improved group text chat, which allows for multi-person conversations and a camera icon which can be clicked on for instant one-on-one video calls with friends. Google+, which the Internet search giant launched last week, includes a group video calling feature called "Hangouts" which...

  • Twitter valued at $7billion, but based on what exactly?

    Twitter is looking to raise another round of private financing, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter". This time the value is US$7billion, almost double of what it was valued at the end of 2010. Clearly there’s still a hunger for tech stocks in the market. We've seen this in the spectacular Wall Street debuts -- though not in the press -- of tech companies like Groupon and Zynga which also filed for their IPOs recently. It’s well and truly open season in the investment world for tech companies. After the staggering valuation of US$3.7billion for...

  • Is tweeting cheating? 18 ways social media has impacted on our relationships

    A “desperate, adolescent narcissism”. That’s the internet’s "defining vice", according to New York Times op ed columnist Ross Douthat. He is not the first to make this observation, and when American politicians accidentally tweet embarrassing photos of themselves (thus demonstrating that, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean you’re not about to make a gruesomely public mistake), the tut-tutting only grows louder. Anthony Weiner’s marriage is presumably taking some strain as a result of his digital dalliances, and the entire debacle raises questions – again - of how much impact social media has on those who are closest to...

  • FabFi does fabulous things in Afghanistan and Kenya

    Something interesting is happening in Afghanistan. It’s also happening in Kenya. I think that it is proof that it is possible to open the Internet to every developing country in the world. Back in December 2008, a group of individuals in Jalalabad, Afghanistan started working on a project to bring high-speed internet to a village, hospital, university, and an NGO in the city. The group was known as FabLab Jalalabad and they modelled their project on a system which was designed to track sheep in Norway. The remarkable thing about this project was that they were designing an incredibly...

  • Narcissism in phone form

    Desiring something that you want for no reason needs some explaining. Perhaps it is beautiful and honest, doing only what it says. Perhaps it makes your desk look hotter. And it definitely looks hotter to cradle a retro modern soft-touch plastic handset than hold a tiny cellphone to your ear to talk into like a chimp. The Moshi Moshi telephone handsets are a whole new class of cellphone accessory: designed to be bigger, heavier and less function-rich than they thing they connect to. 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");

  • Apple slaps Open Source Amahi with ‘app store’ cease and desist

    Many of today’s Technorati veer towards multiple computers and devices at home. Any home network worth shaking a stick at will have some sort of server, whether it is a standalone NAS device, a little firewall powered by Smoothwall, or the somewhat disappointing Windows Home Server. The past few years have seen the rise of a fantastic open source alternative to Windows Home Server, the Amahi Linux Home Server. It provides a set of common features for the home network: VPN access, media streaming, backups, shared calendars, centralised file storage and so on. It is also highly extensible through...

  • Coming soon: Memeburn’s 1-on-1 with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg

    On Friday, Memeburn will publish an exclusive one-on-one interview with Matt Mullenweg, named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web as a result of his revolutionary open source web software, WordPress. If you've published a blog or a website, you probably know about WordPress. In fact it powers millions of blogs and commercial websites on the web today. It's estimated that WordPress is used by more than 14% of the one million biggest websites including The New York Times. It started off as blog software, but has evolved into a much more powerful, multi-purpose Content Management...

  • What should Google be doing in Africa?

    Google has done what few other tech companies have done on this continent. Having 54 countries to scale across isn’t easy. However, in a speech I gave to a delegation of around 30 Associate Product Managers who are exploring leadership positions within Google -- along with Marissa Mayer, Google's Vice-President of Location and Local Services -- I looked at what is Google doing well in Africa (that they should continue) and what the company should be doing better, differently or new in Africa. So far what they have done well and should continue with is as follows: They’ve invested in...

  • Counter-revolutionaries and bourgeois capital strikes back at hackers

    Italian police have detained 15 suspects they believe to be members of an international hackers cabal called "Anonymous" blamed for several major online attacks, says La Republica newspaper. At the same time, beleaguered Sony has got its PlayStation Network and Qriocity distribution network to its home turf in Japan back online after more than two months of hacks, patches, obloquy and taunting from hacker groups styling themselves as challengers to big corporate and big government power, or merely anarchist. The suspected Italian hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized...

  • Netflix to expand to Latin America and Caribbean

    US video giant Netflix, which has more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, has announced plans to expand to Latin America and the Caribbean. The Los Gatos, California-based company said it would begin streaming television shows and movies over the Internet to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean later this year. The announcement sent Netflix shares to a record high on Wall Street. Netflix shares gained 8.07 percent to close at US$289.63 after hitting an all-time high of US$291.23 during the day's trading. The gains made by Netflix reflect the growth which they’ve already experienced this...

  • Finding that mobile marketing ‘sweet spot’

    Mobile marketing is hot! After years of false dawns, brands and agencies are recognising the mobile channel as an essential element of the marketing mix. So what’s changed and why now? Often with mixed results, there have been a number of forays into the "mobisphere" by leading brands in recent years. Mobile marketing initiatives were (and often still are) driven by the capabilities (and limitations) of mobile technology. There is a growing realisation, however, that the ways in which people interact with technology are more significant than the technological capabilities. Essentially, the magic of mobile marketing lies in the momentum...