Social media

The disruptive power of social media on US foreign policy

US Flag Following Barack Obama’s successful 2008 election campaign which relied heavily on social media, it’s hardly surprising that Obama and social media are practically synonymous in the world of politics. What's less known though is the prominent role social media, under the guidance of Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton, has played in his Presidency’s foreign policy. Memeburn, along with other international media, was afforded the chance to hear Washington’s thoughts on social media and foreign policy, via a virtual press conference conducted by ...


Shades of Jane Austen’s Emma: The art of the Facebook photo pose

woman with lavender flower hair pin in her hair This piece was inspired by the Facebook Profile of a beautiful and rich young lady for whom, in order to protect her privacy, I have chosen the pseudonym of EmmaFB (After the title character in Jane Austen's Emma). When I first started investigating her Facebook, there were 468 tagged pictures of her. A few months later, she was tagged in 317 photos. She had untagged herself or deleted (if the photographs were in her own albums) over 100 pictures of ...


5 Ways Ford is integrating tech into its future vision

Ford is best known as the manufacturer of some of the most iconic cars in history, from the Model T to the Mustang. While it’s still business as usual for the Dearborn, Michigan-based motoring giant, the increasing pace of technological convergance means that it is no longer possible just to be a car manufacturer. Therefore, Ford now claims that it is looking to increase its presence in the tech space. Here Memeburn explores five ways it is doing this. 1. ...


Twitter calls Google’s update ‘bad for the internet’

Black Twitter Twitter has slammed Google's latest search update, which includes a fair amount of social features. The microblogging platform, which partnered with Google until 2011, released a statement expressing "concern" over the fact that the new update will make it harder "for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users" to find information on its network. Google introduced its latest search update on Tuesday, which it calls a more "personalised" form of search. In addition to providing normal search results, the new update ...


The other Silicon Valleys [Infographic]

Silicon Valley is the tech epicentre, where venture capital firms churn out the “next big thing”. eBay, Google, Adobe, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and SanDisk all call Silicon Valley home. But is the USA, specifically California, the only region capable of being the home of tech? Globally, tech hotspots have begun to converge in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In this infographic, care of, you can see which countries have the potential to become the next Silicon Valley, what their best ...

CES, Gearburn

Intel announces smartphone play at CES

Intel is probably best known for its pc and laptop processors, but the tech giant announced that it is making a play in the smartphone market here at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel announced that its chips will first be available in the Lenovo K800 smartphone. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch. The phones will only be available in China. Well, at first anyway. At the launch event, Liu Jun, ...


Getting to grips with patents [Infographic]

Patent wars dominated tech news in 2011. One in particular, between Samsung and Apple spanned the globe and with suits and countersuits in the US, South Korea, Australia and a number of nations throughout Europe. Things don't look like they'll be much different in 2012. Patents came about with best of intentions: rewarding and protecting ingenuity, but can they actually do more harm than good? A large part of the battle between Apple and Samsung arose from the fact that ...

CES, Gearburn, Mobile

USB 3.0 set for smartphones, tablets by end of 2012

USB 3.0, the blazing-fast data transferral medium which promises theoretical speeds of 625MB per second will migrate to tablets and smartphone by the end of 2012. Sick of the standard 5-10MBps transfer rates of USB 2.0? Imagine an iPhone which can pump 600Mbps or more. That future is now. At CES 2012 Rahman Ismail, CTO of the USB Implementers Forum spoke of the inherent speed of USB 3.0, “What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds,” Ismail ...

Mobile apps

In-game purchases to sky-rocket to US$4.8 billion by 2016

The smartphone game market, ever the beacon of success, is expected to rocket from US$2.1 billion to US$4.8 billion by 2016. Freemium, paid content, episodic titles, casual and hardcore games, the list of smartphone games is overwhelming by nature and offers something for every audience. A report by Charlotte Miller, Analyst with Juniper Research and author of the whitepaper, details more, and outlines how the mobile games market has blossomed. The rise of social gaming Farmville, a model of accomplishment, is the ...

Emerging Markets, Social media

Why social media is cooking in emerging markets

map-emergingmarkets2005 The Arab Spring, the Slavic Spring and the Iranian Twitter revolution all proved how deeply engrained the use of social media is in emerging market countries. But did you know that their rate of engagement with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube is growing a whole lot faster than that of developed markets? Social media penetration is on the rise in emerging markets. A recent report from research and analysis site,, looking at three studies from Pew Research ...






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