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  • F.E.A.R. 3 – F*%$ing Run! Ruuuuuun! Aaaaagh!

    FEAR 3 REVIEW (PC) – Good horror takes you on an exploration of your own fears and doubts. It takes you by the heart and drags you down to the dark places of your soul, forcing you to face your inner demons or end up broken and scarred for life. FEAR 3 took me to a dark place – a place where well-armed and well-organised soldiers, tough as they are, were merely of passing interest. This dark place wasn’t inhabited by people, soldiers or otherwise, but with creeping, crawling, face-sucking demons that appear and disappear in puffs of ominous smoke....

  • Non-profits: The Seriously Simple Twitter Strategy (Part 1)

    Historically non-profit organisations (NPOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and many other acronym organisations that are up to all kinds of good are so often over-worked and under-paid. Sadly, each organisation's marketing team (realistically I'm speaking about one person here) is responsible for a whole lot more than just marketing. How on earth will they have time for one more task while keeping on top of a hundred others in a world of eMarketing that just doesn't seem to cater to the "keep it simple" strategy? The answer is the Seriously Simple Twitter Strategy that I specifically designed for non-profit organisations,...

  • Donations to Wikileaks through Mastercard and Visa blocked… again

    The Wikileaks’ vs credit card giants Visa and Mastercard legal spat continues unabated... Following the whistleblowing site's ultimatum to sue, and the credit card giants’ apparent decision to reinstate donations, all within a week, Visa has announced that the lifting of the ban was not meant to be. According to AFP, Visa Europe announced in a statement it had reinstated the block on credit card donations to the whistle-blower website, after discovering it had been "breached". Quoting Sveinn Andri Sveinnson, Wikileaks’ lawyer, Forbes reported that this move not only blocked payments from Visa, but payments from Mastercard and American Express too. In...

  • The iPhone SLR Mount

    The new iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo has garnered quite a bit of buzz around the Interwebs lately. The mount is an iPhone case-adapter combo that lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4. This gives your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus by utilising your existing telephoto, wide angle, macro or your fixed lenses. The iPhone SLR Mount might seem like just a novelty at first, but it’s a fun proposition for photographers that have already invested in an SLR or DSLR camera and the accompanying lenses. The iPhone 4 will...

  • New look, more growth for mobile social network MXit

    MXit, Africa’s largest instant messenger and mobile social network, has received a makeover. The service is also claiming that a further 1.1-million users have downloaded its new-look version in the first week, increasing daily registrations by 25% to "60 000 new registrations per day". MXit, part-owned by emerging markets internet Goliath Naspers, wants to reinvent itself as "a global leader in the mobile space". The service is used in 120 countries world-wide. It dominates the South African landscape, eclipsing Facebook and Twitter useage in that country. It has also achieved footholds in Africa and emerging market territories...

  • Zynga acquires mobile software studio

    Online social games sensation Zynga on Friday announced it has bought a Canadian company specialising in software applications for mobile devices. Mobile Five has become "Zynga Toronto" and is part of the San Francisco startup's mobile team headed by David Ko. "As a key component of our mobile efforts moving forward, Zynga Toronto will help position us in a hotbed of mobile development talent," Zynga said in an online message. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zynga has bought 15 companies in slightly more than a year. Zynga, maker of FarmVille and other popular online games, recently filed paperwork for an...

  • LinkedIn passes Myspace in US traffic

    LinkedIn leapfrogged Myspace in June to become the second-largest social network in the United States in terms of traffic behind Facebook, says tracking firm comScore. LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique US visitors in June compared with 33.5 million for Myspace, which was sold last week by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Twitter was next with 30.6 million unique US visitors in June, comScore said. Facebook was the runaway leader with 160.9 million unique US visitors during the month, according to comScore. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that the social networking site now has 750 million users worldwide. Myspace was bought by News...

  • Rupert Murdoch, News of The World, and the SoDOMM effect of social media

    The sudden demise of The News of the World newspaper was both shocking and exhilarating: That a 168-year old Sunday paper with more than 200 staff, selling almost three million copies a week, can be closed so suddenly is without precedence. The News of the World was the first newspaper I bought. I was about seven or eight years old and decided I needed to get serious about life and that I needed to know what was going on the world. I looked around the newsagents for something that could tell me the news of the world, and here was...

  • The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg

    Named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web, Matt Mullenweg founded and runs an open source web platform that has revolutionised website publishing. WordPress began its life as free, open-source blogging software which quickly evolved into a general-purpose CMS used by millions of sites on the web. The success of WordPress speaks for itself -- and it is one of the most popular content management system engines around today, also used by many Fortune 500 companies. Mullenweg at only 27 also runs the commercial arm of Wordpress, Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress and a...

  • Tech news round-up: From Facebook Chatroulette to the death of iPhone

    We here at Memeburn know you our esteemed reader. Being the busy people you are we know that - try as you may, and as interested as you are — it’s not always possible to keep up with everything. In light of that, here's your weekly roundup of all the important — and at times not so important — tech and online news items from the week. With that special Memeburn spin you’ve come to enjoy… ChatRoullete for Facebook After promising an "awesome announcement", as Memeburn reported, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the addition of Skype video calling to Facebook. Of course throughout...

  • Video Review: Blackberry Playbook

    The Playbook is many things to many people: an iPad competitor; a desperate attempt at relevancy; a RIM fanboy’s wet dream; just another tablet. Blackberry’s first foray into the tablet market comes some time after their competitors had flooded it. Can the QNX operating system make the Playbook a viable competitor to the iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs of this world? Can its other features make up for the paucity of apps on RIM’s app world? Roger Hislop tests this fruity little tablet to find out: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");

  • Is it tickets for the web?

    For an industry focused on the future of information, the internet is surprisingly prone to old fashioned maladies such as superstition, rumour and wild speculation. We've heard the latest doomsday prediction before -- the World Wide Web is dying -- but there's never been much convincing evidence, until now. Ben Elowitz, a web entrepreneur, took usage statistics for the web and compared them to Facebook's usage numbers. The results are startling. While Facebook continues to grab an ever larger share of time spent online, the rest of the web is actually losing so called "attention share". In March 2011, for...

  • The media centre Dilbert’s company built: Stor.E TV+

    Review: The Toshiba Stor.E TV+ is a one or two terabyte external drive cum media centre. It’s got a clumsy name, it’s clumsily built, and clumsily supported. So at least Toshiba is consistent there. It would make a great story device for a Dilbert special – the grubby fingerprints of corporate politics are all over it. The base engineering work is absolutely fine. It’s solidly built, well specced, with some nice features. What is not fine is the user interface, the attention to detail, and the user interface. Did we mention the user interface and lack of attention to detail?...

  • The importance of the ‘long tail’ in SEM campaigns

    At a recent digital marketing conference I attended, I heard one speaker talk about the irrelevancy of the 'long tail' and how concentrating on 'head' terms was the key to building an effective campaign using search. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but does qualify for some explanation. First, some facts from a Google presentation I got sent the other day: Some analysts have even gone as far as to say more than 1/3 of all the queries Google processes haven’t been processed before, or in, the past 6 months, with Google’s VP of Engineering, Udi Manber pegging...

  • Following ultimatum, WikiLeaks credit card donations reinstated

    Mere days after issuing an ultimatum to Visa and Mastercard to lift their seven-month ban on donating to Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing website has claimed victory. Datacell, the whistle-blower’s data hosting service provider in a statement announced that, "…we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact opened the gateway for payments with Visa and MasterCard". The statement also read, "We choose to interpret this as that Visa and Mastercard in fact given in to our demand that the payment services reinstated". It added that payments by American Express, which...