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  • 32 web frameworks to choose from for your next project

    Whether you're wanting to build a tech startup or enhance your company's online presence you are going to be facing two constraints. First, a limited budget and second, a tight deadline. A solution to these problems is a web development framework. Frameworks are built on top of programming languages and provide methods of streamlining some of the more mundane and common tasks associated with web development. In essence, they allow developers to achieve more with less coding, saving both time and money. They provide a range of simple methods that help you connect to a database, authenticate users and...

  • Game maker Zynga to file for IPO

    Online game creator Zynga plans to file for an initial public offering shortly, in a new test of US investors' appetites for Internet companies, say media reports. The maker of FarmVille and other popular games is seeking a valuation of between $15 and $20 billion, CNBC television and The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources close to the deal. Zynga could file its IPO papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission as early as Wednesday, the reports said. CNBC said the company would seek to raise between $1.5 billion and $2.0 billion in the offering. A Zynga spokesperson declined to comment on...

  • OMFG it’s a white iPhone

    OMG! I mean, like OMFG! Is that a white iPhone 4? A real one. Oh yeah baby, Gearburn got one. And rushed to review it. Except that after two weeks the best we could come up with was “It’s an iPhone 4. That’s white. Mmm. Pretty.” No good. So we had to try harder. We are hardened professionals that easily shake off the bedazzlement of black turtleneck magic. We would find the story behind the story. What we did, good people, is go out on the streets and ask you what you thought of it. Is it girly? Is...

  • Office wars: Microsoft Office heads to the ‘cloud’

    Microsoft has finally taken its well-known Office software to the Internet in a strike against Google's popular and free Google Docs. The move signals an increasing shift away from traditional offline computing to a computing experienced increasingly plugged into and reliant on the the internet. It also officially signals the start of a new front in the Microsoft-Google battle. Last year, Google made a play for the operating system market, a strike at the very heart of Microsoft. Google had announced that there would now be a “viable third choice” in computer operating systems, in addition to Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s...

  • News Corp. to dump beleaguered Myspace

    In the latest of a long series of blows to Myspace, The Wall Street Journal reported that News Corp is on the verge of selling the once dominant social network in a deal that could include the laying off more than half of the troubled company's staff. The newspaper, citing a "person familiar with the matter," reported that there were two leading bidders for Myspace -- the digital ad-targeting firm Specific Media and private equity firm Golden Gate Capital. The News Corp.-owned Journal said a deal could be announced as early as Wednesday, and would include shedding more than...

  • App of the week: Money IQ

    This week I take a look at Money IQ, a personal finance app that has quickly taken my app world by storm and become an essential part of my daily life. A couple weeks back I reviewed Moneybook, another personal finance app that I loved for its simplicity and beautiful design. You’ll recall though that I did have one or two issues with the app, one being the fact that it didn’t allow you to create your own categories (which has now been changed in the last update), and the other being the way it dealt with income – not...

  • Groupon India accidentally leaks entire user data base

    The Indian subsidiary of online deals giant Groupon has accidentally published email addresses and passwords of its 300,00-strong subscriber database, reports and the company said. Daniel Grzelak, founder of the Internet security website shouldichangemypassword.com, found the security breach of sosasta.com while running a Google search for publicly available databases. The relative ease with which Grzelak was able to access the database is the most concerning aspect of this development. The approach he took is far removed from that of the dedicated hackers who recently gained access to the user databases of Sony’s PlayStation network and Sega’s Pass network. Indeed, the manner...

  • Twitter co-founder steps back for new venture

    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced on Tuesday that he was scaling back his involvement in the micro-blogging company to concentrate on a new venture. The 37 year old said in a post on his personal blog that he was relaunching The Obvious Corporation, the company which spawned Twitter, with fellow Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and a former Google colleague, Jason Goldman. "Our plan is to develop new projects and work on solving big problems aligned along a simple mission statement: The Obvious Corporation develops systems that help people work together to improve the world," Stone said. Williams, who stepped down as Twitter's...

  • Google News: Four-billion monthly clicks, and counting [Q&A]

    It's not easy to run an online content business in an age where everyone is a publisher. Everyone is doing it and there's never been competition in the content business like this before. If we cut through the hyperbole and the evangelism, we're left with the simple fact that online advertising, while promising, is not making the same bucks as its traditional media counterparts. The model is still evolving and can be confusing at times. So what is the future of content and online advertising? Memeburn got the answers from Google's content Tzar, Peter Barron. He spoke about paywalls,...

  • Four easy ways to use Twitter for your business

    Twitter’s recent valuation of US$8.9-billion is of little surprise to those who’ve benefitted from the microblog’s capacity to gain brand recognition. Companies across the world are using it, with the recent example of KLM being a case in point. The international airline focused on who was tweeting the company's brand while waiting for flight departures. Lucky passengers received a gift-pack suited to their destination when their posts were spotted by the airline. As passengers checked in at KLM’s Foursquare locations, the airline used social networks like Twitter to find information about the passenger and provide a personalised gift...

  • Opera browser now comes in Zulu and Swahili

    Opera Software released the newest update to its desktop web browser, Opera 11.50, which is now available for the first time in Swahili and Zulu. The browser supports more than 50 languages in total, with the update adding four new languages, also including Bengali and Punjabi. Codenamed "Swordfish", Opera 11.50 features improvements to its Speed Dial launch page, synchronization and design. You can download Opera 11.50 here. In the latest version of Opera, you can get social media feeds; immediate stock quotes; the current weather conditions; up-to-the minute news and sports scores; and much more, right in your "Speed...

  • Social media the next frontier for social responsibility

    Social media has practically been used in every way known to man. It is not surprising, therefore, that the next phase in social media usage lies in businesses' corporate social responsibility portfolios. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of self-regulation incorporated into a company's business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company's actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public. Companies often seek innovative ways to carry out CSR programmes, as well the best ways to get members of...

  • Sony president apologises for security breach

    Sony chairman and president Howard Stringer on Tuesday apologised to shareholders and customers over a massive data leak, which helped push its share price to a two-year low this month. "In April, we faced a serious challenge in the form of a cyber attack launched against the PlayStation Network, Qriocity and the network systems of Sony Online Entertainment," Stringer said at a meeting in Tokyo attended by about 5 900 shareholders. "We are sorry for any concern and inconvenience that the incidents may have caused our shareholders, customers and stakeholders," he said. The company is expecting its third-straight annual loss this...

  • The incredible rise of Android apps

    Probably the most significant development in smartphone technology, apart from the technology itself, is the rise of mobile applications. In fact, the International Data Corporation predicts that the number of mobile application downloads worldwide will grow from 10.9-billion in 2010 to 76.9-billion in 2014 and mobile app revenues will surpass US$35-billion in the same year. Paulo Ferreira, Head of Product and Software Solutions at Samsung, reckons the most important reason for apps becoming so successful is that people’s most important communication device -- the cellphone -- has become a complex computing device with powerful processors that can access high...

  • Sayonara IE7… or is it?

    At the beginning of the month, Google announced that it was phasing out support for older web browsers like Internet Explorer 7(IE7) for any of the Google Apps suite -- Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and others. It is not a particularly bold move, since IE7 is only used by about 10 to 15 percent of the global market, and that number has been decreasing steadily by the month. That said, developers are breathing a huge sigh of relief that somebody with some clout has finally stepped up to the mark and announced that IE7's days are over, this...