Social media

9 Social media resolutions worth keeping in 2012

Although New Year's resolutions might be viewed with an air of scepticism these days, it's always worth aiming to start the year on the right foot. If you don't want to do anything as extreme as ArLynn Presser's quest to overcome her agoraphobia and meet all her Facebook friends, there are still a few things we should all consider. DO 1. Take time to do a clean out of your contacts. Make a break with those you're no longer in touch with, ...

Africa, Startups

Why 2012 could be the year of the African startup

The past few years have been about building an infrastructure that improves the chances of the technology startups in Africa to succeed. Seeing this buildout in action in 2011 was exciting, but it should be recognised for what it really was: a setup for 2012 and beyond. You see, all those labs and hubs around the continent, the startups and the media coverage? They’re all about getting attention and increasing the awareness of the pent-up startup potential in Africa’s technology space. ...

News

Kanye West to ‘pick up where Steve Jobs left off’

Renowned rapper Kanye West launched a rant of epic proportions on Twitter. His 86 tweet dispatch covered a number of topics including his love of fashion to his quest to change the world. Perhaps the most ambitious tweet -- from an artist not exactly known for modesty -- expressed his desire to "pick up where Steve Jobs left off". We can collectively effect the world trough design.We need to pick up where steve jobs left off— Kanye West (@kanyewest) January ...

News

Engineer reveals Facebook Timeline was mostly built in six months

Since its announcement, Timeline has been one of Facebook’s most talked about new features. You might think, therefore, that it was probably in development for ages. It's a reasonable thought, but it's wrong. In an official blog post, Facebook engineer Ryan Mack revealed that the majority of work done on Timeline took place in just six months. Perhaps more impressive, however, is Mack’s assertion that "Timeline started as a Hackathon project in late 2010 with two full-time engineers, an engineering ...

Facebook

Forget everything else, Timeline will keep Facebook ticking in 2012

Mark_Zuckerberg_-_South_by_Southwest_2008 Ignore all the rubbish about "serendipitous experiences" that Mark Zuckerberg wants you to have. Forget about his notion of "frictionless sharing". The first iterations of sharing content or experiences seamlessly on Facebook are all wrong (witness the horrible real-time “ticker” that does not sit comfortably above "chat"). But, Facebook got one thing very, very right. Its Timeline was the single biggest innovation in social media over the past few months. Sure, the New New Twitter changes everything, but the two spaces ...

Facebook, Google, Social media, Twitter

Twitter, Facebook and Google+ in 2012

Black Twitter As 2012 dawns, Memeburn decided to take a look at what lies ahead for three of the biggest names in social media this year, and what each of their individual overarching strategies might be. Twitter -- Going mainstream In 2012, Twitter will continue to stealthily build towards its IPO -- unofficially penned for 2013. The microblogging juggernaut has seen significant staff turnover in the last six months for two apparent reasons. First, with the aim of having the right people at the ...

Mobile apps

10 apps for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

Sunrise The streamers have all been cleared, the champagne -- if there's any left -- is flat by now and you're contemplating the excesses of the festive period. Yup, it's a new year and we all know what that means: resolutions. We all know resolutions are difficult to keep. You need all the help you can get. Being of a technological bent, Memeburn decided to point you in the direction of a few apps designed to keep you on the straight ...

Mobile apps

Top apps for planning your holiday trip

Holiday phone Going on holiday is usually supposed to meaning switching off and tuning out. But being connected can be really useful. Your phone can book a hotel room at the best rate, find you restaurants that only locals know about, or send a postcard -- not to mention sorting out your itinerary and even helping you to pack. And there are those apps that help you not say "I want to caress your bananas" when you actually mean "Where is the ...

Gearburn

10 games to look forward to in 2012

Look, 2011 was a great year for gaming, but it’s over now, and all that’s in the past. It’s time, therefore, to look forward and see what 2012 has on offer. The industry continues to flourish and develop in these exciting times for virtual entertainment, and it seems this year will be no different. With some of the most exciting sequels coming out in years, here is our list of the most anticipated games of 2012.

Gearburn

Review: The cheap, chunky, sometimes funky Gobii eReader

A load of gadgets recently came into the ‘burn offices. You’d think we’d be a little jaded by now, but we still tend to act a little like small children on Christmas morning. The boxes were unpacked with glee, I was handed the action camera...I had requested it after all. A moment later, the collective heads of the editorial team popped up in unison. “You don’t really do any kind of action activities do you?”, said one member of the ...

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