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  • 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...

  • The ninth life of Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat 9 – It’s hard to imagine a world without Mortal Kombat, the nasty little fighter which attempted to steal the thunder from Street Fighter’s legion of followers. Many of us have grown up with Mortal Kombat, peering over the shoulders of the older boys in the arcades as they fought for their lives with a cigarette hanging off their lower lip. We’ve all grown up now, the arcades are dead, smoking will kill you, and Mortal Kombat (the ninth in the series) for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is back, baby... Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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...

  • Lessfuss and the Virtual PA — A workable concept?

    Few of us would turn down the use of a personal concierge service. With the rise in busy lifestyles and the need to still get the more mundane tasks of everyday life sorted, one online startup reckons it has a solution. Cape Town-based Lessfuss is an online personal assistance service for busy people who can’t afford or don’t need a full-time PA. This is according to Marije Pierson, one of the company’s four co-founders who spoke with memeburn on the startup’s plan of action. Launched late last month, the founders say Lessfuss offers the personal attention most of...

  • Jabra’s extreme hyperbole

    Jabra Extreme bluetooth headset – Mystifying. To go to so much effort to engineer such a device, make it look nice and put it in a smart box. A pair of $5 ‘buds with one side chopped off will do much the same job. So much technology, so little point. It sure looks the part. All black Cylon hi-tech styling with a range of differnt clips to suit every cranny of every ear. But then you use it, and deep existential questions rear their uncomfortable heads. Why so much, to do so little? You have to use the supplied Bluetooth USB...

  • The unexpected winner in smartphone boom: Social gaming

    If you thought a saturation point in social gaming had been reached, think again. More virtual livestock looks set to be traded and petulant fowl hurled at targets as the genre takes hold in the booming mobile phone market, industry experts say. Social gaming, made popular by titles such as "Farmville" and "Angry Birds", was one of the closely followed topics at last week's CommunicAsia in Singapore. The trade fair is billed as an international communications and information technology exhibition and conference is where telecom executives meet annually to check on new trends. When one takes into consideration that it has...

  • Landing Page Optimisation and its true place in web strategy

    Like the landing lights at an airport; Landing Page Optimisation is there to ensure that your visitors know exactly what they need to do on your site and then actually do it. But where does Landing Page Optimisation/Website Optimisation fit into your online strategy? Web strategies are only as good as the page that your visitor lands on. Quite simply put, this means that website optimisation needs to form part of the very core of your website strategy. In fact, landing page optimisation is only one small aspect of a far greater picture that many marketers have not yet started...

  • The ‘Lulz’ are over: Lulzsec calls it quits

    Following an internet rampage which ranged from the silly -- defacing a news site to show that TuPac, famed US rapper, was alive -- to the serious -- attacks on key US government sites, including the CIA, Lulzsec has announced that it is closing up shop. In a document loaded to Pastebin, then linked in a tweet through what has come to be viewed as the group's official Twitter account, Lulzsec announced that after 50 days of Lulz, the game was over. The statement went on to say: We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as...

  • A new age in cyber warfare — Anonymous, LulzSec and Stuxnet

    Growing up in the nineties, television and film made me believe that hackers could do anything. I pictured an emaciated Russian teenager typing on the keyboard of his multiple monitor display, green text scrolling down a black screen. Those scrawny fingers could assume identities or muddle up traffic lights. They were the dark practitioners of mysterious arts. Those were the early days of the web, though, when it was all still a bit wild west. It was before the September that never ended. The internet is supposed to be safe and established these days. Surely internet security experts,...

  • Seven tools for developing your own mobile apps

    Mobile is the world's fastest growing platform. As a result many individuals and firms have turned to mobile applications to more effectively engage their audience. This is no easy task, however, since creating these apps requires a good command of advanced programming languages such as Objective C (iOS) or Java (Android). Fortunately, a number of tools have been created which open this space up to both novices and web designers. These development tools enable the development of mobile applications using drop and drag interfaces or web technologies. These tools then translate your code so it can be understood by...