Gearburn

Microsoft app store next Feb – as Android Market hits 10bn

When you’re this far behind, all you can do is be relentlessly up-beat. Which Microsoft was last night in the barn-raiser to build dev interst in the app store for the cross-platform “Metro” apps for Windows 8 devices. The store will go live in February, and offers developers the ability to hit the countless multitudes of Windows desktop and tablet users out there (should they hopefully upgrade to Win8), and the hoped-for buyers of Windows Phones that have so far ...

News

Indian minister proposes screening online posts, says ‘not censorship’

The government of India has asked some of the world’s largest online players to assist it in blocking out any material it deems offensive and defamatory. Meeting with representatives from the likes of Yahoo!, Google, and Facebook, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal requested that all content be checked before it is uploaded onto social websites. "I suggested that these platforms should evolve a mechanism on their own to ensure that such contents are removed as soon as they get to know ...

Le Web, News

Memeburn going Solomo at LeWeb

loiclemeur LeWeb Founder Loïc Le Meur speaks at a previous conference in 2009 LeWeb is a special place for Memeburn. The site was founded at the conference in Paris about two years ago with one of its legendary contributors Nur Bremmen. The very first few lines of code and the initial design was put together during the conference. LeWeb this year features the major internet players you know, including Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker (Napster and Facebook -- played by Justin ...

Social media

Five reasons businesses suck at using social media to talk to each other

tin can phone Social media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Although it retains its primary function as a platform where mates can get together and talk about their likes and dislikes, it is also a brand-infested pool of self promotion and general product marketing. But how are brands and businesses failing to engage with one another? 1. Failing to understand where they are in the B2B buying cycle When a brand is looking for a product or service, it has to go ...

Apple

Steve Jobs: Being an asshole is okay when you’re a genius

Steve Jobs He was adopted and resented the rejection by his birth parents, but abandoned a daughter of his own born out of wedlock. Steve Jobs was a complicated man as it turns out. "The saga of Steve Jobs is the Silicon Valley creation myth writ large: Launching a startup in his parents' garage and building it into the world's most valuable company. He didn't invent many things outright, but he was a master at putting together ideas, art, and technology in ...

Design, Usability

Mixing user experience and usability so that everyone wins

jumping-joy I recently introduced myself to someone and when I explained that I'm a User Experience Designer, his eyes lit up and he said "Ah, you’re the usability guy." "Yeah, kind of" I responded. He looked at me, confused. "What’s the difference?" he asked. For apps and websites, usability refers to how easily your site visitors can complete a given task e.g. filling in a checkout form. In the emerging markets particularly, usability is still a differentiator. This is why the savvier ...

Le Web

Kicking off LeWeb 11 in Paris

Screen Shot 2011-12-06 at 10.46.28 AM From the cold and slightly wet heart of Paris, Memeburn is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, LeWeb. LeWeb is a gathering of key industry players, from executives to influential pioneers, focusing on "key issues and opportunities in the web marketplace". This year's star-studded line-up is headed by Google's former CEO and now Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt. Tech industry bad boy, Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook movie fame, will also be here as ...

Gearburn

Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 now!

A sickly feeling crawls up my spine as my iPhone refuses to reboot. Damn you Apple, damn you for making it so difficult to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. Three days and a hundred reboots later, the Cydia icon happily nests on my iPhone's desktop, the sign of a successful Jailbreak. For hackers, it seems that no wall is too high too climb and no version of iOS is too tricky to crack. Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 Apple is proud of its latest iOS, especially ...

News

Millions of Chinese vent online over Beijing smog

Millions of Beijing residents are going online to vent their anger over thick smog that has blanketed the Chinese capital in recent days. Conditions in the already polluted city have become so bad that hundreds of flights in and out of Beijing’s main airport -- the world’s second busiest -- have been cancelled. Health fears have been raised with the US embassy ranking Beijing's air as "very unhealthy". China’s popular microblogging platforms, called weibos, have been at the forefront of ...

Apple

Win the Steve Jobs biography

Steve Jobs biography THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED Memeburn together with Penguin are giving away three copies of the new Steve Jobs biography, written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson. Want to win a copy? To stand a chance of winning, see below for more details. How to enter: Tweet @memeburn and your favourite Steve Jobs quote. Use the hashtag #MEMESTEVE. Please note that you MUST be following Memeburn on Twitter to qualify for the competition.The competition runs for two weeks, from today. Tweet About Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography From bestselling ...

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