Highlight: the app that lets you know who’s nearby

A brand new iPhone app has been released that alerts people when they’re near someone they share a connection with. Actually the app, called Highlight, does a little more than that. According to its App Store description: If someone standing near you also has Highlight, their profile will show up on your phone. You can see their name, photos of them, mutual friends, and anything else they have chosen to share. When you meet someone, Highlight helps you see what ...


Win online fashion vouchers with Memeburn and

Love online fashion? Want to win one of 10 fashion vouchers to the tune of R100 each? Why wouldn't you? Shopping online is better than walking into an actual brick-and-mortar store. This is the future, baby, and Memeburn and wants to help you realise your online shopping fantasy. Zando, which went from a humble startup to a successful online clothing store, knows the online arena. It stocks a mixture of local and international brands, including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, ...


Facebook announces ‘next wave’ of Timeline apps

Facebook has announced a slew of new apps for Timeline including ones from Foursquare, Nike, The Onion, VEVO, Fandango, Viddy, Endomondo and RootMusic. The announcement takes the tally of apps on Timeline close to the 3 000 mark. It says the new apps “give people more ways to add their location, fitness, video and media interests to their timeline and share what they love with friends”. Let's take a closer look at what Facebook says some of these new apps can do: Foursquare: ...


Yahoo! confirms intent to sue Facebook

Yahoo! has confirmed that it will be suing Facebook for patent infringements. At present, details are scant on exactly what patents the troubled internet giant feels Facebook has infringed upon and why it has taken so long in filing a suit. Yahoo! has, however issues an official statement on the issue: Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed. These technologies are ...

Social media, Twitter

Twitter acquires Posterous

Popular blogging platform Posterous has been acquired by Twitter. Posterous announced on Monday that it has been acquired, but that Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption and that users will receive ample notice should there be any changes to its service offering. Alluding to possible upcoming changes, Posterous said in its blog post that it would share instructions on how users can back up their content and export data to alternative services like Wordpress, Tumblr and Blogger in ...

News, Viral videos

Kony 2012: The most viral video in history

Invisible Children wanted to make Joseph Kony's name known around the world. Well the organisation has succeeded. The 30-minute documentary "Kony 2012" is now the most viral video in history according to analytics platform, Visible Measures. Hitting more than 100-million views in six days across the web, the documentary about the Ugandan warlord and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader is the most discussed topic on the web. In its report, Visible Measures found that Kony surpassed other record-setting "viral ...


How to create your own hidden network

darknet For us privacy loons, it's always interesting to find ways to communicate with friends and family on the internet without having to worry about somebody watching everything we're doing. With the battle against piracy heating up, its interesting to watch the technological fallout that is taking place in the software arena. A newsworthy newcomer on the P2P stage is just starting to grab media attention. After installing it and setting it up, I can see why. RetroShare takes advantage of a ...

Future Trends

Where spam is going in 2012 and what to do about it

Spam Over the years Spam has evolved from consisting of annoying but otherwise harmless advertisements, to becoming a carrier of viruses and malware that can damage your computer and make you vulnerable to identity theft (a.k.a. “phishing”). Despite major developments in the area of anti-spam software and measures such as filters, blocks and blacklists for dubious senders, the negative effects of spam are still being felt by individuals and businesses alike. How spam affects you Spam is more than just a minor rash. According ...

General Tech

Privacy? Why you should actually be concerned about being tracked online

Private Sign Hilton Tarrant recently wrote a piece on Memeburn entitled, "Privacy? Why you should let Google, Facebook and others track you online". I had a few issues with the piece. My feeling is that he's uninformed on the matter, made bad assumptions owing to a technical error and decided to ignore some legal complexity, then presented us with a false-dichotomy between ugly display ads and personalised advertising. Let's pick these apart one at a time. Uninformed In general, Hilton makes a common error when ...

Social media

SXSW opening weekend: rain, social, comedy

Thurston There wasn't much sun around for the opening weekend of the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas -- actually there was none -- but that fact, like many of those attendees new to the overwhelming schedule that makes up the annual event, soon found itself lost, among the dozens of other facts -- about social media, about the future of video blogging, about online journalism -- that were offered up by this year's panels in the festival's first days. An embodiment ...






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