Social media

4 Reasons your business needs Online Reputation Management

Online Reputation Management Online Reputation Management (ORM) is the practice of monitoring online conversations, articles and websites, in order to gain a better understanding and insight of how one’s brand is perceived online. Despite a global surge in ORM adoption in the past two years, few emerging market businesses have embraced its full potential for strategic business decision-making (as opposed to merely utilising it as a social media management tool). The role of a business is to provide products or services to their customers in ...

Social media

Does banning Olympic volunteers from social media make sense?

olympic-logo The 2012 Summer Olympics kicks off on 27 July in London and promises to be 17 days of grit, grime and glory for the athletes. Besides the athletes, the Games will also be attended by heads of state and other dignitaries. And to make all this run smoothly and safely, more than 70 000 volunteers will be working in the background. With the Olympics in England seen as a high risk target for terrorism, it comes as no surprise that security ...

Gearburn

Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that. Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the stereo mix — blasphemous I know, sorry audiophiles ...

Gearburn

5 Great puzzlers for iOS

Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering ...

News

Google brings in a ‘Bouncer’ to beef up Android security

The Android marketplace has taken a bit of a beating in recent weeks, after it was found that a large number of the available apps were just fronts for malicious software (malware). In a bid to combat this, Google is rolling out new software called "Bouncer". Intimidating. In an official post on its mobile blog, the internet giant says Bouncer “provides automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring ...

Gearburn

Windows 8 phone, codenamed: ‘Apollo’ detailed

We loved the last range of Windows phones from the ever-hopeful Nokia, namely the Lumia range. Windows 8 phones though, are hotter than the surface of the sun and twice as sexy as a champagne bubble bath filled with supermodels. This site has managed to eke out a full list of features which the new Windows 8 phones will be rolled out with. The platform has been clandestinely named “Apollo” by Windows Phone manager Joe Belifore who says, “The overarching theme ...

Infographic

Facebook is a grown up company now [Interactive Timeline]

Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) is that blockbuster movie we all waited years to go see, it was the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Batman of the tech world. Mark Zuckerberg, the James Cameron who took eight years to create his masterpiece just waiting for the world to be ready for it. Now we have it. Facebook has filed and all over the internet everyone is talking about the Zuck and his US$100-billion company. Interesting fact, when the ...

Interviews, Social media

The evolution of Foursquare: Memeburn talks to Dennis Crowley

denniscrowley_foursquare Foursquare checked into our lives in 2009 and has rapidly grown its user base to 15-million, tripling in just over a year. And now the US-based service reports that just over half of its users reside overseas, largely in emerging market countries. The social network is a piece of innovation that has won the hearts and minds of the fickle early-adopter crowd. It’s an online tool that plays in the rather hot and bubbly SoLoMo space. It’s a mobile-social network designed ...

News, Video

Microsoft goes public with Gmail spoof

Microsoft has posted its take on Google’s privacy policies, somewhat ironically, on YouTube. The campaign centres around the software giant’s bid to sell itself as a viable alternative for any Google users who find themselves frustrated by the search titan’s knack for delving into their private emails and chat messages in order to sell targeted advertising. The video features "the Gmail man" rifling through people's private post before delivering it. According to leading tech news site TheNextWeb, the video was ...

Mobile

Smartphones to play an increasingly important role in the future of M-Health

More and more people get smartphones every day. It’s only natural, therefore, that they should play an increasingly important role in the mobile health sector. In fact, high-tech analysis firm Juniper Research reckons that some 3-million smartphone users will be using their devices for remote health monitoring by 2016. The monitoring of cardiac outpatients is currently leading the field, the research firm says, largely driven by reimbursement from US insurers. The management of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and ...

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