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All posts by Uzair Parker: Staff reporter

Uzair Parker is a quintessential, self-professed technology writer who also doubles as a web developer for memeburn.com. His love for all things geek has seen him through the last five years of his blogging career, providing some relief to the otherwise cold void of open source web programming. He also has many other titles, most are undecipherable by your primitive tongue. He is Guardian of the Multiverse, Biotic Sentinel & Wraith-Slayer & has a compulsion for gadgets, geek culture and a fondness for nik naks. Father of two darling daughters and husband to a wonderful and geek-friendly woman, the self-quantized physicist enjoys the occasional bout of Mass Effect (and other relevant XBox games), theology and is attempting to ‘whip-it’ with his culinary skills.
  • Mobile social network Motribe celebrates ‘one million user’ milestone

    Memeburn has it on good authority that Motribe, the relatively-new mobile social networking platform that empowers users across the world with tools to build and manage their own mobile social network, claims to have now hit the "one million user mark". The venture capital-backed startup focuses its attention primarily on emerging markets in Asia and to some extent Africa, and markets itself heavily on mobile advertising networks like Google Adsense for mobile and Admob -- where much of the service's traffic is thought to emanate. Motribe is backed by early-stage venture capital company 4DiCapital, which forms part of international...

  • Twitter: Malware in 140 characters [Infographic]

    It's been five years since Twitter arrived on the social media scene and, with over 50 million tweets per day, the popular micro-blogging platform has been the buzz of users, celebrities, artists, social activists, popular CEOs and philanthropists worldwide. Twitter has stirred up governments, influenced social revolt and political change as well as media companies who have now adopted the "140 characters or less" broadcast medium. And if that's not enough for even for the most hard-headed of skeptics, then note...

  • Your brand and mobile: How to make it all happen

    Advertising campaigns used to be every marketers logistic nightmare. From the initial executive pitch to allocating resources, time, banners and newspaper ads, logos, video and radio editing and more, within a significantly minuscule budget, had brand marketers at an often panicky edge. In an earlier time marketers were generally known as salesmen, the main driving force behind ensuring revenue. In today's technology-driven times, we coin the term "marketer" or "e-marketer" but the  salesperson title still...

  • Nine vintage technology videos

    The glorious days of yesteryear. Days that invoke memories of a passing golden age of computing, when advancements were still met with scorn and an air of disdain by the technology-wary public. Days that heralded the rise of the machine from its exploitation in the dismal factory world to its rightful place as an essential element of our brain anatomy. Much to the chagrin of the purists who still maintain that, sooner...

  • The importance of social proofing your brand

    The hubris of trends, tweets, status updates, blogs and social media has definitely dominated online user activity over the past few years. Along with the substantial revenue brought in by eCommerce and online advertising into this sector, the majority of online marketers and internet startups have undoubtedly overlooked one very important aspect of user involvement. And that is: their online behavioural psychology. Briefly put, in a process known as Social Proof, our behavioural patterns are highly influenced by the actions of other people or communities which is indicative of the herd mentality/bandwagon models whereby users tend to follow a crowd without first evaluating the...

  • Have you been fooled today? A roundup of the top seven April Fool’s pranks

    April 1 is generally associated with hoaxes, false news, pranks, tomfoolery and (un)noteworthy nonsense. Over the years social media and tech news sites have capitalised on the April Fool's day trend by posting grandiose announcements covering advancements in technology, changes to existing social platforms or adding new game-changing functionality to existing applications. This year has been no exception with several large corporations driving the April Fool's buzz. Even Memeburn.com cashed in on the...

  • Google introduces ‘Gmail Motion’

    Earlier today, those ubiquitous folk at Google unveiled a beta version of their new revolutionary software, Gmail Motion Beta which allows you to manage your email with motion sensing. Gmail Motion cleverly uses your computer’s webcam along with a spacial tracking algorithm to detect physical gestures and turns it into actionable commands by reacting accordingly. Using Gmail Motion Beta, you can now open a new message in your Gmail account with a simple 'opening an...

  • GroupMe adds brands to group messaging

    Dominating Twitter streams at the recent SXSW event in the group messaging class with 65% of the overall mentions (according to social media analytics group Simply Measured), GroupMe, the New York based mobile group chat startup, yesterday revealed its plan for bringing brands into its new business model: Featured Groups. The new big initiative opens up the mobile group chat platform by allowing brands an opportunity to participate in group messaging conversations directly related...

  • Think Quarterly: Google’s new online magazine

    "In a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect," says Google about its online quarterly publication, Think Quarterly. Launched out of the UK, the first 68 page issue has a strong focus on data with thought topics ranging from data obesity to data overload and open data by some of the industry's finest journalists and technology leaders. The content-rich hybrid is part Flash app, part website and is visually stunning...

  • The rise of Firefox: Introducing Firefox4

    The web browser. That simple software application that traverses URIs presented as web pages, images, video or any other content and renders it all neatly inside a compact window may often be taken for granted by the online community who demand 24 hour access. The rapid succession of mobile browsing into the internet sphere, along with savvy mobile and desktop applications that have capitalised on the user experience -- has but added to the indulgence. The term 'browser' is now somewhat saturated in terms of its definition. But this was not always so. A quick history lesson: In the days preceding the great browser...

  • Five tools for measuring social media ROI

    Quantifying the Return on Investment (ROI) of a company's social media campaign has been every marketer's bane with existing real world business performance metrics failing to provide the measurements driven by trends and behavioral patterns. Now, in his latest post on Web Strategist, Altimeter Group researcher Jeremiah Owyang prescribes The ROI Pyramid as a marketer’s solution for tracking success in 2011. Essentially defining the metrics by which business interacts with relevant stakeholders in a precise and...

  • Steve Jobs to be deposed in iTunes antitrust suit

    A federal judge has cleared the way for Apple's ailing leader Steve Jobs to be deposed in a class-action lawsuit charging the iPod maker turned iTunes into a digital music monopoly. US Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled on Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs may question Jobs for a limited time of two hours, but only on the topic of an iPod update making RealNetworks digital music inoperable with iPod MP3 players. The suit...

  • Angry Birds takes flight as Rovio aims high

    Rovio, the makers of the sensationally popular Angry Birds app, have been very busy of late. Apart from tearing down the ever tricky structures of the evil green, egg-stealing pigs with hordes of 'fowl-mannered' feathered armament, the company has huge plans to catapult its signature game even higher, starting with a live public offering. With more than 100-million downloads worldwide and over 40-million active users, Angry Birds is the most popular mobile game...

  • Cloud computing for disaster prone areas

    With the very real threat of a nuclear meltdown following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the 11 March, the focus of the world shifts to Japan as the industrial giant braces itself for its worst disaster in history. From an economic perspective, stabilisation will depend on the recovery process and, if not implemented soon enough, could impede the country's future growth. Considering that Japan houses some of the world's largest entities in technology and is the third largest national economy with a labour force of around 66-million workers, recovery strategies are, of course, already in place. Most of Japan's cloud computing data centers...

  • Meme list: From Rebecca Black to Casey Heynes parodies

    It's been a fun week for memes with budding pop stars sensationalising the inner workings of the teenage mind on a Friday, to a bullied schoolkid unleashing a motherload of fury against his assailant with some signature Streetfighter moves, to blocking Charlie Sheen - because frankly, we've had enough of Charlie Sheen, tiger blood or not.  Here's our list of the top 5: Rebecca Black - Friday Amateur YouTube musician, Rebecca Black soared to fame for...