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  • Die Antwoord.com hack is over, but the questions remain

    The hack that wiped everything off the website of South African hip-hop act Die Antwoord, is over. It seems that everyone involved in the sorry saga has decided to move on and get back to the business of musical world-domination. For nearly 48 hours there was no word out of Die Antwoord, the hip-hop superstars, who burst to global fame through their seductive use of YouTube and Facebook. Some took the silence to be indifference, but it turns out that there was frantic activity going on behind the scenes trying to sort it out. Early on Friday morning this...

  • CREATORmakers.com: Unlock your potential

    To dream is as easy as breathing; it is one of the things that make us quintessentially human. But sometimes hopes and dreams get pushed aside due to time pressures and the daily grind. Now there is a social media solution that allows you to keep your dreams alive and in focus. Launched September 9th 2010, the self funded project CREATORmakers.com wants to help people make their dreams come true. It is both a website and an iPhone application that provides various fun tools which help people organise and connect their passions and create the type of life they wish...

  • Sony delays global release of Gran Turismo 5 again

    Japan's Sony will again delay the global release of the latest version of its popular "Gran Turismo" car-racing game, which was due out early next month, officials said Thursday. Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 video-game console was to hit US markets on November 2 and Japan the following day, but the release will now be "this holiday season", Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said. The delay is due to "production reasons," said Makiko Noda, a spokeswoman for the electronics giant's game unit, without elaborating. The release of Gran Turismo 5 had already been delayed from March this year. Analysts say...

  • Paper.li makes you editor-in-chief of your online newspaper

    There is no longer any doubt about the awesome impact that Twitter is having on the media landscape. Every day, the micro-blogging phenomenon cements its place at the center of news gathering, social networking and information dissemination. But while its basic functionality has been widely accepted, the delivery mechanisms employed are being challenged on various fronts, most notably by the Flipboard app on the iPad, and now by paper.li. What paper.li does is organise links shared on Twitter by your social network into an easy to read newspaper-style format for readers to consume. Developed by a Swiss startup called...

  • TED talks now on the iPad

    The world-wide acclaimed TED talks took to the iPad with the release on Thursday of an application that allows users to watch the famous conference's videos on Apple's tablet computer. TED is a non-profit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading", bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. An iPad app available free at Apple's online iTunes shop lets people access videos of presentations made at TED gatherings renowned for seeking ways to inspire fresh ideas and fight the world's ills. "The iPad presents a thrilling new platform for delivering a TED experience," said TED media executive producer June Cohen. "We rethought the...

  • Facebook, Skype join forces

    Skype and Facebook joined forces on Thursday to let users of the popular Internet messenging and voice-over-IP service chat with their friends on the booming social network. The new Skype version 5.0 for Windows includes a Facebook tab and integrates Facebook's news feed and phonebook into Skype, the Luxembourg-based Skype said in a statement. Skype users can call Facebook friends directly on mobile or landline phones, send SMS messages or make free Skype-to-Skype calls to Facebook friends who are also Skype users, it said. They can also post status updates to Facebook that can be synched with Skype "mood" messages and comment...

  • Seven major mobile trends you should be aware of

    Mobile phones are changing the face of communication and marketing in emerging markets around the world, and the implications are profound. The environment is changing at a rapid pace, but I've identified seven major trends that are defining the mobi space right now, and suggested ways that businesses can adapting to them. Here are a few basic points: 1. Mobile usage has become pervasive In 1999, 11% of South African adults had access to a phone. In 2009, this number had reached 70%. Handset and airtime prices are only coming down, although not as fast as we would like. But at the...

  • Bing gets a shot in the arm from Facebook

    Microsoft's search engine, Bing, has received a massive endorsement from Facebook, which could potentially see Bing becoming a credible rival to Google, the company that has dominated the search category for so long. Early on Wednesday at Microsoft's Silicon Valley HQ, management teams from Facebook and Microsoft gathered to address the media on new developments and partnerships between them. In a nutshell, it was announced that the social context of Facebook's information database will be brought into a Bing search. What does this mean? Essentially, the things, places and experiences that your friends have "liked", using Facebook's social graph...

  • Who is the most powerful editor in the world?

    Mediaite.com is an online and print analysis site which is exhaustively documenting the relative influence and power of the top-ranking editors in the world. The ranks are calculated based on the print circulation of their associated publications, unique online visitors to the site of their associated publication, online buzz, blogs buzz, and Twitter followers (if applicable -- not all editors have a twitter account). An individual might be collectively ranked higher than any of their individual metric rankings, due to Mediaite's algorithm weighting some metrics more than others. Arguably the whole process is stacked in favour of online versus print. Take a...

  • 10 tips for creating effective online ad copy

    There is a mind-boggling array of different online platforms for getting your marketing message across: From classic display banners through to text-based advertorials, tweets, Facebook status updates and emails, the list goes on and on. It is very easy to get carried away with the excitement of using new technology and lose sight of basic advertising copy principles. People are often quick to blame technology for the failure of their campaigns, using it as an excuse for sloppy, boring, poorly thought out and amateur copy. You don’t have to be a technical guru or professional designer to put together great, punchy copy...

  • Danish court blocks media from quoting Facebook ‘friends’

    Journalists may not use information from the Facebook accounts of their "friends," a Danish media tribunal ruled Wednesday in a case pitting the prime minister's brother against a tabloid. "Information on closed profiles are reserved to people -- the Facebook 'friends' -- who have been authorised to access the profile," the Danish Press Council said. "That is why media do not in principal have access to use information posted in closed profiles," the media ethics court said, setting a legal precedent on how media can use the Facebook social networking website. It added however that this consideration for the closed profile holder...

  • Die Antwoord site hacked. Do they even care?

    At first glance, it seems that dieantwoord.com has been hacked, wiping all content off the site, leaving just a three-word expletive ridden sentence repeating all over the screen, with a curiously attractive shifting colour palette in the background. But 24 hours later and there is still no word from the band, via Facebook or Twitter, about it? This story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. Call me old-fashioned but if someone had spray-painted vile messages all over the front of my house, I'd at least comment on it when people pointed it out to me. But the only message out...

  • Clothing giant Gap feels social media heat, scraps new logo

    In another clear sign that the social media masses are exerting tremendous influence over corporates, American clothing giant, Gap, decided to scrap its new logo and go back to the old one after an outpouring of criticism on Facebook and Twitter. Gap is one of the world's largest specialty retailers, with approximately 3 100 stores and 2009 revenues of US$14.2 billion. It operates five of the most recognized apparel brands in the world — Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta. The saga began a week ago when Gap introduced its new logo from out of the blue, accompanied by...

  • Ning launches social network tools for any website

    Bands, politicians, charities and many more organisations are turning to Ning to imbue websites with the kinds of social networking features credited with making stars out of Facebook and Twitter. Ning hopes to create momentum with the release of a new set of tools that let even technophobes build websites that create online communities and tap into smartphone applications and software hosted in the internet "cloud". "We focus on network creators who are the people running the campaign; the band, the non-profit raising money or connecting fans or supporters," Ning chief executive Jason Rosenthal told AFP on Tuesday. "It used to be...

  • Five world leaders using social media effectively

    What happens when politicians come face-to-face with a personal thought-broadcasting platform? It's a match made in heaven. We decided to find out which of the world’s politicians have ventured into this new frontier. This list isn't based solely on numbers of followers, but on those politicos who use Twitter and/or Facebook regularly to interact with their constituents, and do so effectively. Of course, the tech-savvy Americans dominate the online reputation market, but others are also starting to build substantial followings. Here are five of the most interesting examples. Barack Obama http://twitter.com/BarackObama http://www.facebook.com/barackobama Twitter followers: 5 552 095 App of choice: Hootsuite Facebook fans: 14 026...