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  • Don’t let social media destroy your digital footprint

    It's a reality around the world that social media is not a trend and it's here to stay. Many top executives of leading brands still struggle to come to terms with this phenomenon called 'social media' and that news travels in an instant without any moderation. Social media has really impacted how businesses organize themselves, how they perceive their business roles, and how they communicate with their target audience online. Many businesses are still trying to figure out the return on investment (ROI) of engaging on the social web, and many believe that the metrics that social media provides simply...

  • Sansa Clip Zip 4GB review: better than the iPod Shuffle

    The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player is all sorts of cheek-pinching cute. It weighs nothing, it’s got 4GB storage and a microSD slot for added gigs, support for audio books, a timer, FM radio, voice recording, a purported 15-hour battery life, a teeny 2.8cm colour screen and the worst headphones of all time. Best of all, it’s only US$50 for a damn decent MP3 player, but please replace the headphones with something “not shit”. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Samsung mocks boring businessy BlackBerrys in its new Galaxy ad

    Well, the iPeople already had their turn: now I guess it's time for Samsung to try to convince the BlackBerry fans to make the switch to a Galaxy product. The latest ad from Samsung takes a shot at the more traditional devices from RIM, and shows off how its own products (specifically, the Note II and S III) are better suited for work and play. Set in a fictional company, the ad aims at destabilising BlackBerry's foothold in the area it's been strongest: the enterprise market. Samsung users are shown easily sharing ideas and designs on their phones, and asking...

  • Bummed there is no Twitter on Mxit? Don’t fret now you have Tweetr

    As a platform, Mxit seems to be evolving. In the last year it has expanded the user experience by opening up its API and allowing third-party developers to build apps for the mobile social network. In December a third-party developer quietly launched Tweetr on Mxit, an app that allows users to browse tweets from Twitter's mobile site without the need for a Twitter account. "The decision to incorporate twitter into Mxit was a simple one. I knew there was demand for these two content segments and if we simplified accessibility to the content (that users are already searching for)...

  • FaceWash: your ticket to a squeaky clean Facebook profile

    If you're applying for an incredibly serious high-profile corporate job, then it really doesn't do to have a Facebook profile filled with profanities, especially not after the launch of Graph Search. Fortunately a new service called Facewash promises to clean up your profile and give you "a more professional social life". The Facebook app scans your profile, looking at your wall, comments on your statuses, photos you're tagged in and photos you've uploaded highlighting profanities as it goes. According to The Next Web, it flags everything from "xxx" to "butt", allowing you to edit or delete posts at your own...

  • Wikileaks: Aaron Swartz was ally, possible source

    This is interesting. Wikileaks is claiming that recently deceased Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was an ally and may have acted as a source for the whistle-blowing network. Wikileaks sent out a series of Tweets explaining that Swartz has helped it out in some indefinite manner and that he was in contact with founder Julian Assange. The tweets also revealed that the whistle-blowing service was investigating allegations that the US Secret Service was involved in the investigation that led to Swartz' death: Due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz we have decided to disclose the following...

  • Watch this: the trailer for a new Napster doccie

    This looks seriously interesting. A new documentary about Napster -- the file sharing service that was many people's first experience of piracy -- is set to debut at South by South West in a couple of months time. The doccie, which is called Downloaded, seems to be a pretty straightforward retelling of how Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker went from being University students to the music industry's biggest enemies. The project appears to have been made with the Napster founders' cooperation. The famous footage of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich delivering his band's lawsuit against Napster to its offices obviously...

  • The Memeburn interview: Google exec on the future of the ‘third screen’

    We currently live in the world of three screens. We are connected to our PCs, mobile phones and tablets, and soon there will be more screens in our tech-obsessed world than we can imagine, says top Google exec Meir Brand. Brand is fascinated with how technology will allow us to merge the physical world and the digital world. He believes that "man and machine are kept separate now. But in ten years, the technology will be a physical part of our bodies, and it will expand our capabilities." Brand may be awarded the same type of god-like reverence at...

  • Google’s ambitions and Facebook’s bet on search: top stories you should read

    The two big names featured in this week's round up of top tech stories aren't just doing what you'd expect them to: Facebook is looking into social searching while Google is, well, secretly investigating ways to spend its billions on ideas that previously belonged in sci-fi movies. But don't worry, there are some more down to earth choices too: from the stories behind the Raspberry Pi and Las Vegas' cheater-catching tech to Apple's supposed stock price and product slump. Google’s Larry Page on why moon shots matter While this interview with Google co-founder and CEO tends to show Google in...

  • In house and agencies: why you need both when it comes to digital

    I’m not sure if this qualifies as a great debate, but many companies asked themselves in 2012 whether or not they should be bringing their digital arm back into the company fold and cutting out agencies. The question comes down to cost versus benefit, both tangible and intangible and, so far, there seems to be nothing more than a stale mate. There has been a shift in the corporate makeup of companies worldwide to take as much as possible in-house. However this is not a general reflection on agencies as such but rather on the status of the economic condition...

  • Nando’s also has a confession for Oprah: it can enhance your performance too

    It seems Lance Armstrong isn't the only one confessing things to television's queen of talk. Popular fast food franchise Nando's has launched a campaign in the wake of the former Tour de France winner's intimate conversation with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong has been rocked with a high profile doping scandal since last year, which he denied intensely. But yesterday for the first time on live television, the cyclist admitted to using banned substances to enhance his performance during his Tour de France victories. He told the talk queen he was a bully and couldn't have won the popular cycling race...

  • Alcatel One Touch 997 Ultra review: halfway to glory

    My first experience with an Alcatel was in the age of the Nokia 3310. My, how things have changed. Now that the company is competing in the Android smartphone space, its One Touch line is standing up against the cryptically named Xperias and HTCs in its price bracket. We liked the über budget One Touch 990, and the new lineup that hit this year's CES looks pretty smart too. But what about Alcatel's US$365 (R3 200) One Touch 997 Ultra? Read more on Gearburn var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • 9 Chinese tech companies that could go public in 2013

    2011 saw economic turmoil and financial scandals that led to only two Chinese tech companies venturing to IPO in 2012. But 2013 is looking up. This year there’s the distinct possibility of there being nine major Chinese web company IPOs, among which will be the biggest ever that China has produced. Buoyed by the solid progress of the small class of 2012 (VIPShop and YY), these are the names to look out for in the year ahead. Inspired by a longer list on QQ Tech, we’ve pruned that down to nine realistic contenders. Some of these Chinese internet companies have...

  • Google officially the best company on Earth to work for, again

    We already know that Google is prone to building the odd goofy Easter egg into its products, and that it has really cool data centres and that it loves a good practical joke. Now though, we can also confirm that it's still the best company on the planet to work for. At least that's according to Fortune's 2013 list of the best companies to work for. According to Fortune, a few new additions to the facilities Google offers its employees helped Google retain the spot it's held for four years in a row now: The Internet juggernaut takes the Best...

  • Sina Weibo launches in-stream advertising in bid to boost revenue

    China's most prominent microblogging (or weibo) service Sina Weibo has followed the path worn by Twitter, officially launching in-stream advertising. The social giant has been testing out the ad placements since mid 2012. At the time it was unclear whether or not the ads would be targeted. For now it appears that they're not, although The Next Web reports that the company is investigating displaying ads targeted specifically at people who are fans of a company. Similar to Twitter, people will be able to tell they're looking at an advert because there will be a grey line and a...