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  • Facebook: now the top social network in 127 countries

    If you think anyone stands a chance of eclipsing Facebook's dominance, think again. The social network is now top of the pile in at least 127 countries. According to social network analyst Vincenzo Cosenza's most recent biannual World Map of Social Networks, much Of Facebook's growth in the past few months has been in Asia. This growth has seen it overtake the likes of Odnoklassniki in Eastern Europe and Zing in Vietnam. According to Cosenza, Asia has now has 278-million users, surpassing Europe, with 251-million, as the largest continent on Facebook. North America has 243-million users, South...

  • How to get your digital agency working on results-focused design

    As clients set ever-tougher objectives to judge the effectiveness of their digital properties, agencies need to constantly revise their strategies to ensure that they can meet and exceed the expectations to retain these relationships. It is easy to focus on results at the end of the development process -- pull some reports and produce the odd insight to justify the budget the client spends on analytics -- but it’s a whole lot harder to design and develop with results in mind right from the beginning. Traditionally, designers receive the brief for a new website, meet with the client and immerse themselves...

  • How Google’s recent algorithm changes are encouraging negative SEO

    This is shocking and it's a direct result of Google's algorithm changes. Here's a case study, courtesy of SEOBook, of a website being prepared for launch and how a competitor managed to get it flagged as a scam site -- before it was even launched: Enter www.buymycar.com, an idea I had wanted to do for some time, where people list a car and it gets sent to a network of dealers who bid on it from a secure area. A simple idea but FAR from simple to implement. ... Satisfied I had ticked all the boxes from hours of Matt Cutts video's...

  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – first impressions

    Wrath of the White What? It’s a mouthful… but Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an upcoming JRPG PS3-exclusive title from Level-5 and legendary Anime creator Studio Ghibli. When you hear that the maker of Spirited Away (2001), the most successful Japanese film in history, is working on something new -- especially unchartered territory like a game -- you have to get excited. The big question is, can its signature style of childhood fables translate well into a game? With just under a month ‘til it drops onto our shores, we look at how Ni no Kuni is shaping...

  • RIM: we’ve got the top apps for the BlackBerry 10 launch

    In the run-up to what many consider RIM's comeback/last hope for regaining its lost marketshare, we've been given quite a few insights into BlackBerry 10. There are videos with glimpsed of the new OS floating around on YouTube, alpha phones have been given out to encourage developers to build compatible apps, and we've even seen some leaked snapshots one of the (gorgeous) new devices. And if the company's VP of Global Alliances and Business Development is to be believed, BlackBerry won't be facing the app store shortage that has a potential Windows Phone buyers thinking twice: he says the...

  • Anonymous wants DDoS recognised as a form of legal protest

    Looks like everybody's favourite hacker collective wants to go legit. Yup, Anonymous is petitioning the White House to declare distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks a legitimate form of protest. The petition, which appears on the White House's "We the People" site, argues that the attacks are a similar form of protest to those practised by the Occupy movement: With the advance in internet techonology, comes new grounds for protesting. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that...

  • Reddit’s new funding round very likely, but it’s not about the cash

    Yes Reddit really is going on the search for a new round of funding. And yes, it really is at a US$400-million valuation. The funny thing is, it's not really looking for money. According to AllThingsD, the site is only looking for around US$1-million. In Silicon Valley terms that's not all that much. A middling startup would happy with that kind of funding, sure, but why should a site that bills itself as "the front page of the internet"? The clue isn't that it's looking for the money though, it's who it's looking to get cash from. The site...

  • Google’s Eric Schmidt urges North Korea to drop internet barriers

    Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has asked North Korea to open up more access to the world via the internet if the country hopes to develop its economy, reports the Wall Street Journal. "As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their view of the world," he told reporters in Beijing Thursday, as he returned from a three-day trip to North Korea with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. He added that it would "make it harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very...

  • Linkedin’s growth continues: it’s hit the 200 million member mark

    The world's largest professional social networking site just got a bit bigger: Linkedin announced today that it has hit a new record: it has more than 200-million users in over 200 countries. The company doesn't specify the number of monthly or daily active users (just total sign-ups), but whether the majority of its users are the log-in-once-to-upload-my-cv kind or the powerusers who live for networking, it's still amounts to a slow and steady growth trajectory for Linkedin. It hit 100-million members in March 2011, 175-million in 2012 and now tops the 200-million mark. "This milestone is more than just...

  • ValuationUP: the startup that could save your business

    We first heard about ValuationUP, the financial performance analysis, benchmarking and valuation tool for SMBs when it won the Ignite startup competition at African innovation conference, Tech4Africa, last year. The South African team behind ValuationUP, Gareth Ochse and Kenneth Kalmer believe their startup will help people -- even those without financial backgrounds -- benchmark the financial performance of the ventures they are growing, selling, buying or advising. Research suggests that a high percentage of startups fail -- some estimate 75%, depending on how failure is defined. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • 80s rock star Peter Gabriel designs MusicTiles for iPhone

    MusicTiles is a new app for iPhone designed by acclaimed artist Peter Gabriel which will allow users, via a simple tile interface, to create, record and share remixes of their favourite music tracks. While it is also a rather obvious way for Gabriel to revive his status in the music world as his album So is featured quite prominently, the app does create a new and easy way for amateurs to play around with music files. The concept seems quite intricate, as it requires the various different instruments and vocals within a song to be separated into their own...

  • Europe’s four biggest mobile operators look to combine their services

    The European continent's four biggest mobile operators are seeking to join forces to create a better continental service. In what can be considered a pan-European infrastructure network, the Financial Times (FT) reports that Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telecom Italia and Telefonica have been meeting with the EU's competition chief to discuss how the idea could be achieved in what is a rather fragmented European market. Europe is one continent where different countries and their respective laws causes difficulty in creating a standard for communication laws, and this aspect has created varying differences between the mobile carriers. As one person...

  • Seven deadly digital sins for brands to avoid in 2013

    A new year is stereotypically associated with clean slates and resolutions. Below is a guideline for brands, and individuals alike, to right the interweb wrongs and to prevent the heinous digital crimes of 2012. Wrath Over promising and under delivering in the Twittersphere is the easiest way to incite a Twitter war or ‘twar’ with one’s followers. A great example of this is the Steers R10 rib promotion which went horribly wrong. There are more consumers online and they are less forgiving than ever before in the social space. It is imperative that brands have the necessary logistics in place, prior...

  • The rise, fall and comeback of Yahoo!

    In the heady days of the early 1990s two young Stanford PhD students David Filo and Jerry Yang Yahoo founded Yahoo! as a hierarchical directory of other websites. From the insane startup days through the massive growth and rise of the internet during the early 2000s, Yahoo could do no wrong, despite the internet bubble crash of 2000. In 2002 Yahoo even tried to buy Google for US$3-billion. Yahoo! then tried to start its own search engine and proceed to buy up internet companies by the dozen. Famously they overlooked thefacebook.com and youtube.com. The massive juggernaut of the internet had...

  • The best of CES 2013 so far

    CES 2013 has proven once again that its reputation as a showcase for the bleeding edge of tech is a worthy one. There have been a slew of futuristic and interesting products introduced and, as always, the totally weird and wonderful has made its appearance too. Gearburn reported on the HAPIfork, and it promises to change your life much in the way a new and improved family washing powder would. That seems to be a recurring theme at shows like this. Gadgets and products that will make Nirvana of your life because they're new and improved and technologically advanced to...