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  • Dumb TVs and social influencers: top tech stories you have to read

    Hackers are dangerous. TV is smart. Social influence algorithms are invulnerable to cheaters. Education involves classrooms and lecturers. Or does it? This edition of our top tech stories series touches on shifts in online security, the education system, social power and the functionality of the electronic box in your lounge. Over the top: the new war for TV is just beginning Think about how much computer technology has changed recently. Chances are your smartphone does more today than your desktop computer did just a few years ago... but what has happened to your TV? Perhaps it got thinner, or...

  • African company constructs world’s first open-source metabolic chamber

    HealthQ Technologies, a high-tech startup facility based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, claims to have constructed the first open-source metabolic chamber in the world. The company says that the metabolic chamber will enable South African entrepreneurs and researchers to perform crucial experiments using facilities which were previously inaccessible. It is also intended to be used for developing new technologies and products in the wellness, weight-loss and fitness industries. HealthQ is headed up by CEO and co-founder Riaan Conradie, a PhD graduate from the University of Stellenbosch. We learned from Conradie's Twitter account that the metabolic chamber is Arduino-based. Read more on Ventureburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Google reportedly readying iOS Maps app for release

    Google is reportedly getting ready to roll out an iOS version of its maps app to the public. According to the Wall Street Journal, the internet giant has begun rolling out a test version of the app to people outside the country. Quoting someone with "direct knowledge of the matter", the Journal said that the company is busy putting the final touches on the app before it goes for approval on the iTunes store. It's unclear however when the app will be approved by Apple. If the map is approved it'll be the first time Google Maps has...

  • What a rejected article taught me about social media rule number one

    The good people of Memeburn asked me to write another piece for them, so I did. I wanted to write a hard-hitting piece about the industry in which I slave away, I wanted to create something that was shareable and had mass talk-ability and all of the wonderful words we create here in social media. I slaved for 35 minutes, and handed it in. In the nicest way possible, they told me to take my offering and place it in a shredder, then take that shredder and throw it off the back of a truck. They had never been...

  • Belkin Bluetooth Receiver: crisp sound, poor wireless

    The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver is a wireless "little wonder" for your home stereo. What it promises to do, it does, albeit with a bit of a marketing flaw and one or two small disappointments. But we will get to that later... The marketing flaw is that this is specifically targeted at users who have older stereos at home and have not traversed to the digital world of consoles, USB ports and memory sticks. It will make the "uninformed" look cool, your mom and dad for instance. 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");

  • Ingress: Google’s global augmented reality game needs your Android

    It's time to make a decision. Will you join the resistance, and become part of the fight to preserve free will and independent thought? Or will you become a member of the enlightenment, and embrace the mysterious energy that threatens to control your mind in the hopes that it will grant you some of its power? The choice is up to you in Google's freshly launched worldwide augmented reality game, Ingress. The multiplayer, which is the work of in-house startup Niantic Labs, lets you take part in a global search for sources of an unknown energy located all over the...

  • Sina Weibo hits 400m users, thanks Olympics

    Sina Weibo is in rude health. The Chinese social network revealed that it had gone past the 400-million user mark thanks, in part, to the Olympic Games held in London earlier this year. The announcement came as part of parent company Sina's Q3 earnings report, which shows that Sina Weibo's steadily making a mark for itself as a viable advertising platform. "The London 2012 Olympic Games could very well be termed in China as the 'social' Olympics, pushing Weibo.com's daily active users to a new record and Weibo's registered accounts to surpass 400 million," said Charles Chao, CEO and...

  • Twitter announces new tweaks, lets you email tweets from the web

    If Twitter was a car, it would never go anywhere because it's constantly being worked on. The social network today announced its most recent tweaks, including the ability to email tweets from the web. "You can email a tweet to anyone, whether they use Twitter or not, right from your Twitter stream or from the details view of any tweet," said Twitter engineer Stefan Filip. If you want to email a tweet click on the “more” icon next to the reply, retweet and favourite buttons in order to email a tweet to anyone you know. According to Twitter,...

  • Facebook expands gifts, rolls out to millions more users

    Facebook has announced that it will be rolling out Facebook Gifts to tens of millions of users, allowing them to give gifts to people from their profile page. Eventually everyone will have a gifting button on their profile, which will make it easier for people to give gifts directly to each other. The gift receiver will also be able to refuse a gift, although shipping will be paid by the person giving the gift. Some of the companies Facebook is partnering with for the new service include babyGap, Fab, Brookstone, Dean & Deluca, L'Occitane, Lindt, ProFlowers, Random House, Inc....

  • iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note added to Samsung, Apple lawsuit

    If you were even remotely thinking that the Apple vs Samsung battle could be simmering down, especially after the HTC and Apple friendship hugs this week, you were catastrophically mistaken. Samsung Electronics has been allowed the addition of the iPhone 5 to its patent infringement suit against Apple, and in turn Apple was allowed the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III and the Jelly Bean operating system to its own list. How much more crowded can it get? Don't hold your breath too long now... The possibility of even more devices looks to be on the cards...

  • What will it take to unearth Africa’s next great innovator?

    Africa is full of innovators representing a potentially rich rewards for anyone willing to invest in them. Finding them hasn't always been easy but, given the right tools, it'll become much easier. According to Marlon Parker, founder of social enterprise movement rLabs and founder and CEO of social communication tool JamiiX, Africa is already innovative by nature. It's easy to see what he means. At Nigeria's recent Maker Faire, four teenagers showed off a generator that runs entirely on urine power. Then there's Richard Turere, a teenage boy who rigged his homestead with lights timed to flash to mirror...

  • Anonymous fights to keep Gaza connected as Israel attacks

    Hacker collective Anonymous has sworn to keep Gaza connected as Israel undertakes a series of attacks against Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. Over the past 24 hours, the Israel has undertaken a series of air-based attacks against the organisation in the Gaza strip. The attacks have seen Hamas fire back with rocket attacks, signalling the potential for all out war in the volatile region. When Israel announced that it would be cutting of internet services to Israel, Twitter accounts associated with the collective began sounding the alarm: #Gaza: How to connect to the internet in case of disconnection katatus.blogspot.com #GazaUnderAttack— Anonymous...

  • Mindshift: how crowdsourcing allows for disruption and new ideas

    In a recent Memeburn article, Preshan Segers sheds light on where ideas come from and how they are ultimately crowdsourced. But it was only when websites started using social data and networks of collaboration that popular organizations like Wikipedia and social media sites started to use the idea of sourcing data from the crowd. Drawing on familiar concepts such as the popular Kickstarter platform and open sourcing, these initiatives ultimately serve the communities by the communities. Steven Johnson’s TEDx talk on ‘Crowd Sourcing Ideas’ lays the fundamental importance of using the crowd and the tools in which goals are...

  • Why Google’s cost-per-click drop might show that it’s ahead of the curve

    Google’s Q3 earnings call saw its stock plummet nine percent as it announced profits and revenues that were lower than analyst’s bullish expectations. Larry Kim, Wordstream’s Founder and CTO, has been very busy pulling up some interesting Google Adwords stats which, he says, indicate that CPCs on its advertising platform have gone down: I analyzed a billion dollars (USD) of paid search advertising and found: * Q3 2012, the cost per click for google ads was going down a lot (-16.5% for google search and -18.2% for google display network in last 2 quarters); * We also found that the number of...

  • 3 great gadget Kickstarter projects for the geek at heart

    Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has produced some great products, all funded by the people for the people, and there just so happens to be one sector in which the platform shines – technology. While there might not be a cut and dry formula to having a successful Kickstarter campaign, these top three most funded technology campaigns give us a clue as to what does well on the crowd-funding platform. Let’s take a look. 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");