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  • Say hello to Google’s answer to Evernote: Keep

    Imitation is the best form of flattery. Google has launched its own note-taking and archiving app, Google Keep, in direct competition with consumer favourite Evernote. In a blog post, the tech giant writes that remembering is becoming a big problem that sticky notes just can't solve anymore. So it decided to do something about it. "To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and...

  • 5 Gum takes The Kooks to South Africa using social media

    This is pretty cool. Chewing gum brand 5 Gum has a habit of using social and social only to promote big music experiences. The latest edition will see UK rock act The Kooks undertake a two show tour of South Africa. As with any previous #5GumExperience, tickets are not available for purchase, people can only apply for them via the 5 Gum Facebook page, while adding a product barcode will grant them a double entry. The Kooks are an English rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. Signed to Virgin Records in 2006, the band released their...

  • 7 awesome social media management tools you should keep in your arsenal

    If your job title contains the word 'digital' then change and stress is something you are quite familiar with. Being immersed in the digital age means that no two days are ever the same. Facebook tonight is probably different to Facebook tomorrow, new platforms pop up overnight the rules of the game are constantly evolving. Managing digital platforms is no longer as easy as updating your Facebook status. Now you need to worry about which messages are relevant to which platforms. Is your message on Twitter the same on LinkedIn? When did you last add a new pin or...

  • Monitoring social media for market intelligence: how to get started

    With social media marketing not being that new anymore, many companies are starting to appreciate and understand the value of integrating social media into their business. Many of them are reaping the rewards of engaging with customers and prospects in conversation on the social web. But, even though social media has been around for a while, many are yet to make any sense of it because they are overwhelmed and confused with all the available options open to them. If your company is still a bit scared of using social media with your communication strategy, here is a simple and...

  • PhotoMania looks to carve niche as a ‘social-photo editor’

    There are two parties going on in the photo-sharing-platform world. The first party is outgoing, social, and the more guests talk and share between themselves (and with their friends outside the party), the better. This type of party often only has one or a few tricks (filters, effects), and prefers to rely on the social nature of their guests to provide entertainment and thrive. These are the photo-social platforms and their king is Instagram. 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");

  • Action Launcher review: a better Android interface

    Over the past few months, my interest in Android has started waning a little if I am honest, but let me explain why. It’s mostly because my Galaxy Nexus is starting to act its age: it stutters, reboots, has a terrible battery life and has annoying bugs, but considering my Nexus 4 is on the way, it’ll be rectified soon. Until then, I’m excited to report that I’ve found another app that completely transformed the way I use my phone. Action Launcher is brought to you by the same developer, Chris Lacy, who developed the Twitter client, Tweet Lanes. Read...

  • Chameleon botnet costing online advertisers millions

    This is pretty scary. Online security experts have identified a botnet that is stealing millions of dollars a month. The botnet, which has been dubbed Chameleon because of its ability to fool advertisers' tracking algorithms, has been found simulating click-throughs on over 200 websites. Online security company Spider.io says it has been tracking the botnet since December last year. The company says that Chameleon's ability to target display-based advertisers (as against text-based advertisers) makes it a particularly notable threat. Display advertisers use algorithms with varying degrees of complexity to target their advertising at the most appropriate website visitors. These...

  • After 5 years, Twitter finally manages to patent itself

    Back in July 2007, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey filed a patent application for a new system they were working on, which allowed users to send messages, not just to specific recipients, but a broader user base. That project has since evolved into one of the biggest social networking platforms in the world -- but the application has been spending its time in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Until yesterday. The Twitter co-founders were granted a patent on their system which computes follower/followed relationships and shares messages accordingly regardless of which device is sending or receiving the message...

  • Cool new Chrome experiment lets you make your own silent movie

    If you're a tech geek who also happens to have a thing for silent movies, then you'll love the latest Chrome experiment from Google. The Peanut Gallery lets you add intertitles to old black-and-white movie clips by talking out loud while you watch them. You can also record the whole process, effectively allowing you to make your own silent movie. The experiment is intended to be a way of showing off Chrome's Web Speech API, which launched last month. Google has something of a habit of using unique and fun experiments to show off the latest developments in Chrome. Most...

  • Eric Schmidt tells India to stop policing internet, focus on innovation

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt has told India that it needs to stop censoring the web and instead make innovation a priority. In an editorial for the Times of India, Schmidt says that the government needs to focus its efforts away from trying to censor the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter and instead focus on how innovation can help local businesses in the country. Google has confirmed that Schmidt is in India as he prepares to speak at The Guardian’s Big Tent Activate India event in New Delhi on 21 March. His comments address, in particular, the fact...

  • BlackBerry makes a bad music video…again

    Hey BlackBerry groupies, get ready dust your old T Shirts off and rock out. The band is back together. Yup, it turns out the Canadian manufacturer wasn't content with just one awful music video, so it made another one. A re-interpretation of Etta James' song "At Last", the latest video is a celebration of the launch of the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10. As was the case with the last video, the company's latest effort features altered lyrics and very limited charm. Let's hope BlackBerry really does deliver on its promise and that this really is the last time...

  • Man uses 15 Go Pros to create DIY bullet-time awesomeness

    Hey, remember when the Bullet Time sequences from The Matrix were the most insane thing you'd ever seen on film? Well now its possible to achieve the same effect with 15 Go Pro cameras. Well, a close approximation at any rate. Marc Donahue of Permagrin Films uses his YouTube channel to show off how he uses an semi-circular array of Go Pros to create scenes that anyone without a Hollywood budget could've only dreamed of doing a few years ago. Donahue has used the array to give his videos everyone from BMX bikers to chefs and drummers that magical...

  • Want proof that Google’s falling foul of its own success? Look at the Galaxy S4

    Let’s make a mobile OS that will rival Apple's iOS, and let’s give it away for free. Clever thinking by Google, at the time. As of early 2013, Google’s Android operating system has come to massively dominate smartphones worldwide, with Samsung taking the lion’s share of this dominance. The irony is almost palpable. Google has done a magnificent job. Android 4.2.2 is almost every bit as good as anything else on the market (read: iOS, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, and the others). Google Play is as big as the Apple App store, and as full of good quality apps. Google...

  • What big data can’t do: the limits of computers and analytics

    Big data is all about the software -- but software has it’s limits. In a recent column, "What Data Can’t Do", New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks breaks down the limitations of computers. “Data needs direction” he says. That is to say, without the guidance of someone providing real context or value, it’s impossible for data to distinguish between the importance of viral memes or a valuable masterpiece for example. Some of these limitations are those that are considered mechanistic, as opposed to the inherently humanistic values such as intuition, context and creativity. For example a computer’s inability to...

  • From deal sites to tablet makers: inside Africa’s startup boom

    Africa has a pretty impressive tech startup scene. Very few people know about it because the companies that are being built aren't exiting for millions of dollars, well, not all of them. The continent has, in the last decade, seen a mobile explosion that beats the developed world. Yes, connectivity is still an issue that needs resolving but somehow the tech innovators are building products that have seen interest from the likes of financial juggernaut Visa and are winning innovation prizes against more established counterparts in the developed world. 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");