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  • Ad-free blog raises $100k in subscriptions six hours after launching

    If you want to survive online, you need ads. It's just common sense, even Facebook and Twitter eventually figured out that you need ads to get by. Except sometimes you don't. Just ask Andrew Sullivan. The former Daily Beast writer yesterday launched an independent publishing platform called Dish publishing and within six hours of launch had raised US$100 000... in subscriptions. That's right, just subscriptions... no ads. Sullivan plans to keep it that way too. Sullivan charges US$19.99 for a full annual subscription, although they can pay more if they want to. According to Sullivan about a third of the...

  • Apple and Google trumped by Microsoft in acquisition of R2 Studios

    Last year TechCrunch reported that Microsoft, Google and Apple were in talks with home automation startup R2 Studios about an acquisition. It seems that Microsoft has now trumped its main rivals in taking the prize. This is a massive addition for Microsoft, as it also acquires various patents related to controlling electronic devices, such as the control app for Android which will now become Microsoft's property, while the founder and a small team of experts will move over to the Redmond giant's offices. With Microsoft striking deals with various media companies like HBO, Netflix, YouTube, Comcast and Time Warner...

  • Social media expectations and strategies to keep in mind for 2013

    Social media activism in 2012 highlighted the importance of interaction between citizens and spurred fears in the hearts of politicians and global entities. It has become apparent that people increasingly listen to the opinions of online friends and eagerly share information. At the same time companies have realised how vulnerable they can be once people focus on their poor performance. To this end, the ITU meeting aimed at providing governments more control over the internet has also sparked an outrage over privacy. Hacker and consumer groups have targeted some of the major players and security weaknesses have come to...

  • 3 of the top social media campaigns of 2012

    We all love social media and we use it to share elements of our lives on a daily basis. Oft times we share a thought or a sentiment that seems to resonate with the general public and our social post goes viral. It gets picked up and shared by random strangers – and we feel pretty damn important for about three seconds. Then there are those social campaigns that are intentionally designed to “get famous”. Here are a few that did exceptionally well in 2012. Nike #MakeItCount This Nike campaign, which was launched in January of 2012, was succinct and to...

  • 5 social media resolutions for the new year

    The whirring gears of change in social media only got louder and more overwhelming in 2012. Every time you went retro and reached for a paper novel or (heaven forbid) an actual newspaper, you were punished with a bewildering new set of circumstances and do’s and don’ts with regard to your social media landscape. With the scars and successes of 2012 freshly behind us, let’s bravely look to the future with a set of social media resolutions for 2013. 1. Facebook is not like any 'friend' you've ever had before. Remember that kid in Grade 5 who you did...

  • Self-driving cars: Google’s greatest act of obfuscation?

    It's remarkable how few journalists understand Google's business and how what it does or doesn't do affects massive volumes of commerce around the globe. If I were running the New York Times I would keep half-a-dozen journalists focused on Google 24/7 because it's that important. Instead, we get very little real coverage of Google and what goes on beneath the hood, because the mainstream media doesn't know much about Google at all. It's easier to write about self-driving cars than to delve into the complexities of Google's business. And Google loves to point people to its self-driving cars, because it's a red...

  • Get stuck into the top games of 2013

    After a year in which almost no original titles came out, 2013 brings the gaming industry back to good form with a strong mix of sequels, expansions and original titles. Watch Dogs (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Watch Dogs could get overlooked as a futuristic GTA, and that would be a huge shame. Its core mechanic is hacking -- and the ability to control the city unlike anything you’ve seen before. Tap into cellphones, control traffic lights and bridges, turn off surveillance cameras and electrical grids, all from a handheld device. Read more on Gearburn.com 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");

  • Google to settle with FTC on patent misuse

    US regulators could settle with Google over antitrust allegations as soon as tomorrow. According to Bloomberg, the internet giant has agreed to voluntarily change some of its business practices and settle allegations that it misused patents to thwart its opposition in the smartphone wars. The FTC has been investigating whether Google deliberately skews results in favour of its own products. The decision is a massive blow to the likes of Yelp, Microsoft and Expedia, who all feel that they've been unfairly affected by the internet giant's policies. The concession made by Google will see it allowing advertisers to export data...

  • Is Apple about to buy Waze?

    Apple is really trying to up its maps game. Rumour has it that the tech giant is attempting to acquire Waze, says Mike Butcher over at Techcrunch. Waze is a social mapping app that allows users to contribute its database through gaming mechanisms. When Apple released iOS 6 is opted for its own mapping app over veteran Google Maps. The gamble was not so successful for the company as its app proved to be less than perfect and nowhere near ready for the public. This Waze rumour isn't the first in Apple's attempt to fix its map problems. Last...

  • Ubuntu joins the mobile OS party

    Open source geeks of the world rejoice! Ubuntu will soon be available for smartphones courtesy of Canonical, the company founded by entrepreneur and space tourist Mark Shuttleworth, for the promotion and commercial support of free software projects. The OS is designed at challenging iOS and Android's dominance in the space. Ubuntu is selling the OS on an "immersive", "less cluttered" design and a lack of Java overhead: Ubuntu provides a fast and beautiful experience, even on inexpensive hardware. It doesn’t have the overhead of a Java virtual machine, so all core applications run at full native speeds with...

  • Best tech innovations of 2012: Google Now, Leap Motion & Retina Display

    This year has been pretty amazing for society: we have pushed ourselves and broken some boundaries. A curious little rover explored the surface of Mars, a man jumped from space and Google is taking on Siri. There have been some pretty cool tech innovations this year and we decided to pick a few of the ones that impressed us the most. We expect some difference of opinion here, however, these innovations came out tops in our books. Here you go, in no particular order: Leap Motion: This new technology interprets natural hand movements with remarkable accuracy and lets users...

  • 12 Instagram photos from some of 2012’s biggest news events

    Photo filter and sharing service Instagram really came into its own in 2012. Its entry onto the Google Play store gave its user numbers a massive boost as Android users around the world looked to see what their iOS counterparts were fussing about. Being bought out by Facebook for US$715-million meanwhile gave it serious kudos as a company. But Instagram is also where we turned to document some of 2012's biggest events. We've gathered photos from some of them in a bid to give you glimpse of the year that was. Compiling this list was by no means easy....

  • The best ads of 2012: Coca Cola, Chevy and McDonald’s

    It’s that time of year again where every second article you read is a top 10 list of this or that, so I thought it a good time to put together a list of what I believe have been some of the year's top ads from around the world. This year we continued to see more and more great interactive / activation work, the most memorable being Red Bull’s continued dominance in doing advertising a little different and live streaming the worlds highest, fastest, most adrenaline filled skydive… ever. The below list is in no particular order, please feel free...

  • 10 of the biggest Twitter trending topics of 2012

    On Twitter, it seems like time passes incredibly quickly. Tweets stream past in seconds only to be replaced by more tweets, and worldwide trending topics shuffle along almost as rapidly. Sometimes, you can almost tell what's happening without clicking any of the links to the trending topics -- during the iPhone 5 launch, the phone's features trended as well as its name as the iFans scurried to spread the news, and during the Olympics' opening ceremony, you'd have been able to guess 'Voldemort' and 'Mr Bean' made an appearance even if you weren't watching the show. With such a rapidly...

  • The funniest, interesting, weird and thought provoking Tumblrs of 2012

    Since Tumblr's launch in 2007 it has grown immensely, gathering over 77-million mini-blogs as of October 2012. Since 2010, the site has grown more than 25 000 users a day and now more than 71-million posts are created daily on the site. Boasting celebs like Lady Gaga, Zooey Deschanel and John Mayer, it was also the first blogging platform to host President Barack Obama's blog. By being open to a multitude of different kinds of posts, blogs and viral videos, Tumblr has an immense amount of material. From serious bloggers to once-off viral memes it's all there. Choosing the best...