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  • 6 liveblogs that will keep you up to date with the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing

    Look, let's be honest for a moment. There's pretty much no hiding from the Oscar Pistorius case. People are going to want to talk to you about it, so you might as well be properly informed. But where to go? We've already established that keeping up with events on Twitter means sifting through a mess of different reports. A more streamlined way of keeping up with events in and around the South African court room where Pistorius' bail hearing is taking place is to follow a live blog. The best ones will incorporate tweets and video from around the...

  • Still using ‘opt out’ emails? You could soon end up paying big time

    A proposed amendment to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, once passed, will permanently change the way companies communicate with their clients and prospective clients. In this video with Daniella Kafouris (Technology and Privacy legal specialist at Deloitte Risk Advisory), Daniella explains what this means to companies and implications for none compliance. Daniella Kafouris of Deloitte Risk Advisory - How will proposed amendments to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act affect you? While this amendment covers a number of forms of electronic communication, I want to talk specifically around email communication, how this will affect companies that use email...

  • Oscar Pistorius outstrips Lance Armstrong, Tiger on Google search

    Searches for Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of 14 February, have outstripped those for Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods at their peak over the past two years. However, interest in the case is still nowhere near that of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which topped searches in Britain for 2011. That Pistorius has garnered more attention than Woods in the period is hardly surprising. By 2011, Woods had largely put his indiscretions behind him by 2011 and spent most of the time after that slowly...

  • 17 top journos to follow on Twitter during the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing

    The world has pretty much been glued to Twitter since news broke that renowned paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius had apparently shot and killed his girlfriend. The story continued to occupy large portions of space on people's timelines as Pistorius' bail hearing begun. With all that noise though, it can sometimes be difficult to separate the noise and speculation from the facts being reported by people at the scene. There are however a select few quality journalists worth following during the ongoing proceedings. Finding out who those journalists are on your own can however be a difficult task. That's why...

  • Get your hands on Project Glass before the rest: just use #ifihadglass

    Do you want to be one of the first people to experience Google's next-gen augmented reality super specs before they're available to the public? Now there's a way: and all you have to do is cough up US$1 500 and hit social media with a hashtag. The Google Glass team announced today that it is opening applications for members of the general public to get involved in the Glass project. These bold and creative 'Glass Explorers' will be "part of shaping the future of Glass", and will be invited to (pay for and) pick up their personal headset in New...

  • Oscar Pistorius: the story as told through social media

    Since the news broke early on Valentine's Day that a woman had been found dead at the home of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, social media has played an integral role -- first in sharing the initial shock and news, and later every update and rumour. The bail hearing has been raptly followed on Twitter, as journalists were barred from filming and reduced to 140-characters and occasional snapshots when the magistrate has left the room. As details about the death of Reeva Steenkamp emerge, they have spread almost instantly from the courthouse around the world, documented in short...

  • Yahoo! launches new homepage, calls it more intuitive

    We've been waiting for Marissa Mayer to really make her impact felt at Yahoo! since taking over CEO. The new homepage does that and more. According to Mayer, the page is now "more intuitive and personal" and with Yahoo! tailoring what you see on it to your interests and preferences. The central feature in this regard is infinite scroll on your newsfeed, which you can customise by logging with your Facebook or Yahoo! ID. Doing so means that you'll be able to stream your feed so to show stories around topics you're interested in and that your friends have...

  • Ballmer: Surface won’t own PC sales but it is a ‘real business’

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted that his company's range of Surface tablets isn't likely to dominate the personal computing market. He does however insist that they are a "real business". In an interview with interview with MIT technology Review, Ballmer doesn't answer a lot of specific questions about the product, which hasn't sold all that well since its release in the latter part of 2012. Nonetheless Ballmer says he's "super-glad" Microsoft did Surface. He did however admit that the company had at times failed to monetise its consumer user base as effectively as it had done in...

  • Social media customer service: understanding the risks

    Back in the days before online social media, when you had an issue with a local vendor or store you most likely did one of the following: if it was a local business, it would have been easy to drive to the store to leave a complaint or a compliment. If you couldn't visit the store, you could write them a letter or phone their customer service department. One of these options of contact most likely gave you a response, but it used to take days or even weeks. In today's digital driven business world, one would expect that...

  • ‘Destiny’ cheat-sheet: Bungie’s latest epic laid bare

    You thought nothing would ever be better than Halo. Bungie’s masterpiece. Its signature franchise, most notable for one of the most memorable characters in gaming history. How could anything top that? And then, Destiny came knocking. Yes, Bungie has finally unveiled its new IP, Destiny, and immediately grabbed the attention of gamers the world over. “Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only...

  • Looking for a startup model? Be the change you want to see in the world

    The internet has changed the power dynamics of our world. Increases in information, connectivity and high populations of enabled individuals forces us to review the system and reconsider whether it still operates in this brave new world. This is a world where we are all empowered and responsible for defining its future. A system can be defined as “a set of interacting or independent components forming an integrated whole”. All systems have some level of structure (defined by its component elements), behaviours (such processes, required resources, information etc) and relationships (how the components fit together to allow the system to...

  • Why Facebook should be very, very worried about Asian messaging apps

    Facebook is under siege from every direction. SnapChat’s picking away at the young sexting market, Twitter dominated TV sets at the Superbowl, and Path is building a tiny fortress for close friends. That’s not all – the one-billion-user giant’s got nuclear warheads from Asia to watch out for too. Asia is now a crucial battleground in the mobile messaging wars. Both in terms of user-base, and because so many innovating social apps are being built in the region. One third of all Viber users are in Asia, Facebook Messenger is visibly becoming more like China’s WeChat, and the originally Netherlands-based Nimbuzz moved...

  • Is one site to blame for all the recent hacks on big tech companies?

    Everyone's getting hacked these days: Apple, Twitter and Facebook have all been breached in recent days. And while we knew that the same group of hackers was most likely behind each attack few would've guessed the source of the hacks could be traced to a single website. According to AllThingsD, Facebook's investigation into its hack has revealed that all the employees affected had visited a single mobile development website. The site, called iPhoneDevSDK, is frequented by many companies concentrating on the mobile space. After Facebook employees visited the site, say people close to the investigation, malicious code within the...

  • Sina says WeChat will dig into Weibo usage, but reckons it has critical mass

    Sina has admitted that competition from Tencent's increasingly popular WeChat app is cutting into the time people spend on its Sina Weibo microblogging platform. It says however that it's not too worried because it already has a mass following. Speaking in a conference call after the company had announced its Q4 2012 financial results, Sina chairman and CEO Charles Chao said that the drops in time people spend on Weibo were "inevitable" given the popularity of its rival's app. But with 400-million users, Chao reckons that Sina Weibo has hit critical mass. In fact, as Marbridge Daily recently noted,...

  • Sharing a link? Twitter just cut your character limit

    Are you a Twitter addict who shares every interesting link you see? You're going to have to be more concise in future: from today onwards, you're not going to have the full 140-characters to play with. As Twitter announced back in December, it is making some changes to how its t.co link wrapper works, which will involve using up more of your precious characters. It is extending the maximum length of wrapped links shared on the service from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs, and 21 to 23 characters for https URLs, essentially meaning you can include two less...