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  • Minecraft: innovation in the blurry space between pixels and reality

    I tend to believe that while innovation happens in times of crises, it happens best when having fun. A great example of this is the fun and interesting ways developers are using sandbox game Minecraft. These guys aren't just messing about, their projects allow for more potential innovation in areas far beyond the scope of the game. When you hear Minecraft you probably think of a digital recreation of Legos. It has evolved from a brick-building, survival and exploration game using colorful pixels on your PC, Xbox or smart device over the one year or so since its...

  • What’s the real value of a Facebook Like?

    In the world of social media, and with self-proclaimed experts on it popping up everywhere (some actually full of experience, some full of… something), it’s interesting to see how people act and how they value a Facebook Like. My friends I have a few friends, acquaintances, web people and other on Facebook -- without a doubt the most diverse contact group I have in any forum. People I played in a band with in my teens, to people I’ve set next to on a plane; people I’ve gotten to know through working with the web to friends who have no idea...

  • SA broadband doubles in two years as mobile data costs plummet

    In any emerging market country, getting people online is vital. Studies by the likes of Ericsson have concluded that for every 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration GDP increases by one percent. That's why news that broadband access in South African has more than doubled in the past two years should give hope to people in that country. According to a new report from tech research company World Wide Worx, access to broadband has accelerated on the back of falling mobile data costs and accelerated network roll out. The report shows that the number of broadband subscriptions grew from...

  • John McAfee found, arrested by Guatemala police

    Anti-virus software pioneer and murder suspect John McAfee has been brought to book in Guatemala after weeks on the run from police in Belize. McAfee is the lead suspect in the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull. The American retiree was found floating in his pool with a gun shot wound to the back of his head. The software billionaire has since been on the run, claiming to have hidden in sand with a box over his head while police searched his property on the island of Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize. At the time he said there...

  • Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom on life with Facebook [Le Web]

    More than 100-million users. The billion dollar acquisition. Over 1.5-million sign ups on Android on the first day its app launched. Instagram's rise has been swift -- but co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom isn't quite done yet: he's aiming for a billion users. Speaking at LeWeb in Paris today, Systrom discussed his plans for the photo sharing service and explained the dynamics of Instagram's relationship with Facebook to CrunchFund's MG Siegler. After the startup announced that it was going to be sold to Facebook for US$1-billion (which was later reduced after Facebook's stock price dipped), users largely resisted the...

  • Microsoft VP answers the hard questions about Windows 8 [LeWeb]

    It's no secret that Windows 8 is a huge bet for Microsoft. It's a drastic change in the user interface a huge chunk of the worldwide population have known for years. It is trying to get its cool back through an aggressive and expensive marketing campaign that's pushing everything from the new Internet Explorer to its Surface tablet and the hundreds of devices made by manufacturers from HP to Samsung. It's trying so hard to convince consumers and developers that Windows 8 is the way they should go. But there are still some questions we need answered. Taking the stage...

  • The problem with the internet of things is that data is stuck online [LeWeb]

    "The best technology is invisible. It should get out of the way and help people live their lives." That's according to Amber Case, a cyborg anthropologist, who took to the stage at LeWeb in Paris today. Case works with Esri, a next generation location platform that uses its GIS (geographic information systems) mapping software to help people understand and visualize data to make decisions based on the best information. Case argues that we already have the best technology but it is currently invisible and that by making it visible we can achieve more. What can you do when your...

  • A messy divorce: no more Twitter cards for Instagram photos

    The split between Twitter and Instagram just got uglier. The photo-sharing service has disabled the ability for the social network to properly share photos on website and apps. In a status update, the social network confirmed that Instagram had disabled its Twitter cards integration. As a result, it said, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when people click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped. For the moment, Instagram photos shared on Twitter will appear cropped, off-center, or not at all. It's not clear if Instagram photos will disappear from the social network entirely. As...

  • Look at this Instagram: Nickelback parody with cats & sunsets

    You know you've made it on the internet when you are the subject of a CollegeHumor parody. Nickelback's "Photograph" is one those songs that, despite your most fervent wishes, never goes away. Just like sunsets and coffee images on Instagram. So from one annoying thing to another, the clever guys at CollegeHumor put together a little Nickelback refresher for all the Instagramers filled with original lyrics. The song takes the mickey out of users of the photo-sharing platform and their cliché images of cats, coffee, sunsets and themselves. Nickelback's "'Photograph' never really went away on the internet -- it has...

  • Facebook unveils top 25 games of 2012, Zynga’s slide continues

    Facebook has announced its 25 top rated games for 2012 and Zynga which you would once have expected to dominate such a list doesn't even have an entry in the top five. The social games specialist's first title on the list is Farmville 2, which comes in at number six. The relationship between the two companies has become strained in recent times. Earlier this week, they signed documents giving the social network permission to treat it like any other game maker. That said, Zynga did still have the most games on the list over all. That's because, as the...

  • Wii U gets a Google Maps injection, bonus dose of Panorama View

    Google Maps has now been incorporated in a downloadable app for the Wii U that will be available from January 2013. Combining the Wii touchscreen Gamepad, you can move around Street View in the same way as you can on Google Earth. In this however, the Gamepad doubles as your street view while your TV provides the top down view. At today's Nintendo Direct Webcast, president Satoru Iwata demonstrated at the Nintendo Direct conference in Japan how the app would work together with the Gamepad and TV, also showing how Panorama View will offer specially shot 360-degree videos on...

  • BlackBerry set to launch BBM Money app in Indonesia

    Indonesia is a seriously important market for BlackBerry. Although it no longer holds the top OS spot the Canadian manufacturer still owns the handset market there. That goes some way to explaining why it's chosen the South East Asian country to launch BBM Money -- a service that will allow BlackBerry owners to send money to each other and which can then be withdrawn from an ATM. The new service is expected to launch in early 2013, along with BlackBerry 10. Rim will be hoping that its new OS can help return to dominance in Indonesia and regain some...

  • 8 things you should bear in mind for your social campaigns in 2013

    Social media has been around now for a good few years now and I am astounded by the amount of large companies that are still dragging their heels, hoping that this “passing fad” will disappear into the ether. Truth is folks, social media is here to stay, so get on the train before it leaves the station! There are still many out there that still do not know what they should be doing with social media. The industry is mature enough and there are people out there that can help you, so I think it is high time to formulate...

  • 6 things you really need to know about taking Twitter on the road with you

    On Sunday, I took Twitter on a road trip with me. I announced that I was driving to the top of a mountain, drove to the top of a mountain in Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi and down again, and finally got safely home -- with Twitter kept updated all the way. Today, I have decided, I will drive to the top of a mountain.— Sarah Britten (@Anatinus) December 2, 2012 I did it partly because I love sharing what I do and driving alone can get, well, lonely. I also wanted to do something interesting in my...

  • HealthQ: groundbreaking African startup launches, attracts funding, blows minds

    When we broke the story about HealthQ's open source metabolic chamber -- the first of its kind in the world -- we came away solemnly impressed by what a group of entrepreneurs from Stellenbosch, South Africa, managed to pull off on a limited budget. After its official unveiling today, we are now privy to HealthQ's impressive investor roster and how the metabolic chambers fits into HealthQ's plans. We knew that WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar was an investor, and that venture capital fund 4Di Capital was involved. Shortly after wealthy mining family, the Oppenheimers, invested in 4Di Capital’s venture fund for...