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  • 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...

  • Apple hit by same hackers who took down Facebook

    It's not often that Number One Infinite Loop admits to weaknesses, but today Apple admitted that hackers had breached its employees' computers. The hackers are believed to be the same Chinese ones who caused chaos at Facebook late last week when they targeted employees' laptops. Apple says the attack it faced is much less severe and only affected a few its employees' Macintosh computers and that "there was no evidence that any data left Apple." The Cupertino-based giant said it would also release an app designed to protect its users from the malware used in the attack. With attacks on...

  • Russia’s Yandex on the up and up: 42% profit increase in 2012

    Things are looking good for Russian search and internet services giant Yandex. The company, which controls around 60% of Russia's search market, posted some seriously solid financial results for 2012. Revenues for the year were US$947.1-million, up 44% year-on-year while profits were up 42% to US$270.7-million for the year. While that's not quite not quite as impressive as the growth it showed from 2010 to 2011, its worth bearing in mind that Yandex spent a lot of time in 2012 expanding into other markets and launching a host of new products. This year meanwhile, the company launched the...

  • Alibaba rolls out new search engine, heats up competition with Google

    China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, now has a search engine. Using the name of its cloud computing division, the newly-launched search service is at s.aliyun.com and features tabs for searching news, sites, images, and maps. We reached out to Alibaba, but an Aliyun department representative could not comment on this new product. Aliyun might be best known to Chinese consumers as the name of Alibaba’s own mobile OS, which launched back in July 2011 (and whose flagship Acer phone was notoriously shot down by Google last year). Since its inception, Aliyun OS has gradually expanded into other web-based applications,...

  • How Nando’s became a victim of its own tactical advertising success

    Nobody does tactical advertising better than Nando’s. Over the years, the fast food chicken franchise established a reputation for putting out sharp, witty and timely online ads in response to current events. Before the days of Facebook and Twitter, it relied on print; now its ads are distributed via social media, rapidly going viral. It works incredibly well for it, so much so that it’s almost become a form of "prevertising". The moment there’s a big news event, people think: where’s the Nando’s ad? It's colonised our minds to a point where in a sense, we advertise for it...

  • Manti Te’o and the elusive catfish — social media’s new piranha

    By now, you’ve read about the Manti T’eo scandal. No? It’s a pretty hard story to summarise, because it’s crazier than a box full of angry snakes. Basically, a promising young college football player, Manti T’eo, fell in love online, with a perfect woman named Lennay Kekua. They spoke for hours over the phone, he chatted to her parents and siblings over email, and theirs was a truly modern romance. Tragically, Lennay Kekua died, on the same day that Manti’s grandmother passed away. After suffering these two devastating losses, Manti played an excellent game, and this young star captured...

  • Dashclock Widget for Android review: change is good

    If you’ve spoken to me (or more likely I’d have spoken to you about Android 4.2) I’d have undoubtedly mentioned how ridiculous I found the lockscreen widgets to be. Little did I know that a couple of months down the line an Android developer, Roman Nurik, would release an app which would instantly changed the way I use my device. It’s called Dashclock Widget. Widget the world warrior Firstly, what is a widget? This is for the benefit of other OS users who may be unfamiliar with the mini apps which actually run on your homescreens. Read more on Gearburn. var...