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  • Tim Cook apologises for Apple maps disaster

    So Tim Cook is sorry. The Apple CEO issued a public apology to consumers for the company's less than perfect maps app in iOS 6. Cook admitted that the app "fell short" of the desired Apple experience and he even suggested alternative apps that users can download in the meantime. Cook's suggestions include Bing, Mapquest, and Waze’s apps, as well as Google and Nokia’s mapping web apps. According to the CEO, more than 100-million people have upgraded to the new OS and are actively using Apple's new Maps app. He says that users currently have searched for more than...

  • Microsoft strengthing social search with a stake in Klout

    It seems Klout isn't stupid after all... at least, Microsoft doesn't seem to think so. The software giant has inked a deal with the social reputation startup to help strengthen its social search and online influence for an undisclosed amount. This partnership with Microsoft will help the startup create a product and business relationship with the Bing team, along with some new funding. According to a blog post by Bing's Corporate Vice President's Derrick Connell, it is an "alliance based on a shared belief that people are at the center of task completion". "To help you find the right person...

  • RIM shows minor gains amid wider losses

    It might have produced a completely kick-ass video for its developers, but things still don't look great for the Canadian smartphone manufacturer. In its latest earnings call, the company revealed that revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was US$2.9 billion, up two percent from US-$2.8 billion in the previous quarter. That might seem hopeful, but it's still down 31% from US$4.2-billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2012. Approximately 60% of that revenue came from hardware, 35% from service and five percent from software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 7.4 million BlackBerry...

  • Facebook goes in for social gifting

    Facebook is set to roll out a social gifting service, which allows you to send real, yes real, gifts to people over the social network. All you have to do is choose a gift, attach a card and send. According to Facebook, you can post your gift to your friend's timeline or send it privately. They can then unwrap a preview of the gift and it will show up on their doorstep a few days later, even if you don't know their address. Okay, that's not actually as scary as it seems. Once you've given the gift, the receiver gets...

  • It’s Gangnam style at the Google S.Korea office with Eric Schmidt

    What does every high powered executive do when in South Korea? Gangnam Style of course. That's what Google's Eric Schmidt did anyway. While on a business trip to Asia where he was launching the Nexus 7 and discussing patents, the Google head took sometime to hangout with South Korea's wildly popular pop-culture icon, PSY. According to a Google rep, "PSY visited the Google office to chat with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt." As one does, "Eric asked to be taught the horse dance and presented PSY with a framed Google Doodle." The artist now holds the Guinness World Record for...

  • US pirates face potential lifetime internet ban

    US-based ISP MediaCom has announced a three-strike rule for Digital Pirates which will result in a lifetime ban from its network. Online Piracy makes up a significant portion of internet traffic with some research pointing to more than 22% of bandwidth used online for the transmission of copyrighted material. From music, TV-series, Movies and software, online piracy is rough. Organisations like MegaUpload and PirateBay have made it their business to help facilitate the searching and finding of copyrighted material as regular search engines, like Google, are put under increasing pressure to censure words like “torrent” and “megaupload”. A joint initiative by interested...

  • Google Chairman Eric Schmidt slams the patent wars

    In between learning how to dance Gangnam style and launching the Nexus 7 in Korea, Google chair Eric Schmidt found time to point out that patent wars were killing innovation in the tech industry. During the launch of Google's signature Android tablet, the Google head told the assembled crowd that "literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues." The market share war, he said, should instead be fought with better technology, rather than in...

  • Google Docs to ditch Office 1997-2007 format (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on 1 October

    Google made announcements to upcoming changes to its popular Google Docs system this week which will affect its ability to export documents to older versions of Microsoft Office. While Google has been known in the past to kill unpopular products, (Google Wave and Google Buzz in 2010/2011 were its most spectacular failures) this year has been more about solidifying its product line. In an announcement yesterday Google said its system would no longer support older 1997-2007 Office Suite formats, which include .doc, .xls and .ppt. This could mean some troubles for companies which rely on the older software suits and Google...

  • Bad Piggies on track to repeat Angry Birds success

    Following up a hit is never easy, but it looks like Rovio's going to do just fine with its latest title Bad Piggies. The game, which stars those laughing pork antagonists from the Angry Birds series, shot straight to the top of the US app store just three hours after launching. The news was tweeted by Rovio's Ville Heijari @badpiggies hit #1 in the US iTunes App Store in slightly over 3 hours from launch. Incredible stuff from @roviohq twitter.com/heijari/status…— Ville Heijari (@heijari) September 27, 2012 When Rovio launched the sequel to its massively popular Angry Birds franchise Angry Birds: Space, it...

  • 6 tips for small businesses looking to really engage on the social web

    Usually when small businesses jump on the social media bandwagon they see the social web as another one-way broadcasting channel such as TV, radio, and print media. Yes, you can use this exciting medium to only broadcast your own message, but that is not what social media is about. Using social media for your business can help you build relationships with your targeted audience and also increase your brand exposure online. When done right, it can be an inexpensive way to build awareness of your business, products, and services. Even though it is very easy to set up social media...

  • Facebook Offers for Pages: An awesome weapon in any social campaign

    For the past several months Facebook has been experimenting with a small number of businesses that have pages concerning a new feature called Facebook offers. This is truly an awesome weapon for any serious social media marketing campaign. To qualify all you need is a Facebook page and 400 fans or more. Facebook offers are rolling out starting with as little as US$5 in order to use offers. The whole idea is to share discounts or other special promotions whereas the user needs to claim the offer and follow its instructions to claim the discount. When the user claims it...

  • 4 things gaming can teach education

    Gaming and education are often seen as two extremes of a spectrum -- the one is a frivolous pastime while the other is a serious, valuable activity. At the same time, we instinctively know that playing and learning are linked somehow -- after all, children and young animals use play to acquire the vital skills they’ll need for survival in the grown-up world. Think back to a time when you played an awesome game -- whether that’s a casual game like Angry Birds or Pictionary, or a full-on gaming experience like Dungeons and Dragons or Battlefield. Remember how...

  • Dishonored preview: the most important game of 2012?

    Dishonored might be terrible. It might be unplayable, riddled with glitches and crashes and it could be a financial flop. Or it could be brilliant, win game of the year and make millions for publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Arkane Studios. No matter what happens upon its release next month, Dishonored is the most important game to come out this year, if not the last few years. That’s an audacious statement, but I think it holds true given the current industry releases of sequels upon adaptations upon threequels. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • The cull has started: Facebook is clearing out fake likes from fan pages

    If you've been staring at your Facebook Insights panel in frustration and wondering why your fans are suddenly unliking your page, don't blame your latest lackluster status update. Facebook is cleaning house -- it's removing fans which it detects are not authentic, genuinely interested users. The social network recently announced its plan to restore the integrity of the site by increasing its automated efforts to remove likes on brand pages from the type of users who violate its terms of use. These include fan page likes gained through malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or bulk likes the brand may...

  • LG joins Samsung patent suit brigade

    Just when you think Samsung has its hands full enough fighting off Apple in court, LG decides to join the fray. The South Korean giant today announced that it would be suing Samsung over the seven patents relating to the advanced OLED screens used in its rival's smartphones and tablets. The Wall Street Journal reports that LG will seek an injunction against some of Samsung's most popular devices including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note. “This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition,” LG...