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  • Google tests white spaces as rural educational broadband solution

    White spaces -- spare channels in the TV broadcast spectrum -- will soon be transformed into broadband delivery mechanisms for schools and rural areas in South Africa, care of Google, ICASA and those willing to give the TV white space (TVWS) project a chance. Here’s the skinny: The TVWS network will operate from the university town of Stellenbosch, which itself provides free Wi-Fi for its citizens, as it attempts to deliver low-cost internet to ten schools within a ten-kilometre area. The speeds will be an estimated, and fairly healthy 2.5Mbps, with each school having been selected based on, amongst other...

  • Amazon to launch ‘Zombieland’ series based on film of same name

    Amazon today announced that it had greenlit Zombieland, a comedy series based on the 2009 film of the same name. The series, which is the seventh to be added to Amazon Studios' lineup will reportedly be made available for free to Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK subscribers. According to TechCrunch, the internet giant's original production arm, Amazon Studios, has already begun production of six other comedy shows, including Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural and Those Who Can’t. Not all of these will make it past the pilot stage however. Once the pilots have aired,...

  • Drones light up London sky with Star Trek logo

    Holy heck this is geek-tastically awesome. While everyone was gearing up for Earth Hour over this past weekend, the studio behind Star Trek Into Darkness was commissioning the flying of a giant, glowing Star Fleet insignia in the London night sky. The insignia, made up of 30 LED-illuminated quadrocoptors, was 308 feet high and hovered 118 feet above the ground before dimming its lights along with a number of London's most prominent landmarks, recognizing WWF's Earth Hour efforts. The show was apparently created by Ars Electronica Futurelab which, according to The Verge, put on a similar display Linz, Austria...

  • 9 social marketing mistakes you should really try to avoid making

    College kids, company employees, soccer moms, and stay-at-home moms do one thing when they turn on their computers (or smartphones) — log into their Facebook account and start liking and sharing everything their friends have published. This has sort of become a routine for most of us. It has in turn changed the world of marketing altogether. While a few years ago everyone was focusing on targeted ads through advertising networks as Google Adsense, they are now turning to social media. Facebook’s advertising platform is now so popular due to its capability to better target the users. A user base...

  • Notes from the Dragons’ Den: 9 lessons for the budding entrepreneur

    I guess this was inevitable. Two things are always meant to collide -- a startup journalist and a television show about startups. Dragons' Den is a reality television show that features entrepreneurs from various sectors pitching their business ideas with the hopes of securing funding from a panel of venture capitalists (the dragons). The British version of the show is currently headed into its 11th season and somehow the products just keep getting more bizarre. After watching close to 10 seasons of this show, there are few things that keep recurring that I think startups could take notice of...

  • Razer BlackWidow gaming keyboard review: power play

    There’s a fond memory I have of an old IBM keyboard with white and grey keys. It sported a stodgy design, but as you struck each key the keyboard produced a beautifully emotive sound. Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, clickety-clack. It’s a noise rooted in all things retro and it’s the exact sound produced by the keys of the Razer Black Widow. Aesthetically the Black Widow’s jet black exterior is modern. But start playing around with the keyboard and you’ll be reminded of all things ‘90s. 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");

  • BlackBerry is taking over your iPhone or Android to sell the Z10

    The tech world is no stranger to crazy billion dollar marketing budgets and massive campaigns that stretch to cover everything from print to mobile and in-store promotions to Times Square takeovers. So in the run-up to the US launch of BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone, you'd expect the manufacturer to quickly capitalise on the hype with some innovative campaign. So, what does the company formerly known as RIM have up its sleeve? Takeovers. Big, flashy, real-time, mobile and desktop takeovers. Speaking to Forbes, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben explained that the company would be deploying full screen takeovers targeting Android...

  • Google Enterprise EMEA VP: Enterprise is Google’s fourth pillar

    I recently attended Google’s Enterprise Roundtable Event where I was fortunate enough to hear from the Vice President of EMEA Google Enterprise, Sebastien Marotte. Accompanying him were two existing organisations, Civcon and Extrabold, which have implemented Google Enterprise products helping them with business transformation, growth and improved productivity. With over 10 000 companies signing up every day for Google Apps for Business, it's easy to see why Enterprise is considered the fourth pillar of Google. Marotte, who used to work for Hyperion (a company acquired by Oracle in 2007) provided a number of insights into Google Enterprise: Google Enterprise is one...

  • AP court win shows why content clipping on the web is not fair use

    The Associated Press (AP) and New York Times have won a court case involving a company that scraped content from the internet without paying for it. As paidContent notes, the case has massive implications for fair use and copyright law online. The defendant in the case is Meltwater, a company which monitors the internet for news about its clients. These clients, which include companies and governments, apparently pay thousands of dollars a year for news alerts and the ability to search the site's database. The alerts come in the form of newsletters, which include content from AP and other...

  • Michael Dell could lose CEO post if rival buyout bid succeeds

    Michael Dell has been on a mission to take the company he founded nearly 30 years ago private but, if a rival buyout bid succeeds, he could end up losing control of the company. According to the Wall Street Journal, Blackstone Group LP and activist investor Carl Icahn showed interest in the computer maker before a deadline for offers expired on Friday. Each apparently notified a special committee of Dell's board that they are working on solid bids for the company. According to people familiar with the matter, the step gives Blackstone and Icahn four more days to put...

  • Google Art Project brings ancient China online

    Google Art Project took off in 2011 with the aim to make the world’s great cultural artifacts viewable online. But mainland China has always been a sizable omission from its digital archives. That has finally changed with the first-ever Chinese museum now cataloged by Google. Fifty priceless pieces from the Hunan Provincial Museum in central China can now be viewed online. The museum specializes in items excavated from local Han-era tombs, plus bronzeware from the Shang and Zhou dynasties dating back to 1600BC. One of the oldest -- and most adorable -- of the ancient relics is this boar-shaped bronze...

  • Facebook marketing: 5 effective ways to cater to your mobile audience

    There are 1.08-billion active monthly users on Facebook, which is why your business would be crazy not to have a marketing strategy for this platform. However, many businesses don’t realise that it's also important to cater to a mobile audience. Currently, there are 680-million monthly active users, and this number is growing. So here are five effective ways to improve your mobile Facebook marketing efforts. Optimise all website content for mobile users If you plan on sharing content on Facebook, you should realize a lot of users will click through on a mobile device. So you need to make sure...

  • Want the truth about the cloud? We’re still just getting started

    The Cloud is without a doubt the trending buzzword of this decade. While it will be an ongoing drive to teach and learn more about the potential that cloud technologies have in store for us, they have already started to integrate into almost every facet of our digital lives. To date, business has been the key driving force behind the incredible growth we have seen with cloud services. But as companies explore new avenues to monetise or perhaps revolutionise cloud services, we are seeing some innovative uses for The Cloud emerge in the consumer market. We are also seeing...

  • TV’s smart new age and Facebook’s app problems: top stories you have to read

    Facebook's irreconcilable interests may be putting its developers at risk, but TV is getting smarter and sexier as Myspace eyes a return to stardom and Twitter celebrates its seventh birthday. What am I on about? You'll undestand once you've read these four interesting stories we've found on the web and featured in this week's instalment of our top tech stories series. The new rules of the hyper-social, data-driven, actor-friendly, super-seductive platinum age of television Let's face it: the old Nielsen family rating is dead. But the TV industry is getting smarter -- they realise it's not just about how many...

  • Twitter archive now available in another 12 new languages

    Twitter archive adds Danish, Filipino, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu— Twitter (@twitter) March 21, 2013 Twitter's archive feature is now available in a dozen new languages including Russian, Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The archive feature, announced back in December, allows users to download all their tweets ever, from time in memoriam... or more accurately the date of joining the microblogging service. A Twitter blog post from December had this to say about its archive feature: "Over the coming weeks and months, we'll make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages...