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  • The Yammerfication of the work place [TechEd]

    When you spend more than a billion dollars on a social platform, make sure you do something amazing with it. Microsoft seems to be doing that with Yammer. Enterprise communication has evolved in the last few years moving from phone, email, instant messaging, voice and video and now social networking. Microsoft is making strides to dominate the enterprise scene, and it seems its acquisition of enterprise social network Yammer the tool it plans on using to do so. According to Michael O'Donovan, Office 365 Solution Specialist at Microsoft, Yammer will soon replace some prominent features on the company's native collaboration...

  • Could Reddit, 4Chan find the Boston bombers using social media?

    Internet messaging board site 4Chan is more well-known for depraved imagery and bad punctuation than acts of social good, but when its members collaborate on something it can be seriously powerful. In the wake of the bombing attacks which rocked the Boston Marathon earlier this week, few leads as to who may have responsible have been made public. 4Chan however reckons it might have an idea. After authorities released an image of one of the backpacks believed to be involved in the bombings, members of the online community got to work. It scoured available images of the area...

  • Windows To Go: a companion to Windows 8 [TechEd]

    For Microsoft, Windows 8 is the future of computing, so the tech giant is doing everything it can make sure people use it. At Microsoft's Africa edition of its TechEd conference, there was some buzz around one of the ways it is trying to make this happen -- namely, Windows to Go. The company launched Windows To Go (WTG), an operating system on the go, not too long ago. According to Microsoft, Windows To Go is a "fully manageable, corporate image installed on a bootable certified USB drive". Aimed at businesses and marketed as part of the company's enterprise offering,...

  • ‘iSteve’ is the 80-minute Steve Jobs comedy we’ve waited for

    Funny or Die, comedian and actor Will Ferral’s comedy website, today launched iSteve, the free 80-minute long “autobiographical” spoof of the late Steve Jobs. We’ve linked to the full, free film (Funny or Die has disabled embedding of iSteve for “reasons”). For those who don’t have around 80-minutes to burn, view the trailer instead: iSteve, which was delayed due to the Boston Marathon bombings, stars the fair-faced Justin Long as Jobs, Jorge Garcia who everyone knows as Hurley from Lost as Steve Wozniak and James Urbaniak (American Splendor) as Bill Gates. At close to 90-minutes long, iSteve treads the line...

  • Anonymous ‘brandjacks’ Westboro Baptist Church, builds parody FB page

    A Facebook page purporting to be that of the Westboro Baptist Church today appeared to have been taken over by hacker movement Anonymous. The truth, as it turns out, was that the collective had created a parody page. The US-based church, which is best known for picketing the funerals of US soldiers killed in action and its anti-gay stance, is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. Members of Anonymous therefore decided to cover the Facebook page in messages of tolerance toward all, quotes in the same...

  • Google’s Abigail Posner: screaming goat videos shed new light on the mundane

    Google’s Strategic Planning chief Abigail Posner attempted to explain the phenomenon that is the screaming goat meme at the 2013 PSFK conference, held in New York City recently. Over four-billion hours of video is watched each month on YouTube and 72 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute, so, why are we watching what we’re watching, she asks. And why are we taking pictures of the seemingly everyday mundane things, like what we’re eating for lunch? Why are we captured by these every day images? Posner believes that, on the contrary, we are attracted to these images and...

  • Is responsive design really the future of web development?

    While most hail it the future of web development, the concept has received its fair amount of skepticism. Regardless of your stand point on the subject, responsive web design is making tidal waves in the web development world. But before you jump into the sea of fluid grids and media queries, or pay someone to do it for you, let’s help you get a decent understanding of the concept first. What is responsive web design and what is it about? Responsive web design is a front-end development approach aimed at crafting device agnostic sites. What this means is that it...

  • Microsoft Surface set to land in South Africa in late 2013

    South Africans brace yourselves. It seems Microsoft is finally taking the Surface to Africa. That's according to a tweet from the company's South African MD Mteto Nyati. Nyati is currently at MS HQ in Redmond and sent out a tweet today saying that the RT and Pro versions of the tablet would be arriving the country in the latter part of 2013. @microsoftsa will launch Surface in the 2nd half of 2013 -- responding to our customers.— Mteto Nyati (@mteton) April 17, 2013 Earlier at an Africa TechED session on the Consumerisation of IT Colin Erasmus, head of Windows Business...

  • Holo-themed Android apps and why I love them

    Since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google’s mobile OS finally started looking as well as it functioned. Pre-ICS was a horrible thing to look at if I’m honest. It wasn’t designed well and felt like more like an afterthought, but that all changed when Android introduced, it's “holo" design. Holo is short for “hologram” and it has been implemented as part of Android’s creative vision for its OS. The design guidelines were created to achieve three goals, "Enchant Me", "Simplify my life" and "Make me amazing.” 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");

  • Twitter’s next move in monetisation? Video ads in promoted tweets

    It's no secret that Twitter is looking into new ways to monetise its (free) service -- in 2011, it rolled out promoted posts, and since then it has been experimenting with everything from potential income from shopping deals to the mysterious upcoming music app. But it seems Twitter has yet another plan: making money from ads, which are, um, placed in ads. Citing a tweet from a US broadcaster as an example, an All Things D report suggests Twitter is quietly piloting YouTube-style pre-roll advertising options for videos uploaded by a small number of media organisations. These ads are included...

  • Facebook hires fired Apple Maps exec

    This is interesting. Facebook has hired Richard Williamson, the man who led the development of Apple Maps, widely criticized for its inaccuracies and bizarre glitches. Williamson's LinkedIn profile indicates that he's now a director of engineering at the social network and, according to Bloomberg, has been working there for a few weeks now. The former Apple employee was among those who got the chop after senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall was fired, apparently over his refusal to sign an apology for the much maligned Maps product. Williamson was pushed out by senior vice president Eddy Cue,...

  • Facebook Home goes global as Chat Heads arrive on iOS

    If you've been longing for Facebook Home but live outside the US, you can rest your FOMO aside. The app is now available to international markets and, if you're an iOS user, you can now get a taste of it too. The social network's VP of mobile engineering Corey Ondrejka confirmed that the app was launching to the rest of the world during AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference yesterday. “Just today we’re going to be opening up to the rest of the world,” Ondrejka said. “We launched in the US because we wanted to make sure we could...

  • Now 30% faster, mobile speeds are catching up to desktop

    Yes, the internet is speeding up -- or at least, Google thinks so. The search giant has published a report on the aggregated site speeds gained from consenting Google Analytics users, which shows that despite the fact that webpages have increased in size, they are loading faster -- especially on mobile devices. The findings are an update on a similar report from last year where Google studied the page load times of websites around the world using the accumulated site speed data from opted-in web publishers using its Analytics service. It compared this to new data to show that...

  • WAYN: how a social startup is cashing in on its jet-setting community

    Since its re-launch in 2006, WAYN has managed to become one of the few social startups to secure funding despite a recent downturn in social media investment. After changing its market strategy over the years, the ‘Pinterest for travelers’ relaunched its site once again in February. WAYN (Where Are You Now?) claims to be the world’s largest travel and social network and tries to fuse commerce with social. WAYN has, and still is, showing interest in key emerging markets such as South Africa, India and Indonesia and is planning on localising the site in Brazil, China and Russia in...

  • WhatsApp is now bigger than Twitter

    There have been tons of mobile instant messaging services over the years, but few have had the kind impact WhatsApp's managed to gain since it was founded in 2009. In fact, the service may now have more users than Twitter. At least, that's according to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum who was speaking at AllThingsD's Dive Into Media conference. While he wouldn't be drawn into exact user numbers, he did say that it was north of the 200-million mark. He did however note that the service was seeing eight-billion inbound messages and 12-billion outbound messages per day, adding that the...