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  • Brace yourselves, here comes the Darth Pistorius meme

    We're not quite sure what to make of this. A meme has emerged comparing Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with the plot-line of the Star Wars prequels. On the one hand, we know that memes are becoming an important means of disseminating news. It's not news as we know it though, as objectivity isn't even a consideration. In comparing the recent events surrounding Pistorius to those which drove Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader, this particular meme is very deliberately aligning itself with a particular version of the story. If you haven't...

  • Kardashians, selfies and no sunsets: Instagram’s 13 most followed users

    When you think about Instagram, what pops into your head? Carefully filtered, edited and framed shots of beaches, sunsets, city scapes and coffee art? Artists with an Earlybird fetish and Time photographers documenting natural disasters? Perhaps just the occasional clever shot of some beautiful architecture or a stunning landscape, mingled in with the occasional cat photo? That's probably the impression you'd gather from Instagram's branding, blog posts and general persona as the social network for hipsters. You'd expect the top users to be photographers, illustrators and travellers with a unique eye for detail. Well, you'd be wrong. While there are...

  • Trying to generate leads through social media? Here’s what you need to know

    Lead generation in general usually consists of many marketing methods like traditional media ads, tele-sales, pay-per-click, affiliate marketing and email marketing. Each one of these mediums broadcasts a message using their own method, but most of these activities are increasingly ignored by people who favour one on one communication. This shift has greatly affected the success of lead generation. Social media isn't new, but it's still the best digital medium whereby people can engage in content sharing and conversations. It's also a great way to nurture and attract leads. The physical value of social media used for lead generation in comparison...

  • 3 things Mobile Web East Africa taught us about the state of tech in Africa

    Last week, All Amber hosted the third Mobile Web East Africa conference in Nairobi. The event, which allows key industry players to share ideas, addressed various issues ranging from the mobile film industry, the work of NGOs in Africa, to startup developers demonstrating their wares. This helped provide greater insight into the mobile market both in East Africa and the rest of the continent; proving that Africa should be considered as one of the most important up-and-coming players in the global mobile market. The conference established that by 2016, there will be over a billion mobile phones...

  • Cook ‘doesn’t like’ Apple’s sliding share price, but new products are coming

    If you've been watching Apple's share price slump with dismay, Tim Cook has some words to comfort you: they're working on some nice new products to help the company on its return to the top again. According to the CEO, the company has "some great stuff" in the works ready for eager consumers in the not-too-distant future. Speaking at Apple's yearly shareholder meeting, Cook said he and the rest of the Apple management team were concerned about the drop in company's share price. "I want you to know I don’t like it either," he told attendees. “The board doesn’t like...

  • Yahoo!’s work from home ban all about rebooting its ‘dysfunctional’ culture

    There's been much written lately about Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pulling back workers from their home offices as if it's an attack on telecommuting and the productivity of home-based workers. It's neither, it's Yahoo! trying to reboot its company culture, which has been kindly described by one observer as, "notoriously dysfunctional and disorganized." It's been going on for years and it's time to press the reboot button. But company culture can't be remade through telecommuting, it has to be done physically and emotionally. Mayer knows that changing Yahoo!'s culture is key to success and that she faces a very rocky road. Successful company...

  • China’s porn crackdown: 225 sites, 4k channels and 30k blogs shut down

    Finding online porn in China just got a little more difficult after authorities shut down 225 websites, 4 000 channels and columns and 30 000 blogs and microblogs which were accused of “disseminating obscene and vulgar information”. The news broke courtesy of Chinese English-language newspaper the People's Daily, via an official statement from the State Internet Information Office. As The Next Web notes, it's not entirely apparent why the office chose to differentiate between websites, channels and blogs, considering each of those could themselves be considered a website. Chinese authorities have been fighting a long battle against online pornography, hardly...

  • The truth about BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Internet Service

    BlackBerry re-emerged this year after a tumultuous time of soul-searching with a new name, and a new platform, BlackBerry 10. The launch was watched with great interest in emerging markets such as South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia where the Canadian smartphone maker's low-cost, unlimited data offering has been a huge catalyst for its success in these regions. BlackBerry 10 is a radical departure for the smartphone maker who fell behind iOS and Android when it smashed into the limitations of BlackBerry 7 and earlier versions of the OS. BlackBerry became a victim of its own success when its devices,...

  • Google+ sign in targets Facebook connect… and your Android device

    In case you haven't heard, there is now another way to sign into apps and websites. Yep, Google has stepped in with Google+ sign in to make it easier to use services online without giving up your email address. Yes, okay, so there are already hundreds of websites that make use of your general Google account sign in, but Google's pushing the social element and added features with this new development. According to the search giant, the new sign in options will be rolling out across 10 partners' apps to start with -- including The Guardian, Fitbit, Fancy, USA Today,...

  • Angry Birds cartoon series will smash into screens come 16 March

    If a plethora of games, merchandise and soft drinks aren't satisfying your Angry Birds cravings, you'll soon be able to tuck into a web-based cartoon series too. Rovio today announced that the series, to be called Angry Birds Toons will debut on 16 March. According to Rovio, the "series that throws the doors to Piggy Island wide open!" "For the first time ever," it says, "you can get up close and personal with your favorite characters. Join us every week starting the weekend of March 16th for a brand new episode featuring the latest adventures of...

  • Amazon: iOS users should ignore the latest Kindle app update

    If you've got the Kindle app on your iDevice, and a fairly sizable library, then you should probably avoid downloading the latest update. The newest version of the app ships with a bug that completely wipes your library if from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Whichever of Amazon's QA testers let that one through must be getting the hairdryer treatment round about now. Amazon has posted a warning to the app's description on the Apple app store, telling people to avoid the update if possible: Note: There is a known issue with this update. If you are an...

  • Gaga and Bieber’s days are numbered: we’re in the age of the virtual pop star

    If you think pop stars are becoming more and more fake, accusing them of not writing their own material, and think that, God forbid, they can’t play an instrument and lip sync whenever they do a live show, then you are right, it’s true. But, there’s something out there that’s even more fake, but way cooler than the traditional fake human pop star: virtual pop stars. At the forefront of this new craze in music is the holographic star Hatsune Miku, one of the brightest stars and musical exports from Japan. You might have heard of Miku by now. I...

  • Building a tech-focused continent: 9 of Africa’s innovation hubs

    Innovation, mobile, tech and startups. These are Africa's buzzwords. A continent that arrived late to the web revolution, Africa is catching up fast and leading the way in some ways. The continent is working overtime to build and create products, services and businesses that can rival that of the developed world. It is no longer the dark continent, according to a Daily Beast report, Africa is being heralded as the "new Asia" and the "home of the next Google". Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Koenigsegg’s crazy new camshaft-free engine tech

    When one of the big car manufacturers comes out with a new technology, you don’t really bat an eye; it happens all the time, and with much accompanying media hype. But Koenigsegg, a small and wonderful Swedish supercar maker, has envisioned something truly revolutionary; and this from a company that builds only a handful of cars each year. You have to love Koenigsegg. The owner, Christian von Koenigsegg first started his venture at the ridiculous age of 22, and now builds some of the most manic and fastest cars every made. Now, though, he is taking the next step to...

  • Meet DepartedLife, the Indian social network for dead people

    As time goes on, it becomes clear that this whole internet thing isn’t just a passing fad. Yet somehow, as popular as social networking has become around the world, no one has really managed to solve the problem of what happens to a person’s web presence when they die. Facebook deletes or memorializes the accounts of dead users (meaning that you can still post on their wall, but the account can’t be updated or even logged in to) but that doesn’t please everyone and there are a lot of questions about what should be done, especially when relatives want...