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  • New Facebook Home ad: grandma’s boring, stare at your phone instead

    Facebook seems to be taking a machine gun kind of approach to the advertising for Facebook Home. First there was that weird ad with the half naked dudes and drag queens. Then there was the one of the Facebook employee completely ignoring Mark Zuckerberg and now Facebook wants you to know how useful Home is for ignoring your family around the dinner table. The ad features a large family in a dining room apparently stuck in the 1970s. Conversation meanwhile is dominated by a cat-obsessed matronly figure who appears to be the protagonist's grandmother. Unlike everyone else at the...

  • 5 signs your organisation has truly embraced digital

    Companies around the world are still undergoing digital transition. Some believe they are there already whilst others still have their heads buried in the sand. Digital is a loose term and can encompass many things, so for the purpose of this article, I am talking specifically about the use of digital as an organisation’s “window to the world”. I have listed 5 things that may indicate that your organisation has made the digital transition. 1. Digitally educated employees You generally find pockets of expertise in companies, with groups of individuals managing the website, online advertising, search engine optimisation, the corporate...

  • 9 apps for serious fashionistas and aspiring trendsetters

    The great thing about technology is that it caters for everybody -- even the fashion-conscious. If you work in the style industry or are just a serial fashion lover, having an app that informs you of current trends and runway developments can only be beneficial. Fashion apps can help you find inspiration, discover key products, purchase gifts on the go, share your outfits and treasures with others, as well a become a learning tool for the less fashionably informed. As a not-too-fashion-conscious gal, I dress practically and the idea of a fashion app didn't even resonate with or...

  • Galaxy Note 8.0 review: the best Samsung tablet yet

    The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the very best Samsung tablet yet, which isn’t saying much, since the Galaxy tablets are (in my opinion) devices with loads of processing power but very little to offer in terms of desirability. Big screens, dual-core CPUs, just “moar” and it never seems to end. What Samsung needs is a tablet that gives people a reason to want to buy an 8-inch tablet over an iPad Mini or Nexus 7. Samsung though, has struck gold with the Note 8, the fastest, prettiest and most useful Samsung product I've ever used. Read more on Gearburn. var...

  • YouTube launches bombings video page in wake of Boston explosions

    YouTube has launched a new page spotlighting video surrounding the bomb attacks which rocked the city of Boston yesterday. The explosions took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon with thousands of runners still trying to complete the race. Three people have died and dozens have been injured. As news of the explosions reached the outside world, people took to Twitter to send their sympathies to those directly affected by the bombings and the city as a whole. YouTube's page features amateur footage from the scene of the explosion, as well as coverage of the event...

  • Nedbank launches ‘Bank of the Future’ concept, targets business solutions

    Nedbank is aiming to compete with FNB's dotFNB stores -- a kind of cashless branch that operates as part bank, part retail experience -- with the launch of their La Lucia Mall Branch in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The branch marks part of the South African bank's "Branch of the Future" roll-out of state-of-the-art technology designed to provide products and services for both individual and business needs for new and existing clients. ‘In keeping with our client centred approach, we understand that innovation and convenience are vital in an ever-changing world where clients are spoiled for choice. This means providing a...

  • Crazy HTML5 game makes fun of North Korea’s nuclear aspirations

    North Korea’s missile belligerence has been the target of an awful lot of humour, but the folks at Taiwan’s Next Media Animation have taken things a step farther and gone interactive with Best Korea Smackdown, a flash game that tasks players with shooting down North Korean nukes as supreme leader Kim Jong-un attempts to ride them into their targets. The game is extremely simple, and it’s really more of a gimmick than it is a game. Gameplay involves pointing the mouse at incoming missiles, clicking, and then releasing when your anti-nuke missiles are at maximum power to try and shoot...

  • Twitter sends its thoughts to Boston — #prayforboston

    Twitter is frantic with news of the explosions in Boston during the city's historic marathon. According to reports two people have died from the blasts near the finish line, while dozens more have been reported injured. According to CNN the explosions happened at about 2:45pm "more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27 000 runners had crossed the finish line". Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley, who ran the marathon, tweeted from the scene reporting on new developments. Crowley, who was using Foursquare to check in at every kilometre of the race, sent his first tweet...

  • Eyewitness footage emerges of Boston Marathon explosions

    The Boston Globe has released eyewitness footage of the explosions which today rocked the city's famous marathon. The bombs, which went off among the crowd of spectators near the race's finish line are believed to have killed at least two people and injured dozens of others. The amateur footage shows a steady stream of runners still crossing the finish line as the explosions went off as well as the reactions of police. The video does also show glimpses of bodies lying prone behind the spectator barriers. Within minutes of news of the explosions reaching the outside world, prayforboston...

  • Google uses Person Finder to help locate people in wake of Boston bombings

    Google has rolled out a special version of its Person Finder service following two explosions which took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today. The service allows people to state that they're looking for people who they believe to be missing or to provide information they might have on someone. The two lists can be cross-referenced, allowing for people looking for missing loved ones to find them more easily and avoid unnecessary chaos and anxiety. People looking to aid in the management of the disaster can embed Person Finder onto their site as well as download...

  • Sina Weibo follows Twitter’s lead, introduces cards

    Cards are seriously important to Twitter. They’re what lets you see a video or summary of an article from a tweet and what Instagram removed support for last year. According to Twitter, the feature is used by more than 10 000 developers, mobile apps and websites. It makes sense that Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo would try to integrate something similar into its offering. As is the case with Twitter cards, Sina Weibo's trial offering allows you to preview articles and are likely being developed in a push to help it makes extra cash. The Chinese social network...

  • FNB banking app gets more tablet friendly

    First National Bank (FNB) today launched a revamped version of its banking app, tailored specifically for tablets. The bank was the first in South Africa to launch an app in 2011, with its major competitors all eventually following suit. The new tablet app has most of the same features as the smartphone banking app, in addition to a spinning sphere which FNB says will provide you with access to product information and news. The bank also claims that the app "is customised to make the most of the inherent touch functionality on your tablet device" and that its interactive nature...

  • Is your online reputation damaged? Here are 9 ways to repair it

    No matter how excellent your brand is, misconduct and negative comments online can very quickly damage your digital reputation. You might not be able to delete what was said about you, and it is always a big mistake if you do, but there are steps that you can take to minimize the damage. In our digital business climate today, it's important to have online reputation management (ORM) processes in place to help you gain a better understanding of your digital footprint, and at the same time, help you see how far your presence travels. If your reputation has been damaged online...

  • Sphero review: the robotic ball with serious potential

    A robotic ball. Wait, wait, a robotic ball you can control with your phone or tablet. Sounds crazy, right? Well, that's what arrived at Gearburn HQ last week: a smart toy like no other, happily touching base with all the futuristic sci-fi-sounding tech we've been waiting to hit the main stream: augmented reality, wireless charging, maybe even the Internet of Things. Tucked into its neat blue-and-white box was the tennis-ball sized device that robotics company Orbotix has carefully packed with some of the mind-bending wizardry the techie kids of earth would love to own. It's the world's first robotic...

  • What’s behind the social startup decline?

    Fewer and fewer entrepreneurs are starting social startups. Why? Fizzling IPOs and disappointing return on investments mean that social is no longer the investor darling it once was. The facade has fallen. While some have warned against a coming social media bubble, it took volatile social startups like Groupon, Zynga and Facebook to make up-and-coming entrepreneurs think twice about starting a social-centric venture. Social has traditionally been about user numbers first, business model second. It's for this reason that analysts estimate Facebook stock to be at least 76% overvalued. 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");