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  • 13 lessons every startup can learn from Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett was once the richest man on the planet. He'd still probably hold, or at least be close to, that spot if he hadn't started giving away large portions of his wealth. The multi-billionaire is deservedly looked to as something of a guru by many when it comes to investment and, perhaps even more deservedly, as voice of reason when it comes to the global finance sector. The way Buffett lives his life and runs his business interests also contain a number of important lessons that can be applied to every startup. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Hitachi LCD projector review: a solid and reliable workhouse

    The great thing about most projector manufacturers is that they are consistent in the design of their units. A projector is not complicated. It’s made up of a number of components that fit snugly into a box that then either sits on a boardroom table or hangs off a ceiling bracket. The same applies to the Hitachi CPWX 12 wn, one of the manufacturer’s latest offerings. Unboxing the unit is always fun and there is no mistaking the solid Hitachi feel of the casing. No surprises here and at least, like some projectors, you don’t feel like you are...

  • Social TV will be driven by the second screen says Gartner

    Just in case you're not in the loop, Gartner would like to reiterate: "Second-screen devices combined with customised content, interactive apps and loyalty programmes will fuel the behaviour of social TV consumers over the next 24 months". Social TV is getting more notice as our use of mobile gets more extensive, Twitter has partnered with Nielsen research house to properly track just how big social tv is. According to latest research from Gartner social TV activities can enhance the value of the TV experience for consumers and offer opportunities to add new users, drive engagement and open up new...

  • YouTube joins the billion monthly club

    Congratulations YouTube. The video sharing site says it has hit one billion monthly users on the platform joining the likes of Facebook in that rather exclusive club. In a recent blog post the site confirmed that it has hit a new milestone: "YouTube now has more than a billion unique users every single month". "In the last eight years you’ve come to YouTube to watch, share and fall in love with videos from all over the world. Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences," says the platform on...

  • Google Now is not coming to iOS… yet

    Now for a little snippet I like to call "Eric said what?" Apparently just because Eric Schmidt says it is so doesn't mean it is so. The Google Chairman hinted that its Siri competitor, Google Now, would be hitting Apple's App Store once approved by the iPhone maker... but this is so false according to Apple. The comment came at the Big Tent Activate India conference in New Delhi. When Schmidt was pressed for more details about the submission, he said: "You'll need to discuss that with Apple. Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps in its store....

  • Google’s chairman’s phone of choice? Um, that would be a BlackBerry

    We're well acquainted with the level of devotion BlackBerry fans show towards whatever device is ushered forth from Canada, but this is on another level. Eric Schmidt, who served on Apple's board of directors and is currently Google's executive chairman, uses a BlackBerry. Schmidt, who has been spotted using BlackBerry devices in 2009 and 2011, mentioned the fact in an interview with the Guardian at the Big Tent Activate India conference. So, why is the chairman of the company that makes Android using a competitor's device? It seems he just can't give up the non-touch QWERTY keyboard. Of course, there...

  • Say hello to Google’s answer to Evernote: Keep

    Imitation is the best form of flattery. Google has launched its own note-taking and archiving app, Google Keep, in direct competition with consumer favourite Evernote. In a blog post, the tech giant writes that remembering is becoming a big problem that sticky notes just can't solve anymore. So it decided to do something about it. "To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and...

  • 5 Gum takes The Kooks to South Africa using social media

    This is pretty cool. Chewing gum brand 5 Gum has a habit of using social and social only to promote big music experiences. The latest edition will see UK rock act The Kooks undertake a two show tour of South Africa. As with any previous #5GumExperience, tickets are not available for purchase, people can only apply for them via the 5 Gum Facebook page, while adding a product barcode will grant them a double entry. The Kooks are an English rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. Signed to Virgin Records in 2006, the band released their...

  • 7 awesome social media management tools you should keep in your arsenal

    If your job title contains the word 'digital' then change and stress is something you are quite familiar with. Being immersed in the digital age means that no two days are ever the same. Facebook tonight is probably different to Facebook tomorrow, new platforms pop up overnight the rules of the game are constantly evolving. Managing digital platforms is no longer as easy as updating your Facebook status. Now you need to worry about which messages are relevant to which platforms. Is your message on Twitter the same on LinkedIn? When did you last add a new pin or...

  • Monitoring social media for market intelligence: how to get started

    With social media marketing not being that new anymore, many companies are starting to appreciate and understand the value of integrating social media into their business. Many of them are reaping the rewards of engaging with customers and prospects in conversation on the social web. But, even though social media has been around for a while, many are yet to make any sense of it because they are overwhelmed and confused with all the available options open to them. If your company is still a bit scared of using social media with your communication strategy, here is a simple and...

  • PhotoMania looks to carve niche as a ‘social-photo editor’

    There are two parties going on in the photo-sharing-platform world. The first party is outgoing, social, and the more guests talk and share between themselves (and with their friends outside the party), the better. This type of party often only has one or a few tricks (filters, effects), and prefers to rely on the social nature of their guests to provide entertainment and thrive. These are the photo-social platforms and their king is Instagram. 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");

  • Action Launcher review: a better Android interface

    Over the past few months, my interest in Android has started waning a little if I am honest, but let me explain why. It’s mostly because my Galaxy Nexus is starting to act its age: it stutters, reboots, has a terrible battery life and has annoying bugs, but considering my Nexus 4 is on the way, it’ll be rectified soon. Until then, I’m excited to report that I’ve found another app that completely transformed the way I use my phone. Action Launcher is brought to you by the same developer, Chris Lacy, who developed the Twitter client, Tweet Lanes. Read...

  • Chameleon botnet costing online advertisers millions

    This is pretty scary. Online security experts have identified a botnet that is stealing millions of dollars a month. The botnet, which has been dubbed Chameleon because of its ability to fool advertisers' tracking algorithms, has been found simulating click-throughs on over 200 websites. Online security company Spider.io says it has been tracking the botnet since December last year. The company says that Chameleon's ability to target display-based advertisers (as against text-based advertisers) makes it a particularly notable threat. Display advertisers use algorithms with varying degrees of complexity to target their advertising at the most appropriate website visitors. These...

  • After 5 years, Twitter finally manages to patent itself

    Back in July 2007, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey filed a patent application for a new system they were working on, which allowed users to send messages, not just to specific recipients, but a broader user base. That project has since evolved into one of the biggest social networking platforms in the world -- but the application has been spending its time in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Until yesterday. The Twitter co-founders were granted a patent on their system which computes follower/followed relationships and shares messages accordingly regardless of which device is sending or receiving the message...

  • Cool new Chrome experiment lets you make your own silent movie

    If you're a tech geek who also happens to have a thing for silent movies, then you'll love the latest Chrome experiment from Google. The Peanut Gallery lets you add intertitles to old black-and-white movie clips by talking out loud while you watch them. You can also record the whole process, effectively allowing you to make your own silent movie. The experiment is intended to be a way of showing off Chrome's Web Speech API, which launched last month. Google has something of a habit of using unique and fun experiments to show off the latest developments in Chrome. Most...