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  • Local mobile search is on the up, so what’s everyone looking for?

    More and more users are reaching for the mobile devices way before they even switch on their desktops and laptops. Mobile users are looking for everything from restaurant reviews to the fastest route home, banking solutions and nearby exclusive offers and promotions. In turn this means that those mobile searches, mobile apps and mobile websites are all getting that much more traffic. In a really interesting study conducted between April and December 2012 by comScore, mobile users were asked to identify at which stage of their local business search they would use which device (mobile, tablet, PC). And of...

  • HTC One review: throw out your iPhone

    Apple has been out-Appled. The HTC One is a triumph of design and functionality and if you want your next phone to make you happy for a while yet, this is the one you should get. Scrap that, it's the phone everyone should get. It's funny that, at a phase when it's in financial dire straits, HTC has managed to cook up something so astonishing. The Taiwanese giant is supposed to be dead and buried, one of the more significant casualties in the war between Samsung and Apple. So what is the One then: a last hurrah or the moment...

  • Is White Men Wearing Google Glass potentially a killer meme?

    The "White Men wearing Google Glass" is a killer meme, a potential product killer. A friend who is a prominent geek, always a bit of a rebel and very comfortable with self-promotion, is very concerned about posting a picture of himself wearing Google Glass. He just got them and was super excited to finally have them, and he told all his social networks about it days in advance. When they finally arrived he told his friends he couldn't post a photo of himself wearing them for fear of turning up on rapidly proliferating sites specializing in photos of "White Geeks wearing...

  • YouTube’s latest plan to make money? Paid channel subscriptions [Report]

    It seems that all those pre-roll and pop up ads just weren't enough. If Google has its way you could soon be paying to watch videos on YouTube. According to a report by The Financial Times, the company is just days away from launching a paid-for subscription service, which would require users to pay between US$1 and US$5 a month to watch the videos posted by some specialist channels. It said that YouTube invited a small number of users to submit proposals back in January to be part of the first round of paid channels, and plans to launch...

  • SNL shows how ‘discreet’ Google Glass can be

    You are nobody until Saturday Night Live makes fun of you. So it is safe to say that Google Glass has arrived. During this weekend's SNL's Weekend Update skit, Fred Armisen graced the SNL newsdesk as tech blogger Randall Meeks to demonstrate the ease and discreetness of Google Glass. "I used to spend so much time of my life looking down at my phone, and now, thanks to Google Glass, the phone is up here and I can use it without being rude or distracting," Meeks said. Though what ends up happening is Meeks displaying a series of seizures...

  • Amazon Appstore (finally) launches in China, paving the way for the Kindle Fire

    In a surprise move, Amazon has opened its Android-oriented Appstore in China. That’s despite the fact that China wasn’t listed on Amazon’s Appstore expansion roadmap last month, in which the company took its service into 200 new countries, including over a dozen major Asian markets. The Amazon Appstore launch in China means that the American e-tailer has leapt the final hurdle in its long pursuit of selling its own hardware in China. Though the Amazon Appstore can be used with any Android device (and is now available in Chinese), it features as the main store on Amazon’s own Kindle Fire...

  • Gun nuts’ dreams come true as first 3D-printed gun fired on video

    Defense Distributed has successfully fired its 3D-printed gun on video, just days after announcing its existence to the world. The handgun, which the non-profit group claims is the first in the world to be entirely 3D printed (the only non-printed part is a common nail, which is used as the firing pin and guarantees the gun stays within the constraints of the Undetectable Firearms Act.), is called the "Liberator" and appears to be as much a political statement as a weapon. Forbes documented the test firing in the Texas desert, which reportedly involved multiple remote pulls of the trigger...

  • Bitcoins for your business, pleasure or both

    Now that the dust is starting to settle regarding the recent Bitcoin buzz and some interesting bystanders have lashed on to the story as it’s unfolding, where do you stand? Do you want to trade, or are you a newcomer who wants to buy-in for the first time? Maybe it’s a pastime hobby of yours or you’re seeking to invest. For the first time buyers First off, you’ll need to download a Bitcoin client on your PC. This client will act as an e-wallet where you can personally store your Bitcoin moola. This is what makes it decentralized. Then...

  • Facebook’s invisible design and big data recruitment: top stories you should read

    You've probably seen it a thousand times, but do you really notice the subtle lines on Facebook beckoning you to post that photo, give it your information and update your status? Believe it or not, those little boxes are a major consideration for the social network, and mistakes could affect your posts. If you're not posting, you could miss out on a job opportunity: yes, recruitment agencies are starting to harness online data -- including that from social media -- to identify the best possible candidates to approach. Those people might be the perfect ones for the job, or...

  • Why data driven documentation is the future of online journalism

    Anyone who thinks journalism is not about numbers is wrong. Figures in the newsroom are more important than ever. We live in age where more data is collected than ever and that data will be used for setting policy goals and decision-making. But we also all sit behind computer screens and databases are not rocket science anymore, so if you're not using data for investigations, you're missing out. The news is still in text format but tables with figures are playing an increasingly important role. Even something as simple as a press release from the ECB (European Central Bank)...

  • ‘Remember Me’ preview: an unforgettable inception

    It's not often that you come across a game that offers such a unique mix of combat, exploration, stealth and I kid you not, a really interesting storyline. I was fortunate enough to be able to play through a pre-release segment of Remember Me, the newest title by Capcom and Dontnod Entertainment, due for release in June 2013 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. You control Nilin, a "memory hunter" without any memories of her own as she runs rampant through the streets of dystopian Paris, 2084. 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");

  • Outlook.com hits 400 million accounts as Microsoft officially kills off Hotmail

    Four hundred million. Four. Hundred. Million. That's how many active email accounts Microsoft has amassed over on Outlook.com. Really. According to Outlook.com's group program manager Dick Craddock, the company hit the milestone yesterday after it finished moving over all existing Hotmail accounts to its brand new web-based email service. Before you start wondering how on earth Microsoft managed to get all those millions to sign up less than four months after the launch, consider the fact that there were already around 300-million active Hotmail accounts which have now been transferred to Outlook. That means that around 100-million new accounts were...

  • Dear African VC, angel: international investors are stealing your lunch

    Is there a shortage of VC and angel funding in Africa? Pose the question to entrepreneurs and the answer is bound to be yes. Omidyar's latest report on African entrepreneurship found that 71% of respondents surveyed in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania believe that there is a shortage of equity capital to start new firms. African financiers disagree, simply saying that many projects are not fundable. Whatever the case may be, the International Finance Corporation estimates that up to 84% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are either un-served or underserved, representing a value...

  • Tag friends, corporates and selfies with the new version of Instagram

    The latest version of Instagram comes with a feature that will appeal to the Facebook fiends in all of us. Yup, you can now tag yourself, friends and brands in your artistically filtered photos. The new system of tagging, freshly baked into version 3.5 of the service's iOS and Android apps, means that you're no longer constrained to the bare bone system of @tags when you want people to know they're in a photo. Once you've tagged someone in a photo, they can navigate to the new "Photos of You" section of their profile where they'll be able to...

  • Check out Warren Buffett’s first tweet

    Look, we all know Warren Buffett is awesome. The man is a business legend who, at 82, is still the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of investment giant Berkshire Hathaway and now he's on Twitter. The man who once was the richest person on the planet (giving away a large portion of his fortune saw him slip down the list a little) was typically disarming in his introduction to the social network too. Warren is in the house.— Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) May 2, 2013 Buffet famously refuses to invest in tech companies such as Google and Facebook because it...