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  • RIM’s week from hell — A sign of things to come?

    The first quarter of Research in Motion (RIM)'s fiscal 2012 year results released last Friday, made it plain to see that the company is bleeding. Despite being up year-over-year, co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie announced RIM’s second consecutive negative quarter last week, and are predicting things will get worse in the next quarter. Announcements of impending layoffs, and a share repurchase program are not signs of a healthy company and yet when analysts question RIM’s leadership, Lazardis remains upbeat: "This is fun, as difficult as it gets we are changing the world. Jim and I have the perfect balance...

  • Jailed for Facebook: Be careful who you befriend

    Joanne Frail, a 40-year-old mother from Manchester, UK, was recently given eight months jail time for contempt of court. Her crime: engaging in Facebook conversations with Jamie Stewart, a defendant in a large-scale drugs trial in which Frail was a juror. According to a report in The Independent, when the Lord Judge handed down the sentence, all Frail could muster was a painful exclamation of "eight months!" before laying her head on the table in front of her and crying. It might not seem like a particularly heavy sentence, but this is no hardened criminal. Frail is a mother...

  • App of the week: Taptu

    Sticking with my news reader obsession, this week I take a look at Taptu, a free news, Google Reader and social media aggregation app that has caught my attention over the past few days. As I mentioned last week when reviewing the Reeder app, I am a news junkie and actually have to stop myself from refreshing my Google Reader tab every five minutes. I have my favourite sites that I read every day, which I think add value to my life. Be it humour, tech news, sport updates, music blogs or movie reviews, it is content that I enjoy...

  • IBM @100 years – Global innovation is about Silicon Valley not IBM

    Congratulations to IBM and its 100 years in business -- from making cheese graters to supercomputers, and much, much more. IBM is seen as very much an East Coast company, yet its history shows a strong and long connection with the Silicon Valley area, way before it was even called Silicon Valley. Innovation is key to the IBM brand, yet it does very little to promote that connection and its continued large presence in Silicon Valley. IBM has employed as many as 25 000 workers here, larger than Google (until fairly recently). This region has become the global icon for innovation, every...

  • Lulzsec ‘glorious leader’ arrested

    Having worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard announced the arrest of a 19-year old, Ryan Cleary. The arrest is notable as it is believed to be in connection with attacks on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, by hacker group Lulzsec. Cleary, was detained on Monday at a house in the suburban town of Wickford in Essex, in connection with a month-long global rampage by the Lulzsec. He was being questioned Tuesday at a central London police station. A police source was widely quoted as saying they believed this to be a "significant arrest". But on a...

  • A stunning YouTube journey — Six videos to wow

    YouTube has come to define the era of online video publishing. It has created innovative ways for individuals to tell their stories. Giving them a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences. In 2009 Israel-based producer Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, put together a series of online music videos called "ThruYOU". The project consisted of samples of different YouTube videos which were mashed-up to create a singular video. The videos received more than 10-million views within a few months. The project was later named by Time Magazine as one of the "50 Best Inventions of 2009". The success...

  • Campfire pot for USB charging

    A Japanese company has come up with a new way to charge your mobile phone after a natural disaster or in the great outdoors — by heating a pot of water over a campfire. The Hatsuden-Nabe thermo-electric cookpot turns heat from boiling water into electricity that feeds via a USB port into digital devices such as smartphones, music players and global positioning systems. TES NewEnergy, based in the western city of Osaka, started selling the gadget in Japan this month for 24,150 yen (US$299), and plans to market it later in developing countries with patchy power grids... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Foursquare reaches 10-million users [Infographic]

    Foursquare recently marked its 10-million user mark. After three years of check-ins the popular location-based service can finally step foot in the playground with social media giants. To celebrate reaching 10-million, the service created an animated infographic (below) to chronicle its journey to 10-million. The infographic provides a timeline of Foursquare's steady growth from its 2009 inception to date. It also lists the most popular places US citizens check-in. Banks, convenience stores and retail outlets topped the list. In early 2010 the site registered 358-million check-ins outside the US, while the second half 2010 saw one million people check-in...

  • The importance of listening to expert users

    It has always been the case that customers can end up knowing more about a business than its owners. In the world of modern web based businesses with vast user bases however, it is so much more prevalent and significant that it should form an integral part of business strategy. Smart web businesses do this, as do smart 'offline' businesses with the help of their web presences. This user expertise can take many forms, and can be leveraged in many ways, three of which I will explore in this article — APIs, product expertise and crowdsourcing. APIs If your web business...

  • Ra.ise a to.ast with some Bre.ad

    URL shorteners have become ubiquitous to social networking, especially with the sharing of links across Twitter. Bit.ly, Cli.gs, Goo.gl and many others offer an easy and painless way for you to shorten your URL within the 140 character constraint of Twitter. Most of these URL shortening services offer a simple analytics dashboard which is useful for tracking and analysing the number of times people shared your links or clicked on them. But a little known service called Bre.ad is gaining in popularity. What is Bre.ad? from Bre.ad on Vimeo. Bre.ad, which has only five employees and backers that include Lady Gaga's manager, has decided...

  • Rupert Murdoch strikes again: No more free Post for iPad users

    Perhaps it was his doomed adventure with Myspace, or maybe he was too set in his old media ways. Whatever it was, Rupert Murdoch, head of global media group, News Corporation, has not been the most ardent fan of media developments in the 21st century. Top 10 US newspaper, the New York Post, owned by News Corp. has blocked access to its website for iPad users. iPad users report that when attempting to reach the Post’s website from the native browser, they are met with a page saying "NYPost.com editorial content is now only accessible on the iPad through the...

  • Game, set, match — Seven Twitter tennis aces

    The commencement of Tennis' most prestigious championship, Wimbledon, has set Twitter abuzz with news of players' chances and possible match results. As with any major sporting event you can be certain that for the next two weeks, the duration of The Championship, Twitter’s trending topics will be bombarded with the names of players wowing Twitter users on the court. Memeburn has put together a little list of tennis pros that will keep their Twitter fanbase entertained on and off the court with their updates. Serena Williams Though the current rankings don’t show it, arguably the best female tennis player at the...

  • Google brings the British Library to the world

    The British Library, in partnership with Google, is set to digitise more than 40-million pages of books from its vast collection. The pages, which comprise some 250 000 texts dating from 1700-1870, will be freely available to everyone. According to the library’s spokespeople, "both organisations will work in partnership over the coming years to deliver this content free through Google Books and the British Library’s website. Google will cover all digitisation costs." The ultimate goal of the project is for researchers, students and other users of the Library to be able to view historical items from anywhere in the world...

  • Six questions that rejected Venture Capital seekers could not answer

    Raising funding for an early-stage venture is always difficult. There is no bottled recipe for success, but even if you have a great concept that is scalable combined with a passionate team that can execute the growth strategy, you still need to communicate this in a multifaceted investor’s pitch. Most entrepreneurs can give a fair account of the top line business strategic growth path, dive into the complexities of the product or service offering, put together a good industry analysis, name a handful of possible clients and present enticing year three to five financial projections, but this will not necessarily...

  • Browser Ubuntu: Chrome is the new Firefox

    Recently, African IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth announced that Google Chrome or its open-source cousin, Chromium, is likely to replace Firefox as the default browser in Ubuntu Linux. While this is unlikely to happen for the next major release of the Linux distribution, it is already scheduled to take place in version 12.04. Shuttleworth believes that since Google is developing Chrome on top of its own Linux-based operating system, Google Chrome has much better Linux compatibility and performance outstrips any of the other available web browsers. Furthermore, he feels that Google's intention to make the Web the only platform for...