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  • With North Korea dusted Eric Schmidt heads to Burma

    Google chairperson Eric Schmidt is apparently set to head to Burma, a country once in a similar state of isolation to North Korea, which he visited back in January. According to Burmese news agency The Irrrawaddy, Schmidt will "soon visit" the country, meeting with government officials, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leading businessmen. The country's military rulers, who have been in charge since taking over in coup in 1962, have put severe restrictions on internet access in the country. Today less than one percent of the Burmese populace is online. That's slowly changing under the more lenient...

  • Al Jazeera English launches news apps for Android Tablet and BlackBerry 10

    Al Jazeera Media Network today launched new Android tablet and BlackBerry 10 applications. The Qatar-based news organisation claims the new apps provide users with full-featured news from the most popular sections of the Al Jazeera English website -- along with free access to 24 hour live broadcasts and the latest current affairs programmes. The BlackBerry 10 apps meanwhile are apparently built in conjunction with BlackBerry. This, Al Jazeera says, allows it to leverage native features of the device such as tight integration with BlackBerry Messenger. Android tablet users on 10-inch and 7-inch devices can now enjoy a “lean back” browsing experience, where...

  • Beige boxes: cheap, cheerful and changing the face of smartphones

    Beggars can’t be choosers. Sometimes, you have to make do with what you can afford. And if what you can afford is not an iPhone, or the new BlackBerry, or a Galaxy, it may be a Beige Box phone. “A beige box phone?”, you ask, “I’ve never heard of that brand.” Yep, you haven’t. Cast your mind back 20 years (if you can). For a very long time in the 90s, only the affluent, the snotty and the pecuniously profligate banks used branded PCs. IBMs and Compaqs were not for the great unwashed. No, for them were the ‘beige box’...

  • Why a recent Google update has the hotel industry up in arms

    There has been a lot of controversy around Google’s many updates – such as Google’s Hotel Finder -- that have significantly impacted the travel and hospitality industry over the past two years. Hotels are crying out against the latest Google Hotel Finder while travel agents seem to be enjoying the spotlight that their businesses are receiving. Comparison sites thrive If we look back a few years one can remember a time when shopping comparison sites used to thrive due to the prime spots that they held on Google’s natural search engine results pages (SERPs). For many years these comparison sites...

  • Cory Booker: Twitter allows for raw truth, random acts of kindness [SXSW]

    Newark mayor and popular Twitter user Cory Booker was a highlight of this past weekend at SXSW -- explaining how he began his deep relationship with social media. Interviewed by Time Magazine's Steve Snyder, Booker took SXSWers through his journey onto Twitter and how he became one of the most active users on the site -- with a following that is larger than the population size of his constituency. Known for actively responding to tweets about broken traffic lights or families in need, Booker has become a familiar and comforting presence on Twitter. Oozing passion for life and what...

  • Intel yet to name new CEO with just weeks left to decide

    With just weeks to go, Intel, the world's largest chipmaker has yet to name a new CEO even though it's had nearly four months since Paul Otellini made a surprise announcement that he would retire in May 2013. This is a very unusual situation because Intel has a long tradition of providing a clear CEO succession path well ahead of any changes. However, it appears that its board was surprised by Otellini's resignation in August. At 62 years old he was expected to serve until 65, Intel's mandatory retirement age. Sean Maloney, a senior VP and 30 year veteran, was being...

  • New Mercedes S-Class packs in the safety tech

    With every new S-Class that Mercedes releases comes a whole range of new technologies that, over the years, will filter down into the lesser Mercedes classes, from the E-Class to the lowest A-Class. The new, yet to be released S-Class will host a large array of new safety systems, some of which have never been seen on a production car. So rest assured, the rich will be safe on the motorways, and you can sleep easy at night. 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");

  • Latest Google doodle celebrates Douglas Adams, is geekily awesome

    If you're anything like us, you've read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series multiple times. You know that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42 and why a towel is the most important object you can own. And you cracked a smile at today's Google doodle. The doodle is a celebration of what would have been Adams' 61st birthday. Set on a spaceship (presumably the Heart of Gold), it features some of the most important objects from the Hitchhiker's canon, including a towel, a cup of tea and, of course, the eponymous guide....

  • Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba names Jonathan Lu as its new CEO

    Jack Ma, the founder of China’s top e-commerce company, announced in January that he’d step down from his role as Alibaba Group CEO. This afternoon, Alibaba has named Ma’s successor, ‘Jonathan’ Lu Zhaoxi, who’ll take over the top job on May 10. It’s a date that marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Taobao, the company’s iconic amateur shopkeeper marketplace. Ma had indicated that he was vacating the Alibaba hotseat as he was “no longer young enough” for such a role in the internet business. He’s 48. The new kid on the block, Jonathan Lu, is 43. Lu joined...

  • Elon Musk talks Mars, Chinese solar power and having more fun [SXSW]

    Space explorer, entrepreneur whizz and the inspiration behind Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark character in Iron Man, Elon Musk took to the stage of SXSW on the second day of the Interactive portion, to field a few questions about his non-stop, ever-exploring life, and addressing the recent controversies two of his companies, Tesla and SpaceX, have experienced. Chris Anderson, ex-Wired editor and author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, asked the questions, which centred on Musk's three areas of expertise and passion: space travel, electric cars, and sustainable energy, while the...

  • How Big Data is being used to record the future

    “The past doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes”, reads the famous Mark Twain quote in the introduction of a research paper suitably titled Mining the Web to Predict Future Events. The mining of massive amounts of data allows a party to potentially adjust (and ultimately manipulate) its relationships found on the web via social media, media archives and seemingly countless other resources. Resources are gathered to the extent that it is, in most regards, theoretically possible to predict future events. In a previous article, I discussed examples of how big data is being used in medical fields such as...

  • Improving your reputation online: why search is vitally important

    With the world getting more digital every day, users have become a lot more accustomed to the internet over the last couple of years, especially when it comes to parting ways with their cash. It is now very common to expect clients to have weighed their options online and asked for recommendations from their network before making a purchase. Users interested in buying are flocking to various review websites to find information from other users in order to make the final decision. What does this mean for businesses? It means that online reputation management is becoming extremely important. Companies all...

  • Living with Glass and the birth of emoji: top tech stories you should read

    Let's say you're walking along the street with your friend. They've got an iPhone, you've got an Android. You tell them about an awesome app you just bought. They can get it to. But at nearly double the price. Odd. If it's the near future, you can read the Wall Street Journal's explanation as to why that is on your snazzy Google Glass unit. And after that, you can read about the professor who's been using augmented reality eye-wear for years or how an octogenarian made 3D printing affordable. We're not sure if your sci-fi looking Google product will...

  • 6 reasons why your internet startup should be using Amazon Web Services

    Y Combinator co-founder, Paul Graham, defines a startup as "a company designed to grow fast." The definition highlights one of the hardest problems internet startups traditionally faced at the outset: weighing infrastructure capacity and cost. Amazon changed things up when it launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006. It used economies of scale to offer services -- many of them developed for internal use and opened up to the public later -- to take the guess-work out of upfront infrastructure investments. 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");

  • 10 big lessons for anyone looking to market themselves on YouTube

    I was recently fortunate enough to attend two really cool Google events: Engage and YouTube All Stars. Getting the chance to interact with some of the intriguing innovations and latest news to do with Google is pretty cool. Getting the chance to do so with products developed solely to help any business out there succeed on and off-line is even cooler. Engage was divided into three segments -- Pitch Perfect, AdWords Bootcamp and Above & Beyond -- meaning that you could tailor your experience according to your interests. The presentation that stood out for me surrounded building and maintaining client...