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  • Disney shutters LucasArts but it’s good news for gamers

    Earlier today, Gameinformer received an email from a rep at Lucasart, stating Disney’s intention to shut down one of the oldest and most successful gaming developers of all time. Here’s Disney’s official statement: After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Pay TV and tablet ownership: how many people really want TV anywhere?

    The question here is not whether owners of tablets are more likely to have a paid for television subscription, but rather how many of those tablet owners are ready and willing to include their tablets to their subscription service? In other words how many tablet owners really want "TV Anywhere"? Across the world there are Pay TV channels who have pushed their development might behind the tablet or smartphone with the opinion that users will want to consume their TV on the move as they do with other platforms like social media and email. But is the logic employed by...

  • Why a streaming TV service should be Google’s next African play

    Inspired by the recent successful launch of the Television White Spaces pilot in South Africa, I am once again tempted to engage in providing mostly unsolicited advice about what Google’s strategy in Africa ought to be. What I want to propose today is the launching of a Netflix-like streaming television service aimed at African markets and serving African and international content. In this I take a more radical point of view than I did in my recent post about the Digital Dividend. This idea is borne of two recent experiences, one, some work I did recently looking at...

  • It’s time for social media strategies to grow up

    Many view social media as an unruly child, indulged as the youngest addition to the family of tools that they use for marketing and communications. After all, it started out life as an informal experiment in most organisations, where it was regarded by many executives as a mere novelty rather than a serious business tool. We had ad hoc strategies, driven by independent tweeters and bloggers who knew they could help grow brands but who did not form part of a coordinated strategy. But now, social media is no longer in its infancy -- it is a mainstream channel that needs...

  • What Facebook needs to do if it really wants to get marketing right

    What does Mark Zuckerberg need to do to turn his machine into a friendly power, serving mankind instead of exploiting it? A really big overhaul to bring back control to the users, would be a good start. I’ve intensively investigated Facebook in the last two years, in a broad sense on many aspects, from marketing to privacy, and from terrorism to competition. After the IPO, the social network has become much more greedy. Facebook is offering its users the option to grant more and more privacy to each other, precisely because privacy is becoming an important marketing...

  • Epson LabelWorks review: printing stickers is fun again

    This is the Epson LabelWorks LW-400. While there are other LabelWorkers (I made this up), this one has to be the best. It’s a big, fat, six-battery label printer that works flawlessly and only costs US$50. It can’t be compared to any other gadget, and I can’t benchmark it. It just works. It has one function, to print labels, and it does this beautifully. It prints labels  This is what the older Label makers looked like: And this is Epson’s LabelWorks: 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");

  • Anonymous says it hacked North Korea’s intranet (but it probably didn’t)

    The worldwide hacker collective Anonymous has announced that it has hacked North Korean web servers and, among other things, the China-based North Korean propaganda site Uriminzokkiri.com, from which it claims to have stolen the data of around 15 000 users including their account names, hashed passwords and birth dates. Along with a sample of email addresses and account details, the Anonymous announcement also contained a rather bold claim for which the collective provided no supporting evidence: To Kim Jong-un: So you feel the need to create large nukes and threaten half the world with them? So you're into demonstrations of power? Here is...

  • It’s all in the cards as Twitter goes for mobile app deep-linking

    Twitter has announced that a major revamp to its cards function, including much deeper app integration. Cards have been important to Twitter for a while. 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. The new version of cards comes with mobile app deep-linking. This means that people will be able to tap a link to either view content directly in an app, or download the app, depending...

  • Google engineers can now filter robocalls just like Gmail filters spam

    This is very interesting. A couple of Google engineers have figured out how to filter out robotic callers the same way as Gmail filters out spam email. The two engineers, Daniel Klein and Dean Jackson, were the winners in a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) competition to try and root out the kind of phone calls that use a computerised auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot. The US government agency reportedly receives around 200 000 consumer complaints about robocalls every month, which are not only be annoying, but can also reportedly be used as...

  • iSteve teaser trailer: buzzwords and awesome clichés

    Alright, so Funny or Die is really doing this. The humour-based video site has made its own Steve Jobs movie based entirely on the late Apple founder's Wikipedia page. The project will be the longest project by the site to date with a running time of 60 to 75 minutes. The teaser trailer is essentially a collection of Apple buzzwords, Jobs' melodramatic moments and an iFan product display presentation. It's pretty cliché driven and not very serious at all so it is well on its way to being the funniest Steve Jobs biopic out there. Chronicling the life the...

  • Game of Thrones rules the piracy roost

    If you've been in a steel re-enforced bunker over the last few years and don't understand why everyone around you's been making "Winter is coming" quips, it's because season three of Game of Thrones just started. It just so happens that it's also breaking a whole heap of online piracy records. The incredibly popular show had over 160 000 people simultaneous peers at one stage, says torrent news site TorrentFreak. At the same time, it says, 110 303 were sharing a complete copy of that particular torrent while 52 786 were still downloading. The previous record was held by the...

  • 6 ways traditional PRs can up their game using social media

    Did you know that no one actually cares about your latest crafted traditional press release on social media? If you want to build an attraction using social media, you will have to change your approach from pushing out marketing messages and start with creating magnetic content online to start pulling readers in. Using social for digital PR is all about creating content that your targeted audience wants and building a community around your business. Using online PR with your social media marketing campaign is a powerful strategy to build awareness for your business. Find below a couple of tips on...

  • Startup marketing: 7 ways to sell your startup with no budget

    As a startup, trying to get your company in the minds of consumers and investors life can be difficult. Chances are you have no money for marketing and no clue on how to make it happen. The best way to market anything is to get make it an unavoidable brand. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a kick ass brand that is second to none. Because you have no money, you have to find a way to do all of this without spending any money or as little money has possible. Read more...

  • Todist app review: ultimate organisation

    I don’t often use productivity apps, but there’s been such an increase in the quality of these apps that my attitude towards them might be changing. That’s mostly to do with a wonderfully designed and fantastically functional personal organiser, Todoist. The interface of the app is clean, sophisticated and very professional looking. I will start by saying that although I love this app, it might be for people with more intense schedules than mine. 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");

  • April Fools: some of the best jokes from the world of tech

    Phew. It's finally April 2, and we can stop being so automatically distrustful of any suspiciously timed new products launched by the companies inhabiting the tech sphere. This year's crop of April Fools jokes included everything from the International Space Station to Twitter's latest means of generating revenue to Nokia's attempt to, um, enter the home appliance market. Twttr If you go all the way back to co-founder Jack Dorsey's first tweet back in 2006, you'll notice he referred to his fledgling service as "twttr". Twitter capitalised on this name on April 1 to announce the launch of its new tiered...