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  • Reddit, Flipboard, Minecraft down as Amazon Web Services fail

    It's not a good day to have your site hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Major sites including Reddit, FastCompany, Minecraft and Flipboard have gone down due to a fault in the hosting platform. The site is down right now.It appears to be a network-related issue. We are investigating.— reddit status (@redditstatus) October 22, 2012 Looking into a site outage now. Looks like status.aws.amazon.com has a performance alert. @fastcompany @fastcoexist— mankins (@mankins) October 22, 2012 According to The Next Web, Amazon is fighting off a “degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone”. A similar, but far...

  • Microsoft trots Bill Gates out to sell Windows 8

    He may no longer be the CEO, but in most people's minds Bill Gates is still Microsoft. That's probably why the Redmond-based tech giant took its co-founder away from trying to kill malaria with lasers and sat him down for an interview to explain how incredibly important Windows 8 is. Gates seems to buy into current CEO Steve Ballmer's vision for the operating system, so much so that he already has a Surface. He calls the tablet "an unbelievably great product" and seems to love the marriage of touch and keyboard. And if you thought Gates was going to...

  • 5 mistakes to avoid making in your next online campaign

    For almost any business operating in the 21st Century, digital marketing is an exciting, growing and ever more essential tool. It also seems deceptively easy – just set up a few social media accounts and write a blog and you’re set -- right? Not at all. There are many layers, nuances, tricks and best practices to online marketing -- and often these are overlooked by people who haven’t been trained in online, or simply think that they know better. Here are the top five mistakes that people make in the online space. 1. Love it and leave it A lot of time,...

  • 5 fresh fonts for your next online project

    From New York City to Rome, independent art, film and music intermingle each year, simmering in each other's juices. You can't have music without art, or film without music. Music without some sort of visual representation just isn't marketable to the masses. A fashion show without a background accompaniment of sound would be pompous (unless we're talking hyper-avante garde couture like Junya Watanabe or Duckie Brown, in which a silent fashion show might be absurdly fitting). A movie without a relevant wardrobe and soundtrack would never make it to box offices. This deep connection between film, art, fashion and...

  • Dishonored review: executed to perfection

    Designing Perfection There was something special about the first time you played Half-Life. You were immersed into the world of Black Mesa and you really felt as though you were Gordon Freeman, a crowbar-wielding engineer, and not just some guy with a gun. Or what about the first time you loaded up BioShock and Rapture came alive before your very eyes? These games were unlike their contemporaries in that they created an atmosphere that was unique and memorable. No game has come close to capturing that same experience until now. 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");

  • Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo: A tech company or a media company?

    A few months ago Google’s top female executive, Marissa Mayer, jumped ship to take the helm at Yahoo!. Back then people speculated about what the hire meant for the company and what its focus would be. As it turns out, we are all about to find out: later today, the company will be reporting its first quarterly earnings since Mayer took over. This report could reveal some very significant changes in the company's focus and Reuters is already reporting that these changes will position Yahoo! as a technology company rather than a media company. According to the report, the...

  • Have we finally reached the point where desktop OSes don’t matter?

    Before I start this article, I have a disclaimer: I am talking about normal users here, not hardcore gamers or IT professionals. I am not talking about the guy who cannot let the day go by without Counter Strike or the guy whose photos do not get finished without Photoshop. I am talking about the regular Joe who wakes up in the morning and opens up their browser and loads Facebook, Gmail or Twitter. The guy who is connected to all the other regular Joes and who is the gold mine of data that every company is after. Now, the question:...

  • What to expect from the upcoming iPad Mini launch [Comic]

    There seems to be a checklist in place before an iProduct launch. First come the rumours, the leaked grainy images and the outpouring of "people knowledgeable with the matter". Then comes a press invite, with some slightly not-so-cryptic one liner about having something "you really have to see. And touch" (the new iPad) or the fact that something is "almost here", placed above the shadow of a five (the iPhone 5). Then images of the decoration and branding of the launch event start to surface, and the iStore goes offline briefly as new products are added. If we're lucky,...

  • Netease: China’s forgotten Weibo cracks 260m user mark

    China's microblogging services, generically referred to as weibos are big, seriously big. The two most well-known ones, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, both have user numbers to rival those of Twitter. But one you might not have even heard of has just hit the 260-million user mark. That makes Netease the third largest of China's weibos, with numbers that most Western social networks can only dream of. According to Tech in Asia, the company puts its leap in numbers down to its weibo service getting a fresh UI and new content channels. Interestingly though, the company didn't reveal how...

  • Peter Gabriel wants to crowdsource a remake of ‘Sledgehammer’

    In the annals of music video history, Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' is a classic. Now the singer is asking his Facebook fans to recreate parts of it. According to Mashable, an interactive tab on Gabriel's Facebook page allows people to pick a scene from the video and recreate it. They can do so either using their webcam or by pre-recording it and uploading to YouTube. The public then gets to vote for the scenes and the ones with the most votes stand the chance to win a number of prizes as well as a place in the remake of the...

  • LG plays hidden camera trick to show how ‘lifelike’ its IPS monitors are

    Remember those hidden camera shows where the producers would play tricks on unsuspecting members of the public? Remember how hilarious they were? Yeah, us neither. Anyway LG clearly remembers things differently, because it decided to use the format to show how lifelike its new IPS monitors are. The electronics giant arranged nine of the displays in a three by three grid pattern, stuck them on the bottom of an elevator and installed a hidden camera. Hilarity ensues, if that's your kind of thing: Source: The Next Webvar 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");

  • What Alan Knott-Craig’s departure means for brand Mxit: An insider’s view

    Until three weeks ago Frans De Villiers worked at Mxit as a special marketing project manager. He explains what life under Alan Knott-Craig Junior was like and how his departure could affect Mxit as a brand. Alan Knott-Craig Junior was Mxit’s Barack Obama. He rocked up at the scene at a time when the brand was certainly on the down. By no means am I implying that former CEO Herman Heunis was George W Bush, I regard him as a visionary tech leader who built an amazing company, but let's be honest: the company had lost a lot of...

  • Worldsecond: the worldwide photo shoot at one point in time

    Worldsecond, an app funded by aker of fine watches and pens Montblanc, aims to have a collective gathering of people from all over the world participate in what it hopes to be the largest amount of people taking just one photo at a specific time. It sounds pretty simple. The app, available only for iPhone and Android, automatically counts down to the next photo click and shares this image on the Worldsecond site, creating a unique online mosaic of globally shared images all taken at exactly the same time all over the world. This all happens between October and...

  • The 15 most valuable emerging market technology companies on Wall Street

    Wall Street, home to Gordon Gecko, the Smurfs ringing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) bell and eye-wateringly large initial public offering (IPO) valuations. It is home to the two largest bourses in the world by capitalisation, the NYSE and Nasdaq respectively. Unsurprisingly, the 20 most valuable emerging market technology companies listed on either the NYSE or Nasdaq originate in Asia. (I haven't included the telecoms giants from South America -- which are listed as public utilities.) South Africa’s Wall Street listings are all in the mining sector, but its top technology contender, MTN Group, listed on the Johannesburg Stock...

  • Google’s financial fiasco: No cause for panic

    The fiasco around the release of Google's Q3 financial results was plain embarrassing. From the company that is the king of search this is just downright wrong. On its website, Google says that its "...mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." I guess that there is nothing about a timeous and orderly release thereof. It turns out that it might not have been its fault, but rather its filing agent released the results earlier than anticipated. That normally is not too big a deal, if the results are in line with...