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  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to “just another device”. Users’ data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...

  • Groupon IPO on shaky legs

    One wonders how this happened -- Groupon being called the fastest growing company in history, and then going for an IPO, only to find almost every single blogger and journalist shooting them down. But that is exactly the answer to how it has transpired. The company has grown too fast and is now listing at the wrong time. It is a good and bad day for group buying. Hopefully people will not lose any interest and faith in the world's busiest new online sector, yet on the other hand, many online sources are quoted as being tired of Groupon's antics....

  • Why the French media ban on Facebook and Twitter is just plain silly

    Have you ever wondered why media businesses across the world advertise that blue Facebook "F" and the turquoise Twitter "T" and demand nothing in return? These are businesses that make their money from advertising other company's brands, and here they are prominently advertising Facebook and Twitter, for free. Maybe there is a tacit understanding of a certain quid pro quo, because these very social networks pass back a tremendous amount of traffic to news sites as users relentlessly share and tweet articles? It's all rather fuzzy and unmeasurable and one gets the feeling we're still trying to define what it...

  • Put a moviehouse in your pocket

    The good news is that this little LG HS200G micro-projector will last you 20 years if you use it for four hours per day. The bad news is – well, there’s no real bad news, it’s great. Just some reality checking to avoid disappointment.It’s not going to blow you away with awesome image quality and brightness. It is going to impress you with its entirely decent image quality and brightness, considering you’ll almost certainly never have to replace the lamp (which cost muchos dineros)... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • There’s a little bit of Google in most of us

    Google has been all over the news since Larry Page took over as CEO, I realised that there is a little bit of Google in most of us. Since search entered our lives things have never been the same. From when Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, we would never have imagined how different things would be a decade later. According to Wikipedia "Google runs over one million servers in data centers around the world, and processes over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day." We...

  • Apple poised to introduce iCloud

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is taking a break from medical leave on Monday to preside over the opening of the company's annual conference for software developers. And in a break from Apple's usual practice of shrouding its events in an air of mystery, the California gadget-maker this time revealed ahead of time what it plans to announce at the event in San Francisco. Sort of. In a press release, Apple said Jobs and other executives will unveil the next generation of Lion... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • 10 reasons why you should get your hands on some Bitcoins

    A previous Memeburn article on the well-known digital currency Bitcoin generated quite a bit of interest and debate from this site's readers. The article focused on some of the challenges Bitcoin faced as a global currency. But here's another side of the coin, so to speak. We now give some good reasons, ten of them in fact, why Bitcoin could be an option for the future. No transaction fees. Unlike many credit card or online payment gateways, moving money around isn't going to cost you anything. This is due to the P2P nature of the system, which allows you to...

  • Blockbusters rule E3 video game kingdom

    Blockbuster titles and powerhouse consoles will rule as video game makers from around the world meet in Los Angeles this week for the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Hotly anticipated games will build on established franchises with slick play mechanics, film-like graphics and increasing sensitivity to how much people love playing online with friends or on the go with mobile devices. "E3 will be a strange combination of everything from blockbuster retail games like 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' all the way... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • The small screen that killed the traditional advertising model

    Vodacom mobile media executive, Jason Probert, believes that traditional advertising is in "steep decline". He cites a key event in 2009 where internet advertising overtook TV advertising in the UK. Although the claim was at the time contested by the broadcasters, it does indicate somewhat of a "paradigm shift" taking place, right under our noses. The term "paradigm shift" is possibly one of the most abused terms, used to describe the changes taking place in the information revolution era, but bear with us: This is worth taking notice. Probert takes aim at the TV, making the strong claim that "people aren’t...

  • The power of mobile

    If anyone needed to be reminded about the power of mobile as a medium, we were given a wake-up call by US-based digital marketing evangelist Joseph Jaffe. Showing a photo of a crowd attending US president Barack Obama’s inauguration speech (pictured above), Jaffe noted that virtually every member of that audience was taking a photo of that event, either via their phone or digital camera. We’re in the age of individual content creation, and it’s the mobile device that is spurring this on. Jaffe was speaking at Vodacom's Mobile Media Mindblast conference in Camps Bay on Friday. It’s an irony that Jaffe...

  • The future of music charts

    Up till now, judging who is top of the music game has been relatively simple. Music Award shows like the Grammy’s and the MTV Music Awards reward the top and popular artists through judges or votes. The Billboard chart shows us who the best-selling artists are, judged on CD sales and radio plays. MTV and VH1 have decided what the top videos are. But things are changing. In the last few years, music culture has transformed. CD sales are being usurped by digital sales, but even the latter are under pressure as music fans stream their favourite tracks through a...

  • How to make the most of your email design

    Good old Murphy’s Law dictates that no matter how much time, energy and testing you put into creating that stunning email campaign, it will inevitably end up rendering more like a Picasso Cubism painting in at least one of your subscriber’s email clients. This is of course hard to avoid, unless you are perhaps willing to die through sheer frustration and even that might not clinch it. There are, however, a few things you can do to ease the situation and help keep your email design looking great when your subscriber clicks to open it. Let’s take a look at...

  • Wiill it be HD and awesome too?

    Now that the rumours of a new next generation Nintendo console have made their debut ahead of anything real making their debuts at the E3 event, thanks to Game Informer magazine, please allow me to the first to speculate the hell out of what I think this console will be. Or rather should be. Let the rumour mill start to grind. This “announcement” shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Historically, Nintendo has always released its home console shortly after the release of a handheld... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Sony hack happened – a million Sony Pictures accounts stolen

    Update on Gearburn's breaking news yesterday. The hacker group Lulz Boat has claimed to have stolen more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information from SonyPictures.com in the latest cyberattack on the Japanese electronics giant. The claim was made by a group of hackers calling themselves "Lulz Security" on their Twitter feed @LulzSec. "We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users' personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated ... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Malaysian social activist ordered to tweet 100 apologies

    In an interesting turn of events, Twitter is not in court or being served with court orders to hand over user data. One enterprising legal team in a Malaysian defamation case (perpetrated on Twitter) has come up with a more constructive use for the social-networking site. Instead of tedious court battles, they have decided to use Twitter as the solution to the problem. Fahmi Fadzil, a social activist and commentator, claimed in a tweet in January that a pregnant friend of his had been treated badly by her employers at Female Magazine -- owned by Blu Inc Media. The magazine...