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  • Ubuntu joins the mobile OS party

    Open source geeks of the world rejoice! Ubuntu will soon be available for smartphones courtesy of Canonical, the company founded by entrepreneur and space tourist Mark Shuttleworth, for the promotion and commercial support of free software projects. The OS is designed at challenging iOS and Android's dominance in the space. Ubuntu is selling the OS on an "immersive", "less cluttered" design and a lack of Java overhead: Ubuntu provides a fast and beautiful experience, even on inexpensive hardware. It doesn’t have the overhead of a Java virtual machine, so all core applications run at full native speeds with...

  • Best tech innovations of 2012: Google Now, Leap Motion & Retina Display

    This year has been pretty amazing for society: we have pushed ourselves and broken some boundaries. A curious little rover explored the surface of Mars, a man jumped from space and Google is taking on Siri. There have been some pretty cool tech innovations this year and we decided to pick a few of the ones that impressed us the most. We expect some difference of opinion here, however, these innovations came out tops in our books. Here you go, in no particular order: Leap Motion: This new technology interprets natural hand movements with remarkable accuracy and lets users...

  • 12 Instagram photos from some of 2012’s biggest news events

    Photo filter and sharing service Instagram really came into its own in 2012. Its entry onto the Google Play store gave its user numbers a massive boost as Android users around the world looked to see what their iOS counterparts were fussing about. Being bought out by Facebook for US$715-million meanwhile gave it serious kudos as a company. But Instagram is also where we turned to document some of 2012's biggest events. We've gathered photos from some of them in a bid to give you glimpse of the year that was. Compiling this list was by no means easy....

  • The best ads of 2012: Coca Cola, Chevy and McDonald’s

    It’s that time of year again where every second article you read is a top 10 list of this or that, so I thought it a good time to put together a list of what I believe have been some of the year's top ads from around the world. This year we continued to see more and more great interactive / activation work, the most memorable being Red Bull’s continued dominance in doing advertising a little different and live streaming the worlds highest, fastest, most adrenaline filled skydive… ever. The below list is in no particular order, please feel free...

  • 10 of the biggest Twitter trending topics of 2012

    On Twitter, it seems like time passes incredibly quickly. Tweets stream past in seconds only to be replaced by more tweets, and worldwide trending topics shuffle along almost as rapidly. Sometimes, you can almost tell what's happening without clicking any of the links to the trending topics -- during the iPhone 5 launch, the phone's features trended as well as its name as the iFans scurried to spread the news, and during the Olympics' opening ceremony, you'd have been able to guess 'Voldemort' and 'Mr Bean' made an appearance even if you weren't watching the show. With such a rapidly...

  • The funniest, interesting, weird and thought provoking Tumblrs of 2012

    Since Tumblr's launch in 2007 it has grown immensely, gathering over 77-million mini-blogs as of October 2012. Since 2010, the site has grown more than 25 000 users a day and now more than 71-million posts are created daily on the site. Boasting celebs like Lady Gaga, Zooey Deschanel and John Mayer, it was also the first blogging platform to host President Barack Obama's blog. By being open to a multitude of different kinds of posts, blogs and viral videos, Tumblr has an immense amount of material. From serious bloggers to once-off viral memes it's all there. Choosing the best...

  • 12 of our favourite Google Doodles from 2012

    Google did well this year, coming out with some pretty darn good doodles. Many a five minutes have been wasted getting lost in the creations of some the search giant's talented team members. A brilliant doodle can bring a special brand of happiness to a person’s day. Google has kept us mesmerised with its ability to translate the simplicity and pure elegance of its logo into sometimes adventurous or contemplative doodles.The first doodle dates back to 1998, before Google was incorporated, and founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played with the logo to commemorate attending the Burning Man festival. This...

  • 12 of Memeburn’s most popular articles in 2012

    It's been a big year in tech. Red Bull Stratos' mission smashed through the previous records for most concurrent live views when eight-million people clicked through to its YouTube stream, and a music video which featured a Korean man doing a horse dance became the most watched video with over a billion views. Facebook hit a billion users, Twitter topped 200-million monthly active users and the Samsung Galaxy S III smashed sales records, selling 30-million units 157 days after launch. Google launched a Dropbox competitor, Apple released the iPad Mini and a rover called Curiosity checked-in from Mars on...

  • 10 of our favourite viral videos of 2012

    Hands up if you’re surprised that the Mayans were wrong; better yet, hands up if, like me, you took their prediction as an excuse to spend way too much on wine to ‘prepare’ for the imminent apocalypse. But then again, the day’s not over so we might still face zombies, Horsemen or the Second Coming, wine in hand. Either way, 2012 is on its way out, and while we wait for whatever may happen, we can reminisce over the year that’s been with some of the best and most popular viral videos of the past twelve months. Kony 2012 Who can forget...

  • 9 of the most bizarre Christmas presents you can buy online

    Tired of the same old soap on a rope, bottle of wine or pair of socks Christmas present clichés? Want to liven up the present selection under the tree this year? Here are some of the most bizarre presents and festive season items to be found on Etsy and Pinterest. It might be a hangover from Movember, but there seems to be a much wider than expected range of moustache-related, festive-season themed paraphernalia to be had. So to keep the moustachioed hipster in your life happy, choose from the following: Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Moustache According to the Etsy write up, this product...

  • Mozilla, Red Bull, HTML5 and the unstoppable growth of mobile

    The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) 2012 Americas event brings together some of the biggest players in the mobile arena that shape and develop the future of mobile and the internet. With the firm and exponential growth of mobile computing, whether it be phones or tablets or whatever will come next, a lot of discussions at this year's conference centred on free and open growth and how it will be shaped in the future. South America came to the forefront as one of the fastest growing markets, the "app store" as we know it came under fire in a way...

  • Instagram updates its terms of service to placate restless natives

    No matter how much you tell people that "If You're Not Paying for It; You're the Product" -- they never really listen. The natives have spoken and the chiefs at the Instagram HQ have listened. In an effort to placate the restless Instagramers the company has decided to revert back to its original advertising section, which has been in effect since 2010. Earlier this week the photo sharing service saw uproar from its users when it made additions to the advertising section of its terms of service. The changes stated that it would give advertisers more flexibility in...

  • Facebook’s update could let random people send you messages… for a price

    Facebook is rolling out another batch of upgrades to its messaging service. This time, they largely have to do with the mysterious section of your inbox you probably never check, called 'other'. Facebook is worried that messages you may actually want to read would end up hidden away in there, so it has changed the filtering options to limit the chances of that happening. Oh, and it has started testing a system to let people you don't know pay them to send you messages. According to the social network, it is starting a "small experiment to test the usefulness...

  • Microsoft Surface review: prepare for disappointment

    Two things instantly irk me with Microsoft’s Surface, Windows RT version, the exceedingly sexy tablet/laptop/whatever. Firstly, the viewing angle when used as a laptop is shite. It’s angled too steeply, and my eyesight suffered accordingly. Secondly, the Touch keyboard is a waste, and I instantly swapped to the traditional Type keyboard for some reprieve. I’ve written the full review directly on the Surface, so excuse me if my bitterness overflows more than usual. Despite an initial negative reaction, Surface has some unique advantages over its competitors and these features shouldn’t be glossed over. Its design is fairly elegant, and it’s...

  • ‘Zuckered’ and ‘Gangnam Style’ are part of Collins Dictionary’s words of 2012

    This has been an interesting year for words. New words were added to dictionaries, some were crowdsourced and we all marveled as 'tweeps', 'Lolz' and various online terms solidified their place in our vocabulary. Collins Dictionary has released its "12 words of 2012" list and among the words that made it is "zuckered". The word was coined in May when Facebook went public and its share price plummeted almost immediately after its Initial Public Offering (IPO). This failure led to the word "zuckered," named after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Another popular term around the web to find its way to...