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  • HeTexted: Are we really ready to crowdsource love online?

    I suppose it was inevitable that in a world of Google and Twoogle where we just cannot bear to figure anything out on our own we would end up asking the internet to decide the fate of our love lives. Really? I thought dating sites was as far as the internet's reach into romantic affairs went. Apparently not. Enter HeTexted, a site that helps you crowdsource advice about a potential significant other. No I am not making this up, TechCrunch even wrote about it. It's a real thing. The site describes itself as "the first Q&A service dedicated to...

  • Facebook starts testing want and collect buttons, gets more Pinterest-y

    Don't you love it when rumours come true? Stories have been circling for a while now that Facebook was working on a 'want' button and gearing up for entry into the world of social ecommerce. Now the social network is testing a new Collections feature which allows users to create wishlists of items they'd like to purchase from a brand's Facebook page. The billion-strong social network is piloting want and 'collect' buttons with selected users and brands in the US -- including Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Victoria's Secret, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Smith Optics, and Fab.com. According to TechCrunch, the...

  • Facebook has a ‘dislike’ button, but no one’s getting it

    So... about that 'dislike' button everyone's been clamouring for on Facebook. Turns out it exists, but you can't have it, or even experience it. Ever. Well unless you decide to become a developer at Facebook. Even then, it probably won't be the dislike button you imagine. It's called Push Karma and the only person with access to the button is Chuck Rossi, a release engineer at the social network. Speaking to Businessweek, Rossi explains how he uses the system to see what code a person has submitted and downvote them if he isn't happy with their performance: “Every developer...

  • Space X successfully blasts off enroute to the International Space Station

    Space X has successfully launched a Dragon capsule into space... again. After the company's historical test flight in May, it blasted another capsule into the skies today for the first of twelve scheduled trips to carry equipment and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The first commercial resupply mission (SpaceX CRS-1) craft took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida filled with everything from clothing and chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream to materials required for upcoming micro-gravity experiments planned by the crew on board the ISS. Space X's Falcon 9 rocket jettisoned the capsule just under 10 minutes...

  • Spoof ad shows what Facebook is really like: Toilets

    So Facebook thinks it's like a chair. Well, as tech journos all over the world have pointed out, that's pretty much a crock of . Only one video maker however has had the guts to point out that the social network is like something else you sit on... a throne of sorts. If we're honest, the more cynical among us would probably say that comparing Facebook to a toilet makes a lot more sense than comparing it to a chair. Of course there's one flaw in that argument: the toilet's where you...

  • 5ounces: flash sale eCommerce for gourmet food and wine lovers

    There's a new time-sensitive, gourmet food and wine eCommerce site on the block, and it's called 5ounces -- the standard, one-fifth measurement of a bottle of wine. Launched in August of this year, 5ounces is inspired by the flash sale model of Gilt Taste and the artisanal wine offerings of Lot 18. Founder Trevor Gosling says that 5ounces aims to provide South African consumers with gourmet produce and premium wines at significantly reduced prices. A quick scan over the site reveals price reductions on Platter four and five star wine half-cases of close to 50%. Read more on Ventureburn....

  • Chinese tech giants ZTE, Huawei deemed security threat by US

    Products from Chinese tech giants ZTE and Huawei have been deemed a security threat with US lawmakers urging government departments and private companies alike not to use them. According to the Wall Street Journal, a year-long investigation concluded that people shouldn't buy devices from the two companies because they could be used for spying on them. It also recommends that a block be put on any mergers and acquisitions involving the two companies. Both companies maintain that they have been cooperative throughout the investigation and that any attempt by the US to block their products would be detrimental to...

  • Ralph Simon: Memeburn talks mobile’s future with the ‘Father of the Ringtone’

    Mobile is pretty big right now: it's where people are innovating and it's the common denominator device. Gartner predicts that by 2015 there will be more than two-billion smartphones in the world. That's a lot of smartphones. Tech analysis company Juniper Research says that by 2014 240-million people will be watching television on their smart devices. It's a space ripe for innovation and of course the entertainment industry is happy to find ways to meet its audiences on whatever device they have. Mobile entertainment is the next stage in entertainment and it is rapidly growing. Juniper Research also predicts...

  • Why everyone should learn to code… before it’s too late [Infographic]

    Ever think you should probably expand your skills and learn another language? While learning to speak Japanese, French or Spanish would be a great achievement, there could actually be a few other languages you should consider -- like JavaScript, Python or Ruby. And you should probably get started... right now. In a world where the number of developer jobs is growing fast and free online resources like Codeacademy are flourishing, it's hard to deny the value in knowing how to code. Shereef Bishay, founder of Developer Boot Camp, is teaching people how to program and running a startup that...

  • Samsung wireless audio dock review: sounding off

    When I walked into the office and saw the black box sitting on the desk, I thought to myself that it seemed like a cool centre speaker and started looking around for the other speakers of a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system. But I was mistaken; it’s not a centre speaker and most definitely is not part of a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system. It’s what Samsung claims to be the first dual-docking station. We’ll, I’ve never been much of a docking station fan, I always thought of it as being for those Apple geeks to make them feel good...

  • The patent is indeed mightier than the sword

    This morning I read a rather extensive piece in the New York Times by Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr titled "The patent, used as a sword". The Apple/Samsung battle has kept tech news sites especially busy with content with suits and counter suits, injunctions and unbannings. It's been a busy 18 months for journalists on the Samsapple beat. The piece is part seven of the New York Times' iEconomy series, a series exploring the American economy through the lens of Apple and other technology firms. Four of the pieces have focused on Apple, taking an in depth looks at...

  • Google makes a play in the credit card market

    Well now. Looks like Google's getting serious about its plays in the financial sector. Very serious. The internet giant has launched its own credit card, with UK businesses the first able to use it. Strictly speaking, the "Google AdWords Business Credit card" to give it its proper name can't be used to go on a spending spree at your favourite retail outlet. In fact, it serves one purpose and one purpose only: buying Adwords. According to Brent Callinicos, Google's treasurer the company decided to launch the product because people “weren’t buying Adwords as much as they need to”. The new...

  • It’s the new iPad mini… or not… yes it is… well maybe

    What started out as rumours many months ago, has now "sort of" been confirmed, according to cnet, as Asian component makers say they have received orders of 10-million units for the last quarter of 2012, for the as yet unconfirmed iPad Mini. Apple has up to date declined to confirm the plans for this quite highly anticipated product. Even though the Cupertino based company is keeping mum, information from a "major Apple investor" who heard from "multiple sources" has told Fortune’s Phillip Elmer-Dewitt that press release invitations will be sent out on 10 October 2012, possibly followed by a...

  • HootSuite targets Asia, adds support for Sina Weibo and traditional Chinese

    HootSuite and its owl have flown into China, adding support for the country’s hottest Twitter-like service, Sina Weibo, in its social media dashboard. This could be of great use to many brands who need to use Sina’s wildly popular Weibo for doing social marketing to Chinese consumers, as Sina Weibo still only has Chinese-language support on its site. Along with the Sina Weibo rollout, HootSuite now also has support for traditional Chinese, as used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and among many overseas Chinese. Hootsuite has been blocked in China for some time (it was a useful workaround for using...

  • YouTube is going global with 50 more original channels

    About year ago YouTube introduced its original programming strategy with content being produced by celebrities in the United States. Now the video sharing site is going global with country-specific content coming in France, Germany and the UK. "A lot has happened since we announced nearly 100 new original channels coming to YouTube: 7-year-old Ruby taught Amy Poehler about feminism. Rainn Wilson interviewed Deepak Chopra in the back of a mysterious van, and Phil DeFranco’s SourceFed became one of the hottest comedy news shows on the Web or TV," said YouTube's VP, Global Head of Content, Robert Kyncl in...