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  • Google ready to lose $275m in Motorola deal

    Ouch. If you're a Google investor, avert your eyes. Turns out that Motorola buyout is going to cost the company US$275-million. In a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Google said that the majority of the money would be spent on ensuring that the Motorola employees whose jobs Google is culling will be well compensated. According to the internet giant, which is set to kill about 4 000 jobs at Motorola, it will provide “generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help the employees find new jobs.” Thing is, those are just the...

  • Call Me Maybe Chatroulette version raking up the views on YouTube

    Ok, if you who braved it and watched the chatroulette version of Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy single "Call me Maybe" then you already know how insanely disturbing the whole thing is. If you didn't you should. Despite being mentally scarring, it's quite funny. The video stars Steve Kardynal in varying skimpy outfits (mostly bikinis) serenading a collection of guys and some girls on the video chat service Chatroulette while doing some rather provocative dance moves. The video which was uploaded three days ago now has more than 8-million videos on the video sharing site. Kardynal's YouTube page is full...

  • Google to remake Motorola in its image, cut back on staff

    Google's acquisition of Motorola was one of the biggest tech stories of 2011. Now that the paperwork's cleared though, we can begin to get a clearer picture of what the internet giant plans to do with the company. The first order of business, apparently, is to fire nearly 4 000 Motorola employees. According to The New York Times, Google will cut the tech company's staff numbers by 20% and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide. Holding true to Larry Page's "more wood behind fewer arrows" approach, Google will exit all of Motorola's unprofitable markets, stop making low-end...

  • What should you do when personal and corporate brands collide?

    Should employees have unlimited access to social media during office hours? If staff have access to social media how can time spent online be used constructively for business? What happens when an employee’s personal brand becomes bigger than their employer’s brand? Millions of previously “ordinary” citizens the world over have discovered how to leverage social media tools to publish and share content online, rapidly establishing themselves as thought-leaders in their chosen field of interest. Many of these individuals are now recognised as key influencers and are enjoying perks previously reserved for the media elite. This personal branding trend has received...

  • 8 mobile technologies revolutionising how companies talk to people

    Gauging audience attitude toward your business is can sometimes be challenging. If you’re a small neighbourhood business it’s easy because you can just ask them. The bigger you become however, the more difficult that becomes. That’s where the field of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) comes into play. Using technology to ask the right the right questions you can find, attract, and win new clients as well as nurture and retain those you already have. There are a few ways you can do this, one of which is social media, but that limits the number of people you can...

  • The 5 biggest Twitter moments of London 2012

    It's over. London 2012 drew to a close last night, having lived up to its bill as the first social games. Sure there were a few hiccoughs along the way but things generally went to plan. People were especially active on Twitter, which saw more activity during the opening ceremony than the whole of Beijing 2008. People also took to the social network to cheer, dissect and discuss the performance of athletes. Here are the five moments that, according to Twitter, generated the most buzz. 1. Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the 200m sprint: 80 000+ Tweets...

  • Two days Mac-less: Windows woes

    Tragedy. My Macbook Pro went into the shop the other day. All because I wanted to test a port station for review. All because someone couldn't make software that works. All because people are idiots. Apple products have the reputation of being strong and reliable. That is what they are, that is what I have become so accustomed to. This being my first Macbook, I was ecstatic after my first year of ownership to know that no major (and very few minor) issues came up. 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");

  • Google+ is ‘fucking with The Oatmeal’

    Think Google doesn't have a sense humour? Well, you're wrong. Remember a while back when that Oatmeal guy, Matthew Inman, dissed Google+ because no one used it and he couldn't get a vanity URL? Inman didn't completely say Google+ was down for the count: he wrote a post pointing everyone to his comic (see below) on how comments on Google+ sounds like crickets. Then he went on to say that: Google+ is still a very young social network. Give it another 6 months to a year and maybe it'll begin to really chip away at Facebook. Also, the new design...

  • Food ordering service Delivery Hero expands to China

    Food ordering startup Delivery Hero is moving into China. China becomes the 12th market for the Berlin-based startup and will operate its service from Shanghai under the name Waimai Chaoren. Delivery Hero launched in 2010 with Lieferheld.de which became the second largest online food ordering and delivery service in Germany. Visitors to Delivery Hero sites can find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards from various restaurants. Orders as well as payments are placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • While everyone was talking Twitter, Sina Weibo took gold in the social Olympics

    Well now, this is interesting. It turns out the real social media platform of choice when it came to the Olympic Games was China's Sina Weibo. According to data from tech stats company Hitwise, Sina's PC users alone sent nearly twice as many Olympic related messages as went out on Twitter. That's a massive 390-million messages, compared to the 150-million sent from Twitter. Thing is, that's not even close to the full picture. According to The Next Web, PCs only account for 32% of Sina Weibo's total user base. Add in the number of messages sent from mobile devices and...

  • Gotye releases ‘Somebodies’: a tribute to everyone who covered him [Video]

    I'd like to apologise in advance for posting this video, because now you're going to have Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" stuck in your head. Again. The Belgian-born artist has released a video made up of all the tributes, covers and reinterpretations of his insanely catchy single. That's not the kind of act you'd usually associate with someone in the music industry. Then again, YouTube was a key factor in Gotye becoming a global phenomenon. The artist says he "couldn't resist" meshing all the covers into a single video and was inspired by Kutiman's Thru-You project:...

  • Human powered helicopter: is this a new era in flight?

    Wright brothers, eat your heart out, because here is a flight to truly be proud of. It is the longest human powered helicopter flight ever as verified by National Aeronautic Association (NAA). To answer the question, though, probably not. If you watch the video, you will see what it takes for a human-powered helicopter to make it off the ground: four enormous rotors set very close to the ground, and one very dedicated cyclist. 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");

  • New emails from Wikileaks suggest Google, Salesforce were offered ‘TrapWire’ spy tool

    Time was, a story about governments and big corporations using scary spy technology would've been easy to write off as the rantings of a conspiracy nut. New emails released by Wikileaks, however, suggest that the likes of Google and Salesforce were offered a video surveillance program developed by ex-CIA operatives. The program, called "TrapWire" was developed US-based Abraxas Corporation which is allegedly staffed mostly by former CIA agents. According to ZDNet, the technology is meant to be used in the identification of terrorists and is able to correlate video footage with other sources such as watch lists. The company also...

  • What the Samsapple trial means for innovation and progress

    I’d just like to say upfront that the Apple vs. Samsung circus currently taking place in the San Jose, California federal courthouse is absurd. It’s not about design elements or wireless patents. It’s about Apple getting whipped by Samsung -- and Android. IDC’s second quarter 2012 figures show Apple trailing Samsung, with 16.9% and 32.6% market share respectively. It might be that demand for the iPhone has cooled off with rumours of an imminent next release swelling, but the IDC indicates a 172.8% year-over-year growth for Samsung, compared to a solid, but significantly smaller 27.5% percent rise for Apple. But, for...

  • iDrifta mobile decoder — new look, same tricks

    Here's what I love about technology. Sometimes it's just too smart for its own damn good. Case in point, the DStv iDrifta. It's a tiny little mobile satellite decoder streaming DVB-H TV for the fair price of R500 and R50 monthly for 14 channels of DStv goodness. Nice idea in concept, but the blurry DVB-H signal holds it back from greatness. Onto the review. Hold me closer tiny gadget Good news about the iDrifta. It's minuscule, no bigger than a box of matches coated in the dreamy shine of an Apple product. 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");