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  • 5 things from the iPhone 5 launch that prove Apple’s lost its mojo

    We really didn't want to have to write this article. We wanted the iPhone 5 launch to be great, and for there to be the same magic there always had been. There wasn't. Yesterday Mashable asked whether this would be the last great Apple launch. The answer, as it turned out was a resounding no. It was actually the first really bad Apple launch since Steve Jobs died. Here's why. 1. The leaks Seriously, the lead up to this launch was leakier than a rusty sieve. If the tech press had wanted to get a jump on the iPhone 5...

  • iPhone 5 to hit China’s grey market for US$1 500

    Combining Tao Te Ching levels of “WTF” and “Meh, I’m not really surprised,” China’s finest smugglers are preparing to sell the newly-unveiled iPhone 5 for a cool 10 000 RMB -- that’s US$1 500, a more than 100% markup over its Hong Kong price of HK$5 588 (4 560 RMB). The fast-working grey importers say they’ll be ready to start selling the iPhone 5 on 21 September, its initial global launch date, thanks to smuggling in the phone from Hong Kong. Thereafter, plenty of other nearby Asian launch locations -- such as Singapore -- will keep the flow of grey...

  • Check out Apple’s iPhone 5 event without installing QuickTime

    Tech anoraks love being able to watch video streams of product launches, dissecting them in the minutest detail. Most of the big companies now do it live, with Apple being the notable exception. Whatever their reasons, the good people at Number One Infinite Loop tend to hold back on releasing the video until a few hours after the actual event. Yesterday's iPhone 5 launch is now up and available to anyone with "Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.” Reading those words are...

  • The mouse is dead: You’ll touch, wear and speak to your computer soon

    The way we use computers has remained largely unchanged for nearly 40 years. Even with the advent of touch screens and tablets in the past 10 years, we have only experienced a slight modification of the familiar point-and-click paradigm. Efforts to improve the user interface have largely focused on making the content of what can be clicked on, or typed into, more intuitive. Although this field of user-experience design has created operating systems, websites and devices that are ever more user-friendly, they still remain stubbornly tied within this traditional relationship between human and computer. Well, hang onto your mousepads...

  • What’s new with iOS 6 on the iPhone 5? Not much really

    Apple has launched the iPhone 5. About time. With it comes a slightly larger, 4-inch display and iOS 6. At the launch Apple’s senior VP of iOS, Scott Forstall, took the stage to showcase some exciting new things coming to iOS 6. Though there was a pretty info-heavy sneak peek at iOS 6 back in June at WWDC, Forstall's demo gave more details of what fanboys and girls can expect with the latest version of the OS. There is the new Maps app: Apple is continuing to cut ties with Google Maps on the new iPhone. What's quite cool about...

  • Google: there are half a billion Android devices worldwide

    Just hours before the new iPhone launch today, Android's director of product management Hugo Barra took to his Google+ page to announce that there are now 500-million devices running Google's OS. Nice one. According to Barra, 1.3-million new Android devices are activated every day. The announcement comes just a week after Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt mentioned at the latest Motorola device launch that there were 480-million Android devices world wide. That's an extra 20-million new devices (or 2.85-million a day) in just under seven days... and it's unclear if that was an above-average week or if Schmidt's stat was...

  • Oops. Apple’s search engine confirms LTE iPhone 5, iTunes 11, new iPods

    It's (kinda) official: Apple is not pulling a "New iPad" stunt on us again. As was heavily hinted at in the press invites, the new iPhone is called the iPhone 5 and like the iPad, looks to be capable of LTE transfer speeds. The company's website has all but confirmed the name, and that it will also be launching a new iPod touch, iPod nano and an updated version of iTunes at today's event. 9 to 5 Mac hit Apple's search bar and discovered that there are already URLs for the press releases and product pages for the new...

  • Steve Jobs resurrection: iPhone 5 parody [Video]

    When Tim Cook takes to the stage to introduce the iPhone 5 later today, Apple fans around the world will be on the edge of their seats. But will there be "one more thing"? MondoMedia reckons there just might be and it could be the biggest one ever: Steve Jobs resurrected through the power of hologram. In this parody video however Jobs is capable of a little more than has rapping counterpart. Watch him explain why that little bit of extra length will make all the difference and remind Tim Cook who's really in charge. 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...

  • Android unseats BlackBerry in Indonesian stronghold

    This is big. Android has overtaken BlackBerry as the top OS in Indonesia, one of the Canadian manufacturer's biggest markets. According to the latest stats from tech research company IDC, Google's little green robot is now standard on 52% of smartphones in the country. That said, BlackBerry is still the most popular overall device in the country, but only because so many different smartphone manufacturers run Android. According to IDC Indonesia market analyst for client devices research Darwin Lie, the delayed launch of BB10 isn't helping matters either: The increase in shipments of Android-based phones in Indonesia is driven...

  • Forget the ‘likes’: the best social campaigns are smaller, engaged

    I was sitting in a strategy meeting the other day of a company that was scoping out media and platforms for its below the line spend. In the meeting, the brand manager repeatedly reinforced his wish for a greater number of "likes" on the brand's Facebook page. The CEO heard that was the "new big thing", so that was the directive. To be fair the brand guy didn't agree with it, but he also hadn't pushed back. So "get more likes" was the challenge put forward. It's not the first time I have seen nor heard this request from...

  • 9 social media do’s and don’ts to remember for your next campaign

    An important rule that you should always be aware of when you are busy with a social media campaign is that it takes quite a lot of time and effort to get good results. As with most business strategies, success doesn't happen overnight or with a simple push of a button. If it was as easy as that, everyone will have success on the social web. It really takes a lot of effort to gain credibility online and that is why you should make sure that you follow the best methods with you campaign. For some, success on the social...

  • 5 key takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Disrupt’ interview

    Mark Zuckerberg's interview at TechCrunch Disrupt was always going to be a big one. It was, after all, the first one he'd given since the massive social network went public a couple of months ago. In the interview, his hoodiedness discussed everything from HTML 5, to mobile strategy and the catastrophic drop in Facebook's share price since its IPO. 1. Betting on HTML 5 was a mistake When Facebook finally launched a native iPhone app, you could practically hear the sighs of relief from Apple users around the world. Commenting on the decision to go native, Zuckerberg said that focusing...

  • Acer Aspire V3: a desktop doozy

    cer’s V3 is a well-priced, decent-performing desktop replacement goes against the current trend towards smaller, thinner more mobile laptops. What it sacrifices in portability though, it makes up for in screen real estate, an expansive keyboard and computing power. That's a hell of a screen Construction and feel The Acer Aspire V3 is as much a laptop as a boerboel is a lap-dog, however that should come as no surprise as it’s a fully fledged desktop replacement, not an ultrabook. 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");

  • Chinese undercover reporter builds iPhone 5, describes ‘nightmare’ factory

    On the eve of the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5 launch, concerns about the conditions under which it's made have resurfaced. A Chinese reporter has gone undercover at a Foxconn factory in a bid to reveal exactly what it takes to make your beloved Apple device. The reporter, who works for the Shanghai Evening Post, spent 10 days undercover at the factory, working on the assembly line where the new iPhone is being made. The story (translated by MIC Gadget) includes revelations about the shared dormitory accommodation the workers stay in, Foxconn's worker contracts, and the assembly line conditions. The...

  • New GM for Burn Media division, incorporating Memeburn

    Memeburn has announced the creation of new division Burn Media, to be headed up by its recently-appointed General Manager Hendri Lategan. Memeburn’s relatively young sister brands, Ventureburn and Gearburn will form part of the new division. Ventureburn, the company’s latest addition, explores startup news for emerging markets, while Gearburn focuses on gadget and game reviews. Lategan was previously Memeburn’s Commercial Manager and has been part of the operation almost since its inception, playing a critical role in the site’s growth. The sites are headed up editorially by Michelle Atagana, the Managing Editor of Memeburn who was recently named one...