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  • Wikipedia wants photos of your country’s monuments

    What better way to get all of the world's monuments in one library than run a contest. Wikipedia has launched a global version of "Wiki Loves Monuments" an initiative that crowdsources cultural heritage monuments through a photo contest. The project started two years ago in the Netherlands and a European project was run in 2011 this year the user curated encyclopedia has decided to go international. The project will run throughout September and anyone can take part: Everybody can participate and improve Wikipedia in their local and regional neigbourhood. Cultural heritage is everywhere around you, you just need to...

  • Is there a way to guarantee that your video will go viral on YouTube?

    Virality. It’s the new holy grail, the mecca of marketing. Everyone wants it but nobody knows how to get it. It just happens: it’s a matter of luck. Or is it? With YouTube becoming such an overwhelming force for marketing, with 800-million unique users every month, it’s no surprise that whole schools of thought are developing around how to tap into this market. Marketing professor Brent Coker claims he has found an algorithm that explains why some things go viral and others don’t. He has called it the Branded Viral Movie Predictor. This includes 4 key elements: if they...

  • 8 music streaming services to kill your Spotify FOMO

    Online music is the future and all your friends in Spotify-enabled countries keep shouting about how they can't survive without it. Suffice to say, you've gone and developed a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Well, put that FOMO aside because we understand your pain and we have gone and found you Spotify alternatives. Some of these are more like internet radio stations, but provide great listening -- and more importantly -- most of them are available irrespective of location. You can also stream music on YouTube because let's face it, that is the world's biggest music...

  • Leap — more than a gimmick

    We all use a mouse and keyboard in our daily (computing) lives. No matter what kind of application we are accessing the mouse and keyboard are the driving force behind how we interact with our computers. Despite this all important how, it is the what that computer technology and innovation gets focused on time and again. Upping processor power, increasing hard drive sizes or updating software versions take precedent over the ways that we actually interface with our computers. After all the mouse and keyboard are as old as they are reliable and accurate. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Yes, the still images in Nokia’s Lumia 920 promo are also fake

    Oh wow... this Nokia Lumia 920 faked promo saga is just getting worse. First the Finnish company admitted that the footage used in the video to demonstrate the much-hyped PureView camera in its latest flagship phone was actually recorded using professional equipment and, um, not a Lumia. Now it seems the still images were also shot using a DSLR. The video, which was originally published without a disclaimer to state that the recordings and snapshots were actually simulated, includes scenes of an actress posing at night in Helsinki. Now an image of the photoshoot (captured by a passerby) has...

  • China’s Alibaba wants to be bigger than Android

    You can't really accuse China's tech and online giants of being short on ambition. Not when a company like Alibaba, already likely to pass Amazon and eBay in sales this year, says it wants to beat Android in China. At the company's annual Alifest conference over the weekend it revealed that transactions on its recently reorganised ecommerce platforms are set to triple this year, hitting the 3 trillion RMB ($473 billion), which will more than likely see it pass its chief Western rivals Amazon and eBay. “From annual reports we did a rough calculation and...

  • Syrian gov’t supporters hack Al-Jazeera

    News agency Al-Jazeera has been hacked for the second time in less than a week. The attack has seen the agency sending out false headlines and updates from its mobile alerts service. According to HackRead, it is the work of the Syrian Electronic Army -- a group formed in support of the current Syrian regime. Its mission, apparently, is "to amplify the voices of the Syrian right." The hacker collective posted news of the attack to its Facebook page and its official site. Among the updates sent out was one claiming that there had been an attempted assassination...

  • How a hacker used Kinect to help his disabled mom send emails

    If we had a series called "Awesome stuff people can do with a Xbox Kinect", this would be the latest instalment. Also, this guy should win some award for being a good son. Chad Ruble's mother has suffered from aphasia, a disorder which impairs the ability to process language, since she had a stroke 12 years ago, making it virtually impossible for her to communicate with friends and family using a traditional keyboard. So her son developed a system which lets her send simple email messages, using Microsoft's Kinect. 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 Glass goes haute couture at New York Fashion Week

    Any dedicated fashionistas who thought they would rather die than be caught wearing Google Glass may just be changing their attitude. This after Google's innovative project made an appearance at New York Fashion Week. Late yesterday, models at the world-famous fashion extravaganza appeared on the runway during Diane von Furstenberg's (DVF) Spring/Summer 2013 collection appeared wearing the Google augmented reality product. According to Mashable, the bands of each Google Glass headset were modified to reflect the patterns and colours of individual pieces in the collection. At least some of the models had the devices turned on. Members of the DVF support...

  • Win R3k for inventing a conference slogan

    If your head's bursting with witty one-liners, then this one's for you. You could win R 3 000 just for coming up with a slogan for a conference. The upcoming Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Conference is offering R3 000 for anyone who comes up with a slogan for the next iteration of the conference. The winner will also get a ticket to attend both the Cape Town and Johannesburg iterations of the conferences in 2013. Jaco van Zyl, Head of Conferencing at Living Your Brand (the company behind the event), said, "We are looking for a slogan that can encapsulate...

  • How do you solve a problem like a social influencer?

    “How are we going to tell people about us?” “An influencer.” “Brilliant!” And everybody around the boardroom table taps the social media yeoman on the back, his mate/client slaps his smart derriere. As he exits the room, he tweets to let his following know that he just had a Mad Men moment and that in two to four weeks, he will be celebrated for creating online conversation. When did humanity reverse so quickly as to develop a world where creating conversation became a skill-set necessary to work? I get very excited when a client talks to me about...

  • Why StumbleUpon is the real king of social

    Yes, you heard right -- pound for pound, StumbleUpon drives more than 50% of social media traffic in the US! In August alone, StumbleUpon topped the social media charts for the most traffic referrals by a large margin – to be exact, these are the market share percentages: StumbleUpon: 50.34% Facebook: 37.4% Reddit: 4.26% Twitter: 3.23% YouTube: 3.19% What’s more, after 24 hours a popular shared link will typically get More Retweets on Twitter: 0% More Likes on Facebook: 5% More Stumbles: 83% And the half-life of a link (i.e. the point in time when a...

  • Attention tech gurus: change a budding entrepreneur’s life with Business Bridge

    There are fervent entrepreneurs out there, hungry for your entrepreneurial knowledge. Business Bridge, a not-for-profit organisation, is attempting to start a movement which enables experienced business people, entrepreneurs and business school alumni, the opportunity to share their knowledge on aspects related to starting and running a business, with entrepreneurs in historically disadvantaged communities. Founded by Professor Michael Hay at London Business School, Business Bridge developed a scalable model for delivering high quality, low cost business education to thousands of people for whom access is otherwise denied due to cost or lack of local provision.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");

  • Social media and smartphones in South Africa: by the numbers [Infographic]

    Sometimes, it feels like all the tech-related statistics we see are about developed markets. We know quite a lot about them: from the most popular smartphone in the US (it was the Samsung Galaxy S III last month, by the way) to the fact that Kindle ebooks outsold printed ones on Amazon UK. But what is happening in the social media and smartphone space in emerging markets like South Africa? Well, the country's digital landscape isn't always in line with international trends: for example, Research in Motion's BlackBerry currently holds around 5.2% of the global smartphone market...

  • India’s gov’t taking legal action against offensive social media content

    India's government is not pulling any punches when it comes to its mission to keep things "clean" on social media platforms. According to a report by The Next Web, the country's officials have started sending legal notices to Twitter users who they reckon have stirred ethnic tensions by posting inflammatory and controversial content. The Indian government has had its eye on a number of social media platforms following the widespread panic and mass evacuation in Northern India, which it believes these sites are responsible for. The basis for this was around inflammatory mass text messages which spread rumours and innuendo...