- Posted August 30, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Ashton’s an engineer and your friends are giraffes: #StuffToKnow this week
- Apple freebies, #Music killed and Capt America back: #StuffToKnow this week
- BlackBerry sold, Google’s birthday and Youtube kills trolls: #StuffToKnow this week
- Embarrassing iPhones, Twitter’s IPO and Miley again: #StuffToKnow this week
- Microsoft’s Nokia, Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Yahoo! looking meh: #StuffToKnow on the Web this week
Samsung’s Gear, NYTimes hacked and Miley’s Tweaking: #StuffToKnow on the Web this week
Not a massive week on the web this time, most of the attention went to the gyrations of a pop singer and the Syrian crisis. Though some interesting things came up like we know for sure that the competition for the iWatch will launched next week and Facebook made most 3rd party apps for Pages redundant. Oh yeah and that tiny news site called the New York Times was hacked by terrorists, but in good news Zuckerberg countered the evil by planning to give the internet to literally everyone on the planet.
It’s finally here! The dawn of smart wearable tech. Yeah, yeah I know there is the Fuelband, Jawbone and other wearable technology but no real power house brand and advanced multi featured tech yet, now we are playing with the big boys. This will be the new age with Google Glass and Apples iWatch, can’t wait, should be good.
Well, they had to do something. Microsoft has given way to the likes of Google and Apple the last few years, never really “getting” the mobile or online scene, seriously I remember the crowd laughing the loudest in the whole movie when (the Amazing) Spider Man, a famously geeky persona, launched Bing to search something. Hands down the most unrealistic part of the movie… nobody uses Bing on purpose.
Facebook released a new promotions policy on Tuesday, updating guidelines for businesses pages that run competitions and the like via the social network. The new update is designed to help businesses create and manage promotions without the need for third party applications. Thought it should be mentioned that as before you cannot put promotions on personal Timelines.
This was no easy hack for the “Lulz”, this was complex, and not by Anonymous. This time it was by the hacking group the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), and it’s been on a roll. SEA is an independent group that is supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. After it took the New York Times’ website down, it aimed it’s crosshairs for Twitter. This is how.
Zuckerberg the founder of facebook has a new project. The Internet.org, a non-profit whose mission is to bring Internet access to everyone on the planet. It’s not a small timer, they have partners likes of Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm as part of the team. That being said, the goal is an ambitious one; but Zuckerberg has a vision for what he wants and I truly hope him and his team the best of luck in achieving it.
Zuckerberg sees it having a bunch of features: "messages, Wikipedia, search engines, social networks, weather access and commodities prices," that should be available to everyone, similar to the dial tone, remember those. This list is merely the beginning, he says.
A few interesting graphs showing the breakdown of how we SAffers use the internet. In not exactly a big surprise, it shows that over 60% of South Africa’s Internet users live in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
On Sunday night Miley Cyrus, you may know her as Disney’s "Hannah Montana," put on a performance at MTV's Video Music Awards, and wow lets just say Disney will not be airing it. The show she put on seemed specifically designed to elicit controversy and, by Monday morning, sure enough the controversy had arrived. The web and Social media went nuts!
For those who missed it, and I doubt many of you didn’t hear about it by now, she put on a performance that ranged from simply weird to blatantly offensive, with plenty of twerking (this is a real word now) and rude gestures with a foam hand more at home at drunken frat party than gat a international stage.
Relax it’s safe for work, but I you will be staring at your screen with lust in your eyes.