30 March 2009

Cape Town goes Greek for CSR

In 2007 the Tamar offices in London and Cape Town collectively raised over R300 000 to build a Grade R classroom block at Vuyani Primary School in Guguletu, which meant building two classrooms and six toilets to accommodate 60 pupils, and a new playground. Last year the Cape Town office returned to pave 110 square metres around the classroom, previously …

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27 March 2009

Adopt-a-blog #35 – Crooks and Liars

Crooksandliars, according to the banners on it, was 2009 Winner of Time.com's best blog award and less recently the Weblog Award winner in 2005. This is a true veteran blog, first launched in 2004 and one of the first political blogs to use video. If you are into American politics and current affairs then this is a great read, especially …

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26 March 2009

Adopt-a-blog #34 – Mashable

I’ve spent over 10 years working in the technology world and therefore reckon I must have shared an enormous amount of time with people partial to a bit of blogging every now and then. However, before arriving at Tamar, I don’t once recall a conversation where someone has either made reference to their penchant for blogging or wowed me with …

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26 March 2009

The Web’s fourth most dangerous word?

Sentry Parental Controls, a net nanny service provider, recently released a list of words that parents are blocking their children (under 16) from searching on the internet. The concept is quite sound: As it is easy to bypass a lot of firewalls, and the availability and abundance of content that is not picked up by filters, a lot of net-censorship …

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26 March 2009

Twitter in Primary School!

Twitter is to be taught in primary schools in Britain as part of an effort to make online communication and social media part of the UK’s education system. Other additions to the education system include classes for blogging, podcasting and Wikipedia. Children will also learn keyboard skills and how to use spellchecker. The plans have been drawn up by Sir …

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26 March 2009

Tamar @ Econsultancy Digital Cream

A week or so ago I attended the Econsultancy 'Digital Cream' event here in London, where we were sponsoring the Social Media table. It was a great event, which you can find out more about on their website here – a bit bizarrely, for me at least, the event was held under 'Chatham House Rules' – something I'd never come …

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25 March 2009

Google insights for Search

By definition, Google insights, provides insights into the search terms users have been entering into the Google search engine. “Unlike Google Trends, Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a map.” First introduced in 2008 Google insights has finally upgraded. Aside from web searches you can now use this tool to analyse desired search behaviour …

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25 March 2009

Facebook responds to redesign feedback

Facebook recently had a redesign to it's homepage which resulted in quite a few unhappy users. Yesterday Facebook decided to respond with a lengthy blog post which explains how they make product decisions. In the post they also let users know about upcoming changes that will be made; like live updating, photo tags, tools to control applications, seeing more highlights …

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24 March 2009

Hot off Microsoft, Internet Explorer 8, is not so hot

IE8, the latest Microsoft internet browser, hit the download sites recently.  According to Information Week, the initial feedback from the public has been bad. With complaints ranging from slow boot times, buggy search functionality and a ridiculous computer physical disk space requirement along the line of 4Gb, there’s little surprise that early users have voted negatively by rolling back to …

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24 March 2009

Google Street View: I have a black box over my eyes.

After quite a bit of back and forth with the government and protesters, Google Street View has finally launched its British counterpart: And how much fun has it been roving around your old haunts and places you spent time growing up? Although very impressive in its detail and the awesome tech behind its recognition software, it has managed to stir …

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