Digital technology is now at the centre of many important world events, impacting everything from politics to economics to culture. TECH 24 hosts Anelise Borges and Marc Edwards break it all down and explore the week’s key trends and technology news. Mondays at 4.45 pm.
New mobile payment systems are transforming how millions around the world manage their money. Using cell phones and other portable devices, billions of dollars in transactions are now being processed outside of the traditional banking system. It opens new possibilities for millions who have been shut out of the financial system until now.
Over the past 60 years Rupert Murdoch has built one of the world's largest media empires. While News Corporation has become a dominant force in TV and newspapers, success on the Web has so far eluded Murdoch. His companies have lost billions in online ventures from My Space to the iPad app 'The Daily.' Now, under fire, can Murdoch ever realize digital success?
Google's new social network Google+ is a big step forward for the search giant after years of missteps and misjudgments in the social media market. Now, with Google+, Google is making its boldest effort yet to slow Facebook's runaway market share. Loaded with features like 'Hangouts' and 'Circles,' Google+ offers web users a distinctive alternative to other social networking sites.
Barack Obama is turning to social media to boost his re-election campaign. The US president recently held a news conference on Twitter and earlier convened a 'town hall' on Facebook. Obama's engagement with social media offers more evidence of the medium's growing political importance.
Tom MacMaster (pictured) is NOT a Syrian lesbian! For years, though, he misrepresented himself on his blog as a "A Gay Girl in Damascus." His hoax prompted worldwide attention and a re-evaluation of what identity means on the Internet. What can be done to verify that all those Tweets, blogs and Facebook pages out there are actually authentic?