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All posts by Myolisi Sikupela: Staff Reporter

  • VoiceMap app: a platform for storytellers to give personalised location-aware tour guides

    The Revolution Route, one of the routes on VoiceMap, begins at the Grand Parade, right at the bottom of the statue of Edward VII, in front of the Cape Town city hall. It is here, amongst homeless men and women lying around in the hot sun, that Iain Manley and Lauren Edwards from VoiceMap and I begin to take the walk. Gael Reagan, the storyteller, is a legendary journalist and activist. She begins by telling the history of the Grand Parade, City Hall and, in part, the history of South Africa. The story is historical and this divorces it...

  • See how Nigerians use their mobile phones [Infographic]

    The guys at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria have released a second infographic on its "How I use my phone" series. The series of infographics is a CcHUB research aimed at gathering market research intelligence around mobile phone usage patterns in Nigeria. The research center on phone call activities, credit and date plan usage as well as phone brands and popular apps. The first infographic came out in 10 June 2014. It was an overview of how traders at the Sabo market, otherwise known as Ayangburen market, use their mobile devices to market themselves. Phone calls and not text, as had...

  • YouTube is opening a school and it has an easy curriculum: listen, laugh and give

    YouTube is opening a school and wants you to listen, laugh and give. The School of YouTube will open from 8 to 12 September. Though YouTube has, since its inception, been a school for many things, it is now taking advantage of its use as a learning portal and they are doing it for a good cause. Who hasn’t gone to YouTube to find a video on how to install a program or how to set up a game? Ever thought that is a form of learning. After the ice bucket challenge, it appears that ways to raise funds are...

  • On the changing nature of memory: what the brain forgets, technology will remember

    Storage card manufacturing companies continue to push boundaries with their inventions, creating massive memory card space, in doing so, allowing users to store more of everything. Earlier this year, the SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, announced the release of the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 memory card, the world’s largest capacity microSD card. The card stores 16 hours of Full HD video, 7 500 songs, 3 200 photos and more than 125 apps, all on a single removable card. Though the size of the microSD is impressive, and allows mobile phone and tablet users more storage...

  • Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users, says Tim Cook

    After the nude celebrity photographs leak Apple CEO Tim Cook, denied Apple’s part in the mess and placed the blame solely on users. Cook blatantly said, “iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimised by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords”. He also refuted all the reports that suggested that there was a glitch in iCloud’s security and insisted that Apple was but only a victim in this entire mess. The closest Tim Cook has come to admitting any wrong is in this statement: “When...

  • Twitter wants you to help it find bugs so it can’t get caught with its pants down

    Amidst a brewing storm of leaked nude photographs, Twitter is yelling into the dark, to the outer fringes of tech society, inviting all hackers to hack it. Well, the call is not restricted to hackers, just about anybody. It's casting its net wide. The bug bounty programme, introduced today by Twitter, encourages security researchers to report bugs they find on Twitter and get a reward for it. This comes on the heels of the news of a hacker who leaked more than 100 nude photographs of some of Hollywood’s most famous female stars due to a vulnerability in Apple’s security...