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Ryan Gordon
Ryan sees things in binary, which is a handy super power for any coder, even better if you can apply it to your world view. With a BCOM (Hon) Information Systems from UCT freshly behind him, Ryan joined the Creative Spark team as a Web Developer where he is encouraged to share his unique take on our digi firma. While he may be new to the industry, he has the kind of vision and enthusiasm that promise a fascinating future.
  • Cannes Silver Lion winner invites you to experience autism first hand

    At the age of two, Toronto born Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with autism. She is unable to speak and has few fine motor skills and was therefore written off by therapists as mentally handicapped. Nine years later, during her adolescent years while her parents debated possibly institutionalising her, they discovered through her use of a laptop that not only was she highly cognizant, but she was a rambunctious and insightful teenage girl living in a world that no-one without autism could possibly comprehend. Autism is a commonly misunderstood condition by the general public and often treated with apprehension. Yet...

  • Mocali-gate: Where is the broken link in Google?

    The recent Mocality debacle has brought to light a few concerning issues surrounding Google’s business practices in Africa and the supposed ethical transparency by which it stands. The internet giant's "do no evil" motto implies a moral standpoint to which the entire company should adhere. Yet with recent scandals surrounding the Chrome team and Google Kenya, one gets the impression that Google is getting too big to oversee and control all of its employees. I'd like to start off with a few disclaimers. I am not condoning this sort of behaviour, nor am I condemning it. Google in Africa...

  • Arkham City’s Paul Crocker spills the beans on Batman

    Paul Crocker, lead narrative designer for Batman: Arkham City, sat down with Gearburn.com to discuss the deep, dark storyline of the latest smash release in the franchise and the challenges of bringing a driven but tormented superhero into the game environment. UPDATE Tweet:, "Brand new DLC coming December 20th with all new Batcave. Joker's carnival and the iceberg lounge also available to download then!" Ryan Gordon: As the story arc is different from...

  • Is HTML 5 the olive branch for the Open Web?

    The web is in a state of transition where the experience and more so, the language of the web is receiving a makeover. This update, however, does not just improve the functionality, but promotes everybody to speak the same language. The open web, or a standardised architecture, is very promising and this doesn't necessarily need to happen in one extreme and daunting overhaul. That's according to Robert Nyman, Technical Evangelist for Mozilla. The experience of the Web is evolving along with our expectations and the capabilities of the current level of technology. So as our computers and phones become faster...

  • Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

    This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community.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");

  • How a flexible and scalable website is key to prolonged success [WordCamp]

    The combination of scalability and flexibility is becoming more and more prevalent, encouraging a single web presence that is not only ubiquitous but adaptable to almost any platform available. This and similar notions were common in most speaker presentations at this year's WordCamp held in Cape Town, South Africa. A resounding concept brought to light by Jason Bagley, was introduced to the crowd in the form of some insightful rendering of CSS to provide websites with a flexible architecture. The responsive design methodology, he mentioned, takes into account relative values for html elements as opposed to the current fixed...

  • The Samsung SMART TV — Let’s talk tech

    My previous connotations towards the aptly dubbed “idiot box” were ones of apathy. The reason this stigma has been around for decades, stems around our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a...

  • Samsung SMART TV D8000: How awesome is this TV?

    I always enjoy paying tribute to the most influential piece of technology in my life, the TV. It's always been there for me, the TV. The fuzzy, nostalgic feeling when I think back to my childhood, the memories of grainy images and needing to adjust the bunny ears just so. It is with a little sadness that I say that those days are long gone -- obliterated by a new era of...

  • Ford: Blurring the lines between mechanical and digital

    Motor vehicles are not exempt from innovation and Ford is leading the way in technological advancements by integrating SYNC, the new voice recognition and command system, with the existing MyFord Touch Dashboard interface. As the lines between the mechanical and digital blur, Ford are not just seen as motor manufacturer but rather heading in the direction of becoming a technological innovator. At IFA’s Global Press Conference in Alicante, Spain, Ford showcased a new dashboard console entering the market called the Ford SYNC set to be released in Europe in 2012. The mission Ford’s ambition is to leverage its global manufacturing and technological capabilities...

  • The IFA global press conference 2011

    The IFA Global Press Conference takes place this weekend in Alicante, Spain. The conference is a showcase of some of the top electronic brands from around the world and the forthcoming innovations they intend to launch. Set in tranquil surroundings, brand leaders have been brought under one roof to present flagship technology to the press -- which includes delegates from all around the world. The event began with introductions by IFA’s Executive Director, Jens Heithecker outlining IFA's goal to be the leaders in technology and innovation. The manner in which IFA is going about this is by providing a...

  • Memeburn’s outstanding memes of 2010

    Culture defines an era and the internet is our time’s Rosetta Blog. While the cultural touchstones might be ephemeral and fleeting, we have to realise and appreciate the journey that brought us here. An insignificant event or idea can gradually evolve into a complicated and awesome product that needs to be recognised. We need to embrace the year for what it has given us and Memeburn is proud to bring you (in no particular order) the Best Memes of 2010. Still not sure what a meme is? It's an idea or belief, or pattern of behaviour that spreads...

  • The hitch-hiker’s guide to the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S [Review]

    The universe is a vast and ever-expanding entity of incomprehensible size. As one attempts to make sense of it, certain shapes take form that reveal it for what it truly is -- one giant confusion scattered with billions of galaxies. In many ways it resembles the smartphone universe, where the options of shapes, sizes and functionality are close to infinite. Yet somehow, in the ever expanding smartphone galaxies, there is one that shines brighter than the rest: The Samsung Galaxy i9000 S. The Galaxy, at the time of its release, was the flagship Android in Samsung’s range. This...

  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Xbox Review]

    I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic sci-fi action, so when a post-post-apocalyptic storyline comes along, I tend to geek out hard and immerse myself in the ensuing tale. With a truly unique storyline, awesome boss-men, kickass wardrobe and incredibly rich character development, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an honest to Kratos, O.G. (original game). Storyline: You begin the saga in a cryogenic holding pod, suggesting that your avatar is a prisoner or slave of sorts. After a malfunction of unknown origins, the futuristic prison/slave transport ship holding the convict begins to crash and the resulting mayhem sees the character breaking free...

  • World of Warcraft’s Cataclysm trailer marauds YouTube

    Game developers Blizzard have announced the release of Cataclysm, an expansion pack to the wildly popular game, World of Warcraft (WOW). The anticipated release was showcased with a rich and enticing cinematic trailer during a NFL game in the USA -- a clear signal of how seriously Blizzard is taking the marketing campaign behind the expansion. The clip was additionally posted on YouTube where it has gone viral, accumulating over four million views within the first four days of its release, and proving that its adoring fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the expansion. The storyline of the trailer...

  • Review: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini

    Style is a rare commodity in the cell phone world and is usually first to go in the quest to deliver a decent phone. Yet somehow, Sony Ericsson has matched power and class in perfect proportions to consistently produce some of the most eye-catching phones available. The XPERIA X10 mini is a perfect example of this harmonious relationship. The first and most noticeable aspect of the X10 mini is that it is, in fact, hard to notice. Not due to a lack of style, but rather because of its remarkably small size. The first glance comment from all onlookers is,...