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  • Is proprietary software a necessary evil?

    Richard Stallman is, in essence, one of the most influential founders of Linux. In 1983, he developed the GNU operating system, now commonly referred to as Linux. This development spawned numerous free operating systems, such as Mark Shuttleworth's uBuntu, but has never quite matched the general popularity of Microsoft's Windows or Apple's Mac OS operating systems. Stallman is far from impressed with how software is handled in this day and age. In a piece written on The Guardian, Stallman slams modern day operating systems, companies and software in general. He mentions Digital Rights Management (DRM), software backdoors and End User License...

  • Uber reveals plans for awesome new HQ in San Fransisco

    Apple and Facebook are not the only two conglomerates boasting massive plans for their headquarters. Popular cab-hailing company Uber is building itself a new house in its original home of San Fransisco, 420 000 square feet of home sweet home. A healthy US$1.5-2-billion injection-goal is what Uber is planning for their next round of funding, eyeing a US$50-billion evaluation. It looks like the sky is the limit for their new Uber-Cave. The cab-sharing service is looking at moving onto 1515 Third Street and 1455 Third Street, two buildings right opposite each other and connecting three bridges. Yes, three. The building at number...

  • Spotify introduces adaptable songs for runners, videos and audio clips

    Spotify has introduced its coolest feature yet. From now on, runners can listen to music that adapts to the speed of their running. Spotify Running, according to the company, allows runners never to miss a beat. This feature is one of the many that Spotify introduced yesterday. “We want Spotify to help soundtrack your life by offering an even wider world of entertainment with an awesome mix of the best music, podcasts and video delivered to you throughout your day” the company said. To make up the product, Spotify, says that it teamed up DJs and composers to create music...

  • Crossing the rift: why we can expect big things from South Africa’s growing VR industry

    On Wednesday evening, CiTi held an event at the Bandwidth Barn detailing Virtual Reality (VR) in South Africa, its plans, as well as general information on both local and international markets. VR has been around since the 1980s and in recent years has made a resurgence, thanks to Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift. While some may still view (no pun intended) VR as something akin to cheesy science fiction, it has evolved well beyond its initial low-tech B-movie stigma and that of Nintendo’s horrendous Virtual Boy. CEO of CiTi, Ian Merrington, had this to say in his welcome speech: Tech and innovation are...

  • Web developing wizards – startup industry gold

    In a world where our last true currency is ideas; we find ourselves surrounded by opportunity to build and grow. Global connectivity and instantaneous communication has created a world where the mad reside among us and the thinkers rethink the box altogether. Yes, the world of online development from websites to apps and all the search engines in between is upon us and creativity has never looked so free. It doesn’t matter how it came to you, be it in a dream on a cold and stormy night or in a chat over coffee with an old friend, an...

  • Security is no longer just an IT concern, but is behaviour changing?

    If -- and it’s a big if -- there is a positive to the spate of information security headlines, then it could well be that more people will take an interest in the protection of their data and devices. There seems to have been a never-ending supply of headlines to worry people over the last few years. One of the most prominent ones has been the spate of stories related to the Edward Snowden leaks, covering the methods used by intelligence-gathering bodies to collect data from members of the public, businesses and other government bodies. Most recently it was...

  • Global smartphone shipments reach 291.2m units in Q1 2015

    The global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2015 reached 291.2-million units, a drop of 9.2% compared with the prior quarter, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Samsung is dominating the smartphone market with a market share of 27.8 % in the first quarter of 2015, improving from 24.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple came in at number two on the list with a market share of 19.9%, its share declining from 23.2% from the fourth quarter. The success of Samsung is owed mostly to its flagship, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge proving to...

  • City Soirée is SA’s crowdfunding site for live music, creatives

    It's a Tuesday night at the The South African Slave Church in Long Street, Cape Town where about 200 people gather to support trendy local artists Toya Delazy, Fever Trails and Nakhane Touré. The get-together is one of many driven by City Soireé, an initiative that's been crowdfunding live music acts for the last three years across the country. The concept of crowdfunding has stretched people's imaginations -- resulting in the funding of anything from freakishly popular potato salads to smart watches. It's enabling creatives, entrepreneurs and social causes to find alternative channels to not only raise capital and exposure, but get...

  • Worried about being cheated on? The mCouple app could put your mind at ease

    Are you scared you're being cheated on? Then this new app might be just what you need. While most people rely on old-fashioned private investigators or sneakily looking at their spouse's phone to determine infidelity, mCouple reckons it's got a much more tech-savvy solution, which allows you to keep track of everything your partner does. The company's built an app designed to keep track of everything your partner does, from text messages to Facebook inbox texts and call history with exact time history on everything that was done on that day. It can also show you the GPS co-ordinates of...

  • Momofuku founder David Chang talks robots and restaurants at SXSW

    In what feels like the far-off southeastern corner of Manhattan, stands a small restaurant attracting foodies from across the world. They serve tiny buns that wrap around a certain deliciousness, the type this journalist doesn’t have the proper vocabulary to describe. It’s called Momofuku and has since it opened in 2004, made its owner David Chang one of the most celebrated chefs in the US. When restaurants saw their most valuable assets reduced to Instagram fodder, David made many enemies by outlawing social media use at his restaurants. Instead of spending time on social media, David seemed to say, he...

  • 5 reasons why Africa is fertile ground for blazing ecommerce growth

    Do not be surprised if you come across news that says ecommerce is dramatically spreading its wings in Africa. There is no doubt digital commerce is heading Africa’s way. According to a report, by the Hamburg-based business intelligence organisation yStats.com, ecommerce has tremendous growth potential in Africa. Though a late entrant, Africa is seen by industry giants as one of fastest growing ecommerce markets in the world. So what is it that's made the African landscape ripe for ecommerce growth? Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part two: today is the day I die

    If you thought survival games were boring, think again. Wiehahn navigates the treacherous island world of Stranded Deep with the finesse of Daniel Defoe. This is the final article in a two-part series. Read more: ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive A few days ago I was sitting comfortably at home, hypnotized by the television that was filling my mind with exploding cars and the latest celebrity scandals. It was not much of a life but I was safe and well-fed. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • From taxis to airplanes, Eduze wants to democratise digital content

    Most South Africans can't make the most of what the digital world has to offer. Even though there's a smartphone penetration of 47%, many citizens still can't access or afford high-speed, expensive mobile internet, and the content it offers. Watching music videos, movies or online lectures, for instance, is a no-go. This is where Eduze steps in -- with a mission to democratise digital content across the continent. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Watch the iPad magician’s mind-bending tricks on Ellen DeGeneres [video]

    German magician and TV presenter Simon Pierro is at it again. This time he's flaunting his niche iPad magic tricks on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. And as always, he's leaving as baffled in the arts of millennial magic tricks. For example how do you explain Pierro swiping a selfie out of an iPad into a physical photo frame? Pierro is famous for his iPad tricks and has numerous won awards for his performance shows. While he stays away from doing hat tricks and pulling doves out of his pockets, but this latest instalment performed on Ellen DeGeneres is...

  • District 9’s Neill Blomkamp will direct the next sci-fi horror Alien film

    South African / Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp -- the director behind sci-fi jaw-droppers District 9, Elysium and soon-to-be-released Chappie -- announced that he'll direct the next instalment of 1979 horror movie masterpiece Alien: Xenomorphs, facehuggers and all. Fans of the sci-fi cult classic are overjoyed by the news, especially after original Alien director Ridley Scott's follow-on Prometheus, which was considered a flop by many. Similarly, the more recent survival horror video game, Alien Isolation, was criticised by among others IGN, calling it "frustrating", "repetitive" and plain "boring". Read more: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ is star-studded, should have massive geek appeal Blomkamp's news was announced via a not-so-subtle Instagram post that simply...