Future Trends, News

Elon Musk wants to bring ‘low cost internet’ satellites to the world

Elon Musk Elon Musk never ceases to surprise. Even when the tech billionaire entrepreneur is up to something surprising it's still in apt character. From building an ambitious space exploration corporation to creating sexy electric sports cars, the South African-born founder of PayPal always seems to be dabbling with some kind of super Sci-Fi initiative. It's been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Musk is gearing up to announce the launch of "around 700 satellites, each weighing less than 250 pounds," in ...

Microsoft, Mobile apps

Microsoft Word becomes top downloaded app after price changes

Office Logo After being made available for free download, App Annie reports that Microsoft Word has become the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone (although Facebook’s Messenger app has since taken over on iPhone). And other Office apps, such as Excel, are in hot pursuit. The app's ascent to the Top Downloaded App throne follows last week’s pricing changes by Microsoft. Only as recently as last week, iPad users were required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to ...

Social networking

Instagram now lets you edit captions on uploaded photos

Instagram Instagram is one of the best apps on the market but it is not without problems. One of the most annoying of its problems is that one could not edit captions on uploaded photos. Until today, that is. Instagram has announced that users can now edit photo captions. The tyrannical reign of the ruthless autocorrect has come to an end. On 10 November 2014, Instagram released iOS version 6.2 to the App Store and Android version 6.10 to the Google Play ...

Social networking

Facebook bans Like Gating; so what now?

Facebook Like Facebook recently announced that it had put the brakes on incentivised liking by banning brands from “Like Gating” their Facebook pages. According to Facebook software engineer Harshdeep Singh, the move is designed to ensure that Facebook users "like pages because they want to connect and hear from the businesses, not because of artificial incentives". For anyone who’s been paying attention to Facebook’s recent moves to try and guarantee that it remains as relevant as possible by being as useful to its users ...

Gearburn

Overwatch and the WoW film: 9 awesome things that happened at BlizzCon 2014

Blizzcon2014 A lot has happened in the gaming world over the last few days. This weekend saw thousands of night elves, orcs, ogres, paladins and the lot descend on Anaheim, California. From Warcraft, StarCraft 2 and Blizzard's new franchise to Hearthstone and freakin' Metallica, we wrapped up some of the best news BlizzCon 2014 for you below. StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void got unleashed As the case is every year at BlizzCon, a new addition to the epic StarCraft 2 Real-Time Strategy franchise ...

Ventureburn

Breaking Even: 5 business lessons to take from a crystal meth startup

Walter-White If you haven't heard of it yet (where have you been?), AMC's popular Breaking Bad TV series stars an over qualified science teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at 50. As a result of his diagnosis he decides to produce crystal meth (crystallized methamphetamine) with an old student, Jesse Pinkman. Illegally of course, he does this to provide financial security for his family before he dies. Breaking Bad's main characters Walter and Jesse’s business was selling the meth ...

Motorburn

Who will be Formula 1 Champion come Abu Dhabi? 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

Brazil-GP-2014-Formula-1 There are just too many motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. It's been a weird weekend. With most of the Northern hemisphere's Championships coming to an end, there aren't too many series to speak of, except of course, the small matters of the Formula 1 World Championship and the NASCAR Sprint ...

Security

Longline: phishing’s most dangerous evolution to date

boat-484470_1280 The past few years have seen a tremendous rise in the use of email as an attack vector for enterprises and larger entities. These attacks have also evolved in sophistication, from the first examples of malicious links or attachments being included in emails, to the use of phishing, in which cyber criminals try to trick the recipient into clicking a link that leads to a Web site so similar in appearance to the genuine article, that it would defy all ...

Africa, Google, News

Google will give $2 for every $1 you donate in fight against Ebola

Google Ebola donations Google has just announced a "public giving" initiative that hopes to raise US$7.5-million in donations in order to support the many international non-profits currently tackling the deadly Ebola disease. Donations will go towards Network for Good -- a secure and accredited online fundraising initiative. You can either use Google Wallet or your credit card to transfer money. Google will take care of the processing fees. Following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's lead, Google and co-founder Larry Page's family foundation is also giving a total ...

News, Social media

Facebook Messenger now has 500 million monthly users

Facebook messenger Facebook faced a lot of flak after it forced users to download Messenger a few months ago. Not only were people annoyed by the fact they now have to use a standalone app to chat to their friends, they were also freaked out by the perceived infringement on their privacy. This, however, doesn't seem to phase the bulk of the social networking giant's users anymore. At least not its half a billion monthly active users. Facebook announced yesterday that 500 ...

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