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  • Thanks to the Moto X, we’re in the middle of a budget device revolution

    When Motorola launched the original Moto X in 2013 the mobile world changed forever. It was compact, running the latest version of Android and added a number of extremely useful features to the OS without any of the much-dreaded bloat. Sure, the camera wasn’t great, neither was the battery life, or its eventual upgrade path, but it’s safe to say that the Moto X changed the mobile landscape. It’s also important to note that while all this innovation was happening, Google still owned Motorola. When the Moto X launched it brought a premium experience to a budget driven customer,...

  • Netflix arrives in SA: should you make the switch from the US version?

    On Wednesday evening South African internet users were greeted with news that they, along with people around 130 other countries, would be able to access Netflix for the first time. That's neat. Except it's not entirely true. A fair number of South Africans have been accessing the VoD service for some time now, using a semi-legal system of VPNs and IP masking services. You'd think that these users would be happy to switch to the local version, if only because they'd no longer have to bother with all those add-ons, but it's actually not that simple. Here are the...

  • 6 travel apps that will save you a fortune

    Travel is awesome, but it can also be fantastically expensive. Traveling to the location, booking a room for an indefinite period of time and spending while you are there are all quite serious expenses and should always be treated as such. Truth be told, financial reasons are probably the only ones that prevent us from traveling all the time, so the only sensible things to do would be find some ways to travel smarter and waste less money while at it. This is where some of these incredible apps can help. Kayak The first, and probably the greatest expenses one encounters...

  • Pinterest just hired its first-ever Head of Diversity

    Pinterest has hired its first ever Head of Diversity, Candice Morgan. The appointment, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is symbolic, as diversity has long plagued the technology industry. Companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, Intel, Twitter have released diversity reports that have all pointed towards an industry that has a long way to go when it comes to transformation. The appointment falls in line with Pinterest's 2016 goals: the company announced on 30 July 2015 that it would increase its hiring rates for full time engineering roles to 30% female, full time engineers to eight percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds...

  • Netflix officially live in SA at $7.99 a month

    South African internet users can now access Netflix without having to resort to the semi-legal methods they've used to date. The world's biggest video-on-demand service officially became available to South Africans on Wednesday, with prices starting at US$7.99 (+/-R126) a month. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), currently underway in Las Vegas. "Today, I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix in Azerbaijan, in Vietnam, in India, in Nigeria, in Poland, in Russia, in Saudi Arabia, in Singapore, in South Korea, in...

  • Apple users spent $1.1bn on apps over holiday season

    There really is no stopping Apple. The Cupertino-based technology giant on Wednesday announced that its customers had spent US$1.1-billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. It also recorded the biggest day in App Store history on 1 January when customers spent over US$144 million, breaking the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day. "The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, spending over...

  • Twitter explores 10k character limit

    Ever wanted to write a novel on Twitter, but hate the thought of breaking it up into 140-character sized chunks? Well then you might be pleased to learn that Twitter is considering a 10 000 character limits on tweets. If true, the new character limit would represent the latest in a series of changes made to the social network as it looks to prop up its struggling share price. If pushed through, it would mean that tweets would have the same character limit as Direct Messages, which underwent their own expansion in August last year. According to US-based tech...

  • Android Lollipop adoption hits 32.6 %, Marshmallow at dismal 0.7 %

    Google has revealed its Android numbers for the period ending 4 January 2016. The data, collected from the Google Play Store app includes adoption figures for Android's latest operating system, Marshmallow, and previous versions. Android Lollipop adoption is now present on 32.6 % Android devices, up from 29.5 % in December. Android Marshmallow on the other hand is performing dismally. The latest Android OS is present in only 0.7 % of Android devices, from 0.5 % last month. Even with its impressive features, users have not taken to Marshmallow in a big way. It is worth noting that...

  • Civil War comic review: a rushed battle for identities

    Disney and Marvel's next movie superhero movie, Captain America 3, will feature the silver screen adaptation of Civil War, an event created to reshape the Marvel universe. I decided to finally read the seven issue storyline created by Mark Miller in preparation for the movie. Public pressure is mounting on the US government to take action against masked superheroes, or vigilantes. Events such as Secret War and M-Day (House of M) only help to compound the situation. The tipping point comes in the form of a reality TV show featuring amateur superheroes who accidentally annihilate an entire neighbourhood. The US government proposes...

  • 6 of the geekiest compact cars we can look forward to in 2016

    So, 2016 is here. The fireworks have fizzled out. The parties have died down. And countless New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. However, if your resolution involved buying a compact, technology-filled car, you’re in luck. This year, the choice is even broader, thanks to the impending arrival of a number of new players. So, we’ve created a list of six upcoming small vehicles (nothing bigger than a C-segment hatchback) scheduled to hit the new car scene at some stage in 2016. And there’s something for pretty much every brand of automotive geek. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Enabling every light bulb to transmit data: get ready for Li-Fi

    In the near future, you can expect to sit or stand under a light bulb and use wireless internet through the light of that bulb only. The revolutionary technology that has become the talk of the internet town these days is known as Li-Fi which enables data transmission through visible light communication. Li-Fi (light fidelity) is a high speed wireless communication technology similar to that of Wi-Fi that was coined by Professor Harald Haas as a replacement of data transmission technologies. Haas first experimented the successful transmission of data through a single LED back in 2011 at the University...

  • Primecart’s bold attempt to dominate ecommerce in Nigeria through Shoprite

    During the festive period, public holidays, and those notable days that are not recognised in Nigeria's calendar, people often troop en masse to quite a number of places, with one of these being Shoprite. But not every Nigerian waits until the holidays to visit Shoprite – as a matter of fact, a sizeable proportion of the corporate demographic in Nigeria relies on Shoprite for their daily living. "I spend more than 60% of my monthly earnings on Shoprite," said Dayo, an Abuja-based Nigerian high-earning medical professional. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Where are the Japanese Tactical RPGs we grew up with?

    There was a time when the majestic Tactical Role-Playing Game (TRPG) roamed the landscape and were abundant in numbers. Battle were fought and positions were held, even if it meant your forces falling in desperate battles. That time was the 90s and while some may try to forget the decade of grunge bands, soul patches, and phrases like "da bomb," we remember it fondly for its games. These games haven't vanished, but their numbers have been thinned -- culled even -- if only in the West to make way for shooters and AAA games with budgets larger than a small country. Read...

  • Prominent tech ed Duncan McLeod caught up in racist social media row, charges laid [Update]

    Crimen injuria charges laid against tech journalist over social media racism saga involving Chris Hart, Penny Sparrow McLeod had defended Hart's tweets on the basis of free speech "I find it highly objectionable that I’m being lumped with vile racists" says McLeod Tech journo dismisses charges as “spurious", will not take up legal representation TechCentral founder and publisher Duncan McLeod has reportedly had crimen injuria charges laid against him following remarks he made on social media. The charges laid against McLeod were also leveled against the likes of Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart, and Justin Van Vuuren -- all of whom have come under fire...

  • The State of Mobile: personalisation apps, phablets on the rise

    Mobile app usage continues to see serious growth, with the rise of phablet-sized devices allowing mobile to eat up an increasingly large proportion of the media industry. Those are some of the key findings from Flurry's latest State of Mobile report. According to Flurry, overall app usage grew by 58% in 2015. With the exception of Games, every app category posted year-over-year growth with Personalisation, News & Magazines and Productivity leading the way with triple-digit growth. What's promising is that much of that growth appears to have come from existing smartphone users. Right now Flurry tracks more than 2.1-billion smart...