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  • Inside Facebook Home and Google’s Star Trek dream: top stories you should read

    So you thought Glass was a crazy ambition? Google has something else up its sleeve: it's trying to replicate a gadget previously only glimpsed by sci fi fans. But while the tech giant has its eye on the future, Facebook is focusing on your friends and your phone, if its recent Home launch is any indication. Your friends are also important to TV networks, who want as many viewers as possible so they can bundle in ads and programming and make a serious profit. But are friends and followers a reliable metric for measuring interest levels on social media? Confused?...

  • Read the transcript of Julian Assange’s ‘secret meeting’ with Google’s chairman

    It seems in the process of doing research for his upcoming book, Google chairperson Eric Schmidt took at trip to the UK to have a chat with Julian Assange. Today Wikileaks published the transcript of a five hour interview conducted with its founder, claiming the "secret meeting" occurred in June 2011 while Assange was under house arrest. It's billed as a meeting between Assange and Google's CEO, but that isn't technically true -- Schmidt handed the reins back to co-founder Larry Page in April 2011, but has stayed on as executive chairman since then. According to the transcript, the...

  • Reddit faces outages in midst of DDoS attack

    Reddit is experiencing intermittent outages apparently due to a malicious DDoS attack. People trying to access the site, which labels itself "the front page of the internet", were greeted with the following image: Anyone who did manage to access the site meanwhile was greeted with a warning stating that: "Site availability is being impacted by a malicious DDoS attack. Please stay tuned". Heavy traffic There were thoughts that the outage was due to heavy traffic around the Watertown shootings which took place near Boston, USA today. A Reddit thread had been live-posting a police feed regarding the incidents which took place...

  • Google’s new One Today app brings social charity to the crowd

    Crowdfunding charities has never been this fun. By using transparency and social elements, Google’s new One Today app tries to create a novel way to stimulate the charitable urges of its Android users. The app was launched this week with the idea of people donating US$1 each at the same time keeping track of how and where the donations are being spent. This transparency feature is one of the advantages the app tries to bring compared to other donor sites or organizations. Another element which gives this app personality is the fact that it tries to incorporate social into...

  • What big cloud trends will impact us in the near future?

    Over the past couple of years cloud computing has proven itself worthy and, although many businesses are still slow to transition, there is no doubt that as legacy SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) are upgraded, more businesses will venture into the cloud in order to reap the benefits that comes with it. There is also a level of maturity from the cloud that some companies were waiting for before they made the transition. We're beginning to see the introduction of more cloud based services and as we see an increase in the uptake, we will also start seeing the first...

  • Reddit’s bomber search: witch hunt fail or successful online manhunt?

    The events of the past week in the Boston area have the makings of a Hollywood movie. Bombings, shootouts and suspects on the run. But any movie made about the events of the past week should include Reddit. The site, which dubs itself the "front page of the internet" has been a focal point as people come to grips with what has happened. What happened at the MIT shooting? "Suspect #1 is dead, Suspect #2 is on the run, we have an MBTA officer who was seriously wounded and is in surgery right now, we have an MIT security...

  • Lenovo looks set to buy IBM’s x86 server business

    Computing giant IBM is apparently set to sell part of the server side of its business to Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Silicon Valley pioneer will be selling off its so-called x86 server business in a deal expected to be worth billions of dollars. While IBM doesn't provide a breakdown of how much this aspect of the business generates in its financial reports, Morgan Stanley estimates that the x86 division produced around US$4.9-billion of the company's US$15.4-billion in server sales last year. News of the talks reportedly surfaced in the wake of IBM...

  • 7 key trends driving the consumerisation of IT [TechEd]

    In a bid to make Windows 8 more attractive Microsoft is pushing the consumerisation of tech. The company has identified that it needs to widen the ecosystem of computers where any type of product and device can be connected to the internet. At TechEd, the company's Africa leg of its annual developer conference, head of Windows business group Colin Erasmus and Bruce Murphy, product marketing manager for Windows commercial, outlined some of the key trends that are driving tech consumerisation.   According to the duo there has been an "explosion in data driven by the significant increase in the number...

  • Twitter #Music app is official, integrates with iTunes, Spotify and Rdio

    The wait is over: Twitter's new music app is official and it is here. The social network announced that its much-rumoured new offering, which is being rolled out today on the web and as an iOS app, is designed to use your Twitter activity to "detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists" you may find interesting. The app was designed by the team behind We Are Hunted, the music startup Twitter acquired last year. The #music app shifts the focus to artists, allowing fans to see what musicians their favourite stars follow, as well as listen...

  • Anti-viruses are cool: SA computers unprotected [TechEd]

    Even in an age of Anonymous, dirty hackers, and constantly evolving malware, there are still computers out there that aren't secure. According to Microsoft, one in every four computers in South Africa is unprotected. At this year's TechEd Africa, the Redmond-based company presented its key findings from Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report volume 14 (SIRv14). The report emphasises the need for up-to-date real-time antivirus or anti-malware protection. "Without this vital protection layer, these systems are five times more likely to be infected with malware," says Microsft. "Web-based attacks the biggest threat facing enterprises as network worms wane." According to the...

  • Can Microsoft make Excel exciting with GeoFlow? [TechEd]

    Microsoft's latest addition to the Excel 2013 & Office 365 suite is a nifty little plugin called GeoFlow. GeoFlow for Excel is a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring & interacting with geographical and temporal data, allowing people to discover and share new insights. The tool, which offers a wide variety of options and customizing, allows you to visualize how geospatial patterns, such as clusters, trends or outliers, change over time. Once the insights have been identified and collated, they can be packaged into an interactive guide, which can be exported to a variety of video formats, allowing you...

  • For your eyes only: Google will deactivate Glass if you loan or sell it

    If you're one of the lucky members of Google's Glass Explorer team, who will be among the first members of the public to get their hands on the augmented reality glasses, you may want to spend some time looking at the fine print first. Specifically, the part where Google says that if anyone but you accesses the device, it will deactivate your US$1500 specs on the spot. While the search giant hasn't opened sales of Glass to the public, the first units are now rolling off the production line and into the hands of early adopters / beta testers...

  • New Robinhood app aims to bring out the best in finance and social media

    Launched today is Robinhood, the part Silicon Valley, part Wall Street app for investors who are also interested in social networking. The main idea behind this new venture is making information free and transparent to allow as much investment as possible. User profiles are made as transparent as possible and the app keeps scorecards of your predictions. As mentioned by Fast Company “users prognosticate stock prices and the most successful users float to the top.” For obvious reasons Robinhood steers away from fraud. As mentioned in this article, this is what, according to Vladimir Tenev, sets the...

  • Lumia sales solid but Nokia still misses with Q1 results

    Nokia today reported its Q1 results for 2013 and while things look good for its Lumia range of smartphones, the company still has some way to go before it's really out of troubled waters. The Finnish communications giant reported net sales of US$7.6-billion (EUR 5.9-billion), down on the US$8.65-billion (EUR 6.6-billion) that analysts were expecting. The company can at least be buoyed by the performance of its Lumia range of smartphones. Most expected it to sell between five and six-million of the handsets and there they were bang on the mark. The company reports that it managed to shift around...

  • LinkedIn goes native with its smartphone apps

    This is interesting. LinkedIn has completely revamped it smartphone apps, following Facebook's lead in abandoning HTML 5 for native efforts. Officially the professional social networking giant unveiled the updates to provide a better experience for its members and to allow them to "quickly discover and engage with the rich professional insights being shared across LinkedIn to help them make smarter decisions from wherever they may be working". And it certainly does that. The new apps look a hell of a lot better than the old ones. It's also included posts from influencers in its stream and, it claims, made it...