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  • Are smartphones turning people into workaholics?

    Research in Britain has found that our all-encompassing magical devices are "doing us in" by adding an average of two hours work per day. Even though smartphones are supposed to make life easier, it also seems to turn us into workaholics. As reported by The Daily Mail, research by technology retailer Pixmania states that Britons are increasing their amount of work hours per year by as much as 460 hours, as mobile phones and devices enable them to respond to emails while not being at work. Smartphones and devices that have email enabled are owned by almost 90% of employees,...

  • Trick or Treat: Happy Halloween from Google

    Google can be pretty cool, let's just admit that. Today, in the spirit of all things spooky, the search giant has produced a haunted house doodle. This cool interactive doodle allows users to explore a haunted house and its cast of characters. You know the standard stuff: black cats, ravens, skeletons, ghosts and monsters. The company has been putting together a few of these cool and interactive doodles lately, some of them highly intricate and adventure-driven. It's quite nice to see that it didn't do the usual pumpkin adorned logo or a candy stripped creation. It's all about the spooks....

  • Windows 8 upgrades selling millions worldwide – or so we are told

    "Preliminary demand" for Windows 8 seems to be higher than for Windows 7 when it was launched, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced at the company's Build conference that more than 4-million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold since its launch on Friday. He also said "tens of millions of copies" had been shipped to its partners. Singling out upgrades only is also complicated and confusing, as customers have been registering and qualifying for reduced-price copies of Windows 8 since June. The tens of millions copies to partners is no surprise, as retailers and PC makers are relying...

  • Apple reclaims the term ‘app store’, this time from Amazon

    Apple seems to think that it can claim a chunk of the English language as its own: specifically, the name for its "pioneering" App Store created in 2008. It claims there is no room in the world for any "app stores" other than its own. In an ongoing legal battle that started last year, the Cupertino giant has argued that "App Store" is a trademark phrase, giving it the right to stop competitors like Amazon using it. A little Don Quixote-esque? But in an Oakland federal court yesterday, a very skeptical judge had doubts about whether Amazon's use of the...

  • AfricaCheck: Africa’s ‘first’ dedicated fact-checking site

    Africa's first website set up exclusively to fact-check public debate launched today. Called Africa Check, the site was developed by the non-profit arm of global press agency AFP and will be run in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand. The site will produce its own fact-checking reports, but will also provide tips and advice for its readers on how to fact-check as well as a library of databases and fact-checking tools. “Fact-checking is a growing trend in the media, and in wider society, around the world. But to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has...

  • Smart glasses and wearable tech to be worth over $1.5bn by 2014

    It's not hard to see why Google's project glass has received so much attention. Can you imagine living in an age where you don't have to carry around a rectangular lump of smartphone or tablet in order to connect and share on the go? Sure, most of the demos have focused on the camera and we haven't seen a real life application of its augmented reality features (concept videos don't count), but wearable tech is poised to become a big thing -- and a product category that could be worth billions in the not-too-distant future. A new...

  • Gamification: who’s winning and why it’s only getting more important

    When I mention the term 'gamification', people frequently tend to look at me as if I just stepped out of a Warcraft LAN session, or just stare at me blankly waiting for some further explanation. The thing is, gamification has become entrenched in a number of digital platforms, even above-the-line platforms, but the average person simply isn't aware that they are taking part in it. Technically, gamification is the technique of adding game-like elements to things unrelated to games themselves. Anyone used Foursquare? Yip, that’s a gamification platform and one of the most popular ones at that. And they...

  • How efficiently is your business using its tech resources?

    For most of us, it's impossible to consider doing our work without the internal systems that communicate, organise and report on our efforts. Impossible to consider a world without emails, wikis and financial software that are invisible to the outside world, but fundamental pillars supporting the business. And, for the most part, these systems are just that -- critical. But are they efficient? Efficiency can only be determined by looking at the sum of its parts. To use a simple example, manually copying information from an email into a wiki can be made more efficient by integrating the two technologies...

  • Android rocks, iOS not so much: the 50 fastest growing online jobs right now

    If you're in Android developer chances are your services could soon be in high demand. The same is less true of iOS developers, although if you also happen to have a talent for developing for Windows Phone, there could be new gaps in the market for you to exploit. If you're looking for the real job of the future though, maybe you should try copy typing. In the last few months it's boomed and is now the fastest growing online job out there. That's according to the latest stats from online jobs portal Freelancer.com. Growth in iOS jobs, it...

  • Android or iOS? Facebook ads can now target specific mobile devices

    Developers and advertisers that use power edition and the Facebook Ads API now have the ability to choose which mobile platform their ads appear on... well, at least they can choose between iOS and Android, but not Windows Phone or BlackBerry as yet. This allows iOS and Android developers to save money and time by avoiding sending adverts to users of a competing operating system. According to TechCrunch, it's a lesser-known feature of the new mobile app install ads Facebook launched two weeks ago, allowing developers to show links to their App store or Google Play apps in Facebook news...

  • Disney to acquire Lucasfilm for $4bn, release new Star Wars movie in 2015

    So... Disney is buying Lucasfilm. Yes, that Lucasfilm -- the one behind the Star Wars franchise -- is being acquired by The Walt Disney Company for US$4.05-billion in cash and stock. Oh, and they're making more Star Wars movies too. Lucasfilm, including its gaming arm LucasArts and operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, will become part of Disney, as will the entire Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm founder and sole shareholder George Lucas says the move will ensure the longevity of the sci-fi films. "For the past 35 years, one of...

  • The 6 best games of 2012 so far

    Dust yourself down. Put away that hateful anorak. Winter has come and gone and as the year draws to a close it’s time for reflection. Revel in the first glimmers of sunshine as spring ushers in the first whiff of the festive season. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of 2012’s best games. Don’t expect to see Assassins Creed 3 or Halo 4 here. These games still have a few days to go before their release; as does a certain bald-headed killer in his latest and as for December, Far Cry 3 looks set to round off the year in...

  • Dear Japan, installing Windows 8 doesn’t make your PC touchscreen

    Oh Japan, you beautiful crazy country. Media reports from the tech-obsessed Asian country suggest that people misunderstood what happens to your PC when you install Windows 8. After Microsoft’s new operating system became available on October 26, many Japanese consumers installed it with the expectation their PC would suddenly have touchscreen capabilities. Of course, if your device doesn’t have touchscreen capabilities already, Windows 8 won’t magically bestow that functionality upon your display. This misunderstanding might strike most of us as pretty funny, especially when you picture people wildly swiping at their computers. But the sad reality is that for many...

  • Russia’s Mail.ru set to go global with My.com

    When it comes to online names in Russia, you don't get much bigger than Mail.ru. Now the company is looking to expand its global presence with My.com Given that it already owns 90% of Russia's internet, it's pretty much a matter of necessity that the internet giant continue adding to its international properties, if it's to keep growing as a company. It's unclear precisely what My.com is. At the moment there's only a holding page with the option to sign up using your email address and the tagline "Something new. Something interesting. Something yours." There's no indication as to...

  • Demo Africa: the future of African startups looks bright

    Flowgear, a South African startup that offers application integration for the cloud era, was named one of the Demo Lions and will be joining four other African startups in the US for mentorship and introduction to potential investors. The Demo Lion awards are under the auspices of the US State Department. Flowgear offers companies pre-built connectors that allow quick and easy implementation for developers without the need for coding. The company bridges cloud and on-premise applications and simplifies integration management with full visibility of data flows. 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");