General Tech

This privacy experiment lets anyone on the internet see where your cat lives

I Know Where Your Cat Lives When you snap a photo and upload it to your favourite social network site, chances are you're more focused on spreading the image and not really thinking about what else you're sharing. But that photo contains information about everything from what device you used to where you were when it was taken. And if the subject was your cat, you may have another privacy issue to worry about. I Know Where Your Cat Lives is an experiment by Florida State University ...


Watch Benedict Cumberbatch have go at cracking the enigmatic Alan Turing

Alan Turing He was a mathematician and genius code-breaker who, on the way to helping win World War II, laid the foundations of modern computing. He should have been celebrated in his own lifetime. Instead he faced accusations of spying for the soviets and chemical castration for homosexuality before eventually committing suicide. The task facing anyone trying to play Alan Turing on film is not, therefore, a simple one. The latest actor to take up the challenge is Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock ...

Mobile, Security

POPI should prompt a serious mobile security rethink for SA companies

lock-security Over the past three decades legislatures across the world have been trying to update their legal systems to address growing concerns around how our private information is being used once handed over to companies in both the public and private sectors. Looking back, this first began with an article published in the Harvard Law Review by two men who later became pillars of the US legal system, Warren and Brandeis. They wrote “The Right to Privacy” in December of 1890 protesting ...

General Tech

Want a really productive business? Make sure your employees have great digital workspaces

Digital future Over the past few years, the prevailing attitude in large swathes of the business world has been to view employee devices as a threat to the company's IT structure. And while those concerns are valid, it is worth bearing in mind that they can be mitigated and that you can get serious reward by creating a more flexible work environment that accommodates the needs of the employees by treating them as business consumers. According to technology research house Gartner, it's important ...


7 awesomely geeky YouTube channels you can learn something from

CGP video You'll often hear people bemoaning the fact that great inventors like Vint Cerf and Sir Tim Berners Lee have given us amazing tools in the shape of the internet and the web and that all we use them for is posting inane updates and watching cat videos. Aside from the thoughts that often creep into my head about what a search of those people's browser histories would reveal, that kind of sentiment is far from accurate. Sure there's a measure ...


Disrupt everything: Lagos and the transportation overhaul

Traffic rain The streets are flooded, it has been raining all night and all morning, and I need a cab. I have a couple of meetings to get to and I don’t really know the city that well. I would order an Uber but it doesn’t operate here… yet. I am in Lagos and everywhere I look is chaos and masses of cars… Transportation is a major problem here, so much so that a number of startups and established companies have decided to throw ...


The human factor: Japan’s hyper-realistic androids breach the digital divide

robots The idea of human-like robots have always been the stuff of tech legend. The theme of robots acting as humans and containing a consciousness, a concept that is still abstract to us and science, has been explored in the narratives of many books, movies and games (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bicentennial Man, I Robot, Terminator) and is no longer a subject of fiction, but now a concern of reality. Until now, the attempt to create such androids has been rather disappointing. Yet ...

Social media

Sometimes your online reputation hinges on how well you answer people’s questions

questions As a business owner, are you really aware of your reputation online and what people are saying about you and your company? Do you know what online reputation management is? Online, people talk to each other about nearly every company they have had an experience with, and this news (word of mouth) can have a positive or negative impact on your business. Do you know what your employees, clients, and even your competition are saying about you? Did you know ...


First world problems and more: the 3 videos Weird Al dropped over the weekend

Weird Al Lame Claim to Fame No, it's not over yet. Parody champion Weird Al is still on a mission to release eight music videos from his new album in eight days, and the latest targets are celeb name dropping, spots fans and the ever-present first world problems concept. It's been a crazy ride in the run to promote his new album Mandatory Fun, from Robin Thicke parody "Word Crimes" to his version of Lorde's "Royals" (titled "Foil"). The daily videos have been premièring not only ...

Viral videos

Rickroll no more: original ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video removed from YouTube

Rick Astley The original video for Rick Astley's 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" has been pulled from YouTube. If you're the kind of person who's hoping that Rickrolling -- the phenomenon of tricking people into watching the video -- will make a comeback any day now, you can relax. It's just one copy (the oldest) of the video that's been taken down. That copy had amassed 70-million views in the seven years it had been uploaded, making the reason ...






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