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  • News24 down, ‘technical difficulties’ blamed [Update]

    Africa's largest online news portal News 24 is down. Anyone trying to enter the site receives a standard browser message stating that the site is not available. Update: The site is now back up. The company's Twitter account, which has nearly 180 000 followers, put the outage down to "technical difficulties" but did not elaborate any further: We're experiencing some technical difficulties and we're trying to get the site back up as soon as possible.— News24 (@News24) August 10, 2012 The story is much the same on its Facebook page. It did, however, attempt to keep people on its good...

  • WordPress claims ‘biggest update ever’ with new iOS version

    Expect to see people blogging a lot more from their iDevices in the near future. WordPress today rolled out a new version of its iOS app, calling it the "biggest update ever". According to WordPress, the new app features "a completely re-imagined interface" for both iPhone and iPad that "takes mobile blogging to the next level". Big words sure, but remember that we're talking about the web's most popular content management system (CMS) here. Company founder Matt Mullenweg has spoken about the need to get mobile right before, so it was only a matter of time before his...

  • 90% of social network users in Mexico on Facebook

    When it comes to studying social networks in emerging market countries, Mexico occasionally gets pushed aside by the BRICS. It shouldn't be. The country looks set to overtake the UK for fifth place in Facebook user numbers, despite the fact that only 30% of the population uses it. Those 36.5-million or so Facebook users also account for 90% of Mexico's social network users. It's growth in the country isn't about to slow down either. According to online research company eMarketer, Facebook will continue to expand in Mexico at double-digit rates through 2014. As has been the case in a number...

  • Google Schemer — our new favourite app

    I spend a lot of time customising and tweaking my Galaxy Nexus to try squeeze as much as possible from it, but often this results in me missing the part of owning a smartphone which its mainstream users enjoy, namely apps. Google’s Play Store is jam-packed with apps that can do anything you can imagine, literally anything, and I recently found one that I really like, it’s from Big G itself, and it’s called Schemer. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Battle.net hack: passwords and emails stolen, financial info safe

    Ahem. If you play World of Warcraft, Diablo, or Starcraft you might want to mosey over to Battle.net around now and change your password. Blizzard's multiplayer platform is the latest big online player to be hacked. According to MacRumours, the hackers managed to get hold of email data for gamers outside of China and scrambled passwords. In a letter to Battle. net users, Blizzard CEO and Michael Morhaime detailed what had happened in the hack, saying that the company did not believe that any financial information had been taken: Even when you are in the business of fun,...

  • Chad’s Dad: 8 things we can learn about likeability from Bert Le Clos

    If there were an Olympics of likeability, Bert Le Clos would stand a very good chance of getting gold. Deadspin deemed his BBC interview “the media moment of the games” at the time, and to date it has scored over 353 000 views. #chadsdad trended in the UK and Bert became part of the cultural lexicon: Considering asking Bert Le Clos to form a Government.— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) August 3, 2012 In fact, his only serious rival would probably be Oscar Pistorius, who manages to be inspiring, humble and nice (and very pleasant to look at too) which makes his a...

  • Forget the US: emerging markets are the future of online adspend

    There is a great deal of focus placed on the American market when we look at ad spend numbers and marketing budget distribution; but the US market is not the only one where significant amounts of cash are being spent. Online adspend is increasingly beng driven by emerging market countries, suggesting that they represent the future of one of the web's biggest money spinning sectors. A new survey from online research company eMarketer looks at the ad spend figures from 2010 to the projected figures of 2016 throughout the world. It suggest that by 2016, online ad spend could...

  • Do all those flashy tech launches work? Yup, just ask Google

    Remember Google I/O? No? Let me refresh your memory. At the tech giant's annual developers conference, it launched not one, but two new products -- its Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q music player. Then it announced the new version of the Android operating system (Jelly Bean). Then Google co-founder Sergey Brin walked on stage to and casually started a Google hangout with some skydivers, who then leapt from a plane wearing pairs of Google's augmented reality glasses and live-streamed the descent. Unsurprisingly, the event generated huge buzz around Google, Android and those futuristic augmented reality glasses....

  • Top 10 videogame weapons of all time

    Videogames have long been about shooting dudes in the face. It’s a game mechanic we take for granted. And we all appreciate a good, realistic gun that recoils appropriately -- a firearm straight from the pages of Guns and Ammo magazine. Yet sometimes we harbour an itch for something more; a gun both bombastic and outlandish, that forgoes realism for a little fun. The list below scratches that itch. Enjoy. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Samsapple: Samsung is nothing like Apple [Video]

    Apple and Samsung's patent warfare is becoming one of those Lindsay Lohan/Hillary Duff type things where everyday is something new and someone allegedly stole something from someone and someone is saying "oh no you didn't". It's all too much. That's what makes Conan O'Brien's take on the issue so awesome. Forget all the evidence that Apple and Samsung have been introducing in court and all the back and forth "we patented that" and "no we had the idea for the iPad a million years ago" nonsense. This is video speaks truth. The video which was released by O’Brien’s web...

  • Samsung: the Galaxy SI could’ve been better… if it was more like the iPhone

    A fair few skeletons have emerged from the latest trial between Samsung and Apple. One of the most rattling revelations to date shows that Samsung thought its Galaxy SI smartphone could've been better if it had been just a little bit more like the iPhone. As part yesterday's court proceedings, Apple produced a 2010 internal memo from Samsung comparing its then flagship smartphone with the Cupertino-based giant's signature device. When we say comparing, we really mean it too. The report, translated from Korean, runs to 132 pages compares every single element of the two phones. As AllThingsD notes...

  • Apple, Android totally mainstream now with 85% of smartphone market

    If you think your smartphone is a statement of your unique individuality, you'd best hope it isn't running Android or iOS. Some 85% of smartphones now either rock Google or Apple's mobile operating systems. According to tech analysis company IDC, this is a record new combined high for the two companies. Unsurprisingly their dominance comes at the cost of two pioneers in the smartphone world: Symbian and BlackBerry. Each now accounts for less five percent of the global market. "Android continues to fire on all cylinders," said Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and...

  • Could a sunflower be key to the Apple, Samsung patent trial?

    It's an incredibly simple, but evocative image. It's a yellow sunflower with green leaves and it's the icon for Apple's Photos App. The image might seem arbitrary, but it could be key to the Cupertino-based giant's patent trial with Samsung. During yesterday's court session, Mac Iconographer Susan Kare was called in as an expert witness. As well as most of the icons on the original Mac, Kare was responsible for the designs on the original Solitaire that shipped with Windows. Samsung's lawyer has, of course, argued that most of similar icons can be explained by the fact that the...

  • Facebook introduces mobile ads for developers

    Things might have just got a little easier for mobile app developers on Facebook. The social network announced that it will now let them advertise their apps on Facebook. Facebook claims that ads for apps on its mobile offerings have driven people to the Apple App store and the Google Play Store 146 million times in the last month. These clicks, it says came "channels such as news feed, timeline, bookmarks and App Center". Mobile ads, it says, are another way of driving that growth: When a person clicks on one of these ads, if they do not have the...

  • Procrastinate with today’s basketball-themed Olympic Google doodle

    Another fantastic time-wasting Olympic-themed doodle? Aww Google, you shouldn't have. After the search giant made up for all those static Olympic doodles by launching a hurdles game yesterday, we thought it would be back to the standard, non-interactive Olympic doodles this morning. But today, Google's logo is nestled in the stands at a basketball court, and you can take aim and shoot a stack of balls through the hoop. Tap the spacebar once to build up momentum, and twice to release (or just press, hold briefly and let go if you're a real pro). But don't hold on too...