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  • Twitter launches ‘Twitter Stories’ — How tweets help people

    Twitter has launched the first in a series of what it calls, Twitter stories a new site that shares stories about people who have used the social network in an interesting way and positive ways. "Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and, Japanese fishermen who use Twitter to sell their catch before returning to shore. Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller," said Twitter in a blog post. Watch this...

  • Google Street View takes you for a walk in the park

    Days after announcing that it would allow you explore the inside of shops and museums, Google has announced an extension of its Street View programme that will let you explore some of the world's great parks. According to a blog posted by the internet giant, it has spent the past year travelling to over 22 countries, equipped with the Google Street View trike, and taking photos of "some of the world's most unique parks". One park that sits squarely in the "unique" category is High Line, "which sits 30 feet in the air, over the bustling streets of New...

  • Julian Assange loses rape questioning extradition appeal

    The founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden where is wanted to face questioning regarding alleged sex-crimes. Assange, however, still has another chance to evade the charges as he has been given seven days to decide whether to appeal this latest ruling against him. If he does so, he would have to successfully argue that here is a wider issue of "public importance" at stake in the decision. If he does not appeal the ruling, he could sent to Sweden within 10 days. In this latest hearing, lawyers for Assange argued the warrant was...

  • The rise of China and other mega-trends from Mary Meeker

    Queen of the Net, Mary Meeker, presented her "Internet Trends" for the year at the Web 2.0 Summit 2011 in San Francisco earlier this month. Meeker's vision has not changed radically from last year, with an increased emphasis on how much of the tech market is now driven by users outside of the United States. In this article, I'd like to take a look at some of her key points and investigate what they mean for emerging markets, especially within the BRICS countries. Before we dive into the nuts and bolts of her presentation, it is worth keeping in mind...

  • The inevitable rise of mainstream media’s saviour: Activist media

    I recently gave a presentation to TEDxSF, looking at the theme of "Designing your own government" -- In it, I examined the role of media, especially around the Occupy Wall Street movement. What strikes me as significant is that the activists can produce lots of great media such as photos, video, articulate blog posts, and tweets. In actual fact, it's a steadily growing archive of media produced by activists. On the establishment side, there is an increasing number of newspaper stories, TV, and radio reports about Occupy Wall Street. But there's a big issue: The establishment media is steadily shrinking, it...

  • Will 2012 bring an Apple iPad Mini?

    It's really difficult to get into the mind of Apple. Every release of every product seems incredibly calculated and perfectly timed. Take the iPhone 4S, for example. While much of the world expected the release of the iPhone 5, the 4S was clearly targeted at iPhone 3GS users with their 24-month contract coming to an end. I suspect the iPhone5 will be released just before the 24-month contracts of current iPhone 4 users end. It seems, then, that 2011 was a year of mediocre releases for Apple, with the iPad2, the iPhone4S and only some minor changes to the Macbook...

  • Google finally launches new look Gmail

    The new look and feel version of Gmail that Google accidentally leaked a few weeks ago is now officially ready for users. The new changes have been in the works since July when Google rolled out a first phase of changes to Gmail. The conversation view is now completely redesigned to help users read and sort through their email threads better. "You’ll now see profiles pictures for your contacts, so it’s easier to keep track of who said what," writes Google user experience designer Jason Cornwell. The display density now automatically adjusts to the size of your screen...

  • The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard — happiness is a keystroke away

    You are now reading the best keyboard review ever written, bar none. Welcome to the world of the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard, the K750. Deep in the recesses of my mind, I mused on the possibilities of such a device. No batteries, no wires, oodles of comfort. Impossible. But this review hinges on the impossible notion of true, infinitely charged wireless power, flipping it on its head to create the K750. Almost too comfortable Firstly, the keyboard's levels of comfort in terms of speed, responsiveness and weight are spot on. Its 7.5MM thin, weighs in at just over a kilogram and...

  • Q&A with Pria Chetty: Tech law, bright young minds and Geneva

    Pria Chetty is a rising star in the world of technology law. Memeburn recently spoke to her about the legal challenges which abound in delivering the benefits of IT to all South Africans, the future of internet regulation on the African continent and her goal of adding "a credible African voice to global tech law conversations". Andrew Rens: How did you get into tech law? Pria Chetty: In 2000 I saw a presentation, one slide showed internet connectivity in North America and then another slide showed how little Internet connectivity there was in Africa. AR: Wait, you saw how...

  • UK accused of hypocrisy at global internet talks

    The first day of a global summit aimed at addressing cyber-security threats and setting up the "rules of the road" for the internet saw Western nations, particularly the UK, facing charges of hypocrisy. The conference is being attended by global leaders from the internet and business worlds and delegates from 60 nations. Guests at The London Conference on Cyberspace include UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been scheduled to attend but cancelled due to the passing of her mother. At the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London where...

  • Making the iPad keyboard relevant with the TouchFire keyboard

    Typing on the iPad is not without its faults. An onscreen keyboard minus the tactical feedback of each keystroke has never been ideal, but is workable after a few days of trial and error. Why bother with the hassles of Apple's virtual keyboard when a hardware solution works so well? Options are sparse though, and costly. Why bother with a complicated, foldout nightmare when the TouchFire can ease your pains with its hassle-free, lightweight solution. The design is simplicity itself. TouchFire slips over the iPad (any version), magnetically connects itself to the sides of the device and claims to deliver a...

  • Uncharted 3 drops for eager PS3 players

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is the third and final chapter in the Playstation 3's Uncharted series, ending the trilogy off on a high note. For US$60, a globetrotting adventure awaits the PS3 console owner and reviews are already exceptionally positive. Sony Computer Entertainment VP of marketing Scott Steinberg noted the leaps Uncharted 3 takes. "Naughty Dog once again takes a leap forward in cinematic gaming. Not only does Uncharted 3 deliver an impressive blend of interactive game play and stunning graphics, Naughty Dog has weaved an inspiring and personal story with genuinely relatable characters".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");

  • iPhone 4S to land in more countries come 11 November

    Apple says that the latest iteration of its smash-hit smartphone, the iPhone 4S, will go on sale in more countries later in Asia, Europe and Central America later in November. The Cupertiono-based tech giant says the phone will be available in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea from 11 November. The 4S will be available for pre-order a week before then in these same countries with the exceptions of Albania, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro and Panama. 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");

  • Google announces Umbono winners

    Google’s startup incubator, Umbono, has officially launched with the announcement of its first set of winning teams. The pilot programme based in Cape Town, South Africa presented the teams in their new office space at an event on 1 November. The programme, a Google first worldwide, is being tested in Cape Town, South Africa which was chosen because Google believes the city is in “the process of positioning itself as a hub for innovation and technology”. Google's vice president of engineering, Nelson Mattos said that the Umbono project is part of Google's effort to grow its ecosystem in Africa. "We...

  • Is HTML 5 the olive branch for the Open Web?

    The web is in a state of transition where the experience and more so, the language of the web is receiving a makeover. This update, however, does not just improve the functionality, but promotes everybody to speak the same language. The open web, or a standardised architecture, is very promising and this doesn't necessarily need to happen in one extreme and daunting overhaul. That's according to Robert Nyman, Technical Evangelist for Mozilla. The experience of the Web is evolving along with our expectations and the capabilities of the current level of technology. So as our computers and phones become faster...