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  • Waze: the app that saves you from traffic and fines [Review]

    Let’s be honest: I drive a car. I hate traffic. I get lost a lot. So when I heard there was an app that combined GPS navigation with traffic updates, it was installed on my phone within the hour. I was willing to try anything. Fortunately, as it turned out, Waze is actually pretty darn good. What is Waze? Waze is an app for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian -- basically, pretty much everyone with a GPS function on their mobile device. It maps your routes automatically as you drive and sends information about your speed to other Wazers....

  • Why Google’s Project Glass is actually a brilliant business strategy

    Google's augmented reality glasses are the key to a killer business strategy: how to provide Google to its users 24/7 -- it's instant search on steroids. You'll be able to Google reality anytime, and all the time. Facebook can keep the social network space and the ten and more hours a month that its users spend there; Google has its eyes on the biggest prize of all -- reality. Forget social, 24/7 is the new battleground. Google is ready and able to mediate your visual and auditory experience as you move through your day. Whenever, and wherever you are, Google's glasses...

  • Iran denies internet shutdown

    With reports that Iran is set to restrict access to the internet by August, equally fervent denials are beginning to circulate. According to news agency AFP, the initial statement -- which supposedly came from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology actually had nothing to do with it. In a statement, the ministry said ”The report is in no way confirmed by the ministry”. It added that it was “completely baseless,” and that it served only, “the propaganda wing of the West and providing its hostile media with a pretext emanating from a baseless claim”. Iranian minister for...

  • HalfArsed-a-chef goes all Kenny Kunene with sushi challenge [Video]

    Sushi’s tricky enough to make as it is. But when you have to make it look good enough to eat off a half-naked model, well that’s when things get really complicated. In this week’s HalfArsed-a-chef, the contestants were challenged to dish up the Japanese speciality a-la Kenny Kunene. For those not in the loop, Kunene is a South African businessman -- and former convicted criminal -- who rose to prominence after serving platters of sushi off half-naked models in his ZAR nightclubs. Can the contestants make a platter fit for South Africa’s sushi king? What unexpected ingredients will the...

  • ‘Iran-ternet’ reportedly set to roll out fully by August

    Iran plans to completely block its citizens from accessing the web by August. By then it hopes to restrict access to its own sanitised, internal Intranet. According to the International Business Times, the first phase of the project will be rolled out in May, during which services from the likes of Yahoo!, Google, and Hotmail will be replaced by Iran Search and Iran email. According to Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology the changes are in line with the country’s bid for a “clean internet”. The government has reportedly started with the registration process for...

  • Instagram for Android goes past 5m downloads in six days

    Twitter may have been abuzz with users claiming they were ready to leave Instagram after it was bought out by Facebook but it might not matter. Why not? Well for one thing, some 5-million users have downloaded the Android version of the app since it went live six days ago. According to TheNextWeb, this makes it one of the most successful Android launches of all time. In fact it puts the performance of the OS app completely in the shade. It took nearly six months for the app to reach 5-million downloads on Apple’s native platform. Late yesterday it...

  • RIM changes PlayBook app sideloading story

    Sideloading apps? Not on our PlayBook, said RIM. The “chaotic cesspool” of the Android Market and piracy concerns caused Alec Saunders, Developer Relations VP to send out this tweet: @Spy520e we're removing sideloading for consumers.Pretty sure we've got a solution for devs. — Alec Saunders (@asaunders) April 4, 2012 RIM would have none of it. The struggling company sent a message which counteracts Saunders' message: 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");

  • Facebook doles out $1bn for Instagram

    Just days after Instagram launched an Android version of its immensely popular app, Facebook has bought the photo-sharing social network. Facebook is estimated to have paid around US$1-billion in cash and stock options for the company. This is a massive acquisition for the social networking super power, which itself is on the verge of what is expected to be a record-setting IPO. In fact, the acquisition is so big that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted about it on his own timeline. Zuckerberg said: he was “excited” to share the news that Facebook had acquired Instagram and that its...

  • Twitter expresses betrayal at Facebook Instagram deal

    To say that Twitter’s reaction to Facebook buying out Instagram has been mixed would be an understatement. A massive understatement. Many users reacted to the announcement with what can only be described as outright betrayal: Deletes instagram of iphone, post-haste...— Angelo Coppola(@angelo2711) April 9, 2012 Instagram, you sell outs. Typical hipsters.— . . . . . . . . . .(@violentflux) April 9, 2012 R.I.P. Instagram— cut:eater (@cuteater) April 9, 2012 Prepare for instagram to be downgraded because of Facebook.— Jay Christopher. (@MadebyJay) April 9, 2012 Facebook bought instagram so now this is my only social network until Facebook purchases twitter too— Gadget...

  • A glance into the future: Google Glass

    Google’s mission to collect all of the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful has been placed under the veritable microscope with the introduction of Glass In December last year news broke via Mashable and 9to5Google that Google was working on a “top secret” eyewear project in Google X: its clandestine lab of experimentation famously spearheaded by uber-geek and co-founder Sergey Brin. Sceptics might have thought this was the early emergence of one of Google’s fabled April Fools' jokes but yesterday’s Google+ page posting of the project confirms what might be the biggest hardware coup since the...

  • Kony 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous [Video]

    On the back of Kony 2012, the group behind the mind blowing social media campaign has decided to release another documentary. The new documentary highlights the issues raised by the first one, following worldwide interest. Kony 2012 Part 2 launched online just as the first one hopes to employ the same social media tools in its quest for justice. Using the hashatag, #beyondfamous the second video takes the complex conflict from #KONY2012 and provides more context about the Lord's Resistance Army in Southern Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you saw the first one,...

  • Privacy and competition: Interrogating Google

    Google’s been on the chopping block a lot lately with suggestions that it promotes anti-competitive behavior by serving its own self-interest and robbing consumers of alternative search and related services. It seems to be part of a broader move by many governments to ensure that massive digital conglomerates like Google, Apple and Facebook are held accountable for the data they collect each time we switch on a mobile phone or perform an internet search. Do we need specific legislation to protect consumers from the private sector? And if that protection came into effect how far should regulation go? These...

  • Memeburn gets exclusive sneak preview of new Daily Maverick site

    Memeburn has caught an exclusive sneak preview of the Daily Maverick’s new website. From what we can see, the new site is part of a re-imagining of the Daily Maverick brand. Gone is the royal blue and purple masthead. In its place is a white “Daily” on a turquoise background and a black “Maverick” on a white background. The font is exactly the same, if a little thinner. While the new site seems to have the same two column layout as the current one, the central column appears to be much wider. There’s also more prolific use of white space,...

  • Hello Google Glasses, bye bye Siri?

    It's official, Google's Project Glass is here. This follows months of speculation about the project and what it would entail. In an official statement, the internet giant said: We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t. A group of us from Google started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we...

  • Snapdisk: South African startup enters cloud storage race

    We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cloud storage solutions, but we’ve yet to see an emerging market company truly stick it to big name services such as Carbonite, Mozy, DropBox , SugarSync, Box and Wuala. South African company, Motillion, wants to change that with Snapdisk, a secure cloud storage and file sharing service for PC, Mac, and mobile devices. Depending on the package you choose, Snapdisk allows you to schedule backups -- think Carbonite -- and sync your files across multiple devices -- think DropBox. Snapdisk aims to set itself apart by competing on ease of use and...