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  • Review: Frame to Facebook with Samsung SH100

    It’s everything you want in a cheap point and shoot, and more. Remember every time you took a pic, and went, “Jeez, how awesome would it be to just beam it up to the Web or Facebook!” The Samsung SH100 does this via Wi-Fi – and there’s more! It also lets you use your smartphone as a remote viewer. How awesome is that? Not very, unfortunately. Only suckers and those who don’t read Gearburn reviews buy first generation technology. The SH100 is explicitly designed for the smartphone generation – the menus, the touchscreen, even the memory card uses smartphone-like cues....

  • Groupon shares tumble but critics’ glee may be premature

    Groupon's fun time, it would seem, has come to an end. Following a 15% drop in the value of Groupon's stock price on the NASDAQ, its many detractors are enjoying the schadenfraude of having "called it". There are arguments, however, that this glee may be somewhat precipitous. The day Groupon's stocks finally went live, at US$20 per share, they soared to highs of US$31.14 per share. In the weeks following, the stock fell from those highs but remained at stable or higher than the IPO price levels. In fact, the stock's biggest danger, those who sought to flip (buy low...

  • A ‘touch’ reveals the artistic side of Google Street View

    Aside from being one of the internet's best procrastination tools -- OMG! Look, it’s my house! -- Google Street View is also said to be a nifty tool for something or other. It has in no way been connected with any form of art however. Well, that is, until now. Award winning artist, Aaron Hobson, has shown the beauty that can be found in a series of Google StreetView images he calls “cinemascapes”. Hobson introduces the series in true artist speak, musing that the images go "in search of enchanted and remote lands typically only reserved for the eyes...

  • Lights out for Powertime in Cape Town

    Powertime, a South African mobile and web-based prepaid electricity vendor, is in trouble. As users in the Western Cape may or may not know, they are no longer able to purchase electricity online. This issue lies not with Powertime, but with the government of the Western Cape, or more specifically, the municipalities. Powertime launched two years ago as a bright-eyed startup project, servicing most municipalities as well as the major electricity providers such as Eskom and City Power. Based in Cape Town, it became the first vendor to introduce a prepaid electricity iPhone, Android and Nokia app. Their products consist...

  • Samsung takes a bite out of Apple with new ad campaign

    Samsung has taken a jab at the cult of Apple with the latest US TV ad for its top-of-the-range Galaxy SII smartphone. The South Korean tech giant's ad features long queues of devoted iPhone fans waiting outside stores across the continental US for the latest iteration of their beloved device. As they wait, we are repeatedly told that there are only "nine hours to go" until the stores open and they can get their hands on the new device. "I think two people just left," a woman tells the man next to her. “Why would they be leaving...

  • ANC Wikipedia page ‘wikibombed’ in secrecy bill protest

    Despite international and local outcry, the controversial "Protection of State Information Bill", more commonly referred to the "secrecy bill", has taken its first steps to becoming law. Opponents of the proposed law have promised to continue fighting it tooth and nail. That fight was, once again, taken online with the Wikipedia page of the African National Congress (ANC) having been "wikibombed". Wikibombing, as the Urban Dictionary defines it, is "The act of intentionally going on Wikipedia and putting false information about a topic, OR, completely destroying the article all together." Probably the most memorable example of wikibombing was 2010's...

  • 10 great insights from London’s tech hub

    I was recently in London for the Tech City UK Entrepreneurs Festival, as part of Britain's Global Entrepreneurship Week with over 300 tech entrepreneurs from around the globe. The experience was educational, to say the least, and gave me some insight into what any initiative aimed at developing entrepreneurship in the tech sector should be doing. Throughout the course of the week long conference, it became evident that emerging market initiatives like Silicon Cape in South Africa and the iHub in Kenya are definitely on the right track. There were, however, a number of guidelines I took away...

  • Five artists who are pushing the digital frontier

    The face of the music industry was irrevocably altered when the digital age dawned, changing the way people obtained, listened to and interacted with music. In this precarious new world some artists chose not to simply accept the move to a more interactive digital presence -- but have truly immersed themselves in all the facets that digital technology offers them as creative beings. Whether that means hosting fun and thought-provoking online campaigns or even releasing an entire album as an App -- these artists "get" tech and what it can do for their music. Arcade Fire When it comes to artists...

  • China is the next eCommerce giant [Study]

    China is set to overtake the US as the world's largest ecommerce market by 2015. That’s according to research from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a firm that specialises in advising on business strategy. The company bases this assertion on the phenomenal levels of growth the Chinese ecommerce sector has seen in the past few years. BCG estimates that around 145-million (30 or so percent) of China’s 500-million strong internet population currently shop online. This is up from less than 10% in 2006 and 23% in 2010. BGC expects the 2010 numbers to more than double by 2015,...

  • Review: HTC Sensation of a near miss

    I have a soft spot for HTC. My trusted Desire was my first Android-powered device, and needless to say, I love it. It’s a great piece of kit: well built, still snappy after all these years and the battery life no worse than most new phones. So how does the Desire’s new big brother, the Sensation, shape up? By my reckoning, HTC is the Android manufacturer that places the most emphasis on build quality, and it shows throughout its range of devices, from the entry level Wildfire, to this latest offering. It was up against some heavy expectations baggage –...

  • Add boom to your room with Logitech Z323 speakers

    Logitech has long had a place in my heart for good value, quality gear. Its keyboards and mice are hugely popular, but the little active speaker systems. That’s what we like. Partly because they’re inexpensive, but that could be said about a million cheapo speaker sets from Shenzhen – no, it’s because Logitech is Swiss, had shipped more than a billion mice coming into 2009, and actually cares about sound quality and longevity. The US$80-odd Logitech Z323 speakers are a new riff on an old refrain – a subwoofer/amp box with two satellites, one of which provides the on/off/volume knob...

  • Google says final farewell to Wave, six other products in latest ‘spring clean’

    Google has axed seven more products as it looks to clean up and simplify its offerings. This is the third such clean out in recent months. Products that have previously fallen by the wayside include Aardvark, Fast Flip and Jaiku. In an official blog post, Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Hözle said the products getting the chop were those Google feels "haven't had the impact we'd hoped for". Google Bookmarks Lists This is an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which Google is going to shut down in mid-December. All bookmarks within Lists will be...

  • Yahoo! sued for copyright infringement

    Yahoo Inc.'s Southeast Asia division is being sued by Asian media group Singapore Press Holdings for reproducing content from its newspaper without permission. Singapore Press, publisher of the Straits Times newspaper and other dailies, has asked Singapore's High Court to stop Yahoo! from reproducing articles from its newspapers and pay unspecified damages for the copyright infringement. "In our statement of claim, we cited, as examples, 23 articles from our newspapers which Yahoo! had reproduced over a 12-month period without our licence or authorisation," SPH spokeswoman Chin Soo Fang. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the publishing house, which holds a...

  • ‘Dirty Dozen’ least secure smartphones – all Android

    First, get ready with a pinch of salt, as security companies sounding alarms about security can be self-serving. Vested interest, and all. But Bit9, an enterprise security firm specialising in threats from end-point devices, has released a report analysing the security risks of smartphones -- and blames the fact that the ‘Dirty Dozen’ are all Android phones on handset manufacturers being so slow on software updates, and ‘end of lifing’ devices when they’re still current in the market. Together with the obligatory infographic, Bit9 found that the Top 12 most insecure smartphones were: Samsung Galaxy Mini HTC Desire Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 read more on...

  • Forget Kevin Bacon, Facebook says it’s 4.74 degrees of separation

    We all know the one hard and fast rule of Hollywood: Within a maximum of six steps anyone in that industry can be connected to the legend that is Kevin Bacon. New research by Facebook has, however, bested that. The world's largest social network has announced that any of its 800-million users can be connected in 4.74 steps or less. In a post on it’s Data blog titled "Anatomy of a Social Network", Facebook released the findings of two studies which were conducted in conjunction with the University of Milan. The studies were commissioned to see how connections and relationships...