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  • Symantec, McCafee warn of precursor to next Stuxnet

    US online security giant Symantec has warned of a new super-virus similar to the malicious Stuxnet worm believed to have preyed on Iran's nuclear programme. Symantec said the new virus, dubbed "Duqu" because it creates files with the DQ name prefix, is similar to Stuxnet but is designed to gather intelligence for future attacks on industrial control systems. The company, along with Canadian security giant McCafee believes the threat is part of something much larger. "Duqu is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack", the security firm said on its website. "The threat was written by the same authors...

  • Take This Lollipop ‘creepily’ captures man stalking you on Facebook

    With the requisite eerie music and a shot down an empty corridor, it begins like countless slasher films, the difference is that this time the victim is you. A Facebook app, Take This Lollipop, is taking the internet by storm by brilliantly distilling the often unacknowledged fears Facebook users have about so much of their personal information being on the web into three minutes. Once you (ironically) grant the app access to your information a very well-produced video reminiscent of the Saw films begins. In a grimy, poorly-lit room an unsettling man sits before a computer, and then comes the twist. The...

  • Why angry comments online are like road rage

    Why are abusive comments on news sites like road rage? And what does being online have to do with picking your nose in traffic? The connections may seem tenuous but, trust me, they're there. Let me explain. Leading South African news site, News24, is now requiring readers who wish to comment to sign in using their Facebook accounts. The move is a reminder of the pitfalls of online anonymity, and why the only way to guarantee good behaviour is the accountability that results from visibility. It’s sad that it has had to take this step, but necessary. Ever since...

  • Integrating SharePoint social features in Windows Phone 7 apps

    "Windows Phone is designed to help you be productive right out of the box," says Microsoft. One of the ways the software giant hopes to do this is through the integration of a SharePoint social feature into Windows Phone 7 applications which can help most businesses "work better on a people level". At this year's Tech*Ed Africa, founder and director at Aptillon and SharePoint expert, Matthew McDermott discussed some the ways in which Windows Phone 7 users can use SharePoint web services to work with social data. SharePoint collaboration software helps simplify business intelligence, content management, search, and sharing for...

  • SMS is alive and kicking [Infographic]

    SMS is dead, or almost dead. It’s a fairly common refrain and one that is threading its way into the mainstream as smartphones become increasingly ubiquitous. Surely it must be true. I mean, with services like BBM, WhatsApp and the recently unveiled iMessage, why would anyone need to send something as old-fashioned as a text message? Well, the numbers would beg to differ. According to research gathered by online business course provider mbaonline, text messaging is the most used data service in the world and there are an estimated 4.2-billion texters on Earth. That's three-fifths of the current global...

  • Should there be advertising in social media?

    There is a happy medium that needs to be reached when looking at a social media platform’s need to monetise and actually turn a profit and the end user who needs to be exposed to advertising in order to fund the social network they are socially invested in. Revenue Generation Each and every social network is largely out there for one reason and one reason only. To make great big bags of cash! Now most of the networks are doing this in much the same way -- with sponsored PPC style advertising. Looking at arguably three of the largest social...

  • Review: The Samsung NP600 middling mid-range workhorse

    The Samsung NP600 is an entirely excellent notebook PC, which is to say about as special as a fried eggs on toast dinner. There’s nothing wrong with it, plenty right, and even pretty tasty and filling. This guy is mostly anything you could want in a US$1000 midrange machine, plus top-notch build quality and a magnesium casing to protect the screen, supposedly able to take a small truck driving over it. Great gobs of horespower, nice bright screen, looks damn snazzy in a matt black way.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");

  • What social media has and hasn’t done for Occupy Wall Street

    When the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement first began, it wasn't so much a movement as a group of a couple hundred people who had sent tweets out declaring 17 September to be the day that protesters would "occupy Wall Street" and stage demonstrations in Zuccotti Park, a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange. Now, it’s become a force of energy, and has moved from a hodge-podge of grievances and issues to an initiative with a logo and a slogan (Movement for Economic Justice). It also has a much wider impact than when it first started,...

  • Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich, Galaxy Nexus

    Google gave its customers two launches in one when it unveiled its highly anticipated Ice Cream sandwich operating system, along with an all new smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, which it says "takes the smartphone to beyond smart". The phone, developed in conjunction with South Korean technology giant Samsung, is also the first designed to run Android 4.0. "Beaming a video with a single tap or unlocking a device with only a smile sounds like science fiction. Now, you can actually do these things (and more) with a phone that fits in the palm of your hand", said Andy...

  • Apple announces $81.1-billion hoard, lobbies for US tax-break

    We all know that Apple is immensely successful. After all, it briefly overtook oil-giant Exxon to become the most valuable company on Earth earlier this year. During its quarterly earnings conference call, though, Chief Fininacial Officer Peter Oppenheimer revealed exactly how big the Cupertino-based giant's hoard really is. Oppenheimer announced that Apple has about US$81.1-billion tucked away in cash and investments, adding that about two-thirds of this is made up of overseas investments. The iconic company also reported a record-high September quarter profit of US$6.62-billion on revenue of US$28.27-billion boosted by iPad sales that nearly tripled to 11.12-million in...

  • People with lots of friends on Facebook have big heads – Neuroscientists

    Boasting more than 800-million users across the world and only trailing China and India as the most populous "nation" on Earth, it's hardly surprising that people have started to wonder what Facebook does to the brain? A study whose results are to be released in leading British biological research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, recently tried to answer this question. The results showed that in people who had more friends on Facebook, three areas of the brain, all linked with the power to socialise, were noticeably bigger and denser than those who had fewer Facebook-friends. Two of the areas,...

  • It’s official: Droid RAZR is Motorola’s stunning new comeback

    Our predictions for the Motorola Droid RAZR were spot on it seems. Yesterday, Motorola teased a brand new RAZR, a smartphone will hopefully take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S’ of the world. The Droid RAZR is a beast of a phone, but we already spoke about the internals, so let’s highlight the features which Motorola officially released. Not quite bulletproof When we mentioned that the RAZR is Kevlar-coated, dreams of utilising the phone as a makeshift nightstick swam around in our heads. In truth, the threaded Kevlar coating is on the backing plate of the...

  • PS Vita US launch date confirmed, will ‘redefine traditional gaming’

    The United States and Latin America will receive the coveted PlayStation Vita on 22 February, 2012. That’s according to Sony chief executive Jack Tretton. Tretton believes the "PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality". "Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of portable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation gamers for generations to come", he said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.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");

  • BlackBerry unveils new ‘developer friendly’ OS, BBX

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled its next generation operating system BBX, which it claims takes the best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform to connect people, devices, content and services. The ailing smartphone giant unveiled the new OS at its ongoing Devcon Americas 2011 conference, where it is attempting to convince developers that its platforms are still worthwhile investments. Among the features lauded by RIM on BBX is an all new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics. The Canadian company hopes the user interface will result in "a new breed of...

  • Pitching perfection to investors: A 10-step guide

    Enthusiastic entrepreneurs looking to raise funding must realise that a great business case alone is definitely not enough to guarantee a favorable outcome. Not preparing adequately for a presentation to an angel investor or a venture capital fund is a sure-fire way of guaranteeing failure. The power of a strong, well polished pitch to funders cannot be underestimated and it warrants considerable time and effort to make sure that you hit the mark first off. Here are some tips on what funders might expect from entrepreneurs hoping to make a good impression. 1. Perfect your micro pitch This is your 90-second introduction,...