Gearburn

Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign ...

News

SpaceX launches into history

Things didn't go quite to plan for SpaceX's first launch attempt late last week. Technical difficulties saw it having to be aborted in the last few seconds. Today it launched its way into the history books by getting the Dragon spacecraft into space. From now on, Dragon's mission will be to dock with the International Space Station, the first privately funded and built spacecraft to do so. So far the mission seems to be going well, with the Dragon's solar arrays ...

News

ABSA launches revamped online banking site, but is it enough?

"A new era in online banking." That's what South African online banking giant Absa is promising with its revamped online banking site. The site, which went live today, features a new design that includes a central dashboard. The bank claims that this presents "a snapshot view of one’s day-to-day banking, investments, other assets, and liabilities -- allowing customers to better plan their financial affairs". Arrie Rautenbach, Head of Retail Markets at Absa reckons that providing this centralised view, his bank is ...

Open Source, Operating systems

What does the Linux 3.4 kernel have to offer?

Tux Desktop Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of the 3.4 version of the Linux kernel. While Linus notes that there have been no majorly exciting changes since the last release candidate, it's worth taking a look at some of the things that have made their way into this release of the Linux kernel and what it means to the Linux community as a whole. Perhaps some of the most prominent features and changes that appear in the kernel, are centered on ...

News

Facebook stock plummets on day two of trading

Facebook stock has fallen more than 10% on its second day of trading, after already having had problems on its opening day of stock trading. In fact, there were so many issues on Friday that the Nasdaq is reportedly changing its IPO procedures, and underwriter Morgan Stanley had to step in to defend the US$38 opening price. For a while though, things looked good, with the price climbing to US$42 in late Friday trading. Today's pricing represents a 25% ...

Video

Skyfall: Check out the first teaser trailer for 007′s latest adventure [Video]

Here's the thing about James Bond; no matter what directors do, fans of the franchise will still rush out to see it. Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third appearance as 007 and, judging by the first official teaser trailer for the film, he's going to be as gritty and weathered-looking as he was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It also doesn't look like fans of the franchise are likely to get clever one-liners or the implausible gadgets that some ...

News

Facebook goes crazy for Zuckerberg wedding

So it turns out people care a lot more about the fact that Mark Zuckerberg got married this weekend than they do about the fact that his company raised billion of dollars in its IPO. Want proof? Just look at the number of likes each event has on the hoodied one's timeline. His marriage has over one-million likes: His IPO announcement meanwhile only got 511 likes: According to The Next Web, the wedding picture even surpasses Zuckerberg's goodbye note ...

Web development

WordPress. Joomla. Drupal. Yawn. 25+ powerful CMSes for hipsters

hipster_feature It's estimated that WordPress, Joomla and Drupal combined, constitute roughly 70% of the CMS market. Probably for good reason too. All three are highly customisable, extensible and have massive loyal -- some say cult-like -- user communities. CNN and Time run on Wordpress. Joomla boasts big clients such as eBay, Barnes & Noble, Ikea and Pizza Hut. Ever heard of a little site called The Economist? How about The White House? Drupal have those covered. Clearly, if you're cool you wouldn't ...

Social media

Three reasons business needs a complete social mindshift

Flux There are a load of businesses and people out there still grappling with terms like "social media marketing". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is that there are a lot of organisations out there that still don't know how how to sell themselves to other businesses. In my mind there is a drastic shift that is needed. And the social media revolution (yes, I said revolution) has spurred on this need for evolution in business to business ...

Advertising & Marketing

Selling yourself in the digital era: It’s still about spreading ideas

innovation When it comes to selling yourself or your brand, the real task is to spread ideas. Simply put, we want to spread the idea that our brand is amazing, or that you would be crazy not to come to our show or who would vote for anyone other than our party? Yes I know there’s also other stuff, like product development and research and innovation, but in the end it’s the idea of what that product is, what feelings it evokes ...

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