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United Nations hacked, email addresses and passwords leaked

The United Nations has been hacked and its user emails and passwords have been posted on web-sharing application PasteBin for all to see.The global organisation positions itself as a facilitator between nations for cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace.The hacker group who breached the organisation's security calls itself Team Poison and believes that the United Nations is a "Senate for Global Corruption".This attack, which was announced through ...

Advertising & Marketing, Viral videos

Is Nando’s ‘Last Dictator Standing’ the new ‘Old Spice Guy’?

nandos-logo-with-barci copyI've been watching the Nando’s Meal for 6 campaign with interest ever since it broke. The wickedly funny ad featuring Robert Mugabe and his happy memories of good times with fellow dictators (including PW Botha) is racking up the kind of international attention unheard of for South African ad campaigns. Already it appears to enjoy the kind of cult appeal typically associated with the Old Spice campaigns of this world.This is one of the best examples I've seen yet ...

Tablets

Tablets by the numbers: No slowdown in sight

The Amazon Kindle FireSteve Jobs unveiled the iPad on 27 January 2010, which happened to be the day my mother turned 88. Back in 1922, the year she was born, sales of the Model T Ford had begun slowing down after it had dominated the market for more than 13 years. Some analysts of the time suggested the plateauing of sales meant the automobile was a passing fad, and the cheaper and more familiar horse-drawn carriage would make a comeback, restoring the transport ...

Gearburn

Review: Samsung NC215 sun-lovin’ netbook

Save the planet, have infinite battery life, and look good while you're at it. Samsung has produced a 10” netbook with a big ol’ solar panel on the back to let you work and work and work and work. It’s got “green” written all over the promotional flyers, and “green” written into every line of code of the Eco Mode app that lets you be really rather green. Getting back down to earth, it’s a US$400 netbook with a really, ...

News, Twitter

CNN International unveils ‘Ecosphere’ of tweets for COP17

Ecosphere CNN International, one of the world's largest news organisations has released an interactive visualisation tracking Twitter traffic around the 17th UN World Climate Summit, being held in South Africa.The visualisation takes the shape of a manipulatable globe, and features trees sprouting from it, each representing a different point of discussion at the conference being tweeted on.The so called "Ecosphere" will also be projected in the form of a hologram at the actual conference, giving delegates an insight “in ...

News

Assange: UK media are credit-stealing, credit-whoring backstabbers

assangeFresh off accusing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard of being an "embarrassment", the cantankerous Julian Assange has -- on separate occasions -- launched attacks against the UK press and railed against questions about his status as a journalist.After accepting a Walkley Award for journalism (Australia’s version of the Pulitzer) on behalf of Wikileaks, Assange has yet again faced questions about whether or not he is a journalist.Speaking via Skype to the News World Conference in Hong Kong, where ...

Africa, Future Trends

Necessity is the mother of invention: Why utility beats ‘cool’ in Africa

AppsIt is said that necessity is the mother of invention and indeed that could perfectly describe Africa where it comes to innovation, particularly on mobile.Utility vs Coolness In a great talk at TEDxVienna Alexander Oswald, Head of Marketing at Nokia, tells the story of how he and his family visited Kenya and were immensely shocked at just how much people in Kenya were able to accomplish via mobile phones.From sending and receiving money, to banking and paying for utilities & ...

Gearburn

Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way.Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting ...

Google, Video

New Google+ ad: A love story in circles

Fresh on the heels of a Thanksgiving commercial that bored audiences, Google has released another Google+ television commercial. But have they hit the mark this time or is it another miss?The ad encompasses everything that is Google, it's simple, slick, and presents the social network's features in a somewhat humorous manner.The previous ad was built on nostalgia and people's need to connect and share with the right people. This new ad looks at the evolution of social connections using ...

Google, Video

Google explains its search evolution [Video]

If there’s one thing Google’s never failed at, it’s search. Googling has, after all become synonymous with performing a web search. As such, it’s not all that surprising that it's something of an authority on the subject.In celebration of this, Google has released a video chronicling the evolution of its online search products.According to the official blog post the video is posted in, it highlights "some of the most important milestones from the past decade—and a taste of ...

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