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  • Have we finally reached the point where desktop OSes don’t matter?

    Before I start this article, I have a disclaimer: I am talking about normal users here, not hardcore gamers or IT professionals. I am not talking about the guy who cannot let the day go by without Counter Strike or the guy whose photos do not get finished without Photoshop. I am talking about the regular Joe who wakes up in the morning and opens up their browser and loads Facebook, Gmail or Twitter. The guy who is connected to all the other regular Joes and who is the gold mine of data that every company is after. Now, the question:...

  • What to expect from the upcoming iPad Mini launch [Comic]

    There seems to be a checklist in place before an iProduct launch. First come the rumours, the leaked grainy images and the outpouring of "people knowledgeable with the matter". Then comes a press invite, with some slightly not-so-cryptic one liner about having something "you really have to see. And touch" (the new iPad) or the fact that something is "almost here", placed above the shadow of a five (the iPhone 5). Then images of the decoration and branding of the launch event start to surface, and the iStore goes offline briefly as new products are added. If we're lucky,...

  • Netease: China’s forgotten Weibo cracks 260m user mark

    China's microblogging services, generically referred to as weibos are big, seriously big. The two most well-known ones, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, both have user numbers to rival those of Twitter. But one you might not have even heard of has just hit the 260-million user mark. That makes Netease the third largest of China's weibos, with numbers that most Western social networks can only dream of. According to Tech in Asia, the company puts its leap in numbers down to its weibo service getting a fresh UI and new content channels. Interestingly though, the company didn't reveal how...

  • Peter Gabriel wants to crowdsource a remake of ‘Sledgehammer’

    In the annals of music video history, Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' is a classic. Now the singer is asking his Facebook fans to recreate parts of it. According to Mashable, an interactive tab on Gabriel's Facebook page allows people to pick a scene from the video and recreate it. They can do so either using their webcam or by pre-recording it and uploading to YouTube. The public then gets to vote for the scenes and the ones with the most votes stand the chance to win a number of prizes as well as a place in the remake of the...

  • LG plays hidden camera trick to show how ‘lifelike’ its IPS monitors are

    Remember those hidden camera shows where the producers would play tricks on unsuspecting members of the public? Remember how hilarious they were? Yeah, us neither. Anyway LG clearly remembers things differently, because it decided to use the format to show how lifelike its new IPS monitors are. The electronics giant arranged nine of the displays in a three by three grid pattern, stuck them on the bottom of an elevator and installed a hidden camera. Hilarity ensues, if that's your kind of thing: Source: The Next Webvar 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 Alan Knott-Craig’s departure means for brand Mxit: An insider’s view

    Until three weeks ago Frans De Villiers worked at Mxit as a special marketing project manager. He explains what life under Alan Knott-Craig Junior was like and how his departure could affect Mxit as a brand. Alan Knott-Craig Junior was Mxit’s Barack Obama. He rocked up at the scene at a time when the brand was certainly on the down. By no means am I implying that former CEO Herman Heunis was George W Bush, I regard him as a visionary tech leader who built an amazing company, but let's be honest: the company had lost a lot of...

  • Worldsecond: the worldwide photo shoot at one point in time

    Worldsecond, an app funded by aker of fine watches and pens Montblanc, aims to have a collective gathering of people from all over the world participate in what it hopes to be the largest amount of people taking just one photo at a specific time. It sounds pretty simple. The app, available only for iPhone and Android, automatically counts down to the next photo click and shares this image on the Worldsecond site, creating a unique online mosaic of globally shared images all taken at exactly the same time all over the world. This all happens between October and...

  • The 15 most valuable emerging market technology companies on Wall Street

    Wall Street, home to Gordon Gecko, the Smurfs ringing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) bell and eye-wateringly large initial public offering (IPO) valuations. It is home to the two largest bourses in the world by capitalisation, the NYSE and Nasdaq respectively. Unsurprisingly, the 20 most valuable emerging market technology companies listed on either the NYSE or Nasdaq originate in Asia. (I haven't included the telecoms giants from South America -- which are listed as public utilities.) South Africa’s Wall Street listings are all in the mining sector, but its top technology contender, MTN Group, listed on the Johannesburg Stock...

  • Google’s financial fiasco: No cause for panic

    The fiasco around the release of Google's Q3 financial results was plain embarrassing. From the company that is the king of search this is just downright wrong. On its website, Google says that its "...mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." I guess that there is nothing about a timeous and orderly release thereof. It turns out that it might not have been its fault, but rather its filing agent released the results earlier than anticipated. That normally is not too big a deal, if the results are in line with...

  • Big Data: 4 things you need if you’re going to mine it effectively

    With all the talk of “Big” data from vendors and their sale forces, consultants excited by new opportunities and business people grappling with whether or not their revenue will go up, it is vital to understand the “Big” picture and the best way to do this is see where architecturally everything fits together. Getting an understanding of the integrated architecture of Big Data is vital if any organisation is to understand how much of their current investment in their information environments including items like hardware, software tools and people's skill sets can stay, need to be replaced or be...

  • From Kim Dotcom to the rise of dumb phones: top stories you have to read

    Did you ever think that the humble dumb phone may be the source of future innovation in emerging markets? Did you know that there's a significant chunk of social referral traffic that's difficult to track? Or that Jack Dorsey dropped out of university... twice? Or that Kim Dotcom's Megaupload was responsible for some four percent of all internet traffic at its peak? Well, maybe you will... once you're done reading our round up of top tech stories. Inside the mansion — and mind — of Kim Dotcom, the most wanted man on the net Wired recently paid an extended visit...

  • Epson TW5500 review: quality is worth the cost

    We live in an age where small things are able to do a lot quickly. The Epson EH-TW5500 Home Projector (catchy name ain’t it?) is not one of those things. It’s absolutely bloody hulking. Despite the Gearburn editor’s assertion that I just needed to spend some time in the gym, calling this thing portable would be like calling Stephen Hawking an Olympic athlete. Plug it in, baby If you’re going to have this thing in your house then, it’ll more than likely be a semi-permanent fixture. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Cisco to unveil ‘social media listening centre’ come 24 October

    Networking giant Cisco has announced is set to launch a new product, which it is calling a Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) in the coming days. While the SMLC, set to be publicly unveiled on 24 October is not Cisco's first social product -- it has a number of collaboration tools and plays in the enterprise social networking space -- it is the first that attempts to bring in public social networks. According to Cisco, the technology behind the SMLC "allows users to manage and measure social media impact across all channels with real-time analysis". "The SMLC marks Cisco's...

  • Pinterest to start blocking unwanted pins

    Pinterest, the online content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects, will be enlisting users' help to block or report unwanted or tasteless content that exists on its virtual pin-board. This is in an effort to reduce hateful, unwanted or violent and "naughty" pins, as recently described on its blog. A "report user" feature will enable a Pinterest user to alert the site's vast community about an issue that is against the fast growing picture library's guidelines, or even if the subject or person involved is offensive to the user personally. This comes after several...

  • Twitter gets a dose of fiction with its own literary festival

    If you fancy yourself a bit of a story-teller then Twitter's latest announcement might be right up your alley. The social network has announced that it will be holding a virtual story-telling competition towards the end of November. The Twitter Fiction Festival, it says is "a virtual storytelling celebration held entirely on Twitter". The competition will reportedly feature "creative experiments in storytelling" from "authors around the world". Twitter says the festival builds on previous literary experiments it's hosted. If you're going to take part in the festival, Twitter says it needs you to explain "how you are going to explore...