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  • Nintendo’s surprise sticker slash

    Nintendo has announced it will be cutting the price of its 3DS handheld game console. In the US it has been slashed from US$250 to US$170, in Japan prices fell by 40 percent, and in Europe the cuts are expected to see at least a third of the retail price taken off. A price drop for a console isn’t new; every videogame console has been discounted at some point in its life cycle. Doing so within a four month window? That is unusual, but it isn’t unprecedented. When the original Xbox launched in the UK in March 2002, it retailed for...

  • British police arrest teenage LulzSec suspect

    British police have charged an 18-year-old man on suspicion of being a spokesman for the Lulz Security and Anonymous computer hacking groups, Scotland Yard said. Officers from a London-based cybercrime unit detained Jake Davis on Wednesday in a “pre-planned intelligence-led operation” on the Shetland Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland, before taking him to London for questioning. Davis is accused of gaining unauthorised access to a computer system, encouraging or assisting offences and two counts of conspiracy to commit offences. The teenager will also have to answer a charge of conspiring to carry out a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack,...

  • ‘mChip’ revolutionises HIV testing

    A cheap, highly portable blood test has proven as accurate as expensive hospital-based analyses in detecting HIV, syphilis and other infectious diseases, according to a recent study. Researchers tested prototypes of the credit card-sized lab-on-a-chip with hundreds of patients in Rwanda, reporting nearly 100 percent accuracy. The so-called “mChip”, they said, could help knock down three barriers to effective delivery of health care into the world’s poorest regions: difficult access, high costs and long delays for results. “The idea is to make a large class of diagnostic tests accessible to patients in any setting in the world, rather than forcing them...

  • Apple, Samsung overtake Nokia in smartphone market

    Apple and Samsung have overtaken long-time leader Nokia for the top two spots in the global smartphone market, a report has revealed, underscoring the Finnish handset maker’s ongoing struggles. US-based research firm Strategy Analytics said the US and Korean smartphone makers outpaced Nokia in the second quarter, with the sector posting record quarterly shipments of 110-million units, or a 76.3 percent year-on-year rise. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Indian police arrest top online survey firm’s officials

    Indian police have arrested two top officials of Singapore-based online survey company Speak Asia in Mumbai for allegedly duping investors out of US$294-million. Police identified those arrested as Tarak Bajpai, Speak Asia’s chief operating officer in India, and financial manager Ravi Khanna, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI) and other media. Two web technicians were also held. The suspects were arrested “in connection with a financial fraud”, said joint crime police commissioner Himanshu Roy, according to the Times of India. Roy told PTI the company had allegedly told investors they would get 54 000 rupees (US$1 221) a year in...

  • Twitter community rallies to stop tweeted suicide attempt [Updated]

    A Twitter community in South Africa rallied to prevent a potential suicide this weekend, as a Durban-based mother of two dramatically tweeted an attempt to take her own life. The drama unfolded at 9:17pm on Friday night, with a series of tweets over a few hours from the user asking how much alcohol one should consume before “cutting an artery”. The tweets continued, becoming more emotional: “…Please don’t save me, I just didn’t want to die alone” “If u hate the mother of your kids, hurt her, leave her, break her down and take them from her and then isolate her. Take...

  • MXit in talks to sell stake to local investors [Rumour]

    Rumours are circulating around the industry that the popular instant messaging application and mobile social network, MXit, is about to be sold to new investors. MXit is represented in a number of international markets including Malaysia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, where users have access to MXit’s chat function. The service claims to have 37-million world-wide users operating in 120 countries, although these figures are unaudited and it’s unclear whether they represent active users or not. A source close to Memeburn has confirmed the rumours, indicating that the buyer interested in...

  • Yahoo! settles dispute with Chinese partners, Alibaba

    US Internet firm Yahoo! and Japan’s SoftBank have announced that they have reached an agreement with their Chinese partners at Alibaba Group in a dispute over online payments platform Alipay. Alibaba Group — which is 43 percent owned by Yahoo! — “will continue to participate in Alipay’s future financial performance, including a future IPO or other liquidity event,” the companies said in a joint statement. Under the terms of the agreement, Alibaba Group will receive no less than US$2-billion and no more than US$6-billion from an IPO or sale of Alipay, which is the payment platform of Alibaba Group. Alipay will also...

  • Windows Phone ‘Mango’ released to manufacturers

    Microsoft has RTMed the new “bet the farm” version of its Windows Mobile platform to manufacturers, with device shipments expected in stores Spetmber earliest. According to Microsoft, it features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9. It’s novel interface design has attracted a mixed, but generally favourable response, and the Mango release is expected to improve integration with cloud services such as Bing and Facebook. There is still little detail on SDKs for software developers. “This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango...

  • Google+ is the golden ticket to the chocolate factory of social media

    Social media is no longer just about Twitter and Facebook. Granted, at the time of their release, both of these entities rewrote the rules when it came to sharing our lives online. Facebook made it easy to become a voyeur of the lives of soon-to-be moms who you dated at university; Twitter gave you 140 characters into which you could cram your controversial opinion; and location-based services like FourSquare and Gowalla rewarded you for your loyalty. At the height of Facebook’s dominance in the week of 13 March 2010, more people visited Facebook than Google. It seemed strange that,...

  • 9 apps to make you lose faith in humanity

    Applications; what a few years ago was something we filled in when we wanted a job, has become an integral part of the way we use technology. In the war between Android, iPhone and BlackBerry, apps are tossed about like hand grenades. What started out as an honest effort to make our phones more versatile, has turned into a silly festival. Don’t get me wrong, I delight in the sheer unnecessary entertainment offered by fmylife or damnyouautocorrect and am grateful to all those YouTube video creators who spend hours lipsyncing politicians to dodgy lyrics, but I’m not always satisfied....

  • Google’s Larry Page wants to change the world

    Steven Levy, a senior editor at Wired, spent a lot of time at Google researching his new book, “In the Plex”. He also spent a lot of time with the new CEO Larry Page. Mr Levy says Google is now in the hands of “a true corporate radical”. In an article for Wired, “Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots” he reports that Mr Page has said many times, that he has always “wanted to change the world”. He sees the historic technology boom as a chance to realise such ambitions and sees those who fail to do so...

  • Objectophilia and animism: Falling in love with a gadget

    Gadget lust. I’ve had it. I have it a lot actually, and if you’re reading this then chances are, so have you. I’ve heard you emphatically proclaim your love for your iPhone; yes, loud enough to make the Android geek three cubicles down solemnly roll his eyes. Gadget man Joshua Topolsky called the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 “Pure sex”, and even the traditionally staid Walt Mossberg, from Wall Street Journal fame, lauded the Vaio P, calling it “sexy”, way back in 2009. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • How to move to the cloud in an emerging market

    The majority of businesses in emerging markets are still quite hesitant when it comes to moving their organisational processes to the cloud. This is in part due to the perception that a comprehensive move to cloud-based services is a viable option only for those organisations able to pay for high-quality bandwidth, and partly because companies and their IT departments are hesitant to leave the “legacy paradigm” of their current infrastructure. The move to the cloud starts with a paradigm shift from complexity and expensive infrastructure to a cloud mentality focusing on the end-user to ensure satisfaction. Businesses interacting in the...

  • Penny drops on new Honeycomb display tech

    After a blog post to the Android developers blog, the penny has dropped as why the Honeycomb 3.2 update is actually a big thing. It allows proper support for 7″ screens. Until now, mid-size tablets fell into the cracks between smartphones and full-size tablets, with apps often unable to swap smoothly between portrait and landscape, or not displaying properly. Read more on Gearburn.com