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  • Review: LG Flatron IPS 236V

    Sleek, black curved edges melding into a clear Perspex strip designed to house a single light. A bespoke amber arm, sitting off-centre, joins the ensemble to a raised circular base. No, it’s not some concept piece from a high-profile design house. It’s the LG Flatron IPS 236V. So, you may be thinking, it looks pretty but how does it work as a monitor? The short, simple answer: Brilliantly. The longer, slightly more complicated answer: Brilliantly, but with limitations. Although LG has other products which are LCD/LED hybrids, this one is riding the LED train all the way. In fact, the Korean...

  • Real-Time Analytics brings Google closer to the Grail

    Google’s on-site Analytics program has gone from strength to strength since the internet giant bought out Urchin way back in 2005. What started out as a basic web site analytics solution used by web site owners and marketers to better understand their users’ experiences, optimise content and track marketing performance has evolved into a source of real-time on site data thanks to the launch of Real-Time Analytics last week. Google acquired PostRank four months ago and it hasn’t taken it long to add the service to its Analytics stable which was probably accelerated by the popularity of similar...

  • US secretly forced Google to hand over Wikileaks volunteer email data

    The US government forced Google and small internet service provider, Sonic.net to turn over private information gained from email accounts of 28-year old US citizen and Wikileaks volunteer Jacob Applebaum, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Sonic, which attempted to fight the court order but found it prohibitively expensive, the government wanted the email addresses of people who had been in correspondence with Applebaum. The information was obtained through the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law passed in 1986 which never envisaged that one day mail would be stored electronically. According to Digital Due Process, a coalition of...

  • Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu hangout on Google+

    There was widespread criticism of the South African government after it refused to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday. One thing the government couldn’t do, however, was stop the two spiritual leaders hanging out online. Using the “Hangouts on Air” function on Google+ the two Nobel peace prize laureates discussed peace, compassion and their friendship. The discussion also saw Tutu and the Dalai Lama poking fun at each other and making jokes at the expense of the South African and Chinese governments. "Do you have an army? Why does the Chinese...

  • Five PlayStation Vita games to look out for

    The 3DS is not doing as well as anticipated, meaning somebody out there is in with a much better shot at finally taking the handheld gaming crown from Nintendo. With the recent announcement at the Tokyo Game Show that the PS Vita will have an astounding 26 games available when it launches in Japan in December, Sony seems poised to exploit the opportunity. Here’s a rundown of the list: @field Army Corps of Hell BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle Dark Quest 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");

  • iPhone 4S pre-orders sell out

    While many said they would not rush to buy Apple's new iPhone 4S, colossal US telecom AT&T says that over 200 000 pre-orders of the new smartphone have been confirmed since it began offering the phone on its site. The iPhone 4S is the latest updated model of the iPhone and was released last week, a day before the death of Steve Jobs. In the United States, the iPhone 4S will go on sale on October 14. Other countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK. Apple's US online store says that shipping estimates are at one to two...

  • Japanese defence firm hit by more than 50 viruses

    Mitsubishi Heavy, a Japanese defence contractor, has been hit by over 50 separate computer viruses, causing concern that vital security information may have been compromised. One computer was infected by 28 separate types of virus, including ones that could have been prevented with existing anti-virus software, Japanese newspaper the Yomiuri Shimbun said, amid concerns over the security of defence information. In the wake of the information coming to light, the Japanese defence ministry plans to tell Mitsubishi Heavy to file detailed reports on its cyber security measures, the newspaper says. Mitsubishi Heavy is analysing 83 computers hit by the...

  • Q&A: Bob Garfield on the future of marketing and ‘masturbating thieves’

    A columnist, critic, host, writer, analyst and panelist, Bob Garfield is an advertising legend who has written for publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, the New York Times, CBS, CNBC, Sports Illustrated, Wired and Playboy. Garfield has been a columnist and critic for Advertising Age for 25 years. For the last 10 years, he has co-hosted National Public Radio's radio program, On the Media, as well appearing on various advertising panels in 31 countries on five continents. Over the past decade, he has chronicled the digital revolution, culminating in his 2009 book, The Chaos Scenario. His previous...

  • Four ways to improve security on your WordPress site

    In recent months, the web world was hit with a code exploit that affected many users across various web development platforms, from custom systems to Drupal and WordPress.org. This hack exploited a security vulnerability in the popular TimThumb image resizing PHP script, which allowed the hacker full access to any website running the older version of this script. An exploit of this nature, of course, didn't go unnoticed. Within hours of the exploit being publicised, developers and website owners alike were rushing to their computers to make sure that all was safe on their online real estate. Having assisted...

  • Samsung Omnia 7: It’s not about the phone

    I have to admit, I had low expectations for this phone. I’m an iPhone nut and very few phones have managed to beat or come in anywhere near the JesusPhone. But the phone was amazing. Or let me clarify — its operating system, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, was amazing. The case around it, the Samsung part of the phone, was a bit average. I’m not going to devote too much time to the case, except to say I found it a bit too big. The aesthetics, the design of the phone in general was rather average. The touch screen however worked...

  • Yo mama’s blog: 10 of the ‘best’

    "Why don’t you write about the non-mumsy mom type sites? Or something like that. You know what I mean" was pretty much the brief I got. And so I set out on a quest. I ploughed through pooey nappy posts and pictures. I was up to my elbows in constipation advice and lurid descriptions of piles and varicose veins. I nearly lost my bottle in an onslaught of product endorsements and cutesy pie backgrounds. And let’s not mention the disgusting disregard for spelling, grammar, and the CORRECT PURPOSE OF CAPS that afflicts some of these poor souls. I did...

  • App of the week: Alertnotes

    This week I continue my obsession with digital personal organisation (using your iPhone to get shit done, in other words) by taking a look at a sweet little reminder app called Alert Notes, which, by combining note taking and alerts, kills two birds with one stone. You know how it goes, you think you’re all professional in meetings by typing out short notes on your iPhone instead of writing them down in a notebook, carefully assuring the other party (and yourself) that this list will be saved, and then mailed to your inbox at the end of the meeting so...

  • LinkedIn now lets companies update their status

    LinkedIn announced a new feature that allows companies to post status updates to their pages. With this new feature, companies whose pages are set to "designated admins only" can assign an administrator which will give them the flexibility to share the latest company news directly to all of their followers on their company page’s "Overview" tab. "This is a great way to build engagement with customers, potential employees and prospects alike," says Ryan Roslansky, director of product management at LinkedIn. "Nearly half of our members follow over 2 million Company Pages on LinkedIn." According to the professional social network, this new...

  • South Koreans start using cellphones as young as ten: Study

    South Korea might justifiably lay claim to being the nation with the earliest mobile tech adopters. In a recent survey, it was found that children as young as ten years old use mobile phones as their primary form of communication. The study was conducted by Danook University’s medical school as well as a local politician. Over 6 000 students from all grades were polled and it was found that 96% of the high and middle school students, as well as 83% of elementary students had access to or owned a mobile phone. The average phone bill per month was also...

  • Steve Jobs Was Silicon Valley’s Babe Ruth…

    I used to meet with Steve jobs in the 1980s, when he was lauded as a visionary. To be honest I wasn't that impressed with him at the time. Sure, he deserved credit for the Apple I and then Lisa, which turned into the Macintosh but it was too early to tell what he was capable of doing. Lots of people are successful in Silicon Valley and he was among them but you never know how much luck is involved. In the case of Steve Jobs it wasn't about luck. Over the past 30 years, Steve Jobs stood out because of...