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  • Pinterest users complain of mass hacks

    It was bound to happen. Pinterest users claim the social network has been hacked, with many noticing that their friends and followers were pushing spam onto Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest users then flooded to Facebook and Twitter to complain about the hacks, with some saying that it had been an ongoing issue: My Pinterest boards were hacked last night... one more time, and I will ditch it until they can fix their act!— Dushyant Shetty (@dustyplanet) September 11, 2012 ugh my pinterest was hacked! whats the point of hacking a pinterest?— Mr. Pink (@MrPinkRC) September 11, 2012 Looks like my Pinterest account...

  • Apple IDs: Antisec didn’t hack the FBI… no one did

    Well this is awkward... Antisec didn't hack an FBI laptop: it seems the US government agency in fact had nothing to do with it. It appears that our friendly neighbourhood hacktivists lied when they claimed responsibility for hacking an FBI agent's laptop to extract a file with millions of personal details about Apple users. What had actually happened was that app publisher Blue Toad's database was hacked and files were copied. The company describes itself as "a digital publishing company providing digital editions and apps to publishers worldwide. We utilize page flip technology to convert a PDF into an online viewable...

  • Anonymous member claims responsibility for taking down GoDaddy

    A member of hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the website of GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar and hosting company -- and the outage seems to be affecting at least some of the millions of GoDaddy clients. A number of users have reported that they are unable to access websites or email services which are hosted by GoDaddy, and attempts to access GoDaddy.com are met with error messages. The user operating the Twitter account @AnonymousOwn3r has taken responsibility for the hack, and suggested it was a not a group attack. S/he has not explained exactly...

  • Bridezilla to bashtag: Collins dictionary gets 86 new crowdsourced words

    A while back we told you about a campaign HarperCollins was running to crowdsource words for the next version of the Collins dictionary. Turns out there's a fair few amateur lexicographers out there. The British publisher today approved its first batch of 86 new crowdsourced words and definitions. This after receiving some 4 400 submissions through CollinsDictionary.com, which will be updated once a month with the best user suggestions. All the new words -- including bridezilla (“a woman whose behaviour in planning details of her wedding is regarded as intolerable”), helicopter parent (“a parent who is excessively involved in...

  • Twitter now lets you upload pics from its mobile site

    Looks like Twitter's trying to give its users even more reason to use its own products instead of third-party apps. If your smartphone runs iOS 6 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich and up you will soon be able to upload photos directly from the social network's mobile web app. According to Sociable, the new feature was first revealed when Twitter product manager Sung Hu Kim tweeted a picture of the sun setting over San Francisco. He then revealed that the picture had been uploaded from his phone's browser. Sunset and a jet. twitter.com/sunghu/status/…— Sung Hu Kim (@sunghu) September 9,...

  • Wikipedia wants photos of your country’s monuments

    What better way to get all of the world's monuments in one library than run a contest. Wikipedia has launched a global version of "Wiki Loves Monuments" an initiative that crowdsources cultural heritage monuments through a photo contest. The project started two years ago in the Netherlands and a European project was run in 2011 this year the user curated encyclopedia has decided to go international. The project will run throughout September and anyone can take part: Everybody can participate and improve Wikipedia in their local and regional neigbourhood. Cultural heritage is everywhere around you, you just need to...

  • Is there a way to guarantee that your video will go viral on YouTube?

    Virality. It’s the new holy grail, the mecca of marketing. Everyone wants it but nobody knows how to get it. It just happens: it’s a matter of luck. Or is it? With YouTube becoming such an overwhelming force for marketing, with 800-million unique users every month, it’s no surprise that whole schools of thought are developing around how to tap into this market. Marketing professor Brent Coker claims he has found an algorithm that explains why some things go viral and others don’t. He has called it the Branded Viral Movie Predictor. This includes 4 key elements: if they...

  • 8 music streaming services to kill your Spotify FOMO

    Online music is the future and all your friends in Spotify-enabled countries keep shouting about how they can't survive without it. Suffice to say, you've gone and developed a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Well, put that FOMO aside because we understand your pain and we have gone and found you Spotify alternatives. Some of these are more like internet radio stations, but provide great listening -- and more importantly -- most of them are available irrespective of location. You can also stream music on YouTube because let's face it, that is the world's biggest music...

  • Leap — more than a gimmick

    We all use a mouse and keyboard in our daily (computing) lives. No matter what kind of application we are accessing the mouse and keyboard are the driving force behind how we interact with our computers. Despite this all important how, it is the what that computer technology and innovation gets focused on time and again. Upping processor power, increasing hard drive sizes or updating software versions take precedent over the ways that we actually interface with our computers. After all the mouse and keyboard are as old as they are reliable and accurate. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Yes, the still images in Nokia’s Lumia 920 promo are also fake

    Oh wow... this Nokia Lumia 920 faked promo saga is just getting worse. First the Finnish company admitted that the footage used in the video to demonstrate the much-hyped PureView camera in its latest flagship phone was actually recorded using professional equipment and, um, not a Lumia. Now it seems the still images were also shot using a DSLR. The video, which was originally published without a disclaimer to state that the recordings and snapshots were actually simulated, includes scenes of an actress posing at night in Helsinki. Now an image of the photoshoot (captured by a passerby) has...

  • China’s Alibaba wants to be bigger than Android

    You can't really accuse China's tech and online giants of being short on ambition. Not when a company like Alibaba, already likely to pass Amazon and eBay in sales this year, says it wants to beat Android in China. At the company's annual Alifest conference over the weekend it revealed that transactions on its recently reorganised ecommerce platforms are set to triple this year, hitting the 3 trillion RMB ($473 billion), which will more than likely see it pass its chief Western rivals Amazon and eBay. “From annual reports we did a rough calculation and...

  • Syrian gov’t supporters hack Al-Jazeera

    News agency Al-Jazeera has been hacked for the second time in less than a week. The attack has seen the agency sending out false headlines and updates from its mobile alerts service. According to HackRead, it is the work of the Syrian Electronic Army -- a group formed in support of the current Syrian regime. Its mission, apparently, is "to amplify the voices of the Syrian right." The hacker collective posted news of the attack to its Facebook page and its official site. Among the updates sent out was one claiming that there had been an attempted assassination...

  • How a hacker used Kinect to help his disabled mom send emails

    If we had a series called "Awesome stuff people can do with a Xbox Kinect", this would be the latest instalment. Also, this guy should win some award for being a good son. Chad Ruble's mother has suffered from aphasia, a disorder which impairs the ability to process language, since she had a stroke 12 years ago, making it virtually impossible for her to communicate with friends and family using a traditional keyboard. So her son developed a system which lets her send simple email messages, using Microsoft's Kinect. 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");

  • Google Glass goes haute couture at New York Fashion Week

    Any dedicated fashionistas who thought they would rather die than be caught wearing Google Glass may just be changing their attitude. This after Google's innovative project made an appearance at New York Fashion Week. Late yesterday, models at the world-famous fashion extravaganza appeared on the runway during Diane von Furstenberg's (DVF) Spring/Summer 2013 collection appeared wearing the Google augmented reality product. According to Mashable, the bands of each Google Glass headset were modified to reflect the patterns and colours of individual pieces in the collection. At least some of the models had the devices turned on. Members of the DVF support...

  • Win R3k for inventing a conference slogan

    If your head's bursting with witty one-liners, then this one's for you. You could win R 3 000 just for coming up with a slogan for a conference. The upcoming Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Conference is offering R3 000 for anyone who comes up with a slogan for the next iteration of the conference. The winner will also get a ticket to attend both the Cape Town and Johannesburg iterations of the conferences in 2013. Jaco van Zyl, Head of Conferencing at Living Your Brand (the company behind the event), said, "We are looking for a slogan that can encapsulate...