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  • Google rumoured to get into ‘triple play’ communication with pay TV

    Google is rumoured to be considering a move into the pay television business, a move that would expand the internet giant's reach into the profitable world of television, reports the Wall Street Journal. The search monolith has already announced plans to build a fiber-optic high-speed internet service in Kansas City, and according to the Journal, Google might now also be considering ways to expand that into pay video and telephone services. A move like this would put Google in direct competition with pay television companies and phone companies that have expanded into what is referred to as "triple...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note launches in South Africa

    The Samsung Note has been officially unveiled across the world and in South Africa. George Ferreira, Head of Mobile, for Samsung launched the Galaxy Note calling it “a new product category which fits between tablet and smartphone”. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a behemoth of a smartphone, 5.3 inches of HD Super AMOLED screen which is begging to be explored. The 1.4GHZ dual core processor ensures that the Note is the fastest mobile phone in the world. 21MBS HSDPA support delivers lightening fast internet and the 8MP camera provides pixel perfect shots. Samsung is proud of features such as the embedded...

  • Jawbone launches UP, the wearable health monitor

    Jawbone, creator of some of the damn finest Bluetooth headsets in existence has launched “UP”, a wearable gadget for Apple devices which monitors basic health. UP is a wristband, embedded with electronics which tracks activity, sleeping and eating patterns. Hosain Rahman, Jawbone CEO proudly presented the new gadget: “UP is Jawbone’s first step in giving people tools to become engaged as consumers of their own health. As the global health crisis mounted, we felt a strong sense of responsibility to see if we could leverage our resources and talents to make a difference”. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • ‘84% owner of Facebook’ ordered back to the US

    Paul Ceglia, who has been waging a legal war against Mark Zuckerberg from Ireland, has been ordered to return back to the US by a New York Court. Ceglia, who claims to be the rightful owner of an 84% stake in Facebook, has argued that he provided Zuckerberg with the seed money for a website called "The Face Book" or "The Page Book". Judge Leslie Foschio has now ordered Ceglia to return to the US to look for removable computer storage devices he claims are both no longer in his possession and integral to proving his case. Alternatively, Foschio ordered Ceglia...

  • It’s Nook versus Kindle with the newly-released Simple Touch

    The Barnes & Noble Nook is seemingly set to enter into an almighty throw down with the Amazon Kindle. It has now been discovered that Barnes & Noble will be announcing a new Nook, called the “Simple Touch”, a gadget which is seemingly in line with Kindle’s current line-up of cut-price eReaders. The Nook Simple Touch, priced at US$99 has “the world’s best reading screen and longest battery life” according to a leaked slide from Barnes & Noble, a US-based book retailer. Read more on Gearburn.com 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");

  • 20 of the most (and least) connected words on LinkedIn

    I’ve studied data from a variety of social media platforms, but never LinkedIn. So a few days ago I got around to playing with it a little bit and found a few interesting things. First, I looked at the words in the title and summary of more than 40 000 randomly selected profiles and how they correlated with the number of connections those profiles have. I found that there are a handful of highly connected positions (unsurprisingly investors and recruiters) as well as under-connected titles (religion and healthcare). The infographic below shows the 20 most connected common words (and the 20...

  • The evolution of videogame advertising

    In the 80s and early parts of the 90s, commercials for videogames were few and far between. When you did see them, they looked something like this: Aside from the fact that it exuded 80s “radness”, for which there is no cure, the commercial itself was just disparaging of gamers. But that’s not really a surprise, ad agencies at the time were trying to sell a product to a demographic that they couldn’t relate to. Playing up the stereotype was a lazy approach, but it was also the typical approach at the time. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Start-up co-founders: 10 tips for choosing your significant other

    They say that starting a business with a partner is like a marriage. What they don't tell you is that if your marriage does really well it's like having a few hundred kids too. When things go wrong they can go really wrong, so here are ten tips for picking the right startup co-founder. Do not marry Lorena Bobbit The first and probably most obvious part of the selection process is to try avoid starting a tech company with a psychopath or someone who acts rashly and against the best interests of the people around them. You will...

  • When does a dumb phone become a smartphone?

    The line is blurring. A year ago, perhaps even six months ago, it was pretty easy to define the difference between a smartphone and a feature phone (or "dumb" phone). You could point to an Android device or an iPhone and say: "There. That's a smartphone." Similarly, you could label any phone that retailed for less than US$100 (or R800) as "dumb". Today, it’s not so simple. Sure, ultra low-end phones without internet access are easy. But what about devices like the Asha range announced by Nokia at Nokia World last week? Sure, it's all part of Nokia's plan to connect "the...

  • Anonymous reveals IP addresses of alleged paedophiles

    Infamous online hacktivist group Anonymous claimed on Wednesday to have published the IP addresses of more than 190 visitors to child pornography sites. In a statement posted on file-sharing site pastebin.com, Anonymous said it was exposing the IP addresses as part of a campaign dubbed "Operation Darknet." The group is most famously known for hitting corporate and big-business sites with DDoS attacks, briefly taking over operations or scraping information. The most well-known of the radical group's hacks involved taking down websites belonging to Bank of America and Sony. The group's latest target is web hosting company, Freedom Hosting, a server that...

  • Guzzle, a specials aggregator with heart

    Online coupons have their place, primarily as colossal repositories for random bargains. Guzzle, a self-funded South African venture wants to be your new favourite shopping companion by offering true value as it roots out discounts and product specials from newspapers, catalogues and other forms of print media. Guzzle is a "specials aggregator" which focuses on products offered by major South African retailers such as Game, Pick 'n Pay and Makro. The team collates information from the retail stores, lists the various deals and presents it as a searchable, online catalogue. The founders, Ricard Meulemans and Oliver Bryant began Guzzle a little...

  • YouTube adds South African languages — isiZulu, Afrikaans

    Google has announced that, as of today, YouTube will be available in isiZulu and Afrikaans, two of South Africa’s most widely spoken languages. The internet giant says the move is part of its ongoing effort to localise services. The announcement comes shortly after the one year anniversary of the launch country's own YouTube channel. . According to Google, localised YouTube channels like the South African one, have made it "faster and easier for...users to find and view the videos most relevant to them". "The new language versions mean that internet users whose first language is isiZulu or Afrikaans can...

  • Google’s Gmail iOS app crashes on launch day

    Gmail users will have noticed that Google has made some dramatic changes to the look and feel of the web-based Gmail interface. Unfortunately, news of the Gmail overhaul was rather overshadowed by the withdrawal of the Gmail App on both the Apple Appstore mere hours after its release. The email application was designed to work on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. "We've created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We've combined your favourite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It's designed...

  • Yahoo! continues fight back to the top with new iPad magazine

    Despite facing innumerable rumours and speculation about possible buy-outs, releasing a free news magazine for the iPad, Yahoo! is continuing its slow but steady attempt to re-summit the internet business. Speaking at an event to announce new offerings including the magazine, which is called Livestand, chief product officer for the former search giant Blake Irving said, "With all the swirl out there, the impression is that it must be defocusing ," but stressed that, "there is little confusion". Since the Yahoo! board fired its colourful CEO Carol Bartz, who is yet to be replaced, the company has been going through...

  • Twitter launches ‘Twitter Stories’ — How tweets help people

    Twitter has launched the first in a series of what it calls, Twitter stories a new site that shares stories about people who have used the social network in an interesting way and positive ways. "Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and, Japanese fishermen who use Twitter to sell their catch before returning to shore. Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller," said Twitter in a blog post. Watch this...