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  • TomTom releases Top Gear themed GPS

    TomTom has launched a Top Gear themed device and combined it with the popular characters from the long-running automotive TV show. Top Gear and TomTom are hoping to leverage the popularity of the motoring show by including options such as “Stig Mode”, presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s voice and “unique Top Gear selected points of interest including race tracks and raceway locations related to the series”. Stig Mode seems to be a bit of a novelty, as all it does is mute the TomTom HD. South Africa manager for TomTom SA, Daan Henderickx claims the product will have mass appeal in South Africa....

  • Xbox to offer cable TV

    Streaming TV shows are next for Microsoft’s console, the Xbox 360. Microsoft recently announced that it will start live-streaming a wide variety of TV shows via its Xbox live service. This service will be available to more than 20 countries by the end of the year. Microsoft has promised a “new era in television” by December, with cable companies like BBC, Comcast, HBO and Verizon FiOS included. According to Microsoft interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick, the announcement “is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want. Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment...

  • Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4S

    Unlimited data for the iPhone 4S will be made possible thanks to US mobile carrier Sprint. When Sprint begins offering iPhone 4S packages, its uncapped data plan will be offered along side it. Michelle Leff Mermelstein, spokesperson for Sprint said, “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just US$69.99.” Users will be able to combine this with unlimited calling for US$99 per month. The only downside to this plan is a US$10 surcharge on both of these plans, adding up to US$79 for uncapped data and US$109 for unlimited calls. read more at 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");

  • iLegend: We are privileged to have lived in the time of Steve Jobs

    One day we’ll fully realise just how much Steve Jobs changed our lives. I just don’t think we can appreciate it as much as history will allow our children to. He was an inventor in the truest sense of the word. Right up there with the greatest inventors of the modern age: Leonardo Da Vinci, Howard Hughes, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. Men who invented something out of nothing. Here was someone who created entirely new categories of products out of thin air. He made the personal computer a reality, invented the graphical user interface (which Microsoft popularised in the mass market as...

  • Steve Jobs death ‘biggest event in internet history’

    The online outpouring of grief around Steve Jobs' death could see it become the most talked about event in internet history. That’s according to Australian internet monitoring firm SR7. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter sagged under the weight of Jobs-related posts. In the wake of Jobs’ passing, five of the top ten topics trending worldwide on Twitter were about the Apple pioneer, including #ThankYouSteve, #iSad and #RIPSteveJobs . Two of his catchphrases, "Think Different" and "Stay Hungry" were also top of the trends, with the chatter so immense it caused Twitter to seize up, dispatching its famous...

  • Apple’s ‘innovator-in-chief’ Steve Jobs dies at 56

    Tech industry icon Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has died at the age of 56. Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for years, with the illness forcing him to step down as CEO in August. In his resignation letter Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." In a statement confirming Jobs' passing Apple said: We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion...

  • The Steve Jobs tribute for misfits: To your vision, fire and creativity

    Most of the headlines I’ve read about Steve Jobs’ death — October 5, 2011 — shout the obvious factoid: Apple’s Steve Jobs DIES or Steve Jobs is DEAD. Why not something more honorary like: Steve Jobs Dead Today: The World Has Lost a Technology and Design Visionary, or at least something a little more dignified? They also say that Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being, however I’d extend the former to the world, not just Apple. You see, Steve Jobs has the kind of effect that Princess Di had...

  • New Yorkers build Steve Jobs shrine at 5th Avenue Apple store

    It’s 1am and the temperature has dropped much lower than what it should be for an Autumn night, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to the flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York, to pay their respects to the man at the heart of it all. The spray-paint on the side of one of the construction walls says it all: iLove Steve. Steve Jobs is being remembered on Twitter and other social media sites, as people take to the online world he helped to create with his innovative products to express their sadness at his death. But...

  • ‘You showed us that there is a better way': The tech world mourns Steve Jobs

    News of Steve Jobs' death sent the tech world into mourning. As the news spread, people rushed to pay tribute the visionary, famed as much for his black turtle-neck sweaters as for his feats at Apple. On Twitter #RIPSteveJobs was cemented as the lead trending topic, with #ThankYouSteve taking up second spot and #iSad third. Among the hardest hit were the leading players in the tech industry. To them Jobs was variously, a friend, competitor, mentor and inspiration. Many of them led the praise for Jobs on social media. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was candid in his praise...

  • Story-telling, UX, and how to find your spine

    When I changed career path from journalism to user experience design, it was largely on the faith my friend Lidia had in my journalism skills. “Dude!” she said, “You’re perfect for this.” At the time Lidia was wrapping up her PhD in Human Computer Interaction at Swansea University, where I was editing itwales.com. To her, it didn’t matter that I’d had minimal exposure to UX until that point. As a career changer herself (from social work to HCI), Lidia knew firsthand that skills can be learned and adapted as needed, but aptitude and appetite can’t be bought or taught. Fast forward...

  • ‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish': The best Steve Jobs quotes

    Steve Jobs' passing will leave a hole in the hearts of tech fans. He was revered for his industry-changing devices and progressive ideas, with fans hanging onto his every word at Apple events. In his famous Stanford commencement speech Jobs urged eager students to "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish". Steven Paul Jobs helped to shape the modern world of tech and he will be remembered for more than the quotes listed below. 1985 -- Playboy magazine "I don't think I've ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it...

  • Tim Cook is a genius: Why there’s no iPhone 5 just yet

    The world is “disappointed” with the new Apple iPhone 4S. You haven’t been able to read or watch any reporting about the event (aside from boring, sober reportage) without hearing talking heads expound their “disappointment,” and wax lyrical about the “market’s muted response” and how Apple “failed to wow”. It’s an evolutionary upgrade to a product that has been on the market for 14 months. Nothing revolutionary. It doesn’t have to be. In fact, had Apple announced a must-have device it would’ve alienated the 100-million-odd iPhone 4 owners. Can you imagine the resentment you’d feel? Your device is only a...

  • ‘While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius’ – RiP Steve Jobs [videos]

    The tech world is a little darker and a little emptier following the passing of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. With accolades pouring in from all corners of the globe for the one of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries, the world has turned to the web to share thoughts, memories, and condolences of the Apple visionary. Memeburn decided to look back at the moments that contributed to the greatness that was Steve Jobs. If ever there was anyone who doubted that Jobs was one of the “greatest innovators,” as US President Barack Obama described Jobs in his tribute...

  • 4 steps to ‘acquirability’ in an age of tech optimism

    In the midst of a financial crisis earlier this year, news circulated that Apple held more cash than the US government. Analysts took what they wanted from the situation, but one thing is clear: Technology is driving wealth creation despite uncertainty in many sectors. Some have called it the Second Gilded age of massive wealth creation -- the original Gilded Age being the Roaring Twenties in the railroad era. Startup geeks and entrepreneurs are keen to take advantage, but so are investors. In his book, Richistan, the Wall Street Journal’s Robert Frank profiles the world’s new moneyed rich and...

  • 4 reasons Twitter could one day be bigger than Facebook

    Nick Bilton from the New York Times wrote a cogent piece on why he believes Facebook is more popular than Twitter. He believes that Twitter’s idiosyncrasies such as the @ and # symbols stifle mass adoption and he describes how his sister found the process of tweeting and tagging someone to be slightly obscure. The premise of his article in his own words: But if Twitter hopes to grow at the pace of Facebook, it will have to figure out how to stop thinking in @ symbols, and start thinking like my sister. I agree, but I believe Twitter could gradually blossom...