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  • 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...

  • 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...