Apple, Innovation

The ghost in the machine — Inside Siri

It didn't take long for hackers to crack the Siri protocol and discover exactly how Siri works. The beautiful thing about the hack was that it used a weakness in SSL that Moxie Marlinspike talked about some years back. After forcing all of Siri's internet traffic through a packet-sniffer, it became apparent that Siri communicates over HTTPS with a server at Apple.By simply creating a certificate that looks like Apple's but uses a a fake CA which could be ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Google+ Pages and its place in the social inbox

google pages1Google has finally unveiled Pages for Google+, allowing organisations and brands to join the social network and let their followers engage with them.When the internet giant first launched Google+, brands immediately jumped at the opportunity to gain additional exposure, but unfortunately, Google prevented these companies from creating profiles for business use.Offering an advertorial-free zone to mingle online may have seemed like reasonable strategy at the time for G+ to help differentiate itself. This initial decision to champion an ecommerce-sterile ...

Gearburn

Review: The Xperia Neo, shiny like a Chinese stereo

Looking for a midrange smartphone, want Android, don’t want to shell out iPhone prices? Look no further than the Xperia Neo. Just don’t look at it too closely: Sleek and modern lines, but with chrome accents that wouldn’t look amiss on a 1995 Panasony clock radio. Deeply flawed, but also deeply functional — good value for money, but could be better.Now that the high end of the smartphone market is pretty much locked in a Galaxy vs iPhone vs Motorola ...

News

LinkedIn strengthens Indian presence

LinkedIn Corporation, the company behind the world’s largest social network for professionals, says that it has opened up a research and development centre in India. The centre, based in Bangalore is the company's first such office outside North America.The centre will reportedly support the tech infrastructure used to build core products and features on LinkedIn.According to the company, the decision was made to set up the centre, at least in part, to keep up with the rapid membership ...

Gearburn

BlackBerry unveils Bold 9790, Curve 9380

BlackBerry has unveiled two new phones designed to run on the BlackBerry 7 OS: The Bold 9790 and the Curve 9380.Bold 9790BlackBerry describes the newest Bold as "both powerful and compact". The Bold combines a touchscreen with the traditional “tactile keyboard”. BlackBerry also describes it as "powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes". The processor is meaty enough at 1GHZ and features enough onboard memory (8GB) to store ample content. As usual, power users can upgrade by adding ...

News

Microsoft chief, Steve Ballmer heralds the everlasting ‘Windows Era’

Microsoft chief, Steve Ballmer proclaimed an everlasting “Windows Era”, as the software giant's current board swept to an easy victory at an annual meeting of shareholders.Along with Ballmer, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Bill Gates and several others secured their positions on the Microsoft board with an overwhelming 92% of votes cast by investors.When questioned about the "post PC-era" heralded by Apple visionary Steve Jobs, Ballmer said, "We are in the Windows Era, We were, we are, and we always ...

Infographic, Twitter

The South African Twitter landscape [Infographic]

twitter-banner A recent study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx titled South African Social Media Landscape 2011 revealed that, along with several other social networking sites, Twitter continues to show phenomenal growth in South Africa.In fact, the study showed that Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth of any social network in the past year.Head of World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck pointed out that Twitter, "coming off a very low base [in South Africa] is therefore seeing the greatest growth".Using ...

Gearburn

Legendary assassin’s tale climaxes in final instalment

Stealthy death-dealer Ezio Auditore takes his noble crusade to the 16th Century Ottoman Empire with the release of Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed game -- his last appearance as the trilogy comes to an end.In a blend of historical truth and narrative fiction, Assassin's Creed: Revelations traces Auditore’s exploits in thwarting an age-old grab for global domination reaching into modern times. "Revelations" is the fourth instalment in a franchise that has sold more than 31-million copies since it launched four years ...

Mobile

.mobi is dead, and it’s back to the future

There was a time where it made sense to have a separate mobile site, running in parallel with your old faithful desktop website. We put these mobile-only sites under domains like "m.myveryspecialsite.com" or "myveryspecialsite.mobi".The argument was that because our online offering was being accessed via a different medium with different capabilities, we therefore needed clearly distinct sites. Mobile phones then were simple beasts, because they were mainly just phones with a bit of web browsing thrown in. These phones ...

Mobile

Nokia still number one, but feeling heat from Samsung, Apple

Despite a drop in market share, Nokia continued to be the worldwide leader in mobile device sales, accounting for about 24% of all global sales. The second quarter of 2011 was a low point for Nokia, although the third quarter brought signs of improvement. This is according to research from Gartner.Dual-SIM phones in particular, and feature phones generally, maintained Nokia's momentum in emerging markets. Gartner reckons that "heavy marketing from both Nokia and Microsoft" to push the new Lumia devices ...

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