Gearburn

Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

amazon-kindle-fire-tablet-150x150 Reviews for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 “iPad Killer”, unveiled on 28 September,is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here’s what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device:Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it “an achievement at US$200“. He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called “power users” will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The ...

News

Logitech pulls out of Google TV

On the heels of rumours that internet giant, Google, might be making a play for paid television -- Logitech has pulled the plug on Google TV set-top boxes. The manufacturer said that consumers just aren't ready for the device, which merges television and the internet."Google TV or the child of Google TV or the grandchild of Google TV will happen," said Guerrino De Luca, the chairman and acting chief executive of the Swiss computer peripherals maker.But it seems it just ...

News

Diaspora co-founder dies at 22

Ilya ZhitomirskiyDiaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy has died at the age of 22. The cause of death is, as of yet, unknown.Local media reports indicated that the young technologist may have committed suicide. The coroner's office, however, said it would take several weeks to determine the precise cause of death.Along with Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer, Zhitomirskiy created the open-source Facebook alternative as a response to the social networking giant's privacy changes in 2010.According to Mashable, the ...

News

The web lets citizens check rights abuses: Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt Widespread internet adoption is crucial in allowing wired citizens to keep their governments in check when it comes to rights abuses. That’s according to Google chief Eric Schmidt.Speaking to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Hawaii, Schmidt underlined how important the web is to keeping people informed about their governments."In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest," adding that "Whistleblowing has never been so ...

Gearburn

Skyrim, the ‘endless adventure’ released

elder-scrolls-skyrim-150x150 The numerically pleasing date of 11/11/11 held the promise of the much anticipated multi-platform release Skyrim, the fifth title in theElder Scrolls series.Created by Bethesda Software, the same company behind Fallout 3 and Oblivion, Skyrim is the must-have title which RPG fans have been slavishly awaiting for.Between red-hot releases such as Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham Asylum and Battlefield 3,Skyrim looks as if it will make the most impact in the hearts and minds of gamers.

Competition

Win a short course with Memeburn and GetSmarter (UCT)

GetSmarter THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSEDWant to up your business savvy? You can with Memeburn, University of Cape Town and GetSmarter, as we are giving away an online course valued at ZAR8200 to one deserving winner.The University of Cape Town (Law@Work) Start and Manage a Small business course, presented by GetSmarter, teaches existing and prospective business owners the practical skills needed to effectively run their own business from conceptualizing an idea through to day-to-day management and growth. This is a 9-week ...

Social media

How not to lose yourself when the internet is down

stage_fright_ (650 x 363) When I was in Berlin recently, I spotted a T-shirt in a shop window. The slogan on it read: "I don't do Facebook or Twitter I have a life". Please, that's so 2009.The truth is that we live online and in so-called real life, at the same time, and this is the way it is going to be from now on. We have a digital self that we project out into the world via social media, and that self ...

Gearburn

Uncharted 3: Perfected, or simply polished?

Uncharted-3-kicking The Uncharted series is Naughty Dog’s pride and joy for good reason; it is both a technological achievement as well as a fine gaming experience. So does the third in the series improve on its predecessors, and does advanced game technology translate into enhanced gaming pleasure?Emotional Story Nathan Drake: adventurer, explorer, wise-ass. When we last saw him, he was walking off into the sunset after having found the tree of life and getting the gal. Welcome to Uncharted -- a mix ...

Africa, Innovation

What Africa needs to innovate on a global scale

Africa It's common knowledge that Africa, as continent, has been a leading innovator when it comes to mobile. Given that mobile phones arrived on a continent with far less wired infrastructure than the developed world, mobile was adopted incredibly quickly and innovations in the space were equally quick to arise. But what about the future? What kind of conditions are needed to ensure that the next generation of African innovators has the freedom to build products services which will reach out ...

Twitter

Twitter 101: Where we’re @

Social media has provided us with platforms to have intimate one on one engagements on the one hand and has aided in the mass broadcast of messages to hundreds of thousands or even millions of fans and followers on the other.When it comes to Twitter, in particular, you need to be aware of a few golden rules to make sure you are distributing your message effectively. High among these is a question you should be asking yourself on a ...

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