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  • Video Review: Samsung NX11

    Here is our video review of the NX11. It's a surpisingly competent piece of camera kit; well thought out and fast handling. Changeable lens from wide to long tele, fairly compact, and we like the depth of field preview button. Not only do you get a healthy 14.4MP, but the larger sensor improves lower light shooting and a lets you choose a shallow depth of field if you want to blur the background. Shows class Watch the review 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");

  • Google gives HTC patent ammo in Apple fight

    Long accused of milquetoast support for its Android licencees when they're attacked, Google has suddenly escalated the Apple-vs-Android patent war by providing HTC with an armoury of patents in its current legal battle with Cupertino. Last week Google transferred a set of patents to HTC that the Taiwan-based company used to amend intellectual property infringement complaints against iPhone maker Apple in the United States. The global Internet giant confirmed selling the patents to HTC but referred additional questions to the smartphone maker. 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");

  • E-cigs get social

    In a move which some would call "bound to happen", e-cigarettes have now begun to integrate social features into its design. E-cig maker blu has launched what it is calling the "Premium Smart Pack", their socially-aware cigarette pack. The cigarette pack has mobile phone-like features, such as an animated logo, a charge indicator for the pack and spare battery, as well as its ace-in-the-hole, the social button. Pushing the button sends out a signal which identifies other blu smokers and blu resellers. According to the company's website, the future of the device is set to land in 2012. Software will...

  • Windows-based Galaxy tab out next week?

    A report from the Korea Economic Daily says Samsung has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by Windows 8. Citing an industry source, it said the new tab would be unveiled at Microsoft's BUILD developers' conference in California next week from September 13-16. "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," it quoted the source as saying. 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");

  • .XXX domain registrations begin

    The adult entertainment industry has been pushed into its own domain, ".XXX". ICM Registry, the administrators of the launch are opening up the doors to any site which wishes to adopt the .XXX moniker. Websites can now pre-register or even protect their brands from being registered onto the domain. Those interested in acquiring this top level domain should click through to ICM Registry to sign up. This is the beginning of the process, known as "Sunrise". Sunrise A is for securing trademarks and any matching top level domains. Sunrise B, which runs concurrently with Sunrise A is for non-members...

  • Facebook is fast becoming irrelevant and has lost the real-time battle

    I remember the glory days of Facebook. We used to share voraciously on our news feeds. Our movements. Interesting links. Videos. It was where the conversation happened. Daily. And then came Twitter. The real conversation (and the real-time one) shifted to Twitter. The shift was slow to begin with, which made Twitter a hollow place. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Today, revolutions are sparked on Twitter. We converse there. We interact there. (and we don't need to go off on a tangent into sociological...

  • The truth about BlackBerry’s encryption

    I've been thinking of not writing this piece in order to let the criminal underworld continue to operate, wrapped tightly in the warm blanket of incompetence. However, if you're an aspiring hoodlum or simply a curious, law abiding BBM addict, this article might be of interest to you. I draw from Ronen Halevy's analysis at the excellent Berry Review, so click through if you're interested in some further reading. There's this notion that communication from BlackBerry to BlackBerry is always secure. Before BBM was ever the network of choice for "angry youfs", way before Curves were available in hot pink...

  • SA government ‘clarifies’ position on monitoring BlackBerry Messenger

    Recent reports that South Africa's government was looking to regulate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service were greeted with dismay and anger. In a recent speech, South African Deputy-Communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for called for new regulations that would allow police and intelligence authorities to access messages sent via BBM. Following heated reactions and international news reports on the matter, Bapela's boss, Communications minister Radhakrishna Roy Padayachie, has issued a "clarifying statement" saying that, "government has no intention to regulate or legislate against Blackberry Encryption messenger service". The statement also noted, however, that government was still drafting a policy statement that...

  • 26 emerging market political figures on Facebook and Twitter

    Speaking to your constituents once meant getting up on a podium and shouting into a microphone. Twitter and Facebook are now the global platforms for instant communication and politicians have taken to it like a duck to water. Listed below are a group of politicians who use Twitter and Facebook to talk to their faithful followers. South America Chile President, Michelle Bachelet -- Facebook fans: 295 097 Her Facebook site is growing in popularity, and she recently began (and abandoned) a Twitter account after a mere six tweets. Facebook remains as her platform for social communication. President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández...

  • Rebecca Black braai parody gaining traction

    Remember Rebecca Black? The girl that turned Friday into something more than just another day of the week? That one. The meme that never seemed to go away. Some of the best things that came out of the Black world were the parodies. You may have thought we had gotten over this and that we had all moved on, but we haven't. So here's a little gem that has somehow worked Braai culture into the parody, and it's gaining traction. The video, which will have you falling off your chair in laughter, is a product of South African comedy...

  • Cybercrime costs $114bn annually, says Symantec

    Cybercrime costs the world US$114-billion every year. That's according to a report from global software security firm Symantec. The report adds that some 431-million adults have been victims of cybercrime in the past year. When adjusted to include financial losses and time lost, the global cost of cybercrime goes up to US$388-billion. According to Symantec, this means that cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined (US$288-billion). Globally, every 14 seconds, 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one-million victims every day. Of the 24 individual...

  • Popular radio DJ trends worldwide over racist slur

    Popular South Africa radio DJ and rugby commentator, Darren Scott is trending world-wide on Twitter, following his use of the "K-word" late last week. The incident in question occurred at a work function, after Scott lost his temper at a colleague, Africa Tshoaedi. In a recent statement from Scott's PR team, Tshoaedi's presence at a bar after being told leave by Scott was seen as "provocative and used strong language to tell the colleague to go away. In doing so he used a racial epithet". On 702 early Thursday morning, Scott announced that he had resigned as...

  • Making AOL look foolish: Arrington continues to post on TechCrunch

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Mike Arrington lost his job at TechCrunch over his insistence to be an investor in his beat companies. Precisely what future he will have with the company, though, remains unclear. Arrington continues to post articles on Techcrunch in defiance of AOL's and Arianna Huffington's statements that he is no longer employed and that Erick Schonfeld is interim editor while a replacement is found. The decision to remove Arrington from an editorial position at TechCrunch was reportedly made by Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, which AOL bought in February. Huffington was named the head of...

  • Are you wasting your employer’s time on Facebook?

    The average person spends a sizeable amount of time on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ everyday. We are the social network generation, it shows in the way we live our lives and conduct ourselves. Fifty-seven percent of people communicate more with their friends online than they do in real life. Did you know that Facebook users apparently spend 700-billion minutes a month on the social network? That's just Facebook statistics, what about Twitter, Google+ and the many other networks that consume our time online? Unless all the users on these social networks don't have day jobs, we're clearly spending an lot...

  • Qooh.me: ‘A carnival fun ride of questions’

    Ever wanted to know something about your friends or someone you know but were too afraid to ask? Wish there was an app for that? There probably is, but there is a also a web-service. Enter Qooh.me, the apparent answer to your problem. Qooh.me is a "web application that allows you to ask your friends or people you find interesting open and anonymous questions in order to get to know them better," says creator, Vincent Mabuza. The service essentially takes users back to the rudimentary processes of anonymous, online interaction. It is a bit of a throwback to the days...