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  • 13 of the best mobile innovations on the planet

    The world is mobile. Our lives are on our smartphones and tablets and will only get more so in the future. Mobile already accounts for 10% of traffic on the web. That's hardly surprising considering that some of them give us an experience that's as good, and sometimes better, than what we get from the PC. None of this however would be possible without innovators. And because the industry's so open to disruption, they could come from anywhere. That also means though that they can easily slip through the cracks without being recognised. Awards like the Meffys attempt to...

  • 9 of our favourite iPhone 5 launch memes

    So there was a little launch yesterday. You might have heard of it. Apple, iPhone 5, ring any bells? Anyway, the biggest launch in tech was bound to generate the odd meme. Judging by what's out there at the moment, it looks like large portions of the internet agree with my assessment that Apple missed the boat with this launch. To save you the monumental effort of having to trawl through the cess-pits of the web, we've gathered together some of the best memes around the launch. At least one person called Apple out on the fact that the...

  • eBay does a Microsoft, gets first new logo in 17 years

    Boom. eBay's gone all Microsoft on us and debuted a brand new logo. Like the Redmond-based giant, it's also gone for a much more minimal, post-modern and straight-laced look. That said, it does take a number of cues from the old logo, and with good reason. Unlike Microsoft, eBay's never changes its corporate logo before. Its identity also has strong ties to the logo, given that it's made up of the company name. According to eBay: Our refreshed logo is rooted in our proud history and reflects a dynamic future. It’s eBay today: a global online marketplace that offers...

  • Google search gets a dose of Kevin Bacon

    This is awesome. Google's just added a brilliant new tool to its search arsenal. You can now search according to the Bacon number. The new tool allows you to search for the connections between actors, actresses and Kevin Bacon. Yup, Google just made went and built Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into its search offering. If you're mouthing "Six Degrees of whatnow?" at the moment, here's Wikipedia's explanation of how it works: The Bacon number of an actor or actress is the number of degrees of separation he or she has from Bacon, as defined by the game The computation...

  • Did losing Twitter really make LinkedIn better?

    At the recent ‘TechCrunch: Disrupt Technology’ Conference held in San Francisco, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman rocked the audience when he revealed that “from a LinkedIn perspective, it improved the product to lose the Twitter connection.” Just three months ago, Twitter broke up its digital marriage to LinkedIn when it suspended its news feed link into the LinkedIn update reel -- much to the ire of the global social networking community. Apparently the reason for this sudden departure from the world’s largest professional network was Twitter’s decision to encourage users to visit its own services rather than a different...

  • Dropping the ball: It’s a fight for your post iPhone heart

    So it was that time of year again where your favorite tech blog goes into overdrive. But I’m not here to try to spin relatively disappointing releases into something awesome. Now that we have seen what every phone maker released for the next year we can now decide which phone is actually the best one to get. I’m not including HTC in this because let’s be honest, the OneX is old and I’m not too excited about the 8X, it looks like it belongs in a long-distant era. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • 5 things from the iPhone 5 launch that prove Apple’s lost its mojo

    We really didn't want to have to write this article. We wanted the iPhone 5 launch to be great, and for there to be the same magic there always had been. There wasn't. Yesterday Mashable asked whether this would be the last great Apple launch. The answer, as it turned out was a resounding no. It was actually the first really bad Apple launch since Steve Jobs died. Here's why. 1. The leaks Seriously, the lead up to this launch was leakier than a rusty sieve. If the tech press had wanted to get a jump on the iPhone 5...

  • iPhone 5 to hit China’s grey market for US$1 500

    Combining Tao Te Ching levels of “WTF” and “Meh, I’m not really surprised,” China’s finest smugglers are preparing to sell the newly-unveiled iPhone 5 for a cool 10 000 RMB -- that’s US$1 500, a more than 100% markup over its Hong Kong price of HK$5 588 (4 560 RMB). The fast-working grey importers say they’ll be ready to start selling the iPhone 5 on 21 September, its initial global launch date, thanks to smuggling in the phone from Hong Kong. Thereafter, plenty of other nearby Asian launch locations -- such as Singapore -- will keep the flow of grey...

  • Check out Apple’s iPhone 5 event without installing QuickTime

    Tech anoraks love being able to watch video streams of product launches, dissecting them in the minutest detail. Most of the big companies now do it live, with Apple being the notable exception. Whatever their reasons, the good people at Number One Infinite Loop tend to hold back on releasing the video until a few hours after the actual event. Yesterday's iPhone 5 launch is now up and available to anyone with "Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.” Reading those words are...

  • The mouse is dead: You’ll touch, wear and speak to your computer soon

    The way we use computers has remained largely unchanged for nearly 40 years. Even with the advent of touch screens and tablets in the past 10 years, we have only experienced a slight modification of the familiar point-and-click paradigm. Efforts to improve the user interface have largely focused on making the content of what can be clicked on, or typed into, more intuitive. Although this field of user-experience design has created operating systems, websites and devices that are ever more user-friendly, they still remain stubbornly tied within this traditional relationship between human and computer. Well, hang onto your mousepads...

  • What’s new with iOS 6 on the iPhone 5? Not much really

    Apple has launched the iPhone 5. About time. With it comes a slightly larger, 4-inch display and iOS 6. At the launch Apple’s senior VP of iOS, Scott Forstall, took the stage to showcase some exciting new things coming to iOS 6. Though there was a pretty info-heavy sneak peek at iOS 6 back in June at WWDC, Forstall's demo gave more details of what fanboys and girls can expect with the latest version of the OS. There is the new Maps app: Apple is continuing to cut ties with Google Maps on the new iPhone. What's quite cool about...

  • Google: there are half a billion Android devices worldwide

    Just hours before the new iPhone launch today, Android's director of product management Hugo Barra took to his Google+ page to announce that there are now 500-million devices running Google's OS. Nice one. According to Barra, 1.3-million new Android devices are activated every day. The announcement comes just a week after Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt mentioned at the latest Motorola device launch that there were 480-million Android devices world wide. That's an extra 20-million new devices (or 2.85-million a day) in just under seven days... and it's unclear if that was an above-average week or if Schmidt's stat was...

  • Oops. Apple’s search engine confirms LTE iPhone 5, iTunes 11, new iPods

    It's (kinda) official: Apple is not pulling a "New iPad" stunt on us again. As was heavily hinted at in the press invites, the new iPhone is called the iPhone 5 and like the iPad, looks to be capable of LTE transfer speeds. The company's website has all but confirmed the name, and that it will also be launching a new iPod touch, iPod nano and an updated version of iTunes at today's event. 9 to 5 Mac hit Apple's search bar and discovered that there are already URLs for the press releases and product pages for the new...

  • Steve Jobs resurrection: iPhone 5 parody [Video]

    When Tim Cook takes to the stage to introduce the iPhone 5 later today, Apple fans around the world will be on the edge of their seats. But will there be "one more thing"? MondoMedia reckons there just might be and it could be the biggest one ever: Steve Jobs resurrected through the power of hologram. In this parody video however Jobs is capable of a little more than has rapping counterpart. Watch him explain why that little bit of extra length will make all the difference and remind Tim Cook who's really in charge. 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...

  • Android unseats BlackBerry in Indonesian stronghold

    This is big. Android has overtaken BlackBerry as the top OS in Indonesia, one of the Canadian manufacturer's biggest markets. According to the latest stats from tech research company IDC, Google's little green robot is now standard on 52% of smartphones in the country. That said, BlackBerry is still the most popular overall device in the country, but only because so many different smartphone manufacturers run Android. According to IDC Indonesia market analyst for client devices research Darwin Lie, the delayed launch of BB10 isn't helping matters either: The increase in shipments of Android-based phones in Indonesia is driven...