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  • BlackBerry is back

    With hindsight huge issues, such as the recent BlackBerry service outage, may not have been as critical as they seemed at the time. If asked we would not, or could not, imagine life without our various devices, especially our key communicator -- the mobile phone. Imagine going back to the time that we only placed a call, or on the odd occasion sent a text message on your phone. That time was not all that long ago, when we could all wander around without any real danger of being bowled over by a smartphone toting suit with urgent business. The...

  • P2P DNS – Taking ownership of the internet

    DNS is one of those core technologies on which the internet runs. For most end users, DNS is pretty much invisible until they want to register their first domain for their own websites. At that point, the concept of a domain registrar suddenly pops into view. But at the heart of it all is the body that controls all of the top-level domains, and that is responsible for resolving domain name disputes and many other domain related decisions. That body is ICANN, and to be straight about things, it would be fair to say that ICANN ultimately owns the...

  • Never lost again. We review TomTom’s GoLive 1000

    Convergence is the combination of similar devices into a single platform. Digital cameras, books and GPS devices are products which now generally exist on smartphones like the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4. The GPS in particular is at home on the touchscreen display and long battery life of the modern smartphone. So why then bother with a non-converged device? Why should I spend money on a GPS which only does one thing? You do it because the TomTom GoLive 1000 is one of the best navigation systems on the market and a must for your car.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");

  • Jobs biography reveals anger over Android, respect for Zuckerberg

    Excerpts from Steve Jobs' biography have revealed a long-standing vendetta with internet giant Google. The conflict stemmed from the emergence of Google's Android operating system, which Jobs claimed was blatant rip-off of Apple's iOS. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product," Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson quoted him as saying early last year. "I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this," he said. "I don't want your money. If you offer me US$5-billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want." Jobs was also,...

  • Groupon reduces its IPO ahead of investor roadshow

    On Friday, daily deals site, Groupon, said it hopes to raise US$621-million from its initial public offering, significantly less than its initial amount of more than one billion. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Chicago-based Groupon said it plans to offer between 30-million and 34.5-million shares priced between US$16 and US$18. This new figure values the company, which turned down a US$6-billion takeover offer from Google last year, at around US$11.4-billion, significantly lower than previous estimates of between US$25-billion and US$30-billion. The IPO is expected on 4 November following Groupon's roadshow for investors beginning Monday. Markets...

  • Google is the latest rumoured Yahoo! buyer

    Google, is "mulling" a bid for its search rival, Yahoo! the Wall Street Journal reports. This the latest news to surface from the "who's looking to buy Yahoo!" rumour mill. According to people who are familiar with the matter but declined to be named, Google has entered into discussions with a number of private equity firms regarding how such a deal would be structured. They also stressed, however, that nothing had been finalised as of yet. "Google and prospective partners have held early-stage discussions but haven't put together a formal proposal," the newspaper said. The report furthermore stressed that even...

  • Egyptian man jailed for ‘insulting’ Facebook posts

    An Egyptian man landed in jail after his inflammatory postings on Facebook. A court in Cairo sentenced the man to three years with hard labour after finding that "he intentionally insulted the dignity of the Islamic religion and attacked it with insults and ridicule on Facebook". The documents of the court described the attack in further detail: "His insults were aimed at the Noble Koran, the true Islamic religion, the Prophet of Islam and his family and Muslims, in a scurrilous manner." The court declined to comment on Ayman Yusef Mansur's offensive statements. Mansur was arrested in August after police tracked...

  • How Twitter’s changed the world in your pocket [infographic]

    It's unlikely that when co-founder Jack Dorsey first came up with the idea for Twitter at the age of eight, he envisaged that it would grow to be all that it is today. Dorsey, who is also known as "the James Franco of the internet," could not be more correct when he says "Twitter has the potential to take the entire world and fit it in your pocket, and not just the global world -- your world". That world you are now able to put in your pocket has also, however, been changed by Twitter. Twitter has come a long way...

  • Golden Joystick award winners crowned

    The superlative game of 2011 was awarded to Portal 2 at the Golden Joystick awards. The London Park Plaza was the venue for the glitzy event which saw hundreds of the year's best games competing for the coveted prizes. Portal 2, the mind-bending action-adventure from the creators of Half Life won "Ultimate Game". Creating portals, navigating a dying production plant and combating the hateful AI called "GlaDOS" turned out to be an experience that every gamer could sink their teeth into. While Portal 2 was crowned best game, there were no titles which managed to completely dominate the award show. Other notable...

  • A decade of iPod

    Ten years ago, Apple released the first iPod to an unsuspecting public. It only took a decade for the iPod to become the world’s number one media player and this week, the iPod celebrates ten years on top. Despite mixed reactions for Apple products, it is hard to deny the cold hard facts. Over 300-million iPods have been sold worldwide, with rivals such as the Zune, Sony Walkman and the multiple SanDisk players unable to knock the champion off the charts. Proof of its success shows in its design. To this day, the current 160GB iPod remains largely unchanged from...

  • 11 African tech innovators to keep your eye on

    Prominent technology conference Tech4Africa has announced 11 finalists for its inaugural Innovation Award. The award aims to recognise the important role technological innovation will have in solving a number of the problems which are unique to Africa. The 11 finalists chosen by the conference organisers are variously attempting to tackle everything from road deaths and real-time video streaming in rural areas to tender corruption. "The Tech4Africa Innovation Award is another mechanism for us to realise our goal to engage, inspire, enable and innovate," says Gareth Knight, MD of Tech4Africa. "Africa has produced some incredible innovations to address problems...

  • Google’s Umbono set to announce first winners

    Google's recently launched startup incubator, Umbono, is set to announce the first winners in its pilot programme on the 1st of November in an event in Cape Town. Umbono is aimed at bringing technology startups together with seed capital, Google mentorship, angel investors, local tech stars, entrepreneurs and business leaders. The programme, a Google first worldwide, is being tested in Cape Town, South Africa which was chosen because Google believes the city is in "the process of positioning itself as a hub for innovation and technology". The search giant says the incubator is "in keeping with its ongoing commitment to foster...

  • Google is changing, for better or worse

    Google's large scale actions within the industry might be grabbing all the headlines, but it's the seemingly small changes that might have an even greater impact. Over the years, and certainly during my tenure at Google, industry pundits questioned its "Don't be Evil" mantra. Google's Philosophy has come under some severe scrutiny especially since it no longer "does one thing really well" as its mission of "organising the world's information & making it universally accessible and useful" encourages Google to broaden its scope. You've got to wonder what a self-driving car has to do with that. The backlash...

  • ‘I need you to make me a viral video’ – the 3Rs

    It is a common request from clients wanting to embrace the whole online thing. There's a fantastic chance that your MD, CEO, CFO, has been receiving increasing pressure, from peers/competitors, to throw some money at the production of a viral video. The problem with buzzwords is that they set unrealistic expectations. It is impossible to "make a viral video". It is however possible to produce a remarkable video and seed it to a relevant online network, in order to produce results that are beneficial to both the brand and the business. It is very important...

  • Review: Living with the Motorola XOOM

    What is there left to say about the Motorola XOOM that you don’t already know? Released way back in February of this year in the US, it has finally found its way to African shores. There are literally hundreds of reviews of the Motorola XOOM by now, so instead of boring you with tedious minutiae, I’ll try to convey just what it’s like to welcome to XOOM into your home. A quick refresher course To recap, the XOOM was Motorola’s first tablet, and the world’s first tablet to run Google’s Honeycomb tablet-specific OS. 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");