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  • MySQL website hacked

    Yikes. I feel like I've taken a severe leaning toward being a security reporter, but I can't help it. Every day there seems to be yet another big story about how one of the core providers on the internet has been compromised. This week, it's MySQL. Considering that MySQL is used to power every second website, from Wikipedia through to Facebook, its pretty important that we know that it is able to keep its own website safe. Not so. Sadly early this week, the MySQL website was hacked and started redirecting users to a webpage serving malware. Currently it...

  • WooThemes launches retail WordPress plugin

    WordPress theme provider WooThemes has launched a new plugin application and library of integrated themes. The company claims that the product, called WooCommerce, will help "individuals and businesses turn WordPress sites into simple, elegant and fully-customisable eCommerce offerings". The South African-based company aims to replace traditional eCommerce CMS platforms and hosted services that require outside expertise to implement. It hopes that companies will instead use WooCommerce to build WordPress-powered shopping sites without the headache and hassle that such projects typically entail. WooThemes says that “carefully integrating successful themes means WooCommerce can have a huge impact on any businesses looking to improve...

  • Sony to unify content on its Entertainment Network

    In an attempt to create a unified media content platform, Sony is introducing a brand-new method for viewing entertainment options on the PS3. In Canada and the United States, Video Unlimited software for the PlayStation 3 console plays to the strengths of the machines as an entertainment device, uniting it under the banner of the Sony Entertainment Network. Video Unlimited was reportedly purchased by Sony for US$260-million. Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation said that he wished to create a "synergy" in regards to the videogames, content, gadgets and the Sony Entertainment Network. Sony vice president of global...

  • iPad app announcement at iPhone 5 launch event

    The iPhone launch event looks as if it will be unveiling more than an array of new devices, it will also hopefully release details of the long-awaited Facebook iPad app. The Facebook iPad app has been making the rounds in certain circles, so its existence can be verified, yet no concrete evidence of its imminent arrival has been proven. The app has remained up in the air at Facebook HQ for a couple of months, owing to the tenuous relationship between Apple and Facebook. 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");

  • Video review: Samsung Q10 HD Camcorder

    Below is our review of the Samsung Q10 HD Camcorder, a surprisingly expensive, yet exceptionally easy to use option for the amateur recording enthusiast. The digital zoom is wonky, the touch-screen is fiddly and the overall package feels too light and flimsy for this price tag. The video below rips it apart in full detail. You could be watching this on a Samsung Smart TVvar 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");

  • ‘Goldman Sachs rules the world’ trader becomes online phenomenon

    A trader who told BBC News presenters that “governments do not rule the world, Goldman Sachs does” is fast becoming a YouTube and Twitter phenomenon. In the day since the interview was conducted, one YouTube version of it had close to 400 000 views. In the clip, Alessio Rastani tells a clearly shocked interviewer that he "dreams of another recession" and that market crashes are an opportunity for "anybody to actually make money". He calls the current European economic crisis a cancer that everyone should be prepared to fight, before making the bold claim about Goldman Sachs ruling the...

  • Google celebrates its 13th birthday with a simple doodle

    The teen years are troubling for any software company but if that business happens to be Google, puberty will result in a level of success which is clear of facial blemishes and breaking voices. September 27 is the official birthday of Google, the company which reinvented the internet, brought us quick and easy search capabilities and moved us into the cloud. Google filed for incorporation on 4 September 1998, registered the "Google.com" domain 15 September and officially celebrates its birthday on the 27th. Google celebrated its birthday with a claymation doodle. Listed below is a timeline of Google's top innovations,...

  • Journalist fired for expletive-filled radio tirade but gains Twitter followers

    Mark Esterhuysen, a South African journalist, has been fired for an expletive-filled rant broadcast live on radio in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Following the rant, Esterhuysen directed listeners to his various social media platforms. Esterhuysen was a journalist for radio news service Eyewitness News and his rant played out on Talk 702. His twitter account, MarkEsterhuysen has now rocketed from roughly 400 followers to 979 and counting. His Facebook account remains silent on the matter, while he is yet to update on his firing from Eyewitness news on his blog. Twitter was quick to respond to the news,...

  • How to get the most out of YouTube advertising

    Advertisers and marketers are always looking for new and innovative ways to market their brands. While traditional advertising is beginning to take a back seat to the social media craze, there is another medium that hovers between being seen as an advertising platform and a social platform. But are marketers really getting the most out of a platform like YouTube? Humble Beginnings In December of 2005 YouTube officially came out of beta testing and was introduced to the world, with a then paltry 8-million videos being watched every day. Today that number has been destroyed and the online broadcast channel now...

  • Silicon Valley startups can’t rebuild US workforce

    There has been a lot of discussion lately about US jobs and Silicon Valley's role in helping to rebuild the US workforce. US government officials and many others believe that Silicon Valley is key to reviving US jobs growth. But is this really true? It's worth revisiting an article in Bloomberg Businessweek from last year, written by Andy Grove, a veteran Silicon Valley executive who helped build one of its most successful companies: Intel. Andy Grove worked with the early founders of Intel and became its CEO and chairman for many years. In this article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek he takes...

  • Google+ rocketing since opening up to the public

    In the week since Google took its brand new social network, Google+, public the network has seen a record number of signups. A recent post by Paul Allen, Ancestry.com co-founder and unofficial Google+ statistician, revealed that Google+ has reached an estimated 43.4-million users and counting. According to Allen, roughly a third of the users were added in the few days after Google+ opened itself to the public. Allen's Google+ numbers first gained credibility in early July, when he estimated the service had 10-million users which was confirmed by Google CEO, Larry Page, two days later in a call to investors. Others have...

  • 5 great pieces of geeky design

    Upcycling, resource re-allocation and a bit of animated fun is where it’s at in design at the moment. We look at the possibility of a biofuel that uses recycled newspapers, a raincoat that gathers and stores the water, and typewriters that get a second chance. Biofuel from newspapers Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans have found a novel bacterial strain, dubbed “TU-103”, that can use (news)paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that works as a gasoline substitute. TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces butanol directly from the organic compound cellulose. Sticky story A scene from the film...

  • Tumblr raises $85-million in funding from the likes of Richard Branson

    Blogging platform, Tumblr, has raised US$85-million worth of funding reports the New York Times. The fresh round of funding is led by venture capitalist firms Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners and includes cash injections from Peter Chernin's investment business and English billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Tumblr was founded in 2007 by David Karp and now has more than 29.9-million registered blogs. Karp said in a news release that the new funding would allow the blogging company "to continue to scale our business and give real focus to the further development of Tumblr." The company has raised roughly US$40-million in funding...

  • Facebook forms body to lobby and friend US Congress

    No industry of any value in the United States is without a lobbying arm, and with an estimated worth of US$100-billion for Facebook, social networking is definitely a valuable industry. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Facebook filed paperwork to form a political action committee(PAC) this week. This news was first confirmed by The Hill, a Washington DC newspaper focusing on US congressional politics. According to the Hill, reports that Facebook was considering in forming the PAC first surfaced after domain names such as FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us were registered. Facebook by no means is forging new ground with this PAC, it follows...

  • Journalist sues music director over Facebook rant

    A South African music journalist is suing a freelance music director linked to popular South African rock act, the Parlotones. The suit comes after the director threatened to physically harm the journalist on Facebook following a negative review. According to the Cape Argus, the threat came after the journalist, Diane Coetzer wrote a review of the Parlotones big-budget stage show, "Dragonflies and Astronauts" for the Daily Maverick. The article, subtitled “Lousy theatre, great music”, criticised a number of aspects of the show's production. The director, Eban Olivier, was involved in the show and reacted to the review with posts...