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  • 8 online radio stations worth checking out

    Since the advent of the web and the introduction of internet radio stations, traditional radio has had to rethink the way content is reached and used by consumers. Accessible from anywhere where there is an internet connection or on your phone, the way we listen to radio isn’t limited to, well, a radio anymore. Yahoo!Music Here you can listen to over 250 radio stations from any browser on PC or Mac. Genres include pop, rock, country, jazz, indie and many more. By typing your preferred genre in the search bar, a whole range of choices are offered for you to choose...

  • Gearburn’s pick — top MMO’s

    Almost every game is now online-enabled, but the likes of Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 lack the gentle interaction and community aspect of massive multiplayer online games, better known as MMO’s. We’ve picked the very best of the current crop of MMO’s. World of Warcraft Eight years of success and hundreds of updates have produced an MMO which the competition continues to lovingly emulate. Its latest update, Cataclysm increased the level cap to 85 and recently, WoW became free-to-play. Cost: Free to play until level 20, then US$14 per month. 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");

  • Razer to possibly announce new gaming tablet at CES 2012

    Razer, creators of the gaming peripherals such as gaming mice, have released a teaser trailer for a PC with a “new form factor,” deftly named “Project Fiona”. All signs point to Project Fiona being the much-anticipated reboot of the Razer Switchblade, a gaming tablet which was rumoured to come out in 2010. Project Fiona employs a variety of “revolutionary technologies” which are yet to be released. The preview video shows it running high-resolution graphics far beyond the kind of a standard tablet. The video can be viewed on this website. Users can also subscribe to the website and “be the...

  • The ‘Golden Age’ of tech blogging is over? I don’t think so

    Given that the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is usually very slow in the tech blogging world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jeremiah Owyang’s linkbait post about the end of the “Golden Age of Tech Blogging” got its fair share of attention when it came out. My old boss Marshall Kirkpatrick and former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy already wrote some pretty good rebuttals of Owyang’s ideas, but I want to add a few thoughts to this discussion as well. Owyang argues that there are four trends that show the end of this era (though he never...

  • PriceCheck launches Barcode App for savvy shoppers

    Barcode scanning, the ever budding technology is now being rolled out by PriceCheck.co.za to make comparison shopping that much easier. Books, dvds, and over seven million products support barcode scanning. Like the site itself, the PriceCheck app (which can be downloaded from the iTunes store) is exceptionally simple to use. The download is less than a meg, and works in seconds flat. Practically no interaction is required by the user, outside of holding the camera in front of a barcode. The Pricecheck barcode app then automatically translates the barcode into a serial number to search for the item's details online. From...

  • Tech spending projected at more than $1 trillion in 2012

    Smartphones and tablet computers will help push worldwide consumer electronics spending to more than US$1 trillion this year though growth is sluggish compared to last year, according to industry analysts. "Most product categories are slowing down or going into contraction," Steve Bambridge, global business director for GfK Boutique Research said ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. "Really there are two main exceptions: tablets and smartphones," Bambridge said at a press conference before the official opening of the gadget extravaganza. GfK and CES back the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) forecast that global spending on technology products will grow...

  • Logitech presents the Cube, a mouse that is a projector

    Dynamite comes in tiny, chocolate sized packages with the advent of the Logitech Cube. Scepticism be damned, the Cube is a mouse cum projector. As a mouse, it fits snugly in the palm of your hand. Lift it off the surface and it changes to projector mode. The Cube is an optical mouse, with the scrolling wheel removed. Navigating a page involves running your finger up or down the rippled surface of the Cube. According to Logitech, the Cube is small enough to fit in your pocket and ideal for meetings. 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");

  • Are you a geek or a nerd? [Infographic]

    Traditionally most people don't like being called geeks or nerds, but the derogatory connotations associated with these words are being cast away like sand in the hourglass these days. Like it or not, most people these days fall into one of two categories. Before Steve Jobs made mobile phones cool again, geeks and nerds were generally considered to be the same lifestyle choice. Geeks are now considered to be those who have wrapped themselves around their specific lifestyle choice and are adamant that they are experts on it. Nerds fall into the category of socially inept geniuses who flock to their...

  • What’s going to happen to social media in 2012?

    Memeburn asked me to give my thoughts on trends in social media for 2012. I had a look around to see what other people were saying and discovered that the Net is jam-packed with predictions for the coming year, so writing this article feels a bit like I'm pissing in a river and watching it rise. While many writers are posting about how Facebook will cross the 1-billion user mark or Facebook will decline in popularity, I'm more interested in global implications of social media technologies in general. In this article, I will look at how social media is...

  • 5 big tech stories to look out for in 2012

    I saw a joke going around recently … according to tech-experts at Apple, 2012 is actually 2011S. Rather funny, considering I just got myself an iPhone 4S a week ago. It looks and feels exactly like the iPhone4. I upgraded from the iPhone 3GS, so it was a big shift for me, but it really does look the same. Hopefully 2012 will be a little more exciting than a rehash of 2011. So what do the big giants in the Industry say is going to happen in 2012? Firstly, I suppose, we have to acknowledge that the Euro is still...

  • Not a Review: Verbatim Netbook USB drive so small it’s almost not even there

    Not a cricket chirped. Not a tumbleweed rustled in the chill wind. I sat contemplating the tiny little Verbatim Netbook USB solid state drive squatting on the mound of the fleshy part of my thumb. It sure is tiny — imagine you take the metal bit of a USB plug in hand, and with a sharp lightsaber cut off everything but a little plastic nubbin to grab hold of, and you would have the Netbook USB drive. I looked up, bemused. I should get moving, they would maybe come back. Around me the corn plants were rustling, their turgid yellow...

  • 8 Great holiday ads on YouTube [Videos]

    More and more companies are recognising the diverse array of holiday occasions out there and tailoring adverts to each one. Depending which side of the fence you sit on, you might call it the height of cynicism or good customer relations. Whatever your feelings, there are times when special occasions and the world of marketing come together to produce special adverts. Memeburn decided to scour the depths of YouTube and find, in no particular order, eight of the best. 1. Nando's -- Diwali Nando's is best known for its cheeky pokes at current affairs. The Last Dictator Standing ad,...

  • Meet Acer Aspire S5, world’s ‘thinnest, lightest’ ultrabook

    Acer has lifted the lid on the Acer Aspire S5, a 15mm supermodel, thinner than a MacBook Pro (24.1mm). At CES, the “thinnest and lightest” laptop which “sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors” moved into the bustling ultrabook spotlight. With a 13.3 inch screen, 15mm thickness and weighing just 1.35kg, the Acer Aspire S5 is a razors edge in a world filled with dull knives. 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");

  • Gorilla Glass 2 to debut at CES 2012

    Without it, your fancy smartphone would have been cast to the back draw of your gadget graveyard years ago. It’s installed in a half-billion phones globally. It’s Gorilla Glass and version two is coming out at CES 2012. Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass announced its latest iteration, Gorilla Glass two. Gorilla Glass protects against scratches and the floor, which it seems most smartphones are magically attracted to. There is no word on what Gorilla Glass two will deliver, but senior VP of Corning, James R. Steiner promises significant improvements. Read more at 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");

  • Online music sales beat CDs for the first time in 2011, says Nielsen

    Spend enough time on the internet and you would be forgiven to think that physical music sales died a long time ago. In the real world, though, plenty of people still by CDs (and a few buy vinyl as well). 2011 was a watershed year for digital music sales, though, as, according to Nielsen SoundScan's year-end report for 2011, in the U.S., digital sales finally trumped physical sales for the first time last year. Digital accounted for 50.3% of all music purchases in 2011. In total, 1.27 billion tracks and albums were downloaded last year. That's up 8.4% from...