Gearburn

Gearburn’s pick — top 16 multiplayer iPad games

The iPad is custom-made for full-screen, HD multiplayer titles. Casual titles work exceedingly well on the world’s most popular tablet and, given the lack of physical controls, these “pick-up-and-play” games work even better with swipes and flicks. There are four types of multiplayer: same device (where two or more players share an iPad), local multiplayer (via a wireless ad-hoc or Bluetooth connection), online multiplayer (peer-to-peer, where one user remotely hosts a gaming session) and massively multiplayer (one server which hosts a ...

Gearburn

PowerTrekk — Power anywhere, just add water

So this is interesting. Swedish fuel cell technology company, myFC, is bringing the world’s first portable hydrogen fuel cell charger to market. It’s called PowerTrekk and it’s aimed at outdoor enthusiasts who spend time away from the electricity grid. It’s actually a 2-in-1 charging solution combining a fuel cell and a portable battery pack. The fuel cell is called a PowerTrekk Puck and converts hydrogen into electricity. The puck remains dormant until water is poured into the fuel cell’s water tank ...

General Tech

IBM still world’s top tech brand. Where will Facebook rank?

In October of last year, Interbrand released its annual report of best global brands. IBM came out on top as the most valuable tech brand, with Apple making the biggest jump from #17 to #8. Facebook doesn’t appear on the list since its not a public company, but with Facebook’s IPO looming, one wonders where it would place. The report’s methodology takes into account the ways in which a particular brand affects its organisation and it focuses on three key ...

Apple

Why Apple shouldn’t be reining in its legal team

Apple vs Samsung Apple has been waging legal battles against a number of its rivals. Its chief judicial opponent in these wranglings has been one time manufacturing ally Samsung. Apple and the South Korean tech giant faced off against each other in court rooms across the globe. Suits were followed by counter suits and court orders by appeals. Thing is, lawyers cost money. They're renowned for it. It turns out Apple may have spent more than $100 million on legal bills in 2011. Tim ...

News

Cher death hoax trends on Twitter

Rumours of legendary singer Cher’s death have surfaced on Twitter. The topic "RIP Cher" became a globally trending topic and remained so, even after it was conclusively shown that the performer was still alive and kicking. The renowned singer has not tweeted from her own official account since 22 January. There are, however, no indications on the feed that Cher had been battling with illness of any kind. The tweet that triggered the Twitter flood came from a user called ...

News

Google+ lets in teens, beefs up safety

Google's nascent social effort, Google+, has opened up to teenagers and beefed up its safety features. The move is widely believed to be a broad swipe at the internet giant's chief rival in the social space -- Facebook. Teenagers are something of a weak spot for the social network with Mark Zuckerberg in 2011 saying that a minimum age limit should be completely removed. In a blog post, Google’s Vice President of product Bradley Horowitz acknowledges that part of the decision ...

News

New financial management tool 22seven crashes on launch day

22seven_timeout A few hours after its beta launch, new financial management tool 22Seven crashed under the weight of users visiting the site. The new startup has been operating in stealth mode for months, but chose to launch its service today. Twitter has been alive with comment about the launch and the company sent out a tweet following comments from users querying server errors. Aaand the site is down. We can't handle this much love! Apologies while we kick servers into overdrive to ...

Startup news

22seven, the gamification of personal finances

22seven The well-known founder of the pioneering online bank 20Twenty Christo Davel is hitting the market with a new startup, also in the financial management space. 20Twenty was an acclaimed South African online banking platform and an acknowledged leader for its time, but eventually went under when its bricks-and-mortar backing bank, Saambou, collapsed. 20Twenty was later sold to Standard Chartered for a cool US$10-million and closed. The new venture, the similarly-named 22Seven, is billed as an “intelligent money saving tool” that plugs ...

News, Online media

Major new online player set to enter SA market

enewschannel The eNews channel, which is part of the multi-billion rand terrestrial broadcasting company Sabido, is cooking up plans to roll out a brand new online strategy. The organisation is one of the biggest players in the African broadcast space, with a presence on South Africa’s fifth terrestrial channel and its own dedicated 24-hour satellite news channel which broadcasts to a number of countries across the continent. To date the media giant has made no significant investment in an online presence. ...

Online media

What the porn industry can teach us about digital media in emerging markets

xxx keyboard Analysis of the pornography industry provides fascinating insight into how consumer ideology shapes online behavior. When we look at the industry in terms of emerging markets we get to catch a glimpse of new forms of media consumption as they blossom. In emerging markets like Brazil, South Africa and India, the industry is thriving and will follow international mobile trends when it comes to adult entertainment consumption. It's big business, in fact it's the number one commercial industry online. In spite ...

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