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  • What Standard Bank should have done instead of going after FNB on Twitter

    Much has been said about the recent online spat between Standard Bank and First National Bank (FNB). If it really can be called a spat, since FNB hardly reacted to the attack. Both the official FNB account @rbjacobs and the FNB CEO @michaeljordaan chose to "remain above it all". In truth, the actions of Standard Bank seemed to mobilise an army of avid FNB fans who condemned the actions of the bank. The allegations were rebuked with seeming religious fervour and harking back to the old days of IRC, I stood amazed at the virtual flaming of @StandardBankGrp. If you missed...

  • 10 Weirdly useful things you can learn from YouTube

    YouTube abounds with information, some useful, some completely useless, and some that defies all reason to exist. You can find videos on how to pour beer, shower and tie your shoes in the correct way. Who knew that you’d been doing it wrong all this time? There are also hints on how to take apart an ATM, cheat on a test and stalk your ex-girlfriend. None of which is advisable, but you can still learn how to do it anyway. Every now and then, however, you stumble upon a video that could be useful (to some)...

  • 5 Tips for taking your tech startup from big idea to business success

    Throughout the world, and particularly in emerging market countries, the entrepreneurial landscape remains notoriously difficult to navigate, with an estimated 80% of small businesses failing to sustain themselves for a period of longer than five years. However, with an increasing percentage of jobs now being directly attributable to small business ventures, financial backers in both private and public sectors are slowly starting to acknowledge the substantial impact of entrepreneurial activity on a nation’s economy. Yet, in spite the rising global trend towards venture capitalist backing of tech startups, there remain very few such initiatives present in emerging markets. Can this...

  • The Toshiba Portégé R380-10R – the beast within

    The Toshiba Portégé R380-10R is the first “Ultrabook” (I use inverted commas because the term sickens me) I’ve managed to lay my hands on. It’s thin, dangerously fast and exceedingly powerful. The benchmarks, which I’ll discuss later, paint the picture of laptop ahead of the curve. Let’s find out how I fell in love with the Portégé R380-10R. Overall design For a GPB£1 599 (approximately R19 200) laptop, the crazy price seems unjustified by the flimsy design. The screen, and the hinges attached to the screen, especially worry me. The lid is too flexible for my liking. Slightly bending it, which happens...

  • Photoshop now available for iPad 2

    Adobe’s photo editing program, Photoshop Touch, is now available for iPad 2. The app was only scheduled to be released today, but reports say it was briefly available in the Australian and New Zealand app stores over the weekend, before being removed ahead of the worldwide release. Photoshop Touch, which was previously only available for Android tablets, is a touch-optimised version of the photo editing program with support for many of the basic tools that users accustomed to the desktop version would expect. Adjustments (like colour balance, black and white, saturation, brightness/contrast and replace colour), effects (such as Gaussian blur,...

  • WikiLeaks teams up with Anonymous to release ‘Global Intelligence files’

    In an interesting collaborative effort, WikiLeaks has teamed up with everyone's favourite hacktivist group, Anonymous, to release "The Global Intelligence Files". The files, which contain information extracted from 5-million emails belonging to Stratfor, were first published via Pastebin. Stratfor is a "global intelligence" company that bills itself as a "subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis" which Anonymous hacked late December. WIKILEAKS RELEASE: The Global Intelligence Files. Over 5 million emails wikileaks.org/the-gifiles.ht…— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 27, 2012 According to WikiLeaks, the emails date from July 2004 to late December 2011. The emails supposedly reveal: "...the inner workings of a company that fronts...

  • Samsung Galaxy Beam: World’s first smartphone projector

    When pocket projectors began to leak out of hardware heaven, it was only a matter of time before smartphones married the idea into their unibody shells. The Samsung Galaxy Beam, a 4-inch mobile phone rocking an “ultra-bright” 15-luman projector is that dream made palpable reality. Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam, just in time for the Mobile World Congress which today opens its doors to the public. Available globally come the second quarter, we take a quick peek at the world’s first projector phone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam.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");

  • Ryan Seacrest, Sacha Baron Cohen’s ashy red carpet moment goes viral

    The accidental spillage of fake Kim Jong-il ashes on the red carpet before the Academy Awards has the internet in stitches. Television pretty boy Ryan Seacrest was at the receiving end of Sacha Baron Cohen's prank at the Oscars. The actor dressed as General Aladeen from his upcoming movie The Dictator, "accidentally" spilled Kim Jong-il's ashes on an unsuspecting Seacrest who, at the time, was interviewing him on the red carpet. Baron Cohen arrived at the awards ceremony in full military gear designed by John Galliano carrying an urn, which he claimed contained the ashes of the deceased North...

  • Opera launches ‘more social’ mobile web browser

    Opera doesn't really feature in the web browser landscape. Its mobile browser Opera Mini, on the other hand, is among the most popular. Hardly surprising then, that it should trumpet the release of a new iteration of the latter called Opera Mini Next. The new browser reportedly leverages social through a new feature called the Smart Page. According to Opera, the Smart Page "will take its position alongside Opera’s famous Speed Dial shortcuts and give feature phones smarter access to social networks, the latest news and more". The company says that the feature will be rolled out to all...

  • Video: BlackBerry Torch 9810

    BlackBerry is always trying its hardest to push its Torch range of smartphones into the market. Our intrepid gadget journo, Martin Carstens matches his wits against what BlackBerry has to offer. Is the Torch 9810 past its prime? Can it compete with the "best" smartphones on the market such as the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S? Maybe not, but we'll give it a chance, for now. View the video and find out what we think of the BlackBerry Torch 9810 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");

  • Nokia is not BlackBerry

    Nokia’s in trouble! BlackBerry is in trouble! There is a tendency, especially among Wall Street talking heads and US tech bloggers who don’t understand anything outside of the Valley, to group underperforming companies together. After all, it makes for great headlines and “everyone” knows the mobile battle is between iPhone and Android. Except it's not. Nokia and Research In Motion (the maker of BlackBerry) cannot compare on size. In its most recent quarter, Nokia shipped 113.5-million devices, totaling revenue of €6-billion (close to $8-billion). Even as it shifts its smartphone platform to Windows Phone and practically ensures a dead-end for its...

  • Gregg Jevin’s ‘death’ ripples through Twitter: Who the hell is he?

    Gregg Jevin is dead! The sad news of Gregg Jevin's death has spread across Twitter like wildfire and the hashtag #RIPGreggJevin and Gregg Jevin have been trending. The news of Jevin's death was first reported by popular comedian Michael Legge. Wait a minute, who is Gregg Jevin? A man born out of the imagination of Legge. He is as Winston Churchill said, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma -- the engima being Legge's mind. His tweet of Jevin's death was taken by the Twitter populace without question. Sad to say that Gregg Jevin, a man I just...

  • Social is not defensible

    The concept of being social is inherent and should be a part of everything that a company does, in any industry. Social is just the nature of things and people. When you're in the grocery store and you bump in to someone you know, that's social. When you ask for directions: social. When you talk to a petrol attendant: social. When you get advice from a friend on a dinner venue: social. Everything is social. Therefore nothing that claims to be social as a unique selling proposition is defensible or, in fact, unique. What do I mean by defensible? It's...

  • 5 Games that would make great films

    Game adaptations: the forbidden sin. Hardly done well, and well worth missing. Despite the watchable Silent Hill and fun Resident Evil series, the rest are just plain awful. So let’s not focus on game movies that already exist, but rather take a look at five great games that would translate well to the big screen. Portal The Game Portal is one of the most creative first person uh, shooters, to have come out in the last decade. Portal took environmental puzzles to the next level; it actually built them into the game-mechanics with the portal gun. Originally a mod of the Half-Life...

  • Britney Spears becomes first person to go past 2M Google+ followers

    Britney Spears can lay claim to her second Google+ record after becoming the first person to go past the two-million follower mark. Perhaps more impressive than the songstress reaching the two-million mark though, is the fact that she did so just a couple of months after becoming the first person to go past one-million followers. According to TheNextWeb, that means she’s been adding around 30 000 followers a day. Spears' Google+ page puts the exact number of people who have her in their circles at 2 034 100. That number is, however, a blip on the radar compared...