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Julian Assange loses rape questioning extradition appeal

assange The founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden where is wanted to face questioning regarding alleged sex-crimes.Assange, however, still has another chance to evade the charges as he has been given seven days to decide whether to appeal this latest ruling against him. If he does so, he would have to successfully argue that here is a wider issue of "public importance" at stake in the decision. If he does not appeal the ...

Future Trends, General Tech, Innovation

The rise of China and other mega-trends from Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker1Queen of the Net, Mary Meeker, presented her "Internet Trends" for the year at the Web 2.0 Summit 2011 in San Francisco earlier this month. Meeker's vision has not changed radically from last year, with an increased emphasis on how much of the tech market is now driven by users outside of the United States. In this article, I'd like to take a look at some of her key points and investigate what they mean for emerging markets, especially within ...

Media 2.0

The inevitable rise of mainstream media’s saviour: Activist media

OccupySF I recently gave a presentation to TEDxSF, looking at the theme of "Designing your own government" -- In it, I examined the role of media, especially around the Occupy Wall Street movement.What strikes me as significant is that the activists can produce lots of great media such as photos, video, articulate blog posts, and tweets. In actual fact, it's a steadily growing archive of media produced by activists.On the establishment side, there is an increasing number of newspaper stories, TV, ...

Apple

Will 2012 bring an Apple iPad Mini?

ipad2It's really difficult to get into the mind of Apple. Every release of every product seems incredibly calculated and perfectly timed.Take the iPhone 4S, for example. While much of the world expected the release of the iPhone 5, the 4S was clearly targeted at iPhone 3GS users with their 24-month contract coming to an end. I suspect the iPhone5 will be released just before the 24-month contracts of current iPhone 4 users end.It seems, then, that 2011 was a ...

News

Google finally launches new look Gmail

The new look and feel version of Gmail that Google accidentally leaked a few weeks ago is now officially ready for users.The new changes have been in the works since July when Google rolled out a first phase of changes to Gmail.The conversation view is now completely redesigned to help users read and sort through their email threads better. "You’ll now see profiles pictures for your contacts, so it’s easier to keep track of who said what," writes ...

Gearburn

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard — happiness is a keystroke away

You are now reading the best keyboard review ever written, bar none. Welcome to the world of the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard, the K750.Deep in the recesses of my mind, I mused on the possibilities of such a device. No batteries, no wires, oodles of comfort. Impossible. But this review hinges on the impossible notion of true, infinitely charged wireless power, flipping it on its head to create the K750.Almost too comfortable Firstly, the keyboard's levels of comfort in terms ...

Interviews

Q&A with Pria Chetty: Tech law, bright young minds and Geneva

Pria Chetty is a rising star in the world of technology law. Memeburn recently spoke to her about the legal challenges which abound in delivering the benefits of IT to all South Africans, the future of internet regulation on the African continent and her goal of adding "a credible African voice to global tech law conversations".Andrew Rens: How did you get into tech law?Pria Chetty: In 2000 I saw a presentation, one slide showed internet connectivity in North ...

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UK accused of hypocrisy at global internet talks

Web The first day of a global summit aimed at addressing cyber-security threats and setting up the "rules of the road" for the internet saw Western nations, particularly the UK, facing charges of hypocrisy.The conference is being attended by global leaders from the internet and business worlds and delegates from 60 nations. Guests at The London Conference on Cyberspace include UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been scheduled ...

Gearburn

Making the iPad keyboard relevant with the TouchFire keyboard

Typing on the iPad is not without its faults. An onscreen keyboard minus the tactical feedback of each keystroke has never been ideal, but is workable after a few days of trial and error.Why bother with the hassles of Apple's virtual keyboard when a hardware solution works so well? Options are sparse though, and costly. Why bother with a complicated, foldout nightmare when the TouchFire can ease your pains with its hassle-free, lightweight solution.The design is simplicity itself. TouchFire slips ...

Gearburn

Uncharted 3 drops for eager PS3 players

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is the third and final chapter in the Playstation 3's Uncharted series, ending the trilogy off on a high note.For US$60, a globetrotting adventure awaits the PS3 console owner and reviews are already exceptionally positive. Sony Computer Entertainment VP of marketing Scott Steinberg noted the leaps Uncharted 3 takes."Naughty Dog once again takes a leap forward in cinematic gaming. Not only does Uncharted 3 deliver an impressive blend of interactive game play and stunning graphics, Naughty ...

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