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  • Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

    Want to stand the chance of winning the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8? All you have to do is tweet why you would like to win this incredible smartphone. How to enter: Tweet @memeburn why you would like to win the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and make sure you use the hashtag #X8. Alternatively you can simply click the twitter button below and let it do all the hard work for you! (you just need to come up with the clever answer) Tweet The Sony Ericsson X8 is a fantastic entertainment smartphone which delivers the magic of the Xperia collection to...

  • Top 12 iPhone games of 2011

    Own an iPhone? Then these are (in no particular order) the twelve best games of 2011 that you simply must download and install on your iDevice. iRight now. And the best news is there are still three months left in this year -- some may even surpass the genius already out. 1. Cut The Rope: Experiments It takes a goliath of a game to knock any mention of Angry Birds from the top list of iPhone games. Cut the Rope: Experiments is the right man for the job and has the gameplay as well as the cute factor needed to ensure...

  • Fotonica – I’m in love with this game

    Review: Do you remember that scene in Hackers where Dade and Kate play a Wipeout-esque game at Cyberdelia? I'm willing to bet that if game studio Santa Ragione existed before 1995, Dade would be kicking Kate's ass playing Fotonica instead. Fotonica has been available from Kongregate (via plug-in) for a while, but recently became available as a pay-what-you-want download for Mac and PC. The game is like a one button, wire-frame version of Mirror's Edge that sees you running, jumping and falling in an abstract outlined world, with a duotoned look reminiscent of the geometrical abstractions from the 50s and...

  • Two British men jailed for inciting violence on Facebook

    Two British men in their early twenties have each been sentenced to four years imprisonment for inciting violence on Facebook. The sentences are among the first following a series of arrests in the wake of riots which recently spread across the UK. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, from Cheshire and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, from Warrington, both in northwest England, were imprisoned after setting up Facebook pages calling for unrest in their home towns. Blackshaw's page, "Smash Down Northwich Town", encouraged people to gather "behind maccies" -- believed to be the McDonald's restaurant in Northwich town centre. Sutcliffe-Keenan's creation, "Let's Have a Riot in Latchford",...

  • South Koreans file lawsuit against Apple each demanding one million won

    More than 20 000 South Korean iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against US technology giant Apple for "illegal location tracking". The tech giant was busted earlier this year for tracking user locations. Apple later claimed the tracking was a "bug" and issued software updates to remedy the situation. This suit follows a similar one by lawyer Kim Hyung-Suk in which he won won one million won (US$933) in June. This was the first such pay-out by Apple's Korean unit. Just as he promised, Kim has since led online preparations for a class action suit against Apple and its...

  • PlayStation gets $50 pre-Xmas price cut

    Sony is slashing the price of its PlayStation 3 game console across North America, Europe and in Japan, the company said, as it looks to spur demand ahead of the year-end shopping season. Sony Computer Entertainment cut the price for the 160-gigabyte PS3 from US$299 to US$249 in North America and from 299 euros to 249 euros in Europe. The company will also lower the price of the console in Japan, from 29 980 yen to 24 980, while slashing some 14 percent off the prices of a 320-gigabyte PS3 in the three leading markets, now costing US$299. Sony's move comes after...

  • Microsoft launches crowdsourcing blog for Windows 8

    Software giant Microsoft has launched a blog chronicling the build of its next OS, Windows 8. The blog, called "Building Windows 8" is designed as a means of crowdsourcing aspects of the OS' design and development. Windows president Steven Sinofsky, in a post detailing blog's aims, says that, "Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new and old, used by well over a billion people globally." In order to do this, Sinofsky explains, Microsoft has set up the blog to act...

  • What Google’s Motorola Mobility deal means for its patent war

    Google has tipped over the patent-war applecart by acquiring Motorola Mobility for US$12.5-billion. This move by Google will hopefully put the current Nortel patent war with Microsoft and Apple to bed. The cases arose because of Android's meteoric growth in the mobile operating space: More than 550 000 Android devices are activated every day, through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers. Android and other platforms are competing hard against each other, and that's yielding cool new devices and amazing mobile apps for consumers. Google Legal Chief David Drummond labelled as "bogus" the move by the opposition consortium...

  • Email 2.0: Shortmail and the Twitterisation of emailing

    Email, that stalwart of internet communication, may be going out of fashion. Email has been around pretty much for four-decades, pre-dating the web. It's the old man of the internet and has not evolved significantly. Fundamentally, the way we email each other has remained the same for decades. But email needs to evolve. The number of messages we get these days has increased exponentially, and there is no end in sight. There will be a time (and for many this time has arrived) where it will be impossible to cope. There has been innovation. Google's Gmail, for example, has...

  • 5 Common mistakes startups make when applying for funding

    There is a perception among entrepreneurs that a revolutionary idea is enough to secure the venture capital needed to kick-start their businesses. This is simply not true. Here are five of the most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs when applying for VC funding. 1. No WOW! Factor The first rule in the VC game is that your business proposition must have an exceptional differentiating factor. You need to know what your sustainable competitive advantage will be. If you're trying to raise funding for a conventional business or idea like a franchise or service business, VC is probably not the...

  • Facebook tipsters to assist Scottish police

    Facebook users are now able to anonymously report crimes and knowledge of criminal activity to Scottish police, following the introduction of a new Facebook tipping system. This system, launched by the Lothian and Borders Police force, is designed to be an intelligence gathering service aimed at building evidence against those profiting from criminal activity in the region. The police force has taken a leaf out of the New York police department who also recently started a Facebook crime-reporting site. A German police department in the northern city of Hanover has also turned to Facebook for help in the solving of crimes....

  • Samsung defiant in face of ongoing Dutch court battle

    Samsung has announced that it will launch its Galaxy 10.1 inch tablet in the Netherlands despite an ongoing case between it and rival tech giant Apple. The case would see sales of the tablet banned, as it has been in much of the rest of Europe. Apple's lawyers recently approached a Dutch court to have the sale of three different types of Samsung smartphone and three models of tablet, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1, banned. The injunction is the latest in series of court cases between the two companies. The legal battles, which began in April, have all...

  • First authorised Steve Jobs biography set for Christmas launch

    The release date of the first authorised biography of Apple co-founder and famous recluse Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs: A Biography, has been shifted up to hit stores in time for Christmas. The biography, penned by former CCN chairman Walter Isaacson, had been slated for release in March of 2012 but will now be available in November, publishers Simon & Schuster said. Isaacson has a distinguished resume as a biographer having previously penned well received biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Henry Kissinger. Describing the book, Simon & Schuster states, "At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain...

  • Google buys Motorola mobile division for $12.5bn

    Hours before the opening of US markets, Google announced in a press release that it had acquired Motorola Mobility for "a total of about US$12.5-billion". Motorola Mobility is the handset sub-division of Motorola, which spun-off from the parent company earlier this year and has been trading as an independent company. The announcement follows a tumultuous week for the markets and states that the two companies have "entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility". The statement goes on to add that the decision was unanimously accepted by the boards of both companies. Regulatory bodies in the US...

  • Bored, anyone? Welcome to the new ‘social media fatigue’

    There are signs that the world of social media is maturing. An authoritative survey has shown that some types of users are feeling signs of "social media fatigue". A report by US-based research house Gartner shows "some social media fatigue" among early adopters. Gartner also says that younger, more mobile, brand-conscious users are "getting bored" with their social network. Despite these signs of fatigue however, the survey found there was overall continued enthusiasm for social media. More than 6 000 people were surveyed, between the ages of 13 and 74, in 11 developed and developing markets in December 2010 and January...