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  • Orange to bring Facebook to ‘every phone in Africa’

    Mobile telecommunications giant Orange has launched a brand new service which it claims will make Facebook “accessible on every phone in Africa”. The French-based company says that it will allow its subscribers across the continent to via USSD -- a technology used by all GSM mobile devices to send information across a 2G network. It is already used widely in Africa for services such account information and callback services. This means that even the most basic of handsets without an internet connection or data plan will be able to use the service. Orange reckons that the familiarity with USSD...

  • More apps pinned in ‘Address book-gate’ as Apple tries to make good

    Revelations that Path had been uploading users’ address books without their permission seem to have opened up the metaphorical floodgates as more and more social apps are revealed to have been doing the same. The latest to admit to harvesting user contacts is social networking giant Twitter. According to the BBC, Twitter’s iOS app gains access to people’s address books when they click on the "Find Friends" feature. Unlike Path, which admitted to wrongdoing and at least claimed to fix the problem with an update, Twitter has only promised to alter its privacy policy to more explicitly state what...

  • Guinness World Records names Black Ops as ‘best game ending’

    The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition has named Call of Duty: Black Ops the game with the "best ending ever". The game topped a poll of well over 13 000 gamers. Gas Deaves, Guinness World Records Gamers Edition editor, speaks out on the choices. "Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it's an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie. This list recognises some of the greatest endings and hopefully will get gamers talking about what are their favourites and why." The top 50 games below were voted in by the Guinness...

  • Street Bump app detects potholes, couldn’t care less about your tyres

    Pothole reporting apps are nothing Street Bump is different. Over in Boston USA, they’ve figured out a way to report potholes in their city without all the tedious manual labour of, you know, typing and stuff. Through a collaboration by the city of Boston, The New Urban Mechanics and crowdsourcing platform Innocentive, Street Bump uses a smart phone’s accelerometer and GPS to automatically detect and report potholes to the city.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");

  • ‘New new’ Twitter rolls out to all users

    It’s official, everyone now has "new new" Twitter. The social network announced the redesign late last year but initially only rolled it out to a limited number of users as it was given final performance tweaks. Twitter’s official support account made the announcement earlier today: As of today, all users have been upgraded to the new version of Twitter. Looking for a feature? Take the tour here: support.twitter.com/articles/20169…— Support (@Support) February 16, 2012 While the new design hasn’t been met with quite the same kind of public outcry as there was with Facebook’s most recent update, there were still some people...

  • Tunisians turn to Facebook in marijuana protest

    When you think Tunisia and Facebook, a couple of terms come to mind: the Arab Spring, protests, regime overthrow...and marijuana? Just months after the country held its first democratic election in decades, a group of Tunisian Activists is reportedly using Facebook to campaign for the legalisation of Marijuana. According to Global Voices Online, some 4 600 Facebook users have joined an event which will see them meet up in front of the Tunisian parliament to demand that legal prosecution for smoking marijuana be put to a halt. The legal punishment for smoking marijuana in Tunisia can be as harsh as...

  • Chirpify looks to bring commerce to Twitter

    Twitter is a great platform for businesses, journalists and everyday people. We all know that. But what may not have occurred to you is that it could also be an incredibly useful commerce platform. At least one company was thinking differently to you. A Portland, Oregon based startup called Chirpify claims that it “turns tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact on Twitter.” Although founded in 2011, the company only officially launched its product today. Chirpify’s product effectively integrates your Twitter account with PayPal, allowing you to make a variety of transactions over the...

  • Apple dominates smartphone sales but iOS still lags behind Android — Gartner

    Apple is now the world’s top smartphone manufacturer, but iOS still has less than half the market share of Android. That’s according to the latest findings from renowned tech research firm Gartner. According to the report, around 51% of the world’s smartphones are rocking Android, with iPhones accounting for just under 24%. Both appear to have taken market share from Symbian and Research in Motion. The former went from having running on just over a third of smartphones on the market in 2010 to just under 12%. The latter meanwhile went from 14.6% of market share to 8.8%. The research company...

  • 6 Things every startup should watch out for before signing with an investor

    "Yes, we would like to invest". The magic words that any startup owner loves to hear. Your idea is no longer just a seed in the back of your mind; it is about to be watered allowing it to blossom into the reality you always knew it could be. After the celebratory high fives and handshakes followed by the compulsory boozy lunch with your new best ‘investor’ friend, a term sheet or funding agreement arrives to formalise your relationship. The agreement is rather lengthy and contains some legal jargon; defining exactly when is the last day of the month, is important....

  • What can the internet really tell you about your personality?

    Personalities are peculiar things. They say that the first five years of your life are crucial to the development of your personality. Or is it your star sign? Or who you were in your past life? Or is it about what you eat? Whatever the case, as with most things, the internet claims to have the answer. Or should that be multiple answers? Just doing a quick search brings up millions of tests – some legit and fairly accurate, some just fun time wasters. If you have some time on your hands: why not give these few...

  • Olympus Tough TG-810 — Can a camera make you rugged?

    I walked into the editorial office a few days ago, just after a fresh gadget delivery. "Here," said one of my colleagues, "We've got something for you to review". His gym-calloused hands tossed it my way, just missing the bearded man mountain of a writer who sits between us. It was a camera. With the word "tough" in its name. Now let’s just get one thing clear, I cry at the end of Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Every time. I use moisturiser. Oil free. With built in sunscreen. I’ve even been known to...

  • How do VCs get their money? They pitch too

    Every two or three years, VC's gear up to raise money for their next fund. They create a pitch deck, come up with a list of investors actively investing in venture capital funds, make sure they get introductions to them from trusted sources -- or go direct if they already have the relationship, and pitch the investment strategy and how they plan to provide better returns than the industry average. Sound familiar? For established funds with a solid track record (an established team with a specific investment style and realised returns on previous investments) it can be as easy...

  • Motorola hits back with an Intel-core, Android 4.0 smartphone

    Motorola is hitting back hard with not only its first Ice Cream Sandwich handset, but with a smartphone running an Intel core. The phone pictured above is an unnamed Android 4.0 device powered by Intel’s new Medfield platform. What we can gather from the image above, is that the new Motorola phone will be button-free , as well as sport a newer version of the MotoBlur UI. And according to sources, the camera will be one of the hardware highlights of the device, offering 15-frame per second burst capture. Medfield though, will be the selling point. It’s all about SoC Medfield is...

  • French president Sarkozy joins Twitter

    French president Nicholas Sarkozy has become the latest world leader to join Twitter. Since joining, his official account gained 13 000 plus followers, despite only sending out two tweets. "Good day to you all, I'm very happy today to launch my Twitter account. Thank you to all of those who would like to follow me," he said, in his first message. Bonjour à tous, je suis très heureux de lancer aujourd’hui mon compte #Twitter. Merci à ceux qui voudront bien me suivre! - NS— Nicolas Sarkozy (@NicolasSarkozy) February 15, 2012 In the second he said, "I have accepted TF1's invitation to...

  • Vimeo festival looks to reward film makers, features star judges

    Online videos are increasingly gaining currency as an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment. YouTube knows it and the best Web TV series have even been recognised with their own awards. If you needed any more convincing, video-sharing site Vimeo is hosting its second festival and awards show. The festival will take place in New York City in June this year. The YouTube competitor claims that the aim of the ceremony is to celebrate "the most creative and original videos online, as well as the individuals who make them". People wanting to submit their work for award consideration will be...