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  • Thai PM shuts down Twitter account after hack

    Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shintawatra is taking a break from Twitter after her account was hi-jacked by a hacker who mocked and criticised her. Authorities say they are searching for the anonymous hacker who posted eight tweets after apparently using a mobile phone to access the recently elected premier’s @PouYingluck account. Yingluck said the attack was a "violation of people's personal rights" and the account was "temporarily suspended". The hacker lambasted Yingluck on a number of subjects including her response to recent flooding in the country and a number of key governmental policies. One of the false tweets questioned a high...

  • iPhone 5 by design

    Dying to see what the iPhone 5 looks like? According to CAD designs taken from a prominent tech website earlier this month, a German tech site has created a physical hardware mock-up of the supposed iPhone 5. Please note that these are only mock-ups of a possible version of the iPhone 5. Nothing is set in stone and most certainly not this design. But currently this is the most likely design candidate for the iPhone 5. 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");

  • Arab Spring bloggers to discuss web and political change

    Some 200 Arab bloggers are gathering in Tunis to discuss the role of the web and social networking as an instrument of political change following the Arab Spring. The meeting follows on from similar gatherings held in Beirut in 2008 and 2009 and is the first since a wave of revolution swept across the region. According to event organiser and administrator of Tunisian site Nawaat, Malek Khadroui, the bloggers will focus on the role of cyberactivists in a period of political transition. "It is an exceptional meeting. There have been three Arab revolutions and the majority of the invited...

  • 3G services remain crippled in Thailand

    Thailand is yet to roll out full 3G services and is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia without high-speed wireless internet. In contrast to countries like Laos which have full 4G access, Thailand remains locked into sub-3G speeds thanks to competing telecoms and legal issues. Last year, a court in Thailand stopped a 3G-licensing auction after CAT, a Thai-owned telecom was ruled out of bidding due to it having no authority over the actual auction. Its next attempt at the 3G licence will be in 2012. Another stated-owned telecom, TOT has exclusive rights to concession based 2G services and...

  • ABBA to release dance title for Wii

    Musical games are a dime a dozen, with every popular band from Green Day to The Beatles having released its own private karaoke-light console experience. Swedish pop mega group ABBA is now primed and ready to release its own take on the music-genre with ABBA You Can Dance for the Nintendo Wii come November. ABBA You Can Dance is being designed and produced by Ubisoft. According to Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, the game helps cement Ubisoft's position as the "dancing kings of the videogame market" .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");

  • How Facebook’s Spotify deal makes it more ‘sticky’

    Facebook rolled out a number of updates and a host of new features at its recent f8 developers conference. The changes to the newsfeed and the introduction of the timeline, in particular, have resulted in a userbacklash. Such is the level of fury (and resulting sarcasm) that a few tech sites have even gone as far as to let users know of workarounds so that things can go back to "normal". The timeline furore largely overshadowed the announcement that Spotify and Facebook were teaming up in order to allow Facebook users to listen to their friends’ music while...

  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire is not an iPad killer, but boy it changes the game

    Content. Content. Content. Apple gets it. And Amazon gets it. Is it any coincidence then that tablets created by these two companies will be the category leaders for the next few years? In launching the Kindle Fire, Amazon instantly created a hit. Not because it was selling support for Flash. Or dual quad-processors with eleventy hundred gigs of storage or two different-megapixel cameras. There aren’t five different models for all kinds of mobile networks. And you don’t have to choose between “Honeycomb” or “Gingerbread”. Consumers don’t understand this. What is Android 2.2? What is Android 2.3? Why do I even need to...

  • Review: Cheerfully video-tastic Samsung BluRay home theatre

    This thing is seriously compact. The Samsung HT-D6750W is a Blu-Ray player and an audio/video receiver/amplifier/media center/post-space-age statement — all in one small box. It has four tall skinny speakers that take up no space, and it’s wireless. What’s not to love? Well, the sound quality, but let’s not get picky. Small house? Love movies? On a budget? This one’s for you. It’s a svelte 6cm high, and 43cmx33cm wide and deep, so it can slide into a pretty small shelf. It has no air vents on top, so you don’t need to worry about leaving a big gap, although...

  • ‘Unfunny, unlike': Joke causes furore in US

    Satirical news publication The Onion gets a lot of laughs by crossing the line. Even some of the most devoted fans of the popular humour outlet, though, were recently left complaining that it may have gone too far. The Onion posted a cryptic update to its 3.1-million Twitter followers and 1.9-million Facebook fans: Following the posts, the Onion feed remained silent for 10 minutes. In this period, discussion was rife on both Facebook and Twitter as to whether the Onion was being serious, had been hacked, or was being satirical. Subsequent tweets and Facebook updates, however, made it clear the message...

  • The landscape of the Kenyan mobile scene [infographic]

    The research team at the iHub put together some stats on mobile numbers in Kenya. A special nod to Leo Mutuku for gathering it all from so many sources, and to Patrick Munyi for creating this cool visualization of it. Explaining the infographic, they write: The arrival of the undersea fiber cables in Kenya in 2009 has revolutionized the technology and economic sectors. Kenya is one of very few countries in Africa with a comprehensive framework set up in this regard. Average national download speeds have increased from 670.89 kbps in 2009 to 3 806.03 Kbps in 2011. Further, mobile...

  • Twitter study indicates world is happiest in the morning

    People all over the world are happiest in the morning, at least that’s what the results of one US study indicate. The results came via an analysis of hundreds of millions of messages on Twitter. The study was conducted by a team of sociologists from Cornell University who used language software to detect the presence of positive words in 509-million tweets from 2.4-million users in 84 different countries over a two-year period. According the study, mood peaks were detected early in the morning but began to dip at around the time that most people start their working days. A...

  • ‘PlayBook death pure fiction’ — RIM

    Rumours that Blackberry was discontinuing its line of PlayBook tablets have been dismissed by Research in Motion (RIM). Research in Motion has assured its users that it remains committed to the production of the PlayBook. The rumours spread after analyst John Vhin stated that production on the tablets had halted. Vhin said, "We believe (RIM) has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market. Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects."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");

  • ‘Big Alcohol’ releases new social media marketing guidelines

    A group of leading distillers in the US and Europe will adopt a new code of conduct aimed at limiting which websites they can market their products on. According to the guidelines, developed by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and the European Forum for Responsible Drinking, distillers will have to limit marketing to websites in which “at least 71.6% of the audience is reasonably expected to of the legal purchase age”. In much of the US, this is 21. The distillers will still, therefore, be able to advertise on Facebook, where the estimated over-21 audience...

  • The post-E3 game drought is no more

    While dawdling along on the interwebs the other day, I stumbled upon a list of games released in September. And I have to say, even though I was aware of it on a subconscious level, it was really surprising to the see this list of top-tier titles coming out ahead of the Christmas crunch. Take a look at this list: Dead Island Resistance 3 Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine Driver: San Francisco Gears of War 3 FIFA 2012 Though it was released in August, I am going go ahead and include Deus Ex: Human Revolution in with that list as well as most people would have...

  • 5 more great pieces of geeky design

    Last time around we covered everything from origami mouses to Tron-stlye duct tape races. This time we decided to give you some ideas on how you might harvest renewable energy on the table in your lounge or let your jeans break down road and industry pollutants. Or add a playful touch to gardening with a greenhouse made of Lego bricks. Step through the three-storey Timber Wave or melt away in a sculpted chair. Algae energy Designers and scientists at Cambridge University are collaborating on a project that creates devices capable of producing renewable energy from the photosynthesis of algae...