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  • Governments, high profile organisations targets of ‘cyber spying campaign’

    The governments of the United States and other countries, major US defence contractors, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee have been targets of a global cyber spying campaign, security firm McAfee has announced. McAfee did not identify the country believed to be behind the sophisticated hacking campaign dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," which it traced back to at least 2006, but computer security analysts pointed the finger at China. The McAfee report identified 72 "compromised" parties including the governments of the United States, Canada, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Other targets included computer networks of the United Nations, Association of...

  • 3 reasons NOT to start a group buying site

    The group buying industry sprang to life with very little warning. Groupon began a trend and soon everyone wanted a piece of the action. This phenomenon has been popular in emerging market countries such as South Africa where it began with Wicount in 2010. By January 2011, big names like Groupon and Bidorbuy had bought out smaller South African sites like UbuntuDeal and with a very low barrier to entry, the market exploded. It would seem that it is an industry to have a look at, especially for an entrepreneur; perhaps you can start your own group buying site?...

  • Sony buys videogame maker Sucker Punch

    Sony Computer Entertainment has bought the studio behind hit videogames "inFamous" and "Sly Cooper." Sucker Punch Productions will be part of game development operations of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios and make games exclusively for PlayStation 3 videogame consoles, according to SCE. "We've enjoyed an incredible relationship with Sony that has allowed us to combine our creative design capabilities with their guidance to make some of the best franchises to hit the PlayStation platforms," said Sucker Punch managing partner Brian Fleming. Read more on Gearburn.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");

  • Google+ the fastest-growing social network ever

    Google is a latecomer to social networking but according to technology experts its new site, Google+, is growing much more rapidly than Facebook, Myspace and Twitter did in their early days. While Google+ may be the fastest-growing social network ever, it remains to be seen, however, whether it can pose a serious threat to social networking titan Facebook, which has more than 750-million members. Andrew Lipsman, vice president for industry analysis at tracking firm comScore, said Google+, which was launched by the Internet search and advertising giant on 28 June, had 25-million unique visitors as of 24 July. During a panel...

  • Startup Weekends hit South Africa

    In what could be a potential boon for tech entrepreneurs in the region, Startup Weekends have arrived in South Africa. Startup Weekends are established in Silicon Valley, but until recently, South Africa had missed out on the benefits of this exciting 54-hour weekend phenomenon. The initiative involves teams gathering from Friday evening to Sunday night to set up a business, ultimately vying for the top position as judges assess the best business ideas at the end of the weekend. The first weekend took place in Cape Town, with Johannesburg having its own Startup Weekend soon after. ...

  • Apple & Samsung’s legal wrangles land in Australia

    Computer giant Apple has launched legal proceedings in Australia against Samsung Electronics, accusing the South Korean firm of infringing its patents with its Galaxy Tab 10.1, papers show. Samsung is already embroiled in a patent dispute over smartphones and tablet computers with Apple in the United States, in which both sides have filed infringement claims against the other. Documents presented to the Federal Court of Australia show Apple is seeking to permanently ban the sale or promotion of the latest Galaxy Tab 10.1, which would compete with Apple's iPad, in Australia. Apple says Samsung's tablet infringes 10 of its Australian patents, according...

  • Facebook Deals SA ‘biggest launch in emerging markets’

    As Facebook Deals South Africa goes live, it is being touted as the "biggest launch in emerging markets in the next year". Those are the words of South African marketing company Habari Media’s commercial channel manager, Michael Krynauw. Facebook has teamed up with Habari for the launch of Facebook Deals South Africa. Krynauw says some 350 000 South Africans currently using Facebook Places, the service through which users will check in to the stores of participating merchants, will now be able to make use of the location-based deals service. When questioned on the validity of these stats, Krynauw states that...

  • iCloud beta ready for testing

    Apple's iCloud beta is here. Users with Apple ID are now able to use the cloud service. iCloud is Apple’s answer to unshackling its users from reliance on storage devices. Within iCloud, your mail, contacts, calendars, iWork applications and Find My iPhone will be accessible. Since it is in beta, it does not include certain functions such as the cloud music gallery, known as iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes Match, the ability to add your own music files to the cloud is also absent from iCloud beta. The service can be accessed via iCloud.com for those using iOS 5 (available...

  • Keeping up with Google’s Panda

    Google has been making significant updates lately. Google Panda 2.3 Update is now live as part of a commitment to “return high-quality sites to Google users”. Judging by comments on forums such as Webmasterworld, keeping tabs on this is very tricky business. The initial premise was to weed out so-called “content farms” and other low quality sites from the SERPs. Along with some high profile casualties, a significant number of sites have been experiencing a massive drop in their rankings and consequently traffic. A couple of months ago Google stated that 12 percent of search results were to be affected...

  • The genie is out of the bottle, and he’s tweeting now

    Six weeks ago I wrote a piece for one of South Africa's Sunday papers, the Sunday Times, on the role that Twitter plays in the lives of those who use it. “This collective stream of consciousness can be both disarmingly intimate and disconcertingly public,” I wrote. “For those who tweet, Twitter at its heart is about sharing with the imagined other: venting about a bad day, letting on that they've just had their heart broken. It's the emotional equivalent of parading around naked on stage and yet people are happy to do it… Twitter is your agony aunt, your...

  • Making real money playing Diablo III

    Blizzard is planning on implementing an auction house within its heavily anticipated game Diablo III, that will transact in real currency, the game developer said. What this essentially means is that while playing, if gamers slay a monster and pick a super-rare item, they will be able to sell it off and make real money. That's right, it is now possible for anyone to make money while playing a videogame. The Diablo III Auction House will be implemented via Blizzard's Battle.net service allowing in-game loot earned while playing the game to be put up for sale for real money. The player...

  • $800-million worth of fresh funding for Twitter

    In a blog post modestly titled "Your world, more connected" Twitter announced on Monday it has closed a deal for a "significant" round of new funding led by Russian investment company Digital Sky Technologies (DST). Twitter did not reveal the amount raised for the wildly popular real-time microblogging service but based on reports from tech site All Things Digital, speculation has placed the deal to be worth US$800-million, pushing the value of the company up to US$8-billion. According to AllThingsD, US$400-million of the total investment will go to the company and US$400-million will be used to cash out current investors and...

  • Social media is not corporate media

    There's a gold rush going on as legions of self-proclaimed experts are working with corporations to help them monetise the potential riches in exploiting social media. I look at the links and articles that social media "experts" are sharing all day long on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks and it all boils down to this type of message: "Here are ways to turn social media into a lucrative corporate marketing/sales channel." There are lots of services such as Klout that help corporations identify the people in social networks that should be targeted as part of online marketing programs. And there...

  • Troubled Taiwanese iPhone producer replacing Chinese workers with robots

    Taiwan IT giant Foxconn -- hit by a spate of suicides at its Chinese plants -- has announced plans to replace 500 000 human workers with one million robots in the next three years. Foxconn -- the world's largest maker of computer components, which assembles products for Apple, Sony, and Nokia -- plans to use one million robots to do "simple work", China Business News quoted chairman Terry Gou saying. Gou announced the plan to 10 000 staff at a company event in Shenzhen China on Friday, various media reports said. China is where the majority of Foxconn's production occurs. Foxconn currently...

  • iPhone 5 release date delayed? [Rumour]

    The iPhone 5 is now rumoured for release in October not September, this according to a report on AllThingsD.com a US-based technology news site . The AllThingsD report contradicts a tip received by Gizmodo, surrounding the blacking of AT&T employee leave dates for September in preparation for an iPhone launch: From: ************ Date: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM Subject: Iphone 5 release time To: Tips@gizmodo.com I'm an att employee and my boss just announced that vacation requests for the end of september will be denied due to an "event blackout". Historically the only time they've done this was for an iphone release. So...