Gearburn

A decade of iPod

Ten years ago, Apple released the first iPod to an unsuspecting public. It only took a decade for the iPod to become the world’s number one media player and this week, the iPod celebrates ten years on top.Despite mixed reactions for Apple products, it is hard to deny the cold hard facts. Over 300-million iPods have been sold worldwide, with rivals such as the Zune, Sony Walkman and the multiple SanDisk players unable to knock the champion off the charts. ...

Innovation

11 African tech innovators to keep your eye on

Tech4Africa1 Prominent technology conference Tech4Africa has announced 11 finalists for its inaugural Innovation Award. The award aims to recognise the important role technological innovation will have in solving a number of the problems which are unique to Africa.The 11 finalists chosen by the conference organisers are variously attempting to tackle everything from road deaths and real-time video streaming in rural areas to tender corruption."The Tech4Africa Innovation Award is another mechanism for us to realise our goal to engage, ...

News

Google’s Umbono set to announce first winners

umbonoGoogle's recently launched startup incubator, Umbono, is set to announce the first winners in its pilot programme on the 1st of November in an event in Cape Town.Umbono is aimed at bringing technology startups together with seed capital, Google mentorship, angel investors, local tech stars, entrepreneurs and business leaders.The programme, a Google first worldwide, is being tested in Cape Town, South Africa which was chosen because Google believes the city is in "the process of positioning itself as a hub ...

Google

Google is changing, for better or worse

google-favicon-icon-andre-resende-computer-science-undergraduate-student-university-of-campinas-brazi-lower-case-g-brand-colors-blue-red-yellow-green-url-web-graphic-design-image1.jpgGoogle's large scale actions within the industry might be grabbing all the headlines, but it's the seemingly small changes that might have an even greater impact. Over the years, and certainly during my tenure at Google, industry pundits questioned its "Don't be Evil" mantra.Google's Philosophy has come under some severe scrutiny especially since it no longer "does one thing really well" as its mission of "organising the world's information & making it universally accessible and useful" encourages Google ...

Advertising & Marketing

‘I need you to make me a viral video’ – the 3Rs

Viral Video copyIt is a common request from clients wanting to embrace the whole online thing. There's a fantastic chance that your MD, CEO, CFO, [Insert additional 2/3 letter combination] has been receiving increasing pressure, from peers/competitors, to throw some money at the production of a viral video.The problem with buzzwords is that they set unrealistic expectations. It is impossible to "make a viral video". It is however possible to produce a remarkable video and seed it to a relevant online network, ...

Gearburn

Review: Living with the Motorola XOOM

What is there left to say about the Motorola XOOM that you don’t already know? Released way back in February of this year in the US, it has finally found its way to African shores. There are literally hundreds of reviews of the Motorola XOOM by now, so instead of boring you with tedious minutiae, I’ll try to convey just what it’s like to welcome to XOOM into your home.A quick refresher courseTo recap, the XOOM was Motorola’s first tablet, ...

Design, Open Source

This week in design: Floating orchestras, Mark Shuttleworth talks Ubuntu

sitting pretty Looking to forms of functional design, we discover clocks that tell stories, orchestras that float, fashion that becomes food, bacteria that becomes fashion and a lamp that doubles up as a miniature greenhouse.Also see what maverick entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth has to say about his open source Ubuntu software project.Story tellingStory Time by Atelier NL with Laikingland is a time piece that doesn’t tell the time but tells a story as a sequence of events. By questioning our ...

News

New Gmail intro video leaked

Google accidentally posted a video of a new version of Gmail that features a revamped look, redesigned conversation threads and improved search to its YouTube channel. The new version of Gmail has been in the works since June this year when Google began tinkering with its features.This unofficial video, which features Jason Cornwell, user experience designer for Gmail, highlights other upcoming features in the new revamped Gmail. Google has since made the video private but not before YouTube user ...

News

Smartphone-driven, context-aware computing the next battle-ground

There is little doubt that context will be the "defining principle" of mobile business for the next decade. That's according to Gartner's vice-president of research William Clark.Clark predicts that "context" will become a battle ground for powerful players in the tech industry such as Nokia, Microsoft, Baidu, Amazon, Google and Apple."Context-aware computing is the method by which new experiences are constructed that blend information from mobile, social, digital and physical world sources," Clark explained.Complementary to location awareness, ...

Gearburn

Win a Kindle e-Reader with Gearburn and Wantitall!

The Kindle is undoubtedly the world’s leading eBook reader. Slick, intuitive and lightweight, the Kindle feels like a real book in your hand. The e-ink technology creates the look of a paperback novel and as such, the Kindle can be read in even the most glaring of light. The Kindle with ads can be yours, thanks to Wantitall and Gearburn!WantItAll.co.za is an online shopping site that has been bringing over 14-million products to the South African market, since June 2006. ...

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