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Apple had ‘record weekend’ with new iPad

Despite Apple insisting it would not talk about anything other than cash during today’s conference call, one analyst did manage to slip in a question about how well the new iPad did on opening weekend. The answer, apparently, was pretty damn well. Without going into specifics, CEO Tim Cook said the company had “had a record weekend and we are thrilled with it.” According to TheNextWeb, searches for the new iPad already account for five percent of internet traffic from ...

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UK student arrested for racially offensive Muamba tweets

The on-field collapse of Bolton Wanderers striker Fabrice Muamba saw Twitter respond with an outpouring of support. One tweeter, however, is in hot water after making offensive remarks about the incident. Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student could face jail time after Twitter users across the UK reported his tweets to authorities. Brought before a magistrate’s court earlier today, Stacey pleaded guilty to incitement to racial hatred. According to prosecutor Lisa Jones, "Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was believed ...

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Apple launches $10bn share buyback programme

Apple has released a few more details on what it plans to do with its giant pile of cash. As was expected, even prior to the conference call being announced, the Cupertino-based tech giant says it has plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of US$2.65 per share. Apple also launched US$10-billion share buyback programme. It claims that the programme will kick off in September, carrying on for the next three years, "with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of ...

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Samsung takes its CES experience on the road

Samsung’s stand was definitely among the biggest and most varied at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now the Korean Electronics giant has taken it on the road. Next Stop: Cape Town, 22-25 March. The Samsung Africa Forum, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will also incorporate Cape Town Connect on 25 March - an event that will "feature an exhibition... immersing people in live music performances, chef demos and art". According to Deon Liebenberg, MD at Samsung ...

LinkedIn

5 Reasons LinkedIn’s meteoric rise isn’t about to stop

LinkedIn Offices Amidst the negative sentiment that is flung around about LinkedIn, there are individuals and companies that are deriving substantial benefits as a result of their participation on the social network. These success stories are freely available on the web. Quite simply, these are LinkedIn users that have taken the time to educate themselves on how to use LinkedIn properly and participate on the platform on a regular basis. They have fully embraced LinkedIn and have integrated its use into their daily ...

Mobile

The future of emerging markets still lies in mobile

map-emergingmarkets2005 Advancements in mobile will have a positive effect on emerging markets. That's been true for some time and, if the chatter both at the recent Mobile World Congress and around the tech scene is anything to go by, it will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. There is a definite increase in awareness of emerging markets and the potential for massive growth in mobile therein. People increasingly believe that the next couple of billion connections will be in emerging ...

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The real emotion engine? Meet Kara

A tech demo showcasing impressive motion capture and raw acting talent promises much as a CGI film. How much of that promise can be integrated into a fully interactive game is yet to be seen. A strange beast Twitter’s number one trending topic on the day of its release and subsequently the most talked about tech demo in recent memory, Kara is a fascinating talking point. In the form of a short CGI film, the demo showcases French game studio Quantic ...

Video

Prometheus trailer finally out! [Video]

After many teaser trailers including a 2023 TED video, the full trailer for Ridley Scott's much-anticipated blockbuster is out. About time too. Prometheus, which is shot entirely in 3D, is set in the Alien universe with its own separate storyline and doesn't star Sigourney Weaver. As it the case with many of these films, a group of nosy, I mean curious, researchers discover that all humans might owe their creation to a single entity (There is a God? Says a scientist? ...

Gearburn

Rumour-mill: Google to launch a US$149 Nexus Tablet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt leaked it. A senior employee at an anonymous supply chain has all but confirmed it and now it seems that a 7-inch Nexus tablet gearing up for arrival. For a possible US$149, users may soon get their grubby hands on a low-priced Asus Nexus tablet. The rumours begun to swirl around some time last year when Schmidt spoke to an Italian newspaper regarding new Android technology. At that point, things were still hazy regarding who would develop ...

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Apple conference call to detail plans for massive cash reserve

Apple is set to hold a conference call detailing precisely what it plans to with near US$100-billion in spare cash it has lying around. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced that CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer would be hosting the call. Apple has provided a couple of ways for the general public to listen in on the call, including a live webcast (Warning: requires Quicktime). Just don’t go expecting the two bigwigs to talk about how many ...

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