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Ever wanted to get ‘tweeps’ in the dictionary? Now’s your chance

new twitter logo blue Depending what your feelings on language are, this story will either make you celebrate the evolving nature of English or weep into your coffee. Publishing house Harper Collins is giving people the chance to officially get their favourite social media terms into the Collins English Dictionary. Yup, that means words like "tweeps" could officially become part of the English language. The publisher says that after it saw words and acronyms (like OMG and LOL) emerging from technology and social media ...

News

Meet Siri’s relative Lola, she’s smarter and likes banking

So you're an iPhone 4S user. Your love for Apple's voice assistant Siri obviously knows no bounds. You'd never cheat on her right? What if we introduced you to her more intelligent, financially savvy cousin? Her name's Lola and Spain's second largest bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) reckons she could save it a ton in staffing costs. The voice assistant was built by the team behind Siri and, according to Technology Review, she can handle some pretty complex tasks. ...

Emerging Markets, News

Russian parliament approves controversial web censorship bill

internet censorship The Russian parliament has approved a bill which will allow the government to shut down websites hosting content they deemed "harmful." If signed into law, it will see the creation of a system to monitor and blacklist websites. An amendment to Russia's Act for Information, bill 89417-6 was put forth by a committee concerned with internet security. They say it was designed to allow the government to remove pornography, suicide advice and content which encourages drug use, but it has ...

Africa, Google, News

Google Maps gives 44 African countries walking directions

google maps walking directions Google Maps is great. Even if you don't have the app on your smartphone, you can look up your destination on your PC and get turn-by-turn directions. Thing is, in most African countries those directions were limited to driving. Not ideal on a continent where large sections of the population don't drive. All that's just changed though. Google has announced that it's implementing walking directions in 44 African countries. Google does caution however that walking directions are currently in beta. ...

Future Trends, Social media

Why you need tech to keep your customers’ trust

Mobile shopping Retailers don’t rush to adopt new technology. In the last century, new technologies have been instrumental in increasing both sales and customer satisfaction. Things like Sabre in the 50s (the first electronic reservation system), the introduction of the barcode in the 70s all the way to the expansion of the World Wide Web in the 90s, have been put to good use to automate tasks and try to better understand customers’ needs. The explosion of social media platforms -- which changed ...

Africa

How tech could help Africa develop a knowledge-based economy

Africa Map According to the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Report 2011 – 2012 there are three stages of economic development by which one can classify the world’s economies: Factor-­driven economies: Compete primarily on the basis of natural resources and unskilled labour Efficiency-­driven economies: Where the key is to create efficiencies in the production processes Innovation-­driven economies: Compete on differentiated and sophisticated products and production processes The most advanced economies tend to be those in the third stage -- innovation-driven economies. These are also economies that have placed a ...

General Tech

Counting the costs: how PCs left on at night are killing your green credentials

servers More often than not, when companies are asked how they are reducing their electricity bills or even carbon emissions, they’ll mention their lighting retrofits, their recycling initiatives, their partnerships with other organisations or their logistics’ department. The IT department rarely, if ever, features -- despite being a significant contributor to energy costs. How PCs are wasting energy In some companies, nearly 90% of PCs are being left on overnight. Sometimes this is legitimate, The IT department, for instance, might conduct security patching ...

Gearburn

Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook – the middle child of laptops

A little over a week ago I was given the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 (581T) to put through its paces. The good-looking, 15-inch “ultrabook” is Acer’s first proper foray into the ‘ultra’ arena and, unlike many of its competitors, it’s not a straight clone of the MacBook Air. It boasts stylish design, a compact body, great start-up times, good battery life and a few more specs that set it apart from the pack. Read on for the full breakdown. Read ...

News

SlideShare gets the ‘Great Firewall’ treatment in China

LinkedIn is one of the few major Western social networks not blocked in China. It's slide-hosting service SlideShare may not be as fortunate. A screenshot from watch group China Internet Watch's Facebook page shows that the site is not loading for users trying to access it directly via the web: It isn't exactly clear how long the site's been down or what might have caused it to be blocked, especially considering what LinkedIn managed to do when it was briefly taken ...

News

Hackers hit Yahoo Voices, 450k logins posted online

Attention Yahoo! Voices users, now would probably be a good time to change your password. The plaintext logins for around 450 000 user accounts for the voice-calling service have been posted online. According to security site Trusted Sec, the service was seriously vulnerable to attack: The most alarming part to the entire story was the fact that the passwords were stored completely unencrypted and the full 400,000+ usernames and passwords are now public. The method for the compromise was ...

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