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Richard Branson weighs in on Virgin Active racist incident via Facebook

Virgin boss Richard Branson has taken to Facebook to make a public statement on the racist incident that occurred at a Virgin Active health club in South Africa. The incident saw a white man calling one of his fellow gym members a "bloody k*****, a cockroach and a selfish bitch" after she had repeatedly shouted "Yebo" (meaning "yes" in a number of South Africa’s indigenous languages) as their spinning instructor put them through the various exercises. Although ...

General Tech

PCs on the decline, last days of the mini-notebook — Gartner

The PC may not be about to disappear from the face of the earth, but if the latest data from renowned tech research agency Gartner is to believed, it is in decline -- if only in Western Europe. According to Gartner, PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 16.3-million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 16% decline from the equivalent period in 2010. Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner reckons that the decline is largely due to the emergence ...

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Google’s ‘Solve for X’: Simple solutions for complex problems

Solve for X. No we’re not trying to induce nightmares from your high school maths days. It’s a new concept from Google aimed at providing simple solutions to complex problems. The internet giant recently hosted its first "Solve for X" gathering, which brought together entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world. Now it claims it wants to take the concept public, inviting people to join in on the Solve for X website and Google+ page. According to an official ...

Social media

The Grammys’ #wearedigital — where music meets social

Grammys Social media and digital campaigns are no longer limited to traditional brands. Although it could be considered a brand within itself, the 54th Grammy Awards has integrated an impressive through-the-digital-line campaign. Dubbed "We Are Music" the campaign uses a vast array of social media and digital platforms to make the awards show as engaging as ever, but also includes traditional channels such as outdoor, digital, mobile and television. The decision to invest in social media and mobile platforms was made ...

Mobile

Smartphones are cool but feature phones are smart

nokia-x3-02 In case you don't know what the Nokia S40 is, here's the Wikipedia page and a brief intro from that entry: Series 40 is a software platform and application user interface (UI) software on Nokia's broad range of mid-tier feature phones I bet many reading this have never heard of S40. I am willing to guess that without knowing it though, many (if not most) of you have used an S40 device. The first of which came in to the market ...

Mobile

Can a mobile game help change the world?

moraba Can a game on a mobile phone help solve some of our most pressing social problems? The team behind the development of MoRaba believes it can. Recently launched, MoRaba is a mobile game that aims to educate South Africa’s township youth on gender-based violence. Multiple choice questions like "A girl will claim she has been raped because..." are designed to help youths navigate the tricky situations they face every day, in a relevant and entertaining way. MoRaba was commissioned by ...

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Brazil sues Twitter over traffic cop alerts

First Indonesia wanted to crack down people who were "rude" on Twitter, now Brazil is demanding the social network block users who tweet about speed traps and roadblocks. According to the BBC, Brazilian authorities feel that such accounts are undermining their efforts to curb drunk-driving. The South American nation has reportedly gone so far as to file a lawsuit against Twitter. Should the terms of the suit be granted, Twitter would be required to pay 500 000 reals ($290 000) each ...

Gearburn

BlackBerrys brutally dropped, bent and submerged

This article is for both the BlackBerry haters and lovers out there. The Hardware Support Lab at RIM posted three videos giving some insight into the testing performed on BlackBerry handsets during their development. If you have a sensitive stomach, please look away now. Bend test The bend test ensures BlackBerrys can handle “posterior pressure”, or more simply, being sat on. Check out this video of a BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 being Torch-ered (come on, I had to, how often do I get ...

Gearburn

Gearburn’s Pick: Best RPG’s for the iPhone, iPad

Games on the iPhone and iPad are challenging traditional handheld gaming systems such as the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. One of the reasons for this is that they offer instant gaming gratification and inherently low-cost gaming titles -- most games are generally priced under US$1. The Apple devices own most genres, neatly encompassing shooters, driving sims, fighters and role-playing games into its catalogues. Sure, Skyrim may be light-years away from appearing on the iDevices, but these games are ideal time ...

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Indonesian authorities to crack down on ‘abusive’ tweeters

Twitter’s decision to censor tweets on a country by country basis caused widespread outcry. For the government of Indonesia, however, such measures may not be enough. Authorities in the South East Asian country claim they are "studying" Twitter with a view to cracking down on users who "behave badly" on the social network. The crackdown is the brainchild of communications minister Tifatul Sembiring. According to Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe, Sembiring said that if offenders “really violate [laws] and insult ...

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