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  • Facebook IPO may come this week

    Facebook's long-awaited initial public offer (IPO) may come as early as this week, if media reports are to be believed. Reports that the world’s largest social network was readying itself to go public first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal. The offering is widely anticipated to raise around $10-billion for Facebook, giving it a valuation of between $75-billion and $100-billion -- a record for a company in the internet sector. By comparison, Google’s 2004 IPO raised $1.9-billion, giving it a valuation of $23-billion. In fact, the offering would be the fourth highest for a US company, behind Visa Inc.,...

  • Sony to releases holy trinity of new CyberShots

    Sony has unveiled three new CyberShots. The TX200V, WX70, and the WX50. Price-wise, the TX200V is the dearest at US$500. The WX70 and WX50 cost US$200 and US$230 respectively. The TX200V is priced close to a high-end smartphone for a simple reason. It looks exactly like a high-end smartphone. Somehow, Sony has made the TX200V mirror the iPhone as much as legally possible. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • New startup 22seven under fire from banks [Updated]

    The high-profile launch of new financial management startup 22seven has faced some early criticism, from the very institutions it relies on: The banks. Prolific tweeter and CEO of First National Bank (FNB) Michael Jordaan tweeted yesterday that he thought 22seven was a "cool concept", but warned "against disclosing password(s) to any 3rd party". He ended his tweet with this ominous warning: "Risk all yours". Getting tweets re 22seven. Cool concept but have to advise against disclosing password to any 3rd party. Risk all yours.— Michael Jordaan (@MichaelJordaan) January 26, 2012 The innovative startup is the brainchild of Twenty20 founder Christo Davel, and...

  • A woman’s world: How social media has changed gaming

    When one mentions gaming, your mind is generally flooded with images of washed-out nerdy white guys, sitting in a darkened room, hunched over their computers for days on end. But if recent research is anything to go by, the stereotype is changing, as more and more female gamers enter the fray. A recent study conducted by PopCap Games (most famous for Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled) found that women were the most active gamers on social networking sites, making up over 55% of gamers. The study implies that there is a direct correlation between the rise in popularity...

  • Could Daily Feats reward the web into doing good?

    I recently came across an online rewards programme called Daily Feats. It got me thinking about how being rewarded for completing a task makes us feel as human beings and how that experience translates into the online space. Most people like being rewarded when they do something good. Whether it is performing well at work, in sports, helping a friend, academic or just doing a good deed, it boosts our confidence and makes us feel damn good about ourselves. This has been pounded into us since childhood. The gold star scheme is a typical reward system...

  • Twitter changes its policy on global censorship

    Twitter announced on Thursday that it would be implementing the ability to withhold content from users in a specific country. Before the announcement, Twitter’s only option was to remove the content globally. Despite being held by critics to its lofty ideals, the manner in which Twitter is implementing its geographic censorship is rather elegant. For a start the company is being honest and open about the change. While some argue that Twitter should draw a line in the sand, the company can be more influential by having a presence in a country, rather than none at all. About expanding its...

  • GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards nominees announced

    The GSM Association(GSMA) has announced the nominees for the 17th annual Global Mobile Awards, a ceremony that honours "excellence and innovation in mobile communications". The GSMA, founded in 1995, is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. Out of the 600 entries received by the GSMA a total of 158 nominees have been shortlisted for this years Global Mobile Awards. "Reflecting the intensity of competition and innovation across the mobile ecosystem, we saw a record 600 entries and an exceptionally high-quality field of contenders vying for...

  • Die Antwoord parody proves you can’t beat the original

    A teaser for Die Antwoord's second full-length album Ten$ion -- set to drop on 7 February -- has been viewed nearly 250 000 times (correct at time of writing) since being uploaded a few days ago. The widely anticipated album is a follow-up to 2010's $0$, which featured the hit song Enter the Ninja. The teaser video features singer and rapper Yolandi Visser made up in white body paint and sporting pointed ears and a snow-white wig. Uploaded at much the same time as the new teaser trailer is a parody of the song that made Die Antwoord famous, entitled...

  • Gearburn’s pick — top 16 multiplayer iPad games

    The iPad is custom-made for full-screen, HD multiplayer titles. Casual titles work exceedingly well on the world’s most popular tablet and, given the lack of physical controls, these “pick-up-and-play” games work even better with swipes and flicks. There are four types of multiplayer: same device (where two or more players share an iPad), local multiplayer (via a wireless ad-hoc or Bluetooth connection), online multiplayer (peer-to-peer, where one user remotely hosts a gaming session) and massively multiplayer (one server which hosts a large amount of users). In this article, I’m going to focus on the first three types of multiplayer. Read more...

  • PowerTrekk — Power anywhere, just add water

    So this is interesting. Swedish fuel cell technology company, myFC, is bringing the world’s first portable hydrogen fuel cell charger to market. It’s called PowerTrekk and it’s aimed at outdoor enthusiasts who spend time away from the electricity grid. It’s actually a 2-in-1 charging solution combining a fuel cell and a portable battery pack. The fuel cell is called a PowerTrekk Puck and converts hydrogen into electricity. The puck remains dormant until water is poured into the fuel cell’s water tank — approximately a tablespoon is needed. The chemical process instantly creates 5W of electricity which can charge any USB...

  • IBM still world’s top tech brand. Where will Facebook rank?

    In October of last year, Interbrand released its annual report of best global brands. IBM came out on top as the most valuable tech brand, with Apple making the biggest jump from #17 to #8. Facebook doesn’t appear on the list since its not a public company, but with Facebook’s IPO looming, one wonders where it would place. The report’s methodology takes into account the ways in which a particular brand affects its organisation and it focuses on three key aspects namely: the financial performance of the branded products or services, the role the brand plays in the purchase...

  • Why Apple shouldn’t be reining in its legal team

    Apple has been waging legal battles against a number of its rivals. Its chief judicial opponent in these wranglings has been one time manufacturing ally Samsung. Apple and the South Korean tech giant faced off against each other in court rooms across the globe. Suits were followed by counter suits and court orders by appeals. Thing is, lawyers cost money. They're renowned for it. It turns out Apple may have spent more than $100 million on legal bills in 2011. Tim O'Reilly, the influential CEO of book and conference company of the same name, tweeted: Does not speak well of Apple...

  • Cher death hoax trends on Twitter

    Rumours of legendary singer Cher’s death have surfaced on Twitter. The topic "RIP Cher" became a globally trending topic and remained so, even after it was conclusively shown that the performer was still alive and kicking. The renowned singer has not tweeted from her own official account since 22 January. There are, however, no indications on the feed that Cher had been battling with illness of any kind. The tweet that triggered the Twitter flood came from a user called @marymarglorence, whose profile indicates that she lives in Waco, Texas. RIP Cher— marymargaretlorence (@marymarglorence) January 22, 2012 Although originally posted...

  • Google+ lets in teens, beefs up safety

    Google's nascent social effort, Google+, has opened up to teenagers and beefed up its safety features. The move is widely believed to be a broad swipe at the internet giant's chief rival in the social space -- Facebook. Teenagers are something of a weak spot for the social network with Mark Zuckerberg in 2011 saying that a minimum age limit should be completely removed. In a blog post, Google’s Vice President of product Bradley Horowitz acknowledges that part of the decision to open up the social network to teenagers was down to their powerful online presence: “Teens and young adults are...

  • New financial management tool 22seven crashes on launch day

    A few hours after its beta launch, new financial management tool 22Seven crashed under the weight of users visiting the site. The new startup has been operating in stealth mode for months, but chose to launch its service today. Twitter has been alive with comment about the launch and the company sent out a tweet following comments from users querying server errors. Aaand the site is down. We can't handle this much love! Apologies while we kick servers into overdrive to get things up and running again.— 22seven support (@The22Svens) January 26, 2012 The startup is the brainchild of Twenty20 founder...