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  • The reason Nairobi’s iHub works

    The iHub is Nairobi’s nerve centre for technology; a place where people can grab coffee, create apps, find funders and build businesses. It's where the community of web and mobile programmers connect with each other, businesses, the government and academia. A brief history There was a discussion at Barcamp Nairobi 2008 about how valuable it would be for the Kenyan tech community to have a static space of its own. No one would fund that idea. My organisation, Ushahidi, decided that it liked the idea enough that it would fund the project. It fit with our overall philosophy of...

  • Anonymous launches social network after Google snub

    Infamous hacker group Anonymous has launched its own social network after being rejected by Google's freshly-launched online community. "Today we welcome you to begin anew," the hacker alliance said at the website anonplus.com, which it described as a platform to distribute information. "Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear...of censorship...of blackout ... nor of holding back." The drive to build a social network came after the Anonymous account was suspended at the Google+ online community, which was launched last month by the Internet giant as a challenge to Facebook. Currently, the site is little more than...

  • LulzSec brings the “lulz” to Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp

    Barely a month after announcing its retirement, LulzSec has made a return to the limelight placing the beleaguered News Corporation (NewsCorp) and what it refers to as NewsCorp's "clowning around" "walnut-faced" CEO Rupert Murdoch firmly in the “Lulz” targets. Following a typically mysterious promise to "engage in a mystery operation that will cause mayhem" in the previous week, the mystery operation has begun. Using what has come to be seen as its official Twitter account, the hacktivist group announced the beginning of a sustained attack against NewsCorp, and its UK tabloid newspaper’s website -- The Sun. As has come...

  • Images of new iPhone leaked

    With Apple watchers convinced that the newest iPhone will be released in September of this year, a leak from Asia has what some are saying could prove to be the very first images of the new iPhone. Though much of the speculation in the run-up to the release of the next generation iPhone has pointed to there being an entirely new and totally redesigned iPhone, if these pictures are to be trusted it would seem that latest release will be a 4G iPhone with not too drastic cosmetic changes. Judging by these images coming from Taiwan’s most popular microblogging...

  • Flashplayer 11 brings native 64-bit support to Linux… and more

    Adobe has announced that it was making available its first beta of Flash Player 11, and whereas with new updates being released almost as an afterthought, Linux users were amazed to discover that for this release, Adobe has provided a Linux binary at the same time that it has released the Windows and Mac OS X installers. This release shows that Adobe is taking a different tack. New features include native 64-bit support for Linux 64-bit operating systems using 64-bit web browsers; Linux Vector Printing, a feature that has already been available to Windows and Mac users, but that...

  • Infamous 2: do good guys come first?

    Review: The first inFamous for PS3 was a great showcase for the power of the PS3 that showed off the machines capabilities brilliantly. Beyond that, it was also a good game in its own right, with tight gameplay and a reasonably good story. The inevitable follow-up could easily have been a cut and paste job and still be considered a good game. Thankfully the development house, Sucker Punch, doesn’t roll that way. When they make a sequel they make sure it’s better, as can be seen with their wholly under-appreciated Sly Cooper series. Taking all the originals goodness and...

  • Non-profits: The seriously simple Twitter strategy (Part 2)

    We covered the core principles in Part 1 of how to have a rock-solid, easy to manage, and Seriously Simple Twitter strategy. It's all about identifying the right users to engage with and being as lightning fast as your feed. Building on the principles we covered already, here is the play-by-play of how to do it and to easily plan your days, weeks, and months to keep your Twitter time allocation to a manageable amount. Each Day Step 1: Check your Direct Message's (DM's) and @Mentions, respond to those you can and delegate the rest. Step 2: Copy/Paste all your correspondence in...

  • New cellphone-cancer link study says “nej”

    After the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it was officially rating cellphones as a possible carcinogen category 2B (along with certain types of pickles, coffee and carpentry) the mediasphere lit up, with a mixture of luddites saying “See! Ban them!”, and a mixture of gadgetophiles saying, “They’re just hedging their bets, it proves nothing”. Now a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has examined incidence of tumours of the brain in 2.9 million adult Danes that have been using mobiles for 11 to 15 years. The study found no evidence that shows...

  • A quick look at TEDGlobal 2011

    This last week I was in Edinburgh, Scotland at the TEDGlobal conference. As always, it was filled with inspiring talks, great conversations and I went away with a brain full of new ideas. I’m one of the TED Senior Fellows, and I should add that there is one more week open for applications to this program. Every class of new TED Fellows seems to get better, where their talent, ability to speak and communicate their ideas grows stronger. In fact, I think this year’s TED Fellows talks were at a higher quality on average than TED U talks. Not all of...

  • Nevermind information overload, we live in an age of conversation overload

    I can deal with information overload -- if I didn't get to read that special article everyone is sharing then no big deal. But conversation overload is an entirely different thing. As a journalist I have trouble keeping up with the conversations in my email, yet today I have conversations everywhere and in new places. There's email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, my two blogs, then there are SMS messages, voicemail (which I never check) and the latest is: Google+. The problem with conversations is that they are more important than not reading that great article... Conversations are with people that I work...

  • Opera Mini taking advantage of shifts in global mobile-data business

    Opera Mini web-browsing software for smartphones has become an antidote for congested telecom networks and carrier bills that rise along with the amount of data streamed to handsets. As the popularity of smartphones and tablets continues to surge and telecom carriers shy away from all-you-can-eat wireless data plans, Opera is wooing users with technology that minimises bytes of data streamed over the air. Opera Mini was the world's most popular mobile phone browser program in June with just shy of 23 percent of the market, according to figures from industry tracker StatCounter. Nokia and Android browsers were nearly tied for second place,...

  • Internet at the heart of everything: Q&A with Chrome OS

    Google’s Chrome operating system changes everything. It puts the internet at the centre of our computing experience. Chrome OS goes beyond software. Google has brought out Chromebooks that are “built and optimised for the web” promising an eight seconds boot time – the fastest to date. It also marks a dramatic new front in the fierce battle between Microsoft and Google. The search engine's foray into operating systems is a strike at the very heart of Microsoft. Google is betting it will go all online. Microsoft thinks it will too, but is culturally an offline software company that is...

  • How to become an internet celebrity

    So you want to become an internet celebrity? Everybody else is one, so why not you? Fame, fortune and a Wikipedia entry are just one embarrassing YouTube video away. Alas, for every Justin Bieber there are hundreds of millions of people nobody has ever heard of. The chances of turning your fans and followers into dollars and cents are small, but for many the lure of becoming a trending topic on Twitter is enough. There are two main routes to becoming an online celebrity: Route 1 Start a blog (or a YouTube channel, or a Twitter profile), plug away at it, spend...

  • Tech news round-up: From Google+ to Google-

    We here at Memeburn know you our esteemed reader. Being the busy people you are we know that – try as you may, and as interested as you are — it’s not always possible to keep up with everything. In light of that, here’s your weekly roundup of all the important — and at times not so important — tech and online news items from the week. All Google+ed out How does one even begin to digest the tsunami of Google+ news this week? Well, of course you look to Memeburn. Here's what we've looked at this week: How or if Google+...

  • Apple makes first pay-out to iPhone tracking victim

    US technology giant Apple announced that it had made its first compensation payment in South Korea on Thursday, over a feature on its iPhone that can track the location of users. Apple Korea confirmed it had paid one million won (US$950) to Kim Hyung-Suk, complying with a compensation order from a court in the southern city of Changwon. Kim, a 36-year-old lawyer, filed the suit on April 26. He said the smartphone's location recording infringed on his constitutional rights to privacy and freedom and caused psychological stress. He demanded one million won, and the court ordered Apple to pay the sum for...