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  • Microsoft Office 2013 installed, previewed, loved

    After what seemed like ages installing Office 2013 I was good to go. A word of advice to anyone ready to try out this new version of Office, don’t listen to what the dialog boxes are telling you. Anyway, when it was finally installed I gave it a whirl. As a person who practically lives in Office I was interested in how this new version of Microsoft's productivity suite would affect my everyday life. As I type this article on Word 2013 I must say I’ve picked up on a few slight differences as well as some big ones. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Marissa Mayer to take Yahoo! top spot

    This is big. Google exec Marissa Mayer is set to take the top seat at Yahoo! According to the New York Times Google employee number 20 announced her resignation via phone earlier today. Interestingly Mayer, who has been at Google for 13 years and was its first female engineer, said the decision was a relatively easy one. Mayer seems intent on taking the ailing Yahoo! back to its glory days, when “people didn’t understand the difference between Yahoo! and the internet.” She also told the Times that she hopes “to get focused on creating a really great user experiences” and...

  • Microsoft Office 2013 launches, head firmly in the cloud

    The all new version of Microsoft Office is here. Sort of. The Redmond-based tech giant today released a customer preview for the latest iteration of its wildly popular productivity suite, Office 2013. The familiar names -- Word, PowerPoint, Excel-- are all there but everything has distinct taste of "cloud" about it. In Outlook, for instance, you can view multiple email accounts, Facebook updates, and LinkedIn. You can also get ongoing updates on specific documents, sites and people delivered to your activity feed and chat with co-workers within Office. All of that makes a lot more sense when you bear...

  • Online job trends: your next job should be in mobile, not SEO

    Thinking about a career change? Well, you should probably think more about mobile, and less about Facebook and SEO. According to the latest online jobs trends report by Freelancer.com, the number of jobs for iOS and Android developers is continuing to grow, but jobs relating to the world's biggest social network declined 14% from April to June. In the wake of more updates to Google Panda, SEO jobs took a seven percent hit as Google made life more difficult for those practising blackhat techniques. According to the analysis of around 190 000 job posts and four-million Freelancer.com users, iPhone...

  • 80% of Chinese households could have smartphones by 2017

    China is well on its way to becoming a global smartphone superpower. It already accounts for 22% of global smartphone shipments and by 2017, the vast majority of households will have at least one smartphone. According to mobile research company research2guidance, a rising middle class and the falling price of tech hardware means that 80% of Chinese families will be able to afford at least one low-end smartphone within the next five years. The company reckons that the average Chinese smartphone currently costs around 2 000 yuan (US$ 313), but that most people opt for phones that are around...

  • New FNB app feature set to bring timeline love to your expenses

    This is interesting. Those notification SMSes you get when from your bank whenever money leaves or enters your account could soon be a thing of the past. South African banking giant FNB says that it's looking at converting the notifications into push messages that will appear on its smartphone and tablet app. The move could potentially save the bank millions of Rand a year in SMS fees. At this point however, there are no promises that the new service will translate into a saving for FNB customers. That's not too surprising though as it would depend how widely the...

  • Preparing for the worst: can someone please back up the internet?

    I have a t-shirt created by Dinosaur Comics. It's a nerdy shirt with way too much text on it, but its premise is pretty cool: what would happen if you travelled back in time and you had all of the information to create the technology of today way back in the past? Of course, take the credit! Actually, when I bought this shirt, a friend and I had been discussing what we would be able to do during a technological blackout. I mean, sure I can program in a few high-level languages, I know how to perform a wide...

  • Why we shouldn’t blame Wall Street for tech’s poor IPO run

    I recently saw a TV interview with Elevation Partners founder Roger McNamee. In it, he lays the blame for Facebook's IPO drama. I think that's a load of crock. McNamee's claims of a corrupted process for the Facebook IPO, involving NASDAQ and Wall Street firms, seems too perfect an explanation for the flop. The real reason the Facebook IPO failed is much simpler: the "smart money" couldn't convince the "dumb" money to buy. Here's what happened: In every IPO, the early private investors and insiders, try to cash out big chunks to lessen their risks in holding positions in...

  • Is Microsoft announcing the new version of Office today?

    Sneaky. Microsoft has decided to attempt to recreate the pervasive air of suspense that hung around the Surface launch by sending out invites to a special event without clarifying exactly what it's about. So in a few hours (21:00 CAT), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (yes, the man who basically declared war on Apple) is expected to take to the stage in San Francisco to announce the new Office Suite. It may be called Office 15 or Office 2013 -- it's a secret. But USA Today claims to have spoken to some Microsoft sources who have confirmed that the update...

  • FunDza: an experiment in mobile books

    No one will argue that the basic literacy situation in South Africa is dire. With access to books being so low (only 7% of South Africa’s schools have afunctioning library), several people have proposed utilising the mobile phone -- one device that is certainly not rare in South Africa -- as a platform for accessing books. This is an idea that’s been thrown around in South Africa since around 2007, and multiple projects have been started in the past few years experimenting in getting people, particularly kids, to read books on basic mobile phones. We caught up with one...

  • 16 HD games for the new iPad

    Apple's Retina Display has made everything else obsolete. So to keep up, game developers have had to optimise their games to suit. Here are the very best Retina games to date. These things really are painfully sharp. But clarity comes at a premium. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy -- US$4.99 Enjoy dogfights? No, not those underground abusive-to-animals dog fights, I mean aerial dogfights. The only thing this game is missing is the g-force that would make you vomit. This is one of the most popular games you can find for iOS and for good reason. var 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");

  • NBC breaks up with Microsoft over MSNBC

    Screw Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the big divorce news on the web right now revolves around Microsoft and US broadcaster NBC. The two have ended their 16 year-long partnership on MSNBC, which will now be called NBCNews. According to The Next Web, the rebrand is the result of NBC owner Comcast buying out Microsoft's 50% stake in the news portal. The new identity is likely an attempt by NBC to consolidate its online properties. This is backed up by a comment made by Steve Capus, the president of NBC News. He said the rebrand allow the company to...

  • Law firm offers 6 tips for courting investors

    Law firm Dommisse Attorneys is a small team of attorneys with a big interest in startups. Speaking to BizCommunity, the firm's founder and senior partner Adrian Dommisse asserts the firm's interest in guiding startups through the legal aspects of securing funding -- both local and international -- as well as lending a hand in acquisitions. Dommisse says that whether you’re seeking venture capital from an international fund or courting potential shareholders, your startup will benefit from laying a basic legal groundwork early on.var 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");

  • Big oil suffers big hack: thousands of emails leaked

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your inbox. Hacker collective Anonymous has dumped thousands of emails from oil giants including Shell, Exxon and BP. The three oil companies, along with Russian companies Gazprom and Rosneft, are all accused of melting the Arctic icecaps. According to Novainfosec, the first phase of the leak included 317 emails and corresponding MD5 hashed passwords, while phase II included 724 emails and hashed emails and 26 emails with clear text passwords. According to The Next Web, much of the leak is encrypted but has been posted online in the...

  • 5 iPad apps to make music now!

    Muso's kind of love the iPad. There's a truckload of tasty apps for the dedicated; musician; and we've got five of the best to get you rocking. Corny, but it's the best intro we can come up with after a heavy weekend of gadgets and boozing. 1. Garageband for iPad -- US$9.99 Garageband is a compact home studio. And that’s a big deal. Considering it’s competition -- FL Studio for iPad -- costs US$19.99! I don’t think everyone quite understands the effort Apple went to creating a useful songwriter’s tool with Garageband for iPad. Whether it sounds the best or not, the...