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  • UK student arrested for racially offensive Muamba tweets

    The on-field collapse of Bolton Wanderers striker Fabrice Muamba saw Twitter respond with an outpouring of support. One tweeter, however, is in hot water after making offensive remarks about the incident. Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student could face jail time after Twitter users across the UK reported his tweets to authorities. Brought before a magistrate’s court earlier today, Stacey pleaded guilty to incitement to racial hatred. According to prosecutor Lisa Jones, "Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was believed to have died. Shortly after, Stacey posted on Twitter: "LOL, Fuck Muamba. He's dead." This prompted widespread criticism...

  • Apple launches $10bn share buyback programme

    Apple has released a few more details on what it plans to do with its giant pile of cash. As was expected, even prior to the conference call being announced, the Cupertino-based tech giant says it has plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of US$2.65 per share. Apple also launched US$10-billion share buyback programme. It claims that the programme will kick off in September, carrying on for the next three years, "with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of dilution from future employee equity grants and employee stock purchase programmes”. According to Business Insider, however, this doesn’t mean...

  • Samsung takes its CES experience on the road

    Samsung’s stand was definitely among the biggest and most varied at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now the Korean Electronics giant has taken it on the road. Next Stop: Cape Town, 22-25 March. The Samsung Africa Forum, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will also incorporate Cape Town Connect on 25 March - an event that will "feature an exhibition... immersing people in live music performances, chef demos and art". According to Deon Liebenberg, MD at Samsung Electronics South Africa, some 2 000 people will get first-hand exposure to the latest tech products from the company...

  • 5 Reasons LinkedIn’s meteoric rise isn’t about to stop

    Amidst the negative sentiment that is flung around about LinkedIn, there are individuals and companies that are deriving substantial benefits as a result of their participation on the social network. These success stories are freely available on the web. Quite simply, these are LinkedIn users that have taken the time to educate themselves on how to use LinkedIn properly and participate on the platform on a regular basis. They have fully embraced LinkedIn and have integrated its use into their daily ritual and routine. Unlike the other social networks, LinkedIn has a number of unique differentiators that sets it aside from...

  • The future of emerging markets still lies in mobile

    Advancements in mobile will have a positive effect on emerging markets. That's been true for some time and, if the chatter both at the recent Mobile World Congress and around the tech scene is anything to go by, it will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. There is a definite increase in awareness of emerging markets and the potential for massive growth in mobile therein. People increasingly believe that the next couple of billion connections will be in emerging markets, resulting in a substantial investment in upgrading networks and mobile infrastructure in these countries. The importance of the transformative...

  • The real emotion engine? Meet Kara

    A tech demo showcasing impressive motion capture and raw acting talent promises much as a CGI film. How much of that promise can be integrated into a fully interactive game is yet to be seen. A strange beast Twitter’s number one trending topic on the day of its release and subsequently the most talked about tech demo in recent memory, Kara is a fascinating talking point. In the form of a short CGI film, the demo showcases French game studio Quantic Dream’s (QD) newest direction in game development – ‘full-performance capture’. This exciting technique blurs the line between Hollywood and the...

  • Prometheus trailer finally out! [Video]

    After many teaser trailers including a 2023 TED video, the full trailer for Ridley Scott's much-anticipated blockbuster is out. About time too. Prometheus, which is shot entirely in 3D, is set in the Alien universe with its own separate storyline and doesn't star Sigourney Weaver. As it the case with many of these films, a group of nosy, I mean curious, researchers discover that all humans might owe their creation to a single entity (There is a God? Says a scientist? Oh-oh). So, like all curious people, a team of explorers is dispatched to learn more about the origins of...

  • Rumour-mill: Google to launch a US$149 Nexus Tablet

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt leaked it. A senior employee at an anonymous supply chain has all but confirmed it and now it seems that a 7-inch Nexus tablet gearing up for arrival. For a possible US$149, users may soon get their grubby hands on a low-priced Asus Nexus tablet. The rumours begun to swirl around some time last year when Schmidt spoke to an Italian newspaper regarding new Android technology. At that point, things were still hazy regarding who would develop the hardware for the budget Android tablet. Asus pretty much confirms it as well. The Asus MeMO 370T, a Tegra...

  • Apple conference call to detail plans for massive cash reserve

    Apple is set to hold a conference call detailing precisely what it plans to with near US$100-billion in spare cash it has lying around. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced that CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer would be hosting the call. Apple has provided a couple of ways for the general public to listen in on the call, including a live webcast (Warning: requires Quicktime). Just don’t go expecting the two bigwigs to talk about how many new iPads have been sold. “Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any...

  • New iPad jailbroken in three ways

    Let’s file this under “F” for “freaking awesome.” Hours after Apple released the new iPad into the hands of the unsuspecting public, it was Jailbroken. And there are three possible ways to do it. Jailbreak one: Musclenerd’s root access hack Old king Musclenerd is one of the grandfathers of hacking and is famous for most of the user-friendly jailbreak apps currently available. His tweet below hypes up the crowd: jailbroken iPad3: twitpic.com/8x48rt twitpic.com/8x48xg(Just a first step, still lots of work to do!No ETA!)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");

  • Muamba collapse sends shockwaves through Twitter [Update]

    The sudden collapse of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba in this evening’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur has sent shockwaves across Twitter. Muamba suddenly went down towards the end of the first half, apparently with no one around him. Paramedics then tried to resuscitate the footballer for ten minutes, before he was stretchered off the field. The Bolton and Tottenham payers were then called back into the changing rooms by referee Howard Webb, before the match was abandoned. Muamba, White Hart Lane (the stadium at which the match was being played), and #Prayformuamba were all trending...

  • Kony 2012 director, Jason Russell hospitalised after irrational behaviour

    One of the filmmakers behind the viral Kony 2012 film, Jason Russell, was hospitalised following alleged irrational behaviour. A man was found in his underwear running through the streets of San Diego on Thursday morning, screaming and acting irrationally. San Diego police declined to release the identity of the 33-year-old man, but CNN reports that an official familiar with the case confirmed him to be Russell. TMZ released a video of a man the site claims to be Russell, fully naked and pounding on the pavement. Warning, the video contains explicit material. Police confirmed that at 11:28AM on Thursday morning, various...

  • Spammers target Pinterest, take over boards

    There’s no doubting Pinterest's popularity -- it flew past the 10-million unique visitors a month mark in near record time. There’s also no doubting it’s a great referer of traffic -- better even than Twitter. But is it about to become a haven for spammers? According to online news site GigaOm “some kind of spam-exploit injected JavaScript code” started replacing photos on the highly visual social network with ads for US-based retail outlet Best Buy. Most social network users will be familiar with a variety of spam attacks. These can be anything from someone’s Facebook account being...

  • Mozilla’s tech evangelist on the web’s immortality: The Memeburn interview

    Robert Nyman could be the geek of all geeks. As the Swedish-based Technical Evangelist for Mozilla, Nyman is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web. In the app era, while everyone is slagging off the web, he remains a big fan and feels it will flourish. Nyman argues that the web is neither dead nor dying. He sees the app evolution as a way to bridge the gap between the current web experience and to offer "findability and monetisation in a simple way". The web will always be there, he says, because it offers "openness and...

  • Growing up Google: 6 pivotal moments that changed Google for the worse

    Leaving Google was a very tough thing to do: the technological innovation remains immense, the people are smart and the perks aren't bad. "Goldman Gate" and James Whittaker's Microsoft Blog rant have, however, raised the level of attention that a company's culture has on how it operates. Whittaker mentions Google pre and post Google+; the truth of the matter is that Google changed culturally long before the launch of its social network. Let's look at some pivotal moments that changed the culture of Google for the worse. The arrival of Patrick Pichette Pichette replaced long-standing CFO George Reyes in August 2008...