Design

What if we designed houses like web apps?

House plans David Galbraith has embarked on a fascinating journey, exploring the notion that the flow of people and their interactions inside buildings, is similar in design to the flow of data and user interaction of Web apps. Could best practices in web app design be applied to architectural design? Galbraith is a buddy and he belongs to what is a very small group of people I know, who are both insightful and foresightful, about the tremendous changes that our digital technologies are creating ...

Gearburn

Hands-on with Nokia’s Lumia 710 and scorching Lumia 800

At a recent launch event in South Africa, we got some hands-on time with Nokia's new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Read on for our first (or second) impressions. Hardware Both the Lumia 710 and 800 are powered by 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM and run Windows Phone "Mango". Both handsets also use micro-SIMs, so be prepared to do the SIM swap shuffle. The main differences between the mid-range Lumia 710 and 800 are related to display type, flash memory, camera and build quality. The ...

Gearburn

BlackBerry reveals new smartphone, the ‘London’

London’s calling. From the leaked slideshow of the BlackBerry Roadmap of 2012 comes the revelation of the anticipated BlackBerry “London”. November 2011 saw the first photo of the BlackBerry London bubble to the surface, but it was a dummy phone which resembled the ultra-expensive, Porsche-designed P’9981. he BlackBerry London in the leaked slide seems to resemble a smartphone version of the disastrous PlayBook. Flat, with iPhone 4S-like rounded corners and rocking a similar interface to the PlayBook, the London looks dramatically different to BlackBerry’s usual ...

News

New Die Antwoord album drops on iTunes, announced on Facebook

Die Antwoord shot to fame, at least in part, by using social media to leverage their faux trailer-trash, multi-lingual flavour of rave-driven rap. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that the medium is playing a central role in promoting the group’s new album, Ten$ion. The first inkling that it would as close to business as usual as you can get with the internationally renowned “Zef” group came in the shape of a teaser trailer for the album on YouTube. Since going live ...

News

Twitter ad revenue to hit $540M by 2014

Twitter’s ad-revenue is set to hit US$540-million by 2014 -- triple its current value. That’s according to research from marketing analysis firm eMarketer. The news comes fresh on the back of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo claiming that the social network is "not a media company". Costolo made the comments while addressing AllThingsD's media conference. The comments were surprising given Twitter’s reputation as a platform for breaking news, entertainment and a variety of communications. "You [even] sell advertising," AllThingsD's Peter Kafka ...

News

US still top Twitter country, Brazil climbs to second [Study]

The US is still the country with the highest population of Twitter users and Brazil overtook Japan to climb into second place. The most active country on the social network, however, is still the Netherlands. That’s according to a new study from French-based research firm Semiocast. The results of the study also put a number of emerging market countries in the top ten when it comes to user numbers. Some of them, however, lag when it comes to engagement on ...

Emerging Markets

A tiger awakened: 10 of the top tech companies in India

india-flag-independence-day India is emerging. From the days of the non-aligned movement, and India's subsequent association with African nations, the world has been through a lot. In the past five years alone, we've witnessed two recessions. Well, it could be one long wave too. Only time will unfold the detail. As a kid I spent close to five years in southern Africa. The presence of United Nations and American Peace Corps in some of the nations in that region was a familiar ...

Twitter

Stephen Grootes and the company-employee Twitter dilemma

Black Twitter Stephen Grootes is cool. He's one of those passionate, enthusiastic journalists that you really enjoy listening to on the radio. And he's a prolific writer, broadcaster and Tweeter with almost 15k followers. It's not particularly large on a world scale, but good for the niche. And Grootes' followers will just grow and grow and grow as time goes on. I often hear Stephen's Twitter handle being punted on radio, and with every punt the followers rack up. And rightly so ...

Entrepreneurship

7 Things you should know before forming a startup

Flowchart on a chalk board As you sat watching the fireworks explode in the night air, bringing yet another year to an end, you may have quietly committed to a resolution that this was finally going to be the year that you take the plunge and start your own business. Naturally, you’re a bit of a geek, so it will most likely be in the tech sphere. The idea has been brewing in the back of your mind for years and, for some unknown reason, the ...

Gearburn

Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It’s a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time ...

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