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  • Steve Wozniak: 8 Reasons why Android is better than iOS

    Speaking to Dan Lyons, Steve Wozniak, the engineering genius who co-founded Apple in 1976, had some good things to say about Android. The Woz still thinks the iPhone is the best smartphone overall, especially for the mainstream consumer, but mentions some aspects of Android that he thinks have surpassed iOS. Steve loves the design of his iPhone, but wishes it did all the things his Android does. 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 Google campaign aims to keep you safe online

    Google wants to keep you safe online. At least, that’s the claim made by a brand new campaign from the internet giant. According to an official blog post, the idea behind the campaign -- called "Good to know" --- is to educate everyday internet users about the risks they face online, and to provide them with tips to improve their security. More specifically, Google says, the campaign is aimed at the kind of person who "can't be bothered to type a password into his phone every time he wants to play a game of Angry Birds". When this person...

  • The coffee table of the future, Surface 2, now shipping

    The Samsung SUR40, known as the Surface 2, is a 40-inch surface computer which was revealed at last year’s CES. Finally, it’s ready for shipping at the weighty price of US$8400. This massive table-slash-PC, outfitted with an AMD processor and rocking the Windows 7 OS goes on sale in 23 countries today. It’s a second-gen device and far lighter, thinner and faster than Microsoft’s first Surface. The big M also mentions that it has “better finger tracking”. The official press waffle says, “Both retailers and consumers are adapting to ever-evolving ways of interacting with information and merchandise, and have expressed a...

  • China’s Tencent building cloud-based instant voice messaging service

    Chinese social giant Tencent is reportedly building a cloud-based messaging service for instant voice messaging Weixin. Chinese tech blog 36kr, reports the new product -- called Weiyun (meaning micro-cloud) -- will allow people to view their Weixin messages not only from their mobile, but also via web and desktop clients. According to TechRice, an English-language blog covering the Chinese tech scene, “Weixin was likely a clone of Talkbox, an instant voice messaging startup from Hong Kong.” TechRice reckons that Weiyun "would turn Weixin into a universally accessible messenger, similar to another famous Chinese product: QQ instant messenger, also by...

  • The way to an IPO — Facebook [Infographic]

    The thing about Facebook is that we are all obsessed, whether we like to admit it or not. Facebook's impending IPO is the most talked about of recent times. Rumour has it Facebook is likely to go public in the first quarter of 2012 with a valuation of more than US$100-billion. Despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg's reluctance to comment on the impending offering, analysts and social media enthusiasts are awaiting the biggest IPO since Google's 2004 offering sometime in 2012. The young billionaire finally opened in the Wall Street Journal, saying: "The blue chip stocks are the ones that people talk...

  • Apple goes Fair Trade

    Apple is moving to become the world’s first fair trade tech company. It has, for the first time, disclosed the identities of 156 of its suppliers and has also announced that it will become the first tech company to join the Fair Labour Association (FLA). The move is something of an about turn for the company, which had previously been secretive about the suppliers used to make its various idevices. This new policy of openness comes in the wake of extensive campaigning for such a course of action. The campaigning followed revelations about high numbers of worker suicides at Foxconn...

  • How free should free speech be on Twitter?

    The Washington Post recently reported that Twitter had again come under criticism for its free speech policies. The story outlined the plight of Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law group, which has threatened to sue Twitter unless the site agreed to shut down the account of a Hezbollah-affiliated television news station. Operating as @almanarnews, the account posts in Arabic, English and French, and as with most news feeds, reports on a number of global stories. Shurat HaDin claims however, that by allowing the account to stay open, Twitter is helping to aid a network which is sympathetic towards an...

  • Banner ads die as interactive video ads thrive

    Could the old faithful stalwart of digital media marketing be in grave danger? Are big brands beginning to take their funding away from a Very Marketing 1.0 form of advertising and placing it in the hands of a more engaging form of advertising? All indications are pointing towards a very big affirmative. But the old banner ad is not dead just yet! In the beginning When the world of online marketing was very much in its infancy; and offline marketing techniques were being forced online -- the banner advert was the cutting edge of digital advertising. Online media sales were thriving...

  • App review — iTomato

    So it's the New Year, a time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, to look forward in a positive manner to where we'll be this time next year (if the Mayans turn out to be wrong), but most importantly, a time to kick bad habits and work on developing new, healthier ones. Which is exactly what I am focusing on this year. Starting with bad habit number one: procrastination. After doing a little research and chatting to a couple friends, I thought I'd tackle the problem with a little time management strategy. Which is why this week...

  • White House adds voice to SOPA opposition

    The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently making its way through the US House of Representatives, has received another massive blow -- this time from above. In an official statement made on behalf of the Obama administration, three senior officials including Aneesh Chopra, the administration's Chief Technology Officer, have made it clear that any legislation coming across the president’s desk "must not threaten an open and innovative internet". The trio stressed, however, that this stance would not mean the end of any legislation aimed at putting an end to pirated material. “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites...

  • China now world’s largest online population

    Last year the number of internet users grew by 56 million. The number of online users in China soared to well over half a billion, making this the country with the world’s largest online population. Of these 513 million users, 50% microblog, known as weibos to the Chinese. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s online population rose to 513 million in 2011, which is a 12.2% increase from 2010. In 2010, 63.1 million users had a Weibos account. By 2011, 250 million people (or 48.7% of the online population in China) had either signed up or continued...

  • Rydeen is backing Android to win the in-car infotainment battle

    Will Android dominate the new in-car infotainment battleground?”. Walking around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year, it was clear that cars would be the new battleground for operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive was the choice of Ford, Kia, Fiat and Nissan, while General Motors were onboard with Research In Motion’s QNX. We saw our first glimpse of Android in cars with the Roewe 350’s Continental AutoLinq system, and a year later it seems Android is gaining momentum. At CES 2012 a company called Rydeen showed off a close to be completed double-DIN stereo head unit running...

  • Google’s ‘Search Plus Your World’ doesn’t improve your search

    There's been a lot of talk in the past 24 hours about how Google may be favouring its own social network Google+ with yesterday's "Search plus Your World" update. Getting lost in this heated discussion is the simple question of whether this update actually improves the search experience on Google. Google, in its announcement yesterday, said that it is "transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships." After testing the update, though, it feels like Google doesn't quite understand the "people and relationships" part well enough yet to make it such...

  • Jailbroken today — the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1

    The iPhone 4S has been jailbroken. The video below is proof of concept, clearly showing an iPhone 4S booting untethered into a jailbroken state. The user, Pod2g loads Cydia and plays around in the app which is designed to work on jailbroken phones only. The phone also displays a clear network signal as a sign that its carrier is still operational. This means two things. One, not only is the iPhone 4S capable of being jailbroken, but the iPad 2 as well. Both share the A5 CPU which threw up a brick wall in the face of potential iPhone hackers....

  • How important is tech at university? [Infographic]

    University is a big step for anyone. It can be pretty intimidating when you arrive – figuring new schedules, finding the right lecture theatre, and figuring what the hell your lecturers are talking about. These are all big challenges. On the other hand, you can get away with partying like you never have before and – most likely – never will again. All of these have been experienced by students throughout the ages. Today’s students, however, have more technology at their disposal than ever before. This beggars the question: how important is tech to the learning process? Very...