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MXit launches new developer APIs

MXit has announced the launch of a new set of developer APIs as well as a redesigned Developer Centre. The company claims that by using open web standards, it is opening MXit up for anyone who wants to develop apps for it. The new APIs will reportedly allow developers access to MXit authentication and messaging, and will also allow them to publish apps on MXit, through its Mobi Portal API. Developers will also able to tie into the MXit payment ...

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Twitter keeps abreast of National Cleavage Day

Once a year, brassiere manufacturer Wonderbra sponsors National Cleavage Day in celebration of, well, cleavage. This year, it’s gained enough attention to trend globally on Twitter. The overwhelming sentiment seemed to be positive and the mood light-hearted: Today is National Cleavage Day? Awesome. I've been working on these manboobs for a while now - time to unleash the boys! *buys low-cut top*— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) March 30, 2012 Happy National Cleavage Day, the one day it is acceptable for men to ...

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App of the Week — PressReader

This week, we look at PressReader, a dandy little offline newspaper reader available not only for iPhone, but practically every platform under the sun. For my purposes, I tested it first on the iPhone, then the iPad. Despite the blisteringly clear screen of the iPhone 4S, magazine content seems trapped on the tiny screen. On the iPad however, the app opens up the user to a world of offline and online content. Let's get into into. The every-man eReader The issue of reading ...

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A lot can happen in an internet minute [Infographic]

embedded-infographic-600-logo New Yorkers will tell you that a lot can happen in a 'New York minute' and it's also one of the fastest minutes you'll ever experience. In this new tech age where we are all plugged in, the internet is our fast-paced minute. What could possibly happen in one internet minute? Intel decided to try and answer that question. According to the chip manufacturer, the number of networked devices we have today is equal to the global population -- yep that ...

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Google opens Umbono-style incubator in London

Google has been behind startup facilities in countries such as Egypt and South Africa. Now it’s taking the model established in those countries to a more established market player: London. The internet giant opened a seven story facility it calls Campus London, located in an area of the city known as Tech City. According to an official Google blog post, the internet accounts for around eight percent of the UK’s economy. It claims it built Campus London because it believes ...

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Leaked screenshot reveals Google Drive details

Google Drive A leaked screenshot has revealed some more details about Google’s soon to be released Drive product. The cloud storage product appears to gives users around 5GB of free storage and the ability to access their files on their PCs, Tablets, mobile devices, and on the web. Sounds a lot like every other cloud storage product out there. More to the point, it sounds eerily like the service provided by Dropbox. The only real difference, so far as we can tell ...

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Kenyan Ultrabooks splash-down care of Intel

Kenya will be the lucky recipient of reasonably priced Intel Ultrabooks, made especially for the emerging market. Earlier this week, Intel launched six Ultrabooks for the eager Kenyan market, ranging from Kshs 60 000 (US$725) to 90 000 (US$1087). Danie Steyn, Intel East African General Manager says the new laptops are “an evolution”: “Ultrabook devices represent the next step in the evolution of the PC. There is a hunger for a device that can act like a tablet, but that allows for a full ...

Startup news

Photo-based MXit app shows impressive growth — 400k users in one month

An app inside mobile social network MXit is showing some fairly impressive growth. The app, called JudgeME, was developed by mobile social network builder Motribe and reportedly helps people meet each other by uploading and browsing photos. The South African-based company claims the app has gained over 400 000 users less than a month after launching and that it is “already generating enough revenue to cover its costs”. The company says this growth happened faster than it could scale the technology to manage ...

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The pursuit of justice: A history of hacktivism [Infographic]

Hacktivism is at its peak. Anonymous and groups like it have made sure we are aware of hacking activists. In 2011 hacktivism became a powerful virtual weapon, and hackers found their way onto high-priority most wanted lists. How do hacktivists differentiate themselves from cyber criminals, who hack websites for financial gain? Simple: a Hacktivists's goal is to make political statements through hacking. Every day more hacktivist are cropping up and it seems that no government has the power to stop them. Shawn ...

Apple, Mobile apps

The problem with iMessage

IMessage iMessage doesn't work. Well, that's not entirely true. It works perfectly well as a traditional text messaging replacement. To a point. The first problem with iMessage is its lack of awareness. It's a simple broadcast bus (think back to parallel connectors used to transfer data between components or computers). At its launch, Apple admitted that iMessage runs on top of its notifications engine (based on XMPP). But that's the problem: it's treating messages -- two-way communication - as what seems to be ...

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