General Tech

The US elections: A case study in political spam

US Flag We all know that spam is the bane of modern life. More and more of the email we receive on a daily basis are adverts for stock investing, controlled substances, cheap Viagra and a conglomeration of phishing scams that try to get to your personal information. But as the battle lines are being drawn in the USA for the 2012 Presidential election, to be fought on 6 November, more American registered voters will start receiving email messages from prospective candidates. And they ...

News

RIM looks to expand Indian footprint

RIM is looking to expand its BlackBerry sales presence in India to 160 cities, more than doubling its current retail footprint. According to the Times of India, the Canadian-based manufacturer will also be bringing out a slew of new devices onto the market. Although RIM has struggled in established markets in recent times, it is still a force to be reckoned with in emerging markets. India is no exception as RIM looks to tap into a rapidly growing demand for smartphones. ...

Gearburn

App of the Week — Reader X

This week I take a look at Reader X, a brand new, cleverly designed and simple to use Google Reader client for the iPad. As I've probably mentioned in one of my previous articles, I'm a big fan of Google Reader. I love the simplicity, the ease of use and just the whole idea behind it, although the design does lack a little here and there. Regardless, I love getting into the office early and opening it up for a few ...

News

Apple accused of cashing in on Whitney Houston death [Update]

As news of Whitney Houston’s death spread like wildfire over social media, at least one big tech player has been accused of trying to cash in. A number of the singer’s fans say that Apple increased the price of Houston’s albums for download on iTunes, just hours after death was first reported. According to Digital Spy, the price of Houston’s greatest hits album Ultimate Collection rose from GBP3(US$4.7) to GBP7.99(US$12.6) in the space of 30 minutes. The UK news site ...

Online media

GigaOM buys paidConent in expansion bid

GigaOM, the San Francisco based tech news publisher has acquired ContentNext, the publisher of the media industry trade publication, paidContent, from the UK's Guardian Media Group. Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, wrote about what this means to the company: In his post Why we are buying paidContent he writes that the deal will create GigaOM East a ready-made entry into New York City, his "spiritual home," and Europe. Over the past few years we have started to see the transformation of ...

Gearburn

Enter the Spark — a $265 tablet rocking a Linux OS

In this day and age, US$265 can get you a seriously tasty gadget. A brand new Kindle Fire? Done. A cut-price laptop? Grab one for under US$300. How about a 7-inch, 1Ghz tablet rocking Linux? Yours, in the form of the Spark Tablet. Budget tablets are being vomited out of the stables at a rate of knots, so what makes the Spark tablet so damn special? Peeking under the hood World, listen up. The Spark is the first tablet to be marketed ...

News

Whitney Houston found dead at 48: Twitter reacts

Whitney Twitter's response to popular singer Whitney Houston’s death has been overwhelming, with RIP Whitney taking the global top trending spot. The 48-year-old Houston was reportedly found dead in the bath tub of her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel, where she was staying prior to tonight’s Grammy Awards. According to TMZ, the singer and a group of friends had "partied heavily" in the hotel and had "stood out because they were so boisterous". Fellow singer Rihanna sent out a string of ...

General Tech

E-Waste and the underbelly of the tech industry

Recycle Electronics Last year, the EU updated its directives for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), in an effort to step up recycling and the safe disposal of outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In the US, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act was introduced as a bill in June last year. India is also taking governmental steps to control how E-Waste is handled. That sounds like good news; after all, old electronics goods are full of good things that can often be re-used. And, ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

10 Hot Indian startups you should know about

india-flag-independence-day From the world’s cheapest car to the world’s cheapest tablet, India has emerged as a hub of "Jugaad", a Hindi term which closely translates as "frugal innovation". Owing to its booming economy, growing middle class and a talent pool of highly skilled engineers, India has a thriving tech startup ecosystem. While there are thousands of startups across the country, we bring you a compilation of tech startups that have risen above the rest to be the talking points in the ...

Social media

Analysing the State of the Nation ‘Undress’

SOTN - undress In 2011, popular radio personality Gareth Cliff utilised Twitter, and particularly the hashtag #JZSOTNDrinks -- a drinking game mechanism -- to encourage the South African man on the street to become involved in the country's State of the Nation Address. It was a hit online. This year, he evolved the concept and took it to a new level -- #SOTNUndress or State of the Nation Undress. Almost a year ago to the day, we were reporting on South African shock-jock Cliff's ...

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