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  • Details leak for PlayStation 4, codename ‘Orbis’

    Despite no official news from Sony, PlayStation 4 rumours have spread like a bad virus across the internet. Gearburn.com rounds up the various factoids regarding Sony’s PlayStation 4. Codename: Orbis The likelihood of the PS4 being dubbed “Orbis” is low. This is the working title of the PS4 according to this report and is extremely likely to change. Orbis means “circle” in Latin, so a possible “circle of life” deal, tied with the PS Vita? Sounds romantic, 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");

  • A geek at the helm: Memeburn’s interview with Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys

    It’s not often that a geek rises to the top of a multi-billion dollar company. These are spots frequently filled by accountants or lawyers. But times are changing. In a technology-driven world, the geeks are rising to the top. We know Microsoft was run by a geek (possibly the geekiest CEO of all time?) and Steve Jobs was somewhat of a geek (more a design-obsessed geek than anything else). In the startup world, technology investors frequently refuse to put their money behind startups unless at least one of the founders has strong geek credentials (they quite like programmers). Enter Pieter Uys....

  • Screw advertising, start a niche online publication

    Why spend thousands to advertise in a top-notch magazine while you can start a whole new publication online for the same amount? That is exactly the current mind-set of more and more companies, which have discovered that targeting your audience with a niche approach pays off better than advertising. Why? Well, who wouldn’t like a brand that thinks creatively outside the box? Printing their own publications The fashion industry seems to be leading the pack with this increasingly popular trend. Marketing director of BLK DNM, Max Vallot has been quoted saying that “the consumer is much more likely to engage with independent...

  • The benefits of customer reviews on your ecommerce site

    By now, unless you’ve been spending the vast majority of your time hankering around the Gobi Desert, sans internet, you’ll have noticed the abundance of ecommerce sites that have sprung up, especially in emerging market regions. There’s no disputing it, ecommerce is a booming industry, and if the latest stats are anything to go by, we can assume that it's going to develop into even bigger and better things over the next few years. An interesting success story around ecommerce is in South Africa. To give you an idea of just how successful it's proven to be so far, let’s...

  • RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie retires on the heels of dire earnings results

    No one should have been surprised by RIM’s year-end and fiscal Q4 earnings results, but then again no one expected RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie's retirement to come at the same time. Three months ago we reported that Balsillie and RIM’s other co-founder Mike Lazaridis stepped down from their co-CEO positions to sit on RIM’s board, while then COO Thorsten Heins was promoted to new chief executive officer. Balsillie’s retirement ends his 20 year run with Canada’s leading smartphone maker. As I complete my retirement from RIM, I'm grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding...

  • Google makes more from Apple than Android? What a crock

    UK newspaper The Guardian claims that Google's Android operating system is far less valuable than Google's revenues from Apple devices. The story was, of course, picked up and even a respected site like TheNextWeb reported it as fact. According to the newspaper: Android generated less than US$550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright infringement trial are an accurate guide. The figures also suggest that Apple devices such as the iPhone, which use products...

  • 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 system, called forin-app microtransactions. The social network claims that the payment system has over ten-million global users. ...

  • 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 have boobs.— FREDDIΞ JUN‖ΘR™ (@Freddie_UK) March 30, 2012 Happy National Cleavage Day!! Lets all get our tits out!!— Jade Cat...

  • 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 magazines on any digital format is that the scanned in pages rarely take advantage of the medium they reside...

  • A lot can happen in an internet minute [Infographic]

    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 seems about right. By 2015, the number of networked devices will be twice the global population, where are we...

  • 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 “there is even more potential for entrepreneurs to energize the internet economy in the UK”. It says its goal...

  • Leaked screenshot reveals Google Drive details

    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 is the Google Drive will give you a 3 more Gigs of storage than Dropbox upon registration. The similarities...

  • 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 computing experience -- this is exactly what Ultrabook devices deliver.” Steyn hopes that the Ultrabooks will deliver an alternative to...

  • 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 the demand. Motribe CEO Nicholas Haralambous reckons one of the reasons the app has grown so quickly is the sheer...

  • 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 Henry, a departing member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal...