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  • Motorola Mobility’s Megan Nicholas on Googarola and the future of BlackBerry

    At the recent South African launch event for the Motorola XOOM tablet and ATRIX smartphone, the lush gadgetry on offer was actually the last thing on my mind. Just two days prior to the event, Google had announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for a hefty premium. In the middle of this electric atmosphere, I had a few minutes to sit down with Megan Nicholas, the country director for Mobility South Africa. I wanted to know what her thoughts were on the acquisition: "I'm very excited, the Google and Motorola partnership has been strong from...

  • App of the week: Air Display

    This week I take a look at Air Display, an app that allows you to turn your iPhone, iPad or Macbook into a wireless, additional monitor. When I was younger, I used to love watching documentaries and movies involving high-tech computers and robots. I used to marvel at the innovations and brief glimpses into the future, wondering if I'd ever live to see, let alone use, some of the gadgetry that was being used in these movies. Of course, if I look at where we are now, we're all pretty much using these things on a daily basis and taking...

  • Best and worst list: Tech CEOs that got our attention

    Steve Jobs' recent departure from Apple spurred us to create a list of the best and worst tech CEOs over the years. Read, digest and enjoy the triumphs and failures of these men of industry. The game changers Steve Jobs -- Apple No-one did it better than Steve. In the 70s, Jobs designed the most marketable computer of the time, the Apple II. Jobs was fired from Apple in the 80s, formed his own company called NeXT and eventually made his way back to Apple when his old company integrated NeXT into its line. His reign as CEO from 1997 till...

  • Facebook’s ‘Bug Bounty Programme': $40 000 spent so far

    Facebook has spent US$40 000 over the past three weeks rewarding the discovery of glitches in its security system. Earlier this month Facebook launched a programme called the Bug Bounty Program, which encourages security experts to help strengthen the social network against attacks. In a recent blog post Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, revealed some information about the early days of the Bug Bounty Programme. "The programme has already paid out more than US$40 000 in only three weeks and one person has already received more than US$7 000 for six different issues flagged. It has been a joy to engage...

  • The outlook’s still good: 29 years of email [Infographic]

    Email turns 29 this year. That's right, the medium so few of us can do without has been around for the best part of three decades. On the 30th of August 1982 the "EMAIL" copyright was awarded to V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai. Shiva began work on his standard template system for the drafting of electronic documents in 1978 at the tender age of 14. He was later challenged by a professor from a local university to digitise an internal paper memo system. This is where we get the terms 'To:', 'From:', 'Date:', 'Subject:', 'Cc:', 'Bcc:' and 'Attachment', as they were...

  • Who is the next Steve Jobs?

    Chris O'Brien, a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News asked: Who will be Silicon Valley's next Steve Jobs? He picked out five possible contenders and rejected a sixth. His picks: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Marc Benioff, Elon Musk, and Reed Hastings. He rejected Jack Dorsey. On Google's Larry Page: ... it's not yet clear whether Page has the ability to take the company beyond its core business of search. Yes, it has non revenue hits such as the Android mobile operating system, and its new Google+ social network shows promise. But Page's ability to take the risks necessary for the company to succeed...

  • Tech4Africa to reward innovation

    Technological innovation will play an important role in solving a number of the problems which are unique to Africa as a continent. In recognition of this, Tech4Africa – which bills itself as the continent's "only web and emerging technology conference" -- has launched the inaugural Tech4Africa Innovation Award. The award, which is open to individuals and companies, is designed to "recognise homegrown innovation and further inspire the industry to develop global solutions to uniquely African challenges". "The Tech4Africa Innovation Award is another mechanism for us to realise our goal to engage, inspire, enable and innovate," says Gareth Knight, MD of...

  • Razer Blade brags top laptop gaming chops

    “PC gaming is not dead.” So intones the Razer Blade, a gaming laptop due to hit the streets at the end of the year. The manufacturer pitches it as “the world’s first true gaming laptop.” Other gaming laptop makers may disagree, and at US$2800 it costs ten times as much as an Xbox or Playstation 3. Or five times the price of a capable gaming PC. What’s the fuss? The Razer Blade is 3.1kgs of blisteringly-fast gaming power combined with a full-sized "gamer's" keyboard and an OLED touchpad to do gaming stuff with. The Razer weighs less than competing gaming...

  • WikiLeaks reveals how Apple fought counterfeit products in China

    A global security team led by Apple came down on pirated iPhones and iPods in China, according to US Embassy documents recently released by WikiLeaks. The anti-piracy team was setup over three years ago, but details have only been discovered now. The 2008 cable said Apple had hired ex-Pfizer employees (details below) as the leaders of its anti-piracy squad. The cable was virtually hidden amongst 134 000 diplomatic messages which were recently released by WikiLeaks. The full cable can be viewed here, but the most important information is as follows: As amazing as it seems, computer maker Apple Inc. had...

  • Microsoft unveils more Windows 8 features

    Microsoft has given the public further glimpses of what it can expect from the next generation of Windows software. According to Windows division president Steven Sinofsky, the software giant is making major improvements to a key Windows Explorer file management program. The changes are expected to improve how the program interacts with the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. "Windows 8 is about reimagining Windows, so we took on the challenge to improve the most widely used desktop tool (except maybe for Solitaire) in Windows," Sinofsky said atop a blog post detailing Explorer modifications. "Windows Explorer is a foundation of the...

  • Video Review: Canon SX30 IS

    The most insanely long lens that would amaze pros sitting snapping Wimbledon, but in a convenient and luggable bridge-camera form factor. Crazy long lenses (800mm equiv here!) have become a bit of an arms race to nowhere, but Canon still pulls out some amazing engineering to produce a very versatile daddy camera, good for action photies of the kids in the play park or the kill in the safari park. Just don’t expect flawless image quality. Gearburn takes the Canon SX30IS for a spin. 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");

  • Wikileaks faces fire after exposing sensitive US sources

    Following the latest dump of highly classified diplomatic cables by Wikileaks, the United States and others have expressed concern over risks the release presents to individuals named in the cables. Since November 2010, Wikileaks has been dumping batches of highly classified cables from US diplomatic missions. Answering questions about the cables, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland chose to highlight the danger sensitive sources named in the cables may face as a result of the leaks. "In addition to damaging our diplomatic efforts, it puts individuals' security at risk, threatens our national security and undermines our effort to work with countries to...

  • Chinese news agency urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumours

    China's official state news agency has called on websites in the country to put a stop to the "cancer" of online rumours. The call is believed to be the latest sign of unease over the potential of social networks to subvert the official Communist Party line. The call, from the Xinhua news agency comes days after a senior Communist Party official issued a similar warning to China's largest microblogging platform Sina Weibo. "The internet is an important carrier of social information, civilisation and progress. Rumours will harm the network and are a dangerous cancer," Xinhua said in a commentary...

  • Digital marketing at real world events: Is it just hype?

    There are a multitude of marketing opportunities out there every single day just waiting to be taken advantage of, but does having a clever advert or campaign that mimics real life translate into increased sales? What real life events are there to integrate with? There are literally events happening each and every day that are available to be pounced on by cunning and intelligent marketers. One of the more recent faux pas which presented itself was the botched singing of the South African national anthem by Just Jinger front man Ard Matthews. The advertising agency behind the famed adverts of...

  • The Sunday Times and the racist photo Facebook blunder

    Fresh questions have arisen over the regulation and reliability of content on social networks after one of South Africa’s leading newspapers faced embarrassment as it emerged that its dramatic weekend lead story, based on a graphically-racist Facebook profile photo, was in fact a three-year old story -- and had been extensively covered. The abhorrent picture depicts a white male kneeling over the body of an apparently lifeless black child in the manner of a hunting photo. There were also questions over the veracity of the picture itself. The story received world-wide attention after being picked up by major news services such...