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Thai PM shuts down Twitter account after hack

Thai PMThai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shintawatra is taking a break from Twitter after her account was hi-jacked by a hacker who mocked and criticised her.Authorities say they are searching for the anonymous hacker who posted eight tweets after apparently using a mobile phone to access the recently elected premier’s @PouYingluck account.Yingluck said the attack was a "violation of people's personal rights" and the account was "temporarily suspended".The hacker lambasted Yingluck on a number of subjects including her response to recent ...

Gearburn

iPhone 5 by design

iphone 5 release dateDying to see what the iPhone 5 looks like? According to CAD designs taken from a prominent tech website earlier this month, a German tech site has created a physical hardware mock-up of the supposed iPhone 5. Please note that these are only mock-ups of a possible version of the iPhone 5. Nothing is set in stone and most certainly not this design. But currently this is the most likely design candidate for the iPhone 5.

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Arab Spring bloggers to discuss web and political change

SyriablogSome 200 Arab bloggers are gathering in Tunis to discuss the role of the web and social networking as an instrument of political change following the Arab Spring.The meeting follows on from similar gatherings held in Beirut in 2008 and 2009 and is the first since a wave of revolution swept across the region.According to event organiser and administrator of Tunisian site Nawaat, Malek Khadroui, the bloggers will focus on the role of cyberactivists in a period of ...

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3G services remain crippled in Thailand

Phones asiaThailand is yet to roll out full 3G services and is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia without high-speed wireless internet. In contrast to countries like Laos which have full 4G access, Thailand remains locked into sub-3G speeds thanks to competing telecoms and legal issues.Last year, a court in Thailand stopped a 3G-licensing auction after CAT, a Thai-owned telecom was ruled out of bidding due to it having no authority over the actual auction. Its next attempt at ...

Gearburn

ABBA to release dance title for Wii

Abba-Wii-GameMusical games are a dime a dozen, with every popular band from Green Day to The Beatles having released its own private karaoke-light console experience. Swedish pop mega group ABBA is now primed and ready to release its own take on the music-genre with ABBA You Can Dance for the Nintendo Wii come November.ABBA You Can Dance is being designed and produced by Ubisoft. According to Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, the game helps cement Ubisoft's ...

Facebook, Social media

How Facebook’s Spotify deal makes it more ‘sticky’

facebooklogo1Facebook rolled out a number of updates and a host of new features at its recent f8 developers conference. The changes to the newsfeed and the introduction of the timeline, in particular, have resulted in a userbacklash. Such is the level of fury (and resulting sarcasm) that a few tech sites have even gone as far as to let users know of workarounds so that things can go back to "normal".The timeline furore largely overshadowed the announcement that ...

General Tech

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is not an iPad killer, but boy it changes the game

Amazon Kindle Fire2 Content. Content. Content.Apple gets it. And Amazon gets it. Is it any coincidence then that tablets created by these two companies will be the category leaders for the next few years?In launching the Kindle Fire, Amazon instantly created a hit.Not because it was selling support for Flash. Or dual quad-processors with eleventy hundred gigs of storage or two different-megapixel cameras. There aren’t five different models for all kinds of mobile networks. And you don’t have to choose between “Honeycomb” or ...

Gearburn

Review: Cheerfully video-tastic Samsung BluRay home theatre

This thing is seriously compact. The Samsung HT-D6750W is a Blu-Ray player and an audio/video receiver/amplifier/media center/post-space-age statement — all in one small box. It has four tall skinny speakers that take up no space, and it’s wireless. What’s not to love? Well, the sound quality, but let’s not get picky. Small house? Love movies? On a budget? This one’s for you.It’s a svelte 6cm high, and 43cmx33cm wide and deep, so it can slide into a pretty small shelf. ...

News

‘Unfunny, unlike’: Joke causes furore in US

Satirical news publication The Onion gets a lot of laughs by crossing the line. Even some of the most devoted fans of the popular humour outlet, though, were recently left complaining that it may have gone too far.The Onion posted a cryptic update to its 3.1-million Twitter followers and 1.9-million Facebook fans:Following the posts, the Onion feed remained silent for 10 minutes. In this period, discussion was rife on both Facebook and Twitter as to whether the Onion was ...

Africa, Infographic

The landscape of the Kenyan mobile scene [infographic]

The research team at the iHub put together some stats on mobile numbers in Kenya. A special nod to Leo Mutuku for gathering it all from so many sources, and to Patrick Munyi for creating this cool visualization of it.Explaining the infographic, they write:The arrival of the undersea fiber cables in Kenya in 2009 has revolutionized the technology and economic sectors. Kenya is one of very few countries in Africa with a comprehensive framework set up in this regard. ...

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