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  • How insulting the Swazi king on Twitter could get you arrested

    Swaziland isn’t exactly renowned for its freedom and democratic institutions. In fact, it’s one of the last countries on the planet with an absolute monarch – who it may soon be illegal to insult on Facebook and Twitter. According to Freedom House, the tiny Southern African country is considering a law that would make it a criminal offence to insult King Mswati III on social networks. Justice Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze reportedly proposed the legislation, informing the Swazi Senate they would take a “tough” stance on anyone who criticised the king via social media and “set an example.” Freedom House...

  • HalfArsed-a Chef: A dangerous kitchen to be in [Video]

    Imitation is the best form flattery. But what about mockery? What's that best for? South Africans are pretty excited that a local version of the popular cooking contest Master Chef has finally hit their shores. This is the second big cooking franchise to hit the country, so clearly everyone is quite overwhelmed by all the cooking. No one is more excited than spice company NOMU who has bravely commissioned a web series spoof of Master Chef. The three episode web series intends to highlight the "essence" of South African cooking by asking contestants to create things out of old favourites...

  • #Carguardsong: The ‘Braaiday’ boys are back

    The team who brought you the Rebecca Black Braaiday parody are back - and this time, they've set their sights on car guards. Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues posted the video for The car guard song yesterday, and their #carguardsong hashtag trended on Twitter in South Africa today. The song is a parody of Eminem and Rihanna's Love the way you lie, and the video, which was filmed in Cape Town, features some familiar faces and spaces -- including Just Jinjer's Ard Matthews and the University of Cape Town campus. If you listen carefully, you'll also catch a play on lyrics from Good...

  • The rise of Woza Online: 10K websites in just two months

    Google's Woza Online initiative claims to have successfully helped 11 200 small businesses set up websites easily and for free in South Africa -- all in just two months. And Google expects "thousands more" to sign up in the coming months. Woza Online is a world-wide initiative that helps small businesses create their own websites, in turn boosting job creation and economic growth. Google has launched similar initiatives in 23 other countries around the world from Great Britain, Canada, and Australia to Brazil, Indonesia, France, and Poland -- bringing 400 000 businesses online over two years. In Africa,...

  • Get a new iPad for less than $0.25?

    This is interesting. A company is putting four brand new iPads up for sale on online auction site BidorBuy at a starting price of R1 (US$ 0.13). The Notebook Company, who is behind the auction, isn't looking to hawk base model iPads either. According to the auction site, the iPads are 32GB and come with Wi-Fi and 4G, with the seller putting the retail price at R9699. The bidding will reportedly start on Wednesday and opens at R1, with no reserve. That means that the items have to be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the price achieved. This...

  • Angry Birds Space downloaded 10M times in 3 days

    If you’re looking for an indication of how big the Angry Birds phenomenon is, you could do much worse than the fact that Rovio’s latest title was downloaded 10-million in the three days following its launch. The Finnish-based games company sent a tweet out announcing how well Angry Birds Space had done: 10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned for more! #angrybirdsspace— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) March 26, 2012 The company launched the first genuine sequel to Angry Birds late last week, bringing new features such as gravitational pull around planets, new...

  • How to achieve social media maturity in 5 simple steps

    There is no doubt that social media has changed the way in which people interact with organisational brands, and yet many companies still lag behind when it comes to developing a coherent strategy in regard to social technologies. In a recent report, Forrester, an independent research company, highlighted that one in five businesses do not use social technologies at all, and a third of all companies are still getting off the ground. Organisations can, however, change this trend and reach an active level of social maturity, in relatively little time, if the proper steps are taken, says Forrester. 1. Invest...

  • The Red Planet blues in Waking Mars

    Puzzle-based exploration flourishes in this unique game for iOS. Impressive interface, controls and ambience make this a must play despite its awkward length and uninspiring plot. Waking Mars is a flawed treat. Waking Mars comes out for iOS amidst a sea of casual games in the mobile gaming world. It is that rare thing: a long-form game. Clocking in at 6-10 hours, depending on your ecological proficiency, game developer Tiger Style’s latest offering is unique in every way, for its sins.var 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");

  • 9 Events every tech startup should add to its diary

    South Africa's tech scene is on the rise and tech entrepreneurs from the country are finding their way to Silicon Valley with products worthy of the world's attention. Some of these entrepreneurs are now mentors and have a wealth of knowledge that they're willing to share with their fellow countrymen. Two of the most common themes among startup mentors, coaches and founders whose companies got acquired, are to learn continually and to increase the quality of your network. You can do both at industry relevant events, so I took a moment to find out which South African tech events...

  • Magicians + iPads = one cool magic show [Video]

    So it seems that magicians can do more than saw people in half and make things disappear... who would have thought? A pair of Swedish magicians has replaced the standard rabbit-and-hat trick with seven shiny iPads and a lot of slight of hand. Erik Rosales and Charlie Caper performed at the MIPIM real estate trade show in Cannes, where they cleverly wound their magic tricks around the tablets. The iPad pours wine into a glass and discharges leaves, a lightbulb, confetti and flowers from its screen. They've timed the show perfectly, so that the iPads play videos and work in unison with...

  • Ford to open new Silicon Valley research centre by mid-year

    Car manufacturers are slowly but surely morphing into technology companies and it's not just upstart manufacturers like Tesla who are trying to piggyback on Silicon Valley's deep pool of engineering and academic talent. General Motors, for example, already has offices in Palo Alto and today, Ford announced that it has also chosen Palo Alto for its new Silicon Valley lab. The company already has research labs in Dearborn, MI; Aachen, Germany; Nanjing, China and Tel Aviv, Israel. The lab will be lead by TJ Giuli, a Ford research engineer and Stanford-alumni who has been working on the forefront of...

  • Apple to add Baidu support to iOS

    Apple products are already wildly popular in China. Reports of local search support being added to iOS may just take that popularity to a whole new level. According to news site Tech in Asia, reporting via Chinese-language site Sina Tech, Apple will begin integrating Baidu’s search function into iOS next month. Baidu is the dominant search power in China and it currently holds around 84% of the Asian superpower’s internet search revenue. The new implementation will reportedly give Safari users the option of setting Baidu rather than Google as their default search engine. It should be cautioned, however, that...

  • Instagram for Android online signups now live

    Instagram for Android? Hooray! Visit the signup page now, young gadget-freak and become one of the “first in line” to receive news of its imminent arrival. The page itself is a bare-bones effort, but shines brightly with the heat of a 1 000 rainbows. Entering an email address delivers the message of “Thanks for signing up! We’ll be in touch soon!” Thanks for nothing then, Instagram. Thankfully, there is some information on why the brand-spanking new Android Instagram app took so long to arrive, care of Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, the founders of Instagram.var 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");

  • Microsoft Messenger blocks Pirate Bay links

    In the war between online pirates and content producers, it’s pretty obvious which side of the fence Microsoft stands on. The Redmond-based software-giant has started blocking all links to The Pirate Bay in Microsoft Messenger. According to The Verge, anyone who attempts to send through a link to the renowned file-sharing site is met with a reply saying: "the link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe." The error message reportedly appears in Microsoft’s native clients as well as third-party tools such as Pidgin or Adium. The Verge reports, however, that it might not be...

  • Rumour-mill: Samsung Galaxy S III launch set for 30 March?

    Is there a mystery UK launch planned for the Galaxy S III? According to some candid snaps of an Oxford-based retail store, something is “coming soon” from Samsung. The store: Phones 4U. A retail outlet which was the first store to sell the Galaxy Nexus when it initially launched and in our opinion, it would be a waste of time and money to promote a random Samsung phone such as the Pocket or a new Tab. Come 30 March, Oxford may be first location lucky enough to get its hipster claws on the Galaxy S III. var 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");