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  • Apple App Store hits 25bn downloads

    Another day, another Apple record broken. Today the 25-billionth app was downloaded from the Apple app store. The 25 billionth app downloaded, Where's My Water? Free, was downloaded by Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. The company reckons that apps are downloaded by some 315-million, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services thanked all of Apple’s customers for downloading so prolifically before commenting on how rapidly the store had grown: “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile...

  • Syrian government blocks access to WhatsApp

    The latest mobile tool to suffer at the hands of a dictatorial regime isn’t a social network, or even an inflammatory mobile site. It’s SMS killer WhatsApp. The instant messaging service sent out a Tweet from its official account, stating that it had been banned in Syria: We are told that WhatsApp is now being blocked in Syria. A blow to free speech and open communications everywhere. Sad day for freedom.— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 5, 2012 According to TheNextWeb, killing WhatsApp is the latest in a series of measures aimed at putting down widespread protests in Syria. The government...

  • Google’s privacy policy: ‘This stuff matters’

    Google's new privacy policy is probably pretty old news to you by now. After all, for every search that you do, you get a nice notification from Google that its privacy policy is changing and that "This stuff matters...". If you've bothered to read it, you will know that Google intends to amalgamate all of the data that they collect about you into a single account profile. Unsurprisingly, the new policy has divided reception across the internet. Google fans can't see any wrong in what Google is up to, while people on the other side of the fence are pretty...

  • What does Foursquare have in common with Harry Potter?

    Dennis Crowley’s vision for Foursquare may have something in common with the Marauder’s Map from the Harry Potter series. Crowley recently told Memeburn that he wants to develop Foursquare so that users will be able to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of their friends, family and other social network contacts. The Marauder’s Map allows its user to find out where anyone is on the Hogwarts grounds. Sound familiar? Thing is, to use the map, you have to utter the words “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good”. All you have to do to use Foursquare is tap an icon on your phone. Why...

  • The Vodafone Smart Tab 10: have we seen it all before?

    Ah man, the sense the excitement in the Vodafone boardroom when its latest product was unveiled must have been palpable. A tablet! And a 10-inch one at that! At least one person, caught up in a state of self-congratulatory revelry, must have dared to think: “Look out Apple, here we come”. Good news, Tim Cook and co. The Vodafone Smart Tab isn’t the device that’ll knock your company back to the nightmare days of the late 90s. It’s a decent tablet, but iPad killer it most certainly ain’t. Let me explain: Overall Design Look, there’s only so much creativity you can...

  • Want to know how your intern feels? Check out these social media accounts

    Meet the intern. They are the youngsters braving the grown-up world of office life to gain experience after graduating with fresh dreams and hopes of one day having a good career. Before any of that can happen an intern’s main purpose is to be the office sucker for up to three months, often longer. It can be frustrating. But at least there’s one place they can vent (fairly) safely: social media. A few of these venters even have Twitter accounts and blogs that are worth checking out: @AnotherGraduate. The profile for this account reads: "Follow me for the realities of being just...

  • Facebook status saves woman from attackers

    Facebook can be used to catch criminals, but it can also help save victims. A South African woman was saved from two armed robbers who had physically assaulted and threatened to rape her, after updating her Facebook status. According to The Beeld newspaper, the attackers tied up the woman in her bedroom together with her 10-year-old son. They also stole her cellphone and told her that they would kill her husband when he came home. The woman then managed to untie herself and her son, before hiding in her wardrobe with her laptop. From there, she sent out...

  • Android now world’s most popular mobile browser

    Android is winning -- hang on a moment Apple fans, take a deep breath and let me finish before you start pounding your keyboards in anger -- the mobile browser wars. According to the latest figures from StatCounter, Android’s native browser has officially taken over from Opera’s as the most used on the planet. Android’s market infiltration has grown two percent in the last couple of months to just under 23%. Opera meanwhile has declined from a high of just over 24% in December 2011. Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Mobile Browser Market Share Opera is even seeing a decline...

  • You’re busted! 20 Facebook related crimes solved [Infographic]

    Just when you thought Facebook's reach couldn't get any longer, it goes and surprises you. Our daily obsession with the social network is making it more and more important in society. One of the biggest fears we have about the web is that it's an easy medium for criminals to operate in. But now it seems authorities are taking back the space. Over the last few years they've donned their social media caps and busted some criminals with a few strokes of their keyboards. In the last five years more than 100 000 UK crimes have been linked to...

  • Win a 2GB Walkman with Sony and Gearburn

    Stand a chance to win with Gearburn and Sony -- we are giving away a 2GB Sony Walkman B series to one deserving winner. The Sony Walkman Digital Player is a next-gen iteration of the famous Walkman series made popular in the 80s. This model comes with 2GB internal memory, enough space for close to 700 songs. With 18 hours of battery life, the Walkman has enough power to keep you moving throughout the day and long into the night. Other features include: "BASS" button for powerful bass enhancement Detachable clip for wearable style Color matching power illuminator "ZAP" button to enjoy ZAPPIN Function How...

  • Avengers trailer sets new viewership records

    If there’s one movie that geeks everywhere are desperately awaiting this year, it’s The Avengers (or, for UK audiences, The Avengers Assemble). If you want to know how desperate they are, the fact that the new trailer was viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut should give you some kind of an indication. It also set a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris...

  • HTC Triumph (Titan) becomes China’s first Windows Phone

    China is getting its first official Windows Phone, the HTC Triumph, or the Titan as it is known outside of China. HTC opened its very first Chinese flagship store in Beijing, with the company already taking in pre-orders for the US$700 Titan. Don’t let the naming convention confuse you, the non-Chinese HTC Triumph (known as the HTC Desire) is a totally different mobile to the Chinese Triumph, plus runs Android, not WP 7.5 Slight localisation differences include retrofitting the OS. The HTC Triumph will run Windows Phone 7.5, known as Tango. Why Tango though? As Microsoft said, it’s primarily designed...

  • 10 Mac only apps I can’t live without

    Mac owns a mere seven percent of the world's desktop operating system market share (Windows has over 92%) and yet, it has some of the most functional and beautifully designed software ever developed by humankind. While some software developers develop for multiple platforms, some develop only for Mac. Here is a list of 10 apps developed exclusively for Mac, apps that I love, apps which, if pried away from me, would make life feel less meaningful. Sparrow It’s difficult for me to express in words the love I have for this email client. Firstly, I am -- like...

  • Privacy? Why you should let Google, Facebook and others track you online

    Mainstream news (in fact, all news outlets) will have you believe it's the end of the world. Google's new privacy policy came into effect yesterday. From CBS News: How to remove your Google Web History, from the Washington Post: Google privacy policy changes March 1: How to clear your search history, account information and the obligatory Business Insider impression bait: How to Use Google's New Privacy Tools to Stop Them from Tracking You. Then of course there are the fear mongers. Headlines like this are irresponsible and, quite honestly, bordering on insanity: The Internet makes money by spying on you...

  • Tablets and smartphones are heralding a media revolution

    When the press discovered that Amazon’s US$200 Android tablet (the Kindle Fire) is sold for US$3 less than it costs to manufacture, many people were confused. Why would a technology company sell a gadget at a loss? It all makes sense when you realise that, increasingly, the playing field is no longer about hardware; it’s about content. Tablets and smartphones are the key devices in this new ecosystem of content (although they’re certainly not the only ones), and we all know that these are the must-have devices for every regular consumer. Smartphone penetration in emerging markets like South Africa has...