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  • Vietnam government accused of cyber-terrorism

    An activist group inside Vietnam and around the world has accused the Vietnam's communist government of launching a cyber-attack which has crippled its website. The group, The Vietnam Reform Party also known as "Viet Tan", following their site, www.viettan.org, going down (still down at time of writing) released a statement saying, "Beginning on August 13, hackers launched a sustained attack against www.viettan.org". Viet Tan, which campaigns for peaceful political change in the authoritarian state, specifically blamed Hanoi saying the "Hanoi government's firewall" was lifted to allow a "botnet", or network of compromised computers, to take down the Viet Tan website "This is...

  • What does the Shionogi incident teach us about Virtualisation?

    There is a story that has been doing the rounds in the mainstream media of late that is really beginning to annoy me. The story is about an IT administrator who took out 88 virtual servers in a revenge attack against a Japanese pharmaceutical company that terminated his contract to help to cut costs. The thing that is so frustrating is that all of the focus seems to highlight the idea that virtualisation is essentially dangerous. If you take a few minutes to read any of the articles, however, it becomes clear that the offender was exceedingly knowledgeable about...

  • Who the bleep are you?:The pros and cons of online anonymity

    Anonymous has given anonymity a bad name. Pseudonyms, aliases, nom de plumes, all have lubricated social communication for centuries. Famously, several female authors wrote under male names, but other reasons given for changing one's name include feeling free to write about people you know without recrimination, attempting to mute obvious cultural elements of your name so that people don't view you through the lens of a particular worldview, or just plain wanting to have a different persona. The battle has been waged on several fronts -- unsurprisingly, as the internet is spreadeagled across nations with many different laws and perspectives...

  • Motorola ATRIX: The great little phone that should

    The ATRIX has hardware specs out the whatsit, with a one gighertz dual-core NVIDA Tegra 2 processor, a gig of RAM, a four-inch 960×540 qHD display, front- and rear-facing (5MP) cameras and the ability to record in 720p. It offers up to 48GB of storage (16GB internal and optional 32GB MicroSD card), 802.11n support, a 1930 mAh battery, two microphones for noise-reduction and a biometric reader for unlocking your phone at the touch of a fingerprint. The ATRIX’s party trick is, of course, its accessories. Both of the docks, the Lapdock and the HD Multimedia Dock, essentially amplify the phone’s...

  • The coolest tech videos at TED 2011

    The inaugural TED conference in 1984 featured one of the first demonstrations of the Macintosh Computer and the Sony compact disc. Over the last two decades TED has continued to bring us great new ideas and mind boggling technologies. 2011 is no different. Below we feature a hand picked selection of some of the most awesome tech to have emerged out of TED in Monteray California and TEDGlobal in Edinburgh Scotland Markus Fischer: A robot that flies like a bird Icarus' ill-fated attempt at conquering the skies certainly did not deter the engineers of Smart Bird. Based on the Herring...

  • Education brought to Amazon by internet “distance-learning”

    The internet has allowed a school to sprout in a remote area of the Amazon where teachers tend not to linger due to harsh living conditions and a scarcity of students. Teachers in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, conduct lessons streamed to students in the village of Tumbira using an internet connection made possible with a generator-powered radio signal. If not for "distance learning", children from far-flung Amazon river communities would forgo school or endure arduous boat trips to places with traditional schools. "There was scepticism whether this system would work", Tumbira school director Izolena Garrido said. "It seemed...

  • Skype to buy GroupMe

    Skype has announced that it plans buy mobile messaging startup GroupMe, for an undisclosed sum of money. GroupMe is a mobile messaging platform which utilises a wireless connection for group instant chat on Blackberry, iPhone and Android platforms. One of the most prominent features of GroupMe's product is that it can switch to text-based services if there is no usable data connection. The deal, when combined with the purchase of mobile video provider Qik, is set to augment Skype's role as an innovator in driving user experiences. as stated by the company earlier this year. In an official statement...

  • Hong Kong stock exchange website hacked

    Honk Kong police have arrested a 29-year old man following a cyber attack on the city’s stock exchange website. The attack, the second in two days, halted the trading of shares in seven different companies. According to spokesperson for the police, five personal computers and two mobile phones were among the items seized when the man was arrested. "He is being investigated under the offence of access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent," the spokesman said, adding that the man was being held for questioning. The firms hit by the "malicious" attack, which caused them to stop...

  • German authorities claim Facebook ‘Like’ violates privacy laws

    Facebook users in a northeastern German state have been told to stay away from the "Like" button (Gefällt mir in German) on Facebook. Government sites within Schleswig-Holstein have been asked by the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection to remove all Facebook plug-ins or risk a possible fine of EU€50 000. In an official press release, the centre stated that the Facebook fan pages and the "Like" button have been shown to infringe upon laws pertaining to European data privacy. The Independent Centre for Privacy Protection also claims that user information is sent back to the United States headquarters of...

  • Hanging out in the Amazon now easier with Street View

    Two women washed clothes in the dark water of the Rio Negro as a boat glided past with a camera-laden Google tricycle strapped to the roof, destined to give the world a window into the Amazon rain forest. A “trike” typically used to capture street scenes for Google’s free online mapping service launched Thursday from the village of Tumbira in a first-ever project to let Internet users virtually explore the world’s largest river, its wildlife and its communities. 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");

  • iPad 3 for early 2012 says rumour-mill

    Apple plans to begin trial production of a next generation iPad in October with an eye to an early 2012 launch, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the situation," said Apple is working with component suppliers and its assembler in Asia on the iPad 3 and has ordered key components such as display panels and chips. It said the next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution 2048-by-1536 pixel display compared with the 1024-by-768 display on the iPad 2. 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");

  • The Amazon, Walmart & FT app rebellion: What it means for you

    If you take the time to read some of the many articles on mobile app strategy, you'll find that they focus on trying to answer the crux argument of whether to build a native app for each mobile platform or a web app that tries to cover them all. After all, there are significant costs involved, both in development and time to market, and focussing on one strategy appears wiser than trying to be the best in all. In most cases however, the authors fail to choose between native and web and (somewhat wishfully) recommend a mobile strategy that...

  • 11 social networks that hit the skids, and here’s why

    How many social networks have you heard of outside of Facebook, Twitter and Google+? Turning our lives into single-line updates is now the acceptable social drug which the big three continue to push into our digital veins. Not every social network, however, has been as successful as the big players and, like sand through an hourglass, these are the defunct social networks of our lives. Bahu This site began in 2007 as a social portal for French and Belgium students but opened its doors internationally after adding support for most European languages, eventually growing to more than a million users....

  • 7 simple search strategies for your PPC campaign

    If you're a search newbie and want to quickly learn the ropes of the Pay Per Click (PPC) world then using Google Adwords and a tracking program like Analytics will be quite useful. These tools, coupled with a little Excel spreadsheet savvy, can go a long way in managing a new campaign. Here are a few strategies to keep in mind when launching a brand new PPC campaign: 1. Start with Google: Your friends may weave a yarn about Yahoo!/Bing ads but the truth of the matter is that those platforms are only semi-popular at best in the US and parts...

  • App of the week: FNB banking app

    As regular readers of my app reviews will know, I have a sick obsession with budgeting, recording expenses and knowing where I stand financially at any given time of the day. Hence not one, but two personal expense apps have been reviewed on Gearburn since I started writing two months ago. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm pretty sure it's not as healthy as I keep telling myself. Moving on. This week I look at personal banking apps — the one space where emerging markets are often way ahead of the US or Europe. I've been a client of one...