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  • Gentlemen, start your console’s engines

    It seems Nintendo’s reveal of its new Wii U has started a videogames arms race similar to the one started with the original Wii. Allowing the use of dual-screen games with touch-based controls, the Wii U has inspired both Apple and Sony game designers to explore similar concepts. Apple’s recently announced update to their mobile operating platform, iOS5, contains a major new feature called AirPlay Mirroring. This new feature will allow an iPad and an AppleTV system to pair up with each other. The AppleTV would then display a game to a TV, while the iPad act as a controller,...

  • Bitcoin owners victims of virtual pickpockets

    Virtual currency, Bitcoin, is latest target of hackers by penetrating computers and swiping their digital wallets, according to computer security firm Symantec. "Malware authors move fast," Symantec's Stephen Doherty said in a blog post about digital pickpockets targeting Bitcoin, which was created two years ago. "We have seen a recent Trojan in the wild targeting Bitcoin wallets" in computers running various versions of Windows, Doherty said. "It has one motive: to locate your Bitcoin wallet.dat file and email it to the attacker," Doherty said. "This is not surprising considering the potential values in a Bitcoin wallet." Bitcoins are digital currency that are accepted...

  • Watch out: Hackers go old-school

    If you thought that never clicking on strange links, or making sure that your antivirus software was up to date was enough to safeguard your computer, think again. Microsoft recently sent out a note warning that cyber-crooks are avoiding the need for slick software skills by talking their way past computer defenses with 135 year old technology: the old-fashioned telephone. According to the software-titan, hackers posing as members of its support or research teams are calling people to trick them. In a message posted on its online security center, Microsoft wrote: Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set...

  • App of the week: Reeder

    This week’s app of the week: Reeder, a Google Reader client for iPhone that is beautifully designed, easy to use and powerful enough to keep up with all the latest headlines that your favourite websites throw at it. In real time. I’m a big fan of online content, I love how information and news can be spread like wildfire all over the ’Net, and that you can read it, comprehend it and spread it as quickly as it takes you to sip your morning coffee. My problem lies in the fact that there is just so much content online that...

  • A Fathers’ Day message to Sir Tim Berners-Lee

    Dear Sir Tim Berners-Lee, As the father of the World Wide Web, we think you deserve a Father’s Day message. After all, anyone who’s ever clicked a link, typed those three famous W’s, or even just seen a video on a friend’s screen is, in some way, your child. This, therefore, is a tribute to you, your web and everything we’ve managed to achieve with it. We’ve come a long way since that fateful day when you implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the internet. That was way back...

  • All Blacks banned from Twitter for World Cup

    The New Zealand rugby team have been banned from communicating directly with their followers on Twitter for the upcoming World Cup. This amid fears the microblogging website will prove a distraction during the tournament. With the All Blacks under pressure to ditch their tag as World Cup chokers when New Zealand hosts the rugby showcase in September-October, coach Graham Henry said the days of players freely tweeting their thoughts were over. "We haven't had a policy up till now, we've just asked them to make good decisions about that," he told Sky Sports on Thursday. Speaking about the general conduct of the...

  • M&G journalist suspended after anti-Semitic Facebook rant

    In another case of why employees need to watch what they say online, a journalism intern at the Mail & Guardian has been suspended for an anti-Semitic statement on Facebook, leading to a very public spat involving the publication's editor. The intern, Ngoako Matsha, in a Facebook conversation referred to fellow commenters as "racists". The anti-Semitic comment in question read: "You racists! No wonder Hitler killed all the Jews, because you're all a bunch of racists." The conversation in question began when Facebook user Benji Shulman asked his friends to help him with a "decent history of Apartheid". Matsha...

  • Pandora shares soar on Wall Street debut

    Internet radio star, Pandora, made its Wall Street debut amid investor enthusiasm for technology stocks. Pandora's shares soared in early trading on Wall Street on Wednesday before paring gains at the close of trade. Pandora, which is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "P," was priced at US$16 and surged to US$26 shortly after the opening bell. Pandora eventually ended the day at US$17.42, a gain of 8.9 percent. Pandora, which creates personalised radio stations for users based upon their favourite artists or songs, raised US$235-million with its initial public offering and had a market value...

  • Recent poll shows Facebook users to be more trusting

    A recent poll by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project show Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2 255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple times per day are more than three times as likely as non-internet users to feel that most people can be trusted. People who use Facebook several times per day average nine percent more close, core ties in their overall social network than other internet users. The poll also revealed that Facebook users are two and a half times...

  • Social media governments: Iceland, Nigeria, Rwanda & South Africa

    An increasingly crucial part of our daily lives, social media is changing the way we interact, work and live. As a truly people-oriented medium, it is even altering our concept of society and democracy. Governments, from Iceland to Nigeria, are coming up with innovative solutions for meeting the needs of their citizens. A fair amount of discussion at a recent World Economic Forum annual meeting held in Davos focused on the future of governance: "Governments today are operating in an environment where citizens’ expectations are communicated through digital means to global audiences in a matter of minutes, with incredible ramifications,...

  • BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review

    Let's be clear, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the best BlackBerry you can buy today, but should you? BlackBerry fans looking for a high-end BlackBerry experience have a choice between the 9780 and the Torch 9800, but there's a third contender on the horizon that might steal your heart in the end. Read on as we explore the 9780, offer advice for new and existing BlackBerry addicts, and look ahead. The handset itself is handsomely austere. Understated and almost completely black, the 9780 is most likely weapon of choice for Wall Street types. The build quality, light weight and of...

  • Microsoft tracks search behaviour using cursor movements

    Researchers at Microsoft have been investigating the correlation between eye movement, or "gaze tracking", and mouse cursor movement on search engine results pages. The findings have some interesting implications for future search engine algorithms, and may help to improve the results returned for search queries. By measuring mouse cursor behaviour, such as clicks and hovers over particular page regions, alongside the results from an eye-tracking study, Microsoft has shown that areas of interest to a user directly correlate to mouse cursor behaviour. This is particularly prevalent for search engine results pages. While measuring click-through behaviour is nothing new, researchers...

  • Rockstar gets brooding and intense with LA Noire

    LA Noire - Detective Phelps cuts a sharp figure in the neon light of Los Angeles. Hunched over the scene of a brutal crime, he pensively inspects each inch of a rusted pipe, stained with the blood of an unknown assailant. Music swells in the background, the crime scene has now been swept for clues. Detective Phelps knows that it is time to move on to the interrogation of the witness. Leaning against a ruby-red barstool, she draws back on a cigarette, looks in the detective's direction and casually blows smoke into his face. With uncannily realistic facial movement,...

  • A look at some of Africa’s hottest startup incubators

    Although investment in Africa has traditionally focused on commodities rather than technologies, the explosion of mobile usage has opened up opportunities for small-business development. Memeburn explores some of the continent's incubators for entrepreneurs to consider before taking the next step. It's worth remembering that the investor climate is often make or break when it comes to finding angel investors. Nigeria Enspire is more than an incubation programme as it aims to support the establishment of businesses that graduate from the initial stage of developing an idea. The group’s vision encompasses seeing incubating business through to the forefront in developing...

  • Klout gives users more punch with +K

    While algorithms have served us well in terms of how computers measure our behaviours, companies are beginning to realise the importance of human opinion. Nowhere is this more evident than in social media. What a computer thinks is no longer enough for us; we want to know what people we know from our networks think as well. Facebook's Like button has undoubtedly increased user engagement, while Google's recent addition of +1 is an attempt to make search more social. Now Klout, a social networking analysis site, has announced it plans to adopt a similar practice. Klout rates your...