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  • Yahoo! Axis is actually pretty cool

    Yahoo!'s newly launched Axis web exploration and search tool isn't what you'd expect from a company that's been in corporate turmoil over the past few months. In fact, it's pretty damn impressive. Axis is both a mobile browser and a desktop plugin that gives people visual search results as they type. In the desktop version, Axis comes in the form of a little black pill that nestles in the bottom left corner of your browser. Hover over it and extends across your screen. If you then click on the extended bar, you'll get all the visual representations related to...

  • John Malkovich uses Siri and it’s kinda creepy [Video]

    If there's one thing that John Malkovich excels at, it's playing John Malkovich. He reprises that role in two ads for Apple's voice assistant app Siri. The first features the logo of US carrier Verizon, and features the actor using Siri to find out about the weather, search for restaurants, and to tell a joke. Malkovich appears to find the joke hilarious, which is worrying. The second ad, which has AT&T's logo on it, shows Malkovich asking Siri for advice and then complementing her in what appears to be an awkward attempt at flirtation. We're...

  • 8 of our favourite ‘Spear of the Nation’ memes

    The media has been obsessed with the developments in South African president Jacob Zuma's Lenin-esque nude portrait saga. Brands and consumers alike have meanwhile taken to social media with offerings of their Spear of the Nation memes. Below is a selection of our favourites. 1. Gabriel's image is hard to absorb Gabriel employs shock tactics. 2. John Terry A meme within a meme. 3. Helen Zille Tit for tat: the leader of the opposition is unknowingly pulled into the paint-slinging affair. 4. Spear Spies Sports meets politics. Springbok rugby star Pierre Spies' surname coincidentally translates to 'spear'. 5. Britney The celebrity pun meme is one of our favourites...

  • The Great Gatsby gets Twitter all abuzz

    Proof that good literature still matters! Or that Leo DiCaprio is still an A Lister. Either way Twitter is abuzz with the trailer for the Great Gatsby. If you are a fan of the brilliant Baz Luhrman and have read and loved F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby then you have been waiting for this movie since Warner Bros. announced it. Luhrman’s interpretation of the novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway takes us back to roaring twenties where the "buildings were higher, the parties were bigger and liquor...

  • Things get worse for Facebook post IPO as shareholders sue

    Looking back, the technical glitches that delayed Facebook's IPO are starting to seem like an omen. After seeing its shares plummet more than 10% on its second day of trading, the social network -- along with its financial underwriters -- is being sued by its shareholders. According to Reuters, the shareholders claim that Facebook, along with banks like Morgan Stanley hid the social network's weakened growth forecasts ahead of the IPO. The suit was filed today in a New York Court and comes hot on the heels of a similar suit which was filed in California on Tuesday. The...

  • Social gambling to be worth $100bn by 2017

    There's a very fine line between social gaming and social gambling. Think about it. All you have to do is add a wager and one becomes the other. Given that the former is already massive business (It's no accident that Zynga accounts for 12% of Facebook's revenue) it's hardly surprising that the latter is set to follow suit. In fact, tech analysis company Juniper Research reckons that social gambling could be a US$100-billion industry by 2017. It says the surge in social gambling activity is being driven, at least in part, by the introduction of intrastate casino and lottery...

  • The future of shopping is mobile

    People are swapping shopping malls for online and virtual stores at a faster rate than ever before. Combine this shift with our increasingly compulsive and indecisive nature, and you can see why online retailers are frantically coming up with new ways to entice people, so they can linger on their sites longer. One way they are doing so this is by focusing on our closest companions: our mobile phones. This echoes one of my favourite lines from Irish comedian Dylan Moran: "I don’t know what I want, but I know that I want it now." Mobile apps: having a shop...

  • mmMule: Deliver things and have an adventure, do some good

    "For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience." That quote from the cult movie, The Beach embodies the whimsical spirit of mmMule, a startup that rewards you for delivering things to people on your travels. mmMule is essentially a crowdsourced courier service. As it depends on a healthy helping of chance and serendipity, it’s not a real replacement for postal and courier services,...

  • 8 facts about mobile life in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Mobile phone penetration continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and that growth means new users, new experiences, new uses and a new world of opportunity. Anyone interacting with this evolving ecosystem needs to understand mobile behaviour and trends. Mobile Life is an annual investigation into the behaviours, motivations and priorities of the world’s mobile phone users, covering 48 000 interviews in 58 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the study includes Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The most recent results revealed the following about the region's mobile phone users: 1. Smartphones are on...

  • Google CEO Larry Page spotted rocking Project Glass glasses [Video]

    Yes, really. When Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page stepped on stage to speak at Google Zeitgeist 2012, he wore a pair of the Project Glass glasses. Well, I don't know if you can call it a 'pair' of glasses when technically it's just a set of frames with a small rectangle of glass over one eye, but it seems that Google is slowly releasing prototypes into the wild. Google's innovative glasses, which will theoretically be able to do everything from guiding your way by GPS navigation to messaging your friends, were proven to be more than just...

  • Awesome Google doodle honours synth pioneer

    Today's Google doodle is more kinds of awesome than we could count with the collective number of fingers and toes in the office. The internet giant made the playable doodle in honour of Robert Moog's 78th birthday. The electronic music pioneer is responsible for a load of music gadgets including the Minimoog Model D, Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, and the Moog Minitaur. Moog's synth engine also powers the Animoog iOS app, which was brought out a few years after his death. That's how much of a pioneer the man was. If you're still wondering why...

  • IBM bans Siri over fears that she spills secrets

    When IBM revealed that it had banned its workers from using Siri, it could easily have been a throwback the halcyon days of its rivalry with Apple. As it turns out however, Big Blue's fears -- that all those queries asked of Siri had to being stored somewhere -- are justified. According to Wired, the validation of IBM's fears is plainly visible in Apple's Software License Agreement: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text”. That means Apple definitely stores your search...

  • FHM model brags about bribing cop in tweet

    Oh dear. Another FHM model, another ill-advised tweet. This time though it wasn't anything racist, just a boast about bribing a cop. According to watchdog organisation Corruption Watch, Sabina Essa tweeted about getting out of a speeding fine by bribing a Johannesburg Metro cop. In the tweet, which has subsequently been deleted, she said: “Just got out of a R2 500 fine for going 140 in a 60 zone. R30! Bwahahahaha. I LOVE JMPD.” South African news site IOL reports that when another Twitter user asked the model whether or not she had offered the bribe, the model replied:...

  • 6 great moments from the 2012 Webby Awards

    The Webby's are sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the internet. Thing is, although they've been around for 16 years now (that's a long time in internet years), they still have an element of edginess to them that their film counterparts simply can't compete with. Acceptance speeches are limited to five words, the awards include Meme of the Year -- which went to Nyan Cat and the Hollywood celebrities who come are genuinely there to hang out with some of their favourite geeks. This year's ceremony kept that spirit and tradition going. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the...

  • Orange looks to reward social tech entrepreneurship

    Innovative tech can do great things for communities when it’s used effectively. That much is obvious. But people aren’t going to keep innovating unless they have an incentive to do so. That reality is what makes initiatives like Orange African Social Venture Prize necessary. The prize, which rewards to entrepreneurs who use tech to fuel social development, is now in its second year having received over 600 entries in 2011. Projects proposed during the first edition covered a variety of fields, such as healthcare, agriculture, banking services and education. Those proposed by the winners included: Horticultural Tele-Irrigation: a...