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Review: Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus — Has… potential

Within the confines of the audiophile spectrum exists a passel of audio listeners with varying degrees of auditory discernment. Somewhere an insomniac just likes to hear the voice of the 3AM DJ on a kitchen radio, in the apartment below some hipsters are having existential debates about 1Q84 while streaming Bon Iver’s latest over a Bluetooth speaker, while further down the street a bass woofer with a car passes a bunch of guys busting moves to the beat of Run ...

News

Angry Birds set to smash into Facebook

Rovio’s hit franchise Angry Birds is set to smash beak first into Facebook come Valentine’s Day. According to Asia Tech News, the company is planning a massive launch in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to Rovio head Peter Veserbacka, the decision to launch in Jakarta is a fairly obvious one, given that it is the "global capital of Facebook". The country does, after all, have the second largest Facebook population, after the US. Angry Birds is already available across a number ...

News

Symantec releases ‘hotfix’ for Anonymous hack

Symantec has released a "hotfix" for customers affected by an Anonymous hack that targeted its pcAnywhere software. The fix comes after the security company released a statement confirming that the Anonymous hacktivist group had gained access to its source code, which was a "result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006". The source code theft affected PCAnyWhere -- a tool that allows customers to remotely connect to other computers --, as well as Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, ...

News

Facebook halts trading in secondary markets, IPO to follow?

Facebook has reportedly halted trading in secondary markets, possibly indicating that the world’s largest social network may finally be ready for its long-awaited IPO. According to Bloomberg, representatives from Facebook’s law firm, Fenwick & West, sent a letter to one of the markets explaining the decision. The decision to halt trading on secondary markets is not necessarily an indication that Facebook is on the verge of going public. An analyst speaking to Bloomberg, feels that this may, however, be the ...

News

Twitter opens up translation for right-to-left languages

Twitter has added languages written from right-to-left to its Twitter Translation Centre. The languages available for volunteers to translate are Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. At least three of these languages are spoken across the Middle East, where Twitter was frequently used as a means of spreading the message of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions. Against the background of these revolutions, which saw the overthrow of decades-old dictatorial regimes, Arabic was one of the fastest growing languages on Twitter. This despite ...

Facebook

10 Things Facebook is doing that will guarantee its future dominance

facebook banner Jack Welch once said, "Change before you have to". Few other companies today have applied this wisdom with more consistency than Facebook. For better or worse, Facebook has always believed in pushing the envelope when it comes to making to changes to the platform. It is this willingness to constantly challenge both themselves and their users that some have credited with Facebook's eventual dominance of the social media space. To be sure, some changes have certainly been more popular than ...

Ecommerce, Facebook

How Facebook’s Open Graph could take f-commerce to a whole new level

Facebook So did you get up at the crack of dawn to get your free Wimpy breakfast last week? I didn't, but driving into work I did hear it being discussed at large on various radio stations and they too shared my sentiment of not fully understanding the fascination and dedication of people to get up so early, use their petrol and rush to stand in a queue for breakfast that would have cost them less than R20. The human race ...

Google, News

Google+ ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about real names, just don’t use pseudonyms

Google Plus Black Ever since it launched, Google+ has been criticised for strictly enforcing a real name policy. You couldn't just use your gamer tag or other name you would use to signify your online or offline identity. Instead, you had to use your real name to use the service (though you could obviously just make one up of you felt like doing so). Google recently announced that its naming policy was going to become more "inclusive," but that doesn't mean you can ...

Gearburn

Three (indie) reasons to use Steam

Steam has transformed the industry. As the most comprehensive games digital distribution platform available, they’ve created a space for indie developers to flourish. Recent years have seen some fantastic indie titles get the exposure they deserve, simply thanks to Valve and Steam. Here are three games that best portray the value of the mighty indie and give good reason for why big studio titles aren’t the only way forward. Gemini Rue (Available through Steam or on the official site) Gemini Rue came ...

Infographic

My, Google, how you have grown [Infographic]

Google is one of the largest companies in the world, not just online but offline as well. The internet titan has come a long way since it started as a research project way back in 1996. When Larry Page and Sergey Brin met, I wonder if they could have dreamed that their little college project would become one of the web's most formidable companies? Following Page and Brin's humble beginnings as PhD candidates at Standford University, back when only 36-million ...

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