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Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900 — Tragically beautiful

BB Bold1 Pictures, with their limited one thousand word, vocabularies belie the BlackBerry Bold 9900;s breathtaking design aesthetic. The 9900's design is Research In Motion's crowning achievement to date, a bright burning flame in these trying times for the legendary smartphone manufacturer from Ontario. In contrast, the 9900’s operating system, BlackBerry OS 7 is more of a greatest hits album, than a “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, but it has some significant updates that will no doubt delight the BlackBerry faithful.Overall ...

News

Chinese luxury watch blogger forced to put a halt to posts

iMac_Keyboard A Chinese blogger, most well-known for posting pictures of Chinese officials and their luxury watches, has been forced out of action due what he calls outside “pressure”.The internet activist, known by his account name "Huaguoshanzonshuji" on Sina's Weibo -- a Chinese equivalent of Twitter -- has been posting pictures of government officials, stating the brand and the value of their wristwatch.The blogger’s commitment to exposing officials even garnered praise from the state-run Xinhua news agency. Xinhua said that others wishing ...

Microsoft

7 features to look forward to on Windows 8

Windows 8 MetroNo start menu, no "windows", no fancy graphical flair. This is the world of Windows 8, welcome to it.1. Metro Interface Gloriously refurbished, the Metro interface is the top and best feature of Windows 8. If its interface confuses you, then a quick stab at the new minimalistic design will turn you into a fan in seconds flat. Windows 8 has been designed for touchscreen devices. It works well with laptops and desktop computers but practically flies on a tablet. ...

Gearburn

Why Amazon’s Android tablet could be amazing

AMAZONLOGO The majority of articles about Android all seem to start with the same statistic: About 1 in 2 of the world's smartphones currently run Android. That’s impressive, especially since Android has only been around for 3 years. It seems that the world has gone gaga for Google’s little green robot, but while Android is clearly dominating global smartphone sales, the same thing cannot be said with regards to tablets.One of the main reasons for this is the iPad, a product ...

Facebook

Facebook looks to be ‘the story of your life’ with upcoming changes

Mark Zuckerberg Image courtesy of Facebook Facebook users were greeted with a new interface this week, leaving many users baulking at a number of the updates. Following the social network’s annual f8 developer's conference, those users had better prepare themselves for even more changes.Mark Zuckerberg, kicked off the conference -- after a humourous introduction by Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg -- by introducing the "Timeline" page. This new feature will let people digitally map everything they've ever done.Facebook video introducing TimelineThe new feature essentially ...

News

Former eBay head Meg Whitman is new HP CEO

Meg WhitmanStruggling technology giant Hewlett-Packard has named former eBay head Meg Whitman as its new president and CEO. She replaces Leo Apotheker at the helm of the world's largest computer maker.HP shares have fallen more than 40 percent since Apotheker replaced Mark Hurd, who resigned following a sexual harassment accusation.Whitman stepped down from eBay in 2008, before making an unsuccessful run at replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California in 2010.We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman's ...

News

No Samoa gag at RWC despite ‘holocaust’ tweet

twitter-rugby The Samoan rugby team will not be joining their All Black counterparts in a complete Twitter ban, team management announced. This despite a controversial tweet from centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono comparing the team’s gruelling World Cup schedule to slavery, apartheid and even the holocaust.Assistant coach Tom Coventry said that Samoan management would prefer not to gag players, even after Sapolu Fuimaono's tweets saw him having to make an official apology to World Cup officials."We try not to gag anyone. ...

Gearburn

Mxit, other local apps added to Samsung app store

samsunglogo Samsung plans to introduce three new local apps to its app store. The three apps are Mxit, DStv Mobile Decoder and PriceCheck. These apps will be available for download on all of Samsung's Android devices, excluding tablets.Brett Loubser, the B2C Apps Development lead at Samsung says, "There is no doubt that the need for locally relevant content is growing among consumers and that this growth demands a larger variety of apps across different interest areas. It is with this in ...

Mxit, News

Exclusive: Alan Knott-Craig buys MXit, Herman Heunis steps down

allanknottcraig2A few weeks ago Memeburn revealed that instant messaging platform MXit was rumoured to be in sale talks with startup investment firm World of Avatar. We can now confirm that those rumours are true.The acquisition will see current MXit head, Herman Heunis step down, with Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, the World of Avatar boss, taking over as CEO. The deal, which was finalised earlier yesterday, involves World of Avatar buying out both Heunis and Naspers, an US$18-billion emerging market media giant.Naspers, ...

News

Facebook to ‘change the world of social media’ (again)

Facebook has already rolled up a number of updates in the lead up to its f8 developers' conference. The world's largest social network claims, though, that it has more in store. A lot more.According to Mashable "editor at large" Ben Parr, who claims to have seen what Facebook plans to unveil at f8, "it's going to change the world of social media”.Parr revealed that the technology blog had been give a sneak preview of the features but was unable ...

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