Gearburn

The new iPad — more of the same, twice as tasty [Review]

With little other than a display revamp, the new iPad is a little brighter, crisper and heavier. But is it equally as loveable? Retina Display is king If you’re an existing owner of iPad or iPad 2, you’ll certainly notice the difference between versions. Text and images are both clearer thanks to the 2048×1536 Retina Display which is four times the number of pixels than previous iPad models. Other hardware upgrades includes the back camera which has been bumped to 5-megapixal and ...

News

We will download 66bn apps a year by 2016 [Report]

Apps are everywhere. There are app stores, fuelling the app economy, which is part of the app ecosystem. It stands to reason that we must be downloading a lot of them then. But how many? Millions? Hundreds of millions? Nope. Not even close. At the moment we’re downloading around 31-billion apps a year. Try and comprehend that. Now try and comprehend the fact that we look set to be downloading more than double that in four years’ time. According to ...

News

Real Valley geeks? Silicon Valley gets its own reality show

Silicon Valley Silicon Valley has its own reality show? Say what? Well I can't say I am surprised. In a world where reality is more entertaining than fiction, surely the lot shaping how we engage and exist in the new world should also have their own show. Well Bravo couldn't agree more! So the US television network has announced a new show focused on Silicon Valley. The show is set to star seven Silicon Valley movers and shakers including an executive producer ...

News

What’s going on with Google’s China landing page?

Google doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with China. We all know that. Google’s latest stunt, however, may show just how fractious things between the Asian superpower and the internet giant have become. If you navigate to Google’s landing page, you are greeted with the usual search bar, except it’s floating above an ocean. A variety of the ocean’s most intimidating fish swim by, including sharks, swordfish and angler fish swim by. Suddenly the Google logo and the ...

Emerging Markets

Emerging markets tech expected to generate over $1-trillion in 2012

map-emergingmarkets2005 Emerging markets are where it’s at when it comes to tech. They’re where the next billion internet users will come from and some even reckon that the next wave of world-changing startups will come from within them. Small wonder then that they’re set generate over US$1-trillion in IT spend this year. According to tech research company Gartner, emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe still have thriving tech scenes, despite economic ...

Infographic

The rise of the Slacktivist: On the back of Kony 2012

With a new Kony 2012 video on the horizon, it seems we have come to a new chapter in Slacktivism. Slacktivism is a portmanteau of slacker and activism. It's basically the act of supporting a cause via some social platform tends and to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist. The issue people tend raise around slacktivism is whether or not one can make real social change without hitting the street and protesting. The success enjoyed by Kony 2012, which was ...

News

Instagram for Android goes past 1M downloads in less than 24 hours

Instagram for Android has been downloaded over one-million times since going live late yesterday. According to the New York Times, the app experienced 2 000 sign ups a minute after launching. Tech news site The Next Web reckons this makes it one of the biggest app launches in history. The wildly popular app was previously only available on devices running Apple’s iOS. Bringing Android into Instagram’s fold could see the app soar past the 30-million or users it currently has. ...

Innovation

5 Tips from Clay Shirky on creativity and innovation

innovation Clay Shirky -- the writer, teacher, and consultant on all things online -- recently told an audience of innovators, tech enthusiasts and creative minds what they’d least been expecting to hear. There are no rules for creativity. The event, organised by innovation news site PSFK is designed to inspire and impart knowledge from those who've taken risks and succeeded, with experience and insight to share. Shirky's talk underlined a point that had been illustrated by those who took part in ...

Startup news

Spaaza: The glue that brings together online and offline shopping

Spaaza Facebook app eCommerce changed everything, but beyond the convenience, choice and financial savings yielded by armchair shopping, there’s an armada of disgruntled brick and mortar businesses who find it hard to compete. Why? In the US, big online retailers such as Amazon are exempt from collecting sales tax from online shoppers in the majority of states. A 1992 US Supreme Court ruling states that online retailers don’t have to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. The pressure is ...

Entrepreneurship

What tech businesses need to survive in a time of flux

Flux The theme of the 2012 Skoll World Forum is "Flux: seizing momentum, driving change", which I think is a fantastic one. We’ve never had such upheaval in the way businesses work, in how citizens interact with government, or in how information flows in the world. It’s about change, and survival in a time of flux is best done through agility and creativity. "As an operating paradigm, it expresses the fluid nature of relationships, policies, institutions and human beings which are ever-changing ...

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