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  • HTML5, smartphones will change the way we interact with companies

    HTML5, together with massive growth in smartphone penetration, could see a lot more people interacting with companies using their mobile devices. Many companies -- such as banks and telcos -- already enjoy major business benefits by allowing customers to transact with them, perform routine service tasks, manage their own accounts and conduct research through Web-based Self-Service systems. Up until now, self-service has largely been limited to internet-connected desktop users. The rise of the smartphone is about to change all that. The new, richer, apps will give people the flexibility and convenience to interact with companies wherever they are,...

  • Pair: The cutesy social network for couples that looks set to go big

    Less than a week after going live, a new social network called Pair has been downloaded over 50 000 times and seen more than a million messages sent. Here’s the thing, it doesn’t connect with everyone you’ve ever known. It isn’t even a great professional networking tool. In fact, the only person it connects you with is your significant other. Geez, the only way you could stretch the definition of a social network any further is if you made one for the voices in my head. Anyway, Pair has been getting attention from a couple of big-name Silicon Valley investors. Perhaps...

  • What if you could have more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga?

    What if you could have a million Twitter followers for a day? What would you do? Well, you might just have the chance to find out. A new site, called Fame, selects a winner from the pool of people who’ve connected to it via Twitter every day. Everyone on the site is then automatically followed to the daily winner before being automatically unfollowed the next day. It’s a pretty nifty idea. If you’re the daily winner, and people like your tweets, chances are at least some of them will stick around and keep following you. If you’re one of...

  • Give us your Facebook password or we won’t hire you [Comic]

    The issue of employers demanding that current and future employees hand over their Facebook passwords has been causing a bit of a stir of late. Even Facebook itself got in on the action. We imagine the words "I quit" echoing across many a boardroom if more companies started applying the policy. In the United States, two lawyers have decided that enough is enough and intend sticking it to the man. Good for you lawyer boys. Even Senator Richard Blumenthal has had enough of this talk of snooping about people's Facebook pages so he intends to introduce a bill that...

  • Mozilla shows off HTML 5, other new tech with MMORPG

    Mozilla, in cooperation with French developer Little Workshop, launched a new MMORPG called BrowserQuest today to demonstrate what developers can do with HTML5, WebSocket, Canvas and other advanced web technologies, including Node.js. The game, which is actually quite fun in its own right, should work with virtually every modern desktop browser (except for Internet Explorer), as well as Safari on iOS and Firefox on Android. The mobile version is, in Mozilla's words, "more experimental," but should be seen as "an early glimpse of what kind of games will be coming to the mobile Web in the future." var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • Google helps put Mandela archive on the web

    Google and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) have created a new Nelson Mandela Digital Archive on the web that is freely accessible to the world. Google donated about US$1.25-million to the Johannesburg-based Centre in 2011 to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Mandela. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users from around the world now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of this extraordinary African statesman. The new online multimedia archive includes Mandela’s correspondence with family, comrades and friends, diaries written during his 27...

  • The new Doctor Who trailer — because geeks like stetsons and guns

    Popular British science fiction show Doctor who is ready to once again roll through time and space with a brand new season coming soon. BBC America released a teaser trailer of the upcoming season setting the Doc Who fan world into a froth of anticipation over what is to come. The show follows the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-travelling, humanoid alien, known only as the Doctor, who explores the universe in a sentient, telepathic time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box. Only a day up and...

  • Major Silicon Valley VC to deliver lecture in SA

    A major Silicon Valley VC is set to return to South Africa, the country of his birth, to deliver a lecture at Stellenbosch University. Roelof Botha made his name as one of the people fundamental to the early development of ecommerce payments system PayPal. He was named CFO in 2001, when he was 28. When eBay bought out PayPal in 2002, Botha moved to Sequoia Capital, where he has remained ever since. He sits on the boards of companies such as Eventbrite, Jawbone, Mahalo, Meebo, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Unity and Xoom. He also sat on YouTube’s board prior...

  • Google to go into third-party comments

    Google is launching a third-party commenting system. Thing is, it’s not trying to enter into the space of specialist industry players such as Disqus, but take another swipe at Facebook. Tech news site TheNextWeb cited a source close to the development of the product as stating that the system would feed off Google+ . The site also cites Tech WD blogger Saud Al-Hawawi who reported that several yet to be released technologies, including the new commenting system, were discussed at a Google conference in Saudi Arabia. The new service would reportedly also index any comments in Google’s...

  • 17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we? They’re built into practically every Google product -- if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or...

  • Why a social login could be the solution for your site

    One of the sad truths about people on social networks is that they don’t like to leave those social networks. So getting them to migrate away from beloved Facebook to interact with your site can prove a laborious task. But if you can manipulate your site to encourage people to create user accounts via their social networks you're likely to drive a lot more eyeballs. An easy way to tap into the power of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn is to allow users to quickly and easily create user identities or login profiles using these sites, but you may be wondering why this is...

  • Why your site should go mobile and 10 things to remember when you do

    Do you have a website? Running a determined business and want to stay ahead of the crowd? Well then, you have to go mobile as soon as you can. Desktop is just not cutting it anymore and if you do not take action now, you will hate yourself for it later, trust me. It is of fanatical importance that you get on board now, and draw up a mobilising plan for your current and future campaigns. This easy-to-follow slide should show you why mobile is relevant: 7 Reasons Why Mobile Matters View more PowerPoints from Dewaldt Huysamen After that, I'm sure I don't...

  • Tap a fridge magnet, order a pizza

    If you thought ordering in was a cop-out on making dinner, TV dinners and ordering has been taken to a whole new level. We've all had those moments where we wish we could conjure up a pizza out of thin air, well now you can. Well kind of. A pizzeria in Dubai has unveiled a new refrigerator magnet that actually orders pizza at a single tap. Midnight snackers and impulse eaters watch out. Is it a matter of convenience or laziness? The innovation has reportedly been dubbed the VIP Fridge Magnet, where the pizza box-shaped magnet is connected to...

  • Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Beam

    When I first read about the Samsung Galaxy Beam, I was incredibly excited. A phone, with a built-in projector. Too cool. Naturally I leaped at the chance to get hands on with it. To understand why I was excited, you have to understand that one of my favourite ever TED talks is by Pranav Mistry and involves him demonstrating Sixth Sense, a device that combines motion sensor technology with a wearable projector and pint sized computing. When I first watched Mistry’s talk, I thought it was the future of personal computing. A couple of hundred articles and some hard...

  • How insulting the Swazi king on Twitter could get you arrested

    Swaziland isn’t exactly renowned for its freedom and democratic institutions. In fact, it’s one of the last countries on the planet with an absolute monarch – who it may soon be illegal to insult on Facebook and Twitter. According to Freedom House, the tiny Southern African country is considering a law that would make it a criminal offence to insult King Mswati III on social networks. Justice Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze reportedly proposed the legislation, informing the Swazi Senate they would take a “tough” stance on anyone who criticised the king via social media and “set an example.” Freedom House...