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  • Can a mobile game help change the world?

    Can a game on a mobile phone help solve some of our most pressing social problems? The team behind the development of MoRaba believes it can. Recently launched, MoRaba is a mobile game that aims to educate South Africa’s township youth on gender-based violence. Multiple choice questions like "A girl will claim she has been raped because..." are designed to help youths navigate the tricky situations they face every day, in a relevant and entertaining way. MoRaba was commissioned by the Southern African Regional Office of UN Women as part of the UNiTE campaign to End Violence Against Women...

  • Brazil sues Twitter over traffic cop alerts

    First Indonesia wanted to crack down people who were "rude" on Twitter, now Brazil is demanding the social network block users who tweet about speed traps and roadblocks. According to the BBC, Brazilian authorities feel that such accounts are undermining their efforts to curb drunk-driving. The South American nation has reportedly gone so far as to file a lawsuit against Twitter. Should the terms of the suit be granted, Twitter would be required to pay 500 000 reals ($290 000) each day that it fails to comply with the request. The social network has so far declined to comment on the...

  • BlackBerrys brutally dropped, bent and submerged

    This article is for both the BlackBerry haters and lovers out there. The Hardware Support Lab at RIM posted three videos giving some insight into the testing performed on BlackBerry handsets during their development. If you have a sensitive stomach, please look away now. Bend test The bend test ensures BlackBerrys can handle “posterior pressure”, or more simply, being sat on. Check out this video of a BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 being Torch-ered (come on, I had to, how often do I get to make that joke?). 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Gearburn’s Pick: Best RPG’s for the iPhone, iPad

    Games on the iPhone and iPad are challenging traditional handheld gaming systems such as the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. One of the reasons for this is that they offer instant gaming gratification and inherently low-cost gaming titles -- most games are generally priced under US$1. The Apple devices own most genres, neatly encompassing shooters, driving sims, fighters and role-playing games into its catalogues. Sure, Skyrim may be light-years away from appearing on the iDevices, but these games are ideal time wasters with hours of fun to be had. What then are the dominant RPG’s on the iPhone and iPad?...

  • Indonesian authorities to crack down on ‘abusive’ tweeters

    Twitter’s decision to censor tweets on a country by country basis caused widespread outcry. For the government of Indonesia, however, such measures may not be enough. Authorities in the South East Asian country claim they are "studying" Twitter with a view to cracking down on users who "behave badly" on the social network. The crackdown is the brainchild of communications minister Tifatul Sembiring. According to Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe, Sembiring said that if offenders “really violate and insult people, they could be reported as spam. Then their could be closed by Twitter officials." The minister claims that...

  • Virgin Active reopens investigation into racist incident after social media buzz

    The Virgin Active franchise of gyms has reopened an investigation into a racist incident which allegedly occurred during a class at one of its clubs, following pressure on social media. The incident in question reportedly occurred late last year. During a spinning class one member allegedly took offence to another's enthusiasm calling her a "bloody k*****, a cockroach and a selfish bitch". The woman had reportedly been shouting "Yebo" (meaning "yes" in a number of South Africa’s indigenous languages) as the instructor put them through the various exercises. The two parties were then supposed to meet up, with the...

  • Google, Facebook tell Indian court they have already removed offensive content

    Internet giants Google and Facebook claim they have already taken down the content that saw a civil suit brought against them and 19 other companies in India. According to TheNextWeb, the case is one of two brought against the internet companies. It was filed by Mufti Aizaz Arshad Kazmi in December, while the second was filed by journalist Vinay Rai. Both cases come in the wake of complaints from telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal that online companies were not doing enough to block content he believed Indian users would find offensive. The flames were fanned when Sibal reportedly made a...

  • SA president asks citizens to share concerns on social media

    South African president Jacob Zuma wants his country’s citizens to lay out their troubles on social media ahead of his State of the Nation address, scheduled for 9 February. This is the second year-running that Zuma has turned to social media as a means of addressing the concerns of the nation. In an official post, the office of the presidency claims that in 2011 Facebook messages from people in the small towns of uMzimkhulu and Bekkersdal, saw sewerage being repaired and low-cost housing issues being addressed respectively. According to the post, people wishing to send comments they want the...

  • Is there a viable search alternative to Google?

    In light of the "Your World" ruckus that is taking the tech world by storm, including more employees who want to leave, perhaps it’s time to look at a few alternatives to el Goog. What can be assured from the get-go is that none of these pretenders-to-the-throne have anywhere close to the ubiquity that Google has in terms of product diversity and user figures: Yahoo! (The obvious one) With 14% of the world’s search engine traffic, the ailing search engine company is the only competitor that, if it got its house in order, could attempt to topple the search giant....

  • 4 Hot tips for sending out a kick-ass Valentine’s email campaign

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you personally view the season of hearts as the most romantic time of the year, filled with love and affection, or an annual catastrophe of tacky décor and extravagant gifts; there’s no question that it can have a positive effect on business. In America, Valentine's Day is the second largest retailing event of the year and has, quite reasonably, been criticised as just an excuse for frantic commercialism. While this sentiment may be true, few consumers seem to be dissuaded from opening their wallets for the 14 February. The National Retail Foundation has...

  • App of the Week: Puzzlejuice

    This week I take a look at Puzzlejuice, a brand new puzzle game for iOS that will, as the developers say, punch your brain in the face. Let me start off by saying, and I'm sure I've said it before, that I am not much of a gamer, at all. Yes, there have been a couple games on the iOS platform like Swords & Scorcery, Tiny Wings and Angry Birds that have grabbed and held my attention for a while and impressed me with their innovative take on the device's controls and capabilities, but not many. To sum up, when...

  • Adventurers, athletes ‘check into’ the wild with social networking

    Gone are the days when all you needed to climb a mountain or run a marathon were some good shoes and ropes. These days sports enthusiasts and adventure travelers rely on apps and social networking to track their progress and share experiences with friends and the online community. Parker Liautaud, now 17, became the first person to “check into” the North Pole via the location-based social networking site Foursquare in 2010. Since then he’s been tweeting and posting on Facebook about his travels. In April he will be broadcasting his next adventure to the North Pole using Ustream to...

  • 780+ viruses target online banking daily – top antivirus company

    Banking security has been a hot topic recently. The launch of financial management app 22Seven, for instance, sparked debate about the safety of inputting your banking details to a third-party. It seems, however, that there are much bigger threats out there. According to leading online security provider Kaspersky, around 780 new malicious programmes designed to steal users' online banking data are detected every day. This number, it claims, accounts for 1.1% of the total number of daily malware "detected by the company’s software". The online security giant reckons that Trojan bankers have been detected on an average...

  • Beckham, dead vampires: The Super Bowl in ads

    Super Bowl Sunday. It's practically a national holiday, all around the world people gather to watch four hours of passion, dedication and pure ingenuity. Some even watch the football. Having an ad air during the Super Bowl is a big a deal and chances are, if the ad is really good or bad, it will go viral. So like kids counting the days until Christmas, every year we await the football extravaganza just so we can see what the advertising geniuses come up with to entertain us while we wonder if Tom Brady will lead the Patriots to a...

  • Google adds Cape wineries, Botswana to Street View

    The wineries around Cape Town are among its biggest tourist draw cards. Now users can view more than 30 renowned estates from the comfort of their PCs and smartphones. The new wineries available for viewing online include Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Groot Constantia, Hartenberg, Moreson, Rustenburg Wines and Warwick. The internet giant says it will also be sending its Street View cars through Botswana in the coming weeks. The cars will be taking 360 degree pictures of the country’s main cities -- Francistown and Gabarone – as well as Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, Central Kalahari Game...