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  • Apple announces 3M iPads sold since launch

    When Apple confirmed that it had a record-breaking weekend with the new iPad, we said it probably wouldn’t be long before it announced some official figures. We weren’t wrong. Just hours after a conference call in which Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer detailed what the Cupertino-based tech giant was going to do with its massive hoard of cash, Apple announced it had sold three-million new iPads since Friday. Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller confirmed that it was “the strongest iPad launch yet”. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina...

  • MIH launches new online shop creator on WordPress

    This has the potential to be big. It’s a new eCommerce tool that allows users to “create an online shop in minutes”. The new service, called QikCommerce, is a joint venture between MIH -- the investment arm of US$18-billion emerging markets internet giant Naspers -- and a small WordPress theme building company Obox. Obox has also been credited with building official themes for Posterous. It’s fairly natural then that QikCommerce should run off a WordPress platform, although the team behind it claims it has been “tweaked and manipulated to present a customer experience that is unlike any...

  • Pirate Bay wants to sail servers across the seven skies

    The war between Hollywood and The Pirate Bay (TPB) looks set to enter a new frontier: the sky. Um...Yarr, I suppose. The group, which advocates online sharing, has released a statement saying that intends to put some of its servers into the air. Yup, that’s right. The Pirate Bay is so desperate to stop attacks against it that it wants to put its hardware as far from the ground as possible. How does it intend to do this? With GPS-controlled flying drones, of course. Speaking to specialist news site TorrentFreak, the organisation said “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is....

  • 9 Tips and tricks for Pinterest

    Pinterest is attracting plenty of eyeballs, especially with the female demographic, but you might still be a little unsure of how to integrate this growing platform into your social media mix. So what’s the fascination with Pinterest? In October last year Pinterest had an estimated 3.3-million unique monthly visitors. Today that number is over 10-million. While there may be no direct link for potential customers to buy products directly from the site, the platform does offer massive marketing potential. Think of it as virtual marketing 101. Users post images with links back to the original source. Those images then get repinned...

  • Apple had ‘record weekend’ with new iPad

    Despite Apple insisting it would not talk about anything other than cash during today’s conference call, one analyst did manage to slip in a question about how well the new iPad did on opening weekend. The answer, apparently, was pretty damn well. Without going into specifics, CEO Tim Cook said the company had “had a record weekend and we are thrilled with it.” According to TheNextWeb, searches for the new iPad already account for five percent of internet traffic from all models of iPad in the US. If the new iPad continues to sell at record pace, then it...

  • UK student arrested for racially offensive Muamba tweets

    The on-field collapse of Bolton Wanderers striker Fabrice Muamba saw Twitter respond with an outpouring of support. One tweeter, however, is in hot water after making offensive remarks about the incident. Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student could face jail time after Twitter users across the UK reported his tweets to authorities. Brought before a magistrate’s court earlier today, Stacey pleaded guilty to incitement to racial hatred. According to prosecutor Lisa Jones, "Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was believed to have died. Shortly after, Stacey posted on Twitter: "LOL, Fuck Muamba. He's dead." This prompted widespread criticism...

  • Apple launches $10bn share buyback programme

    Apple has released a few more details on what it plans to do with its giant pile of cash. As was expected, even prior to the conference call being announced, the Cupertino-based tech giant says it has plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of US$2.65 per share. Apple also launched US$10-billion share buyback programme. It claims that the programme will kick off in September, carrying on for the next three years, "with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of dilution from future employee equity grants and employee stock purchase programmes”. According to Business Insider, however, this doesn’t mean...

  • Samsung takes its CES experience on the road

    Samsung’s stand was definitely among the biggest and most varied at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now the Korean Electronics giant has taken it on the road. Next Stop: Cape Town, 22-25 March. The Samsung Africa Forum, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will also incorporate Cape Town Connect on 25 March - an event that will "feature an exhibition... immersing people in live music performances, chef demos and art". According to Deon Liebenberg, MD at Samsung Electronics South Africa, some 2 000 people will get first-hand exposure to the latest tech products from the company...

  • 5 Reasons LinkedIn’s meteoric rise isn’t about to stop

    Amidst the negative sentiment that is flung around about LinkedIn, there are individuals and companies that are deriving substantial benefits as a result of their participation on the social network. These success stories are freely available on the web. Quite simply, these are LinkedIn users that have taken the time to educate themselves on how to use LinkedIn properly and participate on the platform on a regular basis. They have fully embraced LinkedIn and have integrated its use into their daily ritual and routine. Unlike the other social networks, LinkedIn has a number of unique differentiators that sets it aside from...

  • The future of emerging markets still lies in mobile

    Advancements in mobile will have a positive effect on emerging markets. That's been true for some time and, if the chatter both at the recent Mobile World Congress and around the tech scene is anything to go by, it will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. There is a definite increase in awareness of emerging markets and the potential for massive growth in mobile therein. People increasingly believe that the next couple of billion connections will be in emerging markets, resulting in a substantial investment in upgrading networks and mobile infrastructure in these countries. The importance of the transformative...

  • The real emotion engine? Meet Kara

    A tech demo showcasing impressive motion capture and raw acting talent promises much as a CGI film. How much of that promise can be integrated into a fully interactive game is yet to be seen. A strange beast Twitter’s number one trending topic on the day of its release and subsequently the most talked about tech demo in recent memory, Kara is a fascinating talking point. In the form of a short CGI film, the demo showcases French game studio Quantic Dream’s (QD) newest direction in game development – ‘full-performance capture’. This exciting technique blurs the line between Hollywood and the...

  • Prometheus trailer finally out! [Video]

    After many teaser trailers including a 2023 TED video, the full trailer for Ridley Scott's much-anticipated blockbuster is out. About time too. Prometheus, which is shot entirely in 3D, is set in the Alien universe with its own separate storyline and doesn't star Sigourney Weaver. As it the case with many of these films, a group of nosy, I mean curious, researchers discover that all humans might owe their creation to a single entity (There is a God? Says a scientist? Oh-oh). So, like all curious people, a team of explorers is dispatched to learn more about the origins of...

  • Rumour-mill: Google to launch a US$149 Nexus Tablet

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt leaked it. A senior employee at an anonymous supply chain has all but confirmed it and now it seems that a 7-inch Nexus tablet gearing up for arrival. For a possible US$149, users may soon get their grubby hands on a low-priced Asus Nexus tablet. The rumours begun to swirl around some time last year when Schmidt spoke to an Italian newspaper regarding new Android technology. At that point, things were still hazy regarding who would develop the hardware for the budget Android tablet. Asus pretty much confirms it as well. The Asus MeMO 370T, a Tegra...

  • Apple conference call to detail plans for massive cash reserve

    Apple is set to hold a conference call detailing precisely what it plans to with near US$100-billion in spare cash it has lying around. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced that CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer would be hosting the call. Apple has provided a couple of ways for the general public to listen in on the call, including a live webcast (Warning: requires Quicktime). Just don’t go expecting the two bigwigs to talk about how many new iPads have been sold. “Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any...

  • New iPad jailbroken in three ways

    Let’s file this under “F” for “freaking awesome.” Hours after Apple released the new iPad into the hands of the unsuspecting public, it was Jailbroken. And there are three possible ways to do it. Jailbreak one: Musclenerd’s root access hack Old king Musclenerd is one of the grandfathers of hacking and is famous for most of the user-friendly jailbreak apps currently available. His tweet below hypes up the crowd: jailbroken iPad3: twitpic.com/8x48rt twitpic.com/8x48xg(Just a first step, still lots of work to do!No ETA!)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");