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  • Is there a death looming for cinematic releases thanks to a tech-savvy world?

    Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Sony Entertainment, are planning to introduce a premium video-on-demand service that will allow users to stream movies on their computers/TV screens just six to eight weeks after their cinematic release dates. For consumers, it means a night on the couch with the latest releases instead of filling a chair in a movie-theatre. Cinemas, however, aren’t quite enamored with the idea. And can anyone blame them? The only real hitch to the whole concept seems to be the price: new releases will be available for rental for US$30, a fair way higher than what...

  • You’ve got mail: A look at some email milestones [Infographic]

    Social media is increasingly dominating our communication patterns. Thanks to instant messaging, text messaging, social networking and email we can communicate with world without having stepped a toe outside our bedrooms. The role email is playing in today's communication arena is growing quite rapidly according to a new survey commissioned by Microsoft. The software giant recruited market research firm MarketTools to conduct a new survey on email, social tools and other means of online communication. The firm polled 1 268 professionals and students all ranging from 18 and older. "Just as email didn’t kill the telephone and video didn’t kill...

  • South African venture capital exit to US technology giant

    Graceful exits are often unreported, but one South African venture capital company has done it smoothly with seemingly positive effects for the local emerging markets environment in which it operates. PoweredbyVC, which manages the South African venture capital portfolio of HBD, has concluded the exit of its CSense Systems (Pty) Ltd to US based GE Intelligent Platforms. CSense has been behind rapid process troubleshooting and process improvement software solutions that aim to enhance the performance of industrial processes by indentifying problems before they occur. The latest deal sees GE Intelligent Platforms having now acquired the technology assets of CSense,...

  • The Enormous Nano-size Watch

    When the sixth generation iPod nano came out, it took about four nanoseconds for most beholders of its skinny elegant square form and the classic-looking analogue clock screensaver to think, “Hmmm…that could make a nice watch if you stuck a band on it.” An American designer called Scott Wilson (Minimal) got straight to work, designing a machined aluminium case with a strap, and pushed it out onto the Kickstarter funding network to see if the idea had legs. It did. Legs like a millipede. He needed US$15 000 to go into production, and by the time the first round was over,...

  • WSJ launches a possible WikiLeaks rival with SafeHouse

    The Wall Street Journal has launched SafeHouse - "Securely share information with The Wall Street Journal." It asks: "If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to us using the SafeHouse service." It's an interesting concept but one with a problem: anonymity. It's tough for a reporter to pursue an anonymous tip. It's even tougher to wade through documents if you don't know what to look for, what the story is. That's why using "sources," in which the reporter guarantees anonymity, is more than half the battle to getting a...

  • The story of the Martin Luther King ‘quote’

    The death of Osama Bin Laden has already brought one man Sohaib Athar, the man who “unwittingly” gave the world a front row seat to Bin Laden's death and unexpected fame. However, yet another person has now received their 15mb of fame kudos to the death of Bin Laden. In a strange twist of irony, after Osama Bin Laden was literally bombarded, figuratively, so have we. The news on Bin Laden that has been most discussed has ranged from the serious -- such as questions on how will his death affect the War on Terror -- to the not...

  • Complicated email — There’s no central authority

    Earlier this year Facebook announced a 95% reduction in certain kinds of spam. Taken at face(book) value, that sounds like a tremendous breakthrough, but there’s less here than meets the eye, because the “certain kinds” are basically only those that are internal to Facebook, and the solutions are hard to generalise to the broader spam problem. What Facebook has done is essentially allow users to provide feedback about which messages from Facebook applications are unwanted. By consolidating such feedback, Facebook can block further unwanted messages to most other users, and even sometimes completely block an antisocial application. If Facebook can be...

  • ‘Facebook is the most appalling spying machine ever invented,’ says Assange

    Despite desperately fighting off a Swedish extradiction order from the United Kingdom, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has still managed to find time to sit down with the world's media. He however has chosen to ignore the traditional and expected choices of news-networks such as the BBC or CNN for lesser knowns such as India's NDTV. In his latest interview, with RT, a 24-hour Russian English-language satellite news channel, the Wikileaks co-founder yet again managed to make some rather interesting comments. The interview which RT billed as Assange hinting to his being in possession of even further damaging information yet...

  • The cutting edge: Look to the future, but don’t get lost in it

    One of the keys to success in the fast paced world of technology and internet culture is keeping your eyes on the horizon. It’s always about what’s on the up, what the next big thing is. It’s not enough to know what’s happening now; it’s all about what’s happening tomorrow. With the internet’s information machine distributing everything almost instantly around the world, no one wants to be the slightest bit late in hearing the buzz. It is obviously important to follow future trends. But looking in any one direction can have its drawbacks. The future may be important to bear...

  • Facebook could add video calls with possible Skype acquisition

    Boasting a slogan that it "helps you connect and share with the people in your life", social networking giant has lacked VoIP capability to justify such a slogan. There have been calls for some time now for such capability to be added to the site. According to reports this could soon be a possiblity. Rumours of Facebook adapting its current instant messaging system to include voice and video calls have been making the rounds. Earlier this year TGDaily, an online news site, reported that a "call" button began appearing to Facebook users in Israel but quickly dissapeared again. ...

  • Osama Bin Laden’s demise — The action tweets [Infographic]

    Osama bin Laden's death is the buzz word in most societies this week. There are people celebrating, people begging for proof of his death and people interested in how the man who has evaded capture for nearly a decade finally got caught. It's 'Osama bin Laden week' online and offline. Twitter in its bid to be the "platform that news breaks" has been tittering with news of bin Laden. In true social media fashion the people at Namesake, a social media startup based on conversation, have cleverly compiled information from bin Laden's last hour and the months that led...

  • Anonymous denies stealing data from Sony’s servers

    According to Sony, a file under the of hacktivist group Anonymous was left its online entertainment network servers. The company hasn't directly accused the group of planting the file. Sony, in a letter to a US congressional committee investigating data theft, provided its most detailed explanation yet of the hacker attacks on Sony Online Entertainment, the PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service. Personal information such as the user names, passwords, addresses and birth dates of more than 100-million people may have been compromised in the attacks and the intruders may also have made off with credit and debit card data. Committee chairman...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...

  • Internet democratising the video production industry

    The internet has not only changed the world, but the way we broadcast. Whilst the production industry has always been a service industry, there has always been a level of capital expenditure required to play in the rarefied air of commercials production that has kept the numbers of players few and the pickings ripe. That is however changing at an alarming rate, and the reasons are numerous. The advent of the internet, a paradigm that seemingly snuck in and took over our lives and the way we do things, has changed the way we broadcast. Genius! Seriously? You ask. Is...

  • Renren’s Wall Street debut off to a soaring start

    China's biggest social network, Renren, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The company's shares soared raising $743.4 million through the sale of 53.1 million American Depositary Shares. Renren is trading on Wall Street under the symbol "RENN". The Beijing-based company seen as China's answer to Facebook initially priced the shares at between US$9 and US$11 but later raised the price to US$14. Renren shares soared as high as US$24 during the day's trading on Wednesday before closing at US$18.01. Renren chairman and chief executive Joseph Chen, who rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange,...