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Motorola’s Facebook phone revealed

The Motorola EX225 marks the mobile giant’s latest foray into social gadgets. Motorola is seemingly forgetting the mistakes it made with the Motoblur and instead emulating mobile phones such as the HTC ChaCha and the recently launched Vodafone Blu 555 by adding in a dedicated Facebook button.This has come to light after UnwiredView dicovered the new mobile phone within the Bluetooth SIG database.The phone will be socially connected, with Facebook features deeply integrated into the handset. For those who ...

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Fired Yahoo! CEO forfeits $10million to say: Yahoo! ‘f—ed me over’

Carol Bartz Anybody with even the slightest knowledge about the recently axed CEO of Yahoo!, Carol Bartz, knew that sooner or later her tough-as-nails attitude would come to the fore, and in an explosive interview with Fortune it did.A source speaking with Fortune also informed the magazine that Bartz had a non-disparagement clause, a promise to not speak ill of the company, and that by giving this interview she forfeited US$10-million of her severance packageThe interview, Bartz's first since her dismissal, ...

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Google’s green energy usage exposed

Google Green Search giant Google has revealed how much power its products such as Gmail, Youtube, Google+ and its cloud services consume.Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure said, "Google products for a month...our servers use less energy per user than a light left on for three hours. And, because we've been a carbon-neutral company since 2007, even that small amount of energy is offset completely so the carbon footprint of your life on Google is zero."On the Google Green ...

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App of the week: Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App

Official-Rugby-World-Cup-2011-e1314181980933 This week I take a look at the Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App, a resource rich and very informative app that I would happily pay a couple of dollars for. This one is free. Win!A mecca for adrenalin junkies, panicky expats from all over the world and home of the All Blacks rugby team, New Zealand is a beautiful little country in the Pacific Ocean that has a helluvalot going for it. Lovely beaches, hobbits, active volcanoes, Rhys Darby ...

Entrepreneurship

Don’t mind the gap: Silicon Cape to learn from London

Lord Mayor London, one of the world’s financial hubs, is undergoing a process of bolstering its image as a city working towards the best interests of tech companies and startups. This is according to the Lord Mayor of London Michael Bear, who was in Cape Town on a short trip to help foster relations between the UK and South Africa. As part of his itinerary, he took part in a round table discussion with members of the Silicon Cape initiative ...

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Twitter receives $800-million in fresh funding as user numbers soar

twitter iconSocial networking giant Twitter has received fresh funding to the tune of US$800-million.According to Fortune magazine, roughly half of the investment will be put directly into Twitter with the other half being set aside to cash out extant shareholders.The funding is said to have come from high-profile investors including Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.Although this latest round of funding has seen Twitter valued at more than US$8-billion.The financing comes in the midst of news that the ...

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Video Review: Samsung NX11

vidreview-image-150x150 Here is our video review of the NX11. It's a surpisingly competent piece of camera kit; well thought out and fast handling. Changeable lens from wide to long tele, fairly compact, and we like the depth of field preview button. Not only do you get a healthy 14.4MP, but the larger sensor improves lower light shooting and a lets you choose a shallow depth of field if you want to blur the background. Shows classWatch the review on Gearburn.com

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Google gives HTC patent ammo in Apple fight

googlefavicon1 Long accused of milquetoast support for its Android licencees when they're attacked, Google has suddenly escalated the Apple-vs-Android patent war by providing HTC with an armoury of patents in its current legal battle with Cupertino.Last week Google transferred a set of patents to HTC that the Taiwan-based company used to amend intellectual property infringement complaints against iPhone maker Apple in the United States.The global Internet giant confirmed selling the patents to HTC but referred additional questions to the smartphone ...

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E-cigs get social

In a move which some would call "bound to happen", e-cigarettes have now begun to integrate social features into its design. E-cig maker blu has launched what it is calling the "Premium Smart Pack", their socially-aware cigarette pack.The cigarette pack has mobile phone-like features, such as an animated logo, a charge indicator for the pack and spare battery, as well as its ace-in-the-hole, the social button. Pushing the button sends out a signal which identifies other blu smokers and ...

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Windows-based Galaxy tab out next week?

A report from the Korea Economic Daily says Samsung has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by Windows 8. Citing an industry source, it said the new tab would be unveiled at Microsoft's BUILD developers' conference in California next week from September 13-16."This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," it quoted the source as saying.Read more on Gearburn.com

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