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Review: HTC Sensation of a near miss

I have a soft spot for HTC. My trusted Desire was my first Android-powered device, and needless to say, I love it. It’s a great piece of kit: well built, still snappy after all these years and the battery life no worse than most new phones. So how does the Desire’s new big brother, the Sensation, shape up? By my reckoning, HTC is the Android manufacturer that places the most emphasis on build quality, and it shows throughout its range of ...

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Add boom to your room with Logitech Z323 speakers

Logitech has long had a place in my heart for good value, quality gear. Its keyboards and mice are hugely popular, but the little active speaker systems. That’s what we like. Partly because they’re inexpensive, but that could be said about a million cheapo speaker sets from Shenzhen – no, it’s because Logitech is Swiss, had shipped more than a billion mice coming into 2009, and actually cares about sound quality and longevity. The US$80-odd Logitech Z323 speakers are a new ...

News

Google says final farewell to Wave, six other products in latest ‘spring clean’

Google has axed seven more products as it looks to clean up and simplify its offerings. This is the third such clean out in recent months. Products that have previously fallen by the wayside include Aardvark, Fast Flip and Jaiku. In an official blog post, Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Hözle said the products getting the chop were those Google feels "haven't had the impact we'd hoped for". Google Bookmarks Lists This is an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks ...

News

Yahoo! sued for copyright infringement

Yahoo Inc.'s Southeast Asia division is being sued by Asian media group Singapore Press Holdings for reproducing content from its newspaper without permission. Singapore Press, publisher of the Straits Times newspaper and other dailies, has asked Singapore's High Court to stop Yahoo! from reproducing articles from its newspapers and pay unspecified damages for the copyright infringement. "In our statement of claim, we cited, as examples, 23 articles from our newspapers which Yahoo! had reproduced over a 12-month period without our licence ...

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‘Dirty Dozen’ least secure smartphones – all Android

First, get ready with a pinch of salt, as security companies sounding alarms about security can be self-serving. Vested interest, and all. But Bit9, an enterprise security firm specialising in threats from end-point devices, has released a report analysing the security risks of smartphones -- and blames the fact that the ‘Dirty Dozen’ are all Android phones on handset manufacturers being so slow on software updates, and ‘end of lifing’ devices when they’re still current in the market. Together with the obligatory ...

News

Forget Kevin Bacon, Facebook says it’s 4.74 degrees of separation

6 degrees of Kevin Bacon We all know the one hard and fast rule of Hollywood: Within a maximum of six steps anyone in that industry can be connected to the legend that is Kevin Bacon. New research by Facebook has, however, bested that. The world's largest social network has announced that any of its 800-million users can be connected in 4.74 steps or less. In a post on it’s Data blog titled "Anatomy of a Social Network", Facebook released the findings of two studies which ...

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‘Buffy’ stabs at the heart of Facebook phones

Users have been bombarded with "Facebook" phones this year. Most of them, with the Vodafone 555 blue as a prime example, were pretty standard devices barring a couple of tweaks which gave users a direct path to the social network. AllThingsDigital now claims that Facebook itself is looking to make a mobile phone. Codenamed "Buffy" (after the vampire slayer played by Sarah Michelle Geller), the project is reportedly a collaboration between the social networking giant and Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC. According to ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Nando’s unleashes anti-secrecy bill #BlackTuesday campaign

Nando's South African fast food chicken outlet, Nando's, has come out yet again with a viral ad attempting to cash in on the latest big news topic. This latest one, cottoning onto the Black Tuesday campaign against the Protection of State Information Bill (referred to as the "secrecy bill"), may leave a bad taste in some people's mouths -- or at least the metallic hint of mercenary opportunism. This ad, like the many others preceding it -- the last one Memeburn reported ...

News

UCT, media houses turn sites black in protest against ‘secrecy bill’

Uct.ac.za South Africans took to social media en-masse as they looked to express their anger at the Protection of State Information Bill, commonly referred to as the "secrecy bill". Facebook and Twitter were not, however, the only online avenues used to protest the bill. A number of public institutions, news organisations and bloggers adapted their websites to include some variation on the "Black Tuesday" motif. The University of Cape Town (UCT), blacked out its entire front page, splashing the word "Censored" across ...

News

South Africans take to social media on Black Tuesday in ‘secrecy bill’ protest

1984 - George Orwell In the face of the imminent passing of the Protection of State Information Bill in parliament this afternoon, South Africans took to social networks to voice their frustration at the potential law, which opponents have promised will be the start of the end of a free media in South Africa. The bill, commonly referred to as the “Secrecy Bill,” is sponsored by the ANC majority parliament and thus expected to easily be passed, the first step to it becoming law. Should ...

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