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  • What if we designed houses like web apps?

    David Galbraith has embarked on a fascinating journey, exploring the notion that the flow of people and their interactions inside buildings, is similar in design to the flow of data and user interaction of Web apps. Could best practices in web app design be applied to architectural design? Galbraith is a buddy and he belongs to what is a very small group of people I know, who are both insightful and foresightful, about the tremendous changes that our digital technologies are creating around us. In his essay: Use Case Study House #1 -- A house designed like a web application he...

  • Hands-on with Nokia’s Lumia 710 and scorching Lumia 800

    At a recent launch event in South Africa, we got some hands-on time with Nokia's new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Read on for our first (or second) impressions. Hardware Both the Lumia 710 and 800 are powered by 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM and run Windows Phone "Mango". Both handsets also use micro-SIMs, so be prepared to do the SIM swap shuffle. The main differences between the mid-range Lumia 710 and 800 are related to display type, flash memory, camera and build quality. The Lumia 710 has a 3.7" LCD screen, 8GB of flash memory, and a 5MP camera with an f/2.8 aperture,...

  • BlackBerry reveals new smartphone, the ‘London’

    London’s calling. From the leaked slideshow of the BlackBerry Roadmap of 2012 comes the revelation of the anticipated BlackBerry “London”. November 2011 saw the first photo of the BlackBerry London bubble to the surface, but it was a dummy phone which resembled the ultra-expensive, Porsche-designed P’9981. he BlackBerry London in the leaked slide seems to resemble a smartphone version of the disastrous PlayBook. Flat, with iPhone 4S-like rounded corners and rocking a similar interface to the PlayBook, the London looks dramatically different to BlackBerry’s usual designs. The launch strategy sees BlackBerry target the UK first, with the US looking to get two other models of...

  • New Die Antwoord album drops on iTunes, announced on Facebook

    Die Antwoord shot to fame, at least in part, by using social media to leverage their faux trailer-trash, multi-lingual flavour of rave-driven rap. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that the medium is playing a central role in promoting the group’s new album, Ten$ion. The first inkling that it would as close to business as usual as you can get with the internationally renowned “Zef” group came in the shape of a teaser trailer for the album on YouTube. Since going live a few days ago, the video has received upward of 320 000 views. Bear in mind those views are...

  • Twitter ad revenue to hit $540M by 2014

    Twitter’s ad-revenue is set to hit US$540-million by 2014 -- triple its current value. That’s according to research from marketing analysis firm eMarketer. The news comes fresh on the back of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo claiming that the social network is "not a media company". Costolo made the comments while addressing AllThingsD's media conference. The comments were surprising given Twitter’s reputation as a platform for breaking news, entertainment and a variety of communications. "You sell advertising," AllThingsD's Peter Kafka pointed out to Costolo. Costolo elaborated saying that while his company is "in the media business", it is "not necessarily...

  • US still top Twitter country, Brazil climbs to second [Study]

    The US is still the country with the highest population of Twitter users and Brazil overtook Japan to climb into second place. The most active country on the social network, however, is still the Netherlands. That’s according to a new study from French-based research firm Semiocast. The results of the study also put a number of emerging market countries in the top ten when it comes to user numbers. Some of them, however, lag when it comes to engagement on the social network. Some 107-million Twitter accounts are based in the US, meaning that it represents 28.1% of all...

  • A tiger awakened: 10 of the top tech companies in India

    India is emerging. From the days of the non-aligned movement, and India's subsequent association with African nations, the world has been through a lot. In the past five years alone, we've witnessed two recessions. Well, it could be one long wave too. Only time will unfold the detail. As a kid I spent close to five years in southern Africa. The presence of United Nations and American Peace Corps in some of the nations in that region was a familiar sight. Fast forward close to three decades, and here we are. The rich nations are talking about austerity. Europe...

  • Stephen Grootes and the company-employee Twitter dilemma

    Stephen Grootes is cool. He's one of those passionate, enthusiastic journalists that you really enjoy listening to on the radio. And he's a prolific writer, broadcaster and Tweeter with almost 15k followers. It's not particularly large on a world scale, but good for the niche. And Grootes' followers will just grow and grow and grow as time goes on. I often hear Stephen's Twitter handle being punted on radio, and with every punt the followers rack up. And rightly so -- tweeting journalists have added a new richness and dimension to the 100-year wireless. Grootes is not alone. It's pretty...

  • 7 Things you should know before forming a startup

    As you sat watching the fireworks explode in the night air, bringing yet another year to an end, you may have quietly committed to a resolution that this was finally going to be the year that you take the plunge and start your own business. Naturally, you’re a bit of a geek, so it will most likely be in the tech sphere. The idea has been brewing in the back of your mind for years and, for some unknown reason, the time finally seems right to take those unguided steps and break away from the security of your 9-5 job....

  • Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

    When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It’s a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time you’ll be looking at the whiskey-drinking, Mustang-driving designer and his indie-singer girlfriend across the road. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Rock out with Windows 95 on the HTC Evo 3D

    It was big news that Windows 8 was going to run on ARM, but probably not if you were a member of one particular group on the XDA Developers forum. Hailing from Pusad, India, the user nicknamed "mnomaanw" cracked open a can of nostalgia when he announced a simple way to run Windows 95/98/XP and Linux on his HTC Evo 3D. A little over a week ago, mnomaanw put up a post detailing a simple method to get the aforementioned operating systems running on Android. Mnomaanw gives credit to the developers that he collaborated with and promptly proceeds with step-by-step instructions...

  • iPhone to sell 40-million units in China by 2013

    By 2013, China could see its iPhone-owning population grow to 40-million plus. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that Apple will team up with China Mobile and China Telecom in order to push the iPhone onto all three carrier networks. Katy Huberty, an analyst from Morgan Stanley stated to investors late last week that Apple could only reach 10% of the “150 million high-end Chinese subscribers” with its present China Unicom partnership. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network, with an excess of 120-million customers paying approximately US$16 monthly. According to the report, 10% of these customers also subscribe to China...

  • MXit users want games, gossip, entertainment [Survey]

    MXit users care about having fun, hooking up, and getting the latest celebrity gossip. That’s according to a new survey, conducted with the aim of figuring out what apps -- besides games -- users of the instant messaging service most want. The survey was run by software development company Maxxor, whose online gaming division develops a number of games for MXit. It used this gaming population as the basis of the study. Head of Online Games at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus, claims that the 30-question survey was incredibly comprehensive given that "almost 30 000 people" completed it and that their...

  • Google Kenya head claims she ‘decided to leave’ in wake of Mocality scandal

    After initial reports that she had been fired, Google’s Kenya head Olga Arara-Kimani now claims she left the internet-giant of her own accord. Kenyan tech-news blog Nairobitech was the first to report that Arara-Kimani had been fired over the Mocality scandal. The scandal, which saw the Naspers-owned business directory accusing Google of illegally scraping its data, gained worldwide attention from the likes of The Register,Techcrunch, Boing Boing, The NextWeb, PaidContent, and Slashgear. Some wondered how damaging the scandal would be to Google’s "Do no evil" corporate mantra. Arara-Kimani’s alleged firing would seem to be in line with the comments...

  • The Way-C: A Congo-born, $300 tablet

    Tablets for emerging markets seem to be all the rage. India started the trend with its Akash tablet, and now the Republic of Congo has its own cost cutting, touchscreen device: the Way-C — a Chinese made, US$300 tablet. The inventor of the Way-C (meaning “the light of the stars”), Verone Mankou says: “We have set up a team and logistics to sell the tablet since Friday. Today, anyone can buy one.” Customers in the main cities of Congo, such as Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, can now purchase the ultra-cheap tablet. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");