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Charlie Sheen tweets his number to 5-million+ followers

Hollywood bad boy, Charlie Sheen, has joined the league of celebrities who commit Twitter faux pas. Sheen accidentally tweeted his mobile phone number to his more than 5-million followers. Sheen who was in the eye of a controversial storm with his network due to outburst that resulted in his axing from popular television show Two and half men was attempting to DM Justin Bieber. The actor was apparently dinning at Guy Savoy in Las Vegas when he sent a message ...

Gearburn

Not a Review: Gobii digital photo frame

Most of us need a digital photo frame like we need a hole in the head. In the era of flat panel TVs that we can effortlessly beam images to, or that we can stuff with USB cards filled with an endless supply of inane holiday snaps, or crossing-the-harrassment-line staff party pics, minute details of bloody baby showers and simpering soft-focus wedding pictures, digital photo frames -- even cheap photo frames such as this one from Gobii matter no more ...

News

Steve Jobs biography tops Amazon’s 2011 best-seller list

Steve Jobs Despite being a late entry into this years book market, the 630 page authorised biography of Steve Jobs has emerged as Amazon’s most bought book of 2011. Taking into account both sales of traditional hard-copies of the book and downloads onto Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, Walter Isaacson’s comprehensive and candid telling of the life of the iconic co-founder of the world’s most successful tech company has shot to the top of the list, Amazon announced. Though initially slated for a Christmas release, following ...

Gearburn

New BlackBerry — pic leaked

Images of the Blackberry Milan, the next generation of mobile phones from beleagured manufacturers RIM, have been unceremoniously leaked to the unsuspecting public. While specifications for the Milan are yet to be released, the image paints a clear picture of what to expect from this beautiful-looking BlackBerry. The Milan is part of the new range of smartphones which will rock out with the new BBX OS (now BB10 after losing a trademark spat), first announced at the BlackBerry DevCon in ...

News

YouTube for Schools stops kids watching cat videos, unless they’re educational

The world’s most popular video-sharing platform has rolled out a school-friendly version in an attempt to ensure that learners don't get "distracted by the latest music video or a video of a cute cat, or a video that might not be appropriate for students". According to an official blog post, YouTube for Schools is "a network setting that school administrators can turn on to grant access only to the educational content from YouTube EDU". Explaining the importance of the project, ...

General Tech

With updates being promised, is the Kindle Fire another failed ‘iPad Killer’?

The Amazon Kindle Fire Facing a slew of complaints from early adopters, Amazon is promising an update for its much hyped Kindle Fire tablet, the New York Times reports. The question remains, however, what does this mean for the much-vaunted device's future? "In less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire," a company spokesman is quoted as saying by the newspaper. As the company presents reviews of the Fire on the website, one would understandably believe them to be overarchingly ...

Interviews, Online media

Whistleblowing, transparency and the future of journalism: Q&A with Ira Stoll

Ira Stoll Ira Stoll is a man with a pretty unique idea -- putting media credibility into the hands of the online public. His weapon of choice: a new project he calls NewsTransparency.com -- a Wikipedia-style site that aims to help readers hold journalists accountable for their actions. The site is born partially out of Stoll's interest in media criticism and partially out of the wide disparity in the quality of journalistic copy he came across during his time as editor of ...

Africa, Innovation

Four things Africa has to get right to guarantee future innovation

Innovation Fail to innovate and you will simply be left behind. As I previously noted, this is especially the case for the African continent. Africa has, for the longest time, been relegated to the back of the classroom, the backward, war-torn, black sheep of the world. But today it is emerging, and African nations are betting big on technology and innovation as the stepping-stones to rebuilding themselves. But what will it take? What are some of the components that are necessary for ...

General Tech

Wired.com goes creative commons: Memeburn’s 10 favourite images

Wired Goes Creative Commons Wired has a long and well-respected history and standing in the tech world. Hardly surprising given that it has been providing "a glimpse into the future of business, culture, innovation, and, science" since January 1993. In its 18-year history, Wired photographers have been at some of the most iconic and memorable moments in tech. From Steve Jobs surrounded by adoring fans as he makes his way up to the stage to make one of his famous "one more thing" ...

Gearburn

Review: Gobii HD Action Cam – at least it’s not expensive

When we first pulled the Gobii HD Action Camera from its box, there was a lot of mirth in the Gearburn office. Mocking, unfriendly derision. And then we played with it for a while, and even the flinty hearts of Gearburn melted a little. It’s a weird shape, and the plastic feels cracktastic, but it is quite functional and IP68 sealed: no dust, complete, immersion in water. How deep? No idea, they don’t say. The outright urge to Burn it faded ...

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