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  • Exclusive: A peek at ex-Yola chief’s new startup, Gyft

    When well-known serial web entrepreneur, Vinny Lingham, recently resigned as CEO of his successful website builder and hosting service, Yola, he announced that he would be heading up a new venture called Gyft. At the time of the announcement all we knew about Gyft was what everyone else knew, simply that Gyft promised “to change the way you think about gift cards". Today we know a little more thanks to a sneak preview given exclusively to Memeburn. Gift cards are estimated to be a US$100 billion annual market in the USA alone. The trouble is, 20% to 30% of gift...

  • Fez: breaking the fourth wall [Review]

    Fez is a dreamy platformer, the purest distillation of gaming I’ve played in years. Press start, and sink into a pillow of 16-bit gaming nirvana from the word go. It’s not hard to quantify Fez. For roughly US$10, Fez delivers a 2D platformer which exists in a 3D world. Click the left or right triggers and Fez spins the world on a vertical axis, revelling each side of the chunky cube you get to play in. 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");

  • Dropbox for teams is great for small businesses

    A few weeks ago one of the companies I work with had a file server dramatically crash after years of faithful service. It took two days of engineering time to set up a new server from scratch and restore files from backups. Even before the crash, it used to take engineering time to add new users and set permissions. The permissions were never really set properly and many folders were accessible simply by using a shared username & password that did the rounds. There were also occasional issues with files being overwritten with older versions and work needing to be...

  • Intel’s Ivy Bridge: Naming the Tri-Gate transistors

    What's in a name? Not much if you're talking about the codename for the world's first 22-nanometer processors that use Intel's leading edge Tri-Gate transistors. Groundbreaking as the "Ivy Bridge" chips may be, their codename isn't, according to the man who came up with the initial moniker for Intel's next Core processor family. Ivy Bridge is the internal codename for Intel's third-generation Core processors, the first of which will be unveiled in April. "You might think there's a lot of meaning behind the name, but the reality is I just tried to find a nice name that could pass the legal...

  • Samsung teaser site counts down to the Galaxy S III

    The Galaxy S III is so close we can taste it and this teaser site from Samsung is counting down the hours until something mysterious is released. This is how Samsung dropped the teaser site: 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");

  • The Apple/Samsung showdown [Comic]

    Last week a US judge ordered tech industry heavyweights Apple and Samsung to meet in order to put an end to their patent war. In the spirit of moving forward, both parties agreed that their respective chief executives would meet in San Francisco to talk and hopefully bring an end to their ongoing patent battles. The guys at Joy of Tech, ever so imaginative in their thinking, came up with a little comic of what will go down at the meeting. I suppose it makes sense -- the last CEO standing wins the patent war. I particularly like Tim Cook's...

  • Amazon Web Services opening developer support office in South Africa

    On the heels of Amazon's successful launch of its South African customer service centre, comes the news today that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching a new AWS Developer Support office in Cape Town. AWS is a collection of remote (cloud) computing services, the most popular ones being EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and S3 (Simple Storage Service). AWS Developer Support provides technical assistance for these services and others to its customers around the world as they build applications on top of AWS services. Other AWS services include Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon CloudFront. ...

  • 10 Startups that could change the face of news forever

    There are an estimated 7-billion of us. Between us, its other inhabitants, the big black bit around it and Mother Earth herself, there’s never a dull moment, news happens organically, all the time. The news machine is an efficient one, the cogs -- reporters, news agencies and so on -- have become invisible. It seems seamless, news follows us everywhere, the machine works, but that doesn’t stop brilliant minds -- internet entrepreneurs, emerging media innovators and legacy newsrooms -- from attempting to push it forward, especially in the digital age. The Knight News Challenge is part of Knight Foundation’s US$100-million...

  • Anonymous has a music social network, really?

    So a group claiming to be part of infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has announced a music social network called Anontune, reports Wired. According to a short video by the group, the network will focus on the music itself not information about music. The project is still very much in its fledgling stage and it is designed to curate songs from third-party sources such as YouTube, which then allows anonymous to add them to playlists and share them. All this while making sure the service doesn't get shut down by music industry lawsuits. According to an email sent to Wired, the...

  • Facebook ‘friends’ may not be welcome on Google+

    Is Google+ a ghost town? A lot of people feel it is because their “friends” and family are not on Google+, they are on Facebook. But comments by some avid Google+ users seem to suggest that “friends” from Facebook may actually not be welcome or invited on Google+. According to Google+ tips and tricks guy M Sinclair Stevens, Facebook can be likened to your small hometown, where you know or supposed to know everybody. Google+ on the other hand requires big city thinking, where you get to connect with people based on shared interests and values. To put...

  • German court puts on the screws on YouTube to cull copyrighted videos

    A German court is putting the screws on YouTube to include copyright filters on the site to spot when users upload files copyrighted by GEMA, reports the BBC. According to the news company, "YouTube could face a huge bill for royalties after it lost a court battle in Germany over music videos." GEMA, a German industry group, argued that YouTube had not done enough to stop copyrighted music videos from being uploaded. YouTube responded that it took no legal responsibility for user behaviour. Later the video sharing site said that it currently had systems in place to check and remove...

  • Sergey Brin & Google’s privacy dilemma

    Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wrote that his comments about internet freedom made to The Guardian Newspaper needed some clarification. He begins by re-stating his original premise: "I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for good in the world over the past quarter century." He then goes on to say: "Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations." How I see it The problem with the internet is that the same methods that a company like Google...

  • Engage: Google’s latest move to help small businesses help themselves

    This week the Google Africa team came to Cape Town with their Google Engage for Agencies program. Google Engage is designed to empower eMarketing agencies of all shapes and sizes that provide their clients Google AdWords with the support and further training to better utilize AdWords and other Google products. Although the program is officially titled Engage for Agencies, there were quite a few additional service providers present at the event. This is because Google is interested in equipping a multitude of online marketing professionals to use AdWords to their fullest extent. Engage is welcoming webmasters, developers, consultants, and even...

  • Geeks will always geek out: tech designer dresses

    There are a few geeks floating about out here on the web and a few fashionistas too. So it is with no surprised that more than a few people got excited about these illustrations. It seems some very talented DeviantArt fan decided to create one-of-a-kind design sketches based on popular sites. Yes, it's very exciting. Yahoo, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Megaupload, Google, MSN and DeviantArt are featured. They are actually quite stylish dresses and feature key elements of each site. Each dress is the same colour as the site it represents, but it also tries to embody what the site...

  • Meet the Facebook, Google and Zynga overlords [Infographic]

    We are all slaves to Mark Zuckerberg. Ok, this infographic is a bit dramatic, especially the whole ‘Internet slaves, meet your masters’ part and all the mobster-ish illustrations of major tech leaders, but it does have a point. As millions continue to sign up for Facebook or a Google account or play a game of Farmville, these companies are becoming more and more profitable and powerful. You probably know all about Google’s privacy problems and that Safari tracking debacle, and maybe you’ve heard about how it allegedly solicited money fraudulently from the customers of Kenyan business listings company Mocality. Did...