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  • Gearburn’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

    It feels like RIM’s current range of products is dwarfed by the melodrama of a flailing company desperately trying to reinvent itself. Pundits are looking ahead to RIM’s first OS 10 device, the “London”, hailing it is as the smartphone maker from Ontario's final chance at redemption. Meanwhile, oblivious consumers, especially in RIM's stalwart EMEA regions, continue to walk into carrier outlets and ask for the BlackBerry brand. If they want the best RIM has to offer, a sales representative will brandish a Torch 9810 and acquaint them with a line akin to: “it has the best of both worlds:...

  • India’s ‘Angry Brides’ hitting Facebook one stiletto at time

    India is making headlines with a new online game called "Angry Brides", which highlights the problem of illegal dowry demands for women. The Facebook game, which was created by online matchmaker shaadi.com and inspired by the hugely popular "Angry Birds" game, has attracted more than 270 000 fans on Facebook. The game allows players to attack prospective grooms seeking a dowry with a variety of weapons, from a brick-red stiletto to a broomstick. The player is presented with three grooms -- an engineer, a doctor and a pilot -- who have to dodge the attacks while demanding dowries starting at...

  • Zappos customers feel the boot

    It's already a pretty rough year in the security game. There have been a number of interesting security compromises that have already taken place this year, but nothing has matched the scale of the attack on popular online shoe retailer, Zappos.com. On Sunday 15 January, Zappos sent an email to 24-million customers notifying them of a security breach which is likely to have exposed sensitive customer detail for all of its users. Two days later, Zappos is still offline, which suggests that the breach has effectively crippled its business. While actual credit card details were not compromised (as these were...

  • Facebook to launch Open Graph apps

    Facebook is set to launch apps based on its Open Graph and Gestures platform, which it debuted late last year, reports AllThingsD. The apps, which are created by outside developers, allow user behaviour to be "frictionlessly" and "continuously" shared back to Facebook after a user has given them permission to do so. "The new apps behave similarly to the 'read', 'listen' and 'watch' Open Graph applications that have already rolled out in the past few months, which include the Washington Post, Spotify and Hulu," reports AllthingD. These apps allow you find out what books, music or movies your friends are...

  • Farfetch expands online retail play with $18m boost

    eCommerce is booming, and there are hundreds of online retail websites where shoppers can buy products with the click of a button. Its growing success can partly be attributed to ease-of-use and the fact that buyers can choose from thousands of products without leaving their home. The latest success story is Farfetch.com, a four-year-old London-based start-up that represents 200 boutiques from 12 countries with 35 000 products and "forms the hub of a global fashion community that unites independent boutiques around the world with fashion lovers". The site recently revealed that it had raised $18-million to boost further growth thanks...

  • Mocality scandal: How far in the cookie jar was Google’s hand?

    Last week, Google got caught with its hand in the cookie jar, allegedly engaged in a range of questionable activities with regard to a Kenyan company called Mocality. According to Mocality, Google employees were "scraping data" collected by Mocality for its business listings, and then using that data to target advertise GKBO's services to Kenyan businesses. To make matters worse, Mocality has telephone recordings of Google representatives describing a non-existent relationship between Mocality and the GKBO project. Google VP, Nelson Mattos, commented on the incident on Google+, saying that he was mortified to discover that a team working for...

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions you should make for your email campaigns

    New Year’s resolutions are always easy to make, but notoriously hard to keep. 2011 is firmly in our rearview mirrors. It's more than two weeks into 2012, and all those well-intended resolutions which seemed so reasonable at the end of last year may have already fallen by the wayside. Whether you set out to tame the bulge, kick smoking or learn to Tango; you may not yet have had the resolve to follow through on those changes, instead relegating them to your 2013 to-do list. While your master plan to put the fit in fitness may have encountered some...

  • Wikipedia ‘going dark’ in protest of SOPA

    Free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, will shut down for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) before the US Congress, according to a tweet by founder Jimmy Wales. Student warning!Do your homework early.Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) January 16, 2012 SOPA, which is currently before the House of Representatives, has won the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of Commerce. Wikipedia is not the first online entity to protest the Act in the form of a blackout, earlier...

  • Mocali-gate: Where is the broken link in Google?

    The recent Mocality debacle has brought to light a few concerning issues surrounding Google’s business practices in Africa and the supposed ethical transparency by which it stands. The internet giant's "do no evil" motto implies a moral standpoint to which the entire company should adhere. Yet with recent scandals surrounding the Chrome team and Google Kenya, one gets the impression that Google is getting too big to oversee and control all of its employees. I'd like to start off with a few disclaimers. I am not condoning this sort of behaviour, nor am I condemning it. Google in Africa...

  • Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia range

    To say that Nokia had a tough 2011 would be a massive understatement. There seemed, however, to be a glimmer of hope when the Finnish telecommunications giant announced two new phone ranges at Nokia World in late 2011: The Lumia and the Asha. The latter consisted of a group of devices designed specifically for emerging markets. The former meanwhile, in the shape of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 were meant to restore some it kudos in the smartphone market. Gearburn managed to get some hands-on time both of these devices, as well as the Lumia 900 which made...

  • Steve Wozniak: 8 Reasons why Android is better than iOS

    Speaking to Dan Lyons, Steve Wozniak, the engineering genius who co-founded Apple in 1976, had some good things to say about Android. The Woz still thinks the iPhone is the best smartphone overall, especially for the mainstream consumer, but mentions some aspects of Android that he thinks have surpassed iOS. Steve loves the design of his iPhone, but wishes it did all the things his Android does. 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");

  • New Google campaign aims to keep you safe online

    Google wants to keep you safe online. At least, that’s the claim made by a brand new campaign from the internet giant. According to an official blog post, the idea behind the campaign -- called "Good to know" --- is to educate everyday internet users about the risks they face online, and to provide them with tips to improve their security. More specifically, Google says, the campaign is aimed at the kind of person who "can't be bothered to type a password into his phone every time he wants to play a game of Angry Birds". When this person...

  • The coffee table of the future, Surface 2, now shipping

    The Samsung SUR40, known as the Surface 2, is a 40-inch surface computer which was revealed at last year’s CES. Finally, it’s ready for shipping at the weighty price of US$8400. This massive table-slash-PC, outfitted with an AMD processor and rocking the Windows 7 OS goes on sale in 23 countries today. It’s a second-gen device and far lighter, thinner and faster than Microsoft’s first Surface. The big M also mentions that it has “better finger tracking”. The official press waffle says, “Both retailers and consumers are adapting to ever-evolving ways of interacting with information and merchandise, and have expressed a...

  • China’s Tencent building cloud-based instant voice messaging service

    Chinese social giant Tencent is reportedly building a cloud-based messaging service for instant voice messaging Weixin. Chinese tech blog 36kr, reports the new product -- called Weiyun (meaning micro-cloud) -- will allow people to view their Weixin messages not only from their mobile, but also via web and desktop clients. According to TechRice, an English-language blog covering the Chinese tech scene, “Weixin was likely a clone of Talkbox, an instant voice messaging startup from Hong Kong.” TechRice reckons that Weiyun "would turn Weixin into a universally accessible messenger, similar to another famous Chinese product: QQ instant messenger, also by...

  • The way to an IPO — Facebook [Infographic]

    The thing about Facebook is that we are all obsessed, whether we like to admit it or not. Facebook's impending IPO is the most talked about of recent times. Rumour has it Facebook is likely to go public in the first quarter of 2012 with a valuation of more than US$100-billion. Despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg's reluctance to comment on the impending offering, analysts and social media enthusiasts are awaiting the biggest IPO since Google's 2004 offering sometime in 2012. The young billionaire finally opened in the Wall Street Journal, saying: "The blue chip stocks are the ones that people talk...