In our connected world, everything can be hacked

Hacker The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of actual objects that are accessed through the Internet. These objects contain embedded technology that allows them to interact with their external environment, and other objects. The IoT is connecting new places, such as transportation systems, energy grids, healthcare facilities and suchlike to the Web. However, any object that can connect to the Internet, and can represent itself digitally, can be hacked, or potentially controlled from any location. The IoT has become a ...


This Lego Doctor Who 50th Anniversary tribute is all kinds of awesome

Lego Dr Who The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was one of the most eagerly anticipated events in geek history and it delivered in spades. It's difficult to think what could've made it better, except maybe Lego. Yeah, Lego would've definitely added to the awesomeness. How do we know that? Well YouTube channel bookshelfprodutions made a stop-motion Lego tribute to the episode and it's just ridiculously awesome. Interestingly, it looks like the team behind the video is also trying to get support for ...


The Western Cape Taxi Council is not loving Uber and its tech savvy ways

Uber App It's the end of the work day, I get into my Uber and settle in for contemplative ride home. The driver begins the trip and starts a meter as well. I am not sure why he has done the latter but I say nothing and we begin. Half way through the ride as I direct him toward the turn into my neighbourhood, he says to me: "don't worry about the meter, it is just a precaution." My first thought is ...


How bitcoin is fixing some of the web’s biggest problems

tools The web has changed how we communicate, entertain, learn, make money... the list goes on and on. Still, there are so many people who take advantage of the system due to traditional limitations. To name just a few areas in need of remedy, cyber crimes such as fraud, piracy, censorship, and monopolies are all hungry for innovation. Luckily, the web has managed to give birth to new technologies that can help it fix itself. Very notably, bitcoin is one of those. ...


8 concept-to-production cars that got lost in translation

Concept cars that got lost in translation You know how it works. A car manufacturer dramatically whips the covers off a stunning new concept vehicle, leaving the automotive world with its collective jaw pinned to the floor. And sometimes, once said automaker has established that it’s created enough buzz around the potential new model, it proudly announces that, yes, a production version will indeed see the light of day. We all cheer heartily, since, well, that’s exactly what we wanted all along. Read more on Motorburn.


7 mythical heroes who defined gaming

gaming heroes Throughout gaming's history we have been blessed with many heroes. These characters have inspired us to excel in our gaming sagas and helped us to immerse ourselves ever deeper into the narratives we love so much. These 7 have secured their place in our hearts but some have not only shaped the way we see games but the very landscape of gaming itself. This list is a testament to their prominence in the gaming world. Read more on Gearburn.

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Inaction in the face of fear: what an anti-semitic Facebook post tell us about ourselves

Pro Palestine jew Over the weekend, there was a lot of noise on social media. Aside from the World Cup, there was the small matter of an Israeli/Palestine conflict that is in danger of escalating into a full-scale ground war. In the midst of all this, someone purporting to be the social media manager for the ANC (South Africa's ruling party) posted an image of Adolf Hitler to Facebook, containing the following text: "Yes man you were right...I could have killed all the ...


Weird Al’s ‘Happy’ parody is fueled by celeb cameos, tacky awesomeness

Weird Al Tacky Unless you've been hiding in a sealed underground bunker, Pharrell Williams' ridiculously catchy song "Happy" has probably wormed its way into your brain at some point over the past few months. Once it does so however, there are only two real courses of action you can take: accept it and walk around grinning until you drop dead from sheer exhaustion or listen to the hours of Swedish Black Metal it takes to dislodge it. Fortunately there is now a third ...


Bon appétit: 7 of the greatest French cars ever made

citroen-ds The automotive world is quite indebted to the French's brilliance. Without their ingenuity, the car would probably still be rolling around on wooden wheels with sticks acting as primitive steering. From breakthrough concepts like drum brakes, catalytic converters, rubber tyres and the original steam-engined tricycle, the French have also produced some stellar cars in their time. Although many don't see it that way. All auto manufacturers are ashamed of that one ugly ducking that left the production line when heads were turned. ...


South Africans mourn Nadine Gordimer on Twitter

Nadine Gordimer Celebrated South African author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer died today at the age of 90. Gordimer was not just a writer but a political activist whose works were banned during Apartheid. According to reports, the author died in her sleep last night. "She was 90 years old, will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends and literary colleagues," her family said in a statement. Since the new broke, South Africans have flocked to social media to express their thoughts and ...






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