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  • Wikiwand is the Wikipedia you’ve always dreamed of

    We can all agree that Wikipedia’s interface works on simplicity because Jimmy Wales and his buddies want to deliver the same experience across different machines. Yes, we understand but if we are being honest, we do wish we could get a kickass stylist upgrade to the simple text based UX. Well, the folks at WikiWand have heard our pleas and decided to deliver. The Chrome plugin has taken Wikipedia and twisted its head to give you a slick new interface offering a significantly better reading experience. Installing the plugin quickly transforms all articles on Wikipedia into a responsive page....

  • Wikipedia looks to preserve celeb voices by adding them to pages

    This is pretty cool. Wikipedia is looking to preserve the voices of celebrities and other high-profile people by getting them to record clips of their voices, which are then added to the pages concerning them. Among the first to take part in what the Wikimedia foundation calls the Wikipedia voice intro project (WikiVIP) was actor, comedian and author Stephen Fry. As with all the clips for the project, Fry’s voice sample lasts around 10 seconds and includes his name and some basic information about himself. Once the recording of Fry’s voice was uploaded and added to his biography, it...

  • Praekelt Foundation, Wikimedia team up to bring free Wikipedia to Kenya

    How often do you reach into your pocket for your smartphone and use Wikipedia to settle an argument? Whether you’re using mobile data or Wi-Fi, it’s unlikely you ever stop to think about how much that data actually costs. But for some people those costs are very real and when it comes to a choice between eating and looking up something on Wikipedia, eating’s going to win every time. There have been various attempts to make sure no one has to make that choice over the past few years, the latest of which sees South African-based NGO the Praekelt...

  • Wiki Loves Monuments to launch world’s largest photography comp in SA

    The world’s largest photography competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, is being launched next month in order to capture South Africa’s heritage. Besides the theme, the main aim of this record-breaking initiative is to collect and share knowledge. Ever since 2001, Wikimedia has been responsible for various chapters and projects including the popular free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Wiki Loves Monuments is part of Wikimedia’s grand plan to ultimately share the sum of all human knowledge freely with every single human in the world. People are encouraged to participate and celebrate South Africa’s living heritage by taking photographs of heritage sites and uploading...

  • Mark Zuckerberg lays out plan to connect the next 5-billion

    Looks like Mark Zuckerberg’s been stealing peeks at the Google play book. The founder and CEO of the billion-strong social network today announced “rough” plans to get an extra 5-billion people online. As Zuckerberg notes, there are only around 2.4-billion internet users, meaning that around 5-billion people aren’t connected. While it would appear to make good economic sense for Facebook to help bring more people online — more users equals more eyeballs to sell to advertisers — the hoodied one says it’s about more than numbers for him: I’m focused on this because I believe it is one of...

  • Watchdog group says Wikimedia cares less about Chinese users

    Chinese online watchdog group Greatfire has come out against the Wikimedia foundation, arguing that it holds Chinese users in less regard than others from around the world. The trouble started last week when Greatfire noticed that the Chinese government had blocked the encrypted, or HTTPS, version of Wikipedia ahead of the Tienanmen Square Massacre anniversary. By blocking the encrypted version of Wikipedia, the government effectively ensured that people would be forced to use the HTTP version of Wikipedia, which means that they wouldn’t be able to see certain banned articles. In a bid to draw attention to the...

  • Travel the world for free from your armchair with Wikivoyage

    Wikivoyage, launched by the Wikimedia Foundation, is a new site that will provide travellers with information on destinations, restaurants, hotels and whatever users choose to create and update. In the same way that Wikipedia operates the content will be sourced from volunteer authors and travellers. As described on Wikipedia, the site is “built through collaboration of Wikivoyagers from around the globe. Articles can cover different levels of geographic specificity, from continents to districts of a city. These are logically connected in a hierarchy, by specifying that the location covered in one article “is within” the larger location described by another....

  • SA school kids lobby for free Wikipedia

    A group of South African learners are lobbying operators in that country to provide them with free access to Wikipedia. The open source encyclopedia is already available for free in a number of countries across North Africa and the Middle East. Pupils at Sinenjongo High School in Cape Town have written to the country’s mobile operators asking them to do the same. “Our school does not have a library at all so when we need to do research we have to walk a long way to the local library. When we get there we have to...

  • Steve Hofmeyr’s Wikipedia page hacked

    Controversial South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr had his personal Wikipedia page hacked on Monday. The page now describes him as a prominent member of a Mormon split, called The Morons and an honourary chairman of ‘Avrikaanirs met Leer Probleeme’ (Afrikaners with Learning Disabilities). The majority of the changed content was in the opening paragraph, which read: He is a prominent member of the Mormon Church split group, known as The Morons, who believe members should conceive as many children with as many women as possible. In addition, Hofmeyr is the honorary chairman of Avrikaanirs met Leer Probleeme (Afrikaners with...

  • Russian parliament approves controversial web censorship bill

    The Russian parliament has approved a bill which will allow the government to shut down websites hosting content they deemed “harmful.” If signed into law, it will see the creation of a system to monitor and blacklist websites. An amendment to Russia’s Act for Information, bill 89417-6 was put forth by a committee concerned with internet security. They say it was designed to allow the government to remove pornography, suicide advice and content which encourages drug use, but it has drawn criticism from activists who oppose online censorship. Wikipedia shut down the Russian version of its site earlier this...

  • Open source software: It’s more than just free stuff

    Free software. In many ways it is an unfortunate term to describe what most people today know as open source software. Although the term is intended to convey the idea of freedom, it is often misunderstood as meaning ‘free of cost’. And while most open software is indeed available free of charge, there are still costs associated with implementing any software in a business. Open source software’s real value is not that it is cheaper than other alternatives, though that is more often than not the reality, it is that it offers a set of values that proprietary does...

  • Women in tech: Leading the geek world one stiletto at a time

    It seems no matter how much society evolves, women are always left just that little bit behind. No, this is not an article about gender equality — this is a tech site for crying out loud. As Google’s Marissa Mayer recently wrote about IBM CEO Virginia Rometty for her inclusion in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2012, “women in the workplace and women in technology will be key drivers of global competitiveness and innovation in the future.” Interestingly, Rometty and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are the only two tech company heads on the list which included 38...

  • Social media is a virtual cocktail party

    Social media is here to stay and whilst most companies understand the benefits social media has to offer, many are still faced with the challenge of getting their employees on board. Social media isn’t something you can force on employees. It is something they WANT to do. According to Wikipedia, “social media includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue”. On the face of it, social media is a collection of tools and technologies that enable you to host a cocktail party with unlimited guests, spanning borders and continents. This may be a good way to...

  • A lot can happen in an internet minute [Infographic]

    New Yorkers will tell you that a lot can happen in a ‘New York minute’ and it’s also one of the fastest minutes you’ll ever experience. In this new tech age where we are all plugged in, the internet is our fast-paced minute. What could possibly happen in one internet minute? Intel decided to try and answer that question. According to the chip manufacturer, the number of networked devices we have today is equal to the global population — yep that seems about right. By 2015, the number of networked devices will be twice the global population, where are we...

  • Orange threatens to leave emerging markets

    Mobile operating giant Orange has threatened to pull out of emerging markets if it does not meet two important targets. Orange’s Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and Asia Marc Rennard said that the company would have to increase its revenue from €3.4-billion (US$4.5-billion) today to €7-billion (US$9-billion) by 2015 and become the number one or two operator in each emerging market to consider staying. The announcement comes in the wake...