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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • New Samsung Android handsets in Nigeria to feature Celltick Start-based UI

    Celltick, creator of the Android lockscreen replacement app Start, has announced a new partnership with Samsung West Africa that will see it develop a custom Start-based Galaxy 11 interface for all Android-based Samsung smartphones in the region. Additionally, Start will be the launcher of choice, trumping Samsung's and Android's native offerings. Founded in 2000, Celltick has endeavored to morph the smartphone's usually barren lockscreen into an "interactive personalized billboard." Start comes pretty close to this. If the app's appearance is anything to go by, the UI should be particularly spiffy, clean and user friendly. Available for other Android devices via Google's...

  • 9 gadgets that scream ‘America!’

    When John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence back in 1776, the term "technology" probably encompassed what was then bourgeoning stream engine technology and the quill used to sign the parchment. Nearly 350 years later though, as Americans gear up for the celebration of this day, technology is an integral part of their and the world society in general. As the homes and streets from New York to Los Angeles are painted red, white and blue, why should techology not follow suit and take part in the celebrations? Here are nine of the most patriotic, America-loving, Fourth of July-celebrating gizmos...

  • 9 stunning cars showcased at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

    The Goodwood Festival of Speed is debatably England's premier motorsport show, taking place every year since 1993 in West Sussex's height of summer. The Goodwood House and its stoned walls flank the iconic hillclimb, a strip of tarmac used decades before the event became a social and motoring highlight. The tradition of returning every June/July to British motorsport's spiritual home is now held in high esteem by all in the motoring world. Its popularity is unquestionable. Personalities and legends from F1 champions John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi to NASCAR great Richard Petty and Le Mans master Derek Bell all graced...

  • Red-E PowerBank review: smartphone charging on the go

    While smartphones and other mobile devices have been growing in speed and utility in the past decade, their overtaxed batteries often struggle to keep up. Even though new platforms like Android L and iOS 8 aim to manage battery life more effectively, there's only so long a single charge can last on a battery. Thankfully, there are external power packs to save us from that dreaded "low power" warning. The Red-E is the latest contender in a saturated external power pack market, yet it's R565 pricetag is one of the best seen for it's 6 000 mAh capacity. Read more on...

  • Luis Suarez’s bite memes are why the World Cup and Twitter belong together

    Yesterday's FIFA World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy will be remembered more for an incident involving teeth and less for footballing tactics. During the second half, everyone's favourite footballing villian Luis Suarez, took a large, unsubtle bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. No caution or disciplinary action was issued, leading to internet-based uproar across the world, no less in Italy. The incident is pictured below thanks to Pete Blackburn's TwitPic page. However, this isn't the first time Suarez munched on an opponent. Last year while playing for Liverpool, he was banned for ten matches after biting Chelsea defender...

  • 7 things you really ought to know about Apple’s iPhone 6

    In 2007, a Steve Jobs-led Apple announced "Project Purple," the codenamed operation that would eventually spawn the original iPhone. After its official launch a year later, the device became a mixed bag of sweet sales success and salty near-sighted design flaws. The world has since seen four additional iPhone models, with the sixth and most important version since coming later this year. Thanks to the usual barrage of Apple stories both fictitious and fact, we have a pretty fair idea of what to expect from Cupertino. Here's what consumers could, should and ought to expect from the firm's next super...

  • 6 petrol (and diesel) powered cars that’ll make you think twice about hybrids

    We've covered the flashy, footballer-friendly rides of World Cup stars, not to mention a gaggle of Formula 1 inspired vehicles for track day enthusiasts too, but what if style and speed aren't your prerequisites for a new car and fuel economy is? Currently hybrid cars win the battle between the pumps more often than not, but this doesn't necessarily mean all petroleum powered cars are slobs in comparison. In fact, some can challenge even the best hybrids on fuel efficiency numbers. Read more on Motorburn.var 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");

  • Ghana’s World Cup defeat to the US: the Twitter numbers

    Twitter is continuing its alternative coverage of the World Cup, this time dishing out metrics from the US and Ghana's (#GHAvsUSA) Group G clash, and Germany's 4-0 rampage of Portugal. Unfortunately for the Black Stars, the US ran out 2-1 victors against the run of play, thanks to an 86th minute winner from 21-year-old sensation John Brooks. With two goals in the final eight minutes of the match, it was one of the more exciting encounters in an already entertaining tournament. But how did the Twitter community react? 4.9 million total tweets for #GHAvsUSA According to the social network's analytics wizards, fewer...

  • Formula E is not the environmentally-friendly racing series we were hoping for, but it’s a start

    Let’s not fool ourselves. Although I hate to knock it before its first race, Formula E really is no greener than it’s petroleum-based cousins. The Formula E cars once racing will emit no carbon emissions, but that’s just on the track. The series’s trailer frustrates me the most. The stock footage of an unspoilt earth, people frolicking in fields and wind turbines gently twirling in the breeze suggests that Formula E is the motorsport that will change everything. If it is purporting to be a green series, its not only fooling itself but the public as well. Even though its...

  • 8 3D printed foods that will change the future of cuisine

    Like it or not, 3D printed food will be at the forefront of future cuisine. The technology to print edible foodstuffs practically on demand is around the corner, but the real issue for companies will be ridding 3D printed food of its unnatural, synthetic taboo. Food supply is a global issue and as the population continues to balloon, alternative resources must be found. 3D-printing provides a potential solution to the problems of food and time wastage, by producing 3D-printed food that one can enjoy practically immediately, without the added strain placed on the environment. Read more on Gearburn.var 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");

  • 6 terrible tech crowdfunding failures

    Crowdfunding has allowed developers and entrepreneurs an easier means of raising money while giving the public the power to influence their success. Great ideas are usually victims of absent capital, are able to germinate and mature while rewarding those who funded those ideas. It’s a self-sustaining ecosystem, and it’s brilliant — but only for good ideas. Often browsing through Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms, one is greeted by completely unexplained, incomprehensible or utterly stupid concepts. Many of these fail due to a high funding goal, lack of publicity or a viciously competitive market. Others are just simply terrible. Read more...

  • The drive to perfection: a brief evolution of vehicle transmissions

    If there has been one area of car development that's undergone a massive tech explosion over the years, it's transmissions. Facing more recent pressure from lawmakers, the environment and the public than ever before, the past decade has seen automakers move away from fuel-drunk Earth-killers and towards smarter, greener and cleaner vehicles. Most are developing a form of hybrid power unit, meshing combustion engines with rechargeable electrical motors. Others like BMW, have invested heavily in lighter construction materials, shunning traditional alloys in favour of "carbon fibre and thermoplastic," in the case of its i8. But those not ready to...

  • Why Google Glass is destined to fail

    "Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it? Can it help us look up and out at the world around us, and the people who share it with us?" These were questions posed by the new Google Glass chief Ivy Ross in an open Google Plus letter this past week. She however failed to answer them in the same breath, simply remarking that "no one has really tried to answer them with a product like this before." There are good reasons for this. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • 7 of the best: Ayrton Senna’s most memorable Formula 1 drives

    Where there are great racing cars, like the McLaren MP4/4, there are usually great racing drivers sitting in the driver's seat. There were few greater in the modern era than Ayrton Senna. The late Brazilian is idolised in motorsport folklore and canonised in his homeland, lauded for his phenomenal talent, humble persona, ruthless determination and sheer desire to win. He won 41 races from 161 starts, taking 65 pole positions and earning three World Drivers' Championships. The San Marino GP, 20 years ago, marks the weekend that would change Formula 1 forever -- for the better and the worse. Read...

  • Lessons in the Streisand effect: SABC bans EFF ad as DA’s ‘Ayisafani’ gets half a million YouTube views

    The SABC has refused to air a TV advert from the Economic Freedom Fighter's (EFF) one of South Africa's youngest political parties. The ban, confirmed today by party leader and former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, comes just days after the Democratic Alliance's (DA) "Ayisafani" ad received the same blanket treatment. Both bans come just weeks before South Africa's national elections, scheduled for 7 May. The advert touches a few contentious political nerves, featuring photographs of the bloody Marikana massacre, where 34 miners were killed by police, and the recent Bekkersdal unrest in Gauteng. But perhaps the most provocative issue of...