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All posts by Mvelase Peppetta

  • People with lots of friends on Facebook have big heads – Neuroscientists

    Boasting more than 800-million users across the world and only trailing China and India as the most populous "nation" on Earth, it's hardly surprising that people have started to wonder what Facebook does to the brain? A study whose results are to be released in leading British biological research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, recently tried to answer this question. The results showed that in people who had more friends on Facebook, three areas of the brain, all linked with the power to socialise, were noticeably bigger and denser than those who had fewer Facebook-friends. Two of the areas,...

  • Man jailed for Facebook hate-speech

    Stephen Birrell, a 28-year-old man, has been jailed for eight months in Glasgow Scotland after pleading guilty to posting hate-speech statements on Facebook. According to media reports, Birrell made multiple posts on a Facebook page titled, "Neil Lennon Should be Banned". Neil Lennon is the current manager of Glasgow football club Celtics FC. The first post to garner notice said, "Hope they (Celtic fans) all die. Simple. Catholic scumbags ha ha". The second employed regional slurs for Catholics, and stated, "Proud to hate Fenian tattie farmers. Simple ha ha." The last message brought before the court also referred to Catholics disparagingly,...

  • Samsung reeling after European loss seeks iPhone 4S ban

    Samsung has made the latest move in the patent war between itself and Apple. The South Korean company filed papers in Japan and Australia looking to have sales of the new iPhone 4S banned. In a statement released by Samsung, in Tokyo and New South Wales, Australia, the electronics giant filed papers alleging that Apple's iPhone 4S infringed on Samsung's technology patents and should therefore not be sold. Samsung also announced that it was seeking a ban on the sale of iPad 2, also for alleged patent infringements. In a statement which pulled no punches, Samsung said Apple "has continued to violate...

  • US ‘War on Terror’ mirrors ‘Die Hard’ as aircraft drones struck by mystery virus

    Wired recently reported that a virus had infected ground control stations of US unmanned autonomous vehicles, more commonly known as unmanned drones. What this means is that malware had, in fact -- not fiction -- gotten inside the cockpits of Predator and Reaper drones. According to reports, once the virus had gotten inside the cockpits of Predator and Reaper drones, it started logging pilots' keystrokes as they remotely flew missions. The drones...

  • BlackBerry woes worsen as outage hits US & RIM homeland Canada

    While Research In Motion (RIM) continues to attempt to reconnect users cut from BlackBerry’s BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), news is filtering in that users of the smartphone in North America have also been hit with service failures. The failure of BIS, which bar a relatively short period when it was back up, has persisted for the past three days. Without BIS, which many BlackBerry users cite as the most attractive feature of the smartphones, users are unable to connect to email, the web, and applications on their mobiles. The failure was initially experienced by users in the EMEA region, which...

  • BlackBerry’s continuing ‘partial outages’ in Europe, Africa, & Middle East

    BlackBerry users in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region have found themselves cut off from online-communications for three days running, following a failure of BlackBerry's Internet Service. The first outage of the service, which allows BlackBerry users to browse the internet, send and receive emails, instant message using BlackBerry Messenger, and access a wide range of apps at a monthly fee, was on Monday and lasted over 12-hours. Tuesday’s outage struck at approximately the same time Monday’s began. This outage, however, has lasted much longer with some users cut off from services for more than 17-hours. Once again, the...

  • Huffington Media explosion continues with launch of ‘Le Huffington Post’

    The explosion of titles under the Huffington umbrella continues unabated after it was announced that , Le Huffington Post, a French version of the US news and opinion portal will be going live in November. The site will be run in conjunction with The Le Monde Group According to The Huffington Post Media Group, Le Huffington Post will combine the local editorial resources of Le Monde with The Huffington Post's pioneering combination of original reporting, aggregation, a leading-edge commenting forum and dynamic social engagement tools, and a vibrant platform for a wide range of bloggers. In an interview with Le Monde,...

  • BlackBerry services fail across Europe, Mid-East, & Africa

    Users of BlackBerry smartphones midday Monday began noticing that services accessed using BlackBerry’s Internet Service (BIS), were down. Initially it seemed that the service failures were localised to particular networks, then entire countries, before it emerged that this was a problem being experienced across the entire Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. The blackout, Blackberry users reported, lasted for more than 12-hours. According to a report by The Telegraph, this entire region is served by a Research In Motion (RIM) data centre in Slough, England. RIM is the maker of the popular smartphone. Carriers across the EMEA region were forced to...

  • US secretly forced Google to hand over Wikileaks volunteer email data

    The US government forced Google and small internet service provider, Sonic.net to turn over private information gained from email accounts of 28-year old US citizen and Wikileaks volunteer Jacob Applebaum, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Sonic, which attempted to fight the court order but found it prohibitively expensive, the government wanted the email addresses of people who had been in correspondence with Applebaum. The information was obtained through the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law passed in 1986 which never envisaged that one day mail would be stored electronically. According to Digital Due Process, a coalition of...

  • ‘While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius’ – RiP Steve Jobs [videos]

    The tech world is a little darker and a little emptier following the passing of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. With accolades pouring in from all corners of the globe for the one of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries, the world has turned to the web to share thoughts, memories, and condolences of the Apple visionary. Memeburn decided to look back at the moments that contributed to the greatness that was Steve Jobs. If ever there was anyone who doubted that Jobs was one of the “greatest innovators,” as US President Barack Obama described Jobs in his tribute...

  • Apple snubs Samsung’s Australian peace-offering

    Apple has rejected an undisclosed peace-offering from Samsung which would have finally seen the Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Australian shelves. Australia is one of the ten nations where the Apple vs. Samsung legal saga is playing out. The hopes of any Australians eager to try out the Galaxy Tab were dashed when before a court, Apple's lawyer, announced the deal’s rejection, characterising it as “no more than a tactic to maximise the chances of Samsung launching what we would contend is an infringing product”, the Wall Street Journal reported. This is the latest turn in a saga which began...

  • iOS 5 & iCloud available for free download 12 October – Apple

    During Apple CEO Tim Cook’s first product launch, it was announced that the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS5 and iCloud will be available for download from 12 October. The announcement of the release dates was made by Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software at the highly anticipated “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. Both iOS 5 and iCloud were first unveiled at Apple’s WWDC conference by former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. At the time, however, no release date was set. Apple's video introducing iOS 5 Though most of the speculation had centred on whether any new iDevices,...

  • MySpace owners Specific Media and Justin Timberlake unveil new strategy

    Following Specific Media's surprise acquisition of MySpace earlier this year along with investor Justin Timberlake the company finally announced what its plans for the former social networking giant are. The announcement of the new strategy took place this week in New York at the annual marketing and communications conference, Advertising Week. Company executives, though, are reported to be against characterising it as an “announcement” According to tech analysis website, All Things D, MySpace will be looking to further focus on becoming the “#1 online community music destination.” This, All Things D reported, is to be the company’s new vision. Its mission will...

  • Cell C facing fire for ‘ripping-off’ ZANews Peter de Villiers parody

    In an attempt to capture some of the buzz around the Rugby World Cup, leading South African mobile operator Cell C released a YouTube video which has come under dual-fire for being a “rip-off” of satirical puppet show ZANews, and for being “offensive”. The video, published the morning of South Africa’s pivotal match against the Samoan rugby team, was described as follows: We've been trying to get on the inside for weeks and finally we've broken through. From the very heart of the camp comes coachie, mere hours before the big game in an exclusive video blog that details...

  • ‘Facebook rapist’ stalks South Africa’s women

    A man, known as the "Facebook rapist" is being sought by South African police for over 30 crimes, including murder. Most recently, the man, believed to be in his mid-twenties, has been going by the aliases Thomas Bester and Marius Botes. According to South African news site Independent Online (IOL), however, the man is known to have up to 13 identities. For the last nine months “Bester” has eluded the South African police's best efforts to capture him on charges which range from fraud and theft to murder and rape. Police report that "Bester's" modus operandi is to pose...