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  • 17 year old designs news ‘summerising’ app: gets millions in investments

    Nick D'Aloisio has designed an app, Summly, that will summarise the news you want to hear in about three to four paragraphs, receiving millions in backing from all over, including celebrity investors like Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher. The app launches today and has been chosen by Apple as its "app of the week". Nick still lives with his parents. The 17 year-old has been programming since he was 12, having taught himself. Using complex algorithm, Summly will summarise news stories into three paragraphs and allow users to customise categories. If a user likes a specific article, they can...

  • Apple and Samsung at it again… ding dong let’s get it on.

    The Apple vs Samsung patent war is heating up again with the two tech giants once more trading punches. The US injunction that the Cupertino company won earlier this year on the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, has been reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It said that the district court in California "abused its discretion in entering an injunction". This is a reversal of the ruling that...

  • iOS 6: Is Apple loosening up?

    Apple announced a new Safari “feature" in iOS 6 last night that made me grin. And when you’re posting a photo or video to eBay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video -- or choose from your Camera Roll -- without leaving Safari. If you’re a web developer, you might have noticed that it wasn’t possible to allow iOS Safari users to upload a picture or video to your website using the standard HTML file input type (input type="file"). It made sense because iOS doesn’t really have a user-facing file system and traditional file concepts. In the past you...

  • Siri changes its mind on ‘the best smartphone ever’, Nokia isn’t impressed

    When you ask Siri "What is the best smartphone ever?", you'd expect it to spout some pro-Apple response like "the iPhone 4S, duh." So when Apple's personal assistant responded with "The Nokia Lumia 900", it was actually quite funny. Alas, the joke is over. If you ask the same question now, you'll be met with a response like "You're kidding, right?" or "The one you're holding." The Gearburn editor tried it out --...

  • Social media, iPhones and the death of photojournalism [Infographic]

    Aah, citizen journalism and social media... the trends that have professional photojournalists clutching their Nikons in fear. Well, kinda. The power of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to spread news, share photos, and videos of events and organise protest actions (most notably during the Arab Spring) is well documented. Technological convergence has resulted in a device which can tweet, share, film videos, capture images and sound, send messages and communicate news...

  • Celebs & their phones: iPhone, BB, Android or Windows Phone?

    Despite RIM’s fall from grace, BlackBerry still enjoys large-scale endorsement from celebrities as well as the president of the United States, something once acknowledged on video by RIM’s ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis -- shortly before abruptly ending the interview. Most agree that iPhones are cool and you see plenty of celebrity Twitpic mirror shots with those, but how about Android and Windows Phone? I couldn’t find many celebrities using Android. Android isn’t cool yet and in an industry where image is everything, endorsing Android right now could be a faux pas. I found someone called Jose Canseco an ex-MLB player...

  • iPhone 5 revealed on 4 October

    Apple fans, mark down 4 October on your calendars as this is the day that Apple will most likely reveal the iPhone 5. Sources close to Apple have said that 4 October is the date that the company has picked to present the iPhone 5 to the public, further adding that the anticipated smartphone will be available for purchase a few weeks after the announcement. The iPhone 5 is not the only hot item on show at the company showcase. This will be new CEO Tim Cook's initial introduction where he will be giving a presentation to the Apple-hungry...

  • Google+ iPhone app launched and immediately faces litany of complaints

    A major aspect of a social network’s success, it can be argued, depends on the ability of users to access it on the go. Twitter, first launched as a mobile service, and Facebook have recognised this with a variety mobile apps and a mobi site. Now, the latest kid on the social networking block, Google+ has joined the party with the launch of its official iPhone app. In keeping with the thought behind G+,...

  • BlackBerry vs iPhone? A tale of two smartphones

    In November of last year, my phone contract was up for renewal and I got an... oh, to hell with it! Yes, I got an iPhone 4. I suppose that at times, my overwhelming fascination with BlackBerries could have been construed as evangelical, and so, news of my apparent defection spread as heresy. I own a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and a BlackBerry Bold 9000 and I have the type of affection for them that a (good) father has for his children. The decision was a hard one to make. I had sleepless nights and at times, engaged in existential...

  • The 7 faces of the iPhone user [Infographic]

    Ahh.... the iPhone, the height of status in our society today. Those who have it won't stop gushing about how amazing it is. Those who don't have one wish they did (yes you do stop denying it). You see iPhone users all over town, always on their phones and busy with some "cool" app or other. Generally, when you meet someone with an iPhone it takes them less than 30 seconds to make it clear they have an iPhone. The fever is catching and the users are getting more and more interesting. Below is a fun infographic by AllAreaCodes.com...

  • TomTom delivers a world-class iPhone app and car kit [Review]

    Last week, I received a mouth-watering package from the good folk at TomTom South Africa -- an iPhone 4 and a Tom Tom car kit. I had been wanting to test their GPS app out for quite a while, as I had only heard good things about it, and after reviewing other iPhone GPS apps, I wanted to see how TomTom stacked up. The latest update to the TomTom Southern Africa app (iTunes Link US$59.99) delivers a much-anticipated feature called HD Traffic (In-App purchase US$37.99 for 12 months or US$5.99 for 1 month), a service which allows you to see...

  • Top 10 most-downloaded free iPhone apps of all time

    Just two and half years since its launch, the Apple App Store is about to clock in its 10 billionth download. This same feat took iTunes eight years to achieve. To celebrate, Apple is giving away a US$10 000 iTunes Gift Card to the person who downloads the 10-billionth app. To commemorate the occasion Apple has also created an iTunes page featuring lists of the top paid and free apps available for iPhone and iPad devices. Four of the top free apps appear both on the iPad and iPhone lists, namely Pandora, Movies by Flixster, Google Earth and Google Mobile...

  • The Memeburn iPhone 4 review: Please just go get it

    I'm no Apple fan boy. I'm a Vaio user and a big fan of Windows 7. In fact on a philosophical level I dislike Apple, the company. It's a company that is terminally arrogant, and increasingly shortsighted when it comes to building business ecosystems. (Read: Why the iPhone is in trouble) But you know what? I don't care. They make brilliant products. The iPhone 4 is an uber gadget. It's a future device that doesn't quite belong in today's world. I often wondered whether Apple could keep raising the bar with every iPhone iteration. But they seem to do it almost...

  • Instagram: the retro-social photography app

    My first camera was a little Kodak Instamatic, with a fixed-focus lens and a revolving cube of flashbulbs on top, that my father bought me on the eve of a school trip to the Kruger Park. Even way back then I was an irritating early adopter, the only kid on the bus pointing and shooting out the window as we wound our way past the wonders of the wild. My pictures were fuzzy and blasted with glare -- an elephant skull at Shingwedzi, a giraffe, a distant herd of impala -- but in retrospect, they captured the light with a...

  • iPhone 4 outranks Justin Bieber on SA internet searches

    Apple’s recently launched iPhone4 has received greater internet search interest than Justin Bieber, despite the fact that the teen pop sensation was actually in South Africa at the time. This revelation comes from Google Zeitgeist-- a tool that provides insight into internet search trends. SA’s fascination with the latest gadgets is clearly evident, with the iPhone 4 topping the list of fastest rising searches from the last seven days, while Bieber only claims the number five spot. The YouTube star got SA teenyboppers in a flat spin last week, when he breezed into the country for some ‘rest and relaxation’,...