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  • Is this the future of online gaming?

    OnLive videogame systems that let people play titles on-demand in the Internet "cloud" will make their debut in the United States in December. The Palo Alto, California-based firm was taking orders on Thursday for US$99 dollar "microconsoles" that will let gamers play major titles such as "Assassin's Creed", streamed to internet-connected television sets. OnLive micro-consoles are about the size of a deck of cards and wirelessly link to hand-held controllers. "This is the device that is going to bring on-demand gaming into the living room," said OnLive senior product manager Michael Miller while demonstrating the system at a major videogame conference in...

  • LinkedIn adding a member every second

    Business networking website LinkedIn is adding a member a second as users seek to keep their professional lives separate from private antics they may share at Facebook. LinkedIn chief executive Jeff Weiner said that LinkedIn had 85-million members and was growing faster than ever as the economy recovers and people get back to cultivating connections that could land them better jobs. Half of LinkedIn members are outside the United States, with China and Brazil among the countries where the social network is seeing its fastest growth, Weiner said during a talk at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. When asked what...

  • SA startup selected as one of Techcrunch’s ‘Best New Startups’

    The TechCrunch Europas, the European Startup Awards for tech companies, has listed Cognician, a South African technology startup, as one of the top 11 Best New Startup's in 2010. The Europas serve to honour the best technology companies and startups across the web and mobile space. The awards span 22 categories and recognise and celebrate the most compelling technology startups, internet and mobile innovations of the past year. Cognician, the original thought processor that presents content in the form of provocative questions, helps users to apply the author's ideas to their own tasks, so that they can think better, further and...

  • 8 great tools for building mobile-friendly websites

    As we continue through the current boom in mobile technology, it has become imperative for websites to be mobile-friendly. People are increasingly turning to the devices in their pockets to do quick searches for information, read the latest news headlines and look up companies or organisations they may have come across through the day which have sparked their interest. Having a good-looking, mobile-optimised site which is easy to navigate and includes all the most important information can put you way ahead of the pack. These days with the latest tech developments in mobile operating systems and browsers, it is much easier...

  • Hey Internet, where’s my cultural interface?

    When you think about things the internet doesn’t do particularly well, it’s easy to imagine that someone out there is working on a platform to remedy the situation, probably in their parents’ basement. The fact is there are still many areas where the internet does not provide a perfect solution. For example, I believe that the internet is not a great mediator between communities. Yes, we have fantastic tools to assemble crowds of like-minded netizens, of that there is no doubt. And on a more granular level, a service like ChatRoulette is bringing people of vastly different backgrounds together daily,...

  • Twitter likes Facebook, sends friend request

    Two of the internet's hottest stars want to be friends, but they just don't know how. "We are talking to them often to see if there is a way to work together, but so far neither side has seen a way to do that," Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said about Facebook at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Williams noted that he was "frustrated" that Facebook blocked an integration of contact lists that would have allowed people to see whether friends from one service were also using the other. "We'd like our users to tap into Facebook to make their Twitter...

  • Amazon moves into the movie business

    Amazon is getting into the movie business. The online retail giant announced the launch on Tuesday of Amazon Studios, inviting filmmakers and screenwriters to submit full-length movies and scripts. Amazon said it will offer a total of US$2.7 million dollars to the top submissions received by December 31, 2011 and will seek to develop the best projects into feature films as part of a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Seattle, Washington-based Amazon said that test movies must be more than 70 minutes long and include "imaginative stories with great acting and sound," if not "theatrical-quality production values." "We are excited to introduce...

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [Xbox 360 Review]

    Being a long time Star Wars geek and big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, I could hardly contain myself when I heard that a sequel was to be released this year. And at first glance my enthusiasm seemed completely justified. But before long, I was quickly reminded that things are not always as they seem. The core experience of The Force Unleashed II remains basically unchanged. Once again, you play Starkiller, secret apprentice to Darth Vader, and bringer of preposterous amounts of destruction through wielding the force as you have never seen it before... unless you played...

  • Bored of Farmville? Here comes Cityville

    Social network game developer Zynga has unveiled "CityVille," the first globally released online game built by the hot startup behind play hits "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars." "CityVille is where Monopoly meets Main Street," said the game's general manager Sean Kelly. The game challenges a player to build his or her dream city from the ground up and incorporates winning aspects of popular Zynga titles "FrontierVille" and "FarmVille." "Instead of harvesting crops you're harvesting your neighborhood; instead of clearing your friend's frontier you're working on a friend's franchise," Kelly said, referring to the title as Zynga's most social game to date. Zynga rocketed to...

  • Tiger Woods takes to Twitter

    Tiger Woods took his Twitter account for a spin on Wednesday, trying out the social networking site and deciding "I think I like this twitter thing". Woods, who is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the mysterious car crash that led to sensational revelations of marital infidelity and a spectacular fall from grace, apparently has decided to take another step to get closer to his fans. "What's up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!" tweeted Woods, who has had the account since 2009. Woods then confirmed he was tweeting himself. "Yep, it's me. I think I like this twitter thing. You...

  • Soweto to host historic TEDx youth event

    Some of South Africa's "most talented and visionary young thinkers and activists" will converge for the TEDxYouth@Soweto event as part of the globally-arranged TEDxYouthDay. It's the third event to be hosted by TEDxSoweto. The event, not actually taking place in Soweto but at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, has been organised by a group of passionate Sowetans who say they want to inspire and "spread ideas" amongst the country's youth. Kelo Kubu, the convenor of the event, says the next TEDxSoweto is scheduled for April 2011 and will for the first time take place in the historic Soweto setting of Kliptown with...

  • Ex-cricket captain Michael Vaughan punches an interviewer. Real or fake?

    A video clip has surfaced on YouTube showing former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan being recorded for a television interview. Vaughan represented England and Yorkshire, and was known for his shrewd captaincy and man-management skills. He captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11. The clip which has surfaced begins midway through a question where the interviewer says to Vaughan: "You must be a man split in two by this principle?" Vaughan takes offence at the question, begins to storm out of the interview, but not before punching the interviewer in the...

  • Evly.com: The art of outsourcing crowdsourcing

    Evly.com claims to be the "world's first crowdsourcing social network" and launches next Monday with the goal of bringing users together to "solve new challenges". The site is the brainchild of the team who developed Springleap, a Cape Town-based T-shirt design crowdsourcing company, based on threadless.com, which has carved out a remarkable niche on the web. Crowdsourcing is the method of sourcing a solution from a crowd, community or social network as opposed to a single contractor with the understanding that the wisdom of the crowd is greater than the wisdom of the individual. As an example South African snack-food...

  • Facebook IPO not imminent, says Zuckerberg

    Facebook is poised to transform an array of businesses including news, movies and music but it is nowhere near issuing stock, its celebrity co-founder said Tuesday. "Don't hold your breath," Mark Zuckerberg quipped when prodded during an on-stage chat at a Web 2.0 Summit about when privately-held Facebook would have an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. Zuckerberg said that he and his relatively small team of about 300 engineers is busy building Facebook into a hub for the kinds of online social sharing that promises to infuse and transform all types of industries. "Over the next five years, most industries are...

  • 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...