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  • A glimpse of our ‘always-connected’ future

    Smarter devices, homes and cars for the "always-connected lifestyle" are taking centre stage as the annual Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Slick new smartphones, ultra-thin laptops, tablet computers to rival Apple's iPad and Web-connected and 3D television sets are expected to grab the most attention during the four-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center. But the show floor will also feature more smart home appliances such as ovens which can download recipes and vehicles which give drivers hands-free voice control access to their smartphone applications. Technology titans such as Cisco, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba...

  • Microsoft sold 8m Kinects in first two months

    Microsoft sold more than eight million gesture-sensing Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 game consoles in just two months, says the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ballmer used much of his time on stage for a keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to tout the booming popularity of Xbox 360 devices and the Live online community linked to the consoles. More than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide, and Live membership has topped 30 million, according to Ballmer. "This has been the biggest holiday and the biggest year ever for Xbox," Ballmer said. "A new...

  • The WordPress evolution: 10 major media players that use it

    Over the past three years WordPress has evolved from being predominantly blog-centric into a full, hands-on content management system (CMS) with more than 15-million blogs being hosted on WordPress.com. While it’s impossible to count the number of standalone sites that are powered by WordPress.org, the self-installed version of Wordpress, we can expect that the number is growing exponentially as the open source software has distinguished itself as the world’s most popular CMS and blogging engine. With thousands of widgets, plugins and themes -- all of which are fully customisable -- the unique system has given managing web content a...

  • Top 10 South American brands on Facebook

    When we think of Facebook most of us think of it as the domain of the English-speaking world. But the reality is that over 375-million of Facebook’s 585-million users are non-English speakers, which is more than half of all users. One of Facebook's fastest growing regions is South America. The region already has six countries that number in Facebook’s 25 biggest markets - Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Peru -- and it contributes more than 56-million users. What’s scary is that Brazil, with its 76 million internet users, has only just begun to take to Facebook. In November...

  • iPad magazines: Not all they’re cut out to be

    The iPad may not be all it is cut out to be for magazine publishers. According to Engadget, iPad magazine numbers have dropped. It indicates that iPad magazines benefited from a novelty factor but that the novelty soon wore off. What's puzzling is that iPad sales have been soaring all year; you would expect a rise in magazine subscriptions just based on the percentage of rising iPad sales. Yet we don't see this at all. As Laura June at Engadget reports: "According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, which collects magazine circulation data from companies willing to furnish numbers, all iPad magazines...

  • Africa’s mobile numbers, and where to find them

    It’s not a big surprise to see Nokia’s Symbian operating system is the most popular in Africa. We all knew that, but it’s by how much that draws your attention. Royal Pingdom has an excellent post on the web usage (which is what they can measure) of the top OS use around the world. It’s amazing to see the difference between Africa, Asia and South America as opposed to Europe and North America. While, as a developer, it’s more sexy to work on the cutting-edge operating systems like iPhone and iPad's iOS and Android you’d be making a mistake to...

  • Social media futurism – the perfect government?

    It's widely acknowledged that the advent of social media has completely changed our lives. Friends around the world are closer and always in touch, news spreads like wildfire, and communication is instant. With Twitter being used by more than 175-million people, Facebook approaching 600-million and even LinkedIn with over 70-million, it seems that social networking is an unstoppable force. The question begs to be asked: Where will all of this lead us? The impact that these services have had on society is unquantifiable, and is exponential. Is it conceivable that, very soon, every adult on earth could have internet connectivity...

  • ‘Proof’ from China that the iPad 2 will have a camera

    Protective cases for the second generation iPad are being sold on Chinese e-commerce website Alibaba -- even before Apple has launched the new device -- and suggest the next model will have a camera. Alibaba spokesman John Spelich said on Tuesday the company had been asked to remove the listings, which showed brightly coloured silicon cases with a small hole in the back on sale for less than three dollars each. "Shortly after we were made aware, through blog reports, of the presence of these listings, we received a legitimate take down request and we have been doing so since last...

  • Twitter turned down $500m Facebook offer

    Twitter apparently turned down a 500 million dollar purchase offer from the social networking site Facebook in 2008, according to the Financial Times. In an interview with the British business daily published over the weekend, co-founder Biz Stone said Twitter wanted to become not just a popular site but a viable business, rather than be taken over by another company. "We've created something that people are finding value in," he said. "But we haven't yet created a business out of this, and we really wanted to do that." According to the Financial Times, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg offered 500 million...

  • ‘We’re going to be up to our armpits in crappy tablets’

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas on Thursday but the hottest device around, and the trailblazing company that makes it, won't be on the sprawling show floor. Apple, whose iPad touchscreen tablet computer was the hit new gadget of last year, is once again shunning the electronics extravaganza that attracts tens of thousands of buyers and sellers from around the world to the Las Vegas strip. Apple may be a no-show but the Cupertino, California-based company behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad and its iconic co-founder Steve Jobs will loom large over the four-day event at...

  • Facebook now worth more than Boeing

    Social-networking behemoth Facebook could now be worth more than US aerospace giant Boeing and media company Time Warner. This new valuation is as a result of raising $500-million dollars from Goldman Sachs and a Russian firm in a deal valuing the site at $50-billion dollars With the fresh investment, Facebook has a bigger capitalisation than Boeing, at 48.7 billion dollars, or Time Warner, about 36 billion. But the site's annual revenue, primarily based on advertising, is estimated at two billion dollars, compared with Boeing's 64.62 billion and Time Warner's 26.5 billion. The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the deal,...

  • Enter the age of the petabyte, exabyte and zettabyte

    As internet consumers we're now firmly in the age of the terabyte. A terabyte (TB) is equal to about one thousand gigabytes, and it is storage space sorely needed in the age of High Definition (HD) video. Hard drives that have capacities of 1TB and 2TB or more are common-place in electronic shops. About ten years ago it was rare to hear the term terabyte, except perhaps in a science-fiction context or you were trying to (mistakenly) impress your geek girlfriend or boyfriend. But how long will it be till we are throwing the term "petabyte" around as easily? A...

  • 5 trends that will define the tech space in 2011

    2010 has been filled with overwhelming tales of growth and innovation in all things digital. Many people the world over have become more involved in online activities than they would have ever dreamed of. What can we expect to see from businesses and innovators in 2011? Here are five trends to watch out for: 1. Mobile interfaces becoming app-like sites 2010 will be thought of as the year that mobile internet transitioned from being "the next big thing", into "THE big thing". There are already a plethora of innovative mobile websites and services and creative platform-specific apps that use internet services...

  • Ubuntu’s fundamental flaw: Frozen full-screen apps

    A fundamental flaw has dogged Ubuntu through the years and there is still no sign of it being resolved. Misbehaving applications are one of the first hurdles that an operating system must overcome. Microsoft Windows endured mountains of criticism in its early days for allowing badly written applications to bring the whole OS to its knees. Linux is, in most circumstances, very resilient in handling problematic applications and Ubuntu is no exception to this. These problems are "water off a ducks back" for Ubuntu and the operating system will happily continue doing its thing when an app freezes or crashes....

  • Five red-hot Indian tech startups

    China’s enormous internet population has been getting quite a bit of press lately, but India is undoubtedly as much of an emerging world internet power. With more than 400-million internet users China’s online success stories, like QQ and Baidu, make even Facebook’s numbers look average. But India’s open economy, its high percentage of English speakers and its highly educated new caste of IT whizz kids make it a perfect breeding ground for tech entrepreneurs. Here are five of the most interesting startups to watch: Voicetap Founded: March 2009 Homebase: New Delhi Elevator pitch: Voicetap connects people in need of advice with genuine experts on every...