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  • A lot can happen in an internet minute [Infographic]

    New Yorkers will tell you that a lot can happen in a 'New York minute' and it's also one of the fastest minutes you'll ever experience. In this new tech age where we are all plugged in, the internet is our fast-paced minute. What could possibly happen in one internet minute? Intel decided to try and answer that question. According to the chip manufacturer, the number of networked devices we have today is equal to the global population -- yep that seems about right. By 2015, the number of networked devices will be twice the global population, where are we...

  • Google opens Umbono-style incubator in London

    Google has been behind startup facilities in countries such as Egypt and South Africa. Now it’s taking the model established in those countries to a more established market player: London. The internet giant opened a seven story facility it calls Campus London, located in an area of the city known as Tech City. According to an official Google blog post, the internet accounts for around eight percent of the UK’s economy. It claims it built Campus London because it believes “there is even more potential for entrepreneurs to energize the internet economy in the UK”. It says its goal...

  • Leaked screenshot reveals Google Drive details

    A leaked screenshot has revealed some more details about Google’s soon to be released Drive product. The cloud storage product appears to gives users around 5GB of free storage and the ability to access their files on their PCs, Tablets, mobile devices, and on the web. Sounds a lot like every other cloud storage product out there. More to the point, it sounds eerily like the service provided by Dropbox. The only real difference, so far as we can tell is the Google Drive will give you a 3 more Gigs of storage than Dropbox upon registration. The similarities...

  • Kenyan Ultrabooks splash-down care of Intel

    Kenya will be the lucky recipient of reasonably priced Intel Ultrabooks, made especially for the emerging market. Earlier this week, Intel launched six Ultrabooks for the eager Kenyan market, ranging from Kshs 60 000 (US$725) to 90 000 (US$1087). Danie Steyn, Intel East African General Manager says the new laptops are “an evolution”: “Ultrabook devices represent the next step in the evolution of the PC. There is a hunger for a device that can act like a tablet, but that allows for a full computing experience -- this is exactly what Ultrabook devices deliver.” Steyn hopes that the Ultrabooks will deliver an alternative to...

  • Photo-based MXit app shows impressive growth — 400k users in one month

    An app inside mobile social network MXit is showing some fairly impressive growth. The app, called JudgeME, was developed by mobile social network builder Motribe and reportedly helps people meet each other by uploading and browsing photos. The South African-based company claims the app has gained over 400 000 users less than a month after launching and that it is “already generating enough revenue to cover its costs”. The company says this growth happened faster than it could scale the technology to manage the demand. Motribe CEO Nicholas Haralambous reckons one of the reasons the app has grown so quickly is the sheer...

  • The pursuit of justice: A history of hacktivism [Infographic]

    Hacktivism is at its peak. Anonymous and groups like it have made sure we are aware of hacking activists. In 2011 hacktivism became a powerful virtual weapon, and hackers found their way onto high-priority most wanted lists. How do hacktivists differentiate themselves from cyber criminals, who hack websites for financial gain? Simple: a Hacktivists's goal is to make political statements through hacking. Every day more hacktivist are cropping up and it seems that no government has the power to stop them. Shawn Henry, a departing member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal...

  • The problem with iMessage

    iMessage doesn't work. Well, that's not entirely true. It works perfectly well as a traditional text messaging replacement. To a point. The first problem with iMessage is its lack of awareness. It's a simple broadcast bus (think back to parallel connectors used to transfer data between components or computers). At its launch, Apple admitted that iMessage runs on top of its notifications engine (based on XMPP). But that's the problem: it's treating messages -- two-way communication - as what seems to be one-off, one-way bursts. It all syncs, which is great as you're able to be messaged or message (should that...

  • Sick of Skype? Try these 9 alternatives

    Fed up with Skype possibly snooping into your life? There are plenty of alternatives to look to and all of them are free. We look at nine Skype-like apps for getting your chat on. 1. Messages (OSX) Apple’s answer to chat is Messages, the upgrade from the fairly useless iChat app. Currently in beta, Messages has much to prove. Starting with OS X Mountain Lion preview, Messages features text, voice, video calls and screen sharing. Predictably, Messages offers cross-platform compatibility with iMessage, the free iPhone chat service. Messages is free for all Mac OS X Mountain Lion users. 2. Oovoo (Android, iOS,...

  • How Brazil became an internet advertising powerhouse

    Brazil is a making waves in the tech world. A growing number of tech startups are emerging from the Latin American country and it's investing heavily in tech infrastructure. Small wonder then that online advertising is also on the rise. In a 2011 survey, IBOPE (a large media and marketing firm in Brazil), sheds some light on why Brazil is showing a surge in advertising spend within their home market. Total advertising spend in Brazil rose 15.8% year-on-year when comparing the numbers from 2010 to 2011. This huge jump means a move to BRL88.32-billion (US$52.89-billion) spend on advertising...

  • How hot cross buns caused a social media storm

    Which seasonal food do you think is capable of working people into an emotionally fuelled social media frenzy? Christmas gammon? Thanksgiving turkey? Actually, it turns out the answer is hot cross buns. Well, it’s a little more specific than that. The real controversy surrounds South African retail outlet Woolworths putting Halaal stickers on its hot cross buns. Owing to the baked good’s association with Easter, a group of Christians took to social media and email to protest Woolworths declaring them fit for Muslim consumption: Receiving a few emails from Christians who are upset that @WOOLWORTHS_SA hot cross buns are halaal....

  • Review — Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube

    Verbatim’s Bluetooth Audio Cube is utter tosh. It’s too bulky, the buttons are too fiddly and it needs 4 AA batteries to run if you want a cord free music experience. But, it sounds decent. Stuff the positives. Let’s tear it apart I say. Boxy sound For roughly US$35, the Audio Cube pumps out 2 Watts of pure portable power. Whether corded, connected to your laptop or mobile phone via the A2DP Bluetooth standards, the Audio Cube smoothly rubs out audio, pumps bass and generally behaves rather well, that is until you max the sound out.

  • Turn a Twitter feed in toilet paper? Sounds…cathartic actually

    Ah, your Twitter feed. It amuses, angers, and sometimes even inspires you. Surely there should be a way for the tweets on it to live on beyond the time you spend reading them. Well there is. Sort of. It comes in the form a brand new service from a company called "Shitter" that turns "one or more feeds from your Twitter account" into four rolls of toilet paper, delivered straight to your door. Given the product’s blunt name, it’s probably unsurprising that the guys behind it appear to be proud Aussies, having previously worked on a digital tribute to...

  • Draw something: The latest smartphone craze [Infographic]

    The recent purchase of new mobile game, Draw Something, by social game giant Zynga shows just how much of a sensation this game, launched earlier this year, really is. Draw Something creator OMGPOP is rumoured to have sold to Zynga for between US$180-210-million in cash and employee retention payments. That is a lot of change for a game only two months on the market. Then again it is a sensation. The game has been downloaded 37-million times since going live. It has more than one-billion drawings so far, so of course Zynga was willing to drop some significant moolah...

  • YouTube goes wild for Anchorman sequel announcement [Video]

    Quick, what’s the most anticipated sequel of 2012? A few days ago titles such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Bourne Legacy would've been the obvious answers. That all changed last night with the announcement of Anchorman 2. Will Ferrell made the announcement in full Ron Burgundy mode on Conan O'Brien's talk show. YouTube’s hit counter is stuck on 883 views, but the 10 000 plus likes suggest the video is a hell of a lot more popular than that. Burgundy’s jazz flute skills alone make the video well worth watching. The news also trended globally on Twitter,...

  • Indie darling Fez drops onto XBLA 13 April

    We've harped on about Fez before on Gearburn. Simply put, it's one of the most exciting independent games ever made. On 13 April, Fez will launch on Xbox Live (XBLA) for the price of 800 Microsoft Points, or US$10. No other platforms have been considered, for now. Fez is all about the Zen-like trip through three-dimensions. The adorable pixel art plays to the strengths of Fez, letting the player rotate the 2D world on a 3D axis to solve intricate puzzles. For well over five years, Fez has been locked inside development hell. Announced in April 2007, it is...