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  • 3D print your own Google Glass

    If you don't have the requisite US$1 500 to be a Google Glass early adopter lying around your house, fear not. There is hope and it comes in the form of 3D printing. Okay okay they're not actually functional, being just the frames and a small, transparent "display", which has to be affixed manually but as long as you refuse to take them off, they'll fool pretty much anyone. You can find the 3D model on Thingiverse and is apparently based on a drawing originally found on Google Sketchup. You can download the STL files and get them printed...

  • Why developers are licking their chops at the prospect of smart cities

    The smart city market is at a tipping point. Having been led by IT industry stalwarts such as IBM and Cisco for the last five years, it needs a fresh injection of ideas to take it to the next level. Ovum believes that the developer community will add the required impetus. One of the key discussion points at Ovum’s recent Smart Cities in Europe 2012 event, which was held in conjunction with Imperial College London, was the impact that developers are having on the smart city market. On the developer panel were representatives from the Urban Land Institute, Quintain,...

  • Nexus 4 hands on review: Google got it right

    I’ve had all of the Nexus devices (except for the tablets, so if anyone has a 7 for me…) and I've enjoyed them all, and after only a short time with my shiny new Nexus 4, I have to admit, I’m rather smitten. It pains me to admit though, that until I turned on the 4 for the first time, I didn't know what Android should feel like. You've read all of the Nexus 4 reviews, you've been told about the stunning design, the weird hologram which is black when tilted on the back of the device. Read more on...

  • Social reader Flipboard’s new app lets you make your own magazines

    Social reader app Flipboard has already gathered a substantial base of more than 50-million happy flipping users, who can subscribe to read beautiful magazines constructed from social media updates and RSS feeds. But it's not finished with the community just yet: its app experience has now become even more personalised with the addition of new features which allow its users to make their own custom magazines. Yep. If you're bored with the seemingly endless Flipboard-curated categories covering everything from DIY to news, tech, travel and sport, you can now create your own magazine from whichever social media and online sources...

  • Tablets set to explode in emerging markets as global PC sales keep falling

    Tablets use is set to rapidly escalate in emerging markets as their hunger for smart connected devices continues to grow. According to tech research company IDC, the smart connected device volume in emerging markets grew by 41.3% in 2012 with the tablet volume growing by 111.3% and smartphone volume by 69.7% year on year. Desktop and portable PC shipments meanwhile shrank by 3.8% and 0.8% respectively. The upward growth of tablets and smartphones in emerging markets is likely being driven by the increasing availability of affordable devices among populations with increasing amounts of disposable income. That kind of growth...

  • ‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving

    It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Path joins the hashtag party

    Path has apparently decided to jump on board the hashtag bandwagon, joining the likes of Twitter, Facebook (possibly), Instagram and Flickr. The latest update to the private social network's iOS app includes a feature which links hashtagged comments to a search across posts. The search will also bring up non-hashtagged posts, although Path has told Mermeburn that this will be changed in the next update so that it only searches for hashtagged content. That means its use is slightly more limited than on Twitter. There hashtags also provide a means of tracking trends and are included in its paid advertising....

  • After legal hassles, Sweden’s Language Council kills the word ‘unGoogleable’

    When Sweden's Language Council drew up its latest annual list of new words that have become part of the public's vocabulary in the previous 12 months, it probably had no idea of what it was in for. Definitely not a lengthy back-and-forth exchange with Google's legal team. But that's what happened. The Council's list of 12 new words included "ogooglebar", or "unGoogleable", which was defined as something "that can not be found on the web using a search engine." This apparently irked the Googlers, who were okay with the word itself, but took issue with the fact that the definition...

  • Zando threatens legal action against Ventureburn over Koser claim

    South African online retailer Zando has threatened legal action against Ventureburn, a subsidiary of Burn Media, via the company’s attorneys Webber Wentzel, following an article that was published on the site last week. Zando's online fashion store made serious waves after arriving in South Africa in late 2011. Since then, it claims it has grown to become South Africa’s largest online fashion player and is providing serious competition to the likes of established ecommerce players like Kalahari and Takealot. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Facebook finally allows you to reply to comments

    This is pretty cool. Facebook has finally rolled out a facility that allows you to reply to comments on your posts. Among other things, the new feature should make it easier to interact directly with individual readers and keep relevant conversations connected. In an official blog post, Facebook also says that the most active and engaging conversations around the posts will be pushed to the top. Each person will see the order of a conversation differently however. Conversation threads are re-ordered by relevance to viewers, and their appearance will be based on people's connections, specifically: Positive feedback: the amount of...

  • No ROI doesn’t mean digital marketing spend is falling

    The ever illusive Return on Investment figure for digital marketing and in particular social media marketing is not slowing down the trend of companies throwing even more buckets full of cash at the digital marketing channel. Is this the realization of the post-digital era? Is it because there is now an agreed upon ROI conversion? I personally think it is more the former; but let’s see how the numbers look. Across the board this year marketing budgets appear to be on the increase when compared to 2012. True this is spurred on by a slightly more positive economic outlook; but...

  • 3 kinds of app every Facebook brand page needs

    When deciding which apps to add onto your Facebook brand page the big question is what do you want that app to do, or what do you want that app to enable your fans and customers to do? The thing to remember about Facebook users is that they see Facebook as the internet, and as such don’t like being taken away or redirected out of the platform. To win them over and build affinity I often tell my clients that you need to enable your fans and customers to do as much as possible without leaving the platform. That...

  • The Yuppiechef cult: how a startup sparked a religion

    The Yuppiechef success story has been well documented, but until now, no one has been able to explain exactly how the kitchen utensils e-tailer has managed to evoke the type of fervent support that has catapulted the Cape Town company well into cult territory. Yes, cult. Exhibit A: a Pinterest page dedicated to customers who have submitted photos of their pets in Yuppiechef packaging. The running theory is that Yuppiechef has mastered the art of customer service. It's a strong hypothesis. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Gearburn goes hands on with the HTC One

    I go gadget crazy, often due to my love for the new and shiny. I even left the shelter of my apartment and flew to another city, just to be one of the first to handle the HTC One. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most well designed phones I’ve ever seen and consequently, the iPhone 5 finally has a phone which has instantly dated it. Aesthetically, at least. Here’s what I mean: 40 Minutes I go gadget crazy, often due to my love for the new and shiny. I even left the shelter of my apartment and flew to another city,...

  • Reddit co-founder calls out ‘fellow geeks’, tells them to behave better

    Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has called out his "fellow geeks', for the DDoS attacks, crude responses and death threats they sent to Adria Richards after she tweeted out an image of several men who made sexist jokes behind her during a programming convention. "We, the tech community, should be taking a hard look at our response to the aforementioned events," Ohanian writes on his blog. While it would be easy to dismiss the attacks on Richards as the work of a few errant trolls, Ohanian feels that the tech community as whole needs to take a good hard look at...