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  • Noteable for Android review: simple note taking

    When it comes to remembering what I need to do, and when I need to do it, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit rubbish. Sure, I’ll remember what happened 10 years ago, one miserable night in a foreign town, but trying to remember to draw cash before walking home is something which has more often than I’d like to admit got the better of me. That’s where another useful app, which I found comes in. Ladies and gentlemen, Notable is the solution to your short-term memory problem. 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");

  • Funny or Die’s iSteve is a Jobs biopic spoof based on his Wikipedia page

    Even if you're not an iDevotee, you have probably heard about the competing Steve Jobs movies due to hit our screens shortly. There's the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher that premièred at Sundance this year, and there's the 'official' one in pre-production, based on Walter Isaacson's biography and featuring assistance from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and written by The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin. But now it seems there's a third movie about the life of the late Apple co-founder, brought to you by the team behind comedy site Funny or Die. At just over an hour long, iSteve will be...

  • Latest Google Street View update takes you to the top of the world

    So you fancy yourself a bit of a Sir Edmund Hillary but have never had the wherewithal to actually climb a mountain? Then the latest images to be uploaded to Google Street View are tailor-made for you. The internet giant now allows you to explore some of the most famous mountains on Earth, including Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia) on Google Maps. These mountains belong to the group of peaks known as the Seven Summits -- the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. In an official blog post...

  • BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins calls the iPhone ‘old’. Yes, really.

    For today's instalment of 'that's so ironic', I present to you the words of BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. The man who is head of the company whose devices have been repeatedly criticised for failing to innovate and keep up with the pace of change (before the launch of BlackBerry 10, at least) has reportedly called the iPhone "old". Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Heins added his voice to the arguments that Apple's designs are increasingly becoming evolutionary and not revolutionary, saying "the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed...

  • DStv and MWEB team up to offer movie downloads, free data

    Paid digital satellite TV service DStv is teaming up with internet service provider MWEB to give its subscribers 6GB of ADSL data as well as one free movie download. The movies will come from the satellite TV provider's Box Office offering, which gives people access to major Hollywood films fresh off the circuit directly to their PC or Mac for a set monthly fee. Movies are available for streaming or to download. The partnership between the two makes a fair amount of sense. They are both, after all, owned by emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers. It also signals...

  • Microsoft will support WP8 until 2014, no sign of what happens after

    Well. This is interesting. It looks like Windows Phone adherents (yes they do exist) are in for an anxious few months. Microsoft has announced that it will support Windows Phone 8 until July 2014. At this point, you're probably thinking that everything will be fine, because there'll be an upgrade. There has to be, right? Well, this is where it starts to get a little bit worrying. Microsoft has made no promises when it comes to upgrading Windows Phone 8 devices. Microsoft only promises that it will make updates available for WP8, including security updates, for a period of...

  • What Glass means for Google

    Project Glass is a perfect example of what Google calls “moonshot thinking” – the type of thinking required to take on global-scale problems, define radical solutions to those problems, and succeed in solving those problems through the development of breakthrough technology. For Google, Glass is a device that could potentially change the way we search, the way we share and the way we interact with the world around us. Make no mistake, Project Glass is extremely ambitious which is part of the reason that it is so exciting. And if Glass succeeds, it could change the way the world...

  • 6 top tips for social business providers

    I have been interacting with numerous social business specialists over the past two to three years, and based on my conversations with these individuals, my participation on social media and the projects I have been involved in with my clients to date, I have listed six things that social business consulting providers should consider. 1. The hype cycle is over When Enterprise Resourcing Planning (ERP) was introduced to the market in the late 80s, the ERP vendors spent most of their time generating hype around the concept of ERP, how important it was for companies to make...

  • ‘There’s a f***ing zeitgeist’: Amanda Palmer on the new music model [SXSW]

    “There’s a f***ing zeitgeist going on with what’s happening in terms of art and crowd-funding right now,” states singer Amanda Palmer. “Everyone is getting inspired!” Last year Palmer -- musician, poet, all-out wild child -- leveraged her social media network to raise the money she needed for her latest album, book and tour. Palmer, who has used Kickstarter before, was surprised by the amount she managed to raise -- a record-breaking figure of US$1 192 793 from 24 883 fans -- that’s almost US$50 per person. The album, Theatre is Evil, was released in September 2012 and has sold...

  • Mxit’s CEO quest: our picks for the top job

    It's been about nine months since Mxit's board of directors (aka the people with the money) and Alan Knott-Craig Jnr had a showdown that resulted in his stepping down as CEO. Nine months on and the company is still under acting CEO Francois Swart. The Vatican found a new leader in less time. So we thought we would help Mxit along with some candidates to consider. There have been some major shake ups since Knott-Craig's departure: retrenchments, products announcements and reshuffles. The way we see it, Mxit needs something new and different, it needs a non-Mxit person who can...

  • The next step for North Korea’s web? Importing the Great Firewall from China

    We are all familiar enough with the internet now to realize that it’s not a magical, virtual, hyper-human neuron network and is in fact just another medium – a means of communication that can be shut off, censored, and corrupted in just the same way as newspapers, radio, or TV – if not more so. It will not topple dictators; it will not deliver us from evil. The very gradual opening up of North Korea with visitors this month able to access unrestricted mobile internet for the first time ever – but not so for locals – will ultimately prove to be...

  • RSS app Feedly gains half a million new users after the death of Google Reader

    When Google announced its decision to kill off its RSS reader last week, it said the decision was made because declining usage meant that it just wasn't a priority for the company anymore. But, while it never shared exact user figures, we're getting an idea of how much the product was loved: from a Bring Google Reader Back fansite to a petition which has gained over 125 000 signatures in just over three days. The latest indicator of the number of people who still use Reader? That comes from one of its competitors. RSS tool Feedly has been one...

  • Koenigsegg Triplex Suspension plans outed

    Koenigsegg is one of a handful of supercar manufacturers that are small, produce a limited number of cars each year and are actually still around. Every year we see more and more supercar concepts from obscure companies that are never heard from again. What makes Koenigsegg different is the craftsmanship that goes into every car, not to mention that everything that goes into a Koenigsegg is built in-house; a feat that Ferrari may not even be able to claim. 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");

  • Google ‘Keep’ makes brief appearance online, could compete with Evernote

    Looks like Google could be about to re-enter note-taking space in a serious way. The internet giant looks to be readying a product called "Keep" which earlier appeared in Google Drive before disappearing again. Google watcher 1E100 spotted the new app in Drive's source code as well as a likely icon for it. Android Police then discovered that the desktop version of the app had gone live in the US. It then disappeared however, suggesting that it had been released earlier than intended. The screenshots that the dedicated Android site managed to gather show a basic, made for mobile...

  • Facebook’s Early Adopter Club set to reignite mobile experimentation

    This is interesting. Facebook has opened up a limited beta club, which will see some Android users given the ability test out features before they go live on the Play Store. Using silently downloaded software updates, the social network will allow users to play around with the mobile experience without screwing it up for millions of people around the world. The update is only available for people who have checked the settings box which allows them to install apps from outside of Google Play. If they've done so, Facebook will silently push apps to their devices over Wi-Fi. If...