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  • Phone tech to enable rural Nigerians to surf the web in local languages

    A phone technology called InternetSpeech could allow more than 100 000 illiterate farmers and traders residing in Nigeria’s rural areas to browse the web in local languages... using their voice and their cellphones. Nigeria-based IT consultancy firm Adamu Consulting, alongside the ICT University of Louisiana, are offering the technology which will enable users to transact business over the internet in their home language or with people of other languages via an inbuilt translator. At the media presentation of the new technology held in the nation’s capital city of Abuja, the partnering organisations described the innovation as “the right tool needed...

  • Amazon lets Apple feel the burn with Kindle Fire ad

    Boom. Amazon just hit Apple hard. Front and centre on the ecommerce giant's homepage is an advert featuring the new iPad mini. Except it's not quite what you'd expect. To be fair, it's more of an ad for Amazon's seven-inch Kindle Fire HD than Apple's latest offering. The Gizmodo quote calling the Cupertino-based giant's 7.9-inch display, which has fewer pixels than the competing seven-inch options, "ballsy", sets the tone. Amazon then launches into a direct comparison, concentrating predominantly on the screen, but also mentioning the Kindle Fire HD's stereo speakers and MIMO Wi-Fi. Taking on the world's biggest...

  • Anonymous does an ‘Assange’ on Zynga — leaks confidential documents

    Anonymous, the loosely associated hacktivist collective, has put Zynga under its scope. And it's looking serious. Zynga laid off employees just before releasing its quarterly earnings last week, and the hacker group says that the layoffs mean the "end of the US game market as we know it", as jobs are getting shipped overseas. The leaking of the alleged confidential documents and a letter was posted on anonnews.org. The group posted a video on YouTube as well which has been taken down by the video-sharing service, citing that the "video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on...

  • Apple set to expand China presence with Shenzen store

    If the name Shenzen seems vaguely familiar to you, it's probably because it's where the majority of the world's electronics, including all of Apple's shiny products are made. Now the Cupertino-based giant is set to open up its first ever store there. The Apple store will open up on 3 November in a luxury shopping centre in the city. According to The Next Web, the store -- which will be Apple's seventh in the country -- was confirmed as being scheduled to open by company SVP John Browett. One of the possible side effects of Apple having an official...

  • Apple’s ecosystem is healthier than ever: here’s why

    Apple is not about the hardware, it's also not about the software, it's all about perception of leadership and quality. No other company in recent history has created quite the perception of leadership that Apple has managed to establish and maintain. Steve Jobs is gone, his legacy however lives on, and Tim Cook and his team are making changes that will ultimately solidify Apple as the tech leader in today's connected world. At the recent launch held in San Jose, California on 23 October 2012, Apple unleashed more than its fair share of big changes. In a big bang style...

  • Unfriendly Facebook and Apple’s PR machine: top stories you need to read

    Ever thought that even though ereaders have supposedly "revolutionised" the publishing industry, an ebook on your Kindle looks pretty much the same as its predecessor in the bookshop? Or wondered why your Facebook insights show that your reach is slipping, even though you've gained fans and haven't changed your strategy? Or maybe that the fact that Apple announced a tablet update just months after the new iPad came out is adding to throwaway consumerism? No? Maybe you will, after you read this round of top tech stories... Facebook: I want my friends back Facebook pages used to make sense. Let's...

  • XCOM Enemy Unknown: today is your Independence Day

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is sometimes pitched as a remake of the old school classic UFO: Enemy Unknown. I hoped it would be something like the original, but to my surprise it was something more. I woke up earlier than usual on 12 October to deal with my admin because I knew that my weekend would be entirely devoted to two things: Dishonored and the latest XCOM. As wonderful as my Dishonored experience was, looking back now I wish I had installed and played them both before committing myself to one before the other 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");

  • Apple posts ‘apology’ to Samsung on its website, as per UK court order

    Remember how, back in July, a UK judge ordered Apple to basically promote Samsung by stating that the Galaxy Tab's design is not too similar to the iPad's? Well, after losing the appeal, Apple has complied with part of the publicity order and placed a declaration on the UK version its website to state that Samsung didn't infringe on its registered design. Tucked away in the home page's footer, beneath images of the new iMacs and the iPhone 5, sits a link titled 'Samsung/Apple UK judgement', which takes you to a page explaining that Apple lost the case against Samsung....

  • Is your password “123456” or “ninja”? Here’s why you should change it

    SplashData, a password management applications producer, has listed the 25 worst and scariest passwords used. According to the site, "password", "123456" and "12345678" still top the list from last year as the most common passwords used on the internet, but new to the list is "Jesus", "ninja", "mustang" and believe it or not "password1." Users "of any of these passwords are most likely to be victims in future breaches," the company says. Millions of password were posted online by hackers and helped put together the list. The list of 25 was released with Halloween as a peg. SplashData CEO Morgan Slain...

  • Official account? Prove it: Pinterest now lets you verify your website

    Verified websites on your Pinterest profile? Check. You can now confirm that you own the domain listed in your Pinterest account, and stop potential fans from following imposters who may be using your brand name and website. The social media platform announced that it will now allow its users to add a red stamp of approval to their profile page to prove that they're the real owners. Pinterest's system is relatively simple: you don't have to contact the team in any way. It lets its users do all the work themselves, by uploading a specific length of html code to...

  • Samsung still king of smartphones, Nokia falls out of top 5

    No matter how many times you see research showing just how far Nokia has fallen, it's still jarring. Once the world's largest mobile phone company, it has fallen so far from grace that it isn't even one of the world's top five smartphone producers. And while Nokia keeps falling, Samsung and Apple just keep on shimmying up the ladder. According to the latest research from IDC, some 179.7-million units were shipped in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 123.7-million units in the same period last year. The 45.3% year-over-year growth was apparently slightly above IDC's forecast of 45.2% for...

  • Can you hack creativity in 48 hours? One agency thinks so

    Creativity isn't a specialised niche in the advertising industry any more. Everyone needs a little spark of it. With that in mind, digital agency HelloComputer and its parent company Draftfcb have organised a hack-a-thon, set to take place on 10 and 11 November aimed at encouraging and showcasing a pioneering spirit in creativity and innovation. The hack-a-thon is open to teams of no more than five members. According to the organisers, these can be active in the marketing, communications and IT industries… or not. "The only prerequisite, they say "is that each team combines creative and technical skills". According to...

  • Android user? Your apps could be your weakest security link

    According to the BBC, thousands of apps in the Play Store have failed in implementing standard scrambling systems, thus failing to protect bank accounts and social media logins. 13 500 Android apps were tested by scientists and approximately eight percent of these apps failed, revealing data that is supposed to be secure when communicating with websites. The most popular apps in the Google Play store were tested by science departments from the University of Marburg and the Leibniz University of Hamburg. Through a fake Wi-fi hotspot and a special attack tool similar to malware, these researchers and scientists were able...

  • Apple Q4 results: steady as a rock

    If you're every other company, you've just come off announcing your third quarter financial results. Apple isn't every other company. It just announced its Q4 results. Because Q3 results are so mainstream. Anyway things are looking good for tech's most successful company and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon. The US$41-billion in revenue might not be as much as people were expecting but it still means the company recorded US$8.2 billion in profit. That's better than any quarter it managed under Steve Jobs and bleeding spectacular when you consider that Amazon posted a US$13.8-billion sales...

  • Android tablets increase in global sales… but it’s not what it seems

    Apple iOS tablet sales are still on top in the world, but recent figures show that Android has made a considerable increase in sales. Global sales of Android tablets reached 25-million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 43% from the previous year, according to Strategy Analytics. While Apple still rules the roost in tablet sales, its tablet shipments only increased from 11-million to 14-million, with Android showing an increase from five-million to 10-million. However, it is important to note that the 14-million tablets shipped by Apple are spread over just a few models, most notably the iPad...