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  • Steve Hofmeyr’s Wikipedia page hacked

    Controversial South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr had his personal Wikipedia page hacked on Monday. The page now describes him as a prominent member of a Mormon split, called The Morons and an honourary chairman of 'Avrikaanirs met Leer Probleeme' (Afrikaners with Learning Disabilities). The majority of the changed content was in the opening paragraph, which read: He is a prominent member of the Mormon Church split group, known as The Morons, who believe members should conceive as many children with as many women as possible. In addition, Hofmeyr is the honorary chairman of Avrikaanirs met Leer Probleeme (Afrikaners with...

  • Samsung screws Apple, bumps up the price of processors

    In every iPhone, iPod and iPad you will find a Samsung processor. Yes even though the two tech giant are battling it out in court, the usual way of business still continues between them. Samsung Electronics has just raised the price of the processors that it supplies to Apple by 20%, according to MarketWatch. And what can Apple do but accept, as last year the Korean tech giant made 130-million processors for Apple devices, and this year it is set to go over the 200-million mark. There are various reasons why Samsung would up the price of its processors. One...

  • Vodacom: SMS on the decline, 35% increase in smartphone uptake

    For the first time in Vodacom's history SMS revenue is on the decline driven, it seems, by increased use of data. The African mobile giant today released its interim results showing a decline in SMS between September 2011 and September 2012. The decline comes amid significant growth in data. Vodacom says that data traffic grew by 42.5% as its average effective price per megabyte dropped by 24.2%. Then again, it can probably afford to drop those prices a little, given the rate at which people are buying data. The mobile operator says that some 4.8-million of its South African...

  • The online freedom of speech pickle: it’s only getting more complicated

    Figuring out when trolling becomes dangerous abuse or when a deeply held political opinion comes hate speech is difficult. Add in factors like anonymity the interference of government in a space that was philosophically intended to be open and you can see why freedom of speech online is such a muddy issue. Things aren't about to get any clearer either. Previously Memeburn has reported the concerns of Vint Cerf -- one of the fathers of the internet and Google’s chief internet evangelists -- about an authoritarian trend in emerging markets including India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and of...

  • Content marketing: getting the basics right

    The modern media consumer has developed quite a talent for zoning-out marketing messages intended to engage them across pretty much all platforms, be it television, radio or digital. Lives are busier and the choices are seemingly limitless. The trick for business now is to stop shouting at their consumers with intrusive and interruptive advertising and focus instead on building relationships with their consumers. This ‘conversational’ non-interruptive approach has seen the rise of what’s become known as content marketing. Earn the attention of consumers The most effective way to get a customer's attention is to earn it by engaging...

  • HTC Desire C: a decent little budget Android

    The HTC Desire C is an odd creature. Its looks are reminiscent of the higher-end devices in HTC’s smartphone alphabet, and it runs the same version of Android that comes pre-installed on flagship phones like its big brother, the One X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Yet the phone is a chubby little plastic construction that creaks when you squeeze it too hard and the fixed-focus camera makes anything you photograph look un-artistically blurred. But it’s not trying to be a super phone -- it’s a humble entry-level smartphone which packs a surprising amount of features into its pebble-shaped package. Read...

  • Alibaba’s Tmall, Taobao see US$3bn in sales in 24 hours

    Tech in Asia recently suggested that China’s biggest e-commerce sales/discounts day could beat America’s Cyber Monday in value -- and that’s precisely what happened during yesterday’s “Double Eleven” online shopfest. Indeed, two of China’s biggest sites, Tmall and Taobao (both owned by Alibaba Group), beat out all US e-tailers by themselves, seeing sales transactions worth RMB 19.1-billion (US$3.043 billion) during the 24-hour promotional period. That makes Tmall and Taobao’s Double Eleven sales worth more than double America’s entire Cyber Monday shopping spree, which brought in US$1.25-billion in 2011. With Cyber Monday in the US growing at only about 22 percent...

  • YouTube invests more in original content, some channels cut

    YouTube is intent on making its original programming work, so much so that the video sharing site is about to pour more money into it, reports Ad Age. Less than a year ago the site invested US$100-million to give its original channels a kickstart with partners including the likes of Madonna and Ashton Kutcher. This new round of funding for the project will see the Google-owned site increase funding to its partners by between 30 and 40%. "Our biggest objective was to kick-start the ecosystem, to bring in great creators, to deepen our relationships with advertisers and to grow...

  • Apple and HTC play nice and settle differences… something for the future?

    Apple and HTC's more than 20 patent infringement cases around the world seem to be a thing of the past, as the two companies came to an agreement. According to The Verge, all charges have been dropped in favour of a 10-year patent cross-licensing agreement. Jeff Gordon, an HTC representative, said that HTC "does not expect this license agreement to have any adverse material impact on the financials of the company". That's basically hidden speak for "at least it won't cost us a huge amount of money". The move is a surprise one, albeit one that will be welcomed by industry...

  • Two of a kind: new iPad mini ads showcase iBooks, Photos

    Wow, Apple's really determined to push this whole "concentrated iPad experience" thing with the iPad Mini. Case in point: the two latest ads for the 7.9-inch tablet. Both adverts feature the iPad Mini next to the larger iPad. The first is meant to show off how comparable the Photos experience is on the two devices and is set to “Two of a Kind” by Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer. The second meanwhile, shows off iBooks and shows the devices opening up books with contrasting titles. The message is enforced with all the subtlety of a Jackhammer: you're not...

  • Apple to dole out $21m to Swiss Federal Railways for clock icon

    Apple has agreed to fork out US$21-million to the Swiss Federal Railways for the new clock design on the tablet versions of iOS6. The design is a more or less exact copy of that used by the railway service. The clock type, designed by Hans Hilfiker, has been in operation since the 1940s and is considered a national icon by the Swiss. Apple was initially accused of copying the design back in September. Initially the Swiss Federal Railway threatened legal action, with Apple eventually bowing to pressure and agreeing to license the design. At the time it was unclear what the...

  • Microsoft set to unleash celebrity assault in Windows Phone 8 promotion

    Looks like a fair chunk of Microsoft's massive marketing drive for Windows Phone 8 is going toward celebrity endorsements. After the Redmond-based company's CEO Steve Ballmer had his turn at a video, it's decided to trot out the celebs. UK tabloid The Sun reports that some of the stars set to appear in Windows Phone 8 adverts include rapper Jay Z, singer Gwen Steffani, and Gavin and Stacey star James Corden. In the UK, reports The Verge, the company is already using popular television presenter Holly Willoughby promote Windows Phone 8 and the Kids Corner feature, which lets you dictate which...

  • Wireless charging: the tech’s here, standards are the new headache

    You would once have had to be a nutty professor or James Bond to do the stuff that I am about to talk about. Imagine dumping your “out-of-juice” mobile into your handbag and taking it out some time later, fully charged. Or walking into a room with your "dead" tablet, and re-charging it without ever plugging it in a socket charger. Fallacy or fact? Let me put it this way -- the white coat R & D scientists tell us that wireless charging of devices is a laboratory success. Within the next year, you may be able to place...

  • Life under Google and lies on Twitter: 5 top stories you have to read

    Google is greedy. Twitter lies. Colour is simple. Data is boring. Processing power is all that's important. Well, maybe. This instalment of top tech stories may make you think otherwise... Google casts a big shadow on smaller web sites Sometimes it feels like it's Google's internet and we're all just left... um... googling everything. From Android, advertising, email and maps to analytics and more recently, Google+ local, Google has become much more than a search engine -- but is it becoming too dominant? It says its only concerned with meeting the needs of its users, but it's being investigated for possible...

  • Editor Chris Anderson leaves Wired for drones

    Wired magazine's long time editor, Chris Anderson has resigned to run his 3D robotics company fulltime. The renowned editor has been with the publication for more than 10 years. In his leaving statement, Anderson calls the move an "opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream." "I’m confident that Wired’s mission to influence and chronicle the digital revolution is stronger than ever and will continue to expand and evolve," he adds. The move comes only a few weeks after the release of his latest book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Anderson in the book talks about what has happened...