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  • Barry Bateman and Oscar Pistorius: inside the Twitter explosion

    By Lauren Granger and Bianca Budricks It’s been a week like no other on Twitter... especially for Eyewitness News correspondent Barry Bateman. He’s been reporting on the controversy surrounding renowned paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius since the news of the death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp hit Twitter in the early hours of Valentine's Day. From that morning onwards, and especially after the decision not to allow the bail hearings to be televised (and selectively photographed), Pistorius’ appearances in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of murdering the law graduate have all but become a story told in 140 characters....

  • You’re working too hard – relax and try out these 10 amazing Mac easter eggs

    Through history, the best artists included easter eggs in their works. Little hidden messages, or inside jokes. Steve Jobs was an artist. If you're fortunate enough to own one of the very first Macintosh computers, you might find the signatures of the original Macintosh team inside the case -- it's well documented that Jobs had his team sign the case mold. If you think about Steve Wozniak's playful nature, it makes complete sense that the culture of easter eggs would fit perfectly within Apple's culture. Well, that was the case in the early years. When Steve Jobs returned to an...

  • Facebook’s search issues and building Nest: top stories you should read

    Hey, remember when Google launched Project Glass? Remember the feelings of desire you felt when you saw the first pictures and understood just what it might be capable of. Well, unless you're wealthy and privileged you could be left with just that desire. If you do have the cash though, you can Google how the tech giant got flu wrong, or the Nest guys came to build a smart thermostat of all things. You can do so safe in the knowledge that, in the real world at least, your search engine is better than Facebook's. Or,if you're not one...

  • Oscar Pistorius gets bail: Twitter reacts

    Following an almost week-long hearing, a South African court has granted bail to Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The case has been closely reported and followed on social media, with the court only allowing a handful of journalists in to report on the hearing. Twitter has proven the most popular platform for following the case, with the media updating their various audiences in 140 characters. See also: The Oscar Pistorius hearing by the social media numbers The case has also catapulted a number of journalists onto the world...

  • Kenyan telecom giant Safaricom opts to stop selling feature phones

    One of Kenya's biggest mobile network operators has announced that it will soon start pushing smartphone adoption in a big way: by phasing out the sale of feature phones. Speaking at the Mobile Web East Africa conference in Nairobi, Nzioka Waita, Director or Corporate Affairs at Safaricom, said that “Safaricom is soon going to stop selling the cheap feature phones in all our retail outlets, as we try to skew the Kenyan market towards smartphones”. He added that as much as the company understands the importance of feature phones in the African market, as a leading telecoms provider it took it...

  • The Oscar Pistorius hearing by the social media numbers

    The case surrounding paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been getting massive social media attention from day attention from day one. In the early hours of the day on which the actual shooting took place, Twitter took up the role of news breaker with each new piece of information retweeted and dissected by a hungry public. Then when the presiding magistrate ordered that there be no cameras present during the ensuing bail hearing, it became a crucial means of getting the latest facts coming out of the courtroom. We therefore know...

  • Entrepreneurs need to have ‘mad belief’ in their idea

    When you start a business it is important to have a childlike obsession with your idea and truly believe that it will work and that it is the right thing to do, says Hannes van Rensburg, CEO of Fundamo. Fundamo is one of South Africa's tech success stories exiting to Visa for a whopping US$110-million in 2011. But the journey to that great exit for the mobile financial services company wasn't all smooth sailing. At an intimate Angelhub Founders Dinner, an event dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs around a table to share their "war" stories, van Rensburg dispensed some key lessons...

  • ‘Crysis 3’ review: welcome to the jungle

    Welcome to Crysis 3, a game of visual delights and extravagant excess. It’s an astonishing technical achievement that pushes the Xbox 360’s aging technology to the very boundaries of reason. Yet it’s also a beautiful game artistically. Yes, there might be invisible algorithms working frantically to render Crysis 3 in all its stunning detail, but there’s also a sketchbook with drawings that have dreamed this world onto paper. And it’s these sketches that have helped the programmers to weave their technical wizardry. At times Crysis 3 has an almost liquid beauty. To see the world animate, to see its...

  • Adwords Offer Extensions: Google’s plan to kill Groupon

    Google has released a new feature that combines daily deals and offers into its AdWords platform. The feature, which was previously in limited beta, has now rolled out to the general public and could signal a death-knell for Groupon. The new feature, which comes in the form of an Adwords extension, allows advertisers attach a clickable coupon, rebate, or discount offer to any standard Google Search ad. When you click on the coupon, you'll be taken to one of two places: Online Redemption: If the offer or deal is online, clicking on the ad will take you to the...

  • Naked runner spoofs viral downhill skater for Rhino awareness

    There's a fair chance that you've seen the video of a downhill skater going fast enough to set off a speed camera in Cape Town, South Africa. It later turned out that it was the car tracking him which actually set of the camera, but the video went viral nonetheless. Called "Spoofing the Traffic Camera - Longboarding without Limits", it's been viewed over a million times on YouTube and caused a fair amount of controversy in the city it was filmed in. Now a new video has emerged spoofing the infamous skater. Rather than a speedy skater however, we're...

  • Samsung nation? India’s top 10 Android phones are all Galaxy devices

    We’ve all seen the big-screen Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or SIII phones being clutched in one uncomfortably stretched palm, but India’s Android market reveals that the smaller and cheaper Samsung Galaxy devices are actually more popular. Indeed, in new statistics released by game developer Animoca, they observed that every single one of India’s top 10 Android phones carry the Samsung Galaxy brand – and that the top one is a budget phone with a mere three-inch screen. An Animoca representative explains to us that this is from a sample base of 500 000 Indian gamers on the developer’s many titles,...

  • Instagram might not be coming, natively, to BlackBerry 10 after all

    So if you've got a BlackBerry 10, or are waiting for one to arrive, chances are you were sold on the promise that all the important apps would be there. For most people, that included Instagram, but there's a chance that the photo-filter and sharing app might not actually launch on BlackBerry's new platform. AllThingsD is reporting that sources close to Instagram have said that there won't be a native version of the app on the platform in the near future. “There will be no Instagram for BB10 for now,” said one. “Frankly, I’m not sure there will...

  • Zendesk got hacked: Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr feel it

    Customer support service Zendesk says it has been a victim of a hack and three of its social clients have been affected: Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. The company revealed in a blog post that hackers had gained access to its system this week and that its investigation "indicates that the hacker had access to the support information". "We feel that it’s important our customers receive an update from us on a recent security situation. We have an investigation underway and do not have the answer to every question," says the service. The company believes that the hacker gained access and...

  • Oscar Pistorius and social media: behind the followers, hangouts and frenzy

    You’ve got to have been hiding under a rock not to know about the Oscar Pistorius case unfolding in Pretoria and on almost every news website globally. The world’s global off and online media have physically scrummed to get into the courtroom as global viewership has soared in what is set to be the court case of 2013. What’s heightened the interest in the case, apart from the incredibly bizarre circumstances of Reeva Steenkamp’s death, is the realtime reporting and discussion going on on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Hashtags on Twitter have caused #OscarPistorius to trend globally and access to...

  • The next wave of computing’s here and it’s cognizant

    At the moment a lot of the technology we own still does one thing. Your watch, for instance, is probably still -- for all intents and purposes -- just a watch. Most people's TVs are still just TVs. All that's about to change thanks to cognizant computing. The concept of cognizant computing isn't all that new. In effect, it's the seamless integration of connected devices and personal cloud services that form and feed into much larger ecosystems, platforms and operating systems. It's only very recently though that we've seen it come into effect. According to tech research...