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  • 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...

  • 9 tech innovations that changed the film industry (through the ages)

    One industry that has been expansively affected by technological changes is film. Both mechanical and digital innovations have influenced everything from equipment to distribution, changing how films are made and the manner in which we consume them. With the medium being just around 120 years old, we take a look at the biggest tech innovations that, through time, changed film for the better. Movie camera – late 1800s The movie camera – a camera that could capture a sequence of photographs onto filmstrip in quick succession - was a late invention of the 1800s, and without it we wouldn't have the visual medium that...

  • Who is playing (and paying for) mobile games?

    Picture the average gamer. If you think in stereotypes, the image that just popped into your head probably involved a sunshine-deprived nerd clutching an Xbox controller and frantically killing whatever was attacking him in his favourite first person shooter. But what about the smartphone user who spends her spare time flinging birds at pigs and smashes through 10 levels of Cut the Rope while waiting for the bus? Or the Farmville addict who occasionally picks up his or her iPad to play Words with Friends? The gamers, and the gaming industry, are changing. It's no longer a case of popping...

  • 6 liveblogs that will keep you up to date with the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing

    Look, let's be honest for a moment. There's pretty much no hiding from the Oscar Pistorius case. People are going to want to talk to you about it, so you might as well be properly informed. But where to go? We've already established that keeping up with events on Twitter means sifting through a mess of different reports. A more streamlined way of keeping up with events in and around the South African court room where Pistorius' bail hearing is taking place is to follow a live blog. The best ones will incorporate tweets and video from around the...