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  • Running Android 4.2? Christmas is cancelled

    If you're running the latest iteration of Android, you might not get to experience Christmas this year. Well not on some apps on your smartphone at any rate. As Daily Social reports, the calendar in the People app on Android 4.2 skips straight from November to January -- even though the actual calendar app includes the month of December. The bug affects anyone who owns any Nexus device newer than the Galaxy Nexus. That includes Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10. As The Next Web points out, this is one instance where the fragmentation Android is notorious for...

  • Screw The Jetsons: smart devices and the era of the automated home

    Advanced technology and mobile device automation are coming together to manage our homes -- growing electronic systems in ways that even George Jetson could not imagine. Who would've surmised even five years ago that home automation tools would have progressed so far to allow us to manage and view alarms, locks and timers directly from mobile devices? Advanced digital wireless systems are allowing more home owners to now use smartphones and tablets to choose heating and cooling levels, set security alarms and remotely view surveillance cameras on their property. Experts suggest that this scenario is only going to get more prevalent....

  • 10 tips to ensure your smartphone is smart about protecting your data

    Who’d have thought 10 years ago, sitting behind that clunky desktop PC behemoth, that just one decade down the line we’d be carrying computers in our pockets? The advent of the smartphone age means we’re no longer carrying cellphones (those things that we actually talked to our mums on), that for years raced to be the smallest and had batteries lasting a decade. We now rather have palm-sized (and growing), powerful computers which just happen to, as a lesser function just below the calculator, be able to call someone. If your battery can last past 3pm, that is. The convenience...

  • Why Chris Anderson thinks 3D printing will be bigger than the web

    Chris Anderson recently exited one of the top jobs in publishing - Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine - to pursue the life of an entrepreneur, making a big bet that 3D printers represent a massive new phase of the industrial revolution. He spoke at a Wired "Culturazzi" event, at the Marriott Union Square and to sign copies of his latest book: Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Anderson is always an excellent speaker and his talk covered the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, which he picked out as the invention of the Spinning Jenny in 1764 -- a hand-powered machine for spinning yarn....

  • Apple App Store hits 1-million approved apps

    When it comes to app stores, it seems to be all about the numbers. A number of otherwise complimentary reviews have been tainted by complaints that the Windows Phone Store is virtually empty with only 120 000 apps, and Google Play has been steadily growing its ranks to over 675 000 apps to try to rival Apple's 700 000. And according to a new report, Apple's App Store should be celebrating another milestone: over one-million approved iOS apps have graced its App Store to date. Speaking to The Next Web, app discovery and promotion company Apps Fire says that since...

  • 8 facts to consider in your Sina Weibo social strategy

    Chinese online giant Sina has released an interesting report filled with facts and stats about users of its Sina Weibo service, which has over 400 million registered users. The report has a lot of Weibo user demographics that can be useful for brands' social media strategies. Here are eight of the most important facts: 1. Gender and Age Weibo users are split evenly along gender lines, with 180 million each. That doesn’t add up to Sina’s newest 400 million figure, so it seems the data was compiled a few months ago. Anyway, users are mostly people born after 1980, making it a very...

  • Shox Spin review: budget Bluetooth speakers

    You know the Shox mini speaker. A golfball-sized speaker that pops open to make sweet ball-shaped music. You’d not use it at as a ball, but it lets you get a bit more volume from your mp3 player or phone when out. It's so small you can carry it anywhere. It's the road warrior's best musical friend. So now there's a new twist on the idea... the Shox Twist. It's a foot long rectanguloid with a half twist in it. Twisted. Spin. See what they did there? Oh, it was obvious? Okay. 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");

  • Israel strikes on Palestine spark mass hack attacks

    Isreal's strikes on Palestine have provoked mass hacks on the country's government websites. According to Reuters, some 44-million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government sites since it began airstrikes in Palestine last week. So far, says Israeli finance minister, only one hacking attempt was really successful, taking a site down for ten minutes. The rest of the time, he claims, the defence systems have been able to keep sites up and running. "The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks," Steinitz said. "We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in...

  • Facebook and Yahoo! are discussing a search deal… or not?

    Yahoo! chief Marissa Meyer has reportedly been in talks with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg over how the two companies can work more closely. According to the UK's Sunday Telegraph, the two Silicon Valley heavyweights met to explore how they could build on the existing relationship between the two companies. The two companies have a long history with each other, although their interactions haven't always affable. Back in March, Yahoo! threatened to sue Facebook for patent infringements. That dispute was however settled and Facebook now shows Yahoo! news results on its feed. According to the Telegraph, the next collaboration between...

  • Nintendo Wii U lets its users wait a little bit too long for out-the-box update

    It would seem that the launch of Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U, had a few hiccups. After exemplary sales, with some stores reporting that they were sold out, some users have complained about unusual long waits for mandatory updates and that Miiverse, the company's social network, is not working too well. On the Nintendo Facebook page, an "apology" was posted that read: "Oops. So many Miis have jumped on Miiverse that some may be having problems connecting to the service. We are in the engine room getting it fixed!". But even though that is to be considered a...

  • Inbox zero: Could your company really survive without email?

    Twelve months ago, Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, which has over 80 000 employees in 42 countries, set out an 18-month plan to ban internal email. Thousands of people from around the world have since commented on this announcement, some supporting it, others not, and many like me who thought it was not possible. There are six months left to go on his roll out plan, and I wonder how things are going. Initially when it was announced I assumed this meant the organization would essentially go offline because email and being online can easily be confused as the...

  • Dumb TVs and social influencers: top tech stories you have to read

    Hackers are dangerous. TV is smart. Social influence algorithms are invulnerable to cheaters. Education involves classrooms and lecturers. Or does it? This edition of our top tech stories series touches on shifts in online security, the education system, social power and the functionality of the electronic box in your lounge. Over the top: the new war for TV is just beginning Think about how much computer technology has changed recently. Chances are your smartphone does more today than your desktop computer did just a few years ago... but what has happened to your TV? Perhaps it got thinner, or...

  • African company constructs world’s first open-source metabolic chamber

    HealthQ Technologies, a high-tech startup facility based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, claims to have constructed the first open-source metabolic chamber in the world. The company says that the metabolic chamber will enable South African entrepreneurs and researchers to perform crucial experiments using facilities which were previously inaccessible. It is also intended to be used for developing new technologies and products in the wellness, weight-loss and fitness industries. HealthQ is headed up by CEO and co-founder Riaan Conradie, a PhD graduate from the University of Stellenbosch. We learned from Conradie's Twitter account that the metabolic chamber is Arduino-based. Read more on Ventureburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Google reportedly readying iOS Maps app for release

    Google is reportedly getting ready to roll out an iOS version of its maps app to the public. According to the Wall Street Journal, the internet giant has begun rolling out a test version of the app to people outside the country. Quoting someone with "direct knowledge of the matter", the Journal said that the company is busy putting the final touches on the app before it goes for approval on the iTunes store. It's unclear however when the app will be approved by Apple. If the map is approved it'll be the first time Google Maps has...

  • What a rejected article taught me about social media rule number one

    The good people of Memeburn asked me to write another piece for them, so I did. I wanted to write a hard-hitting piece about the industry in which I slave away, I wanted to create something that was shareable and had mass talk-ability and all of the wonderful words we create here in social media. I slaved for 35 minutes, and handed it in. In the nicest way possible, they told me to take my offering and place it in a shredder, then take that shredder and throw it off the back of a truck. They had never been...