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  • Sony Xperia U: a tiny kaleidoscope with personality

    Are you the type of person who walks down the street, head down, sliding your nondescript phone out of your pocket as you go, trying not to draw attention to yourself? Or perhaps you’re more into minimalism and despise anything even slightly flashy or attention seeking? Yeah, the Xperia U probably isn’t the phone for you. It glows seven different colours. Tiny LED lights in the base of the phone shine to reflect the main shades in the images in your photo album or the album art in your music player. 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");

  • US parents relying on mobile devices to entertain their kids [Survey]

    It's official, not only are mobile devices part of our every day lifestyle they are helping raising America's children, according to a new survey by Ipsos, a global market research company. According to the national survey, parents are leveraging the power of mobile in the way they interact with their kids. With more than 330 million wireless connections in the United States, consumers are using their mobile devices to do nearly everything -- from watching their favorite movie, to purchasing airline tickets to leveraging GPS technology to obtain driving directions. Snapdragon processors are at the heart of today’s leading...

  • How mobile apps are disrupting retailers: the PriceCheck example

    Did you know that you can now compare prices of goods between supermarkets, while standing in one of them? Imagine, walking through Woolworths, thinking about buying a two litre bottle of cola, but by scanning it’s barcode, you find that it costs R5 less in a Pick ‘n Pay nearby. This is now totally possible, and a bit scary for retailers. A great example of this comes from Price comparison service PriceCheck. The company has launched the latest version of its app, which now allows you to scan bar codes of almost any supermarket product and see comparative prices at...

  • 5 reasons your next digital campaign should include an infographic

    Infographics are more than just pretty pictures. They're also a great way of visually conveying data and making sure it sticks in people's minds. So for those of you wanting to brush up your knowledge, or if you share the love for these awesome data visualizations that have become an overnight sensation, here is a quick overview of a few of the reasons why visualization is important. 1. People have really short attention spans A lot of companies with huge amounts of research or statistical data struggle to get people to engage with, or in some cases, even read...

  • BlackBerry confirms EMEA outages, restores services

    Jeez, RIM can't catch a break. The beleaguered Canadian manufacturer earlier today confirmed that the servers running its BBM messaging service and BES enterprise offering were experiencing issues and had become unresponsive. The confirmation after people across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region began noticing issues with the services. Rim acknowledged the issue on its UK Twitter feed, although the general sentiment on the social network seemed to suggest that it had been slow to respond: Some users in Europe, Middle East & Africa are experiencing issues with their BlackBerry service.— BlackBerry UK (@UK_BlackBerry) September 21,...

  • LEGO Play time: Geeks be geeking out [Video]

    It's Friday afternoon, you're counting down the clock 'til home time, yes you are. So what do you do? YouTube. While researching stuff on the popular video site we came across this incredible Lego contraption that is part of Great Ball Contraption (GBC). The point of GBC, if you must give it one, is to get Lego enthusiasts from all around the world who get a kick out of creating Great Ball Contraptions -- a large, modular machine that does nothing but move balls around in a never-ending route -- to build some. So there is really no point...

  • Facebook launches ‘Share Activity’ plugin: allows you to control app privacy

    Facebook has launched a new Shared Activity plug-in, a tool that allows users to manage who sees what they are doing on Facebook-connected apps. "The plugin provides a simple solution for implementing the user controls required when working with Open Graph built-in actions," says Facebook's Andrew Chen. The cool thing about this is that Facebook users control the activity they share on the social network from apps, without having to leave the app and go to Facebook to manage who sees what. Imagine surfing a site for Hello Kitty memorabilia and you're a 30-something year old man and you logged...

  • Google shutters China-only music service

    Google has shuttered its three-year old music China-only music service, admitting that things haven't worked out quite as well as it hoped. In a post on the Google China blog the internet giant explains that the service is not a part of its global Google Music service, but was actually run in collaboration with Whale Music. People have until 19 October to download their playlists, although as of today all legal MP3 downloads and streaming is dead on the site. According to Google (translation via Tech in Asia), it shut down the service because: “The impact of this product...

  • 4 great tips for tweeting journos

    Twitter has completely changed journalism. One tweet can sometimes give you information that is as valuable as that source you've been cultivating for months. But it has also changed the way they get their work done. Every journo is now, at least to some degree, responsible for promoting themselves, their work, and the publication their work appears in. Saying that tweeting is one of the most effective ways of doing so is a bit like saying you'll get wet if you take a walk in the rain. Thing is, you have to do it right. In order to figure...

  • Let the hunt for Africa’s next big tourism app begin

    Whether you're getting set for a long-haul flight or navigating around some fantastic destination, chances are that your mobile phone or tablet will come along for the ride. But what apps are you using before, during and after your trip? As more tourists use their mobile devices to plan their adventures, the demand for helpful and efficient travel apps has increased. Some studies estimate that as much as 88% of smartphone users use their phones to access travel-related info. Which is probably why Visa and South African Tourism have decided to issue a challenge to developers across sub-Saharan Africa to...

  • Irish government joins Apple Maps haters brigade

    Oh man, the guys at Google will be hosing themselves when they see this one. The Irish government has sent a request to the Cupertino-based giant asking it to reclassify an area labelled as a dedicated airport. While the area in question is called Airfield Park, there's no airport at the site. In fact, a plane might have a difficult time landing among the farm, gardens and cafe that inhabit the location. According to Irish news site Breakingnews, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter contacted Apple with his concerns over the classification. The designation, he says, could be dangerously misleading and...

  • The patent war continues: Samsung will soon strike at Apple

    We knew the patent battle between Samsung and Apple in the United States wasn't over, we just wished they'd take a reprieve. Since before the launch of the iPhone 5 Samsung has been threatening legal action against Cupertino-based company simply because of speculation that the new iPhone would support 4G LTE networks. Now it has all that and more. It seems Samsung may be taking its time to go after Apple though, reports The Next Web. In a new filing submitted to the US District Court for the Northern District of California late Wednesday, the company said it would file...

  • Microsoft tries to convert Safari users to the Bing side

    Microsoft is urging Safari users to switch from Chrome to Bing. If you find yourself suppressing the urge to burst out laughing at that concept, don't worry. So did we. The Redmond-based giant's latest campaign targets Safari users, telling them to make the switch because Google "may have recently tracked you even though it promised it would not". Things move quickly in the tech world, so you might not recall that this saga dates all the way back to February this year. The internet giant reportedly “used special computer code that tricks Apple’s Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor...

  • SA, UK hacker team wins big at international event

    A team of South African and UK hackers has won big at the Mobile Pwn2Own competition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The team, comprising four members of IT security company MWR InfoSecurity's MWR Labs division, has won a US$30 0000 prize at the competition held at the EuSecWest Conference. The four researchers found critical vulnerabilities in Android which they exploited over the phone's Near Field Communications (NFC) functionality. IT security researchers from all over the world participated in the competition which is held every year. Nils Sommer and Jonathan Butler from the firm’s UK office and Tyrone Erasmus and Jacques Louw from the...

  • Be a secret agent with ‘Skyfall’ interactive campaign

    This is pretty cool. The new campaign for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall allows fans to vicariously experience the adventures of everyone's favorite British spy. The mini-film, called "Crack the Case" takes you through a series of tasks on a train while evading Soviet-style villains. It features current Bond actor Daniel Craig as well as Skyfall Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe (as Sévérine). At one point you're asked to identify yourself by name and gender. You also have the option of uploading a photo or continuing with a "secret identity". Once it's over, you get directed to Heineken's Facebook...