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  • Eric Schmidt tells India to stop policing internet, focus on innovation

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt has told India that it needs to stop censoring the web and instead make innovation a priority. In an editorial for the Times of India, Schmidt says that the government needs to focus its efforts away from trying to censor the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter and instead focus on how innovation can help local businesses in the country. Google has confirmed that Schmidt is in India as he prepares to speak at The Guardian’s Big Tent Activate India event in New Delhi on 21 March. His comments address, in particular, the fact...

  • BlackBerry makes a bad music video…again

    Hey BlackBerry groupies, get ready dust your old T Shirts off and rock out. The band is back together. Yup, it turns out the Canadian manufacturer wasn't content with just one awful music video, so it made another one. A re-interpretation of Etta James' song "At Last", the latest video is a celebration of the launch of the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10. As was the case with the last video, the company's latest effort features altered lyrics and very limited charm. Let's hope BlackBerry really does deliver on its promise and that this really is the last time...

  • Man uses 15 Go Pros to create DIY bullet-time awesomeness

    Hey, remember when the Bullet Time sequences from The Matrix were the most insane thing you'd ever seen on film? Well now its possible to achieve the same effect with 15 Go Pro cameras. Well, a close approximation at any rate. Marc Donahue of Permagrin Films uses his YouTube channel to show off how he uses an semi-circular array of Go Pros to create scenes that anyone without a Hollywood budget could've only dreamed of doing a few years ago. Donahue has used the array to give his videos everyone from BMX bikers to chefs and drummers that magical...

  • Want proof that Google’s falling foul of its own success? Look at the Galaxy S4

    Let’s make a mobile OS that will rival Apple's iOS, and let’s give it away for free. Clever thinking by Google, at the time. As of early 2013, Google’s Android operating system has come to massively dominate smartphones worldwide, with Samsung taking the lion’s share of this dominance. The irony is almost palpable. Google has done a magnificent job. Android 4.2.2 is almost every bit as good as anything else on the market (read: iOS, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, and the others). Google Play is as big as the Apple App store, and as full of good quality apps. Google...

  • What big data can’t do: the limits of computers and analytics

    Big data is all about the software -- but software has it’s limits. In a recent column, "What Data Can’t Do", New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks breaks down the limitations of computers. “Data needs direction” he says. That is to say, without the guidance of someone providing real context or value, it’s impossible for data to distinguish between the importance of viral memes or a valuable masterpiece for example. Some of these limitations are those that are considered mechanistic, as opposed to the inherently humanistic values such as intuition, context and creativity. For example a computer’s inability to...

  • From deal sites to tablet makers: inside Africa’s startup boom

    Africa has a pretty impressive tech startup scene. Very few people know about it because the companies that are being built aren't exiting for millions of dollars, well, not all of them. The continent has, in the last decade, seen a mobile explosion that beats the developed world. Yes, connectivity is still an issue that needs resolving but somehow the tech innovators are building products that have seen interest from the likes of financial juggernaut Visa and are winning innovation prizes against more established counterparts in the developed world. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Noteable for Android review: simple note taking

    When it comes to remembering what I need to do, and when I need to do it, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit rubbish. Sure, I’ll remember what happened 10 years ago, one miserable night in a foreign town, but trying to remember to draw cash before walking home is something which has more often than I’d like to admit got the better of me. That’s where another useful app, which I found comes in. Ladies and gentlemen, Notable is the solution to your short-term memory problem. 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");

  • Funny or Die’s iSteve is a Jobs biopic spoof based on his Wikipedia page

    Even if you're not an iDevotee, you have probably heard about the competing Steve Jobs movies due to hit our screens shortly. There's the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher that premièred at Sundance this year, and there's the 'official' one in pre-production, based on Walter Isaacson's biography and featuring assistance from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and written by The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin. But now it seems there's a third movie about the life of the late Apple co-founder, brought to you by the team behind comedy site Funny or Die. At just over an hour long, iSteve will be...

  • Latest Google Street View update takes you to the top of the world

    So you fancy yourself a bit of a Sir Edmund Hillary but have never had the wherewithal to actually climb a mountain? Then the latest images to be uploaded to Google Street View are tailor-made for you. The internet giant now allows you to explore some of the most famous mountains on Earth, including Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia) on Google Maps. These mountains belong to the group of peaks known as the Seven Summits -- the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. In an official blog post...

  • BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins calls the iPhone ‘old’. Yes, really.

    For today's instalment of 'that's so ironic', I present to you the words of BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. The man who is head of the company whose devices have been repeatedly criticised for failing to innovate and keep up with the pace of change (before the launch of BlackBerry 10, at least) has reportedly called the iPhone "old". Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Heins added his voice to the arguments that Apple's designs are increasingly becoming evolutionary and not revolutionary, saying "the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed...

  • DStv and MWEB team up to offer movie downloads, free data

    Paid digital satellite TV service DStv is teaming up with internet service provider MWEB to give its subscribers 6GB of ADSL data as well as one free movie download. The movies will come from the satellite TV provider's Box Office offering, which gives people access to major Hollywood films fresh off the circuit directly to their PC or Mac for a set monthly fee. Movies are available for streaming or to download. The partnership between the two makes a fair amount of sense. They are both, after all, owned by emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers. It also signals...

  • Microsoft will support WP8 until 2014, no sign of what happens after

    Well. This is interesting. It looks like Windows Phone adherents (yes they do exist) are in for an anxious few months. Microsoft has announced that it will support Windows Phone 8 until July 2014. At this point, you're probably thinking that everything will be fine, because there'll be an upgrade. There has to be, right? Well, this is where it starts to get a little bit worrying. Microsoft has made no promises when it comes to upgrading Windows Phone 8 devices. Microsoft only promises that it will make updates available for WP8, including security updates, for a period of...

  • What Glass means for Google

    Project Glass is a perfect example of what Google calls “moonshot thinking” – the type of thinking required to take on global-scale problems, define radical solutions to those problems, and succeed in solving those problems through the development of breakthrough technology. For Google, Glass is a device that could potentially change the way we search, the way we share and the way we interact with the world around us. Make no mistake, Project Glass is extremely ambitious which is part of the reason that it is so exciting. And if Glass succeeds, it could change the way the world...

  • 6 top tips for social business providers

    I have been interacting with numerous social business specialists over the past two to three years, and based on my conversations with these individuals, my participation on social media and the projects I have been involved in with my clients to date, I have listed six things that social business consulting providers should consider. 1. The hype cycle is over When Enterprise Resourcing Planning (ERP) was introduced to the market in the late 80s, the ERP vendors spent most of their time generating hype around the concept of ERP, how important it was for companies to make...

  • ‘There’s a f***ing zeitgeist’: Amanda Palmer on the new music model [SXSW]

    “There’s a f***ing zeitgeist going on with what’s happening in terms of art and crowd-funding right now,” states singer Amanda Palmer. “Everyone is getting inspired!” Last year Palmer -- musician, poet, all-out wild child -- leveraged her social media network to raise the money she needed for her latest album, book and tour. Palmer, who has used Kickstarter before, was surprised by the amount she managed to raise -- a record-breaking figure of US$1 192 793 from 24 883 fans -- that’s almost US$50 per person. The album, Theatre is Evil, was released in September 2012 and has sold...