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  • Why your startup shouldn’t be afraid to scupper a flagship project

    Something special happened on the tech scene recently. A well-respected company publicly admitted that its flagship project was no longer working right and discontinued it. German task management startup 6Wunderkinder announced that it would no longer be pursuing the development of its project management app, Wunderkit, choosing instead to focus on its list management app Wunderlist which has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams. It’s not a particularly unusual story but the way that it was handled was both graceful and revealing. 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");

  • Interview with the dev: The need for custom kernels

    This week I am really excited about my interviewee, not only because I really love his work, but I do appreciate his frank approach to everything he does. I’ve used thalamus’ kernels on all of my Android devices and his kernels have improved the performance and battery life of my HTC Desire, Nexus S and now my Nexus so I’m very familiar with his work and the benefits his kernels offer. On occasion he can be brutal towards ignorant users, and it often results in me having a chuckle simply because I do find it funny when people who are...

  • Microsoft is giving all its employees free Windows 8 phones and tablets

    Right so, who wants to work for Microsoft? I bet its 90 000+ full time staff members were pretty glad to be employed by the Redmond-based company this week: its CEO announced that they will all receive a free Microsoft Surface, a work station upgrade and a Windows 8 smartphone. At the company's annual employee meeting, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer apparently became the new Oprah. While it's unclear if he stood around saying "You get a Surface! And you get a Surface! And you get a Surface!". Forbes reports that he announced that all of the company's full time direct...

  • The Woz hates the Samsapple ruling, thinks everyone should share patents

    This is interesting, although probably not all that surprising. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has come out against the litany of patent suits between his former company and its rivals. When Bloomberg asked him about the recent ruling that saw Apple awarded US$1-billion in damages against Samsung he told the financial publication that he hated it: “I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it -- very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they...

  • Fanboys (and girls) rush on Apple site, pre-orders already sold out

    There's no stopping a fanboy (or girl for that matter). Despite the critical articles and all the memes, pre-orders for the iPhone 5 have already sold out. Apple's website is already showing two-week shipping notices across the whole range of iPhones: Bear in mind that you could only pre-order the phone in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK anyway. If you happen to be in one of those countries and want to get your grubby mitts on the iPhone 5 when it lands in retail stores on 21 September, then you'll have to queue like every...

  • 13 of the best mobile innovations on the planet

    The world is mobile. Our lives are on our smartphones and tablets and will only get more so in the future. Mobile already accounts for 10% of traffic on the web. That's hardly surprising considering that some of them give us an experience that's as good, and sometimes better, than what we get from the PC. None of this however would be possible without innovators. And because the industry's so open to disruption, they could come from anywhere. That also means though that they can easily slip through the cracks without being recognised. Awards like the Meffys attempt to...

  • 9 of our favourite iPhone 5 launch memes

    So there was a little launch yesterday. You might have heard of it. Apple, iPhone 5, ring any bells? Anyway, the biggest launch in tech was bound to generate the odd meme. Judging by what's out there at the moment, it looks like large portions of the internet agree with my assessment that Apple missed the boat with this launch. To save you the monumental effort of having to trawl through the cess-pits of the web, we've gathered together some of the best memes around the launch. At least one person called Apple out on the fact that the...

  • eBay does a Microsoft, gets first new logo in 17 years

    Boom. eBay's gone all Microsoft on us and debuted a brand new logo. Like the Redmond-based giant, it's also gone for a much more minimal, post-modern and straight-laced look. That said, it does take a number of cues from the old logo, and with good reason. Unlike Microsoft, eBay's never changes its corporate logo before. Its identity also has strong ties to the logo, given that it's made up of the company name. According to eBay: Our refreshed logo is rooted in our proud history and reflects a dynamic future. It’s eBay today: a global online marketplace that offers...

  • Google search gets a dose of Kevin Bacon

    This is awesome. Google's just added a brilliant new tool to its search arsenal. You can now search according to the Bacon number. The new tool allows you to search for the connections between actors, actresses and Kevin Bacon. Yup, Google just made went and built Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into its search offering. If you're mouthing "Six Degrees of whatnow?" at the moment, here's Wikipedia's explanation of how it works: The Bacon number of an actor or actress is the number of degrees of separation he or she has from Bacon, as defined by the game The computation...

  • Did losing Twitter really make LinkedIn better?

    At the recent ‘TechCrunch: Disrupt Technology’ Conference held in San Francisco, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman rocked the audience when he revealed that “from a LinkedIn perspective, it improved the product to lose the Twitter connection.” Just three months ago, Twitter broke up its digital marriage to LinkedIn when it suspended its news feed link into the LinkedIn update reel -- much to the ire of the global social networking community. Apparently the reason for this sudden departure from the world’s largest professional network was Twitter’s decision to encourage users to visit its own services rather than a different...

  • Dropping the ball: It’s a fight for your post iPhone heart

    So it was that time of year again where your favorite tech blog goes into overdrive. But I’m not here to try to spin relatively disappointing releases into something awesome. Now that we have seen what every phone maker released for the next year we can now decide which phone is actually the best one to get. I’m not including HTC in this because let’s be honest, the OneX is old and I’m not too excited about the 8X, it looks like it belongs in a long-distant era. 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");

  • 5 things from the iPhone 5 launch that prove Apple’s lost its mojo

    We really didn't want to have to write this article. We wanted the iPhone 5 launch to be great, and for there to be the same magic there always had been. There wasn't. Yesterday Mashable asked whether this would be the last great Apple launch. The answer, as it turned out was a resounding no. It was actually the first really bad Apple launch since Steve Jobs died. Here's why. 1. The leaks Seriously, the lead up to this launch was leakier than a rusty sieve. If the tech press had wanted to get a jump on the iPhone 5...

  • iPhone 5 to hit China’s grey market for US$1 500

    Combining Tao Te Ching levels of “WTF” and “Meh, I’m not really surprised,” China’s finest smugglers are preparing to sell the newly-unveiled iPhone 5 for a cool 10 000 RMB -- that’s US$1 500, a more than 100% markup over its Hong Kong price of HK$5 588 (4 560 RMB). The fast-working grey importers say they’ll be ready to start selling the iPhone 5 on 21 September, its initial global launch date, thanks to smuggling in the phone from Hong Kong. Thereafter, plenty of other nearby Asian launch locations -- such as Singapore -- will keep the flow of grey...

  • Check out Apple’s iPhone 5 event without installing QuickTime

    Tech anoraks love being able to watch video streams of product launches, dissecting them in the minutest detail. Most of the big companies now do it live, with Apple being the notable exception. Whatever their reasons, the good people at Number One Infinite Loop tend to hold back on releasing the video until a few hours after the actual event. Yesterday's iPhone 5 launch is now up and available to anyone with "Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.” Reading those words are...

  • The mouse is dead: You’ll touch, wear and speak to your computer soon

    The way we use computers has remained largely unchanged for nearly 40 years. Even with the advent of touch screens and tablets in the past 10 years, we have only experienced a slight modification of the familiar point-and-click paradigm. Efforts to improve the user interface have largely focused on making the content of what can be clicked on, or typed into, more intuitive. Although this field of user-experience design has created operating systems, websites and devices that are ever more user-friendly, they still remain stubbornly tied within this traditional relationship between human and computer. Well, hang onto your mousepads...