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  • Knowing Africa’s markets in a digital divide

    Where there’s a problem there's a solution. Where there’s a solution there’s a business opportunity. Understanding what the gaps and success stories are in making a country ready for tech innovation and transformation is crucial for startups and potential investors alike. More relevant and better research could help define markets for potential entrepreneurs for example. Location-based services are also good examples of how mobile internet connectivity could increase a company’s effectiveness and its market reach. The availability of internet stimulates both the creation and adoption of innovative applications to further progress economies. But in countries with low internet penetration,...

  • Razer Orbweaver review: elite gaming, at a price

    The Orbweaver is the latest gaming pad released by Razer. It is a specialised piece of gaming equipment that I suspect will only attract a select few of the most hardcore gamers. With all the specialised gaming gear available presently, I think many gamers would see this as an unnecessary addition to their collection, especially at a pricey US$129. But for that elite cult of game gear fanatics, the Orbweaver might just be what they’re looking for. 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");

  • With only 1 million installs, Facebook Home slips in worldwide app rankings

    Err. So. Facebook's big mobile app-slash-operating system bet doesn't seem to be paying off as yet. It's been a month since Facebook Home was released, but only around 0.1% of the social network's 1.11-billion monthly active users have installed the app -- and the hype seems to be fading fast. Home, the free Android launcher which is designed to bring your friend's updates to your lockscreen and let Facebook messenger chatheads follow you around your phone, hit half a million installs a week after it launched on April 12. It passed the 1-million installations mark on Google Play late...

  • Bill Gates describes ‘growing up’ with Steve Jobs, emotional last visit

    Most would think that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had a bitter relationship until the end. But that just isn't true, as the Microsoft founder tells 60 minutes, during an interview in which he describes his last visit to the late Apple co-founder. Gates grew emotional talking about his last visit with Jobs before his death. According to the personal computing billionaire, the visit ended on a "forward-looking" note. "He showed me the boat he was working on, and talked about how he's looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that...

  • ISS Commander Chris Hadfield signs off with Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ [Video]

    Being an astronaut has always been one of the ultimate "cool" career options out there. There can be little doubt though that Commander Chris Hadfield has taken it to another level. The 53-year-old Canadian astronaut has sent tweets to his 700 000+ followers from space, done a Reddit AMA and now, on the verge of his return from five months on the International Space Station, recorded a David Bowie cover. The cover, which comes with an appropriately epic video, required the space station to be set up specifically for recording. Hadfield plays an acoustic guitar made by Canada’s Larrivée...

  • Google appears to have shut down SMS search, without telling anyone

    There goes all the information at your fingertips, says every feature phone owner who uses Google's SMS search. According to reports, the search giant has shut down the service that allowed people to send search queries via text message by texting their queries to "466453" (GOOGLE). Apparently the service was stopped in the last week with no word from Google until users took to forums to query the shutdown. A Google employee going by the name of Jessica S finally commented on a Reddit thread, reports TechCrunch. Hi everyone, Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think...

  • First new ‘Arrested Development’ trailer surfaces online

    The internet has been waiting for this moment for a long time. The first trailer for the new series of Arrested Development has surfaced online. When it was first announced that Netflix was resurrecting the acclaimed series, there was excitement, followed by understandable apprehension. Would it be as funny? Could the cast recapture their old chemistry and would Netflix allow the show's scriptwriters the kind of freedom they never had with the networks? If this trailer is anything to go by, the answer is a very definite yes. The fact that Netflix is making the entire series available...

  • Does your brand really need an app? How to decide what’s right for you

    One of the things I find myself talking to clients about more and more is app development. Until fairly recently, to have an app you needed to be one of the big players like AFGA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) but today you can be a small country-specific business such as NoMU or as global retailer such as ZARA. The point is, anyone can really have an app these days, but the question is should they? The way I explain it to clients is that an app needs to fulfil a specific purpose, or do one specific task. That’s what...

  • 7 of the most ill-advised celebrity tweets of all time

    Sometimes all it takes is a few wrong words to cause an unrivalled uproar -- a fact which celebrities are very well acquainted with. Social media sites are a magnet for collecting those wrong words. Here are seven impressive examples showing how a little tweet can make a big noise. 50 Cent wants to make a positive impact He tweeted: "Speaking of MILF. I wanna do something that impacts kids in a positive way, that's why I'm opening an abortion clinic. Ima call it 50/50 chance." The backward and nonsensical nature of this comment is obvious, stirring the reaction on Mtv.com,...

  • Instagram’s history and internet in space: top tech stories you should read

    When you snapped, cropped and filtered your last latté, did you stop to think about the company behind the retro photo app, and how it got to where it is today? Perhaps, instead, you took a moment to appreciate the simplicity of a touchscreen, and imaged what a life without physical keys would be like. But perhaps you should be thinking about what life would be like without the internet, on another planet. Confused? These are just a few of the ideas raised by the writers in our latest round up of some of the top tech stories on...

  • 10 films that would make incredible games

    If you’re reading this post, chances are you are a big fan of both video games and films. When I was doing research for this article I found that many of my favourite films already have a game version but most of them simply suck. They were either rushed through production to take advantage of the hype of the film or created as merely an add-on to the movie. I think if film-to-game transitions were created to stand on their own two feet, we might have had some more excellent games on our shelf. Here is a list of...

  • Kickstarter: Zach Braff, Veronica Mars have brought in $400k to other projects

    Kickstarter's founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler have taken to the company's blog to address controversy surrounding big-name projects on the platform such as the Veronica Mars project and Zach Braff's latest film. The massive amount of money made by the celebrity-led projects has generated some serious angst about who the crowdfunding platform is really for. Anyone who could conceivably get funding elsewhere, the doubters say, should not be on Kickstarter. The founders say the aim of the platform is to bring creative projects to life, regardless of who is behind them. "We’re a tool available to...

  • YouTube officially launches pay-to-subscribe option for partner channels

    So it seems the rumours are true. YouTube has started rolling out some 53 paid channels, which require people to purchase a monthly subscription in order to watch their videos. In an official blog post announcing the new feature, the video sharing site said it decided to offer subscriptions for a number of its partner channels to offer them an additional way to make money from their content. These partner channels, which now number over 1-million, are those which have enabled monetisation options like advertising to display on their videos. The subscription costs for the channels included in the pilot...

  • Fastest feature film ever made has a trailer

    We recently told you about a South African team's bid to make the fastest feature film in history. A week later, that film now has a name and a trailer. The team, comprising members of Johannesburg-based production houses Team Best, Localala and Ghost Sheep will attempt to beat the current record, held in India and go from script writing to screening in 11 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes. The restrictions of the project meant that it didn’t have a name by the time the team came together on 1 May. There was also no concept, no characters, story-arcs or...

  • Facebook updates Android app with stickers, refreshed business pages

    Facebook's latest update to its Android app has seen it bringing in stickers, new-look business pages and what it calls "ongoing notifications". Stickers, the cute-meets-creepy animated emojii, were previously the reserve of Facebook Messenger but have now been baked into the full app. Also new is the ability to delete unwanted comments from your posts. The redesigned business pages meanwhile allow you to get directions, check in, and call businesses from the top of the page. This particular feature of the update is much the same as that which rolled out on iOS last month. The placing of the...