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  • Android user? Your apps could be your weakest security link

    According to the BBC, thousands of apps in the Play Store have failed in implementing standard scrambling systems, thus failing to protect bank accounts and social media logins. 13 500 Android apps were tested by scientists and approximately eight percent of these apps failed, revealing data that is supposed to be secure when communicating with websites. The most popular apps in the Google Play store were tested by science departments from the University of Marburg and the Leibniz University of Hamburg. Through a fake Wi-fi hotspot and a special attack tool similar to malware, these researchers and scientists were able...

  • Apple Q4 results: steady as a rock

    If you're every other company, you've just come off announcing your third quarter financial results. Apple isn't every other company. It just announced its Q4 results. Because Q3 results are so mainstream. Anyway things are looking good for tech's most successful company and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon. The US$41-billion in revenue might not be as much as people were expecting but it still means the company recorded US$8.2 billion in profit. That's better than any quarter it managed under Steve Jobs and bleeding spectacular when you consider that Amazon posted a US$13.8-billion sales...

  • Android tablets increase in global sales… but it’s not what it seems

    Apple iOS tablet sales are still on top in the world, but recent figures show that Android has made a considerable increase in sales. Global sales of Android tablets reached 25-million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 43% from the previous year, according to Strategy Analytics. While Apple still rules the roost in tablet sales, its tablet shipments only increased from 11-million to 14-million, with Android showing an increase from five-million to 10-million. However, it is important to note that the 14-million tablets shipped by Apple are spread over just a few models, most notably the iPad...

  • Watch the Windows 8 launch event live from New York

    Want to know more about Microsoft's latest operating system? Is it really the OS that will make Microsoft cool again, and drive consumers to get their hands on the Surface and the nearest Windows-powered PC? Microsoft has said that it's aiming to get the next billion people using its devices, and Windows 8 will help kickstart its plan. Get the details straight from the team behind Windows 8, including Windows president Steven Sinofsky. Microsoft will be streaming the event live from New York City, but you'll need Silverlight to use it. 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");

  • Samsung, Standard Bank team up for exclusive tablet app play

    Samsung, Standard Bank and Microsoft have teamed up to give the bank's customers the first option on the electronic giant's new Windows 8 Ativ tablet. It means that, for a while at least, Standard Bank will have a lead on the competition. Standard Bank launched its smartphone app suite earlier this year, lagging a few months behind First National Bank which was the first of the country's banks to launch a smartphone app. The ultra-slim Ativ tablets will also be available exclusively to Samsung customers for a limited time. According to Standard Bank head of self-service and payments innovation...

  • iOS is the king of mobile advertising, Android worse than BlackBerry

    If you want your mobile ads to pack real punch then they'd better be on iOS. And while Android might be installed on more smartphones than any other OS, you're better off going with BlackBerry. That's the skinny from the latest State of Mobile Advertising report by Norwegian software company Opera. According to The Next Web, the company has some serious mobile credentials. Aside from the fact that its mobile browser is one of the most popular in the world, its mobile ads platform serves 10 000 mobile sites and apps and delivers over 40-billion ad impressions a month....

  • iPad second hand sales boomed ahead of iPad mini launch

    About 140 000 second-hand iPads were put up for sale ahead of the iPad mini's launch, a 700% increase of the day before, according to Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at Gazelle.com. "Consumers can fetch up to US$495 for an old iPad," Scarsella says. Not a bad idea as many thought, as you can walk away with over US$160. What is very significant and interesting is that nearly 70% of the most advertised is the third-generation iPad, released just six months ago. The iPad mini, priced at US$329, is poised to take on less expensive tablets, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire...

  • Conan O’Brien has a go at an iPad Mini parody ad

    Hey, you know where the iPad Mini would fit perfectly? The "empty void in your sad life," that's where. That's what late night talk show host Conan O'Brien's parody on the recently launched Apple in-betweener device suggests at any rate. Because no matter how subtle the differences, Apple fans will immediately discard the devices they recently spent a load of their hard-earned cash on and buy the newest model. And the above paragraph doesn't describe any big tech geek you've ever known right? Source: The Next Web 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");

  • Caspar Lee: the kid behind the viral phenomenon

    Following on from Sarah Britten’s well received post about Caspar Lee, the tremendously successful young YouTube vlogger, we managed to secure a one-on-one interview with the man himself. More than just a vlogger, Lee is actually a YouTube partner, meaning he derives an income through advertising on his channel: impressive for an 18-year-old from a small town. In a Google+ Hangout (video seemingly the most appropriate channel), we got to grips with how Lee has achieved the success he has to date. In the interview, Jason Gird, an apprentice planner at digital agency Quirk, found out a little more...

  • Still no hoverboards: 11 big tech predictions for 2013 and beyond

    Geeks are a funny breed. They're always moaning about the fact that the future they were promised in their favourite sci-fi shows has pretty much failed to materialise. Occasionally they do so while Skyping their friend overseas on a millimetres thick, ultra light smartphone. On the other hand those self-same smartphones can be incredibly fragile, smashing into pieces if they fall the wrong way. The point is, the future doesn't always go the way even the best minds think it will. I don't think there's a sci-fi writer out there who included drop tests as one of the ways...

  • Music service rara.com launches new apps, enters 7 new countries

    UK-based music streaming service rara.com has announced that it has expanded to reach 27 countries worldwide -- including South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Portugal. It also launched Windows 8 and iOS apps to add to its existing web, PC and Android lineup, which all come ad-free and allow users to access millions of songs wherever they are. Its pricing is competitive enough to challenge other recent entrants into the market, like Simfy Africa, the music service which launched in South Africa in August, although they have different subscription strategies. A Simfy subscription costs R60 (US$6.89)...

  • Zynga’s not so shitty third quarter: Farmville 2 to the rescue

    Things haven't been so great for Zynga in the last couple of days: the social gaming company laid off five percent of its workforce, closed down its Boston offices and is considering closing down its UK and Japan studios. It's a tough time to be founder and CEO Mark Pincus, but according the company's third quarter earnings report, it seems things may be looking up. The social gaming company reported US$317-million in revenue for the third quarter, up three percent year-over-year. It also reported a net loss of US$52.7-million which is less than what the company had thought it...

  • Griffin AirCurve Play review: Why oh why?

    I am suspicious of anything that promises to improve sound quality or volume without the use of electricity or some kind of external power. So when I received the AirPlay for the iPhone 4/4S to review I gave it back immediately and said it does not work. That was my personal review. It won’t work. But I was told to give it a go anyway. What is it? Basically you get a neat Perspex holder that through intelligent use of sound channelling, will get you an increase of the volume you get from the iPhone’s one little speaker. Read more on...

  • Apple 13 inch Macbook Pro Retina ad makes you feel like a winner

    One of the best ways to get people to buy your product is to make them feel like they've achieved something by doing so. Apple's new ad for its recently launched 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display is pretty much the epitome of that. “Introducing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a stunning Retina Display. For the pro in all of us,” says the narrator as mood-lifting paino music plays in the background. No matter what your feelings on Apple are, you can't help but crack a smile. You feel special, and that's the point. Special people buy Macbook Pros....

  • Galaxy S III ads: ‘bumping’ with NFC for more than just file sharing… wink wink

    Samsung has given its latest adverts for the Galaxy S III a slight sexual twist, because as we all know, sex sells. Near Field Communication (NFC) is designed to help mobile devices easily receive and share information between each other. Sharing a sex tape with your loved one has become so much easier now, according to the ad. In the advert called "Work Trip", a father is leaving for a business trip as his daughters tell him they have made a video for him to watch on his trip, and the video is transferred to his Galaxy through NFC....