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  • Eric Schmidt: Global knowledge means that ‘eventually technology disappears’

    The ease with which technology connects us, means that at a global level, human knowledge is accelerating. With this increased knowledge we will be able to create a new set of wealth and opportunities. That's according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who argues that technology offers far more solutions than problems, particularly when it comes to education, human governance, and conflict. Speaking at Google Zeitgeist Americas, Schmidt uses the example of how massively open courses like the Khan Academy and Coursra are changing the face of education. Because all of these courses have to get the edge on each...

  • Google expands Gmail, Google Drive results in Search box trial

    This is pretty nifty. You can now sign up to view results from your Gmail inbox using the search bar on the front page of Google. While some people have been able to do this since August, the trial has been expanded to include more users as well as the ability to search your Google Drive account. According to Google the early trial had been successful, and the decision to include Drive was as a result of user feedback: We've gotten very positive feedback from those of you testing it out -- such as this note: “The Gmail results...

  • Pinterest isn’t just for pretty pictures: It’s where your brand should be

    If you still think Pinterest is just a place for hanging out and organising weddings, you've had your head buried in the sand. The fact that directs more referral traffic than Twitter, Google referral and Bing should tell you that it's more than just the little social network that could. New research published by online analysis company eMarketer gives another reason that it's the best social network for your brand to be on. According to the study, people follow more retailers on Pinterest than they do on any other social network. The average Pinterest user, it says, follows 9.5...

  • Watch vertigo-inducing footage of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump

    Watching Felix Baumgartner's space jump from the cameras on the ground was spectacular. Terrifying, but spectacular. Now footage has emerged showing the fall from the Austrian's helmet cam. The visuals give you some sense of what Baumgartner must have been experienced during his free fall. Although things are moving pretty quickly, you also get a glimpse of what he saw, from the darkness of space to the shape of the earth. A word to the wise if you suffer from vertigo though: as well as the rapid falling, the video contains some crazy spinning. Brace yourself before you press...

  • Felix Baumgartner: The record-breaking jump by the numbers

    After Felix Baumgartner's record fall from the sky, we decided take a quick look at some of the numbers that accompany this amazing feat. And some of these numbers are simply mind-boggling. Just the sheer thought of falling from that height and travelling at that speed is awe-inspiring. Here are some of the interesting numbers that go along with the records: 849 505 cubic meters -- The volume of the helium balloon that was used to lift Baumgartner into the stratosphere. 39 045 meters -- The approximate height that Baumgartner jumped from. 1 500 m -- the approximate height that Baumgartner will...

  • How people are using e-learning and crowdlearning to change education

    Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has said that “big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” Then it would be no surprise pointing out the exciting ventures trying out to improve the struggle we have with education. Though the implementation and execution have always been under scrutiny, some have come up with interesting experimental solutions. Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy has recently published a book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, in which he is re-imagining and rethinking the current education system. He notes that society's current idea of...

  • Rascarlo custom Nexus ROM review

    What’s in a ROM? I've mentioned a few times in my older posts that custom ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus aren’t really needed anymore, because of where stock Android is. JellyBean is a fantastic OS, but luckily with Android we are spoilt for choice, and although we don’t need them, using custom ROMs, which are stable, is a lot of fun and they do offer a number of awesome enhancements to an already great OS. I've been using Rascarlo’s RasBeanJelly for the past three weeks and I have to admit, I don’t see that changing any time soon. Read more on Gearburn....

  • CityMob: How a startup pivoted from group-buying into flash sales

    CityMob, the group buying site started by three entrepreneurs in Cape Town in early 2011, has made a significant change in direction as the shake-out in the group buying market continues. Although profitable at the time the trio -- Luke Jedeikin, Claude Hanan and Daniel Solomon, had decided to move away from the mass discount, quantity over quality focus in much of the group buying space. As their competitors closed up shop, including the Naspers backed Dealify and the Avusa backed Zappon, the CityMob founders had already identified their key differentiator and were planning the relaunch of their business as...

  • Little Nemo in Googleland: Celebrating a comic great

    If you like comics there is a chance you remember the adventures on Little Nemo in Slumberland. No? Not ringing any bells? Well Google wants to remind you with a special doodle paying tribute to the comic and its creator Winsor McCay. The comic followed the adventures of a little boy in a dream world ruled by King Morpheus, who wanted Nemo as a playmate for his daughter, the Princess. The elaborate doodle which marks the 107th anniversary of the comic recreates the adventures of Little Nemo from the illustrator's comic strips, which first appeared on 15 October 1905...

  • Goodbye Zune: Microsoft launches Xbox Music to take on iTunes and Spotify

    So long, Zune... hello Xbox Music. Microsoft has been slowly retiring its Zune brand over the past year, making way for its next attempt at the digital music space already crammed full of stores and steaming services like iTunes and Nokia Music, Spotify, Rdio and Simfy. The company has decided to re-enter the game with a multi-device super platform that lets you stream music or download it to keep on your Xbox, PC, Surface or Windows Phone. Yes please. Xbox Music, which will be available on the Xbox 360 from tomorrow and Windows 8 devices from October 26, will hold...

  • Kindle users could be entitled to e-book refunds

    On Saturday 13 October, Amazon sent emails to owners of Kindle ereaders that they could possibly receive refunds of between US$0.30 and US$1.32 for e-books bought between April 2010 and May 2012. This is depending on an approval by a judge in a settlement case of three publishers who have been accused of inflating ebook prices. There has been no indication from Amazon of how many customers could be affected. This, according to Amazon, could see cheaper prices for Kindle users and a limit on publishers' ability to set ebook prices. In the email to its customers, Amazon reportedly said:...

  • Samsung Apple relationship is now ‘hate hate’

    Looks like Apple's relationship with Samsung has reached new lows, with a new report out of Korea describing it as having moved from "love hate" to "hate hate". According to the Korea Times, the relationship between the two companies has become "one-dimensional" as Apple looks to move its semiconductor business away from Samsung. While the Korean company is still manufacturing the A6 chips used in the iPhone 5, Apple is no longer using Samsung's technology to build them. "Samsung’s agreement with Apple is limited to manufacturing the A6 processors. Apple did all the design and we are just producing...

  • Check out Windows 8’s first official TV spot

    Microsoft has officially released its first TV spot for Windows 8. It's loud, colorful and features rockets, exploding laptops and a piñata. In among all that noise are shots of the new OS, although nothing that we haven't seen already. It does however tell us that Microsoft is looking to market the new OS as fun. That's probably not a bad idea. First off, it's a completely different tack to the dour "so cool it comes with black rim glasses" approach taken by Apple. Second it shows an awareness on Microsoft's part that it's going to have to win...

  • New Nando’s ad: Europe, planes and Table Mountain

    Fast food chicken franchise Nando's is an international player these days. The South African-headquartered business now has operation across the globe, including Europe. It's hardly surprising then that one of the adverts in its latest campaign, giving people 25 reasons to love South Africa, should include the proximity to Europe. Except there's a bit of a twist in the ad, featuring a famous mountain: The ad is part of its #25Reasons campaign. The campaign, in celebration of the chicken outlet’s 25th birthday, asks the people of South Africa to give 25 reasons they love their country. The franchise has also...

  • Felix Baumgartner jumps from the stratosphere into the history books

    Felix Baumgartner did it. After numerous weather delays and preparations, the extreme athlete has jumped and completed the longest free fall known to man. The experienced BASE jumper broke the previous record set by United States Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger (who jumped from 102 800 feet in 1960) by jumping from 128 100 feet. He then fell for 119 846 feet before deploying his parachute. It was part of the Red Bull Stratos mission. "Baumgartner wants to become the first person to break the speed of sound without the protection of an aircraft while simultaneously collecting data never obtained...