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  • Chromebook awesome if it wasn’t from Google

    The Chromebook is slowly coming into focus. Currently manufactured by Acer and Samsung (what? no American laptop brands up for it?), key specs look like this: Chromebook Specifications (Acer/Samsung): 11.6 or 12.1” display (1280x800) 1.45 or 1.48kg (so pretty light) 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD 6 or 8.5 hours continuous usage (cough) Intel Atom dual-core processor Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and optional 3G HD Webcam HD audio support 2x USB 2.0 ports 4-in-1 memory card slot HDMI of mini-VGA port Chrome keyboard (interstingly, missing a CAPS LOCK key. ... Read full story on Gearburn.com

  • UK footballer accused of having affair and sues 30000 tweeters for saying so

    Twitter has found itself yet again in court. This time its over the "publication" of the name a famous UK footballer who had a super-injunction: a super secret gag order, with the footballers lawyers now seeking to sue the California based micro-blogging site and tens of thousands of its users. What began as a sordid tabloid story with a footballer and "glamour model", Imogen Thomas, is quickly becoming yet another case where the free-wheeling nature of Twitter just may change how traditional media operates. A super-injunction, is the "supersized" version of an injunction. Not only does it gag the media from mentioning...

  • Mobile web content in East Africa [Report]

    Vodafone recently concluded a policy paper on “Broadband in Emerging Markets”, also titled “Making Broadband Accessible for All“. The position and reason for this paper is best summarised below. The success story of mobiles in the developing world is well known. Yet in the case of extending data services in emerging markets, there is a real danger of some serious policy mistakes. As in developed markets, broadband strategies in developing countries have tended to focus on investment in fibre. This is too simplistic. This focus on fibre may miss an opportunity for a transformational change built on the capabilities and in...

  • Missed the rapture? Seven rapture photos

    The world buzzed last week with news of the rapture. The 89-year-old leader of a Christian group known as Family Radio assured the world that the rapture would take place on the 21st of May 2011. The event, which turned out to be a non event, was to be the beginning of the worst disasters known to man before the end of the world on October 21st, 2011. The rapture didn't happen, or did it? Twitter users seem to have took it upon themselves to show "prove" of the rapture. Under the hashtag, "rapturebomb" users have posted photos of...

  • MeeGo still defiantly developing

    Meego is still kicking. It was dumped by Nokia and Microsoft, but a dedicated team is keeping the faith, and coding away furiously. The dev team has just released MeeGo 1.2 and things are looking very promising for this Linux-based smartphone/tablet/netbook/thingum operating system. Early reports are very positive – while it’s still a bit rough, MeeGo is coming together as a contender in the netbook and media device environment, perhaps even for mobiles if a manufacturer or two picks it up. LG has been very supportive, and both Panasonic and Huawei have made noises. Intel is also still in...

  • Facebook and Microsoft plan to take down child pornography

    Facebook and Microsoft on Friday unveiled an alliance to flush out child porn and those that share such images using the social network. Facebook will use PhotoDNA technology developed by Microsoft and Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid to search for matches to pictures in a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) database. "We think this is a game changer and we are thrilled to be a part of this partnership," Facebook assistant general counsel Chris Sonderby said in broadcast streamed at the social network. PhotoDNA has evaluated more than two billion digital pictures at Microsoft services, finding 1...

  • HTC Flyer takes flight

    HTC has released its first real contender in the tablet market, the HTC Flyer, which goes on sale in Tier 1 markets (US, Europe, etc). It’s a 7” device using what HTC calls a “magic pen” (also known as a stylus). It’s positioned as more than a messaging and Web browsing device, as the stylus lets you take notes, sketch and do more detailed manipulation. It’s heavy on the multimedia features, with HTC Watch for video streaming (including Hollywood blockbusters) on the 1024*600 touch screen. Hardware includes a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP on the front, in a relatively...

  • New tools in news gathering: Curation and verification in journalism

    I recently wrote about the Oriella survey of journalists that found that most do not use social media or blogs for verifying and sourcing stories. It seems bizarre that journalists wouldn't use many of the tools and media channels that are available. Surely, they could apply their traditional journalism skills and add social media and other media channels, such as blogs, to their reporting arsenal? No one is asking journalists to throw away the tried and true ways of researching and verifying stories but to add new skills that will improve their reporting. Those new skills include curation and the use...

  • Internet giants show support to leaders at Paris G8

    As leaders gather in Paris for the G8 summit on Tuesday, the world's most powerful internet and media giants will join them in a show of strength amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic potential of the internet, which their host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has put on the agenda of the G8 summit two days later. After Tuesday and Wednesday's "e-G8" bash, some of the biggest names will then meet with G8 leaders at the summit in Deauville, northwestern France, on May 26...

  • India’s mobile banking sector set to grow

    India's poor populace could benefit from mobile banking, experts say. The hundreds of million with no access to financial services may put their faith in staggering pace that mobile phones usage is growing. Banking by phone could transform the workings of the rural economy, but the industry first needs to allay fears about transaction security and overcome low literacy levels and banks' limited reach in remote areas. Leading figures from the telecoms and banking sectors meeting in Mumbai last week said that mobile banking -- including money transfers, bill payments and remittances -- was largely untapped. "The potential for mobile banking is...

  • 4 social media tools and tips for the Rapture

    You should by now know as our friends at Family Radio ministry – an Oklahoma based Christian fundamentalist group – have informed us and gotten the web to buzz about, Saturday the 21st of May is the start of the end of days; The Rapture. For those not too versed in fundamentalist Christian thought, Family Radio's 89-year old leader Harold Camping "guarantees" and has taken to warning those from his native Oklahama -- where his ministry is based -- to Tanzania with thousands of billboards is that the much awaited Rapture will finally arrive on Saturday. Whilst much...

  • 10 things you should know about Instagram

    Instagram has captured the hearts of iPhone users around the world with its elegant design, filters that turn any photo into a potential work-of-art, and -- most importantly -- integrated social sharing that’s quick and easy. It’s enjoyed one of the most successfully launches ever for an iPhone app and is adding 130 000 users a week. The incredible thing is that it’s not even eight months old. Here’s what you should know about this hot new app. It was originally called Burbn. Kevin Systrom, founder, CEO and ex-Google employee, created an app called Burbn before Instagram (the company is still...

  • Playboy bares all online – full catalogue now available

    Whilst others cover up and hide, Playboy titillates and delights as it bares all online... for a nominal fee that is. The "entertainment and lifestyle" magazine has announced that it would be releasing its entire, voluminous, 57 year back-catalogue in a web-based service, i.Playboy.com. This online service, optimised for Apple's tablet, the iPad, is a subscription service and will include each issue with articles, features, ads and of course, the centrefold -- starting from its first iconic issue featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. The service will also be updated monthly to add each new issue published. So if in a fit...

  • Tech titans grilled by US lawmakers on online privacy

    Following a slew of online privacy breaches and concerns which prompted US lawmakers to haul in tech leaders, Apple, Facebook, and Google on Thursday fielded tough questions concerned that smartphones and popular mobile "apps" were putting people's privacy at risk. US Senator Jay Rockerfeller at the opening of the hearing convened on consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace said, "I think online privacy is a basic American right and the companies that produce apps have to be regulated". He went on to say "with this new innovation comes gigantic risk." Facing questions from members of the Consumer Protection,...

  • Survey: Journalists criticise blogs and social media

    A survey of nearly 500 journalists across 15 countries has found that some journalists use social media and blogs to source and verify stories. But the majority don't. Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they used Twitter to source new story angles. Over a third said they used Facebook (35 percent). Blogs were also highlighted as a key element of this process with 30 percent saying they used blogs they were familiar with, while 42 percent also drew from blogs they had not visited before. However, the study also validated the continued importance of the PR representative with nearly...