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  • Say hello to Twitter archives: users can now download and explore their tweets

    It seems Twitter has decided to make sure you never lose a tweet. The microblog has introduced Twitter archive, a function that allows users to download their old tweets, right from their very first one. "We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past," said the site. "... we're introducing the ability to download your Twitter archive, so you’ll get all your tweets (including retweets) going back to the beginning." Users can go into their settings menu and scroll down to the bottom to check for the option to request their archive. Once you see this button,...

  • Samsung set to take Nokia’s place as the top smartphone manufacturer

    According to forecasted numbers from analysts at iSuppli, by the end of the year, Korean manufacturer Samsung will officially take the lead in the mobile manufacturing race. Preliminary figures for 2012 global shipments put Samsung as the top original equipment manufacturer (OEM), displacing Nokia which previously held that position for 14 years. Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of the mobile market in 2012, which is up from 24 percent in the previous year. Nokia, on the other hand, drops to an expected 24 percent from 30 percent last year. Wayne Lam, senior analyst at iSuppli, elaborated on...

  • 6 iPhone extensions to get before the world ends tomorrow

    The world is not ending tomorrow. But for those who have prepared for the fake armageddon, here are six iPhone extensions you’d need if everything spins out of control. So if the world is about to end and there are no more power outlets for your charger; this guy would probably be your best bet for power. The Mi Suny iPower4 battery extension is probably one that would be the most practical buy as well as the eco-friendliest. There are many more different kinds of battery extension cases available, each boasting their own tricks and specs. Personally, setting you back...

  • After legal threats, the UK Pirate Party shuts down its Pirate Bay proxy

    It seems that a group of music labels have achieved their objective to shut down avenues to access The Pirate Bay in the UK. Since access to the file-sharing site was banned earlier in the year, a proxy created by the Pirate Party has been one of the ways UK residents could access it. Six days after music industry group BPI sent legal threats to six of the Pirate Party's members, the group decided to take down the proxy. According to Torrentfreak, the UK Pirate Party's proxy has been one of the most visited sites in the UK, with...

  • Watch ‘the end of the world’ live online with this space camera

    As we all wait for the world to be struck by an asteroid / succumb to the reversal of the poles / simply explode on Friday 21 December, robotic telescope service Slooh has decided to help clear up the confusion. It has organised live video sessions of the world beyond the earth, so we can see any potential threats before they strike the planet. According to Space.com, Slooh's space camera will be broadcasting a range of expert discussions and views of space (via Google Hangouts) throughout the week, leading up to the day the Mayan long count comes to an...

  • The terrifying invisibility of Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza

    In all of the things I’ve read about Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, one thing has astonished me more than any other. Not the fact that he used an assault rifle on six year olds, horrifying as that is, or that he played violent video games – par for the course – or even the revelation that the guns belonged to his survivalist mother, not him. No, what astonished me most was this: he didn’t have a Facebook page – let alone a Twitter account, or a YouTube channel, or any of the channels through which we broadcast our lives...

  • 12 Ways to have an ‘appy’, digital Christmas

    Christmas already, you say? Surely there’s an app for that? Of course there is and this Christmas we bring you the tops apps for a fun festive season, for Apple, Android and BlackBerry. Top iPhone and iPad apps for a happy Christmas 1. Christmas Tale HD This free app for iPhones and iPads was voted the best multimedia book for Christmas last year. Part advent calendar, part greeting card builder, part Christmas gift list, part multimedia story, part educational game – children’s Christmas favourites have been pulled together into this app. The app has been updated this year to include jigsaw...

  • Google is tracking Santa as he whips around the world delivering presents

    Ho Ho Ho! As the world prepares for Christmas, Google has decided to once again track good old St. Nick as he takes flight on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to all good boys and girls. "While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve," says Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth. The search giant's tracker will allow users to follow the jolly man in red as he dashes from city...

  • Google digitizes the 10 commandments and Genesis scrolls in high-res photos

    In commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Google has teamed up with the Israel Antiquities Authority to launch the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. The search giant says the site will give the public the chance to experience, view, examine, and explore the collection of some 5 000 images of Dead Sea Scroll fragments, "at a quality never seen before". Google has been working with the Israel Antiquities Authority to put together the library for the better part of two years using advanced technology first developed by NASA. The library consists...

  • Migrating to Flickr? Freethephotos saves your pictures from Instagram

    Instagram's slightly disconcerting and perplexing new terms of use upset a fair few users yesterday, because the update could theoretically allow their images to be used by advertisers without their knowledge. Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, was quick to respond to the cries of his users after the proposed policy changes went public, saying that his team is going to remove the language about how users' photos can be used as adverts, and explaining that the new rules are actually more for matching a user's actions (such as following an account) to paid promoted ads. "In order to help make...

  • Keep on selling, Samsung: Judge denies Apple’s application for a US injunction

    In the latest news to usher forth from Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom, Apple has been denied a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung products found to be infringing its patents in the much-publicised case in August. Oh, and she also dashed Samsung's hope of a retrial after it cried juror misconduct. Koh raised eyebrows by not declaring a sales ban on the 26 Samsung products previously found to violate Apple's design and utility patents, for which the Korean giant was ordered to pay Apple some US$1.05-billion in damages. But she said that there was not enough evidence to...

  • Twitter now has more than 200 million active users a month

    Today in a tweet, Twitter announced that it now has more than 200-million active users tweeting every month. This new number shows a rise of 60-million users in previously released numbers. There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support!— Twitter (@twitter) December 18, 2012 Earlier this year the service, which turned six years old in March, announced that it had passed 140-million active users, with 340-million tweets per day -- this new number shows a 42% growth in the last nine months. This has been...

  • Is Apple cosying up to Foursquare to help fix Maps?

    Well what do you know, it seems in an effort to improve its Maps app Apple has decided to partner with Foursquare. According to a Wall Street Journal report, people close to the matter claim that Apple is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs with its maps. The Journal says the talks took place in "recent weeks" and involve Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue. Cue recently took over the management of Maps during the executive reshuffle of recent months. "The discussions with New York-based Foursquare come as Apple has been talking to a...

  • EU aims to increase connectivity and make Europe ‘startup friendly’

    The European Commission (EU) has indicated that the digital economy across European states needs to be stepped up considerably, after it said it is held back by a "patchy pan-European policy framework". After an intensive policy review of its Digital Agenda for Europe, it has refocused its priorities for the future. The EU estimates that the digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the European economy, and has been calling for a revamp of high-speed broadband for a while. It outlined the steps it plans to take to help the roll-out: The commission will...

  • YouTube’s 2012 trends: Gangnam style reigns supreme

    Popular video sharing site YouTube has released its top trending videos for the year and its no surprise that South Korean sensation PSY is at the top of the list. According to the site, when it looked back at the year that was, it found that Korean pop music crossed borders worldwide. This comes as part of YouTube's Rewind channel: an annual channel that looks back at the year on YouTube, similar to Google's Zeitgeist. According to an official blog post: This year, Korean Pop music transcended boundaries and took the world by storm. Cover songs, parodies, and "do-it-yourself" music videos...