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  • Skype DUALphone review: an overly-expensive novelty

    Ever wanted to chat to a friend over Skype without being forced to sit at a desk staring at a computer screen? Behold Skype’s DUALphone 4088, a cordless telephone that lets you strike up conversations with friends overseas without the burden of having to see their face. It all comes in a sturdy box bearing an Ethernet cable, a landline cord and a docking base (plus charger). Plug the Ethernet cable and landline cord into their respective homes and you have a phone capable of making not only Skype calls but… you guessed it, landline calls too. Read more on...

  • Why we’re not quite ready for the hardware startup renaissance

    "The Hardware Renaissance". It's unmissable. Paul Graham has noticed it and, certainly, my credit card has. Where once, entrepreneurs turned to software to form their 'next big thing', there is an increasing trend towards hardware in this space and, while many would seem to point to the likes of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms as the driving force behind this shift, I believe that the credit should really be handed to two guys in Cupertino who changed the way the world feels about hardware; Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Will Facebook’s split from Zynga see it make its own games?

    Things have been strained between Facebook and social gaming giant Zynga for a while. Now it looks like they're making the split official. The signs that Zynga was looking to distance itself from the social network it made its name on have been there for anyone to see. Its decision to start building games for Google+ and the announcement that it was building its own platform were among the most obvious clues. Now the two have filed papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revising their long-standing contractual agreements. Under the new terms, Facebook will treat Zynga...

  • Facebook gets 72 hours to remove paedophile monitoring page

    A Northern Irish man, who is a convicted sex offender, has won a court order, forcing the removal of a Facebook page designed to monitor paedophiles in the country. According to the BBC, the court ruled that the sight constituted harassment and infringed on the man's human rights. The social network was given 72 hours to remove the page, called 'Keeping our kids safe from predators'. In response, a Facebook spokesperson said it was considering its "next steps in light of the court's judgements". According to the judge, the man had served his punishment and did not deserve to be...

  • Microsoft: IE sucks… less

    The latest marketing ad for Internet Explorer is refreshingly honest. Rather than making big, bold claims about the browser it lists the marginal bits of progress it's made. In the ad, the company takes a gentle dig at it fiercest critics as well as itself. The subject of the ad is an extreme IE hating troll. He's got "that cartoon" up in his room, you know the one that shows Firefox and Chrome slugging it out while Internet Explorer sits around eating glue. He's even got an "I 'recycle bin' coffee cup". The ad sees him engage in...

  • Malware and Adware: Microsoft fights back against cybercriminals

    Pay-per-click (PPC) is one of the biggest ways of making money online. And wherever there is big money involved, fraud of some kind will appear eventually, and it happened in the form of "click-fraud", where fake clicks are generated to increase PPC rewards. This has prompted Microsoft's security and malware divisions to team up and fight back, while its Microsoft AdCenter (Bing Ads) and Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) are also teaming up with the Microsoft Online Forensics team. While it is quite obvious that you will never get rid of malware, Microsoft hopes to stem the enormous flow of...

  • Tit for tat: China claims Cisco is aiding US spies

    Hey, remember when Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE were deemed security threats by the US? Well that tit has been met with tat as China accuses Cisco of helping out US spies. According to Engadget, state-backed media outlets, including China Economy & Informatization and People's Daily are saying that the US-based networking giant's presence in large portions of its networking infrastructure could open it up to espionage. The former even cites experts who claim that the US could take over Chinese communications in times of crisis. In response, says the magazine, state-owned telecommunications operator China Unicom is phasing...

  • PeopleBrowsr wins temporary restraining order against Twitter

    Yesterday, Twitter and social analytics company PeopleBrowsr appeared in a San Francisco court to fight over access to data from millions of Twitter users. Twitter lost, and PeopleBrowsr was granted a temporary restraining order, which prevents the social network from limiting its access to the data until the outcome of a preliminary injunction hearing, scheduled to start on January 8 next year. While Twitter argues that it has every right to revoke full access after its contract with PeopleBrowsr expired, the company says that it is largely dependent on the data to survive. In a statement released by the...

  • RIM losing ground to competitors in big business

    It appears Research In Motion is fighting the market share war on multiple fronts, having already lost substantial ground among the general public, the corporate market looks primed to follow. A new research report from IDC, suggests that the Canadian manufacturer is projected to lose its number one position as "corporate-liable operating system device" to Apple by the end of 2012. The report does not make for easy reading as far as BlackBerry is concerned, who have not been able to gain much traction amid the release of new iOS and Android devices. This has consequently led to the...

  • Syria vanishes from the web

    Syria has disappeared from the internet. That's not an exaggeration either, nearly the entire Middle Eastern country has been cut off from the web. A post from research company Renesys reveals that what effectively amounts to all of Syria's internet connectivity shut down earlier today: Starting at 10:26 UTC (12:26pm in Damascus), Syria's international Internet connectivity shut down. In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet. We are investigating the dynamics of the outage and will post updates as they become available. A more detailed...

  • Online community rallies to free Ethiopian blogger

    In July 2012 an Ethiopian journalist and blogger was sentenced for 18 years after writing a blog post critical of the government’s anti-terrorist laws. Eskinder Nega, along with 23 other journalists, had expressed outrage at the laws, which allowed the government sweeping powers to silence opposition and dissent. Shortly before to his arrest, Nega had criticised the government’s harsh laws and called for it to respect freedom of speech. He was sentenced to 18 years for terrorism. Since then, the online community worldwide has rallied around him to call on individual governments to put pressure on Ethiopia to respect...

  • 5 things social media managers should know about surviving the festive season

    The festive season is nearly upon us and most social media managers deserve a well-earned break after a long year after growing their social networks and participating diligently across all the social networks they manage. I have listed a few things you can do which will ensure that you keep your community happy and afford you some time off. 1. Let your followers know you are taking a break There is no harm at all in letting the subscribers to your blog and newsletter, your followers on Twitter, Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections know that you are going on leave...

  • Choosing content for your digital audience? Here’s what you need to know

    When you start creating a digital marketing strategy for your business, your target audience will most likely be mentioned -- especially if you are going to use social media in your campaign. Did you know that with social media, the people you are trying to reach might not always be a static entity and will change over time? You might have identified your target audience when your business started, but it really doesn't mean that you are going to target exactly the same audience over a period of time. How are you going to identify who you want to reach?...

  • Using mobile, SA masses hit the internet — typical of emerging markets

    If you a new internet user, you are likely to be young, black, and earn under R1 500 (US$170) a month. Overall 66% of the 34% of South African adults connected to the internet speak an African language at home. These were some of the findings of a comprehensive and nationally representative study into the use of the internet in South Africa, from the South Africa Network Society Survey in collaboration with Research ICT Africa. The report, written by Indra de Lanerolle, a visiting research associate at the University of the Witwatersrand, claims to be the first detailed report...

  • How fake press releases could kill SEO for real press releases

    SearchEngineLand has a very good, long look at the recent fake press release announcing Google's US$400-million acquisition of Wi-Fi company ICOA. PRWeb distributed the press release and said it slipped through its internal tests for "integrity." Danny Sullivan explains how PRWeb has become a popular distribution network for a lot of content, some of it shady, and how it ends up on well-respected newspaper sites: In the past, you'd get a press release out and hope newspapers might pick up the story, often using the release as a basis for writing their own stories -- ones that might be fact-checked, or sourced...