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  • Assassin’s Creed 3 review: a fitting end to a killer trilogy

    There's no better way to cap off the Assassin's Creed 3 trilogy than with this, the busiest title in the series yet.Assassin's Creed 3 is beautiful to look at, fun to play, and a busy as hell end to one of the best gaming trilogies of all time. But a disconnect in both controls and chief protagonist lets Assassin's Creed 3 down. And here's why. Walk your own path Set in the 1700's, AC3 looks fantastic. Atmospheric to a fault, the colonial settings and great outdoors are bursting with visual splendour, last seen and fondly remembered in Red Dead Redemption. Read...

  • Filter wars: 5 leading opinions on Twitter’s bid to take on Instagram

    So Twitter's taking on Instagram. According to a post in the New York Times blog section the social network is set to give people a series of photographic filters much like Instagram. The goal, it seems, is to get people to bypass Instagram entirely much like it has with a number of third-party apps. Indeed you haven't been able to find your Twitter contacts on Instagram for some time now. But is it a good idea? We canvassed the web to find out what some of tech's leading voices think of the move. 1. Nick Bilton -- NY Times Blog Aside...

  • Samsung breaks another record, has now sold 30m Galaxy S IIIs in 157 days

    Well, things seem to be going well at Samsung. The South Korean giant is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, it announced last week that it had sold 3-million Galaxy Note IIs, and now the Galaxy S III is outpacing its predecessors at a phenomenal rate. In the 157 days that have passed since its flagship smartphone hit the market in May, Samsung has sold 30-million of them. The company said today that it has sold more of its Galaxy S IIIs than it sold Galaxy S IIs in a similar time period -- around three times as...

  • Tablet wars: Apple still dominant but its lead is shrinking

    When it comes to tablets, the iPad has ruled the roost pretty much from the moment Steve Jobs first unveiled it back in 2010. For a lot of people, iPad equals tablet. For the most part, that's still the case, but its competitors are starting to make inroads. The latest research from tech analysis company IDC suggests that the iPad, in its various incarnations, can now lay claim to 50.4% of the global tablet market, down from 59.7% at the same time last year. The companies emerging as the largest competitors to Apple are Samsung and Amazon, with 18.4%...

  • Anonymous starts its attacks: don’t worry, Facebook is still there… for now

    Today is the day that hacker group Anonymous will start to hack, deface and cause general mayhem on certain sites around the world. The fifth of November (Guy Fawkes day), is the day that is associated with the group and the "V for Vendetta" movie, and the day it claimed it would take down Facebook. On Sunday, NBC's video page was defaced and visitors were met with music and a message from Anonymous, exposing certain passwords and user information, according to gizmodo. A message on the site was posted by the group: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER, THE GUNPOWDER TREASON...

  • Anonymous leaks 28 000 passwords, claims they’re from PayPal

    Given the predilection for Guy Fawkes imagery, it should hardly be surprising that Anonymous would choose 5 November as its global protest day. In celebration, it has released 28 000 passwords which it claims are from PayPal. The hacker collective has sent out tweets from a number of its accounts linking to a series of paste documents, some of which have stopped working, that purport to be emails and passwords from the payment service. According to The Next Web, one dump contains 27 935 entries from “mc_customers” with coded passwords and phone numbers. Paypal hacked...

  • CNN’s head of social news: Twitter forces journos to report the news better

    CNN accounted for about 13% of all social media mentions, according to trend analytics firm Trendrr earlier this year. That's impressive. Cable News Network is one of the largest news networks in the world, so it needs to be at the forefront of news innovation by adapting the changing nature of reporting. Today's current news climate requires all news organisations to have a social media strategy. CNN is very active on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Instagram. Its main Twitter account boasts more than six-million followers, placing it among the top 100 biggest accounts...

  • Plotting Google glass and dying ereaders: 4 tech stories you have to read

    We've probably all dreamed about waking up and putting on a pair of augmented reality glasses. But what should the team at Google include in its specs -- and what do its users want to see? Whatever it is, tech investors don't think you'll want to see an ereader -- or that they'll be around in the near future. But it'll be a future with spam bots and citizen journalists, if current trends are anything to go by. Wondering what I'm on about? You should probably read some of the most recent top tech stories we've found on the...

  • 6 tablet gestures that will determine Windows 8’s success

    Having fully embraced the touch-centric user interface with the release of Windows 8, it was extremely important for Microsoft to nail the touch functionality of its new OS. This feature is of specific importance to tablet users as a whole host of manufacturers and designers have invested heavily in the tablet-hybrid movement. That being said, there are six Windows 8 gestures that we believe will determine whether or not users will embrace the touch experience and ultimately ensure Microsoft's position as the touch-centric OS developer. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Can Silicon Valley be repeated in Africa? Ventureburn asks IBM’s Martin Kelly

    IBM's Venture Capital Group is a really interesting cog in the startup machine. It's not a fund and yet, through it, IBM has managed to invest in a bevy of startups that align with its Smarter Planet initiative. Smarter Planet is an umbrella concept under which IBM aims to uncover and foster technology that moves society forward in big ways. Think about smarter systems across just about every industry that can lead to things like improved electrical grids, traffic management systems and protection online -- to name a few examples. 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");

  • LinkedIn Q3 results: a social network in rude health

    LinkedIn is in rude health. Its Q3 financial results completely demolished analysts expectations. That's no hyperbole, it beat them by 80%. The professional social network, which now has 187-million members, is one of the few not to have fallen prey to post-IPO blues -- up nearly 70% in the year since it went public. Revenue for the third quarter was US$252-million, an increase of 81% compared to US$139.5-million in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter was US$2.3-million, compared to a net loss of US$1.6-million for the third quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income for...

  • Samsung has sold 3-million Galaxy Note II devices in 37 days. Seriously

    So, all those critics who said that a phablet would never work must be shaking their heads in disbelief. Samsung's original massive Galaxy Note was a hit -- and it's 5.5-inch predecessor has just continued to fill the spot between a smartphone and a seven inch tablet. So much so that Samsung says it has sold over three-million devices since the updated version went on sale in September. According to the Associated Press, Samsung has confirmed that in the 37 days after it released the phablet to the public, it's selling faster the original. Although it's hardly outpacing the...

  • 17 year old designs news ‘summerising’ app: gets millions in investments

    Nick D'Aloisio has designed an app, Summly, that will summarise the news you want to hear in about three to four paragraphs, receiving millions in backing from all over, including celebrity investors like Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher. The app launches today and has been chosen by Apple as its "app of the week". Nick still lives with his parents. The 17 year-old has been programming since he was 12, having taught himself. Using complex algorithm, Summly will summarise news stories into three paragraphs and allow users to customise categories. If a user likes a specific article, they can...

  • Are Obama and Romney’s campaign sites leaking personal information?

    President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign sites are leaking personal information of visitors on their sites to third-party trackers. So says Jonathan Mayer, a computer science and law graduate at Stanford University. This comes after both campaign parties said that they had safeguarded their respective sites against such breaches. According to Mayer, third parties operating on the site have the opportunity to collect identifying data that includes a user's username, street address and ZIP code, and even the proper name under which someone would register on Obama's site. Romney's site contained information that consisted of a unique...

  • Facebook launches charitable gifts

    Facebook getting into social gifting was big. On a human level at least, giving social gifting a charitable bent might be even bigger. The recently announced addition to the service allows people to make a charitable contribution in celebration of a friend or a family member. The mechanism behind the product works in exactly the same way as the ordinary Facebook gifts does. All that's different is that the gift can take the form of a charitable donation to any one of Facebook's partner non-profit organizations. "We are especially pleased to be launching this test now – when so many...