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  • Google Chrome unleashes The Great Suspender

    Chrome has introduced an extension that sounds like a film title with Denzel Washington and his definitive walk playing the lead. The Great Suspender is here and it will sort out your problem. The Great Suspender is a lightweight chrome extension to help reduce Chrome's memory footprint for users who like to have more than one tab open at the same time. It replaces the URL, with a simple screen that says "Tab suspended, click to reload” and opens whenever the user is ready to do so. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it...

  • Error 404: Democracy Not Found — what social media tells us about the state of our culture

    At a time in our world when there are more people voting for their government representatives than ever before, it's a discomforting thought that most of us are unhappy with the way our lives are run. To be fair, we are growing up alongside financial crises alongside an overpopulated planet. Still, whether political systems are under more assault due to having so many more eyes on it or whether people are feeling somewhat more entitled, the fact remains that the web -- specifically when we look at social media -- is playing a massive role in how it's being...

  • HTTP is getting its first upgrade since 1999. Here’s what you can expect

    While the web has gone through a lot of changes since it first came into existence in the early 1990s, the fundamental tech behind it hasn't changed since 1999. That's until now with the introduction of a fresh new upgrade to HTTP 2.0 (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), spelling faster page loads, more mobile-friendly and more encryption. HTTP is a big deal. It's the application that makes the web what it is -- enabling the transferring of packets of data between the user (your browser) and the server host (the website). Before recently confirming that the second version of HTTP, Mark Notingham --...

  • Liquid Telecom secures $150m funding for Africa-wide fiber network expansion

    Independent data, voice and IP provider Liquid Telecom Group has announced it has secured additional funding totalling US$150-million to finance the expansion of its fiber network to more locations in Africa. The fund was facilitated by Standard Chartered and provided by large global investment banks. Over a period of about five years, the company says it built what it calls the largest independent cross-border fiber network in Africa -- which spans more than 18 000km and connects a total of 15 countries in East and Central Africa. The additional fund, Liquid Telecom says, will be spent on the extension of...

  • BlackBerry says apps should work on all mobile operating systems

    Do you ever feel limited by your Apple, Android or Microsoft ecosystem? Well, you're not alone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen feels that exclusive applications and content for different mobile operating systems are discriminatory, and should thus cater for all ecosystems if true net neutrality is to be achieved. In a blog post Chen uses the analogy of a train system, saying that most of the discussion involving net neutrality focuses on the carriers which represents the tracks. The railway cars, Chen argues, are operated by content and applications. Neutrality legislation must take a "holistic view", he says. If we are...

  • One sixth of Europeans say they’ve never used the internet

    From where you stand, it might seem like everyone in your sight is either chatting, updating a status update, tweeting or sharing a picture but elsewhere there are people to whom the word Internet means nothing. According to the latest annual survey from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics offices, as much as one in five Europeans aged 16 to 74 have still never used the internet. Eighteen percent of people surveyed answered "never" to the question “When did you last use the Internet?” down from 43% in 2006. The drop is mostly down to the widespread use of smartphones...

  • Orange wants to bridge SA’s digital divide with free WiFi initiative

    Free WiFi services seem to be proliferating in South Africa, with startups like Project Isizwe and telecoms like Orange stepping up to connect the country's citizens. French telecommunications service provider Orange, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is planning to launch its new Orange WiFi service, which will be offered to people living in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. The partnership was announced earlier today at an official address by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town. Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain were chosen by Orange as part of its plan to connect people who cannot afford the cost of data. "What we...

  • Elon Musk wants to bring ‘low cost internet’ satellites to the world

    Elon Musk never ceases to surprise. Even when the tech billionaire entrepreneur is up to something surprising it's still in apt character. From building an ambitious space exploration corporation to creating sexy electric sports cars, the South African-born founder of PayPal always seems to be dabbling with some kind of super Sci-Fi initiative. It's been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Musk is gearing up to announce the launch of "around 700 satellites, each weighing less than 250 pounds," in an attempt to deliver internet access across the globe. Musk backed this claim when he recently tweeted that his space...

  • Fiber-optic cable to increase Africa’s mobile coverage by 20% in 2015

    We all know Africa has a massive mobile population, right? Well, recent efforts will see a massive increase in internet coverage for this fast-growing population. Telecom operator Angola Cables has just announced an investment of US$100-million together with Brazil's Algar Telecom, Antel from Uruguay and Google that will increase mobile coverage to internet by 20% in 2015 of Africa's population. The Angolan telecom has already invested US$200-million in 2013 to construct a submarine cable from Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. “The new cable route will be 10,556 km long and have six fiber pairs. According to estimations, it will...

  • Internet for the masses: Google’s Project Loon finally takes off in SA

    Google's Project Loon has finally launched in South Africa. We've picked up wind about Google's Project Loon a while ago -- the very exciting project that's looking to use balloons and wind currents to bring internet to rural areas around the globe. It's as out-of-the box, it's ambitious and it's trying to solve a real problem: the digital divide. Perfect. Conceived in the company’s secretive Google X research lab, the project is said to beam internet access to the ground “at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster”. "The idea may sound a bit crazy—and that’s part of the reason we’re...

  • How bitcoin is fixing some of the web’s biggest problems

    The web has changed how we communicate, entertain, learn, make money... the list goes on and on. Still, there are so many people who take advantage of the system due to traditional limitations. To name just a few areas in need of remedy, cyber crimes such as fraud, piracy, censorship, and monopolies are all hungry for innovation. Luckily, the web has managed to give birth to new technologies that can help it fix itself. Very notably, bitcoin is one of those. Apart from its use as a currency, the technology first introduced in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto is revolutionising the...

  • With half a billion smartphone users, China’s internet future is pretty clear

    Watching the Chinese tech scene has a kind of inoculating effect on a person when it comes to massive numbers. This is, after all, a country where that has over 618-million internet users and where an ecommerce outfit can realistically aim for the biggest tech IPO of all time. Even in the face of those numbers however, it's still pretty astonishing to see that smartphone ownership in the country is set to go past the 500-million mark later this year. According to internet market research house eMarketer, reaching that milestone means that it'll account for just...

  • Google sets it sights on the stratosphere by investing in satellite internet access

    Google is looking to make the world a better place by providing worldwide internet access, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. According to sources working on the project, Google plans to spend more than US$1-billion on a fleet of satellites that would extend internet access to the remote corners of the world. Although there are no concrete details on the project yet, the WSJ reported that the fleet would start with 180 low-orbiting, lightweight, high-capacity satellites. Google, of course, is hardly the first company to invest in global internet access. Recently, Facebook announced that it would be using high-altitude drones...

  • KPCB latest report on digital trends: all the numbers you need to know

    A report recently showcased at the Code Conference in the US by tech analyst Mary Meeker brilliantly highlights the important differences between digital market trends across the globe. Though extensive, we've trimmed down what we thought are the most significant findings in the report. What do we like how? Facebook, Twitter and somewhat interestingly Pinterest, are the most notable leaders in terms of social media traffic referrals. Facebook leads the pack hosting 21% of all interactions, while Twitter has only 1%. The top news publisher on Facebook is Buzzfeed, followed by Huffington Post and ABC News. Based on shares, likes and...

  • 3 ways cyberattacks can cause disaster for your IT infrastructure

    Cyber security issues aren’t limited to paranoid whispers within the tech community. President Barack Obama and his administration identified cyber security as one the most serious economic and security threats to commerce. If you don’t think your data is at risk, you need to understand that in the Information Age, data is currency. This is especially true in business, where you’re dealing with contact, credit card, banking, and other sensitive information about your customers and employees. Not making security a critical part of your infrastructure is the equivalent of leaving your house unlocked and placing a neon sign that asks...