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Fake Tweet causes stock market chaos

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments


Just after 1 PM on Tuesday, 23 April, the Twitter feed of the Associated Press released a message saying that two bombs exploded in the White House and President Obama had been injured. This turned out to be a fake – stemming from a hack – but quickly garnered more than 4,000 retweets. Quickly afterwards the AP suspended its Twitter account and notified readers that the tweet was as a result of a hack and is completely false.

So it would seem that there was no harm done, right? Unfortunately, that was not the case. Soon afterwards, the Financial Times reported that this specific tweet had a massive effect on the stock market, wiping out around $130 billion worth of stock in a matter of seconds. That only translates to about a 0.9% decline and it quickly recovered in the minutes thereafter, but it left people again questioning the methods in which stocks are traded in modern times. (more…)

Hands-on Review: Parrot Zik Headphones

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, 4 Comments


There is plenty in the electronics world to get a gadget fan’s geek-o-meter hitting the red, but usually a headset isn’t one of them. Looking at the Parrot Zik, though, that all changes. In the high-end headphone market it is difficult to make yourself heard (apologies). The Zik takes on a lot of competition, among them the B&W P3 and the Philips Fidelio L1.

Where the Parrot Zik tries to differentiate itself is through sheer technical brilliance. It has wireless Bluetooth connectivity, touch operation, noise-cancelling technology and sensors that pause music when you take the headphones off. Sounds pretty good, but is it?

Infographic: The online music market – iTunes turns 10!

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments


On the 28th of April 2013, Apple will celebrate 10 years of iTunes. Since the humble beginnings of this online music concept,  iTunes has blossomed into the first successful commercial online music store with its 99cents a song deal. Its success was intrinsically linked to the then new Apple iPod. Today it remains the biggest online music store, a full 10 years later.

The Onion news took a bit of a satirical view on the 10 years of iTunes:

  • Nov. 4, 2002: The iTunes Store is first conceived of when the revolutionary idea “I would like more money” strikes Apple CEO Steve Jobs out of the blue.
  • Apr. 28, 2003: The iTunes Store launches with the Bay Area band Steve and the Jobtones as its featured artist.
  • Jan. 5, 2004: iTunes briefly adds new and used automotive parts to its store. (more…)

Amazon plans to release tv set-top box

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments


A report by Bloomeberg, citing sources close to the matter, have revealed that Amazon will be releasing a tv set-top box that will let users stream video content via the internet directly into their homes.

The product is reportedly being developed by Amazon’s Lab126 division.

Scheduled to become available later this year, the new device provides access to Amazon’s Video on Demand store and puts it in competition with Apple’s Apple TV set-top box as well as Microsoft’s and Sony’s video programming gaming consoles.

While other companies already provide users with access to Amazon’s video service, with the development of its own tv set-top box, Amazon can “put its content more directly in the center of consumers’ living rooms, while giving developers another reason to create applications for Amazon’s digital ecosystem,” says Bloomberg.

27dinner Cape Town event

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, No Comments

27_Dinner_News_CT27dinner, brought to you by Cerebra, is now taking bookings for its event in Cape Town.

The 27dinner movement aims to bring together informed, networked individuals with a common passion for technology, media and business in an informal but valuable real world space.

If you haven’t attended before, it’s going to be a fun evening of inspiring talks and superb conversation with smart and talented web, mobile, media, film and marketing people.

Speakers for Cape Town are Catherine Luckhoff, Head of Business Development (Global) Bozza.mobi and Joe Botha, Founder of GustPay.

The 27dinner will also be coming to Johannesburg and Durban so watch this space for details as information becomes available.

Event Details:

When: 26th April 2013, 7pm

Where: Frieda’s on Bree, 15 Bree Street; Cape Town.

Cost: FREE

RSVP: to book your seat visits www.27dinner.com

There are only 15 seats available so book now to avoid disappointment!

More Women needed in SA ICT Sector

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, 2 Comments

woman-on-laptopSouth Africa needs to actively encourage young girls to consider technology as a career option if the country is going to address key issues like the current skills shortage in the IT sector and spiralling levels of youth unemployment.

That’s the word from Thuli Sibeko, the organiser of the South African Girls in ICT event, being held on International Girls in ICT day on 25 April 2013. Now in its fourth year, the event aims to inspire girls to consider a future in technology, with more than 130 schoolgirls expected to attend a conference with leading women in the local ICT sector.

Ms Sibeko, the managing director of Anglo African Events, says the technology sector offers “an extraordinary opportunity” for girls and young women to forge successful careers in a field where there are expected to be two million more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them in the next 10 years.

“In a country where there are millions of unemployed young people, it’s important to break the existing stereotypes that technology careers are ‘too hard’ for girls, or ‘unfeminine’ or even ‘boring’,” said Ms Sibeko. “Education and skills training – and a change in attitudes – are vital to ensure women are not left behind.” (more…)

Vodacom first to get BlackBerry Q10

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, 3 Comments


Vodacom customers will be the first to get their hands on the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, which will be available at Vodacom World and other participating outlets on Thursday 2nd  May 2013. The Q10 is the first BlackBerry 10 OS device with a physical keyboard.

We had the opportunity to play with the Q10 at the recent Z10 launch, and we walked away very impressed. It certainly sticks to a similiar feel to the Bold 9900 which was a great phone to hold with premium materials.

Vodacom customers get even more with the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.  New contract customers will receive unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) texting and file sharing* for 24 months, valued at R19 per month. In addition to this, customers will also receive double their data for the first two months of the contract. Contract prices for the Q10 can be found below: (more…)

Nokia launches Asha 210 with dedicated WhatsApp Button

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, No Comments


Now this is a smart move. Recognizing the shift away from SMS, Nokia has embraced the WhatsApp standard for their new low cost Asha 210 phone. The new Asha 210 features a dedicated button to access WhatsApp, and a full qwerty keyboard for messaging addicts. Well done to Nokia for not creating some proprietary messaging standard that only works on one brand. WhatsApp is an excellent choice – and you will not be charged a yearly cost to use it.