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Is the Star Wars gaming franchise doomed?

Published by on May 7th, 2013, No Comments

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When Disney bought the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas and LucasArts, a lot of fans were grieved as the announcement came that all games currently being developed by LucasArts would be cancelled with immediate effect. While not all the Star Wars games were great, there were some standouts that really immersed you in the complex fantasy world of The Force. (more…)

3 things every online business needs to know about card payments

Published by on May 7th, 2013, No Comments

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If you do business online, it’s much easier to make a sale if you take credit cards – but, says Peter Harvey of payment services provider PayGate, e-commerce businesses need to ensure they have the security basics right.

“If you store, transmit or process any kind of credit or debit card information, it is your job as the merchant to protect it,” he says. “If cardholder data is stolen and you are responsible, you could face fines, penalties and even lose the right to accept payment cards. The card associations are getting more and more strict about this.”

Harvey says there are three important steps e-commerce businesses can take to make sure they and their customers are protected:

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The Innovation Prize for Africa 2013 announces top 10

Published by on May 6th, 2013, No Comments

IPA-2013-logoThe Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2013 has announced its top 10 finalists.  These entrepreneurs have created African solutions to every day African challenges.

The top 10, five of which represent South Africa,  were chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries and provide practical examples of Africa’s investment potential.

Finalists are leaders in the areas of agriculture, environment, health, ICT and manufacturing.

The winners of the IPA 2013 will be announced on 7th May in Cape Town. The winner will receive US$ 100, 000 for the best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact and clear business potential.

A runner up will receive US$ 25, 000 for the best commercial potential and another winner will receive US$ 25, 000 as a special prize for social innovation.

The top 10 finalists are:
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New leaks of BlackBerry R10 suggest budget Q10

Published by on May 6th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Newly leaked information about the unconfirmed upcoming BlackBerry R10, suggest that the new device will indeed be a budget version of the BlackBerry Q10.

The leaked information that comes in the form of some newly claimed specs were published on technology news site DGtle. DGtle reveals that like the Q10, the R10 will supposedly feature a 3.1-inch screen and 2GB of RAM.

According to DGtle, to serve its “budget” offering the R10 will offer a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage and a 1,800 mAh non-removable battery in comparison to the Q10′s 8-megapixel camera,  16GB storage and 2100 mAh battery.

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Vanity Fair: What really happened when Facebook bought Instagram

Published by on May 6th, 2013, No Comments

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For the amount of $1 billion ($300 million in cash and the rest in stock), the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook in April 2012, about 18 months after the photo sharing app launched, made global news headlines.

While the development may seem like a dream come true for any young entrepreneur, Instagram founder and CEO Kevin Systrom tells Vanity Fair magazine that the experience was one that felt more like a roller-coaster ride with ups and downs ranging from missed opportunities to  “aha” moments.

Vanity Fair finds out what really happened between Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Systrom behind the scenes of this significant acquisition.

You can read the article on Vanity Fair’s website here.

 

First Windows 8 small screen tablet leaked on Amazon

Published by on May 6th, 2013, No Comments

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Amazon.com leaked the world’s first small-screen Windows 8 tablet briefly before removing it from its website.

As a result of the leak, Amazon revealed a number of specs about the Acer Iconia  W3-810 tablet, rumours of which first surfaced in late April.

We now know that the 8.1-inch tablet offers a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1280 x 800 display, about 8 hours of battery life, 32GB of storage, 2-megapixel front and rear cameras and a micro USB 2.0 port.

Its brief appearance revealed a price of $379.99.

Source: PC World

Saturday Night Live parodies Google Glass

Published by on May 6th, 2013, No Comments

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As the Explorer Program is now in full swing and in the hands of thousands of developers, Google Glass continues to make news headlines whether it be for the development of new apps like the Winky app, the voicing of privacy concerns, its stringent terms of service or the jokes made about the way in which the device is used and how awkward it can be.

Who better than Saturday Night Live to really poke fun at the futuristic wearable device. As part of SNL’s Weekend Update segment, host Seth Meyers welcomes fictional tech blogger Randall Meeks, played by funnyman Fred Armisen who talks about his experience with the device.

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TAKEALOT launches iPhone and Android Apps

Published by on May 6th, 2013, No Comments

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TAKEALOT.com has taken another step towards customer convenience by launching their iPhone and Android shopping apps in addition to the Blackberry 10 app launched earlier this year. With Africa’s internet users primarily using mobile devices, the apps aim to deliver an enhanced experience for customers, allowing them instant access to the world of retail via their mobile device, regardless of time or location.

“We’re not joking when we say it’s a mall in your pocket. The apps are designed to allow the user to access the world of online shopping without ever having to use a laptop or desktop computer.” Says Kim Reid, CEO. (more…)

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