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Google Glass specs officially released

Published by on Apr 16th, 2013, No Comments

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Along with the release of the Mirror API for Google Glass, the programming interface that developers will use to create services for the high-tech wearable device, Google has now officially announced the specs for the Glass Explorer editions.

The specs are as follows:

Fit

Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
Extra nosepads in two sizes.
Display

High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

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Zapiro’s Zafari mobile game launches crowdfunding proposal

Published by on Apr 16th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Cartoonist Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) well known for his caricatures in the Sunday Times and the Mail & Guardian is now giving South Africans the opportunity to interact with his cartoons with a new mobile phone game Zafari, that aims to encourage South Africans to become involved in sensible political debate.

In order to fund the creation of the game by Seamonster, a local company that develop games, animations and apps, a crowdfunding proposal has been launched on startme.co.za.

Zapiro says that “Creating a game is an interesting method of getting people to play with my cartoons. It gives them an opportunity to create their own stories, and their own interpretation of South Africa”.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III to have new design

Published by on Apr 16th, 2013, 6 Comments

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Well, well, well… what do we have here? Is it possible that the big shots at Samsung have finally started to listen to criticism? It may well be that the newest iteration of the Note family will not follow design queues from the Galaxy S4 (and almost every other high-end Galaxy device), but better materials like metals.

This comes from our reliable friends over at SamMobile who really has the knack of hitting the nail on the head when it comes to Samsung leaks and rumours. It looks like Samsung saw how successful the launch of the HTC One was and started to become a bit “worried” about the design and build quality of the mobile devices.

We absolutely adore the HTC One and is currently busy with a review (so check back for that soon), and we think it’s probably the best looking Android smartphone ever. To quote my colleague reviewing the device, dare we say it, “prettier than the iPhone.” The HTC One is fully made from aluminium, and not cheap polycarbonate plastic like on many other devices.
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Bitcoin Mining: A power hungry industry?

Published by on Apr 16th, 2013, 1 Comment

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There’s gold in them there hills! Well at least there are bitcoins out there to be dug up. The new age gold rush of the popular digital currency has been all the rage recently. More and more people have become interested in the seemingly untamed currency. Whilst most people will purchase the bitcoins at their current market price, there a few entrepreneurial bitcoin “prospectors” looking to mine their own share. Unfortunately many bitcoin miners will find that they spend more time and resources chasing the bitcoin dream than actually mining any. So what does mining actually cost? (more…)

New Facebook Home ad stars Mark Zuckerberg

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, 1 Comment

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On Friday Facebook’s new “Home” application launched on the US Play Store, and Facebook obviously had to start marketing it over the weekend. Facebook Home is the social network’s effort to take Android skins to extreme levels of customization. Featuring some really cool ideas like Chatheads, Facebook Home is not an app in the traditional sense.

So what is new about Facebook Home? Instead of the typical Facebook app, Facebook Home will take over your screen from the moment you wake the screen. You instantly see what your friends are sharing, and you can quickly see pictures without unlocking the phone. Because its so tightly integrated into the OS, you will also see things like messages and missed calls from the same interface.

Facebook makes no apologies of the fact that its network is a great way to goof off while at work – and this ad shows Facebook’s employees not really paying attention to their leader, Mark Zuckerberg. Tell us what you think: (more…)

FNB launches Tablet Apps

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB has released a new Banking App customised for tablet devices, complimenting a much larger tablet device strategy for the Bank. From today, the App is available for download from today in app stores across Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.

“The new Banking App, designed specifically for tablet devices, was developed with ease-of-use as a key priority and utilises the full capability of the latest tablet devices. It is completely custom-made and not a re-skin of our existing smartphone App.” says Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations.

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Bitcoin: Future of Currency or Commodity Bubble?

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, 7 Comments

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At the beginning of April 2013, the market capitalization of Bitcoin passed the $1 billion mark for the first time. From there, it bolted upwards to a max of $2.6 billion only 10 days later, trading at an exchange rate of $266 per Bitcoin. From there, it plummeted though, to about $120 only two days later. Furthermore, only earlier in this year the exchange rate was only $13 per Bitcoin. So why did it happen and how did this kind of volatility hit a purely virtual currency which is completely decentralized – meaning it is not backed by any central bank or government authority – in such a short time frame?
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Kaspersky exposes “Winnti” Cybercriminal Workings

Published by on Apr 15th, 2013, No Comments

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Today Kaspersky Lab’s team of experts published a detailed research report that analyses a sustained cyber-espionage campaign conducted by the cybercriminal organisation known as “Winnti.”

According to Kaspersky Lab’s report, the Winnti group has been attacking companies in the online gaming industry since 2009 and is currently still active. The group’s objectives are stealing digital certificates signed by legitimate software vendors in addition to intellectual property theft, including the source code of online game projects.

The first incident that drew attention to the Winnti group’s malicious activities occurred in the autumn of 2011, when a malicious Trojan was detected on a large number of end-user computers across the globe. The clear link between all of the infected computers is that  they were used to play a popular online game. Shortly after the incident, details emerged that the malicious programme which had infected the users’ computers was part of a regular update from the gaming company’s official server. Infected users and members of the gaming community suspected the computer game publisher was installing the malware to spy on its customers. However, it later became clear that the malicious programme was installed on the players’ computers by accident, and that the cybercriminals were actually targeting the computer game company itself. (more…)

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