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  • Iperius Backup Free for Windows review: save your system regularly

    If there's something that you just can't do enough of as a techie, it's backing up important data. More often than not, that hard drive that you've relied on for so long will decide to pack its bags and visit hard drive heaven just when you need it the most. Of course, while this sounds brilliant for the old fella, you're left panicking, especially if you didn't have another drive with all our valuable data lying in wait. While many OSes feature native backup programs, like Windows Backup or Mac OS X's Time Machine, usually these are fairly thin and lack...

  • 5 essential free apps for #FeesMustFall demonstrators

    It's not easy fighting for what you believe in, regardless of the end goal. It's hard enough rolling out of bed in the morning on the odd occasion, but to literally take a stand for rights that you're largely entitled to can only fill onlookers with admiration. But protesting has evolved since the prehistoric days of pitchforks and torches. It has become an interactive digital social experience, often using social media to propogate ideas and organise large groups of participants. This has been demonstrated this week by the #FeesMustFall protests. With that said, there are a number of essential apps and...

  • Ware of the Week: Colorfy

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app-slash-game that's good for kids and extremely creative (or bored adults) -- it's Colorfy's digital colouring book. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Showmax Waiting: it sucks, but it's what life's built on. And if you don't like waiting around (and you're like me) chances are you're well used to throwing tantrums in public or loading your phone...

  • Ware of the Week: ShowMax

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that comes courtesy of Naspers' new streaming VoD service -- ShowMax. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Zomato On Ware of the Week, I usually only discuss apps that I truly love, that I can't live without, or that I don't ever want to live without. This week, we're tackling something a little different. While video-on-demand (VoD) is...

  • Adult Player ransomware wants to catch you with your pants down

    Ransomware is becoming more and more popular for electronic criminals, as people get more and more gullible. It's not a case of crooks discovering new holes and exploits, but rather consumers getting a little too comfortable with their browsing habits and awful security etiquette. Adult Player is one such app that as security firm Zscaler describes, "leverages pornography to lure victims into downloading and installing it." This ransomware acts as a porn app named "Adult Player" and lures victims who assume it is a pornographic video player. When the victim starts using it, the app silently takes a photo of the...

  • Ware of the Week: Microsoft Arrow Launcher beta

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that’s part of Microsoft's new agnostic platform mantra -- Arrow Launcher for Android. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Zomato It's a topsy-turvy world when Microsoft begins building apps for Android, and even more so when it's an Android launcher at that, but it's all part of the company's new view of the technology world. Instead of...

  • Ware of the Week: Zomato

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that’s about as perfect a fit for Cape Town's foodie scene than anything we've seen before — Zomato. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Opera Max Food is essential to life, but good food is arguably essential when having a good time, especially in the big city. Cape Town is slowly transforming into one of the world's...

  • Firefox will get Chrome extension support, multi-processing threads come December

    If you're a Mozilla Firefox fan you're in for quite a rude awakening when Mozilla practically overhauls the browser from the ground up come December. Mozilla has announced that it will be adopting a new extension API, which will allow Google Chrome and Opera extensions to run within the Firefox browser. Moreover, this also means that the old-style extensions we've come to know and love will fall by the wayside, unless they're recompiled. It's particularly sad news for those who can't afford to rewrite entire extensions. Other changes include Mozilla Firefox's move to a more Chrome-like multi-process makeup, which Mozilla's calling "Electrolysis."...

  • Vodacom, CTSB help the blind through new smartphone technology, kiosks

    Smartphones are everywhere and a large part of our society. Year on year smartphone usage is overtaking traditional desktop platforms. For most of us using one of these devices the smooth screen and lack of buttons have become second-nature. Yes, it probably took some time to adapt from traditional button phones -- my adjustment took a while. For Visually Impaired People (VIP) it's a completely different story, and an area requiring more awareness. Like those of us who have sight, VIPs want the latest technology -- more specifically smartphones -- as well. The devices hold a robust range of features...

  • Ware of the Week: Opera Max

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that's all about data saving and data management from the makers of Opera -- Opera Max. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft You've probably heard the name "Opera" used around the web now and again. The company, once known for its iconic web browser that served mobile and PCs so well is redefining itself...