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  • Is Apple’s porn ban damaging the future of media?

    Everyone knows that Steve Jobs has banned porn and any sexual content from the iPad but is this a wise move? I just started reading Nick Bilton's book "I live in the future & here's how it works" and the first chapter is about his investigation of the porn industry to see if there are any lessons to be applied to the media industry. I've long been an admirer of the porn industry's innovative business models as applied to technology and media. And Bilton does a great job in expanding on that theme. Every time a new technology has been introduced,...

  • How computer games make us better people

    Computer games can make us better people, argues renowned futurist and game designer Jane McGonigal. In an impeccably researched and delivered presentation at the 2010 London Nokia World Forum, McGonigal spoke about how computer gaming can positively impact the world, turning people into "super-empowered, hopeful individuals". Gaming is mainstream. And if there is anyone who doubts this, the figures speak for themselves. By age 21, an average person in a developed economy would have spent more than 10 000 hours playing computer games -- this is comparable to the total time we spend at school. McGonigal says the world, on average,...

  • How to boost your productivity with the iPhone

    The iTunes store is bursting with apps designed to improve your productivity. But there are hundreds of options that all do the same thing, so you need to be selective when deciding which ones to use. Memeburn offers you some recommendations which provide extra functionality as well as multi-platform support that is a cut above the rest. Evernote Evernote is a tool you can use to take notes, create to-do lists, search through images, capture business cards and more. Wikipedia calls it "a suite of software and services designed for note taking and archiving". All of the information that you...

  • Apple presents musical social network

    On Wednesday the 1st of September, Apple introduced a music-centric social network called Ping, and unveiled updates to its lineup of iPods and Apple TV. Ping is built into the new iTunes 10, and is available for download to its 160-million users with immediate effect. The service will allow users to discover new music by allowing them to follow and view their friends' music reviews, purchases and planned concert attendances. Bands can also use Ping as a platform to communicate new releases, concert tours and events to their fans. Just about every iPod in Apple's arsenal got refreshed with new versions...

  • Four usability fails the iPad must get right

    The iPad is in many ways an iconic and revolutionary device, clearly filled with breathtaking potential. But despite the obvious beauty, hype and charm, it's important to keep a firm focus on some "usability fails" of the iPad if it is to fulfill its potential and become a major leap forward in personal computing. Here are four areas where the iPad needs work. Fail #1: Anything can be the UI Partly because of the touch interface, and partly because as a medium the iPad is fairly revolutionary, there are no strict rules and standards in place as to what the User Interface...

  • Second Life in desperate need of a second life

    The value of Linden Lab, which operates the virtual world Second Life, has plunged by more than 21%, according to SharesPost, which tracks the private secondary market. In late June, Linden Lab brought back founder Philip Rosedale as interim CEO, after CEO Mark Kingdon stepped down. The current value of Linden Lab is estimated by SharesPost to be about $271-million or about $100-million less than a year ago. The plunge in value appears related to recent news that the company is closing the five year old "Teen Second Life" virtual world at the end of this year. The company said: "...supporting and developing for...

  • Review: The Blackberry Bold 9700 is all it’s cracked up to be

    Hello, my name is Ryan and I have a problem. I have been struggling with this addiction for almost 2 weeks now and I can’t seem to shake it. The Blackberry Bold 9700 has taken over my life. It has seduced me into the BB universe and has quite literally hijacked my social circle. All who use it, swear by its convenience and ease of use, and I agree completely. The Blackberry is inching ever closer to that elusive smartphone crown in South Africa. With more than three Blackberries sold for every iPhone, it seems as though the momentum is...

  • HD video: Big Brother will soon be in your pocket

    We live in a world of ubiquitous computing -- there are ever more computing devices everywhere. We will soon live in a world of ubiquitous video cameras. You probably have one staring at you right now just inches away from your face -- the camera in your laptop or desktop. There are video cameras on street corners, business premises, highways. The Brits have the most video cameras per head of population but other countries are catching up. The CCTV technology is cheap to install and operate. Consumer video cameras are cheap and getting cheaper and better quality. A Flip HD camera...

  • Why you should be using Apple’s MobileMe

    MobileMe, a suite of internet-based services from Apple, has been been available for the last 10 years. But when Apple recently updated their online mail app to very little fanfare, it became clear that many people are missing out on the superb services available from MobileMe. At $99/R850 for single users or $149/R1350 for a family pack (5-user) the service is not cheap, but it's well worth the money for a world-class service that includes mail, address book, calendar, online storage and a web hosting service. What is now known as MobileMe was launched in 2000 in the form of "iTools"...

  • Review: Nokia N900 – the ultimate Linux phone?

    Can one truly have a pocket sized netbook and a phone in one package? Or does one function fall by the wayside in favour of the other? Memeburn took a look at the Nokia N900 to see if it makes the grade as a netbook/phone hybrid. At first glance the N900 seems impressive. It has a 600MHz Arm Cortex CPU, 256MB of ram and 32GB of onboard storage, with a high resolution, crystal clear 3.5in screen. Naturally, it also has all the basics for a smartphone of this calibre, which means 3G, Bluetooth 2.0, USB connector, and 802.11g wi-fi. The...