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Zuckerberg talked Instagram down from $2 billion

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reportedly negotiated his company’s recent purchase of photo-sharing service Instagram on his own over the course of three days, talking Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom down from an asking price of $2 billion in the process. According to a Wall Street Journal report the negotiations for the purchase took place at Zuckerberg’s home in Palo Alto, with the Fac...[Read More]

Motorola brings DEFY+ to SA shores

Motorola Mobility announced today the South African availability of the Motorola DEFY+ phone. Described as “faster, smarter and richer” compared to the original DEFY handset, the DEFY+ features a dust proof, water resistant and scratch resistant design thanks to Gorilla Glass protection. The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) device boasts a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor that is claimed to be 25% f...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S III to be official Olympics phone?

Samsung may not have officially announced a Galaxy S III yet but the phone is rumoured to be the “official device” of the 2012 Olympic Games. According to an unconfirmed report from BGR Samsung will be unveil the handset in London as a result of the sponsorship, with the possibility of simultaneous launches in New York, Seoul and Dubai. Samsung is an official sponsor of the Olympic Gam...[Read More]

Google Drive may launch next week – report

Details of Google’s Google Drive have reportedly leaked, pointing towards a free 5GB of storage for users and a launch date some time next week for the service. The leaked details, which were seen by The Next Web who cite “a draft release from a partner of Google’s upcoming Google Drive service”, claim that users will be able to access their files from any web browser but w...[Read More]

Sony unveils “nasne”, for Japan only

Sony has revealed “nasne”, a new networked recorder and media storage device that will launch in Japan on 19 July this year. The device will ship with a SATA 500GB hard disk drive and digital terrestrial and satellite broadcast tuners built into the unit and will be able to stream live or recorded content to up to two supported Sony devices. The PlayStation 3 (provided it has supportin...[Read More]

Windows 8 flavours confirmed

Microsoft has announced, via a post on the official Windows blog by Brandon LeBlanc, that four editions of Windows 8 will launch, but that only two will be readily available. The post also confirmed that ‘Windows 8’ will be the official title of the operating system when it launches. The four editions are: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT, with an Enterprise edition being avail...[Read More]

Web freedom threatened – Google’s Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said in a recent interview with The Guardian that the open internet presently has a large array of forces opposing it, a situation that he describes as “scary,” Brin lists government attempts to control the internet and the way that their citizens communicate, the American entertainment industry’s lobbying for harsher piracy laws and the advent o...[Read More]

Oracle vs. Google IP trial starts today

The trial between Oracle and Google over Java is set to kick off today, with jury selection. This may not be the most exiting of occurrences but it does set the stage for what has being called  the “world series of intellectual property trials.” Oracle initially sued Google in 2010, alleging that Google infringed seven Java patents in their Android operating system. Five of these paten...[Read More]

Ancient libraries going digital

The Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Oxford University’s Bodleian Library have announced a 4 year project to convert some of their oldest documents into a digital format. An estimated 1.5 million ancient pages will make the transition from their original forms to something that can be read on an iPad and the $3.17 million project is being made possible by the Polonsky Found...[Read More]

New Mac Trojan sighted

Another Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted in the wild. The Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a (SabPub) Trojan was found by Kaspersky Lab’s Costin Raiu and, like the recent Flashback Trojan, the new malware spreads by exploiting Java weaknesses as well as through Word documents. SabPub is believed to be related to a Windows-based APT (advanced persistent threat) from 2011 called LuckyCat which, once instal...[Read More]

“New” iPad (3) on sale April 27

The “new iPad” goes on sale in South Africa on Freedom Day, April 27. Apple announced the “third generation of its category defining mobile device” goes on sale in a number of secondary markets in the next week. South Africa is amongst the batch with Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Thailand. “The new iPad features a stunning new Ret...[Read More]

Former RIM chief was planning changes before he left

Former RIM (Research in Motion) head Jim Balsillie was planning extensive changes within the company before he stepped down, according to a report from Reuters citing two unnamed sources. The plans included giving wireless companies in America and Europe access to Blackberry’s networks, allowing them to route non Blackberry devices through the system. This would have apparently helped to dra...[Read More]

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