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Vodacom launches LTE

Vodacom yesterday launched the country’s first commercially available next-generation cellphone data network, known as long-term evolution (LTE). “It’s live today, it’s commercially available. LTE is now officially launched in South Africa,” Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said at the MyBroadband Conference 2012 in Midrand. Joosub has previously told The Times that “...[Read More]

Interview with Steve Wozniak

The future of computing will be through voice recognition and location awareness but the first signs of artificial intelligence will probably appear on the internet, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Known universally by his nickname Woz, he was the engineering genius to Steve Jobs’ marketing nous and created the early computers on which Apple’s legacy was built. He is in South Afri...[Read More]

Vodacom launches LTE in South Africa

Vodacom today launched their LTE offering for South Africa at the MyBroadband Conference 2012.The announcement was made by Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub, who said that the service will initially be available in Johannesburg before spreading to the rest of the country. JOosub said “Vodacom was the first network in SA to test LTE more than two years ago, and since then we’ve been busy upgra...[Read More]

Felix Baumgartner’s ‘space dive’ starts in less than an hour. Catch the live stream here

Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking sky-dive from space was delayed but it is now a little under an hour before the event happens. Red Bull Stratos have arranged a live stream of the attempt by Baumgartner to leap 120,000 feet from a capsule on the edge of space. Baumgartner is expected to break Mach 1 with the freefall, which is set to break a 52-year-old record set by US Air Force pilot Jo...[Read More]

Microsoft sets ambitious Windows 8 device, apps targets

Microsoft has said, though the company’s vice president for U.S. sales and marketing Keith Lorizio, that they are looking to push the available apps available for Windows 8 from the current 3,000 or so to over 100,000 in the three months following Windows 8’s launch. Microsoft is also targeting 400 million devices actively running Windows 8 by July 2013 according to Lorizio, with that ...[Read More]

Facebook testing ‘Want’ button

Facebook is working with several retailers to test out a new feature for the social network, a ‘Want’ button. Facebook has named the feature Collections and it may lead to the company’s role online expanding further. The groups of retailers includes Pottery Barn and Victoria’s secret and the new ‘Want’ button in the works will allow users to tag products that th...[Read More]

The Oatmeal’s crowdfunded efforts help secure Tesla’s Wardencliffe

An Indiegogo fundraiser, arranged and promoted by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, has been instrumental in allowing a group called the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (formerly Friends of Science East) to purchase the location of Nikolai Tesla’s Wardencliffe facility. The crowdsourced fundraiser, Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, hit its target way back in August th...[Read More]

The US Military’s flying saucer declassified, emerges from 1956

Recently declassified images from the American National Archives will probably send conspiracy theorists into a spin. It seems that the US Air Force, back in 1956, was looking to build an actual UFO or flying saucer, right around the time that whole Roswell, New Mexico conspiracy was picking up steam. Concept images for the craft have been located in a document titled ‘Project 1794, Final De...[Read More]

A year without genius of Jobs

A year after the death of Steve Jobs, the enigmatic boss of Apple, that poster child of innovation continues to dominate the headlines. Is Apple a better company with or without Jobs? How does his successor, Tim Cook, compare? Is Apple going to run out of ideas when the projects Jobs was working on are completed? Jobs has been compared to Ford, Edison and Tesla – empire-building men who chan...[Read More]

Researchers develop algorithms that halve lithium-ion battery charge time

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have come up with algorithms that can reduce the time taken to charge a lithium-ion battery, the mainstay of today’s portable devices, by half. Instead of keeping track of voltage and current, the researchers are using an algorithm that “…can estimate what is physically going on inside the lithium-ion battery”. One of th...[Read More]

Toy joy for the big boys

For a few minutes all the adults became children too. It was a four-year-old’s birthday party and, after the blue-interior Spiderman cake, the biggest thrill was a remote-controlled helicopter. While these are generally set to amuse children, the fathers were enthralled – because, unlike most RC gadgets, this one, called an AR.Drone, is controlled by an iPhone.With a camera mounted in ...[Read More]

Aerospace engineers to start experiments on Star Trek-style fusion impulse engines

In a move almost calculated to make Star Trek fans and space travel hopefuls extremely optimistic, the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH), NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Boeing have revealed that they are experimenting with a fusion impulse rocket engine that will allow for more rapid space travel. The concept impulse engine has been named for the Star Trek equivalent according to UAH...[Read More]

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