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MindBullet: Facebook Time-Shares Human Brains (18 May 2017)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.
This week we look at a fantastic scenario. It's all about the power of building platforms - not services, but platforms that other people leverage services off. That's the thing with Facebook. That's the thing that has Google so worried. They're a platform with one of the largest captive audiences we've ever seen.
So the space to watch is not what people are doing ON Facebook, but what people are doing WITH Facebook. 
So how about this one. Crazy? Or not so crazy? You can already outsource your PS3 to solve maths problems at universities around the world. You can already donate your computing power to earn yourselves some BitCoins (new virtual P2P currency - worth che…

No Regret Friday. Campaign with a cause.

Nice campaign from Mel Attree and the crew - SAB and Goodfellas present No Regret Friday. Of course, designed to get you to think before you drink before you drive. I've certainly been giving this a lot of thought since the sproglet was born.


Goodfellas is that drive-you-home-in-your-own-car service - it costs about R200 or so to get home from Sandton to Fourways (for instance, roughly 12km journey). That sounds quite pricey - but it's certainly cheaper than taking a taxi both ways.

It's just not worth it, chaps. We keep telling ourselves as we grow up that "we'll be fine", "we'll take back roads" - etc etc. And come to think of it, I've personally NEVER been pulled over in a roadblock. That's the reason we think like we do - there's a good chance people will get away with it. Saffers can be such bloody-minded and dangerous drunk drivers.

But what if you don't get away with it.

Bribe. OK, cool. Congrats on keeping the country hone…

Nokia E7 Review

Okay. I'll admit it. I'm biased against the current crop of Nokia Smartphones. I just think they're crap - and maybe that's because I'm a "power user" (although sometimes I think my levels of frustration exceed the everyday consumer!). Or maybe it's just because I'm getting grumpy in my old age. Symbian has simply ceased to be competitive in today's landscape of iPhone's and Android devices. Even the slightly aging BlackBerry interface takes it to the cleaners.

Case in point - on the Nokia E7 review unit I had. Spent the first 30 minutes trying to update the bloody thing while it switched on, switched off and generally didn't feedback to the user what the hell was going on.


You can make all the arguments you like about Nokia's making great hardware (they do) - but it all falls flat when you don't have the OS to back it up. Which is why I am extremely excited about Windows Phone 7 and what it could do to revive Nokia's SmartP…

Hacking, 13 year olds and the Lulz...

I won't comment too much on this. They might hack me. I kid. Maybe not.

Context: Lulz were a group of hackers, responsible for some big take downs and leaks recently... A summary post here.

Here's their "final press release"

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Friends around the globe, 


We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us. 


For the past 50 days we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could. All to selflessly entertain others - vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love. The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and ana…

ZA Tech Show Episode 165 - All About Julie

Trying hard to focus on the serious issues facing technology this week instead of talking about foreign love interestes and wine, Andy Hadfield, Stafford Masie and Simon Dingle discuss;

LulzSec and its fallout.8ta’s new mobile broadband bundles.Mobile content strategies.The new Ster-Kinekor website’s #fail.Windows Phone.Nokia’s N9.
Our technology picks and pick-ons this week:

Stafford Masie – Picks: Dropbox for its awesomeness.
Andy Hadfield – Picks: Getting Wicked for its thoughtfulness.
Simon Dingle – Picks: Nokia’s N9 for its significance.


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