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Interesting Facts About Web And Technology

Emails and Spam Facts: 60 billion emails are sent daily, 97% of which are spam. Spam generates 33bn KWt-hours of energy every year, enough to power 2.4 million homes, producing 17 million tons of CO2. 9 out of every 1,000 computers are infected with spam. Spammers get 1 response to every 12 million emails they send (yet it still makes them a small profit).   Social Media: A “twillionaire” is a Twitter user with a million...


The Digital Writing Revolution

Reaching for a pen and note pad is used to be the most natural thing to do when taking notes. With the recent technological advancements, innovative new devices are coming up to service even the most basic act of taking meeting notes. Tablets and stylii are fast replacing the pen and paper. New age pens are fundamentally changing the way we write. Take the Livescribe 3, a pen that syncs notes and audio to an app...

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Buy Items With Flow, Simply Point Your Device at Them

Amazon is at it again, pulling the carpet under retailers’ feet. Introducing Flow; a new addition to its iPhone shopping app. Buy items by simply pointing your iPhone at them. Using your iPhone’s camera to collect product information, the app collects information like product colour, general appearance and label text, matching the data against its massive product database. If you have an i.OS device, fire it up and start using the app. The update is probably...


YouTube Now Auto-Generates Music Playlists on Android

Google introduces the YouTube Mix. Aimed at their Android users, the feature is familiar to desktop users automatically generating playlists of your favourite artist’s most popular videos. Easy to access; simply type in the name of the artist, and YouTube will then generate a playlist. YouTube Mix is a step in the right direction for the YouTube service and their move to become dominating players in the music streaming business.


WPP snaps up Quirk

WPP, an international advertising holding company has just acquired South African marketing agency, Quirk. The value of WPP’s acquisition of Quirk has not been disclosed. Reports puts WPP’s digital revenues in 2013 at more than US$6bn. On the decision to acquire Quirk, WPP says the decision is in line with their development strategy of improving services in fast-growing and important markets and sectors and strengthening their capabilities in digital media. Quirk, a digital marketing agency, was...


Top 5 New or Improved Android Apps

In the categories of password management, Web browser compression, lock screen functionality and media, we look at the top 5 free android apps that are new or have been extensively updated. These apps are available in Google’s Play Store. At the top of the list is Enpass. Rating 4.3 stars, it claims between 10 000 and 50 000 install. Enpass syncs and stores your passwords and PINs using AES – 256 encryption. The latest revision was introduces earlier...

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Pixifly Is a Beautiful, Easy Way to Search Instagram by Location

Forget the hashtag, Pixifly is the new of navigating content on Instagram and giving you perspective on what’s going on out there. Letting you search public Instagram photos using time and place and a handy map interface, Pixifly lets you see the bigger picture. Using Google Places API, the app will pull up all the public photos taken within a certain distance of a certain spot. All you need to do is tap on Current Location...


Smart Pills That Track Your Health From the Inside

The advancement of technology is very evident, and the natural step in this advancement, is here; wearable technology. Including smart contact lenses, implantable sensors, and even ingestible pills that track your health from inside your body are not far off; digital health is the next step. Created by Proteus Digital Health, the digital health feedback system utilises a tiny ingestible sensor that patients need to ingest with their medication. The sensor is made of ingredients that...

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Readers’ Advice: How to Dry a Wet Smartphone

You spilled some sort of liquid on your device? There may be hope for you, and your device. We share a few ideas to save your phone from dying a slow and painful death: Turn it off! As soon as you fish out your gadget, it may be your first instinct to check if it is actually working. Don’t! The few seconds after the accident could make a difference in whether it survives or not! Dissemble...

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Instagram’s Explore Tab: Now Tailored to You

Instagram has tweaked their algorithm. Now the app’s explore tab is better tailored to you, displaying photos and videos specifically suggested for each user, making the photo and video discovery a more personal experience. Still only displaying images from public accounts, direct messages and images from private accounts won’t show in the section. The tweak will also look at photos and videos that have been liked by people you follow. The algorithm will show you a...