TripAdvisor buys luxury holiday site Jetsetter

In the latest big acquisition in the IT world, TripAdvisor, the travel and leisure giant already monopolizing all of our tech-assisted holiday decision-making, has just acquired the luxury travel deal community, ‘Jetsetter’. Once luxury umbrella Gilt Groupe’s high-end travel arm, Jestsetter now officially forms part of TripAdvisor’s growing holiday consortium.  Jetsetter, a members-only site that makes community members aware …

African Facebook users in 2013 – social networking hot spots on the continent and some scary stats

A recently released map of Facebook usage across Africa provides a snapshot of who’s making the most of the network.  There aren’t many surprises but interesting global usage comparisons are being made, especially here at home. Egypt takes first place as the largest Facebook-using country in Africa, with 13,010 580 users it is ranked twentieth worldwide, …

There’s an app for what?! – Icelandic communities use technology to prevent themselves sleeping with their relatives

What good is technology if it doesn’t help you to live your life more efficiently?  This is a question answered to humorous effect when a new app designed to help stop Icelandic part-goers from sleeping with their cousins was unveiled recently. The app created by IT engineers, Freyr Aðalsteinsson, Hákon Þrastar Björnsson and Alexeander Annas …

Don’t let your tweets catch up to you – the Paris Brown case

Young men and women may not realise the future implications of their tweets and posts.  In fact, judging by the case of British teenager Paris Brown, they definitely don’t.  EU regulations have proposed the ‘right to be forgotten’, which would force the erasure of on-line social network posts if desired by the account holder.  But how …

First National Bank takes tech seriously in a bid to beat the competition

Major South African bank, First National Bank (FNB) is leading the home-grown technology race with a successful App, a prominent on-line presence and  cashless dotFNB branches. Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations spoke to News24 about the company’s aggressive approach to on-line and how they are changing the face of South African …

The popular Facebook page with a focus on science belongs to…a woman, gasp

The Facebook page, ‘I f***king love science’ has climbed the rungs of popularity and found itself with 4.5 million followers since its inception just over a year ago.  Although founder Elise Andrew made no attempts (and rightly so) to disguise her gender, those who were unaware she was of the fairer sex were dumbfounded once they discovered. The …

North Korean social network accounts hacked by Anonymous

Anonymous have never shied away from standing up for a cause they believe in. In keeping with their ethos of liberation and information freedom the group has hacked and vandalised North Korean social networking accounts following the county’s renewed nuclear threats. Last month, after years of blatant disregard for anti-nuclear pleas and UN regulations, North Korea intensified …

What does a convicted hacker do in prison? Tweet the details of his life behind bars

Self-proclaimed ‘internet troll’ and grey hat hacker, Andrew Auernheimer, alias ‘Weev’, was incarcerated following various hacks affecting AT&T among other companies.  He is serving a 41-month sentence and continues to tweet from the inside… Apparently the U.S. has quite progressive views on inmate technology use.  Currently serving his sentence at New York’s Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, Andrew tweets …