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Google Wave Looks Amazing.

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October 4, 2009 at 1:40 am

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More Internet domains for South Africa

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Staff Reporter Sapa | 17 September, 2009
From MyBroadBand

South Africans could soon choose to register their websites by using city specific and other domains

South Africans could soon choose to register their internet sites by using city specific domains, or speciality fields like sport instead of the .co.za domain, the .za Domain Name Authority said on Thursday.

This was due to the boom experienced in the .za domain, said .za Domain Name Authority general manager, Vika Mpisane in a statement.

“The number of internet users now using the South African domain co.za has passed the 500,000 milestone and is increasing at an impressive rate as more and more people register.

“The authority is looking at offering South Africans more secure and easily identifiable options in .za… a limited number of new domains may be opened to provide users with a wider choice including city specific domains,” said Mpisane.

Apart from considering domains like sport, food and local city-specific ones, the authority was also considering re-opening domains like web.za and net.za, said Mpisane.

“The recent experience globally has shown that city-specific domains may generate a lot of excitement in the market. The Authority will be willing to explore the possibility of adding city-specific domains in .za,” he said.

To avoid issues of trademark and brand name abuse which were likely to hinder the expansion as cyber squatters attempt to profit from confusing or abusing known brands online, the authority will get the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Regulations extended to cover other .za domains, said Mpisane.

The ADR process currently covers the .co.za domain only, the largest under the .za banner.

He said the boom on the .za domain was due to South African businesses being aware of the benefits of registering with their country’s domain name.

“There are vital reasons to register a .za domain name. Not only do you enjoy the benefit of your country of location being easily identifiable online, as opposed to .com or .org where you are somebody somewhere in the world, you also know that any legal disputes over your name will be settled locally.

“This is not the case with non-South African domains — when you register a .biz, .com, or .net names, you are exposed to foreign jurisdictions which might have severe cost implications.

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September 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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Core vs. CAB and Apple

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Here is the podcast from Cape Talk/702:

Click

Some interesting points are brought up, such as the pricing in SA vs. USA.

The example of the MacBook Air was used.

MacBook Air on US store = $1499

According to Core, the US site doesn’t show VAT and they purchased it at R10/$1.

At R10/$1 = R14990

+ US VAT at 14% = R17088.60 – Correct VAT figure?

Once in SA, VAT of 14% =  R19481.00

Plus other costs, such as import tax.

Price on ZAStore = R18999.00

Check my figures!

Maybe Core isn’t so bad? Or they are lying about something…

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July 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

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XBox: Use body for game control

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2009-06-02 13:40

A demonstration is given of Project Natal at Microsoft’s XBox 360 media briefing in Los Angeles. (AFP)

Los Angeles – Microsoft revealed on Monday that it has been secretly developing technology that lets people play videogames using natural body movements instead of handheld controllers.

The US software giant behind Xbox 360 videogame consoles revealed a prototype of a project codenamed Natal, a system that combines cameras and voice and face recognition software to recognise people and their actions.

“The gamer in me went out of my mind when I got to be interactive with this,” famed film director Steven Spielberg during a Microsoft press conference on the eve of a major E3 videogame industry show in Los Angeles.

“I got a feeling I was in a historic moment. What Microsoft is doing isn’t re-inventing the wheel; this is about no wheel at all.”

Natal lets people play driving games by simply moving hands as if turning a car steering wheel. In-game characters in boxing, skateboard, soccer and other sports titles mimic the body movements of real-world players.

The system scans faces and voices to determine who is playing, a demonstration showed.

Xbox 360 consoles equipped with Natal will be able to respond to spoken commands for actions such as playing movies or connecting online with friends for video chats.

Landmark in computer entertainment

An expected completion date for Natal was not disclosed, but Microsoft on Monday released a software kit for videogame makers interested in designing titles to take advantage of Natal’s capabilities.

“What developers do with Natal will change the way we play videogames,” said British videogame icon Peter Molyneux, chief of Lionhead Studios.

“This is a landmark in computer entertainment. This is true technology that science fiction has not even written about and this works today.”

Natal will work on all Xbox 360 consoles, according to Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox and games business.

“I could suddenly envision a new way to personalise game play…and even change the paradigm of storytelling,” said Spielberg, who got to dabble with Natal in the weeks leading up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). – AFP

– SAPA

Article taken from:

http://www.news24.com/Content/SciTech/News/1132/19e7f360a898418b8b9477587829b9ee/02-06-2009%2001-06/XBox_Use_body_for_game_control

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June 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

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Free Applications List

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May 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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Walfram Alpha, what is it about?

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The search engine is based on a different type of coding from that of Google, and has taken the approach of not answering queries, but rather gathers data and visuals from a variety of data and displays it in an attractive ‘all-in-one’ type of page. This could well prove useful as according to CNET reporter Stephen Shankland it could “…unlock a lot of data that students, research assistants, lawyers, marketing managers, financial analysts, and scientists might not have readily available.”

It is indeed an interesting idea, though how much of an influence it will have is yet to be seen.

For more information:

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May 6, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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Top 10 Games of 2009 So Far

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Now for something different, gaming…an article I found interesting from mygaming.co.za.

Top 10 games of 2009 so far

1. Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360 & PS3) 93%

2. Killzone 2 (PS3) 91%

3. Empire: Total War (PC) 90%

Plants Vs Zombies (PC) 90%

MLB: The Show (PS3) 90%

4. Peggle (Xbox 360) 89%

5. Braid (PC) 88%

6. Flower (PS3) 87%

7. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360 & PS3) 86%

8. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360 & PS3) 85%

Dawn of War II (PC) 85%

9. Skate 2 (Xbox 360 & PS3) 84%

10. Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PC & Xbox & PS3) 82%
Halo Wars (Xbox 360) 82%

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May 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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