Francois Maartens

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How “Candy Crush” is ruining the economy

The video game’s makers want to trademark the word “candy.” Behold: The sorry state of intellectual property law<p>Anyone who has played the game "Candy Crush Saga" for more than a few minutes has probably, at least on a subconscious level, grappled with the bankrupt soul of modern video-game …

East Africa internet access slows to a crawl after anchor snags cable

The old theory that a butterly flapping its wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world may be somewhat far-fetched. But that a ship dropping anchor can disrupt the lives of millions has become painfully evident.<p>That is what happened off the Kenyan coast when, by unlucky chance, an …

This Googler Is Trying To Make The Internet 2 Times Faster Than The Blink Of An Eye

It is now the proud owner of the world's biggest public domain name server (DNS), handling an average of more than 70 billion requests a day, it says.<p>DNS is the thing that translates the words you type into your browser into the Web page you get.<p>The company has been making serious progress on all …

Internet of Things

Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

As August winds to a close, so do the summer tech doldrums. Manufacturers are ramping up for the big fourth-quarter buying season, and that means new products galore. Expect an avalanche of announcements in the first half of September alone, with the IFA show in Berlin followed by an Apple event, …

Televisions

Invisible intelligence: how tiny sensors could connect everything we own

The Kolibree toothbrush knows more about your mouth than you ever wanted to know. It monitors how you brush your teeth and lets you know if you're doing it wrong (yes, you can fail at brushing your teeth). Even your dentist can’t monitor your oral hygiene on a daily basis, and that’s exactly why …

Scientists Are Now Able To Film The Brain As It Forms Memories (VIDEO)

Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the brain as it forms memories.<p>Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the brain …

Computer chips in food packaging could 'text people when food is going off'

Scientists have developed the gadget for packets of perishable foods, which can tell when the contents are nearing their use-by date<p>Computer chips in futuristic food packaging could warn consumers when their food is about to go off, it has been reported.<p>Scientists have developed the gadget that can …

Nelson Mandela reaches final resting place in ancestral village of Qunu

In perfect summer sunshine, Mandela's casket was undraped, blessed and lowered into the soil from which he sprang<p>Nearly a century after he roamed these fields as a boy herding sheep and calves, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was buried on Sunday in a curated garden of aloe plants, rocky outcrops and …

Nelson Mandela statue unveiled in Pretoria by Zuma

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037197_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524684619_dcdc744c49e5886cbd0628e4aeeaccf3<p><b>A statue of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, has been unveiled in the capital, Pretoria, a day after he was buried.</b><p>The nine-metre …

South Africa

Environmental Audit Committee takes evidence on invasive species

The Environmental Audit Committee will hold its first public evidence hearing on its Invasive Species inquiry at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 22 January in …