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Power to the people

By Andrew Gould 6 May 2009

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The Internet is putting the power to choose, and create, back in the hands of the public. Andrew Gould looks at how the old is making way for the new. In the not-so-distant past the producers of products and services had 100% of the control as to what was delivered and by which channels, to the buying public. But never before have customers and users of technology had so much power to influence what they buy, read and watch than now, thanks to the Internet. FULL STORY >


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Creative Commons

By Mike Joubert 2 July 2009

Thanks to the PC and the Net many people are turning their backs on the old ?Ç£all rights reserved??? paradigm and ??embracing Creative Commons. FULL STORY >

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How Not to Die Online

By Andrew Gould 1 July 2009

The Internet has truly revolutionised the way we live our lives. Unless you live in a small cave on a rocky ?¡outcrop somewhere in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, it will very definitely have affected your life. But there is a sinister side to this otherwise benign and benevolent... FULL STORY >

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The Digital Hustle

By Thomas McKinnon 29 June 2009

Con artists, hustlers, crooks?Ǫ whatever you want to call them, the World Wide Web is crawling with criminals. These cyber-thieves fool you into believing that they are reputable, and do this to gain access to your personal and financial information. So what are some of the... FULL STORY >

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P2P file-sharing

By Thomas McKinnon 12 June 2009

If you???ve ever used LimeWire or a BitTorrent site then you???ve engaged in file-sharing, and according to some you???re liable for prosecution. Moving beyond the legal realm, file-sharing is also an ethical issue. So we put it to you; is P2P file-sharing right or wrong? FULL STORY >

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DIY Drool Tools

By Andrew Gould 9 June 2009

Our DIY Dude put on his safety goggles and went to find the best DIY tools money can buy.

Do it Yourself may be a hobby for some, but for others it???s serious business requiring serious tools. FULL STORY >

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LED Light at the end of the Tunnel

By Mike Joubert 8 June 2009

In a recent report by McKinsey & Company, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting was touted as the most cost effective way to reduce global warming. TechSmart investigates the uses of this energy efficient light solution. FULL STORY >

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Intelligent Society

By Thomas McKinnon 13 May 2009

Last year a number of companies such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems and IBM recognized the fact that it is not enough to live in a world that is just instrumented and interconnected. IBM???s chief executive, Samuel J. Palmisano, put all the pieces together in a speech... FULL STORY >

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The New Brain

By Mike Joubert 6 May 2009

Just how far are we from recreating the human brain? Now movies like A.I., The Matrix, iRobot seem to suggest that machines can attain a level of human like intelligence.Two big scientific attempts the past number of years show that ?¡recreating the human brain might just be... FULL STORY >

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Google Android OS

By Thomas McKinnon 6 May 2009

Android is an operating system for cellphones, just like the Windows Mobile platform, or the Symbian platform you???ll find on Nokia phones. So why the big fuss? Well two reasons. Firstly, it was developed by Google, and we all know what Google did for the web. Secondly, it... FULL STORY >

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Time to Tighten Tech Spending

By Andrew Gould 1 April 2009

TechSmart spoke to Arthur Goldstuck who heads up the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research group, World Wide Worx. He is one of South Africa???s foremost commentators on the ICT sector, and we decided to get his take on how the world-wide... FULL STORY >

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