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Duncan McLeod

Hanging up on Windows Mobile

Microsoft risks ceding the smartphone market. Its apparent decision to delay the release of Windows Mobile 7 could be the final nail in the coffin of its mobile ambitions. Given that computing is going mobile, that’s a big problem for the software maker

Hillary Clinton

Tear down the walls of censorship

In many respects, information has never been so free. There are more ways to spread more ideas to more people than at any moment in history. And even in authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.

Duncan McLeod

Chinese checkers

Google’s decision to square up to the Chinese government over censorship is extraordinary. It will probably result in the company being forced to pull out of the communist-led country. But if it feels so strongly about it, why did it invest in the first place?

Ivo Vegter

Geeks retreating, talking, teaching

The second GeekRetreat was held last weekend in the picturesque surroundings of Stanford, in the Western Cape. This gathering of technology entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, and venture capitalists is unique in its format and composition

Justin Spratt

Retreat for geeks is more than just talk

About 50 geeks descended on Stanford Valley, 20 minutes from Hermanus in the Western Cape, at the weekend for the second annual GeekRetreat. Participates had trepidations at first, with a few sceptics among the people chosen to attend

Duncan McLeod

Apple in a tablet

In less than a fortnight, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take to a stage in San Francisco to unveil one of the most eagerly awaited consumer electronics products in history. Can the brains behind the iPod and the iPhone deliver the goods once again?

Matthew French

Where are all the women?

I was brought up to believe that men and women are created equal. Then I hit puberty and the issue became a lot more complicated. Later, at university, I was exposed to the feminist movement which, to be honest, left me more confused than ever. Though it created a heightened awareness of the issue of gender equality, it became difficult to separate dogma and ideology from real problems

Duncan McLeod

An endangered fox

For a number of years now, Mozilla’s Firefox has been a popular and growing alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It’s estimated that the open-source browser is used by a quarter of all Web users. But its star could be fading.

Dave Gale

All I want for Christmas

Two years ago I participated in a “CIO Christmas wishlist” for a local industry publication. Re-reading that list, it is sobering to see just how many of those wishes still stand. Here’s my 2009 list. I’m not holding my breath, though my tongue remains firmly in my cheek

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