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SA gets its own SXSW-type festival

South Africa will get its first multi-genre electronic “mashed-up” festival this year. The event will include music, art and technology, hosted by Hilltop Live. The festival, called XooXity, has been inspired by South African

Alistair Fairweather
Genius capitalises on insanity

For the better part of a decade, the US has been in a slump. Its unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, its growth rate even more stubbornly low. Its government is deadlocked, its debt is rising quickly and its populace is largely gloomy about the future. And yet, at least in one city, the ­optimism is palpable

Chris Roper
You’re with stupid

South by Southwest (SxSw, or “South By” as those in the know refer to it) is now in its 20th year of existence, and more than ever the premier gathering for those who work in the interactive, digital arena. Running from March 8 to 17, it is being held in Austin

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Movie screens with frickin’ laser beams

Adam Russell and John Sear don’t look like revolutionaries. Mild mannered, bespectacled and dry of wit, you’d never guess they were planning to change our entire idea of cinema. But that’s exactly what their project — interactive big screen entertainment — is aimed at doing. If the name they’ve chosen is vague, it’s because the experience

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Light: the final (communications) frontier

You wouldn’t think Travis Rich was about to disrupt the entire communications industry. A lanky MIT student with sandy brown hair and an easy smile, Rich looks like just another eager college kid. But he has the kind of idea that is as revolutionary as it is simple

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Do you own your genes?

Most of us take it for granted that we own our own bodies. The establishment of human rights took care of that issue two centuries ago. But what about our DNA, the most basic building block of our bodies? We spread our DNA wherever we go, shedding skin flakes

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Instagram promises Android version ‘coming soon’

Instagram has reached 27m users and continues its mantra that the photo sharing app will come to Android “really soon”. Instagram is a photo-sharing social network that is available only on the Apple iPhone. It allows people to take pictures, assign filters, and then post them to a variety of social networks, including

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Second Tech4Africa ‘unconference’ weeks away

The second annual Tech4Africa conference kicks off in a few weeks in Johannesburg and founder Gareth Knight is hoping the event will help create momentum for technology start-ups across Africa. “In the US, these kinds of events create huge momentum

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Tapping the crowd for start-up funding

A start-up investment model developed by SA entrepreneur Eve Dmochowska and her colleagues to solve key problems in SA start-up financing proved a big hit at the annual South by South West Interactive festival held in Austin, Texas earlier this week