“Nuclear energy ‘not a quick fix for SA”

“Nuclear energy is not a quick-fix solution for South Africa’s energy shortages”, said Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters on Monday. “We in South Africa have to understand that nuclear is not a quick fix solution but a long term method to address the energy crisis and climate change challenge,” she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the second regional conference on Energy and Nuclear Power in Africa, held in Cape Town.

But the issue is far from settled. Is nuclear power the answer for South Africa and our warming planet? Or is it too expensive and dangerous to satisfy our future energy needs?

Interest in nuclear power is heating up, as the hunt intensifies for “green” alternatives to coal. Even some environmentalists have come on board, citing the severity of the global-warming threat to explain their embrace of the power source. Read more

Need a US Address for Shopping? Try Package Forwarding

Most online stores in the U.S. do not offer international shipping and they will deliver items only to addresses that are located inside the United States. Thus, if you are living in some other part of the world, how do you buy that Gucci handbag for your wife?

Well there’s an entire industry in the U.S. that exists primarily to solve this very problem of international shoppers who are trying to buy items directly from U.S. online stores that don’t ship overseas. They are primarily referred as “Mail and package forwarding” services.

I recently bought a Pen from Amazon.com but since they won’t ship to South Africa, I used a package forwarding service and the thing got delivered here without any problems. Yes, there were some additional fees involved but that’s probably the quickest option you have if you desperately want to buy something from a US store. Read more

Alaska Airlines ditches paper flight manuals for iPads

The iPad has already gotten the go-ahead from the FAA as a replacement for paper flight charts and maps, and now Alaska Airlines has become the first major US airline to hop on board the paperless bandwagon. While it’s not quite ready to ditch paper navigation charts just yet (though that is under consideration), the airline has announced that it will be replacing its traditional flight manuals with iPads, which will be loaded up with the GoodReader app and PDFs of 41 different manuals and other materials. According to the airline, that change will result in savings of about 2.4 million pieces of paper, and it says the cost of the project will be offset by fuel savings from the reduced weight, and additional savings that are expected from “fewer back and muscle injuries caused by pilots carrying flight bags,” which can weigh up to 50 pounds. Let’s just hope those newly lightened flight bags still have room for a charging cable.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

Runners of all levels who want an accurate assessment of their runs should check out the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS. It’s accurate, and with a little software-side tweaking, it could be the perfect scoring system for your daily exercise routine.


Motorola Atrix Review

When T3 magazine announced its “Hot 100 Gadgets” of 2011, the Motorola Atrix was No 1, ahead of Apple’s iPad, a host of Google tablets and a range of products, from laptops to sound systems and games consoles.

Thanks to a dual-core processor, rather surprisingly advertised on the start-up screen, the Atrix runs extremely quickly and is able to do a number of things at once in a way that would have been unthinkable even 18 months ago. Watching a movie while also flicking to a web browser, say.

The Atrix challenges the distinction between mobile and computer. For most consumers, the basic functions of a laptop – text editing and web browsing – can now be done online. People are buying laptops, not for their power, but for the keyboard and larger screen. Read more

SA’s First Truly Online Provider of Mobile Solutions

Dionysus Cellular (www.dionysuscellular.co.za) is South Africa’s first truly online provider of mobile solutions (solely web-based instead of operating through shopping malls or call centres).

The inspiration behind the brand is Dionysus (dee-oh-knee-sis), the Greek god of fun, parties and good times. Their main aim is to inject the element of fun into their customers’ cellular shopping experience by simplifying the sales process, eliminating the hassles of waiting in queues and calling call centres, and creating a website that is funky, efficient, safe and reliable. Read more

App Store Hits 500,000 Apps

Apple is likely to announce at next month’s WWDC event the passing of the 500,000 mark for apps in the App Store.

The 500,000 figure was compiled by 148Apps, Chomp, and EA’s game publisher Chillingo. The trio posted the below infographic to a Facebook page that details some interesting statistics about the milestone.

Games (15%), Books (14%), Entertainment (11%) and Education (8%) make up for nearly a half of the half million apps on the App Store with 37% of the total apps made available for free. Read more

Drop An iPad On Concrete

This is probably both the worst scientific test and stupidest thing I have seen in a while. These guys thought it would be interesting to see whether or not the iPad 2′s Smart Cover could provide the device with protection when dropped on concrete. The guys dropped a few iPads in their scientific efforts.

The video is hilarious. Especially the commentary with sound bites such as “aaah”,  ”that did not sound good at all” and “that’s a big difference” heard throughout the 2 minute long video.


Turn Your Facebook Profile Into A Book

Sometimes keeping our photo and text memories in a virtual state just isn’t enough. While it’s not the first time someone has done this, the German logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL recently brought out a new Facebook app that turns your profile and general activity on Facebook into a colorful coffee-table book. Whether it’s something you’d want to show to your house guests is another matter.

The Social Memories app scans your profile and compiles statistics such as your most active friends, and compiles them into infographics.  While the app is free, the book itself will set you back 19 euros (about R190). The service has been out for a while and so far, the reviews aren’t bad. Bloggers were impressed by the quality of the printing, though the book has a few too many “useless facts.”