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  • Cloudflare bug leaks personal information to search engines

    US Internet giant Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its coding had put many users' sensitive information at risk. Google Zero engineer Travis Ormandy was the first to notice the mishap, and immediately tweeted a request to talk with someone from Cloudflare's security department. Could someone from cloudflare security urgently contact me. — Tavis Ormandy (@taviso) February 18, 2017 Ormandy had noticed that corrupted web pages were being returned from HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. When alerted, the company immediately noticed the problem was being caused by three minor features and shut them down before going about fixing the issue. At its peak, data...

  • Complaining about abusers at the Oscars won’t change anything [Opinion]

    I don’t remember a time the distinction between art and artist wasn't being argued. It’s a debate that seemingly has no end and it’s not because there’s no right answer. It’s because the ones with the power to end it don’t seem to care. The battle is one of ethics vs industry, and when it comes to money, industry always wins out. And this issue is all about money. Year after year, the Oscars honours artists who have been accused (and sometimes convicted) of heinous crimes. Woody Allen is a famous example. Even after being accused of sexually abusing his adoptive...

  • North West floods in pictures: Facebook, Twitter captures sodden destruction

    Well South Africa, Cyclone Dineo wasn't the weather system we should've been worried about. Although the tropical cyclone passed well north of Gauteng and the North West, floods have ravaged both provinces this week. We've covered the havoc the weather has played in Johannesburg this week, but in the North West, images and videos are now littering social media. Due to ongoing, pelting rain experienced across the North West this week, some municipalities in the province are underwater. Quite literally. Last night's flash floods, which ripped through areas in the province, killed three people. The North West destruction in pictures In Rustenburg -- one...

  • New Google Doodle honours NASA’s latest discovery

    It's not often mother Earth discovers long lost relatives in outer space, but that's largely what NASA has announced this week. The space exploration association shed some light on a new planetary system circulating a distant star called Trappist-1. It's a big discovery, especially since some of these planets are Earth-sized and could harbour life. But that's a bit of a hope more than a certainty for now. Nevertheless, internet giant Google just couldn't resist celebrating the achievement with a Doodle. Earth to #TRAPPIST1...we read you loud and clear. Thanks @NASA for this cosmic discovery! #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/EDh6sDjKIQ — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 23, 2017 On...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • NASA finds seven Earth-like exoplanets in one system

    In what is a landmark moment in the search for exoplanets and a possible future second home, NASA has announced the discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in one solar system. "Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water," NASA said on its website. The agency used the Spitzer space telescope to make the discovery, adding that it was the largest batch of habitable zone exoplanets it's ever found. "This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments,...

  • Instagram update adds user gallery uploads

    Instagram users can now upload multiple images within a single gallery, the company announced Wednesday. "With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember," Instagram wrote on its blog. Rather inconspicuous but massively practical, the new gallery update will let users upload up to ten images to a single post. Users can also arrange the order of the snaps, edit them individually or apply filters to them. Instagram's ten-image gallery update will please both commercial and casual Instagrammers Followers can then scroll horizontally between the various snaps. The number of...

  • Budget Speech 2017: Google Trends highlights South Africa’s concerns

    Google is an integral part of the internet and, well, searching for information on the internet. So when you apply the search giant's extensive trends system to societal issues in South Africa, you almost always get interesting results. This week's buzz has centred on the Budget Speech, a public address that South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver at 2pm today. Understandably, people are wondering just what Gordhan will deliver. We have a fairly good idea that taxation, government programmes and general national talking points (like education) will be raised, so to garner a better understanding of what's pressing South...

  • Watch the 2017 Budget Speech livestream right here

    Okay, so it's not as flair-filled as the State of the Nation Address, nor does it carry the sheer social media clout. But the Budget Speech delivered by South Africa's finance minister every February is massively important. After today, you'll know how much you'll need to pay for beer, fuel, sugary drinks and even everyday household items. If that isn't important, we not sure what is. Our #Budget2017 coverage: - Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter Some have already taken to Twitter and the city streets across the country to voice their concerns, opinions and suggestions, and that'll...

  • Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter

    Today, South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget Speech to the nation. Although proceedings officially get underway at 2pm in Cape Town, citizens are already making their voices heard. While South Africans are voicing concerns about a possible jump in personal income tax, an introduction of a sugar tax, and a higher national fuel levy, some are also finding time to practice their right to demonstrate. South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech at 2pm, 22 February In Cape Town's city centre, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) members are...

  • Inventor of ‘On Fleek’ Peaches Monroee seeks royalties

    Vine user Peaches Monroee shot to fame with the vine that changed the course of the English language. If you've ever used the phrase "on fleek" you have her to thank for it -- and now she wants you to pay up. Monroee has set up a gofundme to raise money for a cosmetic and hair line she wishes to start. As a nursing student, she doesn't have the funds to get them going herself, and is asking for the money she "deserves" to make. "Everyone has used the phrase/word but I haven't received any money behind it or recognition," she writes. While it may seem...

  • Hlomela Bucwa, SA’s youngest parliamentarian, remembers ‘lost generation’ in fiery speech

    You might think South Africa's Parliament is filled with seasoned individuals who have sat through many a State of the Nation Address and Budget Speech, but it also plays host to parliamentarians like Hlomela Bucwa. At 24 Bucwa is the youngest member of the house, but you probably wouldn't have guessed on her confident, measured maiden speech given in Parliament yesterday. Representing the DA, she took to the podium to oppose NSFAS -- South Africa's student funding scheme -- and suggest a few alternatives of her own. Hlomela Bucwa is Parliament's youngest member at just 24-years-old Although many a parliament member might...

  • Microsoft’s Skype Lite Android app launches in India

    An interesting counter-trend is emerging among the world's most popular apps. With Facebook launching the likes of Messenger Lite and Facebook Lite last year to cater for emerging markets, Microsoft is following suit debuting Skype Lite this week. Like its Facebook counterparts, Skype Lite will be available for low-cost Android devices, and cater exclusively (at least for now) to the Indian smartphone market. Overall the Hyderabad-developed app is said to be more usable on low-speed networks, use less battery and works with India's Aadhaar identification number system to streamline signups and identification. Skype Lite is a direct competitor to Facebook Messenger Lite...

  • Here’s how to request TV shows, movies for Netflix [Update]

    Netflix is arguably the most popular subscription-based video streaming service around, owing to its substantial library and homegrown content. Not all locales are as well-stocked with content though, forcing many to use region-hopping services. But what if your desired content isn't on Netflix at all? You might not know this, but the streaming service actually has a page that lets you request movies and TV shows to be added to the platform. What happens after you've hit the "submit suggestion" button, then? "If you've already submitted a request for a title, you can sit back and relax -- we've received your feedback and there's...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...