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  • Hugo Barra has announced departure from Xiaomi

    When Hugo Barra announced that he was leaving Google for Xiaomi back in 2013, there were many people questioning the move. But after overseeing the company's international expansion, it's hard to argue with the decision. Now, Barra has announced his departure from the Chinese smartphone firm, using an open letter on Facebook to reveal the news. "When Lei Jun and Bin Lin came to me nearly four years ago with the opportunity to help turn a young rockstar startup into a global player, I embarked on what has been the greatest and most challenging adventure of my...

  • Bidvest’s Snappdrive app will let you rent, drive its cars without keys

    South African car rental company Bidvest has announced the launch of its first keyless car rental service, Snappdrive. The app allows users to locate, gain access to, and even start Bidvest vehicles, negating the need for physical car keys. "Most often, car rental happens at the end of an arduous travel process," explains Bidvest CEO Paulette McGhee. "With Snappdrive, we eliminate any further hassle or waiting, with the traveller’s phone leading them straight to their waiting vehicle." Bidvest's Snappdrive eliminates the need for key collection or keys to start rental vehicles The company is also able to track its vehicles through the app system,...

  • Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week – report

    Microsoft is expected to cut 700 jobs this week, being part of a group of 2850 cuts announced last year, it has been reported. According to Business Insider, citing "someone familiar with the matter", Microsoft will conduct the layoffs when it reports its quarterly results on 26 January. The website's source said that most of the 2850 cuts have already been made, adding that it won't be limited to any specific group. Cuts are apparently set to affect divisions such as human resources, engineering, finance, marketing and more. Business Insider also reports that the cuts were made to "update skills" rather than with the...

  • LIVE: watch and follow Donald Trump’s inauguration here

    The day is finally here. After countless polls, a gruelling campaign and the eventual elections, Donald Trump will tonight be inaugurated in Washington DC, becoming the United States' 45th president. Sure, it's a massive event for the country, but people around the world will also be following the proceedings -- and the four years to come -- with bated breath. While the world gives outgoing President Barack Obama a final send off (using the hashtag #ThankYouObama on Twitter), tonight marks a new era in American politics. With that said, can you afford not to watch the big event? Thanks to social media...

  • Think twice before grabbing popular photo app Meitu

    Meitu, an app which allows users to gussy up their faces in an anime style, has quickly gone viral, but reports suggest that it represents a privacy threat. The app allows users to beautify their faces, delivering larger irises, smoother skin and a host of other changes. But several reports found that the app (especially the Android version), like many, requires a notable privacy trade-off. For starters, its Google Play Store listing reveals permissions such as location, running at startup, device and phone ID, and viewing WiFi connections. Not super crazy, but definitely concerning -- especially the ability to access your device/phone IDs...

  • Facebook blocks Russia’s RT prior to Trump inauguration

    Both Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg aren't having the best of weeks. While Zuck is out in Hawaii settling land disputes, Facebook has looked due East, blocking an influential Russian media network. Kremlin-funded RT revealed yesterday that it was briefly blocked from posting multimedia and articles to Facebook. "RT has been blocked from posting content to its Facebook page," the network announced on its website. "The ban, according to the Facebook bot, will last until Saturday 10:55pm Moscow time (2:55pm EST) and will extend across US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration." According to the company, a live stream rights issue caused the ban...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #91: Ford Kuga, Google in SA, Chelsea Manning & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition, we Ford's and its decision to recall the troubled Kuga. We also touch on what the Kuga's issues mean for its other vehicles. Staying with Motorburn news, we also talk Formula 1, namely Valtteri Bottas' shift to Mercedes. The Ford Kuga has been one of the most controversial vehicles in SA motoring history Moving onto Memeburn news, we discuss Obama's commutation of data leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Netflix's quarterly earnings...

  • Zuckerberg forces sale of Hawaiian native land

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ran into some trouble when purchasing land for his US$100-million family sanctuary. Much of the land purchased by Zuckerberg is owned by Kama'aina families, who have rights to the land. This unexpected turn of events has backed Zuckerberg into a corner, so much so that he's now trying to force the sale of the land rights, as first mentioned in a Hawaiian publication. Using what's known as the "quiet title and partition", which challenges the individual's claim to the land, Zuckerberg aims to put the land up for public auction. Donald Eby, a real-estate attorney who isn't involved in the case, explained how...

  • Power Rangers: it’s almost morphin’ time [Video]

    Since the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series kicked off in the early 90s, the franchise has been a household brand. Almost every kid I knew was into the over-the-top ridiculousness of the show. And who can blame them? It was awesome. The first movie to follow the series was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie back in 1995. Now, 22-years later, they're back with all-new rangers to take the role in the next instalment of the franchise, simply titled Power Rangers. The cast chosen to take on the title of "Ranger" aren't very familiar faces, but collectively have a large amount of acting experience,...

  • Welcome to 2017: the year of the cloud

    The past year has thrown a spotlight on the importance of availability -- both of services and data. Whether it is a mobile network outage causing lack of access to your data, or even the websites of low-cost airlines being unable to stay online when they are running massive specials on tickets, people have come to understand the importance of having access to accurate information and critical services on-demand. This is even more so the case when downtime directly impacts their lives. Think back to earlier this year when the online learner admission process to register children for Grades one...

  • Over 90m people now use Netflix worldwide, more shows incoming?

    Netflix was probably one of the only companies who didn't have a wretched 2016. The streaming media company recorded record profits and subscriber figures in the year, and this week, the company outed its final numbers for the previous annum. "We added 7.05 million net new members globally in the quarter, against our forecast of 5.20 million and last year's Q4 performance of 5.59 million. This was the largest quarter of net additions in our history and was driven by strong acquisition trends in both our US and International segments," the company states in a letter to investors. That beat its...

  • Mozilla’s redesigned logo evokes ‘language of the internet’

    A logo redesign is a process fraught with danger... just ask Instagram if you need a reminder. But free software company Mozilla has taken that very leap of faith, using its community as inspiration. And to be fair, it's new logo is fairly subdued. The creators of Firefox this week unveiled the design, which features a colon and two forward slashes, much like a website's URL would. Mozilla's design head Tim Murray explains that this design is an incorporation of the "language of the Internet" into the company's new identity. "Our logo with its nod to URL language reinforces that the Internet is...

  • Is Cape Town the most beautiful city on Earth? This drone video answers all

    With the surge in popularity of drones this decade, photography has arguably also taken a step forward with it. And where better to strap a camera to a drone than Cape Town? Previously known for his Cape Town in 4K video, that garnered close to 200 000 views last year, Luke Maximo Bell is back with a new clip in his 4K series. Still documenting the Mother City, Bell this time adds a few more of the city's summer attractions, including the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and Chapman's Peak, to name but a few. Bell's work also includes a clip of...

  • Is Vitality’s Apple Watch deal worth it? Cape Town blogger finds out

    Discovery Vitality's Apple Watch deal is undeniably tempting. You buy Cupertino's latest wearable packed with swanky tech, and exercise to drop the eventual price. It sounds like a complete steal in many ways, but is it really? That's what Capetonian and SwimGeek author Joe Botha set out to discover. While he does note that the offering itself is a mixed bag -- the deal will be beneficial and cheaper to different people -- it's definitely not as clear-cut as it seems on paper. "It seems you just have to assume you will get to a 900 points per week goal very soon...

  • F35 fighter jet: 20 issues discovered per month

    The expensive F35 fighter jet programme has been under scrutiny for several years now, as manufacturer Lockheed-Martin, the military and even Donald Trump acknowledge several major issues with the multi-role stealth fighter. Now, an update from the USA's director of operational test and evaluation (via Gizmodo) reveals that there are even more issues with the F35 than previously thought. "Flight sciences testing continues to be a source of significant discovery, another indication that the programme is not nearing completion of development and readiness for IOT&E ," the office reported. "Deficiencies continue to be discovered at a rate...