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  • Man United’s Jose Mourinho gains 200k Instagram followers on debut

    If you're not much of a football fan, you might want to sit this post out. One of England's biggest clubs Manchester United today announced its latest manager in the form of Portuguese Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid chief signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, but most importantly, he also joined Instagram. Mourinho's first post is a bit of a laugh, especially since the caption is so starkly simple: "Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, The Theatre Of Dreams." It depicts the front page of his contract with his full name and the Man United crest...

  • Weekly Round Up #64: Microsoft job cuts, Xiaomi Mi 5, Twitter, Overwatch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, main man Stuart Thomas is in Portugal and so Andy Walker steps in to host and talks to Hadlee and Graham. The team discusses Microsoft's job cuts, the Xiaomi Mi 5, the recent Twitter changes announced, Pebble's new devices, and two very similar but different games: Battleborn and Overwatch. Tweet(s) Of The Week: Twitter has been on a roll this week and so we have two tweets, one about a cat eating cake and the other about the recebt Standard Bank...

  • Skype for Android tablets see a Material Design update

    Skype has released an update that brings a Material Design refresh to its Android tablet app. Android phones have been enjoying their Material Design updates since 2015. Skype users on tablets can now enjoy Android's new design language with all its vivid colours and bold shapes. The new UI for tablets has a floating button that Skype is claiming makes it easier to send messages and start voice and video calls. The design, according to the company, is optimised for multitasking, with its multi-pane view in landscape orientation. This allows users to send messages, files and check latest conversations whilst on a...

  • Google wins landmark legal battle against Oracle

    After almost four years of legal wrangling, a US jury has ruled in favour of Google in its long-running dispute with Oracle. The jury unanimously ruled that Google's use of Java APIs to create Android was indeed fair use. Oracle had reportedly been seeking $9-billion in damages. Oracle has indicated that it will appeal the decision however. "We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google's illegal behaviour. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case...

  • SABC will no longer broadcast protest footage on its channels

    We've seen many protests in South Africa's storied history both before and after democracy, but the SABC has felt that now is the time to stop broadcasting them. The state-owned broadcaster will no longer show footage (in any of its bulletins across its channels) of protests, the or destruction as the result of them. The SABC explains it as "footage of people burning public institutions, like schools." The SABC will no longer show footage of destruction of public property during protests 🤔 pic.twitter.com/5Uuh7qtWz4 — Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) May 26, 2016 "The SABC acknowledges fact that citizens have constitutional rights to protest and voice concerns on...

  • Jonathan Margolis: the harsh truth about tech predictions [EMEA Atmosphere]

    Nothing makes people quite as uppity about the future as technology. And few things get as much attention as a high-profile tech personality making a wild prediction about the future. Take The Singularity -- the point at which progress is so rapid it outstrips humans' ability to comprehend it -- for instance. In 2006, Ray Kurzweil predicted that it would occur by 2045 and that the outcome would be less than favourable for human beings. Similarly, Stephen Hawking has warned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could end humanity. Thing is, those kinds of predictions are a complete crock and should almost always...

  • Should one of Marvel’s greatest heroes be one of its greatest villains?

    Here's the thing with comics: when you come down to the core of comic books they're essentially dramas. With any drama you need to have big plot twists, 'Earth-shattering' events, and characters that keep you coming back for more. Marvel Comics dropped a bombshell on us, something completely unexpected: Captain America uttering the words: "Hail Hydra." Yes, there is a possibility (we don't know yet) that one of Marvel's greatest heroes may also be one of its greatest villains as well. And, yes, this is the real Steve Rogers uttering those words. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly executive...

  • 3 crucial features Twitter should just implement already

    With all of the changes Twitter has been announcing and implementing recently, it seems as though the social media micro-blogging (can we still call it that?) giant isn't listening to its users. There are a range of problems with the platform -- as there are with any social media system, really -- but Twitter could be so much more. At the moment, the company is showing financial growth, but not user growth which could be attributed to a number of reasons. These are the three crucial features Twitter needs to implement as soon as possible: 1. Conversation untagging Have you ever been caught up...

  • 15+ cats and kittens you should be following on Instagram

    Say what you want about business to business, the internet of things or the mysterious force in data recovery dubbed "the cloud". The internet exists for one reason and one reason alone: cats. These fluffy creatures have infiltrated humankind's daily rituals since time immemorial, hunting by our side and keeping our laps sufficiently warm. But now, these resourceful balls of fur have infiltrated social media too. They'll probably be our overlords in the future, and to remain in their good books, we have to pay homage to them before it's too late. Our cat overlords are however no more scary than...

  • Why spend R159 per month on Xbox Live when you can do this?

    News of Microsoft increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold in South Africa has not been received positively. Then again, when do price hikes ever get a good reaction? Anyway… the increase from R50 a month to R159 a month has seen many lash out at Microsoft – and rightfully so. Sure, the pricing ostensibly brings us in line with the exchange rate, but when the competition is much cheaper, it’s cause for alarm. With that in mind, I wondered what else you could get for R159 a month…

  • PayPal severs app support for BlackBerry, Amazon Fire & Windows Phone

    It's not uncommon news for BlackBerry, Windows Phone or Amazon users to hear that a company is discontinuing app support for their platforms, but this time, the player is 170-million user strong PayPal. The company took to its blog to announce that it will no longer support BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone or Amazon Fire by the end of June 2016. This is largely thanks to the new version of its mobile app, which brings new functionality. "Version 6.0 of the PayPal mobile app has enhanced features and a new look and feel. We have brought features that our customers use most...

  • 4 things to consider for video game-based marketing

    The focus of Games-Based Marketing, a board term which extends past simple Gamification, is on making the consumer's experience of interacting with a brand engaging, enjoyable and memorable. One way that brands can do this is by incorporating a game into their marketing strategy. Games are a fantastic tool for brand awareness – something that McDonalds figured out in the 80s – as those that are well designed and well supported will excite and fascinate their users. This means that a well-designed game has more reach and is capable of spreading brand awareness further through word of mouth than any...

  • Foxconn replaces 60 000 workers with robots in China

    Foxconn, the manufacturing company behind the likes of the iPhone and PlayStation 4, has replaced 60 000 of its workers with robots, according to a new report. "The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110 000 to 50 000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs," a government official told the South China Post. That effectively means that a workforce equivalent to the population of Knysna has been replaced by machines. In response to a BBC query, Foxconn stated that robots were implemented to complete the repetitive tasks, and that now its...

  • The network of the future is all about context [EMEA Atmosphere]

    Technology is changing everything. As a reader of this site, you know that all too well. But what you might not know is that some of the biggest changes are occurring thanks to changes in the networking space brought about by the consumerisation of enterprise tech. While some of those changes have been scary for network administrators, the ones who've adapted have actually found that they suddenly have eyes on some incredible contextual data that is immensely useful to other aspects of the business. That was the message from HPE Aruba CTO Partha Narasimhan during the day two keynote at the...

  • Microsoft cuts 1850 jobs in mobile unit, takes $950m hit

    Microsoft's mobile division has endured a torrid time in recent years, seeing lay-offs, mergers and spin-offs. Unfortunately, the company has announced another round of job cuts. The Redmond company plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware division, affecting up to 1850 jobs in the process, it announced in a press statement. "As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950-million, of which approximately $200-million will relate to severance payments," the company explained. Read more: Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation - with enterprises that value security,...