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  • YouTube Backstage is Google’s incoming Facebook rival

    Does Google have plans to turn YouTube into a Facebook pretender? According to a report by VentureBeat, yes. Dubbed YouTube Backstage, the feature will bring a social media element to the video sharing and hosting site. The report suggests that Backstage will let users share "photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers". Much like Facebook's Timeline, Backstage's content will also be displayed in reverse chronological order, and will become an integral part of the YouTube channel layout. It's set to gain its own top tab too. YouTube Backstage will bring Facebook-like content to Google's video platform This isn't simply a...

  • Update: Leslie Jones’ website hacked, nude photos released

    Update, 25 August, 10.10am: In light of the hack, Twitter leapt to Leslie Jones' support. But while that included a swathe of her fans, celebrities have also joined in. Using the hashtag #StandWithLeslie, recording artist Katy Perry announced her support late last night. Support also filtered through from recording artist Sara Bereilles, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and comedian Taran Killam, among others. Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️ — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016 Why on earth? Such venom. I'm so sorry @Lesdoggg. It's misplaced sadness and anger and you don't deserve any of...

  • DIY lovers: Cape Town Mini Maker Faire returns this Friday

    After a successful debut event at the V&A Waterfront last year, the Cape Town Mini Maker Faire is returning to the city this weekend. The organisers of the Faire are promising "an even bigger and better event this year", which kicks off on Friday at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory. The event is part of the global Maker Faire network, and is "a space where people with a passion for learning, collaboration and creativity can connect", the press release suggests. "Part science fair, part trade fair, and part something entirely new, the event offers a great day out for people...

  • Twitter adds Direct Message button to embeds bouquet

    Twitter hasn't always made life easy for website users, but it's latest move is looking to smooth user-to-website owner interaction. This take the form of  Twitter button, making it easier for visitors to send websites' accounts a Direct Message. "We are excited to announce a new button that enables people to start a Direct Message right from a website. Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter, and the message button makes it easy to start a private conversation with you," Twitter's senior product marketing manager Jeff Lesser announced. Announcing our new Message button. Now people can easily slide into your...

  • Good Buy Jo aims to unify South Africa’s messy online retail space

    If you think of price comparison websites or product directories, you'll likely think of PriceCheck. But PriceCheck is getting a new competitor in the form of Good Buy Jo. The site, which sounds like the perfect name for a folk indie band, "offers consumers a place where they can search for things they want across multiple online stores in one location," according to a press release. "It is where customers begin their online shopping journey, where they have choice, browsing power in one central place and access to deals and promotions, based on their unique interests." The site lists merchandise from the...

  • ShowMax continues data crusade with new ‘bandwidth calculator’

    Say what you want to about the ShowMax library but the company is absolutely killing it when it comes to data-saving features. With the ability to download content for offline viewing, the service is doing a great job of catering to bandwidth-starved users. Now, the Naspers-owned streaming service has announced the launch of a bandwidth calculator (accessible here), allowing users to figure out just how much data they need on a weekly and monthly basis. "Simply choose the required video quality/bandwidth capping level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage," ShowMax explained in...

  • Cyber security, protecting data backups should go hand in hand

    In the always-on enterprise, cyber security is an ongoing concern. More importantly, it has evolved to become not just a threat to desktop computers but the modern data centre as well. This should not come as a surprise. Given the amount of data companies have come to rely on, a data centre provides an attractive target for malicious users. And while many threats come from external sources, disgruntled employees leaving the organisation can never be discounted. An organisation has to contend with a large surface area when it comes to effective cyber security implementation. And while implementing a traffic light system...

  • How bad is Mattel’s Max Steel trailers? Ask YouTube

    After LEGO showed that even toy makers can make huge profits in cinema, another is now getting in on the business. After American company Mattel announced that it's working on a Max Steel flick back in 2009, we finally have a trailer of the finished product. And... we've some mixed reactions. Max Steel will look at the protagonist's origin story, from emotionally-downtrodden American boy, to a wall-punching, rage-screaming super kid thanks in part to aliens. Sounds pretty good right? Well, that's where it starts and ends really. The international trailer on YouTube was likened to a "fake fan trailer", while others are...

  • Quirk’s Justin Spratt set to join Uber in key role

    Prominent marketing executive Justin Spratt will join Uber from 1 September, TechCentral has reported. Spratt will reportedly lead business development for sub-Saharan Africa and will be based in Johannesburg. The executive told TechCentral that he would be reporting to Alon Lits, Uber's general manager for sub-Saharan Africa. Justin Spratt, once of Quirk, will join Uber in a business development role for sub-Saharan Africa Spratt joins the smart cab service from a prominent role at digital agency Quirk, where he most recently served as chief growth officer. He had previously served as managing director of Quirk Africa. Read more: Businesses can now arrange Uber rides with UberCentral The...

  • South African box office chart: Ice Age 5 faces mass extinction

    Proving that reviews aren't the be all end all, Suicide Squad is still the top pick for South African movie audiences, but Ice Age clearly isn't. What movies trailed in its wake over the past weekend (19 to 21 August 2016)? There were a lot of drops this past weekend as new titles entered the fray. Jason Bourne, the movie that tries to show Matt Damon still has a career, only dropped a single space from fourth position. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates had to move over in second position for Bad Moms, while Pete's Dragon clutched onto that third place...

  • Comcast makes $3.8bn DreamWorks Animation purchase official

    Mass media conglomerate Comcast has officially announced the completion of its purchase of DreamWorks Animation studios. Costing a cool US$3.8-billion, the studio "will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development," Comcast explains in a presser. DreamWorks Animation was founded in 1994 by film director Steven Spielberg, current CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and media mogul David Geffen, and is responsible for some 32 major feature films. Its first, Antz, debuted back in 1998, and set the tone for movies like its latest production, Kung Fu Panda 3. DreamWorks Animation, founded in 1994, will likely...

  • South Africa’s CLEVVA is making AI-powered virtual advisors a thing

    Artificial intelligence is impressing us more everyday, as the technology demonstrates amazing learning capabilities and flexibility. It's not just the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft working on AI though, as South African firm CLEVVA has a rather innovative application for the technology. The company, founded in 2011, has crafted virtual advisors, powered by AI and used in sales fields (among others) to train and guide sales representatives. Just how does this service work? Could the average SME easily get to grips with it? What will future of AI look like? Will it take our jobs? We interviewed CLEVVA CEO Ryan Falkenberg... A 'GPS'...

  • Instagram finally hits 1bn download mark on Android

    It's taken about four years, but Instagram has this week hit the one billion downloads mark on Google's Play Store. Instagram, an app which allows its users to share and interact with user-posted images, is now the fourth Facebook-owned app that has hit that figure (after Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp). According to Android Police, it's the 19th app on the Play Store to reach this figure. To put those numbers into rough  perspective, around one-in-seven people on the planet have downloaded the app on an Android smartphone. Considering only about a billion-and-a-half devices run a version of Google's operating system, that's massively...

  • Olympic Games 2016: 10 fascinating facts, figures and graphs from Rio

    The Olympic Games have come and gone, and Rio will once again fall quiet. But that doesn't mean it's over for us data lovers. In fact, the real fun is only just beginning. Thanks to modern technology, we have access to a slew of data sets from practically all sports, and all parameters. Although the Games didn't go without incident, it was a largely successful tournament for host Brazil, and medal dominator United States. It was also a triumph for South African athletics, with two gold medals won in two feature races. But what about the other numbers behind the games? Take...

  • Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama already has a Twitter parody account

    In the battle for the Johannesburg Metro that took place on Monday, the DA's Vasco da Gama was elected as the City Council speaker. It's a huge change of power for the once-ANC stronghold, and the result itself sent the Johannesburg City Hall into a bit of a frenzy. Elsewhere, the move also sent Twitter into chaos, as people tweeted their views and funny jokes thanks in part to the speaker's rather historical name. But perhaps one Twitter user making particularly good use of the news is the owner of the da Gama parody Twitter account. Yes, I know what you're...