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  • Instagram Stories will soon get full-screen video ads

    If you're one of the 150-million people who use Instagram's Stories feature, you're in for a new surprise this year. Thanks to the feature's popularity, the company will soon feed advertising shorts into various users' Stories. These won't link to any site or app, but will also be easily skippable thanks to a close button in the clip's top right corner. The ads will span between five and 15 seconds in length. The company explained that now seems to be the perfect time to monetise the feature, as around "70% of Instagrammers" follow a business on the network. Users will soon see...

  • WhatsApp adds Giphy GIF search to latest beta

    After enjoying its busiest ever day on New Year's Eve, WhatsApp has turned its attention to the most important feature of the modern messenger -- GIF support. In the company's latest beta for Android, the app now boasts its own GIF searching function. A video posted by Burn Media (@burnmedia) on Jan 11, 2017 at 1:29am PST According to Android Police, the app asks the emoji button to pull double duty. Tapping on it opens what we'll call the "reaction" interface, which allows users to choose between inserting a GIF from Giphy, Tenor or an emoji. WhatsApp's new Giphy-powered GIF search function lets...

  • Miss Obama’s final speech? Rewatch it in 360-degrees

    Like saying goodbye to a kid finally leaving for the big wide world, outgoing US President Obama gave his final speech to a nation on the brink of change on Tuesday evening in Chicago. But while it was a momentous occasion for both Obama and the American public, it was also fairly big for emerging technologies. Alongside traditional broadcasts, the speech was the first of a US president to be aired as a 360-degree video on Facebook, Periscope/Twitter and YouTube. Using three of Nokia's OZO camera rigs, virtual reality company VRScout alongside Radiant Images and vantage.tv recorded and beamed the feed...

  • YouTube Rewind celebrates the fun moments of 2016

    YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has "almost one-third of all people on the Internet" using it. It's also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement. Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube's Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 -- like Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, The Chainsmokers's Closer and Justin Bieber's Sorry --...

  • This drone video imagines South Africa as a beautiful, miniature toy set

    Drone videos are on the rise on the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with sales of these little winged wonders ever increasing too. But it takes some pretty deft skills to pull off a uniquely quirky drone reel. That's what drone pilot Luke Bell and video partner Hloni Coleman accomplished with this short flick. You may remember Bell thanks to this particular video of Cape Town, but his latest clip focuses on South Africa, and the country's cultural and natural beauty. Well, if South Africa was the coolest toy set imaginable, that is. "Our home and a wondrous playground for all...

  • Adult Swim, more coming to Snapchat thanks to Turner deal

    Snapchat took one big step to becoming the next social media TV platform, with a penned deal between its owner Snap Inc, and media giant Turner. The global media corporation and the social internet company will now work together to bring "new brands to Snapchat's Discover platform, extending live coverage of Turner's premium sports events, and working with several Turner brands to develop Snapchat shows", Turner announced on its press site. The deal between Snap and Turner will cover content, content distribution and advertising, and will give Turner access to Snapchat's front page, or its Discover tab. Snapchat and Turner will produce...

  • 3 international music videos filmed in South Africa in 2016

    South Africa is just awesome, isn't it? For international visitors, they can enjoy the exhange rate while breathing in the abundant sights, sounds and rich heritage. And no one seems to understand this better than musicians. Cape Town and Johannesburg have been the scene of many a music video in their days, but while quite a few famous videos have been snapped here, including tracks from Faithless, Blue and Pharrell Williams, you may not have known that three particularly big tracks from international artists have been made right here this year. See? 2016 wasn't so bad. Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson - Girls...

  • Here’s what you should know about Instagram’s new user settings

    For those who use Instagram fairly frequently, comment spam tends to be more of an annoyance than a problem. But the commenting system on the social network can also be used in an abusive way. Thankfully, the Facebook-owned company is now ringing in changes which should make it a more comfortable place to be. Kevin Systrom, the company's CEO and co-founder, published an outline on the Instagram blog this week, highlighting how it intends to change the commenting system. You can soon entirely disable, delete comments Although users can filter select words from their comment streams, Instagram will be giving users more power. "We’ll...

  • Another Stellenbosch bullying video makes rounds on Facebook

    Just when you thought the bullying videos were over for the year, another incident stemming from Stellenbosch has social media up in arms again. The new video, taking place once again at Stellenbosch's Luckoff High, was initially uploaded to Facebook by the Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness (CICA) page. According to CICA, the incident took place this week at Luckoff, and was sent to them by a follower. The video depicts a larger female pupil attacking a smaller female pupil. Although the video is just under 60 seconds long, a few punches are thrown before a male pupil steps in to...

  • ShowMax now supports Android TV, PS4 app ‘out soon’

    Naspers-owned video streaming service ShowMax has today announced that it now fully supports Android TV devices. This support comes courtesy of an updated Android app, which now allows users to watch streaming content "through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software". Android TV was a OS launched by Google back in 2014, but doesn't feature on too many media devices in South Africa. Still, if you happen to have an Android-based device like the CloudGate or Mi Box, the app should now play nice with your large TV. Speaking of large screens, other additions made...

  • Here’s what Microsoft Zo thinks about Cape Town, social media and Pokemon

    Microsoft is old hat at this artificial intelligence chat bot thing. Remember the drama its teenage bot Tay caused on Twitter? Well, the company has now taken to the less-traversed Kik for some more interesting results. Its new bot on the platform, dubbed Zo, is a little more reserved than her curious, parrot-like sibling, and responds to politics and politically incorrect content and questions with a bat of the eyelids. This makes Zo a less impressionable bot. But is she fun to chat with? And what can she actually do? Taking a few minutes out of my day to talk to an...

  • Google’s Trusted Contacts is the app parents will love

    Once upon a time, you could keep track of your friends' and family's whereabouts using Google Plus. But that was the complicated past. Today, Google debuted a new Android app that aims to simplify keeping tabs on loved ones. Called Google Trusted Contacts, the app lets the most important people in your life request your location data from the app. If you fail to respond to the request, the app will automatically ping your loved one with your last recorded location. It's effectively Google's emergency location app. Trusted Contacts seems to pose a boat load of security problems. For one, your...

  • Optimus is a total jerk in new Transformers trailer

    Mid-2017 is gearing up to be a golden age for action movie fans. Hot on the heels of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer (and release date), Michael Bay and co has released the latest trailer for the next Transformers movie. And it's nuts. Dubbed Transformers: The Last Knight, the flick continues to star Mark Wahlberg as the most unlucky lucky guy on the planet. But of course, they aren't quite on earth. While Optimus Prime drifts through space and time, a slew of unwanted things befall the human race (as usual), and its up to Marky Mark and...

  • Cape Town resident slammed on Twitter for Facebook post

    Update 1.20pm, 5 December: Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley has published an apology to her Facebook timeline, before deleting her account: I would like to apologise for comments that were made on Facebook via my phone as my phone was at the bar … and someone thought they were very funny but now they upset me and a lot of people. Original article: Twitter users were on Sunday outraged after a Facebook post published by Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley went viral. Hartley, a resident of Hout Bay, Cape Town, posted the below status update to her timeline, questioning the number of...

  • This YouTube doccie might put you off that Camps Bay swim this summer

    Without question, Cape Town has some of the world's prettiest beaches. From Big Bay in the north, to Boulders in the south, the Peninsula is blessed with natural beauty bar none. But it seems that humans just can't help but stink up the place. This is at least according to a new short documentary published on YouTube. Titled Bay of Sewage and created by Mark Jackson, the flick takes a look at the City of Cape Town's waste disposal methods, namely pumping raw effluent into the sea around Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Camps Bay is suffering from sewage outflow, according...