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  • Turn your Vines into GIFs with GIPHY’s loop conversion tool

    Twitter might be turning its back on content creators, killing its short-loop video tool Vine, but other companies are seeing this death as an opportunity. One such company is GIPHY. The social GIF respository and search engine has launched a new tool that converts Vine loops into GIFs. Taking to Medium, GIPHY explains that it "wanted to add another fun way for loops to live on". "If you have a GIPHY account, you’ll be able to transfer over all of the Vines you’ve created with this new tool we just finished." Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week Twitter, after shedding...

  • Apple’s new TV app is called ‘TV’ because some things never change

    Apple's October event wasn't all MacBooks and iPhone updates. Today, Tim Cook and crew announced a few things for the Apple TV. Chief of which is the company's new TV app simply dubbed TV. No, seriously. It's actually called TV. Even with that uninspiring name, the app is heading to both tvOS (Apple TV) and iOS (iPhone and iPad) for users in the US "by the end of the year", and aims to provide users with a unified viewing experience. It's essentially a digital TV guide, displaying the collated content from all of your video-on-demand accounts -- from HBO to CBS --...

  • Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week

    Twitter, after shedding 9% of its company staff this week, is also shedding Vine. In a blog post published on Medium, "Vine and Twitter" explains that the former will be "discontinuing the mobile app" in a move that almost spells the end for the promising but ailing short video platform. We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS — Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016 The video creation and sharing service, that was bought by Twitter in 2012, was used by consumers and media alike to cover events like the Ferguson uprising of 2014, to the everyday lives of...

  • Drones can change lightbulbs now, making humans even less useful

    Sven, the pilot of drones, had a dream, and that dream was to change a faulty lightbulb using nothing but a drone. Ambitious? You bet. Over complicated? Uh, obviously. But still, it's the proof of concept that's enduring. Also, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, that's what Sven probably thought. After destroying nine lightbulbs and a poor, courageous drone, Sven somehow pulled off the unthinkable. He removed the faulty lightbulb and replaced it with a working lightbulb using nothing but a thumbstick-controlled quadcopter. That blonde joke has no credence now that drones can change lightbulbs The video, which is published on Sven's YouTube...

  • The art of Facebook: 30 of its biggest brands analysed

    For personal use, Facebook is an excellent way to communicate with friends, keep up to date with event lists, and of course, sneak around others' personal lives. But how do some of the world's biggest brands use the social network? A study, conducted by analytics firm Quintly, aims to do just that, looking at 30 of the world's biggest brands and their unique uses of Facebook in the first half of 2016. These brands include the likes of Monster Energy, Intel, BMW, Zara and Skittles, to name but a few. Have a look at the full list below: BMW, Starbucks, Disney,...

  • Google purchases eyeball tracking firm Eyefluence

    "Eyeball tracking" might sound like the stuff of science fiction horrors, but it's an essential focus for those in the virtual and augmented reality spaces. And who better to know this than Google? The company has bought eyeball tracking firm Eyefluence, which should help it in its present and future VR and AR ambitions. Financial information was undisclosed, but according to Mattermark, Eyefluence raised around US$21.6-million in two funding rounds. Eyefluence, founded in 2013 by Livescribe founder Jim Margraff, develops technology to "create a more natural, intuitive way to interact with augmented and virtual reality displays". "Over the last three and a...

  • Weekend News: Sundowns are champions, Cameroon mourns

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter (with a splash of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World News: DDoS leaves internet ailing Friday was a day of total chaos for many who rely on the internet, after one of the net's biggest DNS providers, Dyn, was attacked. The DDoS attack plunged its servers into disarray, and as...

  • Update: DDoS attack on Dyn DNS leaves internet crippled

    Update #5, 22 October, 12.30am: Dyn has issued its lengthiest update yet, revealing a few more details about the DDoS attack on its DNS service. "On Friday October 21, 2016 at approximately 11:10 UTC, Dyn came under attack by a large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against our Managed DNS infrastructure in the US-East region," the update reads. "Customers affected may have seen regional resolution failures in US-East and intermittent spikes in latency globally. Dyn’s engineers were able to successfully mitigate the attack at approximately 13:20 UTC, and shortly after, the attack subsided." "At roughly 15:50 UTC a second DDoS attack...

  • Microsoft Q1 2017: huge cloud growth, big Phone drop

    Microsoft has seemingly hit the purplest of its purple patches this week, after the Redmond-based company announced its Q1 2017 earnings. Shares ballooned to US$60.43 -- at one point, a jump of nearly 6.3% -- adding around US$25-billion to its market cap. The company's CEO Satya Nadella, was pretty happy to say the least. "We are helping to lead a profound digital transformation for customers, infusing intelligence across all of our platforms and experiences," he explains. "We continue to innovate, grow engagement, and build our total addressable market." Microsoft's Windows 10 is flat, its phone business is dying but its cloud portfolio is...

  • Google Camera’s trigger button is now a voice command

    Tapping a screen too energy sapping for you? Google Camera's latest update adds the ability to snap pictures using a simple voice command. The feature, which was first available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL running Android Nougat 7.1, has now extended its compatibility with any device running the OS. That means practically any device running Android Nougat 7.1 can use the new Google Camera app. Snapping a picture using Google Camera can be done using a simple five-word phrase Google Camera's voice snap feature, although seemingly over-complicated, actually simplifies the action of taking a photo in some cases. The activation command, "Okay...

  • 20 world airports that utterly hate Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

    Samsung's having a right old crappy year. After the promise of its featured-packed Samsung Galaxy Note 7, its hopes to challenge Apple and others has quite literally gone up in smoke. Global recalls of its flagship phablet has resulted in a damaged brand image, huge financial losses and the possibility of a permanently shelved Note range. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. For the past two months, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and innocent bystanders in airports across the world, have been tweeting and Instagramming pictures of how airports and carriers are addressing the perceived threat of unstable smartphones. This...

  • Netflix’s user base climbs to 86m, revenue tops $2bn

    Netflix is growing. Quickly. According to the company's latest earning report, its revenue has topped the US$2-billion mark for the first time. That's a growth of 36% from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016. A vast clump of revenue was made beyond US borders. Netflix Q3 2016: The key numbers US$2.2-billion global streaming revenue US$880-million international streaming revenue 86-million global subscribers 3.6-million subscribers added "Global streaming revenue totaled $2.2-billion, of which 40% was generated abroad. Operating income amounted to $106-million (compared with our $64-million estimate) while net income was $52-million (vs. forecast of $22-million)," the company reveals on its investor notice. The service globally...

  • 12 inspirational tweets from Thuli Madonsela

    Serving as Public Protector from 10 October 2009 to 14 October 2016, Thuli Madonsela has become one of South Africa's most recognisable and respected public figures. She's faced a slew of political issues in her day, from the Malema scandals of 2012, to her latest battle with the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma. During all this, she somehow found time to tweet a bit too. Thuli Madonsela always had an excellent turn of phrase on Twitter, often showering her followers with inspiration and words of wisdom. So, to honour the outgoing public protector, we take a look at some of...

  • Watch The Simpsons’ latest, greatest couch gag in VR

    Fox's immortal animated show The Simpsons always had a knack for predicting future technology, so it's only fitting that as a tribute to its 600th episode, it uses some modern technology of its own. The creators of the show along with the Google Spotlight Stories team have co-developed "the first ever VR couch gag" dubbed Planet of the Couches. The short, which is a complete virtual reality environment fit with 360-degree interactive vistas and audio cues, is directed by David Silverman -- the man at the helm of nearly 200 The Simpsons episodes. And of course, the short boasts everything you should...

  • Mark the Rhino (and a tyre) become internet sensations

    If you thought you were having a bad Monday, consider Mark the rhino. Likely minding his business doing things rhinos traditionally do on the weekend, Mark somehow got his snout snagged in a car tyre. Images and videos of the unfortunate herbivore were published on Facebook by the Aware Trust Zimbabwe page and quickly gained momentum across the internet. At the time of writing, the video has garnered over 3700 views, with just under 200 reactions and 80 shares. "At first rangers thought he'd be able to dislodge it himself but as he continued to thrash around in frustration it became apparent...