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  • Unforgiving Monaco: F1’s crown jewel

    Easily the most unforgiving Formula 1 circuit of the year, Monaco presents a stiff challenge for drivers thanks to its slippery surface and tight, narrow corners. Unlike modern F1 circuits, there are no runoff areas here either, as the track is lined with Armco barriers, leading to many an early retirement. But to win here is to truly stamp your name in the sport’s history books, joining the likes of Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps as a true test of driver and machine.

  • Netflix to be ‘exclusive US pay TV home’ for Disney, Marvel and more

    Netflix has announced an exclusive partnership with Disney, Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm in the United States. The partnership will see Netflix host the latest movies from these big-name studios later this year. "From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar," the company said in a press release. The company has also revealed its refreshed summer lineup of content - so what can US subscribers (and those using proxy services) expect? June is highlighted by the first three Jurassic Park movies and Spotlight, July will see the Back to the Future and...

  • Norway’s consumer council reads app terms in live-stream

    Norway's consumer watchdog has decided to protest lengthy app terms and conditions by reading these policies out in a live-stream. The live-stream, which has been going on for almost two hours as of publication, will see policies for 33 apps being read as part of an #appfail campaign. The figure represents the average number of apps installed on a Norwegian's phone, the Norwegian Consumer Council explained in a press statement. The council said that to use apps you often have to waive your "fundamental" privacy, accept that the app will track you when it's not being used and that your personally identifiable data can be resold....

  • Standard Bank’s horrible Monday continues on Twitter

    Standard Bank has endured a rather torrid week already, having revealed that it was the victim of a R300-million credit card scam in Japan. You can catch up on the original story here. If the bank was expecting sympathy from South Africans, there was none to be had, as SA Twitter users lambasted the institution or had fun at its expense. Social media users had a little field day following the news... *Standard Bank calls JP police* 👮: “For mass bank fraud please press 1…” SB: pic.twitter.com/xkehOwp97m — Pawel Janiak (@cynicalgrinch) May 23, 2016 Somewhere, the Standard Bank CEOs be like pic.twitter.com/4D4uB9eBhY — Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) May 23,...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins third Moto3 race in a row

    Brad Binder’s Moto3 season just keeps getting better and better, as the South African won his third race in a row this weekend. Binder’s latest victory came at the sweeping Mugello circuit in Italy, following a seesaw battle between the top group of riders. The race routinely saw riders go from outside the podium to first and vice-versa over the course of a lap, the long main straight delivering ideal conditions for slipstreaming and late braking.

  • Standard Bank hit by R300m credit card fraud in Japan

    Standard Bank has revealed that it was the victim of a "sophisticated, coordinated fraud incident" in Japan. Criminals withdrew cash from various ATMs in Japan, using fraudulent credit cards based on leaked Standard Bank data, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Although Standard Bank wasn't identified by name in the initial report. Standard Bank has issued a press statement to confirm the incident though, adding that there has been no financial loss for consumers. However, the bank has suffered losses of its own. "Standard Bank has taken swift action to contain the matter and the gross loss to the bank is estimated at R300-million. This is prior to any potential recoveries that may...

  • ‘Vodacom, MTN did nothing to stop number being fraudulently ported’

    A Centurion man says that Vodacom and MTN couldn't stop his phone number from being fraudulently ported. Alasdair Cameron said that his ABSA credit card was "hijacked"and that the criminals needed his number to take full advantage of the compromised card. According to Cameron, ABSA arranged for a new card to be delivered via UTI Couriers after the first one was compromised, and after two weeks, he received a text message on 30 March to say the card had been delivered. "It hadn't. I'd neither signed for it nor laid eyes on it (despite UTI reassuring ABSA that the card had been 'dropped')," he...

  • 6 great apps that can shoot & edit RAW photographs

    Yes yes, shooting RAW photos on your smartphone is a bit of a weird thing to do. After all, it’s more suitable for dedicated cameras than anything else. Still, if you know what you’re doing and are aware of the limitations of mobile cameras compared to DSLRs, it’s worth a shot. We picked a few camera apps that spit out RAW files…

  • X-Men Apocalypse movie review: not the end of the world

    I have to confess something. I haven't watched a superhero film since The Avengers. In fact, aside from the fact that I barely watch movies at all, I've grown weary of superhero movies in general a long time ago. So when I was asked to substitute for resident comic book lover Graham and watch X-Men Apocalypse my response was pretty much "eh, okay". Fortunately, the latest X-Men film made for an entertaining watch - at least if you went in with low expectations. Watch it for the action? As narrative goes, X-Men Apocalypse is pretty straightforward. It's the X-Men (or what will be the X-Men). There's an impending apocalypse to stop....

  • Google I/O 2016: Android N, Android Wear 2.0 and Daydream VR

    It wouldn’t be a Google I/O conference without the company touching on its various iterations of Android, right? Anyway, the company shed more light on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. First of all, what will the final name be?

  • Preserving Botswana’s history via apps? It’s happening

    A new initiative aims to preserve Botswana's history in a series of mobile apps. The Heritage Series of apps, by Botswana's own Intellegere Media, delivers an app for each major tribe in the country, telling their story and charting their history. Itumeleng Garebatshabe, Intellegere Holdings founder and CEO, explains in a statement that acquiring digital information is a cornerstone of the project: The idea began in 2012 when we launched the Project 120 which was aimed at creating mobile applications which were fully focused on Botswana. The idea was to preserve our culture through mobile apps, first; for the future generations to know their history...

  • Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming

    Microsoft's mobile divisions are no stranger to upheaval. After all, the US company added Nokia's mobile unit to the stable several years ago and mobile saw plenty of layoffs last year. Now, there's more big news as the Redmond company is spinning off the feature phone unit. The US company has announced plans to sell the feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing colossus Foxconn, and HMD Global for US$350-million. The deal will also see Microsoft selling its Vietnamese manufacturing facility to Foxconn. "Upon close of this deal, approximately 4500 employees will transfer to, or have the opportunity to join, FIH Mobile Ltd. or HMD Global,...

  • Nintendo NX: why the rumoured shift to cartridges would make sense

    Rumours have emerged this month that Nintendo is expected to ditch disc-based storage in favour of cartridges/cards for the Nintendo NX console. Whether it’s true or not, a switch to flash-based cartridges isn’t quite a backwards move. Sure, cartridges are more expensive to produce than discs and there might be potential obstacles regarding capacity, but we can think of a few reasons why Nintendo should go for it.

  • Max makes history, but who are the other youngest F1 winners?

    At the tender age of 18 (and 228 days), Max Verstappen made history on Sunday by becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner. The race was also the teenager’s first for Red Bull Racing, having swapped seats with Daniil Kvyat last week. Of course, the Red Bull is one of the better cars on the grid and the two Mercedes cars took each other out, but the win cannot be discounted. It’s unlikely that Verstappen’s record will be broken, owing to new FIA regulations regarding age, but who were the other young F1 winners?

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...