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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • 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...

  • Here’s why Apple spent $1-billion on Chinese cab service Didi

    Apple has made headlines this morning after it announced a US$1-billion investment in smart cab service Didi. The investment thus pits Apple directly against current cab king Uber in China, with the latter being backed by Google and Chinese web giant Baidu. Aside from Apple, Didi already has heavyweight backing in the form of Tencent and Alibaba. Why would Apple invest in the service though? Well, aside from the expected financial return, the Cupertino firm's explanation was a tad vague... A focus on services instead? "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn’t have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don’t compromise on the camera.

  • At least Daniil Kvyat isn’t one of these rejected Red Bull driver

    It must come as a bitter blow for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat to hear that he would be swapping race seats with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. The news broke just a few days after a disastrous Russian GP for Kvyat, that saw him collide with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap. Of course, no-one remembers that the Russian scored a podium in the previous race…

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • Facebook will turn your neglected panoramas into 360 photos for VR

    Let's be brutally honest for a second. Panorama shots don't get as much love as they should. It could be argued that social media platforms and websites deserve some of the blame, often delivering a clunky way to view them. But they do make for inherently awkward viewing on most platforms anyway. Fortunately, Facebook and Oculus are doing something about this, as the two announced that your panoramas can now be viewed with virtual reality headsets. The duo revealed that this functionality should hit news feeds and Gear VR headsets "in the coming weeks". Got a Gear VR? Then you should visit the Oculus 360 Photos app to...