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  • Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg covers up MacBook webcam with tape?

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the US government has sophisticated ways of spying on people through their gadgets. We also know that Facebook is no stranger to veering on the wrong side of the privacy line. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to celebrate Instagram's 500 million user milestone, people were rather surprised to see what was done to a nearby MacBook... In case you can't make it out, the MacBook's web camera is taped up, as Twitter user Chris Olson first pointed out. 3 things about this photo of Zuck: Camera covered with tape Mic jack covered with tape Email client is...

  • High IQ equals low piracy rate, study finds, but SA bucks trend

    A new study has found "strong support" that a high national IQ often results in low piracy rates. The study, titled 'Intelligence and Crime: A novel evidence for software piracy', used IQ and piracy data from 2011 for 102 countries. So what did the researchers find? "Our findings offer strong support for the assertion that intelligence is inversely related to the software piracy rates," read an excerpt of the paper. "After controlling for the potential effect of outlier nations in the sample, software piracy rate declines by about 5.3 percentage points if national IQ increases by 10 points." Who are these "outlier" nations though?...

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches, Pornhub finds

    Where there's a need for adult entertainment, Pornhub is there to virtually deliver it. And where there's a need for some fascinating insights, the company's Insights blog delivers it as well. And for Father's Day 2016, Pornhub Insights shed light on viewer habits for last year's Father's Day. Interestingly enough, the adult network found that searches for "dad" or "daddy" spiked by an impressive 1361%. What were the most popular dad-related searches though? "The most popular search is 'step dad and daughter', followed by simply 'daddy'. We also found confirmation that 'dad bod' is indeed sexy, along with 'black daddy', 'big daddy' and 'hairy daddy'. Even 'DILF'...

  • Telkom teams up with Vumatel to expand fibre footprint

    In areas where Telkom connectivity is lacking, Vumatel has often stepped in to deliver the goods. Now, the fixed-line incumbent has announced a rather surprising partnership with the upstart service provider. Telkom's Openserve has announced that it would be "leveraging" Vumatel's open-access fibre network to launch products in over 20 new suburbs in Gauteng. Vumatel has made a name for itself by launching so-called fibrehoods, offering connectivity in selected suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town. "The fibre industry is highly competitive and we have seen an accelerated rollout of fibre networks across the country. While Openserve holds the lion share of the national fibre footprint --...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Illegally streaming sport? There’s a 50% chance of malware in ads

    A new study has found that as much as 50% of ads on free live-streaming websites lead to malware. Security researchers at Stony Brook University and KU Leuven-iMinds said that up until now, most of these services have only been analysed from a legal perspective. "In addition to exposing numerous copyright and trademark infringements, we found that clicking on video overlay ads leads users to malware-hosting webpages in 50% of the cases. Most of these pages are made to look like the actual free live-streaming websites," the researchers said in a press statement. These ads trick users into believing they need special software to watch the...

  • Is this a trend? Keyboard app Fleksy acquired by Pinterest

    In what could be a trend of companies buying keyboard apps, social network Pinterest has acquired Fleksy. The buyout was revealed by the Fleksy team in a blog post earlier this week, although financial details weren't disclosed. "Today we're announcing some big news at Fleksy. Our team is joining Pinterest!" the team announced. "As some of you may know, it’s a bit of nostalgic timing as this month marks four years since Fleksy first launched in the iOS store as a standalone app for our wonderful community of blind users – at a time when third party keyboards were not yet supported on the...

  • Want doggie cuddles? UberPaws is coming to Cape Town

    From ice cream and electric vehicles to shopping and more, Uber isn't shy about trying new things. Now, Cape Town dog lovers can rejoice because the UberPaws initiative is coming to the Mother City. "On Wednesday, 15 June, at the tap of a button, Uber will send out these cute fur balls and their raisers to the people of Cape Town for only R100 between 10.30am to 1.30pm," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. All fees will go to the SA Guide-Dogs Association and a dog visit lasts for 15 minutes. Read more: Uber basks in phenomenal SA growth "From seven weeks...

  • Schoolkids to take over News24 on Youth Day

    This is pretty cool. A group of schoolkids will get to experience one of South Africa's biggest online newsrooms on Thursday as they help edit News24. The news site is bringing the school children in as part of its commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising. "Forty years ago, hundreds of Soweto students lost their lives at the hands of apartheid police for protesting against the forced introduction of Afrikaans as a language of tuition at all schools," says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24. "We wanted to acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice by taking an...

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn in $26bn deal

    Microsoft has announced plans to buy business-focused social network LinkedIn, in a deal worth US$26.2-billion (R398-billion). The Redmond company will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, with the transaction expected to close by the end of the year. "LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft," Microsoft said in a press statement. "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centred on connecting the world's professionals," Nadella said. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to...

  • Panama Papers: Find implicated SA firms around you with this tool

    The largest data leak in history revealed that a massive number of companies and people were using Panama to keep their financial details private. Although using Panama in this manner isn't illegal, some of the implicated firms have been less than honest in their financial dealings, to say the least. South African companies are also featured in the leak, and consultancy firm Eighty20 has delivered a slick web-based tool to find these firms around you. The tool allows you to enter a location and specify the radius (two kilometres, five kilometres and ten kilometres), then spitting out relevant addresses. Read more: Panama Papers...

  • Florida shooting: Solidarity and (some) opportunism

    The USA's deadliest shooting occurred over the weekend at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 50 dead and scores wounded. The shooting was apparently perpetrated by a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS. But the incident has seen scores of people stepping up to assist the victims, from blood drives to messages of support. Many helped in the wake of the incident or made moves in solidarity... Here's the line at a local blood bank for Pulse Shooting victims. One man said, "This is the real Orlando." @bn9 pic.twitter.com/KmX8EU9Ld7 — Erin Maloney (@ErinOnTV) June 12, 2016 The line to give blood down the street...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...