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  • VLC preview offers 360 photo/video support

    360 videos and photos are becoming one of the more popular formats out there, but there are still significant challenges to be had. Playback is one of these obstacles, but a new app from the VLC crew (VideoLAN) shows a lot of promise. VideoLAN has released the VLC 360 tech preview, allowing you to play 360 photos/videos on Windows 7 and later or MacOS 10.10 and later. As for capabilities, the 360 tech preview supports 360 video playback using the "Spatial Video spec", as well as 360 photo/panorama support via the "spherical spec". Either way, you can swipe through content using...

  • Black Friday: Takealot disabled mobile website due to load

    Between the photos of chaos at Checkers and websites going down, it's clear that retailers have been overwhelmed on Black Friday. In fact, Takealot announced earlier today that it disabled its mobile website to cope with the massive spike in visitors. "We planned for the expected increase in site visits over our Blue Dot Sale weekend, but the interest in the sale has far exceeded our expectations," the company wrote in a Facebook post. "In order to accommodate more visitors on our website and app we'll be deactivating the mobile site until further notice. We're sorry for any frustration caused, our engineering team...

  • Oracle buys DNS services provider Dyn

    Enterprise services company Oracle has purchased DNS and internet services provider Dyn. The financial details of the purchase was not made public, but former Fortune writer Dan Primack believes it could be "north of US$600-million." According to Oracle's product development president, Thomas Kurian, Dyn is "the leading cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction." Among internet users though, Dyn has become a bit of an infamous name this year. Last month's DDoS on its services left sites and services like Twitter,...

  • AfricaCom: 10 takeaways from Facebook, SA govt & more

    Day one of AfricaCom closed with a rather informative session, as Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Facebook Internet.org vice-president Chris Daniels and Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Thione Niang took to the stage. Cwele said that the spectrum issue is being tackled, Daniels touted Facebook's innovative internet connectivity devices and Niang called on people to look at electrification before internet access. Here are some of the standout quotes and takeaways from the session. Are people using free WiFi to be productive? Cwele gave an update on government-backed free WiFi projects (ostensibly talking about Project Isizwe), with some insight into what people were using it for. "...we...

  • Ghost in the Shell gets its first live-action trailer

    The original manga of Ghost in the Shell developed by Masamune Shirow has now become a cult-classic for any anime or manga enthusiast. Once the manga was turned into an anime by the Production I.G studio and producer Yoshimasa Mizuo and director Mamoru Oshii, the franchise really began to take off. Everything from the production to the soundtrack and design finishing made the movie and the franchise unforgettable. This latest adaptation by writers Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss as well as director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson will see the first live-action adaptation of the iconic franchise. Finally, with a new trailer...

  • WeFix ‘investigating’ profiling incident at Northgate branch

    Update: WeFix has issued an update on the matter, saying the employee will not be suspended as "she followed procedure by requesting proof of purchase". The company claimed that proof of purchase was needed for Huawei phones under warranty. Original article: Independent mobile repair service WeFix has defended itself after a Twitter user made a claim of profiling. According to Twitter user Craig Rodney, his housekeeper took her smartphone to the Northgate store for repairs. However, Rodney says she was refused help unless she could prove the device wasn't stolen. The Twitter user claims that when he took the phone in to be repaired, it...

  • US Elections helps Twitter, Facebook to big traffic spikes

    Although Donald Trump won the electoral vote Wednesday, it seems that Twitter and Facebook were the real winners. The two social networks saw a massive spike in traffic thanks to US Elections coverage, this according to a new report by Sandvine's Internet Phenomena blog. The social elections According to Twitter, the social network saw a billion tweets about the elections since August 2015, with tweets about Clinton and Trump gradually growing and spiking more often since. Image: Twitter Top tweeted policy issues also included "Foreign Affairs" with 50-million tweets, "Terrorism" with just under 30-million and the "US Economy" at 25-million. But those stats were...

  • Johannesburg floods: here’s what Twitter and Instagram captured

    South Africa plays victim to comparatively few natural disasters, but when they do strike, they make their presence known. This was the case in Eastern Johannesburg this week, as heavy rains resulted in flash floods. The floods, which struck on Wednesday, flooded the basement of OR Tambo International Airport subsequently delaying flights, and left many of the city's motorways also under water. This included the heavily-trafficked N3, N12 and R24 freeways. According to News24, at least seven people are also currently missing. Flash floods hit Johannesburg Wednesday, plunging the city's motorways into chaos On Twitter, the hashtag #Floods is trending in South Africa...

  • Google Search shows how much SA cares about ‘Donald Trump’

    Google News Labs' US Elections hub is about as interesting as the elections itself. Graphing its slew of data garnered from daily search habits, the Mountain View company is giving users another way to explore the gravity of the ballot they're about to cast -- whether its for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Or well, even if you're just an onlooker. Speaking of onlookers... although taking a look at search habits on a state-by-state basis is interesting enough, what about the rest of the world? Who is searching for what? South Africa's Google Search habits centre around racism, Black Lives Matter and...

  • Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: who’s the next US president of social media?

    It's the big day tomorrow. The day when millions of the United States' citizens will take to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (oh, and a few others too). And while the people at the polls will decide the country's fate, social media has also played a huge role in this year's US presidential race. That's right. Twitter and Facebook have both been integral to Clinton and Trump's campaigns thus far. With help from social media analytics firm Quintly, we take a look at key takeaways that shed some light on how Donald Trump and Hilary...

  • Weekend News: Guy Fawkes, Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma & more

    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 and Facebook for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). Donald Trump rushed off stage at Nevada rally Donald Trump was rushed off stage at a Reno rally on Saturday after reports that a man in the crowd had a gun. According to The Guardian, some people in the crowd shouted "he's...

  • State Capture Report: SA politicians, parties react on Twitter

    The rather lengthy and eagerly anticipated State Capture Report has finally been made available for all to view. So what were some of the biggest findings? Well, the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma may have broken the Executive Ethics Code multiple times. The report also features Eskom CEO Brian Molefe numerous times, revealing that he had many phone calls with the Gupta family. Note: here's how to get the State Capture report. There are many more findings to be had, but Thuli Madonsela ultimately called on Zuma to initiate a commission of inquiry, with the head chosen by Chief Justice...

  • Update: State Capture Report is now live on Scribd

    Update: Although it's not yet live on the Public Protector's website, you can access the State Capture report (officially named the State of Capture report), on document repository Scribd, here. Hat-tip to eNCA for the upload. Original article: It's a landmark day, South Africa. The State Capture report -- the last document authored by former public protector Thuli Madonsela -- will be available on the Public Protector's website before 5pm SAST today. This after North Gauteng High Court today ruled in favour of opposition parties, and President Jacob Zuma's withdrawal of his interdict. But while the report should be available for the...

  • Richard Branson on SA startup scene, Gordhan and more

    Virgin's Richard Branson made an appearance at the relaunch of the Virgin Money insurance service in South Africa. The mogul and philanthropist had a fair amount to say, talking political stability, the actual service they're launching, thoughts on the SA startup scene and Blockchain. Virgin is (seemingly) thriving in SA Branson noted that stability is needed around the world, pointing to Brexit and the possible election of Donald Trump as two destabilising events. "As far as the Virgin group in South Africa is concerned, we're expanding as fast as we've ever expanded. So, we've got... 11 new health clubs opening this year. I've just...

  • Richard Branson praises Pravin Gordhan in Cape Town

    Richard Branson was in Cape Town for the relaunch of the Virgin Money insurance service, but the Virgin mogul had a lot to say about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it would be dropping charges against the politician, with Branson heaping praise on the move. "I just want to say it's wonderful, wonderful news that your Finance Minister has been exonerated today. And I wish it had happened in a week's time, because (of) the low Rand... I'm on holiday here at the moment for a week," Branson told the press conference. Richard Branson spoke highly of...