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  • Weekend News in Tweets: Trump remains bullish, Thuli bids adieu

    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). World news: Trump battles latest scandal on Twitter Donald Trump was in the news for a number of different reasons this weekend, but the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him took centre stage. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice,...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Haiti recovers after Hurricane Matthew & #Khwezi dies

    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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (7 October – 10 October 2016). African news Ethiopia's crisis deepened this weekend after the government decreed a six-month state of emergency. The country, which has been experiencing ongoing civil uprisings and protests against the government. According to reports, over 500 people have died since the unrest began in early August 2016. "A state of emergency has been declared...

  • 5 videos that capture Hurricane Matthew’s deadly fury

    There's a small matter of a Category 3 storm currently rolling up the USA's west coast. Its name is Hurricane Matthew, and it has already laid waste to Haiti (killing over 300) and much of the Bahamas. It's a devastating storm, and one of the few to bring Florida to a standstill. As a result, Hurricane Matthew's passing is an event that the likes of Facebook, Instagram and especially Twitter is capturing in near real time. While Twitter is usually one social network that privileges text over visuals, some videos just provide all the content you need. On that note, have a look...

  • Snapchat mulls IPO, with huge valuation – report

    Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is reportedly considering plans to issue an IPO. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", the IPO could value the company at US$25-billion "or more". The publication added that the offering could occur as early as late March 2017. Snapchat joins Twitter in the financial fray It's not the only social player engaging in serious financial talks either, as Twitter is expected to field acquisition bids this week. According to the publication, Salesforce is emerging as one of the more prominent potential buyers. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is seeking Twitter's treasure chest of data and its brand,...

  • Yahoo built a program to sift through user emails – report

    Ailing internet firm Yahoo apparently built a program last year which sifts through all incoming emails on its service. Yahoo complied with a US government order to build the custom program, Reuters reported, which scans for specific information in hundreds of millions of incoming emails. The tech firm was apparently conducting the scans for the FBI and NSA, who supplied the "specific" search information. Yahoo's email engineers were merely instructed to build and integrate the program by CEO Marissa Meyer and Yahoo's General Counsel. In fact, these steps were apparently taken without the knowledge of Yahoo's security team, sources told the publication. In a strange move,...

  • My Vodacom app now supports Mastercard’s Masterpass

    South African telecoms giant Vodacom has announced that its customers can now "buy airtime, data bundles and SMS bundles through the My Vodacom mobile application" using Mastercard's mobile payment gateway Masterpass. Previously, purchasing airtime required users to leave the My Vodacom app, but this change now allows Vodacom users to purchase these items and services directly from the network's app. Masterpass, according to a press release, aims to "support all forms of commerce in order to address the widest range of merchant experiences and consumer needs". The service requires a single payment card capture -- which means consumers needn't continually re-register the card...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Colombia votes no, South Africa defeats Australia

    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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (30 September – 2 October). Colombia is in disarray after the country Sunday voted against a referendum that would've ensured government peace against the FARC rebel forces. Likened to Colombia's version of Brexit, the country voted 50.22% vs 49.78% in disfavour of the peace deal. The referendum asked voters: "Do you support the final agreement to end the...

  • Tinder for sperm? London Sperm Bank has an app now

    There have been a slew of "Tinder for X" type services around, but now it's time for sperm banks to jump on the bandwagon. And that's just what the London Sperm Bank has done, QZ reported, releasing an app for both Android and iOS. The bank boasts over 25 000 vials of sperm "at any given" time, according to the app description. But the app makes finding the ideal donor quite an effortless process. Clients can browse through a series of donors, with each donor having a variety of physical characteristics included in the listing. These characteristics include race, "ethnic origin", eye/hair...

  • Lenovo lays off a ton of Motorola staff – report

    Lenovo has reportedly laid off "hundreds of employees" working at Motorola, apparently leaving less than 50% of the workforce remaining. One source told Droid-Life that over 700 employees out of 1200 will be laid off, while another claimed that Lenovo was moving more operations to China. The Chinese tech firm confirmed the news in a press statement, saying it was part of "ongoing strategic integration" between the two. Lenovo said the Motorola layoffs were part of plans to "streamline its portfolio" of products "Lenovo today announced a resource action impacting less than 2% of its approximately 55 000 employees globally. The majority of the positions being eliminated...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Brad Binder, Temba Bavuma make SA history

    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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (23 September – 25 September). American gun violence continues Gun violence has rocked the city of Chicago this weekend, resulting in seven deaths, and at least 36 injuries. Update: Three of four surviving victims in Champaign shootings discharged from hospital, police say https://t.co/fWNiOzNUwn pic.twitter.com/BuBSvB4kOu — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 26, 2016 A shooting also rocked Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Seven people...

  • Takealot wins big at PriceCheck Tech & Ecommerce Awards

    The 2016 PriceCheck Tech & Ecommerce Awards concluded last night with Takealot.com snagging the overall win. The PriceCheck awards celebrate businesses doing innovative things in the tech and ecommerce industries. The awards, which took place at a gala dinner held in Cape Town, saw Takealot.com walking away with the Overall Winner Award as well as the People's Choice Award. Each nominee was selected by public nomination, thereafter the nominees were submitted to a panel of judges. These judges then selected the top three nominees per category to finally choose the winner. The panel consisted of director of emerging markets at Criteo, Dirk Henke; editor-in-chief...

  • Yahoo hack: is this the biggest in history?

    Internet icon Yahoo! has revealed what might just be the biggest hack in recent history. The company confirmed that a hack, which took place in 2014, saw details associated with 500 million user accounts being stolen. Who could be responsible for these actions? Well, the firm believes that these weren't necessarily bedroom hackers acting on their own... "A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor," the company wrote in the statement. Compromised account information may include "names, email addresses,...

  • #datamustfall: Afrihost Mobile offers R1/250MB promotion

    In the wake of the #datamustfall social media campaigns, MVNO Afrihost Mobile has stepped up to the plate with a promotion. The network has announced a special of 250MB of mobile data every month for a once-off fee of R1. "If you use up all of your 250MB in the month you will automatically be capped. You will never pay us another cent unless you choose to buy extra data," Afrihost wrote on its website. It's interesting to note that Afrihost Mobile piggybacks off the MTN network It's not a permanent move though, with the promotion set to run until January 2017. Still, 250MB a...

  • Most popular products on PriceCheck from 2006-2016 [infographic]

    Popular price comparison/ecommerce website has been around for quite a long time, starting out way back in 2006. Now, the company has issued a rather cool infographic, detailing the five most popular products for each year of its existence. "Over the past 10 years, PriceCheck has tracked the most popular categories on its platform, starting with digital cameras in 2006 and 2007. By 2008, smartphones had overtaken the photography addiction, with the Apple iPhone 8GB garnering 1500 views on the site since launch," the company wrote in a press statement. PriceCheck reported a 500% increase in queries for HTC phones in 2014...

  • Telkom Mobile revises uncapped LTE throttling policy

    Telkom Mobile has announced a revised fair usage policy (FUP) for uncapped LTE users, following negative publicity on social media. Users who had allegedly fallen foul of Telkom Mobile's FUP expressed frustration after being throttled to extremely slow speeds. Now, the network has announced an overhaul of its policy for uncapped users, giving them an extra 100GB of full-speed data before throttling comes into effect. "This means that customers would have to use in excess of 300GB of data per month before Telkom's FUP will be applied. Telkom has also included an additional 50GB data allocation for peer-to- peer services such as BitTorrent and...