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  • Amorphous New Media parts ways with Times Media Group

    Digital agency Amorphous New Media has parted ways with the Times Media Group, which it has been a partially owned subsidiary of since 2007. Amorphous is one of the older, medium-sized agencies that to some extent has not grown as fast as its larger peers. In the early 2000s it was the main player on the Nedbank account and was slated for big things but today is still a niche player. Possibly this is because the agency was not able to transform itself from being a “web development agency” to a fully-fledged digital agency mirroring the evolutions that...

  • Social rideshare service Zaparide offering lifts to Oppikoppi

    Social ride-sharing service Zaparide has launched a separate section especially for people looking for a lift to Oppikoppi. The service allows both drivers and passengers to register and, in ordinary circumstances, matches them up according to route as well as their likes and interests. The idea is to allow drivers to make a little extra money on their daily commute and for passengers to cut down on their transport costs. A social log-in allows allows both drivers and passengers to review who they will be taking a ride with and also provides an extra layer of safety. Read...

  • Microsoft: Windows 10 launch will honour people who ‘do great things’

    Microsoft has something different planned for the launch of Windows 10. Sure the slick keynote and stage presentations will still be there, but the Redmond-based giant says it's really going for something a little more human this time around. Alongside all the usual stuff we see at tech launches, Microsoft says there'll be "global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations, a new global advertising campaign, and a new year-long initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world". “Windows 10 was built to empower people to do great things....

  • 14 beautiful tweeted tributes to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away aged 55. An icon of the gaming world, Iwata succumbed to stomach cancer over the weekend. Iwata had been ill since at least 2014, when Nintendo announced that he would not be attending E3 due to illness. Soon after, he underwent surgery to remove a malignant bile duct growth. Despite assuring fans that he was "progressing well" on Twitter, there was little news until Nintendo announced his death on Sunday. Read more: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55 Always a fan of video games, Iwata began developing them in high school. Following high...

  • 6 of our favourite trailers from Comic-Con 2015

    Movies, TV shows, comics, games and cosplay. Comic-Con International is most known for two things: meeting your favourite actors in all-panel glory and getting a whiff of what's the near future holds for movies, TV series, and comic books on the geek spectrum. This year, the teaser trailers stretched far and wide in San Diego. From Quentin Tarantino's up-coming Western to Warcraft and Batman trying to beat the living crap out of Superman. It's pop culture at its finest! Anyways, while we're definitely excited about these geeky titles, unfortunately for those who didn't attend the event in San Diego, a...

  • New ttrumpet feature lets your friends, family follow your trips

    Over the top (OTT) messaging service ttrumpet has joined a growing list of apps that allow people's family and friends to follow them on their journey home after a night out or while they're out on a run or bike ride. The feature, called ‘Tag Me’, allows individuals to ‘pin’ or ‘mark’ their journey home while on their way back from a specific location, allowing personally selected people to identify their exact location and whether they have gone off route, as well as allowing the user to alert their ‘followers’ in cases of distress. “We are focused on making...

  • SA’s EWN starts pushing out news via WhatsApp

    Are chat apps the future of news? There are more than a few very influential people who think they are. Publishers are coming onboard too and it's not just agile, tech-savvy media startups who are doing so. Earlier this week, for instance, a fair amount of fuss was made about the fact that The New York Times started publishing stories to WhatsApp. As it turned out though, it had actually been beaten to the mark by Primedia-owned news house Eye Witness News (EWN). The company uses the broadcast list functionality on WhatsApp to send out a morning brief...

  • Facebook’s floating video player lets you scroll through News Feed while watching videos

    Facebook has long been telling us that its video plans are not to be scoffed at. In the latest bid to prove this point, the company is reportedly introducing floating videos. According to The NextWeb, the new video player enables videos to play while floating above the News Feed without disturbing the user’s reading experience. This is already happens on the YouTube app and Facebook introducing it shows the company’s intent about hosting video content. Over the past few months Facebook has been introducing changes to its video hosting capabilities and partnering up with other entities to push for video...

  • Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7 800 jobs

    Cue the multitudes saying they saw this coming: Microsoft has announced that it will be writing off US$7.6-billion its Nokia purchase and will cut 7 800 jobs, primarily in its phone services division. That US$7.6-billion buyout is likely to make investors pretty nervous, given that Microsoft paid US$7.2-billion for the Finnish phone maker when the deal, first announced in 2013, went through in 2014. In an internal email sent to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella says that that having the full Nokia business within its structures is no longer in line with the Redmond-based giant's strategy: "We are...

  • Gartner: PC shipments slashed, worldwide device shipments set reach 2.5bn in 2015

    Gartner has released its latest forecast, this time focusing on worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones. The shipments, according to the technology research house, will reach 2.5-billion units in 2015. This is an increase of a 1.5% from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 2.8% growth. This estimate is however a 1.3% point drop from Gartner’s estimate in the last quarter. Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, says that this is due to the continued slowdown in PC purchases in Western Europe, Russia and Japan. What negatively impacted PC purchases in the first...

  • Russia launches campaign to warn citizens of high-risk, deadly selfies

    Have you ever attempted to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train? What about hanging from a roof or in front of a wild mountain lion? No? Well, apparently a lot of people are doing it these days. It even prompted the Russian government to launch a campaign raising awareness on the dangers of taking photographs of yourself. "A cool selfie could cost you your life. A selfie with a weapon kills," the Guardian reports the Russian interior minister saying. While the statements might seem out of this world (or at least something of an April Fool's joke), these warnings...

  • Bing Maps makeover: predictive routing, multiple places, along the route features introduced

    In its biggest update yet, Bing Maps has received a massive redesign. The redesigned Bing Maps comes with a number of features focused on travel planning. The features allow users to search, view and share multiple places at one time. The company claims that the new features have been created based from user feedback. From the feedback, it became clear that users want one experience that brings together the best content in one view. A view that not only shows their last searches but one that fully reflects their plans. They also wanted a map experience that is fast and...

  • You can now read The New York Times articles on WhatsApp

    The New York Times is publishing articles on WhatsApp. For the first time Whatsapp users will be able to read their news from the platform. Though this is a first of its kind, it should not to surprising. WhatsApp has more than 800 million monthly active users and using it as a publishing platform -- like Facebook has done -- should be no brainer. The New York Times began the experiment with a story on Pope Francis. Its vatican correspondent, Jim Yardley, was travelling with the Pope in his Latin America trip. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and...

  • Helen Zille explains why government has such a hard time with Uber

    Uber can't seem to stay out of the news. Today it emerged that Uber partner drivers in Johannesburg are being threatened and harassed. Last week meanwhile, the company's South African operations launched a campaign urging Cape Town authorities to push through a number of operator licenses for its partner drivers. In the wake of the latter, Western Cape premier Helen Zille has written an official blog post, detailing why governments seem to struggle so much with disruptive technologies like Uber. In the post, Zille admits that she's a fan of the service, saying that "many parents (including me) sleep...

  • Spy tech company Hacking Team hacked, revealed to have sold spying tools to repressive regimes

    If you've ever wanted to see what an awkward moment of momentous proportions looks like, then pay attention. Hacking Team, an Italian based company that assists police to hack citizens has been hacked. The provider of surveillance and intrusion software has been beaten at its own game. The hackers released emails, internal emails, a torrent with 400GB of internal files, source code and communications on Hacking Team’s Twitter account, all appearing to confirm rumours that the company had sold spying tool. The hackers dumped the information on Hacking Team’s Twitter account. The hackers also renamed the company’s Twitter account to...