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  • AVG gets acquired for Avast amount of money (heh)

    Avast and AVG have long stood as two of the most prominent anti-virus firms on the market, having both been founded in the Czech Republic over two decades ago. Now, the two have announced that Avast is acquiring AVG in a deal worth US$1.3-billion. Avast will buy AVG's outstanding ordinary shares at US$25 a pop, representing a 33% premium over its 6 July closing price. "Avast is pursuing this acquisition to gain scale, technological depth and geographical breadth so that the new organisation can be in a position to take advantage of emerging growth opportunities in Internet Security as well as organisational...

  • WhatsApp ‘back up’ in Zimbabwe, regulator issues state warning [update]

    Update #1, Wed 7 July, 8.20pm: According to a report citing the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabweans who share and spread information about the country's protests will be disconnected from the country's mobile networks. "All SIM cards in Zimbabwe are registered in the name of the user. Perpetrators can easily be identified," the body announced late Wednesday following WhatsApp's four-hour outage. "Any person caught in possession of, generating, sharing or passing on abusive, threatening, subversive or offensive telecommunication messages, including WhatsApp or any other social media messages." Read the full report over on Fin24. Original article: Social networking services WhatsApp...

  • South Africa’s Lidudumalingani wins 17th Caine Prize for African literature

    The Caine Prize is a prestigious literary award for writers on the African continent. Given to the best English short story written by an African, it's an honour that has been bestowed on authors since 2000. Of the 16 previous awards, only two South African writers have won the Prize before 2015. We can now proudly add another to that list. Myolisi "Lidudumalingani" Sikupela has won the 17th Caine Prize for his short story Memories We Lost. The story explores the stigma of mental heath in rural South Africa. A choked up @Lidudumalingani accepts his Caine Prize for African Writing 2016! Congratulations!...

  • Cape Town road users can soon receive, pay for fines via SMS

    Great news, everyone. The City of Cape Town is trying to make SMS technology relevant again. The City's Safety and Security mayoral representative JP Smith has today announced that Cape Town motorists will soon be able to pay road fines using "smart SMS technology". "The City of Cape Town's Traffic Service is adding another technological advancement to its arsenal with the roll-out of smart SMS technology that will allow motorists to pay fines via their cellphones, tablets or personal computers," he says in a statement. Smith also states that users will be sent SMSes of pending fines, negating the need for South...

  • Incredible Connection now offers cyber security insurance

    South African tech retailer Incredible Connection is going beyond the simple hardware sales business. The company has announced that it will be offering cyber-security insurance "at no additional cost, for all internet-enabled products, across selected products." Partnering with cyber security company Phishield, the insurance cover will be "be bundled with Incredible Connection Internet-enabled products as a value add, and will entitle consumers to a 12 month policy that will insure their financial standing against loss of funds through phishing – in the event that the bank does not reimburse the client," the presser explains. Incredible Connection notes that the cover's worth R5000,...

  • Tesla misses Q2 2016 delivery targets, global growth increases

    Elon Musk's Tesla isn't growing as prolifically as some might believe. Although a pioneering force in the electric and autonomous car industry, the company this weekend announced that it missed its delivery target for the second quarter of 2016. The company's own estimate of 17 000 vehicles delivered was missed by just under 3000, with Tesla pushing only 14 370 cars out the door. This still represents a 25% bump in global sales QoQ. The company also notes that it has produced 20% more cars over the previous quarter -- so at least there's an improvement there. However, it's also worth mentioning...

  • National Arts Festival 2016: your essential internet pocket guide for conquering Fest

    It's a big week for the Eastern Cape and South African performing arts in general. Today, the 42nd National Arts Festival kicks off in Grahamstown, running for 11 days until 10 July 2016. This year's soiree promises to be one of the most heavily-attended Fests in years. But while that's a blessing for the organisers and the quaint city of Grahamstown, it makes following the happenings of Fest a bit of a nightmare. But not to worry -- the good ol' internet is here to help. Below, we take a look at some of the ways you can keep abreast of...

  • Google’s FASTER joins Japan, US with 60Tbps undersea cable

    The ocean -- yes, that big puddle on our planet's surface -- plays a pivotal part in our Facebook and Instagram selfie obsessions. Every day, millions of terabyes of data is transferred from place to play using cables buried beneath the sea bed. Now, because the world definitely doesn't have enough of these, Google (along with five other companies) recently switched on its latest cable -- a 60Tbps monster spanning the Pacific, connecting Japan to mainland USA. The aptly-named FASTER cable, and consortium, is the brainchild of "China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel," the latter's...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s new Hawaiian wall is pissing off locals, probably Trump too

    Step aside Trump, because Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a bigger, taller and more annoying wall than you. According to an Hawaiian newspaper report, Zuck has erected a six-foot wall along his 700-acre US$100-million property on Kauai, and it hasn't been taken kindly by the residents. "It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years," long-time local resident Gy Hall tells The Garden Island. "The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense." Related: Spotted:...

  • South African students win supercomputing competition in Germany

    Six South African students have won a major supercomputing competition in Germany this week, beating 11 other teams to claim top honours. The team was made up of four Wits students and two Stellenbosch University students, Wits University said in an emailed statement. The six students are Craig Bester, Sabeehah Ismail, Andries Bingani, Avi Bank, Ashley Naúde and Leanne Johnson. "The South African team is the only team that enters a brand new team each year. This is done to give as many students as possible exposure to the international HPC community," the CHPC said in a statement. The team, put together by the Centre for...

  • Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews announces resignation on Twitter

    Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews has taken to Twitter to publicly announce his resignation, uploading the letter in question as well. Matthews posted the resignation letter to Twitter, along with a brief message saying "I have quit the SABC". In the letter, directed to the chair of the broadcasting corportation's board, Matthews said it was with "great sadness" that he has to tender his resignation. "For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the side-lines," he elaborated. "In the process, the prevailing...

  • Confirmed: Tencent acquires majority stake in Supercell

    Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Supercell, creator of the popular Clash of Clans mobile title, in a deal valuing the studio at US$10.2-billion. The deal will see Tencent acquire up to 84% of the company, a press release stated. "Following the transaction, Supercell will be owned by the consortium (led by Tencent) and by Supercell's employees," it added. "Every employee will take part in a new long-term incentive plan, and will be able to sell their vested shares annually to Tencent." The agreement will also see Supercell continuing to operate independently, retaining their Helsinki headquarters and existing team. The deal is expected...

  • I had fuck-you money and didn’t care – Minecraft creator

    Marcus 'Notch' Persson has been in hot water recently over various comments made on Twitter. Last month, the Minecraft creator took umbrage (to say the least) with the term "mansplaining" and called a fellow user the C-word. Now, in a Reddit post titled "what's up with Notch on Twitter?", Persson himself popped up to give a quick rundown. "Once I realised I had fuck-you money and didn't care about my public image any more because it didn't affect my day to day life in any way, I started speaking out against things I personally thing (sic) are wrong," Persson wrote. Notch said that people privately thanked him but told...

  • Dropbox’s new productivity tools foster simplicity, collaboration and data safety

    Dropbox has introduced a number of new productivity tools which include simplifying workflows, creating unified workspaces and improving data security. According to the company, the new productivity tools are a response to its 500-million users' requests for better collaboration tools within teams. With its simplifying workflows, Dropbox wants to bring a lot of features which include scanning documents, creating Microsoft office documents on mobile devices and managing photos from desktop computers. To manage the photos from a desktop computer, Dropbox Basic users need to connect a computer to their Dropbox account, allowing for easier access, organising and removing the photos. On iOS,...

  • 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...