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  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey coup, Taylor Swift vs Kanye West & 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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (15 July – 17 July 2016). After a failed military takeoever in Turkey that began late Friday led to an estimated 265 deaths, 1440 injured, around 2800 arrested military members and 2745 detained judges and prosecutors, the country swiftly moved to throttle internet traffic to social media networks. We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked...

  • Japan’s SoftBank to acquire chip designer ARM in $31bn deal

    Fresh off its spin-off of game developer Supercell, SoftBank Group (SBG) has announced plans to buy chip designer ARM Holdings for a gargantuan US$31-billion (R443-billion). ARM is responsible for the chip designs used in a variety of smartphones, as its designs are licensed out to the likes of Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm, LG, Sony and a host of other companies. In fact, Apple used to license out ARM's designs for its iPhones too, up until it launched a custom design for the iPhone 5. SoftBank's acquisition is set to be an all-cash deal, buying ARM's shares at a premium of 43%. The deal...

  • Cheapflights lets users search flights using emoji, because World Emoji Day

    Emojis are everywhere, aren't they? Don't believe us? Well, now internet users can search for flights using them. Cheapflights, a flight search and deals website, has announced that in celebration of World Emoji Day (17 July), the company has allowed users to input emoji instead of text in the site's search function. Why? According to Cheapflights' marketing director Samantha Otter, the company wanted to make search as "intuitive as possible". "Personalisation is the future of travel search, and this is a further step in that direction, allowing our users to communicate with us in a way they’re comfortable. It encourages frictionless...

  • Nice Attack: world politicians use Twitter to condemn Bastille Day attack

    In the late hours of 14 July 2016, during France's Bastille Day celebrations, a gunman drove a truck through a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people. It's France's second major terror attack in less than a year, after last November's attacks in Paris. According to reports, the driver of the truck ploughed through the crowd for at least two kilometres before police shot the attacker dead. After the incident, #PrayForNice and #NiceAttack became Twitter's top trends worldwide, with #NousSommesUnis ("we are united") taking off in France in the past hour. But while Twitter users across the...

  • Get 4 Magnums (the ice cream) delivered via Uber for R100

    Just when you thought you were getting some respite from Uber promotions, the company has announced a partnership with Magnum. The partnership will see Uber customers able to order four Magnum ice creams for R100 via the smart cab service on Friday 15 July. The offer takes place between 11am and 3pm and is available to users in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. How to take part It's by no means a local-only deal though, as the company confirmed that South Africa is one of 30 nations taking part in this promotion. Other participating countries include the UK, India, New Zealand,...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Ronaldo moth, Serena Williams, South Sudan & 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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (8 July - 10 July 2016) Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown and 22nd Grand Slam trophy Saturday, putting her level with German great Steffi Graf. Williams beat German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final in London. Scotland's Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men's singles crown Sunday too, beating Canadian Milos Raonic in...

  • Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & Dallas shootings: celebrities weigh-in on America’s violent week

    It has been a destructive, divisive week for America. In less than 72-hours, three incidents of gun violence -- two by police officers and one against -- have erupted across America's Midwest, Deep South and Lone Star state respectively. In the first incident on 5 July, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling succumbed to gunshot wounds after two police officers opened fire on him at point-blank range. Videos soon emerged of the incident on social media, and has since become one of the biggest news stories of the week. Less than 36-hours later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota,...

  • Get free WiFi access in South Africa by viewing ads first

    WiFi hotspots might be everywhere in South Africa, but actually accessing them is another story entirely. Aside from initiatives like Project Isizwe and the Western Cape Free WiFi Project, hotspot access is generally expensive or requires you to be a customer on a partner network. Now, a new project, dubbed view4mahala, claims to deliver "ad-funded free WiFi" access to South Africans. How does it work? Users are able to browse the internet via these hotspots, but are subjected to ads between page views and upon logging on to the hotspot, view4mahala operations director Sagie Naidu said. "Two full-screen ads come up upon login and lasts between two and...

  • First Vumatel fibre home goes live in Cape Town

    Fibre provider Vumatel has been on a roll in recent months, as it teamed up with Telkom and Standard Bank threw its weight behind the company. Now, the company has marked another milestone with its first home fibre connection in Cape Town going live, being situated in the Tamboerskloof area. "TBK Watch is very excited to be Vumatel's first community to get connected in Cape Town. We have been working together with Vumatel for the past six months to plan and get the community ready for the rollout, and now we are live. The rest of the community can't wait to get connected," said the TBK Watch group,...

  • 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...