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  • 5 tips to spot a Facebook hoax

    Hoaxes are all over Facebook and with users often encouraged or forced via hijacks and hacks to share and like content, it will often seem like the hoax has been personally vouched for by your friend. Fortunately, most of the popular Facebook hoaxes are unoriginal and have been seen before in some form.  So before you click that link, here are five tips to spot a Facebook hoax. If it asks you to share first, beware Scammers know that the best way to get you to click their link is to have had another friend like or share it first. So often...

  • Facebook films Grand Central Station in stunning 360-degree video

    Facebook has finally put that 8K-capable camera rig it unveiled at its F8 Conference to good use, and where better to take it for a spin than New York's Grand Central Station? It's the first video captured and published by the company's US$30 000 camera rig, which allows the viewer a total 360-degree experience of one of the busiest train stations on earth. "Explore Grand Central Terminal and the stories that unfold there in the first film shot with the new Facebook Surround 360 camera," reads the Facebook post. "Watch the film in standard monoscopic 360 here, or find it in the...

  • Twitter will soon let users broadcast video within tweets via Periscope

    Twitter (like its plethora of rivals in the social space) is in constant flux, in terms of user base and app design. And it's the latter that's really trying to create a stable based for the former. Speaking of which, Twitter has now added a button within the app that lets users broadcast live video using Periscope. Spotted by The Verge, the little addition is only available to a handful of users, but it's nevertheless interesting for all. The company's calling it the "Go Live" button, and suggests that "all users will have the ability to start a Periscope broadcast from...

  • Twitter to exclude URLs, images from tweets’ 140 character limit

    Popular social media micro-blogging platform Twitter may soon remove image and URL character counts from its 140-character tweets. According to a post on Bloomberg, the publication spoke to someone "familiar with the matter," who revealed the change could happen within the next two weeks. At present, links take up 23 characters, even after URLs have been shortened. There is no word yet on how many URLs or images can be linked to a tweet, which, if handled incorrectly, could lead to an even greater influx of spam. These exclusions will add to the range of changes Twitter has made this year. In...

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...

  • Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo

    South Africa's famous Kruger National Park can be navigated using personal vehicles, which makes impromptu animal sightings a fairly frequent occurrence. Although these tw0 YouTube videos depict a little more than a simple "sighting." The initial video was filmed by the car behind's dash cam, and shows a Volkswagen Polo sedan slowing to a stop to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. After the buffalo passed the car, it trundles forward slightly, which was probably the worst decision in hindsight. Spooked by two male lions, the herd storms back across the road and into the car, now parked in...

  • Instagram’s new icon isn’t getting much love on Twitter

    In case you're too busy using Snapchat, or don't bother with all this social media nonsense, Instagram has done the one thing social media users absolutely hate: change its app. The company today launched a revised Instagram app, with monochrome buttons and a new icon that now boasts the full sunset gradient treatment. While the app remains the same in terms of navigable menus, button placements and overall mechanics, Instagram does note that the change aims to "puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app." But even so, people are rather, rather annoyed, and took...

  • Facebook partners with Airtel to launch Free Basics in Nigeria

    Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider, has announced that it has partnered with Facebook and to launch Free Basics in Nigeria. In 2015, Facebook promised to bring Free Basics to 17 African countries. Free Basics is a service that gives users free access to a number of platforms where users can access information about health, education, jobs, communications and local content services at no cost. Facebook estimates that it has, through the project, brought more than 25 million people online. Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “Bharti Airtel Africa has been an important partner in...

  • Social media – what it means for contact centres

    The social media landscape has evolved drastically in recent years with the ability to remotely access internet on the go. These advancements have changed how social media is perceived as it is no longer viewed as just a platform for advertising and marketing but rather a channel through which consumers implore and receive customer service. With the rise of technology, contact centres have seen a huge change within this space. Mobile devices have made it possible for consumers to engage with businesses across multiple channels. We all know that today’s contact centres are not just about manning phone lines...

  • Instagram awards $10k to 10-year-old for not deleting Justin Bieber’s comments

    Parents of Nineties' children didn't enjoy them constantly starting at computer screens, but that's probably because not many of them were able to find security-threatening bugs in the code of one of the most popular apps in the world. A ten-year-old boy has done just that, and the app in question? Well, just that app Facebook bought for US$1-billion -- Instagram. Related: Instagram to ditch chronological feeds for algorithms After discovering the bug and reporting it to Facebook, the company rewarded the Finnish kid with US$10 000, which seems a bit slim considering what the bug could've meant for the likes of...

  • Afeni Shakur dies: Twitter pays tribute to hip-hop’s godmother

    Mother of lauded legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, activist and generally inspirational human being Afeni Shakur has died aged 69. According to reports, Shakur suffered what seems to be cardiac arrest in the late hours of 2 May 2016. The investigation is currently ongoing. Deps responded to report of poss cardiac arrest @ 9:34PM last night @ her home in Sausalto, trans to hospital where she died @ 10:28PM. — Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) May 3, 2016 Afeni Shakur, who oversaw her son's meteoric posthumous rise to hip-hop stardom, was herself an activist against racial prejudice and an active political figure in the US. Soon...

  • #MatthewTheunissen apologises for racist Facebook post, Twitter doesn’t buy it

    In an interview with AM radio station Cape Talk, Cape Town native Matthew Theunissen has apologised for a recently published racist Facebook post. The post, which Theunissen wrote in response to Sports Minister Fikile Mbulula's announcement that three of South Africa's major sporting codes would be banned from hosting international sporting events until they met their transformation targets. In the now deleted post, Theunissen labels Mbalula and his government colleagues "kaffirs" -- a derogatory term used against black South African -- and "cunts". In the interview, the Noordhoek resident admits that he typed the words in a rage, but...

  • Analysing social media language: a legal and ethical conundrum

    We live in an age where people’s daily social media posts and internet search queries are not wholly their own. Though most of us search without much thought for the invisible eyes of others, the value of such data has not gone untapped by advertisers or unnoticed by researchers, who have used it for projects from studying influenza outbreaks to predicting stock market behavior. With all of this internal dialogue set free in the public sphere, some have also argued that more subjective correlations between social media language, human behavior, and our general well being have gone understudied. Dr...

  • 10 LinkedIn tips that can get you hired

    Most recruiters these days will take a look at your LinkedIn profile to learn more about you if your CV captures their eye and they’re interested in interviewing you. They also often scan relevant profiles on LinkedIn to identify people they think might be a match for positions they are struggling to fill or don’t want to advertise. A recent study on Global Recruiting Trends showed that 43% of recruiters use social professional networks as their key source of quality and 42% use internet job boards. As such, a clean, professional and presentable LinkedIn profile can be a major...

  • Met Gala 2016: 11 Instagram snaps of celebs in their snazziest dress

    The Met Gala is a pretty big event for high fashion, charity, and the stars. It's one night that celebrities really get to look the part for the sake of looking the part. They don't exactly walk home with a Grammy or an Oscar, but the night is no less important. Being a top trend on Twitter worldwide this weekend, image-heavy social portal Instagram also had its fair share of posts shared by celebrities and the general populace alike. So, if you fancy taking a look at what the stars decided to don, have a look at our selection of Instagram...