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  • 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...

  • Facebook beats a bad quarter for tech, boasts 1.6bn users

    It hasn't been the best week for the world's biggest tech players. But while almost everyone else has fallen short of market expectations, things could hardly be better for Facebook right now. The world's largest social network on Wednesday released its Q1 earnings report and, if you're a shareholder, it makes for very good reading indeed. Alongside continued user growth, the company revealed that it's gotten even better at making money and that there may soon be a new class of share for people to invest in. Making it rain Facebook's revenues for the quarter were US$5.38-billion, with its net...

  • Prince is dead: the social media numbers behind the grief

    Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is dead aged 57. The singer, producer, actor, and all-round entertainer passed away on Thursday after being hospitalised with flu last week. Unsurprisingly, fans around the world took to social media to express their grief at the loss of the global mega star. And they have done so in incredible numbers. “In the hours since the announcement there has been an outpouring of support, respect and heartbreak over the news - totalling over 3.5-million social media responses. Or, said otherwise, 60 a second," said Kelvin Jonck, MD of YouKnow Digital....

  • Examining Facebook’s 10 year roadmap in an industry that changes daily

    F8 is Facebook’s annual developer conference, which was held last week in San Francisco. Mark Zuckerberg gave developers insight into the focus points for the social giant, and revealed a 10 year road map – something perhaps at odds within an industry that shifts and grows and changes direction on an almost daily basis. By his own admission, it’s a lofty plan: “I think we can all underestimate just how much the world can change in 10 years.” To think that 10 years ago, Facebook was still in its infancy, to predict the future a decade down the line...

  • YouTube vs TV: the battle lines for advertisers are being re-drawn

    Spare a thought for today’s TV executives. Not too long ago they were the kings of all they surveyed, smiling sympathetically at their struggling music and film counterparts who were being destroyed by the internet, while confident that their business model would stand the test of time. Apparently those days are over. Today, they are forced to listen as Google’s top-ranking European executive delivers a blistering attack claiming that YouTube advertising is far more effective than television, and suggesting that advertisers spend (many) more of their dollars on YouTube. In a report entitled ‘The (Entertainment) Revolution will not...

  • Twitter goes gaga for first Starbucks store in SA

    Depending on who you speak to, Starbucks is either the greatest gift America gave the world or muck masquerading as coffee. Anyway, the first store has finally launched in South Africa this morning at Rosebank Mall and everyone had something to say about it. Many were ecstatic, having queued for hours to be among the first in line.   Having my name spelled wrong on a Starbucks cup on home soil is a dream come true. #StarbucksSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/5ah6SOHhA1 — Nicolaas vd Walt (@nicolaasvdw_) April 20, 2016 #StarbucksSouthAfrica #MeetMeAtStarbucks queuing since 12:30 this morning! pic.twitter.com/Zeu8Uv1fDn — Starbucks_SA (@Starbucks_SA) April 21, 2016 Talk about #FOMO. Fans have been waiting...

  • YouTube now supports 360 live video. Is this VR’s killer app?

    Between the Gear VR and PC-based headsets, virtual reality is slowly gaining steam. But the technology needs all the content it can get to have staying power. So we're glad to see YouTube step up its VR offering, announcing support for live 360 video streams this week. "We first launched support for 360-degree videos back in March 2015. From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now, they'll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live streaming. And after years of live streaming Coachella for fans around...

  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • Snapchat hits a tipping point as most popular social network for teens

    This week, a significant tipping point was reached in the battleground that is social media with the news that upstart network Snapchat is now ‘the most important social network amongst us teens’, narrowly beating out Instagram for the title. It is indeed a narrow margin, 28% of teens polled for Snapchat while 27% preferred Instagram. But the title now sits with Snapchat and the arc of the curve indicates that it is only going to be extending its lead in the coming months and years. According to Business Insider, “the app increased its popularity among teens by 9 percentage...

  • Facebook announces new systems to improve the quality of internet connectivity around the world

    Cost effective and fast internet access is still a dream for many even as it becomes increasingly ubiquitous for many living in cities. At its F8 developer conference, the tech company announced two new terrestrial systems that are focused on improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of internet connectivity around the world. The two projects are Terragraph and Project Aries (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum). Facebook reckons that WiFi and LTE infrastructure is unable to keep up with the fast increase in the consumption of photos and videos and the high resolutions like 4K and 8K at...

  • Facebook will let users save external web pages to read later

    Facebook's save button is one of the more useful features on the social network, allowing users to effectively bookmark an article for later reading. In fact, the social network revealed that over 250-million people have used the feature since its inception back in 2014. The function has its limits though, as you can only save articles that were shared on Facebook. So if you were browsing the web and came across a great article, you'd need to either bookmark it or use a third-party service like Pocket to save it for later. Save articles on other websites Now, the social network has announced save button support for external websites...

  • The world thinks I faked a drone crashing through my office window and into my head

    It’s 5:25pm on a Thursday and I am just about to post an onboard video from my latest Ferrari test drive when I hear a whistle instantly followed by an extremely loud bang, glass flying all over me and a huge thump to my head. Drone Crash. Into Head. What actually happened was that two guys were flying a drone in a densely populated area in Cape Town, the lost control of it and it smashed into my 5th story office window and into my face. Initially I thought a bomb had gone off, but once I opened my eyes and checked...

  • Chat bots, drones, AI: Facebook’s grand plan for the next decade

    At Facebook's F8 developer conference on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the social network's plans for the next decade and, if you're even remotely afraid of where tech's going, they're unlikely to go down that well. Having built an ecosystem containing a number of products, it's fairly clear that Facebook is moving into the technologies section of its life-cycle. Followers of the social network will already be familiar with some of those technologies, including Facebook's efforts at using drones and planes to provide internet to underserved areas of the world. They'll also be aware that the big blue social network...

  • Knott-Craig’s secret plan to fix Mxit, and why it failed

    When serial tech entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr took to the NetProphet stage on Thursday, it was ostensibly to talk about Project Isizwe -- the non-profit WiFi initiative he now runs. But there was also a tasty tit-bit for anyone who's kept an eye on Mxit over the past five years. While describing his journey to Project Isizwe, Knott-Craig revealed what his grand vision for Mxit actually was after he acquired it in 2011 and why his investors turned their backs on him. According to Knott-Craig, the mobile social network had been in discussions with South Africa's mobile operators to become a...

  • What you need to know about WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption

    Users of the instant messaging service WhatsApp will now benefit from more secure conversations after the company announced it has turned on full end-to-end encryption. The Facebook-owned company announced that all messages, including texts, calls, videos, voice messages and files, will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning that anyone other than the sender and recipient(s) will not be able to access them – not even Whatsapp employees. WhatsApp said in a statement, “Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us.” The news comes after it was revealed that companies such as Google, Snapchat and Facebook are...