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  • SuperSport to trial Facebook for live broadcast

    Popular South African sports channel family SuperSport has announced that it will Thursday broadcast its first live TV event on Facebook. This will be the broadcast of the Varsity Football final between TUT and UJ taking place in Pretoria. This move aims to encourage more people to discover the tournament, and perhaps appeal to younger audiences who don't have access to DStv. The move also depicts SuperSport's renewed interest in social media as an alternative broadcast scheme. The channel also recently began broadcasting eSports tournaments on its bouquet as well. According to the press release, "this is a first for SuperSport, making...

  • WhatsApp adds Twitter-like mentions to group chats

    Facebook's other chat app WhatsApp has received some shiny new updates today, with others arriving in the coming weeks. Available at the time of writing, the app now allows users to tag individuals in group chats by using the @ symbol. This seems to be the only actively-functioning new addition to the Android app, but also works on iOS. Users can simply head to a group chat, drop the @ symbol in the text field, and WhatsApp will pull up a list of names within that group. Users can then tap on a name to add them as a mention. It's...

  • #FeesMustFall: University students react to Nzimande’s statement

    Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament on Thursday, 22 September, to hand over its memorandum to Blade Nzimande. The Faculty has also called on "colleagues, students and concerned citizens" to join. It has also asked academics to dress in "full academic dress". CALL FOR NATIONAL PROTEST ACTION FROM FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT UCT pic.twitter.com/I5940etSCg — UCT Law Student(s) (@UCTLawStudents) September 19, 2016 Update #3, 18 September, 2.47pm: The University of Pretoria has now also joined the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

    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 (16 September – 18 September). South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa's first double-medal winner of the games thus far. All the Glory 2 God!!! #TeamSArise! #Rio2016 #Paralympics Photo credit: Zimbio...

  • Cape Town Marathon’s runners tell their story through Instagram

    42.2km is pretty far to travel in a car, let alone on foot, but that's what these athletes overcame at the Cape Town Marathon this past Sunday. While the South African local record might've been set on the day (and kudos to Asefa Negewo for doing just that), it's the stories of the hundreds of other part-time competitors that makes the event -- and events like it -- extremely special. The first Cape Town Marathon took place in 1994, and was then a relatively unknown event. But it has become one of the premier events on the running calendar, for the...

  • YouTube goes social, launches a community tab for creators

    YouTube is now going beyond being a video-sharing platform and is implementing a community tab that is meant to strengthen the bond between creators and their viewers. The feature is currently in beta but the company hopes that in the coming months it will be launched to a wider community. "You've grown up together, laughed together, and done incredible things together, from shifting attitudes about gay rights to volunteering millions of dollars toward important charitable causes," YouTube says. Up until now, viewers could only interact with YouTubers on the comments section which we all know is a haven for abuse. With the community...

  • Instagram adds word filter for comments moderation

    Instagram's latest play in the battle against comment spam and abuse is a rather simple one. According to a new blog post published on the company's Blog, the new feature takes the form of a keyword blocklist. "Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided," the company's CEO Kevin Systrom explains on the blog. Instagram hopes that the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Twitter remembers September 11, SA racks up the medals

    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 (9 September – 11 September). Twitter was a flood Saturday with messages, memories and images remembering the World Trade Centre attacks on 11 September 2011. Celebrities, New Yorkers and Americans elsewhere who were affected, came together to share thoughts on the social network. My skyline out of my window at 12:01am Sept 11th, 2016 #MyNYC #September11 pic.twitter.com/LlxXOCqpAi — Iman...

  • Twitter: DMs now feature ‘read receipts, typing indicators’

    Twitter is slowly morphing into an instant messaging platform, thanks to a gaggle of new features in its Direct Messages feature added this week. Taking, rather obviously, to Twitter, the company announced that users' sent Direct Messages now boast read receipts, web link previews and typing indicators. These are feature that are part and parcel of instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj — Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016 It's an odd addition to a feature that always remained backstage of Twitter's often ever-changing...

  • Here’s what Twitter thought of the Apple iPhone event

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news on Gearburn here and here. From James Corden and Tim Cook opening the show with a terrible rendition of Carpool Karaoke, to the slew of usual Apple bingo shots consumed around the world, there was a lot to talk about at the Apple iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco. And of course, Twitter both laid into and praised the tech giant's products and performance on the night. How often do you think you'll lose your Apple AirPods? Twitter thinks daily #AppleEvent and "iPhone 7" began trending worldwide around...

  • YouTube censorship: what’s all the big fuss about?

    If you haven't heard by now, YouTube content creators have been up in arms this week as their old videos will no longer gain revenue through YouTube's advertising. The move on YouTube's part is the result of non-compliance with the video-sharing website's old but "new" advertising policies. YouTube's advertising policies state that content containing the below are "not advertiser friendly". This was posted by well-known YouTuber and one of the loudest voices hitting back at YouTube for their actions, Phillip DeFranco. Many creators, like Franco, have been hit with notices about their older content being demonetised by the site's "improved" notification system. Update:...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • Instagram, LinkedIn strong performers in SA – survey

    Instagram and LinkedIn are showing strong growth in South Africa, despite claims of "social media fatigue" by some, a new survey has revealed. The Social Media Landscape 2017 Survey has revealed some interesting preliminary insights ahead of its full reveal later this month, starting with Instagram. The Facebook-owned platform "Instagram has experienced a massive increase in SA users, although not quite in the triple digits like the year before," said Ornico research consultant Michal Wronski. The survey suggested that the network was growing up as well. "The top 25 most followed people are similar to the year before, indicating a maturing of the network as audiences have consolidated." LinkedIn taking the...

  • Facebook News Feed turns 10 today

    In one way or another, Facebook users had to deal with News Feed. Be it a scorned or a pleasant interaction, one doesn't have much choice in the matter. It seems like yesterday that the News Feed was a contentious issue amongst Facebook users but time flies and the feature is now 10 years old. One cannot, at least now, think of the social network and not think of News Feed but the feature hasn't always been there. For more than two years in fact, Facebook had no News Feed, just friends' profiles. Zuckerberg admitted on his Facebook profile that the feature wasn't...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: South Africa murders rise & Mother Teresa canonized

    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 (2 September – 4 September). Pope Francis Sunday declared Mother Teresa a saint, at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, also known as Saint of the Gutters, served as a nun in Kolkata, India. She was declared a saint just 19 years after her death. After the service, a number of Mother Teresa's followers declared...