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  • Snapchat acquires 3D photo app Seene, expect 3D selfies

    Snapchat is growing at a stellar rate, having surpassed Twitter in user numbers according to a new report, for one. Now, TechCrunch reports that Snapchat has stealthily bought 3D photo startup Seene. Seene's work involves capturing 3D models with a simple smartphone camera - no specialised hardware needed at all. This approach is a different one to the likes of Microsoft's Kinect and Google's Project Tango, which requires infrared cameras and/or multiple cameras. What does Seene do? In fact, Seene has an Android and iOS app out for a while now (the former chalking up between 100 000 and 500 000 downloads), giving users the ability to create 3D selfies, 3D...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 16 delightful depictions of Durban

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we're heading east as most Johannesburgers do in the summer, to Durban. As South Africa's third largest city, Durban tends to live in the (warmer) shadow of its two (colder) northern and southern cousins, but today, we're looking at it...

  • The Greatest dead at 74: the internet pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

    Legendary fighter Muhammad Ali has today died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74. The Kentucky-born boxer with the golden gloves and the memorable quotes succumbed to a series of health issues that began back in 2014, further complicated by Parkinson's. He lived a fabled life, winning 37 of his 61 fights by knock-out, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games for the US. Beyond the ring, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was known for his wisdom, his self-belief, paradoxically as a boxer, his immense kindness. Muhammad Ali. Sports Illustrated: "Sportsman of Century" BBC: "Sports Personality of Century" AP: "Greatest Heavyweight of 20th Century" —...

  • Facepalm, shrug and selfie emojis could be on their way soon

    Brace yourselves, because over 70 new emojis could hit chats across the internet in the coming months. The Unicode Consortium, the governing body of emojis (a grave simplification), has announced its latest batch of possible emoji candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0 -- a text-based computing industry standard responsible for the smileys, flowers and penguins we send one another each day. This will bring all of the selected emojis to platforms including simple web chat, websites, Android, iOS and the like. So what are some of the potential newcomers? Luckily, some of the candidates include a lot of food-based subjects, from croissants to...

  • Twitter’s the top social network for diplomacy, new study finds

    A new study has revealed what some may have already suspected: Twitter is the top choice for diplomats compared to other social media platforms. The 2016 Twiplomacy study by communications firm Burson-Marsteller found that Twitter was used by world leaders or governments in 173 nations - equal to 90% of all UN member states. By comparison, Facebook just missed out on the top spot, being used by 169 governments (87%). Rounding out the top four was Twitter (78%) and Instagram (70%). The study added that governments with large social media teams were also dipping their toes into Snapchat and Vine's waters. "Governments that do not have...

  • Snapchat’s now more popular than Twitter, according to report

    Well, that didn't take long. After bursting onto the scene in 2011, Evan Spiegel's Snapchat has been steadily growing in stature as a social and messaging platform. In a new report, Bloomberg's "people familiar with the matter" have revealed that 150-million people now use Snapchat daily, which the publication indicates eclipses Twitter. Twitter, in comparison, has "less than 140 million users interacting with the service daily, according to an average of analysts’ estimates surveyed by Bloomberg," suggested the report. "Estimates" is the key word there, but we do know at least know Twitter has a baseline 310-million monthly users. In an apples vs....

  • 427m leaked passwords surface from enormous 2013 MySpace data breach

    Remember MySpace? If you do, you were probably a teenager when N'SYNC was a thing, and the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy the world. But it remains relevant as ever in 2016, even if it is for all the wrong reasons. Back in June 2013, MySpace experienced something of a security breach. Hackers gained access to "email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords", details the company's blog, but more importantly, this breach affected those "Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013." That means practically everyone who used the old MySpace platform was, and is, at risk. The breach is reportedly...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 12 stunning snaps of Johannesburg

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we're in the thriving South African metropolis of Johannesburg. Jozi. eGoli. JHB. With an estimated 8-million inhabitants, Johannesburg is the country's biggest city, but it's not often regarded as a destination with rich physical beauty. With that said though, you just...

  • Here’s why you should still be working on networking

    In an age of professional social networks, it might seem as if the design of your CV and depth of your LinkedIn profile determines your ability to advance your career. In reality, networking is still an essential skill that should be fine-tuned and perfected. Here are some important insights into this often-overlooked business skill. Network first, Facebook later Decision makers still value human contact. Your digital profile is still considered a ‘cold call’ by the people who matter – they want to know who you really are, beyond a one-dimensional summary. Although it’s vital to play in the digital networking space, there’s...

  • All-Madrid Champions League final draws 27m interactions on Facebook

    The UEFA Champions league final was arguably the biggest sporting event on earth on Saturday, and definitely on Facebook too. The football match saw Real Madrid emerge as the winner, beating Atlético Madrid as they did in 2014, to win its 11th European Cup in Milan, Italy. According to Facebook, the match saw 27-million interactions across the globe with 1.4-million interactions in Spain alone. Read more: Man United’s Jose Mourinho gains 200k Instagram followers on debut The most number of conversations came from Brazil with 2.9-million users driving 6.8-million interactions, followed by Mexico with 2.7-million users driving 7.5 million interactions, and third...

  • Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show: 12 snaps that’ll make you very hungry

    This weekend, Cape Town played host to its leg of the Good Food & Wine Show, one of South Africa's premier foodie events on the calendar. Taking place at the Cape Town international Convention Centre, the expo often sees its fair share of celebrities, television personalities and those who really just go for the food and wine. And that's exactly what were looking at today. If you were unable to attend the event, at least social media can go a long way to documenting the event tweet by tweet, and snap by snap. Although, we regret that licking the screen will...

  • Reddit, Facebook & Twitter leading social media news sites, study suggests

    Social media is a lot more than simple message, image and status sharing, a new study from Pew Research suggests. In said study, the institution discovered that 62% of Americans use social media to read news, and more incredibly, 66% of those users use Facebook to do just that. According to the report, "Pew Research Center analyzed the scope and characteristics of social media news consumers across nine social networking sites." The results were conducted with 4654 "members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel." The results make for interesting reading too. Among the nine networks studied, Reddit, Facebook and Twitter were...

  • Hard earned lessons from Twitter on branded domain extensions

    Even forward-thinking companies like Twitter manage to miss a golden opportunity from time to time. For example, when ICANN (the nonprofit that manages the domain space on the internet) opened up applications for domain extensions for a specific window of time, Twitter failed to apply for the .twitter domain. Barring a few minor restrictions, anyone with US$185 000 could apply for ownership of a new top-level domain extension by the deadline in early 2012. All told, 664 different brands applied for domains. While brands such as Canon (.canon), Barclays (.barclays), BMW (.bmw), and Nike (.nike) were awarded their own names,...

  • Man United’s Jose Mourinho gains 200k Instagram followers on debut

    If you're not much of a football fan, you might want to sit this post out. One of England's biggest clubs Manchester United today announced its latest manager in the form of Portuguese Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid chief signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, but most importantly, he also joined Instagram. Mourinho's first post is a bit of a laugh, especially since the caption is so starkly simple: "Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, The Theatre Of Dreams." It depicts the front page of his contract with his full name and the Man United crest...

  • 3 crucial features Twitter should just implement already

    With all of the changes Twitter has been announcing and implementing recently, it seems as though the social media micro-blogging (can we still call it that?) giant isn't listening to its users. There are a range of problems with the platform -- as there are with any social media system, really -- but Twitter could be so much more. At the moment, the company is showing financial growth, but not user growth which could be attributed to a number of reasons. These are the three crucial features Twitter needs to implement as soon as possible: 1. Conversation untagging Have you ever been caught up...