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  • WhatsApp’s two-step verification: here’s how to enable it

    Without much fanfare, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has rolled out its two-step verification system for users on both Android and iOS. But what does that mean? Well, for one, it brings WhatsApp's security in line with the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft -- three companies who already support the system on their services and devices. Moreover, it will also be a lot harder for baddies to gain access to your account. WhatsApp explains that it will remain an optional feature, that users can switch on if they so desire. But we recommend you do. How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification system It...

  • #Tsotsi and #ThePeoplesBae: Twitter’s highlights of #SONA2017

    If there's one thing South Africans can be proud of, it's our resilience. After last night's chaotic #SONA2017, or more formally the State of the Nation Address, it would have been easy to fixate on the dire state of the country. But true to form, South Africans did not let the negativity ruin their night. Armed only with their tweets, they made sure to have a little fun amid the chaos. Naturally, the first to come under direct fire was the country's #1 himself, President Jacob Zuma. EFF MPs did not relent in their criticism of the Commander in Chief, providing plenty...

  • Dear White People: this is what happens when racists tweet their emails

    Timothy Treadstone, known as Baked Alaska on the internet, is such an avid Trump supporter that he had his face and slogan tattooed to his forearm. His views range from general bigotry to white supremacy -- agreeing that "California needs a CLEAN SWEEP". When Treadstone decided it was time to ask people to boycott Netflix for its teaser of Dear White People, he posted a screenshot confirming his cancellation -- along with his full email address. Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide. I cancelled my account, do the same. #NoNetflixpic.twitter.com/2HIGqviLHj — Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) February 8,...

  • Facebook Safety Check will let you be a mini-hero during disasters

    Facebook's Safety Check system has been one of the company's more notable additions to the site in 2016. The system -- which triggers when disasters are mentioned on the site, and allows users to mark themselves as "safe" -- now allows those who can to do their bit to help others affected by disasters. We're not saying that Facebook wants to make a super hero out of you, but it does want to "empower the community to help one another," according to its VP of social good, Naomi Gliet The new addition, called Community Help, will let "people find and give help...

  • Facebook one step closer in quest for original content

    Facebook has been dropping heavy hints that they intend to prioritise original content in the near future, and have had no shame in picking up TV executives on their way. MTV executive Mina Lefevre announced Wednesday that she would be joining Facebook as Head of Development, teaming up with Ricky Van Veen (of former CollegeHumour fame). This isn't the first sign that the platform will be pushing for original video. On 26 January, Facebook announced that they would be placing a greater emphasis on longer videos in the News Feed. The company included "percentage completion" to their algorithm -- determining a...

  • Over 200m people are now using Facebook Lite

    Around 1.8-billion people now use Facebook on a monthly basis, but what about Facebook Lite? The social media giant has today announced that over 200-million people are using the Lite version of the app monthly, which aims to cater for lower-bandwidth areas of the globe on cheaper, less powerful devices. "While we continue to make all Facebook apps a great experience, we heard from people they want an even more lightweight option," the company states in a press release. Facebook Lite is only available for Android devices at present "To help make sure everyone can have a great Facebook experience regardless of where...

  • Introducing Snapchat, the new frontier in storytelling

    Most people know Snapchat as the social network for watching people you only slightly care about play around with filters you really don't care about. While that may be all some people see, young innovators are recognising it as a platform to tell stories. Because, heck, that's what the feature is called, right? The first ever Snapchat movie premiered in June last year. Sickhouse was sadistically conceived by Hannah Macpherson, who saw an opportunity to merge creation and distribution methods in one foul swoop. Pairing up with YouTuber Andrea Russett, Macpherson used the social media starlet's Snapchat account to slowly lure...

  • Twitter is cracking down on harassment again with ‘low-quality replies’

    Twitter never seems to get it right when it comes to online safety on its platform. The site has fought many a battle against users worried they aren't doing enough to combat hate speech and harassment. After implementing a few changes in November, the site this week announced that it has rolled out even more in an attempt to create a safer platform for all. The changes implemented include safer search results (which will no longer feature blocked or muted accounts), as well as keeping "low-quality replies" away from the top of threads. The bulk of the criticism lobbied against the...

  • YouTube mobile livestreaming coming to your phone ‘soon’

    Following in Facebook and Twitter's stead, Google's video behemoth YouTube has announced that it has begun rolling out mobile livestreaming to select creators. It's a big move for the company, which hasn't really focused on the mobile broadcasting space, a space in which it's constantly losing ground to the likes of Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope. The company notes that YouTube mobile livestreaming will be built into the mobile app itself, negating the need to install two different apps. An in-app capture button will be used to kick off the livestreaming process. YouTube notes that these livestreamed clips will also have the "same...

  • 10 Twitter accounts you should follow before SONA 2017

    With every State of the Nation Address comes the barrage of political topics with which to keep up to date. Will President Zuma be more specific about the "fundamental change" to South Africa's economy, as the recent ANC Lekgotla professed? Will he mention #FeesMustFall or Esidimeni and the Health Department? Has his speech writer removed all numbers from his address? It can be difficult to keep up, so we have compiled a list of Twitter accounts to help you in the lead up to the address. SA Gov News - @SAgovnews President Jacob Zuma will present the SONA to a joint sitting of the two...

  • Facebook’s fake news tools coming to France ahead of elections

    According to a report, Facebook will implement fake news checking systems in France ahead of the country's elections. The move is in a bid to quell and expel fake news from Facebook's network, and prevent the backlash the company faced in light of Donald Trump's US Presidential win in late 2016. Many believe that fake news on the social network aided Trump in his campaign and during the elections. To prevent a similar story in France, the network has announced that it will partner with eight of the country's media outlets, including the likes of the AFP, BFM, and Le Monde,...

  • Joost: Twitter sends well wishes to former Springbok star

    Twitter took a break from complaining about politics, the terribly dry weather and celebrity fallouts this weekend, as former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls captain was diagnosed with a form of motor neuron disease (ALS) in 2011, and has since been confined to a wheelchair. But that hasn't stopped him from taking part in ALS research and drives. Joost's J9 Foundation: 'Thank you for the continued support for him and his family' This weekend though, Twitter was noticeably shocked by the news that Joost was in critical condition. Still, users of...

  • Twitter’s @TrumpDraws mocks executive orders with toddler doodles

    We've been writing a lot of content about Donald Trump, and who can blame us? The man has become a living, extremely powerful meme at the head of one of the world's most powerful countries. His presence spans social media -- especially on Twitter -- but even in his new position of power, some just can't help but poke fun at him. A Twitter account, dubbed @TrumpDraws, takes this to an entirely new level. The account uses a clip of Trump flaunting a signed executive order to media, instead replacing the orders' text with drawings seemingly made by a toddler. @TrumpDraws is...

  • Justin Bieber returns to Instagram to sell T-Mobile deals

    Well, Instagram has been busy this week. After the network played host to Beyonce's record-breaking pregnancy reveal, it also welcomed the return of Justin Bieber. Bieber, who ditched the social network in August 2016 after a spat with his fans, returned to Instagram with a video. But it wasn't a snap of him holding an American flag, or a short clip of a new video, or even just Bieber being Bieber. Nope. It was actually an advertisement. Justin Bieber said goodbye to his Instagram fans last year, but has returned as a salesman Dressed in a suit and donning some black-rimmed glasses, the...

  • 20 SA game development personalities to follow on Twitter [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. You wouldn't think this was the case as an outsider, but South Africa has a vibrant game development community. Between high-profile releases, experimental fare and everything in between, South Africa's game developers are a force to be reckoned with. But just who are the standout people you should follow on Twitter? We gathered a few notable personalities/developers you...