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  • ‘Glorious Windows’ is a nightcore track made with Windows alerts

    There's nothing more annoying that Window's notifications sounds, especially if said sounds mark a particularly significant system error. But although they do tend to signal the worst, a netizen has morphed these knells into something truly special. "Glorious Windows" is a video and track made by YouTuber you2at that uses a number of altered, chopped and pitched Windows alerts, dings and dongs from the OS's history to make one seriously addictive jingle. The video itself also pays homage to the serious of popups users will face while using Windows. It's filled with plenty of ambience and a certain interstellar quality while...

  • 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...

  • Bjork’s Digital Tour uses HTC Vive to bring her music to virtual reality

    Virtual reality's usually only good for impressing family at impromptu gatherings, or giving wearers palpable, throbbing headaches. But HTC and Bjork are taking the Vive to the next level, musically at least. The Icelandic songstress's 2015 album will be part of the artist's Digital tour -- part of a multi-city exhibit taking fans through some of the hit tracks in virtual reality using the HTC Vive headset. Bjork notes that at each exhibition, 80 of these headsets will be used in a communal setting, allowing a number of fans to experience the same pseudo-concert at the same time. " feel the chronological...

  • How would the world combat the zombie apocalypse in the digital age?

    What would you do if you were faced with a zombie apocalypse? With the popularity of fiction like The Walking Dead and World War Z, it’s become something of an internet cliché to imagine how you would survive if you were faced with a horde of brain-eaters at your door one day. It’s a fun exercise, but I find it to be a little pointless. Not because a zombie apocalypse might never happen – sometimes when I look around my neighbourhood, I’m convinced it’s already started – but because we have the technology in place to prevent it from spiralling out of control...

  • 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...

  • The future of security is tech but companies, consumers should remain cautious

    International financial consortium SWIFT (the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) warned its customers this week that "malicious insiders or external attackers" had exploited vulnerabilities in software and made off with millions of dollars. The announcement was particularly disturbing since it was the second such incident this year within one of the world’s most used and respected institutions. Customers at financial institutions, as well as those who conduct business in the ecommerce environment want to ensure that their transactions and investments are secure. It’s imperative that software be impenetrable. A similar incident this week resulted in the announcement by professional networking...

  • Meeker Files: the age of easy growth is over

    The past few years have seen explosive growth in internet and smartphone usage, driven by plummeting costs in connectivity and manufacturing. But as of now, anyone looking to exploit those sectors is going to have a much tougher time. That's the standout message from Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) partner Mary Meeker's annual trends report. Often referred to as the "Queen of the Internet", Meeker's report is something that everyone in the industry sits up and pays attention to. As well as trends in internet and smartphone usage, the report illustrates the challenges developed tech markets will have going...

  • The 12 steps to starting the ecommerce store you want

    Even though ecommerce only makes up one percent of retail sales in South Africa, it’s still a big and booming industry. You may want to start selling your wares online, or have a great idea for a store. Question is, where do you even get started? Starting an online store is actually quite easy, but maintaining it is another beast altogether. It’s not just about slapping a plug-in onto a WordPress site and going for it. As is the case with any company, there are a few more steps to take into account when making your dream store.

  • Xbox One Elite controller review: the most comfortable controller you’ll ever use

    Since the Xbox 360, Microsoft has carefully crafted their controllers to be near-perfect. The weight, button placement, and triggers are all a pleasure to use. Even with the controller’s evolution, some gamers not only want, but need more out of their devices. This is where the Elite controller comes in It’s a device that’s not for the average gamer. The Xbox One Elite controller is what you’d call a ‘pro gaming’ controller. It has been crafted with ‘hardcore’ players in mind — those that play professionally or not just for fun — and includes a range of features to fit...

  • Watch the weekend’s major motorsport crashes here

    It was a big weekend for motorsport, as Formula 1 hosted the Monaco Grand Prix and the IndyCar Series held the 100th running of the Indy 500. Only care for the crashes and mishaps? Well, we’ve got you covered you filthy casual, so check out some of the bigger shunts below.

  • 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....

  • Vivaldi 1.2 update adds mouse gestures and smart tab management

    If you're looking for an alternative web browser, you're in no way short of options. And one of the world's youngest browsers has just received a sparkly new update. Vivaldi -- the brainchild of former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner -- has gained its latest update, and now includes some modern browser niceties. "Today, Vivaldi released version 1.2. It’s loaded with feature updates and improvements, like new shortcuts, better tabs and more customizations," explains the company on its blog. The most interesting, according to Vivaldi and us, is the custom mouse gesture support. "It’s easy to do. Simply trace the path you’d like...

  • Google’s Now on Tap gets text, image search updates on Android Marshmallow

    Google's Now On Tap has received a massive update that now supports text select and image search. Now On Tap itself, only released to Android Marshmallow devices, came as an improvement to Google Now and allows users to search from within apps. According to the company, users can now use the exact word or phrase to perform a search about images. "If you use Now on Tap in an app, email, chat, or news article with a lot of text, sometimes the results aren’t as precise as you’d like. Starting today, you can give Google a nudge by selecting exactly what...

  • Time’s Extra Crispy is hiring a ‘bacon critic’ because bacon

    We saved this story for late morning for reasons that'll become very apparent. Time's new online publication Extra Crispy, launched Wednesday to set stomachs a-growl across the internet, no doubt. The vertical will showcase all that is trendy in the world of breakfasts and brunches, which means lots of content about bacon. As luck would have it, the publication is also hiring -- and we're not making this up -- a "bacon critic." "Do you like eating strips of cured pork belly*, a.k.a. bacon? Do you have strong feelings about what makes good bacon good and bad bacon bad? Is "bad bacon"...

  • Here’s how to make your site mobile friendly, rise in Google Rank

    Since 21 April 2015, Google has been seriously considering the mobile-friendliness of websites when ranking them in the search results. According to the search engine giant, it wants users who utilize its search facility to get results that are relevant, of high quality and that can easily and comfortably fit in their mobile phones. The company has further bolstered this decision by innovating a label that is used to distinguish websites that are mobile-friendly from those that are not. This helps a user who is going through a result page using their mobile phone to know which site to click...