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  • Japan’s SoftBank to acquire chip designer ARM in $31bn deal

    Fresh off its spin-off of game developer Supercell, SoftBank Group (SBG) has announced plans to buy chip designer ARM Holdings for a gargantuan US$31-billion (R443-billion). ARM is responsible for the chip designs used in a variety of smartphones, as its designs are licensed out to the likes of Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm, LG, Sony and a host of other companies. In fact, Apple used to license out ARM's designs for its iPhones too, up until it launched a custom design for the iPhone 5. SoftBank's acquisition is set to be an all-cash deal, buying ARM's shares at a premium of 43%. The deal...

  • 5 awesome things about emoji you might not have known

    17 July is World Emoji Day, a day that practically everyone who's ever sent a winky-face should know. It's a day that the internet earmarks to celebrate the now indispensable custom of sending smiley faces, I love you hearts and two hands up in celebration to people you love and, people you don't love as much. But emoji are more than just smiley faces and zap signs. Here are five pretty awesome facts about these little digital icons that you may not have known. Emoji were invented in the East They originated in Japan through the country's cellular networks around 1998. The...

  • Cheapflights lets users search flights using emoji, because World Emoji Day

    Emojis are everywhere, aren't they? Don't believe us? Well, now internet users can search for flights using them. Cheapflights, a flight search and deals website, has announced that in celebration of World Emoji Day (17 July), the company has allowed users to input emoji instead of text in the site's search function. Why? According to Cheapflights' marketing director Samantha Otter, the company wanted to make search as "intuitive as possible". "Personalisation is the future of travel search, and this is a further step in that direction, allowing our users to communicate with us in a way they’re comfortable. It encourages frictionless...

  • Nice Attack: world politicians use Twitter to condemn Bastille Day attack

    In the late hours of 14 July 2016, during France's Bastille Day celebrations, a gunman drove a truck through a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people. It's France's second major terror attack in less than a year, after last November's attacks in Paris. According to reports, the driver of the truck ploughed through the crowd for at least two kilometres before police shot the attacker dead. After the incident, #PrayForNice and #NiceAttack became Twitter's top trends worldwide, with #NousSommesUnis ("we are united") taking off in France in the past hour. But while Twitter users across the...

  • 11 Google Now voice commands worth remembering

    Voice assistants are all the rage now but, alongside Siri, Google Now has played a major role in the current trend of smart, voice-enabled apps. There are loads of commands, queries and questions you can pose Google's effort, but which ones are worth noting? We already know commands like texting/calling contacts, weather forecasts and trivia answers, but here are some more interesting ones. Find sports scores Google doesn't care about the sports I like (MMA, Formula 1), but did you know you can ask it about scores/results for more traditional fare? "Who won Euro 2016?" or "what's the score between England and Pakistan?" will serve up...

  • Weekly Round Up #69: Pokemon Go, Snapchat, Steam gambling & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons talks to Graham, Andy and Burn Media's new guy Matthew Alexander. The team discusses the sensational Pokemon Go, the rapid growth of Snapchat, Valve's crackdown on Steam gambling sites, and Warner Bros' PewDiePie controversy. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy's still playing his personal game of the year, Graham bought a PlayStation TV for R100 and thinks 80s movies are cool, Matthew has just started Mr Robot season two and Hadlee is all about X-Files at the moment. Tweet...

  • More than a fad: the numbers behind Snapchat’s remarkable growth

    Snapchat is a social media monster. From its relatively humble beginnings in 2012, to its current almost-super massive status among millennials, the app is fast becoming a must-have for both casual consumers and determined marketing minds. But what can be said of Snapchat that hasn't been said already? Well, quite a lot actually, according to new numbers released by analytics company Go Fish Digital. Initially spotted by Inverse, the report sheds some light on Snapchat's rip-roaring journey past Twitter and its contemporaries to become one of the most important apps on a smartphone today. Snapchat is pretty damn big According to the numbers,...

  • 10 examples of Pokemon Go going way too far on Twitter

    We're starting to get a little Drowzee tired of Pokemon Go news in the office this week, as people go to ridiculous lengths to play the game and make non-stop posts. Just how ridiculous can it get though? Well, Twitter users have done a good job capturing the world's obsession with the mobile title. So this Just happened... #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/PWZRxXHtcv — Ismail Amen (@bigish41) July 14, 2016 The world in 2016 #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vEYMx0gpTA — Geoff D. ⭐ (@Geoffdx) July 13, 2016 Pokémon Go user playing while driving successfully catches a tree https://t.co/iFnyuzeGhN pic.twitter.com/TbjhubdCWy — Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) July 13, 2016 Ha! Just saw this over I-43 in Milwaukee. #PokemonGO...

  • Adobe Lightroom app updates: RAW editing on iOS, pro-camera on Android

    American software company Adobe has announced major updates to its Adobe Lightroom app for both Android and iOS. Users on iOS are finally getting RAW photo editing support, while Android users will receive a new camera mode. Back in February 2015, Android users first received RAW photo editing which marked an important change for the app. Smartphones are being built to take more detailed images, and retaining this quality after editing has become important. This is where the RAW format comes into play. The Adobe Lightroom app also supports the same RAW files on Lightroom for desktop, which means that users can...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 9 scenic snaps of Knysna

    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. While most won't consider Knysna a city, it sure is a beautiful town. Nestled on the southern coast of the Western Cape, more than 50 000 people find their home between the Outeniqua mountains to the north-west and the Indian Ocean to...

  • CRISPR could help scientists rewrite human DNA, develop perfect ‘being’

    "Human beings are fairly close to being perfect," correct? After all, there's plenty to lay claim to that. We've developed flight without biological wings, ways to travel faster than the speed of sound, and even methods of cloning our genes. That may be so, but in each endeavour, we've had many failures before we've seen a success. And even then, our scientific creations and alterations are still not perfect. But what if they could be? CRISPR or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat is a new way for scientists to extract selected sections of a living organism's DNA and replace it...

  • Selena Gomez now owns Instagram’s most-liked post ever, remains most-followed

    A few weeks ago, we reported that Selena Gomez toppled Taylor Swift's reign as Instagram's most followed. Well, now the 23-year-old recording artist has yet another social media accolade to her name: she now boasts Instagram's most favourited post, ever. The songstress's star selfie, featuring a bottle of Coca-Cola parading lyrics to her 2015 track Me and the Rhythm, garnered a ridiculous 4.2-million likes and just under 100 000 comments. The post has been live on Instagram for around two weeks at the time of writing, so this number will likely grow. "When your lyrics are on the bottle," reads Selena...

  • Brexit, volatile markets should not affect customer experience investments

    The global economy entered 2016 under a cloud of uncertainty that has been further exacerbated by the Brexit shockwave. Now more than ever, company leadership will need to develop meaningful strategies to win new business, despite the growing global volatility. But businesses should be cautioned that now is not the time to cut back on customer experience improvement programmes. Companies are sitting on more than US$7-trillion worth of cash -- double that of just a decade ago. In an effort to garner returns in a low interest rate global economy, companies will look for investments. Venture capital and hedge funds now...

  • More celestial goodness as Juno delivers landmark Jupiter snap

    NASA marked a rather huge milestone a few weeks ago when it's Juno probe successfully entered into orbit around Jupiter on 4 July. The probe also carries a tiny camera, for the main purpose of letting the public go for a "ride" to the Jovian system. Now, the first photo has been beamed back to Earth, showing the gas giant from orbit. The photo was taken six days after Juno's rendezvous, being roughly 4.3-million kilometres away from the planet, on the outbound leg of its initial orbit, NASA explained. The space agency added that better quality snaps were still a few weeks away, with the...

  • Get 4 Magnums (the ice cream) delivered via Uber for R100

    Just when you thought you were getting some respite from Uber promotions, the company has announced a partnership with Magnum. The partnership will see Uber customers able to order four Magnum ice creams for R100 via the smart cab service on Friday 15 July. The offer takes place between 11am and 3pm and is available to users in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. How to take part It's by no means a local-only deal though, as the company confirmed that South Africa is one of 30 nations taking part in this promotion. Other participating countries include the UK, India, New Zealand,...