Social media

Social media and strange bedfellows: #WomenAgainstFeminism, meet @NoToFeminism

WAF Social media -- the battle ground for all causes, all opinions and all debates that must be heard. In the last few weeks, a number of women have come out to take a stand against feminism and the hashtag WomenAgainstFeminism (WAF) was born. I first noticed the "movement", if we want to call it that, on Buzzfeed. The site featured posts from 14 women who publicly stated that they were against feminism for various reasons. One woman said she could ...


Rise of the wearables: just how far away are we from ditching our smartphones?

Nike Fuelband When will the reign of the smartphone be over? The explosion of the wearable market within the past two years could signal the ringing of the death knell for mobile phones. But many still aren’t sure about our wearable future. There is plenty going on in the wearable space right now, and the futuristic appeal of chatting on a miniscule wrist phone is undeniable. But its sustainability remains in question. As the UK’s Register points out, implementations thus far appear to ...


OurHood is building online communities so we can get to know our neighbours better

OurHood-postcard The sharing economy is a really exciting concept. The idea has been around for a decade now and popularised by internet startups like the accommodation sharing platform AirBnb and carpooling service by Uber. In South Africa, in the true spirit of Ubuntu, Springleap is a good example, enabling creatives to collaborate and connect with agencies. Until now though there hasn't really been a platform that concentrates on building and strengthening communities. OurHood wants to be that platform. Read more on ...


Strontium Nitro Plus 64GB microSDXC review: the gold-plated standard

Strontium-SD-card-1 A storage card is a storage card, right? Well, not entirely. They're integral components in the mobile device ecosystem but are an often overlooked and underappreciated piece of kit. Although each microSD card looks, behaves and typically does the same thing -- which is, store things -- some are faster than others, some are prettier than others and some come with rather great little addons. The Strontium Nitro stakes its claim in the "some" category. Read more on Gearburn.


6 tech gods and the cars they drive

Honda_NSX_red1 One of the benefits of making it big in the world of tech is that you get to buy a fancy car. All those hours you spent in front of a computer screen while everyone else was out partying suddenly don't seem too bad when you find yourself cruising down a stretch of ocean-side black top in your set of dream wheels. But what if you don't have a particular kind of car that you've always wanted? Do you go ...

Mobile apps, News

Why Facebook wants to hack your phone and how to avoid it

fbmsg Facebook wants to hack your phone and take over your life. Not really, but that's what people have been fearing recently since the Big Blue made some changes to its instant messaging app, Messenger. Mobile users are now forced to send messages using a secondary app. Not only is this an annoying peeve, some have expressed complete outrage against some of the app's terms and conditions. As we've seen before, whenever the giant social network makes a change, there are those ...


Robin Williams gets his own Apple homepage tribute

Robin Williams Apple Tribute Apple has joined the slew of companies paying tribute to Robin Williams following the actor and comedian's suicide earlier this week. On its homepage, the Cupertino-based giant placed a giant black and white portrait of Williams, along with the words: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed". It's pretty rare for public figures to get a tribute on the ...


Nervous flyer? British Airways’ new kitten and puppy channel could help

Paws and Relax The entertainment options on British Airways flights just got a whole lot cuter. Taking a leaf out of the internet's book, the airliner is set to include a channel running continuous footage of cats and dogs on its Slow TV offering. The channel, called "Paws and Relax" came about after British Airways found research showing that watching footage of cute animals helped slow people's heart rates down and allowed them to properly relax. Among the shows offered on the channel ...

Future Trends

Gartner’s Hype Cycle: autonomous vehicles up, NFC down

Gartner Hype Cycle Technology research house Gartner has released its annual hype cycle graph, which shows where various technologies are in terms of maturity, business benefit and future direction. This, the 201th edition of the hype cycle, shows that right now we're really excited by technologies like autonomous motoring and data science and are becoming disillusioned with things like NFC and cloud computing. Perhaps most intriguing though are the technologies that lie on the axes of inflated expectations and those heading up the ...


Reddit needs you to help teachers and classrooms in need

reddit Reddit is more than just a place that users go to share articles and discuss politics and Kim Kardashian. The Reddit community can be very generous, not only with their time, but also their money. Last year the community gave more than US$325 000 to help teachers set up their classrooms. This year Reddit is once again calling on its community to help teachers in need through its Gift Exchange programme. According to the platform, the donations and care packages ...






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