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  • Assassin’s Creed’s second trailer has more stabbing, time jumps

    French gaming company Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox have finally outed the second trailer of their forthcoming Assassin's Creed movie. And it looks pretty awesome. As per the previous trailer, we track Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch through the movie's time-fractured world. Tracing the footsteps of his forefather Aguilar through modern technology, Lynch seemingly learns that some can be trusted, some can't and others can be stabbed with a pointy blade. 2016 will bring an Assassin’s Creed movie Assassin’s Creed, one of the world’s most successful gaming franchises, is set to get its own film in 2016. Read more... We're not given much of...

  • Netflix’s user base climbs to 86m, revenue tops $2bn

    Netflix is growing. Quickly. According to the company's latest earning report, its revenue has topped the US$2-billion mark for the first time. That's a growth of 36% from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016. A vast clump of revenue was made beyond US borders. Netflix Q3 2016: The key numbers US$2.2-billion global streaming revenue US$880-million international streaming revenue 86-million global subscribers 3.6-million subscribers added "Global streaming revenue totaled $2.2-billion, of which 40% was generated abroad. Operating income amounted to $106-million (compared with our $64-million estimate) while net income was $52-million (vs. forecast of $22-million)," the company reveals on its investor notice. The service globally...

  • Clown porn searches spike thanks to creepy clowns

    We've seen numerous reports of dodgy clowns in the news but, when combined with the proximity to Halloween, it seems like clown porn is enjoying an uptick in popularity. According to adult streaming website Pornhub, clown-related searches have grown by as much as 213% over the past few weeks. There have been over 100 000 clown-related searches in the past 30 days, Pornhub said, but added that clown porn isn't anything new. The combination of creepy clowns and Halloween makes for an uptick in clown porn searches "The most popular search is 'clown porn' followed by 'clown girl' and 'clown gangbang'," the Pornhub Insights...

  • Rwanda’s now using drones to deliver medical supplies

    Drones are all the rage these days, but they're being put to life-saving use in Rwanda, in the form of so-called Zip drones. Zipline teamed up with the Rwandan government for the project, which sees the drones able to drop blood, vaccines and other medical supplies to remote areas. "Zip is a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood. A fleet of Zips is able to provide for a population of millions. No roads, no problem," Zipline wrote on its website. The Zip drones...

  • Listen to Jupiter’s screams from NASA’s Juno probe

    NASA's Juno, successfully made its first flight around Jupiter, capturing the "voice" of the giant in the process. NASA's spacecraft is equipped with a recording device from the University of Iowa (UI) which recorded Jupiter's aurora, a light show similar to the ones we experience here on earth. The UI device called Waves, picked up the planet's radio emissions as Juno travelled 4184.29km above the planet's surface. The recorded emission was then converted by UI engineers making it audible. And absolutely haunting. "Jupiter is talking to us in a way only gas-giant worlds can," said associate research scientist Bill Kurth in a blog...

  • Apple App Store prices drop in South Africa

    Great news, Apple users. The Cupertino company has announced that App Store pricing will be adjusted for those in South Africa and New Zealand. Okay, not so great news for New Zealand (prices are actually climbing there), but in South Africa at least, we can look forward to a forthcoming price drop. Apple explains that the change will happen "within the next 72 hours" and will include apps and in-app purchases. It will not, however, affect subscription prices. The company claims that the change is thanks to the current favorable foreign exchange rates. App Store prices will drop for South Africans, but increase...

  • Netflix, Amazon are outspending HBO on TV programming

    A new report finds that Netflix and Amazon are outspending several big traditional networks when it comes to TV programming. According to the World TV Production Report 2016 from IHS Markit, the two internet streaming firms spent a total of US$7.5-billion last year. Amazon spent US$2.67-billion last year, compared to Netflix and its impressive US$4.91-billion figure for 2015. Both streaming services outspent HBO (US$2-billion), while Netflix also shelled out more cash for TV programming than Turner Broadcasting (US$3.8-billion). Next in Netflix's sights is CBS, having spent US$5.7-billion last year, according to IHS Markit. However, the streaming service still trails Disney and NBC Universal, being pegged at US$11.8-billion and US$10.2-billion...

  • 12 inspirational tweets from Thuli Madonsela

    Serving as Public Protector from 10 October 2009 to 14 October 2016, Thuli Madonsela has become one of South Africa's most recognisable and respected public figures. She's faced a slew of political issues in her day, from the Malema scandals of 2012, to her latest battle with the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma. During all this, she somehow found time to tweet a bit too. Thuli Madonsela always had an excellent turn of phrase on Twitter, often showering her followers with inspiration and words of wisdom. So, to honour the outgoing public protector, we take a look at some of...

  • Watch The Simpsons’ latest, greatest couch gag in VR

    Fox's immortal animated show The Simpsons always had a knack for predicting future technology, so it's only fitting that as a tribute to its 600th episode, it uses some modern technology of its own. The creators of the show along with the Google Spotlight Stories team have co-developed "the first ever VR couch gag" dubbed Planet of the Couches. The short, which is a complete virtual reality environment fit with 360-degree interactive vistas and audio cues, is directed by David Silverman -- the man at the helm of nearly 200 The Simpsons episodes. And of course, the short boasts everything you should...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Trump remains bullish, Thuli bids adieu

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter (with a splash of Instagram and Facebook for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World news: Trump battles latest scandal on Twitter Donald Trump was in the news for a number of different reasons this weekend, but the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him took centre stage. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice,...

  • Mark the Rhino (and a tyre) become internet sensations

    If you thought you were having a bad Monday, consider Mark the rhino. Likely minding his business doing things rhinos traditionally do on the weekend, Mark somehow got his snout snagged in a car tyre. Images and videos of the unfortunate herbivore were published on Facebook by the Aware Trust Zimbabwe page and quickly gained momentum across the internet. At the time of writing, the video has garnered over 3700 views, with just under 200 reactions and 80 shares. "At first rangers thought he'd be able to dislodge it himself but as he continued to thrash around in frustration it became apparent...

  • Juno: NASA’s Jupiter orbiter has an engine issue

    The Juno space probe arrived at Jupiter to much fanfare in July, having travelled almost three billion kilometres to reach the gas giant. Now, it appears that the orbiter is suffering from an engine-related problem, NASA confirmed in a statement. The issue was discovered after engineers decided to test systems ahead of a 19 October "period reduction manoeuvre" or PRM. This type of burn is meant to reduce the probe's orbital period around Jupiter from 53.4 days to just 14 days. Unfortunately, the issue means that the scheduled burn has been postponed for now. Juno has suffered an engine-related issue, but it's still gathering...

  • Facebook Messenger beta arrives with data saver

    Future versions of Facebook Messenger will boast a data saving feature, this according to new beta builds of the app. In the same vein as Opera Max or Google Chrome's built-in browser data saver, Facebook Messenger's addition will attempt to lessen the impact data-heavy messages will have on your phone bill. Facebook Messenger will likely receive a data saving feature in its very near future Details are scant on just how the service works, but we speculate it works much the same as Opera Max. Opera uses its own servers to filter and compress traffic, resulting in some pretty impressive savings in...

  • Google now lets you ‘Fact Check’ News articles

    Mountain View's Google has announced that its News portal will now include "Fact Check" tags to "help readers find fact checking in large news stories". Joining the other tags which include In-Depth, Opinion, and Wikipedia, the Fact Check tag will be located in the expanded story section of articles in Google News. Stories that "that follow the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks" will be listed under the tag. The tags will effectively reward websites and publications that perform rigorous scrutiny of their sources and claims, based on required markup and their own fact check systems. Google's Fact Check tags could be...

  • EFF: 4 big security concerns for WhatsApp

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been on WhatsApp's case this year, taking the platform to task over its new data-sharing policy with Facebook. Now, the US watchdog has hit out at WhatsApp, listing four major security concerns it should tackle. Unencrypted backups The first issue raised by the EFF was the way WhatsApp handles backups to the cloud. "In order to back messages up in a way that makes them restorable without a passphrase in the future, these backups need to be stored unencrypted at rest," the watchdog noted. The watchdog says users should never back up their WhatsApp data to the cloud "since...