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  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #90: AG Mobile liquidated, Scalebound cancelled & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week -- and for the first time in 2017 -- Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about South African smartphone company AG Mobile shutting its doors, how the Meizu Pro 6 fared in Hadlee's review, as well as Microsoft Xbox One exclusive Scalebound's surprise cancelled. AG Mobile's CEO Anthony Goodman this week confirmed that the company was liquidated The team also touches on cryptocurrency company BitX's re-branding to Luno,...

  • Watch Ed Sheeran slay the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme song

    Ed Sheeran has quickly grown in stature, from your next-door neighbour's kid who strums his guitar into the early hours of the morning, to an A-list celebrity superstar who opens award shows with X-rated jokes. And that's largely because of the former, to be fair. He also spent quite a bit of his youth watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, arguably Will Smith's first big break. So, wouldn't it be awesome if the world could somehow join those two together? That's what one Capital FM listener asked while Sheeran was conducting an interview at the London station this week. Never shying...

  • Congrats #SaltBae, you’re 2017’s first awesome meme

    There were some huge stories this week on the internet. If people weren't talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's adorable bromance, or Donald Trump and Jim Acosta's verbal ping-pong, they were probably talking about this Turkish chef. His name is Nusret Gökçe, but his now 1.3-million Instagram followers and hoards of others across the web simply call him #SaltBae. His popularity flared when an Instagram clip of him tenderly carving a steak earned him a ridiculous 3.81-million views in just four days. But while you're probably saying "Sure, Selena Gomez can do that in a single day", does she know...

  • Instagram Stories will soon get full-screen video ads

    If you're one of the 150-million people who use Instagram's Stories feature, you're in for a new surprise this year. Thanks to the feature's popularity, the company will soon feed advertising shorts into various users' Stories. These won't link to any site or app, but will also be easily skippable thanks to a close button in the clip's top right corner. The ads will span between five and 15 seconds in length. The company explained that now seems to be the perfect time to monetise the feature, as around "70% of Instagrammers" follow a business on the network. Users will soon see...

  • Ookla debuts Speedtest desktop app for Windows, Mac OS

    Great news for those of you too lazy to open a web page. Ookla, the company behind popular internet benchmarking tool Speedtest, has this week announced a new Desktop app for Windows and Mac OS users. The company explains that the app's existence is thanks to today's modern world of "text expanders, ordering buttons and digital assistants". The app simply aims to make checking your internet connection speed as quick and easy as this. "By embedding Speedtest on your desktop (and skipping all that typing), we can save you almost all the effort of figuring out your download and upload speeds,"...

  • Adobe’s Photoshop voice assistant can edit snaps for you

    Talking to your electronic devices and telling them what to do isn't new. But while Siri can order an Uber, and Cortana open Microsoft Edge, Adobe's Photoshop voice assistant will be able to tweak your photographs using nothing but voice commands. The company has demonstrated a mobile editing app with an "intelligent digital assistant" that uses voice commands to perform specific tasks. According to Adobe, the "speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service". Adobe's Photoshop-inspired voice assistant could streamline photo editing on...

  • Cape Town’s latest veld fire blankets social media in smoke

    Just when Cape Town thought it saw the last of the fire season last week, Mother Nature has returned with more red hot anger. Veld fires have flared up across the Peninsula this week, including Paarl, the Helderberg and even Rondebosch Common late last night. But a fire which flared up on Simon's Town's Red Hill early Wednesday, has become the latest flare up at the centre of Cape Town's social media attention. Instagram and Twitter have been inundated by users snapping stills and videos of the blaze, which Volunteer Wildfire Services notes has spanned "across the South Peninsula". Simon's Town disappearing behind...

  • #firstdaymemories: 11 tweets that’ll make you miss school all over again

    Can you remember your first day of school? For many, it's a momentous day that can't really be forgotten. For others, it's much better left in the ashes of the mind. For Twitter, the former definitely applies though. Whether they hated or loved their first interaction with their teachers and fellow pupils, South African tweeters took to the social network today to remember their experiences as many of their kids head off on their personal journeys (once again leaving the TV remote in their sole possession). According to Twitter trends aggregator Trendsmap, the hashtag #firstdaymemories began trending in South Africa at...

  • The obvious benefits of winter tyres [Sponsored]

    The benefits of winter tyres seem obvious for the Lapland drivers, but what about the UK ones? What can be your reasons to switch over to winter tyres if you aren’t, actually, legally obliged to do so in the UK and you already have good all-season tyres on your vehicle? The latter is often said to be winter- and summer-ready, but does it mean that having only them is sufficient for any kind of weather and road? Tyre experts from 123engineoil.co.uk told us that although all-season products really perform well on both wet and dry roads and provide a quiet...

  • WhatsApp adds Giphy GIF search to latest beta

    After enjoying its busiest ever day on New Year's Eve, WhatsApp has turned its attention to the most important feature of the modern messenger -- GIF support. In the company's latest beta for Android, the app now boasts its own GIF searching function. A video posted by Burn Media (@burnmedia) on Jan 11, 2017 at 1:29am PST According to Android Police, the app asks the emoji button to pull double duty. Tapping on it opens what we'll call the "reaction" interface, which allows users to choose between inserting a GIF from Giphy, Tenor or an emoji. WhatsApp's new Giphy-powered GIF search function lets...

  • Miss Obama’s final speech? Rewatch it in 360-degrees

    Like saying goodbye to a kid finally leaving for the big wide world, outgoing US President Obama gave his final speech to a nation on the brink of change on Tuesday evening in Chicago. But while it was a momentous occasion for both Obama and the American public, it was also fairly big for emerging technologies. Alongside traditional broadcasts, the speech was the first of a US president to be aired as a 360-degree video on Facebook, Periscope/Twitter and YouTube. Using three of Nokia's OZO camera rigs, virtual reality company VRScout alongside Radiant Images and vantage.tv recorded and beamed the feed...

  • Fitbit, out to kill smartwatch rivals, buys Vector

    Fresh from acquiring and effectively dismantling Pebble, Fitbit has bought another smartwatch company in the form of Vector. The Vector Watch stood out on the market thanks to its touted 30 day battery life, app support, notification mirroring and support for all three major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone). In a post on the Vector website, the smaller firm announced the deal. "Today, we are happy to announce that the Vector Watch team and our software platform are joining Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market!" Vector wrote. Fitbit continues its quest to snuff out competition in the smartwatch...

  • Watch: Tom Hanks roasts Sony at CES 2009

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show is easily one of the biggest if not the biggest tech expo in the world. As a result, companies spend a ton of cash on stands, speakers and marketing in general. In fact, the 2009 running saw actor Tom Hanks take to the stage for Sony, who then went on to rake the Japanese firm over the coals in a manner only he could do. "I have to confess that I'm not here to promote that movie (pointing to the banner in the background) or to curry favour with executives at Sony. Oh no, I'm here...

  • Pornhub 2016 stats: most popular devices, platforms revealed

    Pornhub's 2016 year in review has revealed a ton of interesting data, including the most popular devices, browsers and operating systems for adult streaming. The streaming network found that, when it came to traffic by device type, smartphones were continuing to grab more marketshare at the expense of desktop. Interestingly enough, tablets saw a slight drop as well. In terms of traffic by operating system, Windows was still on top, accounting for 80% of the pie. But Linux and Mac OS saw notable growth, at the expense of the "other" category. As for mobile platforms? Android gained the lion's share of traffic, at...

  • Marissa Mayer to step down from Yahoo board

    Yahoo is shaking up its board and name several months after Verizon agreed to buy parts of it. The company is selling off much of its operations to Verizon, but the sale won't include its cash pile, Yahoo Japan operations, Alibaba or its 3000 patents. Now, a regulatory filing has revealed that the remaining company will be called Altaba Inc. Yahoo CEO and president Marissa Mayer will be among several people stepping down from the board, the filing also revealed. A name change and board shakeup is set for Yahoo, following its deal with Verizon "In light of the fact that following the closing...