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  • Chargebacks: how they can affect your online business

    Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes. While fraud is well documented, chargebacks as a result of a dispute can be just as debilitating. The financial services industry has made strides in card fraud protection with the implementation of 3D Secure for card transactions. However, what many merchants aren’t aware of is that Instant EFT significantly reduces the chargeback risk. According to statistics from the South African...

  • Cockroach-like ‘biobots’, UAVs may help future disaster relief efforts

    Researchers at the North Carolina State University have developed a way to map areas using a combination of both smart hardware and software, which could effectively help with relief efforts in disaster areas. With a little help from wirelessly-controlled UAVs (effectively drones) and robots that mimic the shape and movement of insects (called biobots), large unfamiliar areas can be surveyed and recorded. "The idea would be to release a swarm of sensor-equipped biobots -- such as remotely controlled cockroaches -- into a collapsed building or other dangerous, unmapped area," explained assistant professor and co-author of the research paper, Edgar Lobaton in a...

  • Twitter goofs, temporarily suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account

    There are a few key things to remember when working at a large company. One, at least at Twitter, is to not suspend your boss's Twitter account. But it seems that yesterday someone forgot that very important rule. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was suspended from the website he founded earlier today, in what has been labeled by him an "internal mistake". Around 6pm SAST on Monday, tweeters discovered that the famous @Jack Twitter account was no longer active. Dorsey's account is also famous for posting the very first tweet on the network back in 2006. At the time of writing, Dorsey's account...

  • Instagram gets live videos, disappearing photos

    Facebook-owned Instagram continues its quest to take on Snapchat with two new features this week. The first new feature is live video for Instagram Stories, which is pretty self-explanatory. "Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime," Instagram says on its blog. The two features are a big addition to Instagram, although they're definitely inspired by Snapchat "It's easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the 'Start Live Video'...

  • Fake news in South Africa: 5 websites you should definitely avoid

    Whether it's to simply hoodwink people or to generate ad revenue, fake news websites have received mainstream attention in recent months. Now, we've already written a guide to spotting fake news, but what about the websites themselves? Here are five websites you should be avoiding. T1mesLive "Before you read our disclaimer, we wish to state that, we are not connected to or  linked to 'TIMES LIVE' in any way. Take note of the number '1' in our 'T1MESLIVE'. Please do not be deceived! Leave the website immediately if you have found yourself in the wrong place," reads the disclaimer. The website hides behind...

  • Oracle buys DNS services provider Dyn

    Enterprise services company Oracle has purchased DNS and internet services provider Dyn. The financial details of the purchase was not made public, but former Fortune writer Dan Primack believes it could be "north of US$600-million." According to Oracle's product development president, Thomas Kurian, Dyn is "the leading cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction." Among internet users though, Dyn has become a bit of an infamous name this year. Last month's DDoS on its services left sites and services like Twitter,...

  • Uber riders can now ‘Compliment’ drivers for memorable journeys

    Uber is constantly adding new content to its apps for both drivers and drivers, but this time its the former that's getting some much needed love. Quite literally. The ridesharing company has announced that riders in North America can now give drivers compliments in the form of badges. The system is akin to Facebook's reactions system, and allows riders to award both five stars and, well, something a little extra. "When a rider leaves a complimentㄧsay for expertly navigating winding city streets or striking up a conversation that brightened their moodㄧa notification will show up on the driver’s home screen letting them...

  • Engines: Is bigger always better? [Sponsored]

    Which should you choose - petrol or diesel? Is bigger always better and how does it affect you? We can't ignore engine size and fuel type as an important part of deciding what type of car to buy. There's more to this decision than which is cheaper at the pump -- you’re not just considering the effects on your pocket, but also the environmental impact. Here's a quick look at engine size and diesel vs petrol to help you decide: Engine size The price you'll be paying for your car is largely affected by the size of what's beneath the bonnet -- so think carefully before...

  • EMDrive: NASA paper says ‘impossible drive’ seems to work

    Several years ago, a controversial propulsion method was devised by Roger Shawyer, dubbed EMDrive. This "impossible" form of propulsion claimed to bounce microwaves to generate a small amount of thrust. Now, NASA's paper on the matter has been peer-reviewed and published - so what did the space agency make of the technology? Well, it seems like the EMDrive is the real deal to them. "Thrust data from forward, reverse, and null suggested that the system was consistently performing at 1.2±0.1  mN/kW1.2±0.1  mN/kW, which was very close to the average impulsive performance measured in air," the paper noted. The EMDrive has been the subject of...

  • Make black and white photos blush again with this AI-powered tool

    Do you have a black and white photograph you just wished was in full colour? Well, this clever neural network tool from Waseda University academics might be just what you're looking for. The tool uses machine learning to intelligently (or, as intelligently as possible) shade a black and while image with appropriate hues, shades and tints. It effectively re-colours a black and while photograph based on features found within it. For instance, golf courses, hills and trees will naturally contain greens, while abbeys, arches and statues likely won't. The tool takes this information, and through best learned guess, adds colour. Using machine...

  • This Airbnb experience reveals Cape Town’s hidden arts scene

    Capetonians do enjoy bragging about their city. And why shouldn't we? Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. But while the city centre and surrounds get all the attention, there's a plethora of alternative, enriching experiences just a little south of Table Mountain. Airbnb invited Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to experience on of its new Airbnb Trips experience. The company has moved on from offering simple hostels for travellers, to full-blown experiences hosted by locals. Cape Town is one of the first cities in Africa to get an Airbnb Trips experience, and one of 12...

  • Memeburn is looking for two new interns: apply here

    Do you follow the ebbs and flows of technology, social trends and internet culture? Do you boast the unique ability to craft letters into words, and words into factual works of art? Are you currently on the hunt for a job at a media institution in Cape Town? If you answered yes to all three questions, you might just be the intern Memeburn is looking for. Memeburn is seeking two talented and driven full time paid writing interns who are especially interested in social media, technology at large and other facets of the internet culture. You'll also work for us between...

  • Airbnb Trips: is it the future of travel and tourism?

    Travel and accommodation company Airbnb has announced a new program that sees the company take a massive leap into the tourism market. Dubbed Trips, Airbnb will no longer just allow people to search for boarding on the web, but now aims to make trips "easy and magical". Airbnb Trips launches on the company's app with three key focuses -- experiences, places and home. The company notes that a "flights" section will also be launched in the future. Users can browse what is effectively different travel packages posted by various hosts, complete with itinerary and a cute little video reel of what you...

  • 3 ways virtual reality will become a major part of our future

    Different types of virtual reality have been around for years, but there’s been a recent push, which began just a few years ago. At first, it was laughed at. Google Glass, the eyewear that acted as a computer and could project images right in front of you, was almost wholly rejected by techies, and there are countless other gadgets with a similar story. But recently, things have changed. More people are excited about the approach of Oculus Rift, and programs like Pokemon Go show everyday users that virtual reality may have a prominent place someday. All in all, VR has...

  • 5 reasons you need Showmax in your life – right now [Sponsored]

    Sign up for a free 14-day ShowMax trial and get access to over 25 000 episodes, movies and more -- ad-free and uninterrupted. Go to showmax.com and explore internet TV for yourself today. What is the best show available on ShowMax right now? Sign up for ShowMax and let us know in the comments and you could win a 3 month voucher. This is open to new and existing ShowMax subscribers in South Africa. Still not sure about ShowMax? Here’s why we think you should give their internet TV free trial a whirl. ShowMax has been around for just over a year...