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  • Drone racing could be South Africa’s next big sport

    Drone racing might be South Africa's latest national sport, that's at least if Drone Racing Africa has anything to say about it. DRA is the " first fully funded drone racing league and series in Africa" geared toward promoting and growing the popular sport among all ages and genders Internationally, drone competitions and drone culture has become more prevalent an ingrained in society. Events such as Dubai's World Drone Grand Prix, and Hawaii's Drone World Championships are all pushing the awareness and intrigue of the sport. Now, Africa will be getting a taste of that action. Drone racing, and consumer drones, have been slowly...

  • AfricaCom: 10 takeaways from Facebook, SA govt & more

    Day one of AfricaCom closed with a rather informative session, as Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Facebook Internet.org vice-president Chris Daniels and Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Thione Niang took to the stage. Cwele said that the spectrum issue is being tackled, Daniels touted Facebook's innovative internet connectivity devices and Niang called on people to look at electrification before internet access. Here are some of the standout quotes and takeaways from the session. Are people using free WiFi to be productive? Cwele gave an update on government-backed free WiFi projects (ostensibly talking about Project Isizwe), with some insight into what people were using it for. "...we...

  • Future HIV tests might use a USB flash drive-like device

    Scientists at the Imperial College London and DNA Electronics have created a device which could help to save lives of HIV suffers. The device, which is about as small as a USB flash drive, creates an electrical signal which can be read by any PC or handheld device with a USB port. The "flash drive" uses a mobile phone chip which requires a small sample of blood placed on it. Blood containing the HIV virus will differ to non-infected blood by way of acidity. The chip can read these acidity levels and subsequently notify patients, doctors or researchers. According to the scientists, 991 blood...

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast breaks online viewing records

    How do you make a movie trailer that seemingly breaks all records before it? Records that were set by Fifty Shades Darker, no less? Well, ask Disney. The company's latest live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has racked up a claimed 127.6-million online views in its first 24 hours. This number doesn't just include YouTube, but Facebook too -- notably Emma Watson's (starring as Beauty) personal fan page. In total, Facebook was responsible for over 50-million views alone. The official YouTube trailer has garnered over 12.3-million views at the time of writing. According to Disney, the Beauty and the Beast trailer...

  • Ghost in the Shell gets its first live-action trailer

    The original manga of Ghost in the Shell developed by Masamune Shirow has now become a cult-classic for any anime or manga enthusiast. Once the manga was turned into an anime by the Production I.G studio and producer Yoshimasa Mizuo and director Mamoru Oshii, the franchise really began to take off. Everything from the production to the soundtrack and design finishing made the movie and the franchise unforgettable. This latest adaptation by writers Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss as well as director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson will see the first live-action adaptation of the iconic franchise. Finally, with a new trailer...

  • WhatsApp video calls: yes, it’s finally official

    Facetime and Skype still rule the roost when it comes to video calling, but if any company could take them on, it's WhatsApp. And the Facebook-owned service has done just that, allowing users to seamlessly call its contacts. "Today we're excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people -- WhatsApp video calling. In the coming days, WhatsApp's more than one billion users can make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices," the company wrote in a blog post. WhatsApp could take the fight to Skype and Facetime with video calling The company explained the move, saying that sometimes voice...

  • POPI: here’s how the Act affects businesses and consumers

    The appointment of an Industry Regulator with a view to rolling out the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) accelerates the timeframe within which companies must become compliant, and represents good news for consumers who want more control over their personal details. On 26 October, a government statement confirmed the appointment of Pansy Tlakula as full-time member and chairperson of the Information Regulator along with other newly-appointed officials, effective 01 December 2016. The Act will govern how companies collect customers’ information, how they store it, what they use it for and how they dispose of it. With little legal framework on this currently in...

  • 12+ Instagram snaps of last night’s supermoon from around the world

    In case you missed it, last night's supermoon was a pretty big deal. Although the phenomenon is fairly common, this particular example was a tad more special than most. It appeared around 14% larger and 30% brighter than this year's smallest full moon back in April. That's largely because the moon last night was much, much closer to earth. In fact, NASA suggests that it's the closest full moon to Earth so far this century. According to NASA, the term "supermoon" is a bit more scientific than the common it's just a larger full moon notion suggests. Supermoon is actually "a term...

  • ‘Vodacom On Demand’ video service to debut in 2017

    Vodacom has had an interesting Monday. After the company announced relatively unchanged half-year earnings, it also unveiled something a bit novel. The company today revealed plans for its video-on-demand platform, Vodacom On Demand. The company will partner with DStv parent company Multichoice and Naspers' streaming darling ShowMax to bring mobile streaming to its customers. According to TechCentral, the company's move is a bid to inject some life into its fibre and mobile traffic offerings. While Vodacom does have limited fibre systems in the country's major metros, the entire network was declared 4G ready back in September 2014. This move also comes after...

  • FriendFinder Networks: 412m accounts hacked in 2016’s biggest breach

    Another adult dating company has been hacked, but this time it's FriendFinder. According to breach notification portal LeakedSource, details of around 412-million accounts have made their way into the darkest parts of the web. Notably, the sites affected include AdultFriendFinder (with around 300-million accounts), Cams.com (with another 60-million), and other accounts from the likes of Penthouse and Stripshow. In total, a quite ridiculous 412 214 295 accounts have been compromised, making this the biggest hack of the year so far. Warning signs Notably, warning signs of a possible breach emerged in October 2016 from an anonymous security researcher. FriendFinder Network's VP noted that the company...

  • Mannequin Challenge: standing still has never been trendier

    Internet fads tend to remain fresh for but a few weeks (we're not talking about those evergreen Joe Biden memes though). The Ice Bucket challenge is a good example, the Harlem Shake perhaps an even better one. But a new trend that's sweeping the internet's video platforms is the Mannequin Challenge. No, this isn't like Lars and the Real Girl. Instead, it involves people seemingly turning into inanimate mannequins themselves. This could mean an entire classroom sitting still while the video recorder circles around them, or an entire football team seemingly stuck to the turf. If you need a previous popular culture...

  • Closest supermoon set for today – watch for spring tide

    The closest supermoon in almost 70 years is set to occur today (Monday), being the second of three supermoons in a row. A supermoon this close to Earth won't occur again until 2034, NASA said. However, if you do miss this one, the next supermoon takes place on 14 December. In a news alert on Thursday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) warned of a spring tide as a result, urging "extreme caution" in the process. The NSRI has warned of rip currents and a stronger than normal spring tide as a result of the supermoon "The monthly Full Moon Spring Tide peaks on the Full Moon on...

  • Japanese slugger hits baseball (quite literally) through the roof

    Baseball is as big a sport in Japan as rugby is in South Africa, so when a player does something special, you're bound to hear all about it on Japanese social media. This was the case with Shohei Ohtani's piece of ridiculous skill and good-fortune. The Japanese slugger was facing fast balls from a tenacious and slightly wayward Dutch pitcher in the Tokyo Dome, when he decided to swing. And swing he did. Ohtani's remarkable baseball belter wasn't awarded a home run -- a grave injustice He caught the ball flush, it spiralled up into the air and into a 60cm gap in...

  • Did fake news on Facebook contribute to US election?

    Some have questioned whether fake news and hoax articles have contributed to Donald Trump emerging victorious in the US elections last week. After all, the social network has seemingly seen a rise in fake news trending after it fired human editors. However, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied that these stories influenced results, taking to (surprise!) Facebook over the weekend to share his thoughts. "After the election, many people are asking whether fake news contributed to the result, and what our responsibility is to prevent fake news from spreading. These are very important questions and I care deeply about getting them right. I...

  • Here’s how Google Play is using AI to improve search

    Trying to find an app on the Google Play Store can be an exercise in frustration, especially if it's an eagerly anticipated app or new release. Things don't get much better for mega-popular apps, as the search results are often cluttered with irrelevant results. Fortunately, Google is working on a solution, using machine learning to get better results. The company detailed its efforts on the Google Research Blog. "Searches by topic require more than simply indexing apps by query terms; they require an understanding of the topics associated with an app," the team of software engineers wrote. The work required machine-learning...