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  • Pornhub’s ‘Horny Little Christmas’ ad is more SFW than expected

    We've written quite a bit about Pornhub in the past, but not because of the actual site's content. Its Insights blog sheds some gloriously detailed analytics and statistics for the wider internet to gawk at. But when the site isn't curating numbers or building graphs, it's making hilarious advertisements for YouTube. This particular gem is a bit of a misleading one. It tells the story of a group of ordinary people scattered throughout a town all seemingly set to spend Christmas night alone, when suddenly Santa appears. What happens next is, well... surprisingly safe for work. The ad is ultimately punting the...

  • CRISPR cures mice of blood deficiency through gene editing

    One of the world's most powerful genome-editing tools CRISPR is beginning to show just how efficient it can be. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an innovative dual-gene-therapy approach to delivering the editing tool into mice to treat haemophilia B. The disorder is also known as Factor IX Deficiency which is caused by a defective clotting protein. In some cases that protein is missing completely. The research team consisted of associate professor in the Penn Gene Therapy Program, Lili Wang; professor of medicine and GTP director, James M Wilson. The team also consisted of...

  • Here’s what you should know about Instagram’s new user settings

    For those who use Instagram fairly frequently, comment spam tends to be more of an annoyance than a problem. But the commenting system on the social network can also be used in an abusive way. Thankfully, the Facebook-owned company is now ringing in changes which should make it a more comfortable place to be. Kevin Systrom, the company's CEO and co-founder, published an outline on the Instagram blog this week, highlighting how it intends to change the commenting system. You can soon entirely disable, delete comments Although users can filter select words from their comment streams, Instagram will be giving users more power. "We’ll...

  • Another Stellenbosch bullying video makes rounds on Facebook

    Just when you thought the bullying videos were over for the year, another incident stemming from Stellenbosch has social media up in arms again. The new video, taking place once again at Stellenbosch's Luckoff High, was initially uploaded to Facebook by the Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness (CICA) page. According to CICA, the incident took place this week at Luckoff, and was sent to them by a follower. The video depicts a larger female pupil attacking a smaller female pupil. Although the video is just under 60 seconds long, a few punches are thrown before a male pupil steps in to...

  • Lufthansa’s Mildred joins Facebook’s bot family

    2016 has truly been the year of the chat bot, as Facebook, Microsoft and Google get in on the action. The latest company to craft a chat bot? Why, that would be Lufthansa... The German carrier has announced the availability of Mildred (at least it's not Gertrude), a Messenger chat bot that simply allows you to search for ticket prices via Facebook. As you'd expect, Mildred makes use of natural language processing, so you can pose questions in a human fashion rather than going for the search engine-style approach. It's all rather straightforward, as you specify a language (English or German -- more...

  • Security, BYOD and IT trends you can expect to see in 2017

    Security remains one of the most debated and contested topics of the year. Predictions have come, and predictions have gone. Some have come true; others have been faintly amusing in their missing of the point, but up until recently one has been outstanding in its regularity -- people are not paying enough attention to security. So, what will come next in 2017? The landscape continues to shift and evolve as new threats and technologies surface, and already new trends have emerged... A survey undertaken by Spok found that 81% of CIOs put security first. Security itself has become the trend....

  • Virgin Galactic VSS Unity aces first glide flight

    Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spaceplane has this week completed its first successful glide flight test. The flight was successfully completed at the hands of pilots Mark Stucky and Todd Ericsson alongside flight-test engineer Dustin Mosher. During the 80-minute flight, the ground crew, mission control and the two pilots collected valuable data, including a ten minute long glide, that will aid the company in future flights.e The company has stated in a press release that they haven't yet reached the rocket-powered phase of the programme and would first need to correlate and analyse the data they've collected. Virgin Galactic's latest VSS Unity flight is...

  • This Cape Town startup wants to help send your laugh to space

    A new iOS app, called Laugh, could send your chuckle into space. The app was designed in conjunction with NASA's Made in Space division, developer Platoon, 3D artist Eyal Gever, Knut Studios and Cape Town startup Gravity Ideas . "NASA recently (space)shipped the first zero-gravity 3D printer to the International Space Station. Although its main function is to help astronauts build tools and spare parts in case of emergencies, NASA's Made in Space team seized the opportunity to do something pretty special," said David Perrott, Gravity's co-founder. Working with Eyal Gever, the company helped to create an easy-to-use app which allows people from...

  • ShowMax now supports Android TV, PS4 app ‘out soon’

    Naspers-owned video streaming service ShowMax has today announced that it now fully supports Android TV devices. This support comes courtesy of an updated Android app, which now allows users to watch streaming content "through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software". Android TV was a OS launched by Google back in 2014, but doesn't feature on too many media devices in South Africa. Still, if you happen to have an Android-based device like the CloudGate or Mi Box, the app should now play nice with your large TV. Speaking of large screens, other additions made...

  • Here’s what Microsoft Zo thinks about Cape Town, social media and Pokemon

    Microsoft is old hat at this artificial intelligence chat bot thing. Remember the drama its teenage bot Tay caused on Twitter? Well, the company has now taken to the less-traversed Kik for some more interesting results. Its new bot on the platform, dubbed Zo, is a little more reserved than her curious, parrot-like sibling, and responds to politics and politically incorrect content and questions with a bat of the eyelids. This makes Zo a less impressionable bot. But is she fun to chat with? And what can she actually do? Taking a few minutes out of my day to talk to an...

  • Amazon Go: a grocery store with no checkout lines

    Who says that brick and mortar stores have to make way for online storefronts? Certainly not Amazon, as the company recently launched its Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. Customers simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, using the app's QR code at the turnstile, then take whatever items they need. There are no checkout lines or cash registers involved in the process. "Anything you pick up is automatically added to your virtual cart," the company explained in a video. If you change your mind about the product, you simply have to put it back on the shelf...

  • Google’s Trusted Contacts is the app parents will love

    Once upon a time, you could keep track of your friends' and family's whereabouts using Google Plus. But that was the complicated past. Today, Google debuted a new Android app that aims to simplify keeping tabs on loved ones. Called Google Trusted Contacts, the app lets the most important people in your life request your location data from the app. If you fail to respond to the request, the app will automatically ping your loved one with your last recorded location. It's effectively Google's emergency location app. Trusted Contacts seems to pose a boat load of security problems. For one, your...

  • Optimus is a total jerk in new Transformers trailer

    Mid-2017 is gearing up to be a golden age for action movie fans. Hot on the heels of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer (and release date), Michael Bay and co has released the latest trailer for the next Transformers movie. And it's nuts. Dubbed Transformers: The Last Knight, the flick continues to star Mark Wahlberg as the most unlucky lucky guy on the planet. But of course, they aren't quite on earth. While Optimus Prime drifts through space and time, a slew of unwanted things befall the human race (as usual), and its up to Marky Mark and...

  • Cape Town resident slammed on Twitter for Facebook post

    Update 1.20pm, 5 December: Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley has published an apology to her Facebook timeline, before deleting her account: I would like to apologise for comments that were made on Facebook via my phone as my phone was at the bar … and someone thought they were very funny but now they upset me and a lot of people. Original article: Twitter users were on Sunday outraged after a Facebook post published by Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley went viral. Hartley, a resident of Hout Bay, Cape Town, posted the below status update to her timeline, questioning the number of...

  • This YouTube doccie might put you off that Camps Bay swim this summer

    Without question, Cape Town has some of the world's prettiest beaches. From Big Bay in the north, to Boulders in the south, the Peninsula is blessed with natural beauty bar none. But it seems that humans just can't help but stink up the place. This is at least according to a new short documentary published on YouTube. Titled Bay of Sewage and created by Mark Jackson, the flick takes a look at the City of Cape Town's waste disposal methods, namely pumping raw effluent into the sea around Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Camps Bay is suffering from sewage outflow, according...