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  • Facebook will turn your neglected panoramas into 360 photos for VR

    Let's be brutally honest for a second. Panorama shots don't get as much love as they should. It could be argued that social media platforms and websites deserve some of the blame, often delivering a clunky way to view them. But they do make for inherently awkward viewing on most platforms anyway. Fortunately, Facebook and Oculus are doing something about this, as the two announced that your panoramas can now be viewed with virtual reality headsets. The duo revealed that this functionality should hit news feeds and Gear VR headsets "in the coming weeks". Got a Gear VR? Then you should visit the Oculus 360 Photos app to...

  • Assassin’s Creed movie trailer: no one expects the Spanish Inquisition

    It's time to step into the Animus for the very first Assassin's Creed movie trailer. If you don't know what an Animus is then it's time to catch up. That's right, Ubisoft's ever popular kill-everyone-because-we-are-the-good-guys series is heading towards the big screen. Starring young Magneto (Michael Fassbender), his character is apparently 'dead' according to the government (aren't we all?) and is now being held captive at Abstergo Industries. Why? Because his ancestor held some sort of secret during the Spanish Inquisition. No one expected that! Jokes aside, the movie looks like a decent adaptation of the video game series, and taking on a...

  • Sunrise will die on 31 August, team relocates to Microsoft Outlook

    Sunrise, the calendaring app that was bought by Microsoft in 2015, now has its execution date. The company took to its blog to say its final goodbyes, suggesting that its staff can't maintain two apps simultaneously (Sunrise, and now Outlook, which most Sunrise employees are now working on). Microsoft gave the notion that this would happen back in October 2015, but now we finally have a definite date of termination. "The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale," the company stated in its...

  • Instagram’s new icon isn’t getting much love on Twitter

    In case you're too busy using Snapchat, or don't bother with all this social media nonsense, Instagram has done the one thing social media users absolutely hate: change its app. The company today launched a revised Instagram app, with monochrome buttons and a new icon that now boasts the full sunset gradient treatment. While the app remains the same in terms of navigable menus, button placements and overall mechanics, Instagram does note that the change aims to "puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app." But even so, people are rather, rather annoyed, and took...

  • Hitting the Bull’s-Eye: 3 brand lessons from Target

    Companies are living organisms that need to keep moving to survive. Without a concerted focus on developing their organizations, owners can drown in the ever-changing market, dooming their companies to failure. Success comes, however, when companies like Target stay active and intentional by expanding their product lines, refreshing their brands, and acquiring new customers. Redefining chic By striving to “fulfill the needs and fuel the potential of guests,” Target lives its claim that consumers should expect more and pay less. Target’s story officially began in 1962 with a single store in Roseville, Minnesota, and has since expanded to employ 347 000 team members in...

  • The challenges & benefits of hybrid cloud migration

    In the quest to remain competitive within the market, businesses are introducing more and more innovative applications to improve processes and efficiency. However, maintaining this progress requires companies to have full control of spending on data centres - something that is often challenging for many businesses. However, the increasing availability of and confidence in Public Cloud solutions now allows you to combine private data centres with public cloud resources to form a unique hybrid cloud environment. By migrating applications to cloud services based on certain criteria, such as data protection policies, legal agreements and whether the application can...

  • 7 colours that have a psychological impact on sales and conversions

    It’s no mystery that color has an impact on how we perceive things. Just think back to your favorite color growing up. You didn’t, and you still might not understand why it’s your favorite color. But that color, above all the other wavelengths our eyes can see, is your undisputed favorite. Since we can all agree that color has power, let’s look at 7 colors that impact the way we perceive content, especially on e-commerce sites. 1. Pink: feminine, strongly associated with breast cancer awareness Pink is definitely feminine and can be a fun color (in moderation). Many consumers associate the color...

  • 4 apps that’ll make face-swapping adventures even funnier

    The past few months have seen face-swapping applications explode in popularity, making for some entertaining (and freaky) moments. Which ones are worth downloading though? We picked several face-swap apps that are worth a look. Snapchat Okay, so it's not a dedicated face-swap app, but Snapchat's augmented reality effects include a face-swapping option in it. All you have to do is hold anywhere on the screen and then swipe to the face-swap mode - make sure a friend is right next to you, of course. Snapchat is free to download on Android and iOS.

  • Jorge Lorenzo enjoys dominant performance in Le Mans: the motorsport roundup

    In this week’s motorsport roundup, we update you on the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, Blancpain GT Championship, and the MotoGP circus, which was as historic Le Mans.

  • Watch Deadpool narrate his own hilarious Honest Trailer

    Marvel's Deadpool smashed box office numbers, proved that R-rated superhero movies can work (even though many came before it), and that Ryan Reynolds can actually pull off a superhero. Now, hear the man himself narrate his own Honest (movie) Trailer with Screen Junkies. And, yes, it's as funny as you think it is. Ryan... err Deadpool takes the mickey out of the movie, pointing out all of its flaws, and shows us how terrible Deadpool really was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hey, they narrators even admit to the amount of penis jokes in the movie to the point where it feels...

  • Naspers Ventures unit opens new offices in San Francisco

    Naspers wants to become a Silicon Valley stalwart, and has subsequently set up new offices in San Francisco. The Cape Town-based media giant announced the move today, suggesting that it wishes to sink its roots into the area's deep startup culture. The new unit, dubbed Naspers Ventures, is what the company's CEO Bob van Dijk believes will begin its "next phase of growth." Naspers definitely isn't afraid of splashing spare change, with the company investing over US$1.5-billion in other companies in 2015, with investments as far reaching as Russia. "We believe we can utilize our deep knowledge of consumer internet and international markets to...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...

  • Google wants women to also be professionally represented with emojis

    Google's on a mission to makes emojis more inclusive, and that starts with a new set of proposed Unicode emojis representing women in the workplace. According to the proposal, "Google wants to increase the representation of women in emoji and would like to propose that Unicode implementers do the same. "Our proposal is to create a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere." The new emojis will include the likes of female chefs, rock 'n rollers, scientists, doctors and even...

  • The Uber Era: using innovative cloud solutions to avoid disruption

    The advent of the ‘Uber era’ has traditional businesses running scared. While business disruption isn’t new, the world is now seeing a perfect storm of accelerated technology innovation and rapidly changing consumer expectations that’s bringing unprecedented disruption and threatening established players across all markets. Very often one finds that the fear of the unknown or a reliance on ‘the way it has always been done’ are factors preventing organisations from challenging the status quo. This outdated thinking is dangerous in business today, where virtually overnight, organisations find themselves competing against newly formed, extremely agile competitors with the means to provide the...

  • Engaging with the quitting generation — retaining Millennials in the workplace

    Twenty-somethings are notoriously hard to retain as employees. They can become disengaged and disaffected, waiting for their next performance bonus so that they can quit and do something – anything – else. The workplace challenge is for managers to retain skilled teams and provide the opportunity for professional development. One effective way to do this is to speak to them in their own language. The message they carry with them is one that can sabotage their own success story. They’ve been told “you can be anything you want to”, and while a few make it through the minefield of business...