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  • Cape Town road users can soon receive, pay for fines via SMS

    Great news, everyone. The City of Cape Town is trying to make SMS technology relevant again. The City's Safety and Security mayoral representative JP Smith has today announced that Cape Town motorists will soon be able to pay road fines using "smart SMS technology". "The City of Cape Town's Traffic Service is adding another technological advancement to its arsenal with the roll-out of smart SMS technology that will allow motorists to pay fines via their cellphones, tablets or personal computers," he says in a statement. Smith also states that users will be sent SMSes of pending fines, negating the need for South...

  • Twitter pays tribute to Iceland’s football heroics after loss to France

    Calling Iceland's starlit run through this year's Euro 2016 a "miracle" wouldn't be farfetched at all. Ranked 34th in the World FIFA Rankings, the country had no right (at least on paper) to beat the likes of England and Austria, while drawing stubbornly against Portugal. Still, by playing entertaining football, the team clawed its way into the quarter finals, where it finally met its match in hosts France. Beaten 5-2 in an open an fluid game, many were sad that Wales vs. Iceland wasn't the final we were getting. But instead of crying, Iceland's fans took to Twitter to pay homage to...

  • South African movie goers still loving Finding Dory, BFG delights [2016/07/04]

    It should be no surprise the Pixar has released another mega hit with Finding Dory and SA audiences are still flocking to see it. What else did SA love this past weekend (1 to 3 July)? Comedy action movie Central Intelligence is still holding its second place position from last week, while the BFG: The Big Friendly Giant has delighted its way into third place. The CGI-heavy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has debuted in fourth position, with the equally action-heavy sci-fi romp, Independence Day 2: Resurgence, exploding down two spots. It looks as though SA audiences have finally had their fill of WarCraft as...

  • Facebook Messenger’s bots are mostly shit, but they’ll get better

    Bots are the new cloud, it has to be said. They're the latest trendy thing in the world of tech, as the likes of Google and Microsoft get in on the action over the past few months. Another name to add to the list is Facebook, actually beating its rivals to the punch by launching an army of bots worldwide (for the most part). In fact, Facebook claims that there are 11 000 bots available for its Messenger platform at present. Unfortunately, its bot efforts, while still in the early stages, are rather poor right now. It's like a robot phone call (and not in...

  • Want a RankBrain-friendly website? Here are 5 key pointers

    Google is now using the RankBrain machine-learning system to process each and every search query it receives. Fuelled by AI, RankBrain is a query refinement algorithm that helps Google to better understand the user's intent. If you have a website that's not optimized for the RankBrain algorithm, then you're likely set to lose traffic to your competitors. The first step is to get your site properly indexed as the real optimization starts after Google successfully crawls your website. After your site is properly indexed, it’s now time to follow these steps to jump-start to your journey to an optimized, RankBrain-friendly website. Have...

  • Incredible Connection now offers cyber security insurance

    South African tech retailer Incredible Connection is going beyond the simple hardware sales business. The company has announced that it will be offering cyber-security insurance "at no additional cost, for all internet-enabled products, across selected products." Partnering with cyber security company Phishield, the insurance cover will be "be bundled with Incredible Connection Internet-enabled products as a value add, and will entitle consumers to a 12 month policy that will insure their financial standing against loss of funds through phishing – in the event that the bank does not reimburse the client," the presser explains. Incredible Connection notes that the cover's worth R5000,...

  • Android full-disk encryption is less secure than Apple’s, study finds

    If you use an encrypted Android device that sports a Qualcomm CPU at its heart, this news is for you. Encryption usually makes infiltrating a device a more difficult affair, but not all encryption methods are made equal. This revelation was made by indie researcher laginimaineb. According to the findings, Android devices powered by ARM-based Qualcomm chips store encryption keys not in hardware, but software. This effectively makes it easier for attackers to gain access to these keys, and your information. The issue lies in ARM's TrustZone system used to store the keys. Related: John Oliver explains the FBI Apple encryption debacle...

  • Orange Is The New Black premiere sees lesbian porn search spike

    Set in a women's prison, Orange Is The New Black is a wildly popular series. But did you know that the latest season, which dropped on Friday 17 June, also affected porn statistics? According to the ever-reliable Pornhub Insights blog, the new season resulted in a spike in lesbian- and prison-related search terms in the 48 hours after its release. Searches for 'lesbian' and 'prison' topped out at 59% on the Saturday, while searches for 'prison' or 'jail' peaked on Sunday (hitting 21%). Of all the searches containing 'lesbian' and 'prison', what were the most popular specific searches though? Related: Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches,...

  • Tesla misses Q2 2016 delivery targets, global growth increases

    Elon Musk's Tesla isn't growing as prolifically as some might believe. Although a pioneering force in the electric and autonomous car industry, the company this weekend announced that it missed its delivery target for the second quarter of 2016. The company's own estimate of 17 000 vehicles delivered was missed by just under 3000, with Tesla pushing only 14 370 cars out the door. This still represents a 25% bump in global sales QoQ. The company also notes that it has produced 20% more cars over the previous quarter -- so at least there's an improvement there. However, it's also worth mentioning...

  • US govt ditches BlackBerry smartphones for Samsung, Apple

    Canadian tech company BlackBerry has had a bit of a turbulent 2016. Sure, stocks are up marginally, and its YoY loss less than expected, but it has had to rework its image as a smartphone-first company. After it announced that its future phones will arrive with Android instead of its BlackBerry OS, the company has been forced to defend the latter. But even so, one extremely important company isn't going to chase waterfalls. What company, you ask? Just the United States government. The company's phone were long seen as the most secure devices, with current President Obama often waving his around in...

  • Naspers: what next for South Africa’s most important internet company?

    Naspers' marketcap recently went past the R1-trillion mark, making it Africa's most valuable company Much of its success comes from a 2001 investment in Tencent, begging the question: what next? Why has it battled to find real organic success? Does its next big investment lie in India or Silicon Valley? Under CEO Bob Van Dijk, outlook is more global Right now Naspers is an unstoppable juggernaut. On 31 May, its market cap went past the R1-trillion mark, with its shares touching a record high of R2314.98 per share. That means it's currently worth more than the South African GDP and is officially the most...

  • Facebook Messenger now boasts 11 000 bots, announces incoming updates

    Facebook's Messenger is a bit of a misleading name -- it's no longer just a messenger. Facebook would like to think of it as a fully-fledged bot-station that allows users to book flights and even order pizza. On that note, the company's adding a few more tweaks to the system. Users can now rate bots as they would for apps on any app store. This will bring a degree of quality control to its now 11 000-strong bot store. Other additions include persistent menus for bots, which "eliminates the need for people to remember text commands and provides a great way...

  • National Arts Festival 2016: your essential internet pocket guide for conquering Fest

    It's a big week for the Eastern Cape and South African performing arts in general. Today, the 42nd National Arts Festival kicks off in Grahamstown, running for 11 days until 10 July 2016. This year's soiree promises to be one of the most heavily-attended Fests in years. But while that's a blessing for the organisers and the quaint city of Grahamstown, it makes following the happenings of Fest a bit of a nightmare. But not to worry -- the good ol' internet is here to help. Below, we take a look at some of the ways you can keep abreast of...

  • Jesus Christ is getting his own virtual reality movie

    Virtual reality has taken the worlds of gaming, medicine and entertainment by storm, but what about religion? Well, enthusiasts of the burgeoning technology have found inspiration in Jesus. Production and tech companies Autumn Productions and VRWERX will soon debut a virtual reality movie of Jesus's life dubbed Jesus VR: The Story of Christ. It'll be a 90-minute journey covering pivotal moments in Christ's life -- his birth, his death, and his resurrection. And if that sounds familiar (like a certain Mel Gibson-directed movie), The Passion Of The Christ's executive producer will reprise his role for this virtual reality movie. Jesus VR will...

  • Google’s FASTER joins Japan, US with 60Tbps undersea cable

    The ocean -- yes, that big puddle on our planet's surface -- plays a pivotal part in our Facebook and Instagram selfie obsessions. Every day, millions of terabyes of data is transferred from place to play using cables buried beneath the sea bed. Now, because the world definitely doesn't have enough of these, Google (along with five other companies) recently switched on its latest cable -- a 60Tbps monster spanning the Pacific, connecting Japan to mainland USA. The aptly-named FASTER cable, and consortium, is the brainchild of "China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel," the latter's...