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  • New ransomware unlocks your PC – if you infect friends

    A new form of ransomware has emerged online that promises to unlock your PC if you infect your friends with said ransomware. Dubbed Popcorn Time, the malware lets you pay a ransom to unlock your PC. But if you'd rather not spend cash, you can send Popcorn Time to at least two other friends and have them pay a ransom. If the friends pay a ransom, then your PC will be unlocked as well, Bleeping Computer and MalwareHunterTeam reports. The new ransomware makes for rather astounding news, thanks to its friend-sharing "incentive" It also appears that Popcorn Time has "unfinished code", suggesting that entering...

  • Facebook reveals world’s, SA’s most talked about topics in 2016

    Facebook's Year In Review is finally published on the company's press portal, and it makes for interesting reading for South Africans and the greater international community. According to Facebook data analyst Sheida Neman, the most talked about moments in the world in 2016 included the US Presidential Election (rather obviously) in first place, with "Brazilian Politics" and Pokemon Go rounding up the podium. They are followed by: Black Lives Matter Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election Olympics Brexit Super Bowl David Bowie Muhammad Ali As for South Africa's biggest moments, the US Elections was also a big talking point, but not as...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #88: Nintendo Switch, Fitbit, Amazon Go & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about the Nintendo Switch's possible GameCube compatibility as well as Samsung ditching the 3.5mm audio jack for its Galaxy S8. The duo also discuss Fitbit's surprise buy of smartwatch maker Pebble and Amazon's new checkout-less grocery store Go. Finally, we chat a bit about South African GT racer, David Perel. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is working his way through The Last...

  • Feathered dinosaur tail found in amber

    In what must rank as one of the coolest discoveries ever made in palaeontology, scientists have found a feathered dinosaur tail, preserved in amber. The tail includes vertabrae, feathers, soft tissue, while the amber also plays host to a prehistoric ant and plant matter, National Geographic reported. The dinosaur tail, found in northern Myanmar, was described in a Current Biology study as being about 1.4-inches long (just over 35cm), with brown and pale/white feathers. Analysis of the tail also revealed that it had eight vertabrae, the publication added. In a rather interesting spot of information, the sample was found at an amber market,...

  • YouTube Rewind celebrates the fun moments of 2016

    YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has "almost one-third of all people on the Internet" using it. It's also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement. Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube's Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 -- like Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, The Chainsmokers's Closer and Justin Bieber's Sorry --...

  • This drone video imagines South Africa as a beautiful, miniature toy set

    Drone videos are on the rise on the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with sales of these little winged wonders ever increasing too. But it takes some pretty deft skills to pull off a uniquely quirky drone reel. That's what drone pilot Luke Bell and video partner Hloni Coleman accomplished with this short flick. You may remember Bell thanks to this particular video of Cape Town, but his latest clip focuses on South Africa, and the country's cultural and natural beauty. Well, if South Africa was the coolest toy set imaginable, that is. "Our home and a wondrous playground for all...

  • Adult Swim, more coming to Snapchat thanks to Turner deal

    Snapchat took one big step to becoming the next social media TV platform, with a penned deal between its owner Snap Inc, and media giant Turner. The global media corporation and the social internet company will now work together to bring "new brands to Snapchat's Discover platform, extending live coverage of Turner's premium sports events, and working with several Turner brands to develop Snapchat shows", Turner announced on its press site. The deal between Snap and Turner will cover content, content distribution and advertising, and will give Turner access to Snapchat's front page, or its Discover tab. Snapchat and Turner will produce...

  • SuperSport to livestream Proteas vs Springboks cricket on Facebook

    Sports broadcaster SuperSport has experimented with new technologies and trends quite a bit this year. From broadcasting eSports events to featuring more live content on social media, the company is slowly drifting away from its satellite roots. In its latest move, the company announced that it will broadcast tonight's Mandela Legacy T20 Cup cricket match from Newlands, Cape Town, live on its Facebook channel. The match, which sees the South African cricket team face the South African rugby team in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela, is an annual event usually reserved for audiences signed up to DStv. It's...

  • 3 international music videos filmed in South Africa in 2016

    South Africa is just awesome, isn't it? For international visitors, they can enjoy the exhange rate while breathing in the abundant sights, sounds and rich heritage. And no one seems to understand this better than musicians. Cape Town and Johannesburg have been the scene of many a music video in their days, but while quite a few famous videos have been snapped here, including tracks from Faithless, Blue and Pharrell Williams, you may not have known that three particularly big tracks from international artists have been made right here this year. See? 2016 wasn't so bad. Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson - Girls...

  • It’s official: Fitbit buys Pebble, no more watch sales

    After days of rumours and leaks, Fitbit has officially acquired "specific assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development". The deal doesn't include the hardware unit, with sales of its existing smartwatches being halted. The move will see Pebble being dissolved as well. "With basic wearables getting smarter and smartwatches adding health and fitness capabilities, we see an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category," said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit, in a statement. "With this acquisition, we're well positioned to accelerate the expansion of...

  • 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...