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  • 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...

  • BS Detector: an add-on to detect fake news websites

    Fake news websites have enjoyed a surge in popularity thanks to social media, but truly exploded thanks to the US election. But how do you avoid being duped by them? Well, aside from following our tips and avoiding these websites, you can try using a browser add-on dubbed BS Detector. The extension, available on Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge, simply alerts users to unreliable news sources. And it works across most webpages, such as Facebook or a general news/opinion article. "A browser extension for both Chrome and Mozilla-based browsers, BS Detector searches links on a given webpage for references...

  • Baby Groot will make you squee in new Guardians Vol 2 trailer

    A rag-tag, energetic bunch of law-defying superheroes are easy to fall in love with, but Marvel really outdid itself this time with the cameo of Baby Groot. The tiny tree monster featured prominently in the company's new trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And yes, it's about as fun as you'd expect. Shying away from the "less is more" concept, Marvel arguably gives a little bit too much away in the two minute trailer. With talk of atom bombs, visuals of giant city-eating squid and the usual slanted banter, the trailer feels very much like the Guardians flick we...

  • Fantastic Beasts cracks $500m at global box office

    It seems that the wizarding community can't get enough of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Warner Bros. has announced that the whimsical addition to the Potterverse has grossed over US$500-million globally since its late November debut. "We are thrilled by the success of this new adventure, which is also the start of an exciting new franchise for the studio," explains Warner Bros' Sue Kroll. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' opened with a US$500m haul since launch The flick follows Newt Scamander's (played by Eddie Redmayne) journey as a magizoologist though the magical rewarding world prior to Harry Potter's birth....

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #87: Netflix, Uber, Orange Store, Battlefield 1, Zebra Cabs

    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 and Graham Van Der Made. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about Netflix's offline downloads as well as Uber's summer promotion and the Orange store shutting down in SA. The team also banters about the fact that Battlefield 1 servers are coming to SA, and Graham takes us through the recent R300-million injection into Zebra Cabs. What are we watching, reading, playing: Hadlee is busy completing his second run...

  • Got a monster connection? YouTube now has 4K live streams

    4K video streaming is still a significant obstacle for many internet users, requiring fast speeds and loads of data to take advantage of it. But 4K live streaming is an even bigger obstacle though, owing to the real-time nature of it all. Still, that hasn't stopped YouTube from supporting the standard, the company announced earlier this week. "Today, we're proud to say that we're taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos," YouTube explained. The first high-profile use for the standard came last night at The Game Awards, which saw...