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  • Facebook’s next destination could be your television

    Facebook has been on a roll in January, spitting out updates to its multiple services and outlining its future plans. But the latest report from the Wall Street Journal could see the company take over your television set. According to "people familiar with the matter", the social network is planning both content deals with media companies, as well as an app for media consoles, like the Apple TV. Both suggestions seem highly likely. The network has been popular for live broadcasters in recent months, with the US PGA deal, in addition to users' Facebook Live broadcasts. The company clearly no longer...

  • Is TrackOFF the internet security service you’ve been sorely missing?

    With so much talk about hacking, identity theft and online fraud floating around in 2017, we'll totally understand if you never want to switch on a computer ever again. Luckily, there are ways to make your online journey a little safer. Browser add-ons, anti-virus programs and common sense are just some of the ways you can filter out -- and avoid -- the gunk from online pages you visit everyday. But some companies believe this isn't quite enough. That's where TrackOFF comes into play. The Baltimore-based security company claims to build the "best in class tools to secure users' identities and personal...

  • Tonight’s Premier League Deadline Day will be livestreamed on Twitter

    Transfer deadline day is one that football fans across the world love dearly, and a day Premier League managers hate. But another company eagerly rubbing its hands in anticipation is, perhaps surprisingly, Twitter. The microblogging platform has signed a deal with UK broadcaster Sky Sports that will see it host live broadcasts of Sky's deadline day coverage. It's a great coup for Twitter, and an even bigger one for fans. Effectively, you can catch the last minute signings and deals without the need of a subscription, or a television. "The heart of Deadline Day is the fantastic reporting team and a...

  • Dropbox Paper is for creatives with too many files

    Cloud storage service Dropbox is hoping to modify its company description slightly with its latest product. It's called Dropbox Paper, and it's effectively the company's Google Docs competitor. While, yes, it is yet another online office collaboration tool, the company's Todd Jackson claims that it's so much more than that. "More than a doc, Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together," he explains. "With Paper, teams can create, review, revise, manage, and organise -- all in shared documents." Google Docs, but for creatives? Largely based on the principle that one basket is good enough for all your office's creative...

  • This crazy Bedfordview hijacking video has gone viral on SA YouTube

    A new clip published to YouTube this week shows just how dangerous parking your car in South Africa can be. The clip in question documents an attempted hijacking in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, and it looks like it could be a deleted scene in Taken. A Mercedes driver pulls into a driveway in the suburb, and is greeted by a security guard. But it soon gets a little bit too real. A blue Volkswagen Golf pulls up behind the Mercedes, drops off a passenger, and promptly pulls away. The passenger, seemingly innocuous at first, pulls out a gun, causing the security guard to...

  • Fitbit to slay 110 employees in midst of buying spree

    Wearables company Fitbit may have gone on a spending spree recently, but the firm is beginning to feel the pinch thanks to lower than expected sales of its gadgets. "Based upon preliminary financial information, Fitbit expects to report 6.5 million devices sold and revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 to be in the range of $572-million to $580-million, compared to the company's previously announced guidance range of $725-million to $750-million," read an excerpt of the firm's financial report. As a result, Fitbit will conduct a "reduction in force, that will impact approximately 110 employees, constituting approximately 6% of the company's global...

  • WhatsApp location tracking is coming, according to latest betas

    According to new beta builds of WhatsApp's mobile apps, users may soon be able to track others' location in real-time. Spotted by beta-sniffing Twitter account @WABetaInfo, the feature will let users switch on location tracking within the app, allowing those in their contact list to see their current location, and effectively track their movements. 2.17.3.28 iOS | 2.16.399+ Android: Live Location feature, that tracks the live location of other group participants (DISABLED BY DEFAULT). pic.twitter.com/pYEXT1nxyR — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 26, 2017 Although that seems scary, location tracking in mobile apps isn't a new feature at all. In fact, some apps specifically exist for...

  • Twitter to launch new anti-harassment features

    Twitter has been waging a lengthy war with online bullies and trolls, introducing several key features over the past year or two. Between filing multiple tweets in a single report and the ability share a list of blocked users, it's definitely gone some way to fight harassment. But Ed Ho, vice-president of engineering at Twitter, says the firm still has a long journey ahead. "We'll be rolling out a number of product changes in the days ahead. Some changes will be visible and some will be less so," he tweeted. "This week, we'll tackle long overdue fixes to mute/block and stopping repeat offenders from creating new accounts," the VP...

  • VR: 3 steps to prepare for the ongoing revolution

    Virtual reality may be the buzziest tech of 2016, but it hasn't hit critical adoption levels quite yet. Despite its recent advancements, VR seems to many casual observers like a clunky throwback to '80s science fiction. Setups like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR require large headsets and, in some cases, a wired connection. Less feature-rich smartphone VR options are a nice introduction to the medium, but when it comes to true immersion, users are thirsty for more. For hardcore gamers, VR's immersive capabilities are well worth the wallet-draining, laborious setup. Regular consumers, however, don't have much need for...

  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • How much free food can you get on your birthday?

    There are a number of restaurant chains worldwide that offer those celebrating their birthdays free food. And that's just great. And awful. Because you only get one birthday per year, you probably can't make it to every single restaurant. Or can you? One incredibly inspirational Imgurian AnotherAnotherJosh decided to test this theory. Heading out early on his birthday to embark on his "free birthday food odyssey", Josh hit 11 restaurants, getting free celebratory grub from each of them. Imgur's Josh hit 11 restaurants to collect his free birthday food at each establishment While some only gave him tiny ice cream cones, and others...

  • Trump Hotels slammed on Twitter in wake of #MuslimBan

    If you happen to use Twitter on a daily basis, there's one thing you should always remember: the moment you hit send, that tweet is on the internet for all to see. Yes, even aliens. That's what Trump Hotels' Twitter staff found out this weekend. In the wake of the #MuslimBan outlined by President Trump this weekend, Twitter users have found a Trump Hotels tweet from October 2011 that is now a focus of their outcry. And it's eerily relevant. "Tell us your favorite travel memory - was it a picture, a souvenir, a sunset? We'd love to hear it!", the tweet...

  • #MuslimBan: Uber, Lyft, Airbnb take different approaches

    Uber and Lyft have both reacted to the so-called #MuslimBan enacted by US president Donald Trump -- albeit in very different ways. The ban sees citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) not being allowed entry to the USA for 90 or more days. The ban crucially affects legal residents of the USA that are not naturalised citizens. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent an email to drivers, announcing that the company was opposed to the ban. He also confirmed that Uber would be financially compensating drivers who are affected by the ban. "This order has far broader implications as it...

  • CNN’s Facebook accounts briefly breached by OurMine

    CNN's Facebook accounts were briefly compromised this weekend by hacking collective OurMine, Mashable reports. The group, now infamous for gaining access to accounts to peacock their security products, hit CNN's primary, International and Politics pages early morning in South Africa. This isn't the first time OurMine has been in the news in the past six months While the group didn't post anything incriminating or vile, it did flood the pages with its posters, and its usual message: "Hey, it's OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information." It seems that the group's chief motive was publicity. looks like @CNN...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #92: Cash Me Outside, UberEATS hits Cape Town & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition, we discuss the launch of UberEATS and its new, but old competition. We also discuss the origins and sudden explosion in the popularity of Cash Me Outside -- a meme of a 13-year old girl. Facebook and its Snapchat inspiration also comes under the spotlight. We also touch on former Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra's decision to leave the Chinese company for Facebook's Oculus, as well as former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's retirement...