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  • Facebook digging the dirt to bring internet to Uganda

    Not content with launching satellites or unmanned solar-powered gliders, Facebook is taking a more based approach to bringing internet to Africa. According to a new Recode report, the company alongside Airtel and BCS, will be trenching Uganda to lay fibre cables. Around "500 miles" of cable is being planned, and will aim to be a backbone for wireless service providers and the country's telcos. Facebook, Airtel and BCS will lay fibre in Uganda to strengthen the country's internet infrastructure This isn't the first time Facebook has looked to Africa in its quest for global internet coverage. In 2015, the company launched its...

  • North West floods in pictures: Facebook, Twitter captures sodden destruction

    Well South Africa, Cyclone Dineo wasn't the weather system we should've been worried about. Although the tropical cyclone passed well north of Gauteng and the North West, floods have ravaged both provinces this week. We've covered the havoc the weather has played in Johannesburg this week, but in the North West, images and videos are now littering social media. Due to ongoing, pelting rain experienced across the North West this week, some municipalities in the province are underwater. Quite literally. Last night's flash floods, which ripped through areas in the province, killed three people. The North West destruction in pictures In Rustenburg -- one...

  • Disable Facebook autoplay videos on all platforms: a how-to guide

    Few things are more annoying than runaway videos on your devices thanks to Facebook autoplay. You can be mindlessly scrolling through your timeline one minute, and the next, some rando in a chicken suit starts dancing on your screen. No one wants that. Thankfully, this system, along with audio accompaniment, is coming to mobile devices too! But did you know that you can switch off the Facebook autoplay system entirely? Absolutely. And here's how you can do just that on Desktop, Android, and iOS. Desktop On Facebook's desktop website, you'll need to navigate to the top right of the site's headline bar and click...

  • Facebook videos will now autoplay on your phone with sound

    Facebook announced yesterday that it will roll out a feature that plays sound on videos whenever a phone's sound is on. "People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we’re focused on continuously improving the video experience," the statement read. In the future, when a user is scrolling their feed with sound on, the sound for videos will fade in and out. They do not specify how long the video will be on screen before the sound will play. To keep sound off, users will have to keep their phones on silent, or disable the setting within the...

  • Facebook’s ad tracking system now updates in milliseconds

    Facebook announced Friday that it would be providing marketers with in-depth analysis on the ads they pay for. Over the course of the year, the company intends to detail to buyers the milliseconds an ad is on screen -- that is the milliseconds 50% of an ad was on screen, and the milliseconds 100% of an ad was on screen. The company also intends to offer buyers more choice in how they pay for ads. The three new options are completed-view buying, two-second buying and sound-on buying. Completed-view will allow advertisers to pay for video ads that have been viewed in...

  • WhatsApp’s two-step verification: here’s how to enable it

    Without much fanfare, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has rolled out its two-step verification system for users on both Android and iOS. But what does that mean? Well, for one, it brings WhatsApp's security in line with the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft -- three companies who already support the system on their services and devices. Moreover, it will also be a lot harder for baddies to gain access to your account. WhatsApp explains that it will remain an optional feature, that users can switch on if they so desire. But we recommend you do. How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification system It...

  • Facebook Safety Check will let you be a mini-hero during disasters

    Facebook's Safety Check system has been one of the company's more notable additions to the site in 2016. The system -- which triggers when disasters are mentioned on the site, and allows users to mark themselves as "safe" -- now allows those who can to do their bit to help others affected by disasters. We're not saying that Facebook wants to make a super hero out of you, but it does want to "empower the community to help one another," according to its VP of social good, Naomi Gliet The new addition, called Community Help, will let "people find and give help...

  • Facebook one step closer in quest for original content

    Facebook has been dropping heavy hints that they intend to prioritise original content in the near future, and have had no shame in picking up TV executives on their way. MTV executive Mina Lefevre announced Wednesday that she would be joining Facebook as Head of Development, teaming up with Ricky Van Veen (of former CollegeHumour fame). This isn't the first sign that the platform will be pushing for original video. On 26 January, Facebook announced that they would be placing a greater emphasis on longer videos in the News Feed. The company included "percentage completion" to their algorithm -- determining a...

  • Over 200m people are now using Facebook Lite

    Around 1.8-billion people now use Facebook on a monthly basis, but what about Facebook Lite? The social media giant has today announced that over 200-million people are using the Lite version of the app monthly, which aims to cater for lower-bandwidth areas of the globe on cheaper, less powerful devices. "While we continue to make all Facebook apps a great experience, we heard from people they want an even more lightweight option," the company states in a press release. Facebook Lite is only available for Android devices at present "To help make sure everyone can have a great Facebook experience regardless of where...

  • Major tech leaders oppose Trump’s travel ban

    Nearly 100 companies, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief against US President Donald Trump's travel ban late Sunday night. The companies believe that the ban precluding citizens of seven Muslim countries from the US will incentivise companies to move jobs outside of the US. "The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for US companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world's best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations," the brief states. Surprising additions to the list of dissenters are Tesla and SpaceX -- both owned by Elon Musk, a member of Trump's business advisory council....

  • Facebook’s fake news tools coming to France ahead of elections

    According to a report, Facebook will implement fake news checking systems in France ahead of the country's elections. The move is in a bid to quell and expel fake news from Facebook's network, and prevent the backlash the company faced in light of Donald Trump's US Presidential win in late 2016. Many believe that fake news on the social network aided Trump in his campaign and during the elections. To prevent a similar story in France, the network has announced that it will partner with eight of the country's media outlets, including the likes of the AFP, BFM, and Le Monde,...

  • Joost: Twitter sends well wishes to former Springbok star

    Twitter took a break from complaining about politics, the terribly dry weather and celebrity fallouts this weekend, as former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls captain was diagnosed with a form of motor neuron disease (ALS) in 2011, and has since been confined to a wheelchair. But that hasn't stopped him from taking part in ALS research and drives. Joost's J9 Foundation: 'Thank you for the continued support for him and his family' This weekend though, Twitter was noticeably shocked by the news that Joost was in critical condition. Still, users of...

  • 5 impressive numbers from Facebook’s latest earnings report

    Facebook is an internet colossus in the same way we viewed Google a few years ago. The company is riding a remarkable growth curve, a trend that it has again cemented with the release of their Q4 2016 earnings report. The report, published at the turn of the month, sheds some light into the company's manic growth, clear focus areas and user statistics. Here are some of the tastier numbers and factoids lurking within the report. 1.23-billion The number of daily active users on the 'Book in December 2016 Yes, you read that correctly. Daily. Nearly a sixth of the world accesses Facebook...

  • Personal information in the age of social media

    The global reaction to WhatsApp’s August 2016 announcement, in which the “updating” of its terms and privacy policy was revealed, has been interesting. This update, essentially, allows for the sharing of user information between WhatsApp and its owner of roughly two years, Facebook. The reaction has been largely alarmist. The Guardian, Independent, and The Telegraph warn users to opt out of the sharing of information between the two platforms. TechCrunch takes a more balanced approach, outlining the European legislative response to the announcement, and quoting the UK’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham. According to Denham: “There’s a lot of anger out there....

  • 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...