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  • YouTube Go turns YouTube into offline video portal

    Google's latest app YouTube Go, aims to make it easier for those with limited connectivity to watch videos offline. YouTube Go will initially launch in India, and according to the company, its team has travelled the country to better understand its peoples' requirements. But while the app will head to the Asian subcontinent first, the advantages for Africa and other data-stretched lands are clear to see. YouTube Go will allow users to save videos for offline viewing, while allowing them to choose the video quality and file size. It effectively means that YouTube is now a portable, offline video repository. YouTube Go is...

  • Is Disney about to buy Twitter for $16bn?

    Family-first media giant Disney is no longer just about anthropomorphic mice and creepy clubhouses. The company is reportedly preparing a bid to buy social network Twitter. In a deal that could inject Twitter with some much needed cash, and give Disney a foothold in the fervent social networking advertising space, the company is currently "working with a financial advisor" to assess the validity of the deal. This according to a Bloomberg report. If Disney does purchase Twitter, the deal is expected to be worth around US$16bn According to the publication, bidding Twitter's market worth of around US$16-billion will be Disney's biggest cash...

  • Google Drive gets updated search with autocorrect

    Google is the king of search and it's now bringing its skills to Google Drive. In a new update, Google Drive is getting faster search functionality, complete with New Language Processing (NLP) capabilities. Announcing the update, Josh Smith, Product Manager at Google Drive, pointed out that the engineering of Google Search is coming to Google Drive. "Innovation is critical for business success, so we're constantly trying to build tools that enable our customers to do more," Smith said. The update is being rolled out today and will allow Google Drive users to make use of the new search feature and its NLP capabilities. The...

  • Google Photos gets update: so what’s new then?

    It's been a busy work for Google. The company launched Google Trips and announced the launch of Google Allo, its messaging app. And now it has announced that Google Photos is receiving an update. The update will see Google Photos deliver all-new movies and a faster way to share photos and videos. Now users can simply pick the photo that they want to share and select the people they want to share the photo with - no need to select a third-party app. The new update, according to Google, is ultimately to reduce the time users spend toggling from one app to another...

  • Google Trips is Google’s nifty dedicated travel app

    Google Now already delivers a bunch of features for travellers, but the Mountain View company is upping the ante in a big way with the launch of Google Trips. The new app serves as a hub for travel information, offering trip details from your Gmail account and taking the form of Google Now style cards. So that means you have a card dedicated to your upcoming Johannesburg trip, for instance. Tap the card and you'll get a ton more details to check out, such as reservations, things to do, saved places from Google Maps, day plan options, food and drink choices and...

  • Update: Google Analytics’ real time updates down worldwide

    Update: 9 September, 10.00am: Google Analytics' real time web feature, at least for us, is still down. Although the workaround does in fact provide a temporary solution to the bug, the company's Analytics app on Android also seems to work well. Google has yet to incidicate when a fix will be implemented, but based on comments it made yesterday, it seems that the fix is delayed. Original article: If you've just risen from bed to lazily check your site's viewer numbers, don't worry, it's not just you. Some features of Google Analytics is down for many worldwide today. Most notably causing issue...

  • Google login pages aren’t safe at all, research finds

    Those comforting Google login pages might not be safe at all, according to a security researcher's latest findings. Taking a deeper look at Google's service login pages, researcher Aidan Woods discovered that it's "possible to seamlessly insert any Google service at the end of the login process". In short, this flaw allows dark lords of the web to insert additional parameters, websites or even Google Docs files into the URL of a login page. The website would be hidden aesthetically, instead showing a Google login page. To use Woods' much simpler explanation: Using an existing open redirect, it is now possible to send...

  • Google Crowdsource app wants your help to better Google’s services

    Google Crowdsource is the company's latest app that harnesses the power of the people. It aims to leverage user input to test, and improve, various Google services. The app sneakily appeared on the Google Play Store this week without much fanfare, and allows users to effectively become unofficial Google employees. The app provides users with tasks, which includes image transcription, handwriting recognition, translations and validation of said translations, and Maps. Google Crowdsource is a new app that turns you into an unofficial employee These tasks last anything from five to ten minutes. This is not the first time that Google has ventured into...

  • YouTube Backstage is Google’s incoming Facebook rival

    Does Google have plans to turn YouTube into a Facebook pretender? According to a report by VentureBeat, yes. Dubbed YouTube Backstage, the feature will bring a social media element to the video sharing and hosting site. The report suggests that Backstage will let users share "photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers". Much like Facebook's Timeline, Backstage's content will also be displayed in reverse chronological order, and will become an integral part of the YouTube channel layout. It's set to gain its own top tab too. YouTube Backstage will bring Facebook-like content to Google's video platform This isn't simply a...

  • 12 important space missions, events to look forward to in 2017

    The year has already seen a variety of landmark space missions taking place. There were the Falcon 9's successful first stage landings, the Juno probe's Jupiter rendezvous and the longest stay at the International Space Station. Next year promises to be another bumper year for unmanned and manned spaceflight, so what should we expect? We listed 12 space missions and major events to watch out for in 2017. Boeing to test its manned capsule Boeing is hard at work on its CST-100 Starliner capsule, hoping to beat SpaceX to the manned mission punch. The CST-100 Starliner capsule can lift up to seven astronauts to orbit...

  • Google Hangouts will be punted for business use, company exec explains

    Google, after I/O 2016, vehemently denied it will be killing Hangouts after it announced two new chat apps, but the company has been mum on what that meant for the service. Thanks to new remarks from Google's Nick Fox, we can now prepare to see Hangouts rebranded as a business-orientated service. Speaking to Engadget's Nathan Ingraham, the VP of communications Fox explains that Google's two new chat apps -- video calling service Duo, and search-enhanced chat app Allo -- will pilot the company's consumer messaging division. On Gearburn: Google I/O 2016: Allo and Duo apps revealed Hangouts will be refocused as a...

  • Google Duo video calling app now available in South Africa

    Google's new video calling app, Google Duo, is now officially available on the Play Store in South Africa. Google Duo was announced earlier this year at the company's I/O 2016 conference in California, where it's companion chat app Allo was also unveiled. Duo allows users to place video calls to other users in similar vein to Apple's Facetime app. Duo also ties to phone numbers, which means users don't necessarily need a Google account to use the service. Calls are also encrypted from end-to-end, and to further set it apart from other chat apps, it has a "Knock Knock" feature, which...

  • Google’s Alternative Olympics medal table sheds light on small countries’ achievements

    After winning 26 gold medals, it's not delusional to believe the US is running away the Rio Olympic Games. At the time of writing, the 554-strong team have collectively won 69 medals, which dwarfs Great Britain and China's achievements. Still, the medals table doesn't really take into account other factors, like population, a country's general affluence or even, uh, overall Google Search rankings. That's where Google's alternative medals table comes into play. Ranking teams by more than just the "look at all my medals" philosophy, the visualisation allows visitors to understand just how big an achievement winning a single medal (gold...

  • Pokemon Go gets childhood-ruining NSFW parody, continues odd trend

    If Pokemon Go hasn't yet ruined your childhood memories of the boy wonder Ash Ketchum and his troop of merry monsters, this surely will. Thanks to a few crafty comedians, a new Pokemon Go parody will be debuting on the internet soon, but it's absolutely, completely and utterly NSFW. If playing Pokemon Go at work hasn't got you suspended yet, this almost definitely will. Created by Brazzers, the video dubbed Pornstar Go: A XXX Parody, debuted on Monday and has been throwing a few meowths among the pidgeys, so to speak. The protagonist of the video (according to the NSFW trailer)...

  • YouTube Live: 4 ways businesses can use Google’s streaming app

    Faced with stiff competition from Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of upstarts, Google-owned YouTube has announced it will be adding a live mobile streaming option to its own native app. This is according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and other company officials. Introducing YouTube Live: Google's mobile streaming app Over the past 15-odd months, such platforms as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat have risen from obscurity and quickly become some of the hottest social networking platforms on the internet. And though YouTube has had live streaming features on its desktop platform for years, the company has been noticeably absent in terms...