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  • Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline

    If you thought 2016's Deadpool was a tad too short and lacked a stocky cast list, you'll smile wryly at its sequel. Deadpool 2 has seen some of the more annoying marketing antics in the lead up to a movie for quite some time, but thankfully the film lives up to its predecessor's hilarious hype. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role he was made for, bringing to life a character usually maligned for crass, sexual humour with deft moments of sweeping emotion. He remains a smart cracking wise ass loaded with pop culture quips and a love for Barbra Striesand, sure,...

  • Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering

    From the moment they click onto an ecommerce site, customers develop a lasting impression of your brand. Creating a frictionless environment with an outstanding customer journey is helping even small, boutique offerings significantly boost their bottom line. The last mile is the most important Despite what many think, we have seen that the delivery of goods and services is the make or break of an ecommerce offering. The importance of this last mile service is clearly demonstrated by industry stalwarts like Takealot (which acquired Mr. Delivery) and Yuppiechef, which put their own branded drivers on the road. The companies which have succeeded...

  • These are WhatsApp’s shiny new Group Chat features

    In a not-all-that-exciting update, WhatsApp has tweaked the way groups work on its platform. There are five distinct changes outlined by the company on its blog. Firstly, group descriptions are now more verbose, allowing users to set "the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group". (Good luck sticking to them though.) "When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat," the company highlights. Secondly, group admins can now determine "who can change the group's subject, icon, and description" through the group settings menu. "Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group...

  • Two US teens kill opossum mother and babies on Snapchat

    Snapchat is seemingly the new social network to join if you're into watching people brutally murdering animals. Two US teenagers were charged with animal cruelty after filming their killing of an opossum mother and her babies on Snapchat. The teenagers from Kennesaw, Georgia, reportedly used a baseball bat to kill the opossum mother, and then "allegedly used a chemical mixture that included bleach and ammonia to kill three other babies", a local news report gruesomely read. While the incident occurred early April, the adult assailant appeared in court last week. The story's this week trending across the internet, with users on Reddit...

  • Report: yet another Facebook app leaked personal info of 3m people

    Are you still taking personality tests on Facebook? Stop. Actually, throw your computer out the window and set it on fire, because you should really know better. After Cambridge Analytica's data reaping antics were exposed in March and Facebook shamed, you may have thought that your information was safe on the internet. But it's not. According to a new report by New Scientist, at least three million users have had "intimate" data about themselves, and their psychological state, shared online. According to the report, some six million people completed a questionnaire app dubbed myPersonality. Half offered to share the information with the...

  • Google One lets families share up to 30TB of cloud storage

    If you pay for Google Drive storage, take note. The company this week announced "a simple plan for expanded storage that includes extra benefits" dubbed Google One. Coming to all paying customers of Google's cloud storage service, Google One sees an upgraded offering from 100GB to 30TB if you really, really have a lot of cat pictures to store. This however plays into Google's new family sharing scheme, allowing up to five members to use the wad of storage under a single account. And said family members will also be given a private slice of that storage pie too. Google One will...

  • Avengers bids Black Panther farewell from SA’s weekend movie chart

    After spending more than three months perched on its upper slopes, Black Panther has finally said its goodbyes to Southern Africa's movie charts. The film, after grossing more than R106-million at the box office, finally tumbled off the chart from last week's seventh spot. But don't fret Marvel fans; Avengers: Infinity War is spending its third weekend (11-13 May 2018) at the top of the charts. It has already grossed more than R60-million. Not only tasked with defending those infinity stones, the flick also guards the top spot from fart-joke laden animated comedy Sherlock Gnomes debuting in second place. It, in...

  • ‘Around 200’ apps banned thus far in Facebook’s massive app audit

    Earlier this year and in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that a host of apps prior to the company's policy reforms in 2014 had access to users' data. He promised in a March 2018 post that the company will investigate these apps, and ban those that do not play nice with users' data. Today, the firm gave the internet an update on this audit currently underway. "The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases," revealed Ime Archibong, the company's VP of product partnerships. "First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that...

  • #TwitterWasLitBefore remembers the good ol’ 140 character days

    Don't look now folks, but according to the gatekeepers of South African Twitter, the social network just isn't lit anymore. I know. Shocking. As if Monday wasn't bad enough, the hashtag #twitterwaslitbefore began trending around midday, and served to remind everyone that things never stay the same. This, according to some, is thanks to MTN and Vodacom. #TwitterWasLITBefore MTN and Vodacom Had Clapbacks pic.twitter.com/9OUBJKd3Fv — 26 Feb. 90s (@HopewellMlaba) May 14, 2018 #TwitterWasLITBefore MTN started with this free Twitter nonsense. pic.twitter.com/VGgVnPHn3J — Maestro Harry™ (@Haharharry_) May 14, 2018 Those who joined Twitter to become "comedians and savages" were also outed. Tweet-stealers were given special mention by a...

  • Mastercard to announce new collaboration with Zapper

    Zapper will soon be compatible with Mastercard's Masterpass payments system, after the companies on Monday announced a new possible collaboration. The two companies are currently in talks to use the QR-code fueled app to complete payments at Masterpass-enabled merchants across South Africa, while Masterpass users can similarly use Zapper to complete payments where applicable. Mechanically, nothing will change for those who have used Zapper in the past. "When shopping, Masterpass users simply scan a Zapper QR code displayed at a point of sale, or online at a wide range of Zapper merchants, to pay for goods and services," the companies explained in...

  • Cardi Bye: Instagram loses another celebrity after online spat

    Keen to catch up on Cardi B's weekend antics over on Instagram? You're in for a disappointing surprise. The female rapper of "Bodak Yellow" fame has deleted her Instagram account @iamcardib after her quarrel with fellow rapper Azealia Banks heated up again on Friday. Banks appeared on a US radio show Friday, reportedly labelling the rapper as an "untalented rat" and a "caricature of a black woman". She also pointed to Cardi B's success as a low point of female artistry, marking Beyonce's Lemonade as a peak. Cardi responded: "I’m from the hood I speak how I speak I am how I am.I...

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is cancelled, and I don’t feel so good

    This is proof that everything you'll ever love will die, at least when it's in the hands of Fox. The company on Thursday cancelled hit cop comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, after just five seasons. Not noice. Not smort. In fact, most of the internet is pretty upset too. Fans of the show took to Twitter lamenting the decision, and celebrating the show's values. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP!!!! #saveb99 — Elephant Lover 🐘🐘🐘 (@JillMorrison4) May 10, 2018 YOU'RE TELLING ME THEY CANCELLED ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS THAT HAD AN AMAZING DIVERSE CAST AMD INCLUDED SO MANY ACTUAL TOPICS GOT CANCELLED BUT TBBT STILL...

  • This is South Africa’s hottest music according to YouTube’s Music Charts

    YouTube this week announced its new music charts portal, which allows users -- and generally interested folk -- to gauge which tracks, videos and artists are most popular on the platform on a given week in 44 countries. It's awesome, and you should give it a gander at some point in the day. But if you don't have the time, and are looking for something hot to listen to right now, YouTube also has a few charts just for South Africa and the playlists to go along with them. These are the hottest tracks in South Africa this week: Trending in South...

  • YouTube now ranks the world’s hottest tracks in its ‘music charts’

    YouTube might be a video streaming service first and foremost, but it's also the world's most popular music distribution tool. So with that in mind, the company today announced new YouTube charts specifically to showcase popular music. "At YouTube, we understand the importance of showcasing and celebrating the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world," the company wrote in a release. "The new charts are based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world's most expansive music platform." The company claims that the charts will be the "new...

  • Google Drive gets a much prettier, refreshed user interface

    Hot on the heels of Gmail's redesign, Google Drive is also getting its share of UI updates. The Mountain View company on Wednesday announced changes that will smooth out the service's currently clunky layout, and add some material design flair to the visuals. "There’s no change in functionality, but some icons and buttons have moved, and there’s a range of visual tweaks to align with Google’s latest material design principles," Google explains in a press release. With that said, specific design tweaks include changing the position of company logos, a settings icon placed alongside the search bar, a repositioned Help Centre icon...