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  • Western Cape gov: hacked, stolen NSC biology exams is ‘fake news’

    The Western Cape provincial government on Monday quelled rumours that a NSC paper was stolen through a hack of the province's education department website. It claims that the news, which was issued in a lookalike statement circulating on social media and WhatsApp, was "fake". "From the screenshot that we have received, the press statement appears on a Western Cape Government Media Release Document and indicates that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Biology Paper was stolen by a hacker from the WCED website," the provincial government wrote in an official response. On Twitter, Debbie Schafer Provincial Minister for Education in the Western Cape,...

  • Gboard now uses AI to suggest the perfect emoji

    If all you ever wanted from a mobile keyboard is, well, a mobile keyboard, you're going to hate Gboard's latest update. Google's keyboard, from today, will now suggest GIFs, emoji and stickers to users during your conversations using AI. "This makes it faster and easier to share your #feelings and your glowing personality with whoever you’re chatting with," wrote Angana Ghosh, Gboard's product lead, on Google's Keyword blog. The suggestion feature is triggered when keywords are typed into conversation. This can include overused single words like "awesome" or multiple common phrases like "I'm sleepy". The feature uses Google's AI engine, but it emphasises...

  • Graph: Cape Town’s dams are in much better shape than last year

    Cape Town's combined dam level have dropped another 0.7% over the previous week, the latest report from the City revealed. Issued on Monday, the report also suggests that dam levels currently stand at 73.4%, a little over 2% lower than 2018's high water mark. It's a far cry from where we were in November 2017 though, when dams were just 37% full. A year before that they stood at 58%. Cape Town dam levels as of 12 November 2018 So, how are individual dams doing? Theewaterskloof Dam: was 57.1%, down by 0.3%, now 57.1% Voelvlei Dam:was 95.5%, down by 1.6%, now 93.9% Berg...

  • Stan Lee, comic book legend and cameo master, has died

    Stan Lee, the co-creator of many famous Marvel superheroes and former Editor-In-Chief of the comic book brand, died on Monday at the age of 95. “With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honour and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel,” said Marvel in an official joint statement with Disney. The company paid tribute to Lee, acknowledging his contribution to the Marvel brand and the entertainment industry. Actors and fans alike also took to social media to express their sorrow over Lee’s death, remembering him for his legendary creations and the famous...

  • Mozambique’s Maputo-Catembe suspension bridge is now Africa’s longest

    Africa's new longest suspension bridge is now in Mozambique's capital city. The Maputo-Catembe bridge -- which joins the southern and northern coastlines of Maputo Bay -- was opened on Saturday. The suspension spans a little under 700 metres, but the bridge is around three kilometres in total length. It stands 141 metres tall too, and was largely funded through Chinese investment and built by Chinese engineers. And yes, China is pretty good at designing and building these things. Five of the country's suspension bridges are among the world's ten longest. View this post on Instagram Ponte Maputo-Katembe... Últimas fotos antes de começar a...

  • Brand safety: it’s about more than fake news

    All around the globe, brands have come under increasing scrutiny for (inadvertently) funding fake news. While it’s an issue that has deservedly received a lot of attention, brands also need to know that there are other websites that their ads shouldn’t be appearing on, and how they can stop it from happening. While fake news has dominated the conversation when it comes to ads for big name brands appearing in the wrong places, it shouldn’t be the only cause for concern. Would a high-profile investment firm, for example, want their ads appearing on a Russian dating site? Or that of a...

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe hits 95km/s while orbiting the Sun

    Launched in August, NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently undertook its first dangerous steps towards the Sun. The probe this weekend announced itself safe and fully functional after it endured its first perihelion, or close pass of the Sun's surface. Wednesday at 4:46 p.m. EST, mission controllers at @JHUAPL received the first signal from #ParkerSolarProbe after its close approach to the Sun, indicating that the spacecraft is alive and running well after the intense conditions near the Sun. https://t.co/mk08l10FOt pic.twitter.com/PYFC4aT3C7 — NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) 9 November 2018 The probe is  Sun to better study our closest star's solar winds and spots, and...

  • Disney+ streaming service will launch in 2019

    Disney has announced the official name of its upcoming streaming service along with a few shows that are set to be aired on the platform. “The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+,” revealed the company online. Though Disney+ will work much like streaming services such as Netflix, it seems that its content will be exclusively Disney, with live action shows based on the Star Wars and Marvel worlds also being revealed in the announcement. The Star Wars show will be the second live action series adaptation of the famous story, based on “the adventures of Rebel spy...

  • Facebook outlines Portal’s security policy as devices begin shipping

    Facebook’s Portal, the smart home device which the company revealed last month, has begun shipping in the US, and to mark the occasion Facebook is clarifying Portal’s privacy policy. Portal and Portal+ are video communication devices from that allow you to video call another Portal or Facebook Messenger user. “We know there are some questions around Portal privacy and ads, so we’d like to provide more details on these topics,” the company says on its website. Facebook has recently faced much suspicion for the way it supposedly uses private user information, particularly to target ads. When it comes to privacy and security...

  • This man is legally lowering his age to boost Tinder prospects

    Some say age is but a number, but it's detrimental to whether you can land that perfect date or not. At least according to a 69-year-old Dutchman. Emile Ratelband, the man in question, is challenging the laws of time and space in court. He wants to change his birthday, and therefore his age, by two decades. The unfolding drama was picked up by BBC on Wednesday. "It's really a question of free will," he told the Dutch papers, arguing that changing your age should be as legally and socially acceptable as changing genders or names. He's also arguing that age is discriminated against,...

  • Malusi Gigaba taunts Ndlozi with his little finger in Parliament

    Apparently, middle fingers just won't do as insults in South Africa's Parliament anymore. On Tuesday, during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Q&A session, everyone's favourite subject on Twitter for the past month Malusi Gigaba hit Mbuyiseni Ndlozi with a pinky finger gesture, after the EFF member suggested that ministers get phones that have no camera and cannot be hacked. "It can't even be hacked this phone. Can I come maybe give it to you so you have a model of what phones might be critical for honourable Cabinet members?" Ndlozi added, making reference to Gigaba's leaked sex tape. Gigaba, not amused, responded with this. Another...

  • Netflix announces long list of upcoming family content

    Netflix has announced plans to produce a number of new animated shows to grow its content for kids and families. “Nearly 60% of Netflix members on a global basis enjoy kids and family content every month,” said the company in a press release. It's for this reason that Netflix aims to cater even further to its family orientated audience with more content, which will come in the form of both animated movies and series. “The programming is designed to meet the tastes of every member of the family,” the company noted further, mentioning its understanding of how unique family units are. 13 new...

  • Woman rejects new Datsun from boyfriend, Twitter has the last word

    Yesterday afternoon "Datsun Go" began to trend on Twitter after news of a woman rejecting the car as a gift from her boyfriend found its way onto social media through a tweet from an apparent witness. My colleague’s boyfriend came to surprise her with brand new Datsun GO are yena gae batle. 😂😂😂😂 — AudioCafe (@Mo_Odi_) November 5, 2018 The person behind the tweet, referred to as Audio Cafe, was interviewed by Power 98.7 yesterday evening, where the incident was explained further. According to the report, the woman rejected the gift because she didn't like the car. "I just don’t like the car, I...

  • Google Chrome 71 could ad block your entire website

    Google has revealed a new plan further to protect Chrome users against abusive ad content. “Starting in December 2018, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on the small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences,” says the company on its blog. This means that entire sites could have their ads blocked if Google flags them for containing abusive ad content. Google notes that harmful ads still affects users despite its current efforts to block ads that have bad intentions, with over half of the offensive online content still slipping through. “These ads trick users into clicking on them by pretending to be system...

  • South Africans just can’t stop listening to Drake on Spotify

    Summer's slowly slinking over the horizon, and the tunes will soon be bumping along beaches into the early hours of the morning. But tunes from which artist exactly? According to Spotify South Africa, likely Drake. The Canadian is reportedly the most popular rapper on the company's international summer chart, featuring four tracks in the top ten. Three of his tracks -- "In My Feelings", "Nice For What", and "God's Plan", are among the most played tracks on Spotify in South Africa since it launched in March. Post Malone is the second most popular artist in South Africa, followed by XXXTENTACION, Ed Sheeran and...