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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Get Twitter’s 280-character tweets right now with these nifty tricks

    While a swathe of Twitter users aren't best pleased that Jack Dorsey and company believe longer tweets are of utmost importance, they probably can't wait to give it a try. Even if it is to express their disdain for the feature itself. Uh, like this: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA — Christien Rioux ⚛ (@dildog) September 27, 2017 While Twitter hasn't yet rolled out its 280-character tweets to all users, thanks to a few smart people on the internet you can experience double the tweet length right now. Notably, the same user as above and co-founder of Veracode Christien Rioux explained how he was able to shove 280...

  • MTN Business announces dedicated IoT network

    MTN has today announced a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network that it suggests will "enhance security of business-critical information". It quoted two distinct network technologies, namely LoRaWAN and NarrowBand-IoT. LoRaWAN can be viewed as WAN's low-power, low bit-rate cousin. It transfers less data than traditional WAN, but is used to connect devices that usually feature battery-powered sensors. NarrowBand-IoT, or NB-IoT, is typically used for indoor devices, and is allocated a slice of spectrum within the LTE band. MTN's new network will carry full support for both. "e have created a dedicated network that has its own core business support systems and operational...

  • Google celebrates its 19th birthday with a glorious time-wasting Doodle

    Today is Google's 19th birthday. I bet you're probably feeling really old right now. But like the first season of Friends, the company only gets better with age. That is especially true if you're considering its Google Doodles. Rolling back all 19 years into one novel Doodle, the company is today debuting its Birthday Surprise Spinner. Open the page, and the spinner begins its whirring. When it stops, it'll give you the option to open one of 19 games or activities from previous Doodles. This includes golden oldies like its Pac-Man Google Maps mashup, and its Which animal are you? Earth Day quiz....

  • Twitter is doubling the length of tweets to 280 characters

    Twitter's 140-character limit may soon be a thing of the past. The microblogging network announced plans to extend its arbitrary but now-familiar 140-character limit to 280 characters. "This is a small change, but a big move for us," Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted. "140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!" And yes, that was all one tweet. This is a small change, but a big move...

  • Cape Town dams: Theewaterskloof deals a blow as water usage remains high

    In its latest report published Tuesday, the City of Cape Town revealed that the combined level of its six largest reservoirs saw the first decrease in over a month. Last week, the City reported a total capacity of 37.5%. This week, that figure is down by 0.1% (pdf). That may sound like a small margin, but that signals a decrease of just over 1000-million litres of water. Cape Town dam levels: September sees slow growth The Theewaterskloof Dam experienced the most notable drop, shedding 0.4% over the week to 28.4%. More than three times the amount of water was stored within its banks...

  • Uber Movement launches in Gauteng

    After it was abruptly shooed out of London last week, Uber wants to show the world that it's more than just a disruptive on-demand transport company. The firm today launched Uber Movement, a platform that collates the company's wealth of trip data to benefit urban planners and city leaders. "Uber Movement shows data from the billions of trips that riders have taken with Uber, aggregated into zones covering the standard boundaries used by urban planners, for example Census Tracts and Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs)," the company explains in a press release. "This will enable them to more effectively evaluate where investments in...

  • @MonkeyHaircut is a Twitter shrine to the internet’s latest monkey meme

    Amid the talk of possible nuclear war, state capture and under-performing local sports teams, we understand that you -- the internet -- need a break from all that is glum in the world. @MonkeyHaircut has seemingly become that break for over 12 000 people. The Twitter account lists examples and derivatives of the world's latest cute meme, featuring a macaque getting a haircut and seemingly loving it (warning: the below video also features Alice Deejay). pic.twitter.com/2G386dasfq — Monkey Haircut (@MonkeyHaircut) September 26, 2017 The original video was first uploaded to Facebook back in February, but only became viral after a still from the clip...

  • Twitter won’t bar Donald Trump from tweeting because of ‘newsworthiness’

    According to Twitter's Public Policy account, the social network will not be removing US President Donald Trump's threatening tweets towards North Korea. In a thread published late last night, Twitter revealed that part of the reason is due to Trump's "newsworthiness." THREAD: Some of you have been asking why we haven't taken down the Tweet mentioned here: https://t.co/CecwG0qHmq 1/6 — Twitter PublicPolicy (@Policy) September 25, 2017 The argument centres on a particular tweet by Donald Trump published on 24 September. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"...

  • WhatsApp now completely blocked in China

    China is now blocking WhatsApp in its entirety, according to a report by The New York Times. The Facebook-owned messaging service was earlier this year crippled in the communist state, leaving only a few core functions operational. Users could send and receive text messages, but little else. Now, the service is totally barred. The complete block comes just weeks before China's Communist Party conference. This is a damning blow to Facebook's Chinese ambitions. While the social network itself had been banned in the country since 2009, WhatsApp was the last bastion of the company in China. Facebook however has had its own issues...

  • Deloitte hit by cyber attack, emails possibly compromised

    According to a report by The Guardian, accounting and consulting giant Deloitte is today the latest global firm to succumb to a cyber attack. The firm had reportedly known about the breach since March 2017, but hackers may have been able to access data on Deloitte's systems since October 2016. By compromising an administrator account that lacked a two-factor authentication system, the attackers theoretically had "access to all areas", The Guardian notes. Along with emails from the company employees, the attackers may have been able to access usernames, passwords, IP addresses and other sensitive information stored as attachments. An administrator account lacking two-factor...

  • Kim Jong Un and ‘dotard’ Trump get the internet excited about words again

    US President Donald Trump and North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un may be engaged in a game of nuclear table tennis, but at least the verbal battle is getting people interested in English again. Discounting Trump's covfefe moment, a new word has sparked the imagination of the internet, and it's courtesy of Kim Jong Un. In response to Trump's fiery comments at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, the North Korean leader delivered a few choice words of his own. Calling Trump "deranged" and a "frightened dog", Kim Jong Un also labelled the US leader a "dotard" (this after...

  • Have 5 facts about the rhino on #WorldRhinoDay

    Today is World Rhino Day. It's an annual event that celebrates the horned quadruped and also aims to raise awareness of its plight on the planet. If you visited Twitter today, you'd have been bombarded by a slew of sentiment from the social network's users (and even more adorable videos like the one below from Chester Zoo). This playful BABY RHINO is all you need to see this #WorldRhinoDay ❤️🦏 pic.twitter.com/SXttGvcZiI — Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) September 22, 2017 But while we love a good viral video, we also appreciate a good fact. Five remaining species of rhino roam the planet The white, black, Indian, Sumatran...

  • Osiris-Rex will today fly past Earth before visiting our asteroid neighbour

    We're still mourning the loss of Cassini but space exploration doesn't have time for emotion. Instead, another craft is on NASA's radar this week as it's set to fly past Earth to begin its mission in earnest. The craft in question is Osiris-Rex. Launched in September 2016, it's on its way to the nearby asteroid Bennu. It's also set to return samples of the 500m diameter asteroid to Earth. It's an ambitious mission, and part of it involves using Earth's planet's gravitational pull as a slingshot. Completing this manoeuvre today, it will today pass around 11 000km above Antarctica and eastern...

  • Instagram gives you a new way to embarrass yourself in live video

    Instagram will soon allow users to apply awkward Face Filters to their live video broadcasts. "Starting today, you can play with face filters while sharing live video," the social network notes in a blog post. "Whether you’re channelling a kitten or want to add some stars or rainbow light to your face, you can easily try on face filters while connecting with friends and followers in the moment." Yes, this is indeed the first time we've seen "channelling a kitten" in a press release. 6 Instagram users who have risked their lives for likes Now that Vine is dead, people are back to “doing...

  • Nambia vs Namibia: how a fictional country became more popular than a real one

    You can always trust US President Donald Trump to say something controversial, whether it be on Twitter, or at the UN General Assembly. But beyond this week's comments about North Korea, Trump had enough free time to invent an African country. While speaking at a conference hosting African leaders in New York City, the President praised "Nambia" and its advancements in healthcare. Honored to host a luncheon for African leaders this afternoon. Great discussions on the challenges & opportunities facing our nations today. pic.twitter.com/AbnBJtKCAI — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017 But there's no country called Nambia on the continent, nor the...