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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident

    Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the last two Star Trek movies, has died after being crushed by his own car. Yelchin (27), was found pinned between his car and a brick pillar by friends, TMZ reported. The concerned friends visited his home at 1am and made the discovery after he missed a rehearsal several hours before. Authorities told TMZ that the engine was still on and the car was in neutral. Jalopnik speculated that the car, believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee, may have been one of a million models recalled due to a confusing gear shifter. The motoring...

  • Illegally streaming sport? There’s a 50% chance of malware in ads

    A new study has found that as much as 50% of ads on free live-streaming websites lead to malware. Security researchers at Stony Brook University and KU Leuven-iMinds said that up until now, most of these services have only been analysed from a legal perspective. "In addition to exposing numerous copyright and trademark infringements, we found that clicking on video overlay ads leads users to malware-hosting webpages in 50% of the cases. Most of these pages are made to look like the actual free live-streaming websites," the researchers said in a press statement. These ads trick users into believing they need special software to watch the...

  • Is this a trend? Keyboard app Fleksy acquired by Pinterest

    In what could be a trend of companies buying keyboard apps, social network Pinterest has acquired Fleksy. The buyout was revealed by the Fleksy team in a blog post earlier this week, although financial details weren't disclosed. "Today we're announcing some big news at Fleksy. Our team is joining Pinterest!" the team announced. "As some of you may know, it’s a bit of nostalgic timing as this month marks four years since Fleksy first launched in the iOS store as a standalone app for our wonderful community of blind users – at a time when third party keyboards were not yet supported on the...

  • Here are 10 things you should know about the new Zelda

    It feels like ages ago since we first saw that Legend of Zelda teaser, showing a glimpse of an open-world adventure. Now, E3 2016 has delivered a massive information blowout of Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, set for release in 2017 on Wii U and NX.

  • Nintendo’s new Zelda game is called ‘Breath of the Wild’ [first look]

    Kicking off an E3 conference with the biggest game on the roster isn't something we see too often from companies, but that’s Nintendo for you. Today, at its live E3 Treehouse event, the company showcased the latest Legend Of Zelda adventure entitled Breath of the Wild.

  • Want doggie cuddles? UberPaws is coming to Cape Town

    From ice cream and electric vehicles to shopping and more, Uber isn't shy about trying new things. Now, Cape Town dog lovers can rejoice because the UberPaws initiative is coming to the Mother City. "On Wednesday, 15 June, at the tap of a button, Uber will send out these cute fur balls and their raisers to the people of Cape Town for only R100 between 10.30am to 1.30pm," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. All fees will go to the SA Guide-Dogs Association and a dog visit lasts for 15 minutes. Read more: Uber basks in phenomenal SA growth "From seven weeks...

  • WWDC 2016: what else did Apple announce?

    Apple spent a lot of its time talking about iOS 10 and its notable features, but what else did the company reveal at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) last night? The Cupertino firm spent some time on Apple TV, Watch OS and MacOS, delivering software news for everything, really. Expected new hardware? You’re out of luck.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn in $26bn deal

    Microsoft has announced plans to buy business-focused social network LinkedIn, in a deal worth US$26.2-billion (R398-billion). The Redmond company will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, with the transaction expected to close by the end of the year. "LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft," Microsoft said in a press statement. "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centred on connecting the world's professionals," Nadella said. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to...

  • Panama Papers: Find implicated SA firms around you with this tool

    The largest data leak in history revealed that a massive number of companies and people were using Panama to keep their financial details private. Although using Panama in this manner isn't illegal, some of the implicated firms have been less than honest in their financial dealings, to say the least. South African companies are also featured in the leak, and consultancy firm Eighty20 has delivered a slick web-based tool to find these firms around you. The tool allows you to enter a location and specify the radius (two kilometres, five kilometres and ten kilometres), then spitting out relevant addresses. Read more: Panama Papers...

  • Florida shooting: Solidarity and (some) opportunism

    The USA's deadliest shooting occurred over the weekend at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 50 dead and scores wounded. The shooting was apparently perpetrated by a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS. But the incident has seen scores of people stepping up to assist the victims, from blood drives to messages of support. Many helped in the wake of the incident or made moves in solidarity... Here's the line at a local blood bank for Pulse Shooting victims. One man said, "This is the real Orlando." @bn9 pic.twitter.com/KmX8EU9Ld7 — Erin Maloney (@ErinOnTV) June 12, 2016 The line to give blood down the street...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • Gawker files for bankruptcy after $140m Hogan leg drop

    Online publishing powerhouse Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of its court loss to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan. The media firm will also be put up for auction, with fellow US media corporation Ziff Davis making an initial bid, Gawker reported. It added that "several additional buyers" were also expected to join the bidding process. The news comes a few months after a jury awarded Hogan US$140-million in damages. The pro wrestler and reality TV star took Gawker to court after it published a sex tape featuring him. In an interesting turn of events, Hogan was funded by billionaire and PayPal co-founder...

  • Battleborn review: a poor man’s Borderlands with MOBA stuff

    You wait for a fantasy-style online first-person shooter and two show up. Yep, May has seen both Overwatch and Battleborn launch in an attempt to win over your dosh. Is Battleborn a reskinned Borderlands though or will it make me a believer in this FPS MOBA claptrap (heh)? There have been some questions over just how much of that Borderlands DNA has been injected into Battleborn by Gearbox Software. And truth be told, there's quite a bit... There's the cartoony graphical style, a coop story mode and visual elements to denote how much damage you're doling out to an enemy. Then there are the short cutscenes to...

  • Make panoramas great again: Facebook 360 photos roll out

    We've covered it last month, but Facebook has finally started a worldwide rollout of its 360 Photos feature. The feature allows users to upload their panoramas or 360 photos to the social network as if it were a normal photo, with users then able to tilt their phone around to view the shot. Of course, those with an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset can simply look around to view the 360 snaps. "360 photos are easy to identify in News Feed: just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360 photo on mobile by...