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Shereesa is a self proclaimed creative and proud journalism graduate of Rhodes University. With a love for photography and vlogging, she's a YouTube and Instagram addict not to mention a passionate writer and complete Potterhead.
  • Chrome’s incognito mode isn’t really incognito at all, report suggests

    Google is making Incognito Mode more incognito, a report by 9to5Google claims. Currently, Incognito Mode does not really hide your presence from websites because web developers can still detect if you're using the mode in the first place, making it pointless. Essentially, developers enable the "FileSystem" API to detect you. This API is meant to be disabled during Incognito Mode, because it is where data would usually be stored. The report explained that "when asked for a file system while in Incognito, Chrome will create a virtual one using RAM, to fully ensure it’s deleted once you leave Incognito". Eventually however, Google intends...

  • WhatsApp Business beta now available for iOS

    Everyone's favourite WhatsApp feature leakers WABetaInfo has revealed that WhatsApp Business is now available for iOS beta users. Previously, the app was only available for Android devices. WhatsApp Business is a tool for companies to easily communicate with customers. According to the report, beta testers can migrate conversations from WhatsApp or use a different phone number to set up WhatsApp Business. WABetaInfo notes that the app is expected to roll out on the App Store in a few weeks. Feature image: WhatsApp

  • ‘Interpreter Mode’ rolls out to Google’s smart devices

    Last month at CES 2019 Google revealed an "interpreter mode" that helps you translate conversations in real time. Now, the feature has rolled out on Google Home devices and Smart Displays. Interpreter mode can be accessed through your Google Assistant by saying phrases like “Hey Google, be my Thai interpreter”, according to the company. Thus far, the feature can translate 26 languages into both text and audio. Feature image: Google

  • Disney drops first Frozen 2 teaser trailer

    Disney has dropped its first and very dramatic teaser trailer for Frozen 2. The teaser shows Elsa using her ice powers to take on the ocean, but the water body repeatedly gets the better of her. We also see Anna and Kristoff hurrying off to what can only be assumed is someone's aid. Two new characters are also spotted, with one using magic seeming related to Autumn. Finally, the characters look over a field of orange trees, as if Autumn has taken over in the same way Elsa's Winter powers did in the previous movie. While it seems like Autumn is definitely the...

  • WhatsApp to launch new Group Invitation feature

    WhatsApp will be launching a Group Invitation feature in the near future, according to WABetaInfo. This means that you may soon be able to have more control over your privacy settings regarding group invitations. The feature will allow you to choose who, if anyone, can add you to their group chats. If your privacy setting does not allow you to automatically be added, you will receive a request to join instead. WABetaInfo also reports that the feature will first appear in iOS Beta updates. Feature image: Memeburn

  • ‘The Bachelor South Africa’ will premier on YouTube on Valentines Day

    The season premier of The Bachelor South Africa will be aired on M-Net's YouTube channel this Valentines Day. This means that everyone with a stable internet connection can watch as the country's first ever Bachelor, Lee Thompson, begins his "quest for love". Thompson, a 30-year-old model from Port Elizabeth, will have 24 ladies to choose from. "The season premier will be available on the M-Net YouTube Channel for 28 days after it flights, for fans who want to relive every moment, and/or who can’t watch it on the night," said YouTube's reps in a press release on Wednesday. Though the rest of the...

  • Instagram launches #ShareBlackStories to celebrate Black History Month

    February is Black History Month in the United States, and to honour the occasion Instagram has released some new features to celebrate the African-American community. Under the hashtag #ShareBlackStories, Instagram will feature content from creators, as well as short films "featuring distinct black voices". "On the official @instagram account, you’ll see stories from incredible creators like Tawny Chatmon, Paola “Pao Pao” Mathé and Uzumaki Cepeda," the company said. Instagram has also added new camera effects and stickers for Stories, so that users can take part in celebrating. "Available now, these effects touch on themes of family, bravery and good fortune," it explained. According to the company, this will last from...

  • Apple to debut news subscription service in March – report

    According to Buzzfeed News, Apple is planning a launch event set for 25 March, where it is expected to debut its news subscription service. Though Apple itself has not confirmed the report, Buzzfeed's sources say that the launch will be focused on the company's upcoming subscription services rather than any new devices. The news service will provide subscribers with access to articles from multiple publications. A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple intends to take 50% of the service's profits from partnered news sources. Feature image: Apple

  • Instagram is testing DMs for the web

    Instagram is reportedly testing a web version of its direct messages feature, according to TechCrunch. This means that, soon, Instagrammers could be chatting to their Instagram followers on the web, rather than through the mobile app. Reader Jane Manchun Wong tipped TechCrunch off about the test, and revealed a screenshot showing Instagram's Direct symbol at the top right of the web page. As the feature is still being tested internally, there is no confirmation of when Instagram Direct for web will go live. Feature image: Memeburn

  • Showmax and AFDA team up to release local student films

    Showmax and South African school for film and arts AFDA, have revealed a new deal that will give local film makers the opportunity to publish their work on the video-on-demand platform. "From 18 February, 18 of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax," said the streaming company in a press release. According to Showmax, platforms like YouTube and broadcast TV do not give local talent the right kind of space for their work to be noticed. "Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s...

  • Gmail adds more options in right-click menu

    Google has added more actions to its right-click menu in Gmail that will allow you easier access to more of the platforms features. "With these new options, you can take even more actions, directly from a message, " the company said on its G Suite Updates Blog. The update will allow users to reply, forward, add labels, make related searches and even open emails in separate tabs, all from the right-click menu. The new options will roll out to all users over the course of February. Feature image: G Suite

  • Disney’s Aladdin trailer reveals blue Will Smith and Twitter doesn’t like it

    In a new special look trailer released at the Grammy Awards, Disney has given the world its first taste of Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin. The short reveal shows a buff, blue and ever so slightly CG Genie coming out of his lamp to introduce himself to Aladdin. Will Smith Instagrammed the moment, saying "I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!" https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuUnAoh8ER/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Fans however, seemed more shocked to see the actor as an entirely different colour, than excited for the live action classic. https://twitter.com/QuinnKeaney/status/1094777851738501120 https://twitter.com/JvJoeontheRadio/status/1094776887979720704 https://twitter.com/bradmiska/status/1094778279721140227 https://twitter.com/CaillouPettis/status/1094777489610629125 Let's face it though, can anyone really compete with Robin Williams? Ever? The movie will premier in May. Feature image:...

  • Google reveals the most searched love questions ahead of Valentine’s Day

    With Valentines Day just around the corner, Google has released a "Romance Report" of its most searched love-related questions. The list is long, and comprises of relationship advice about everything from advice on exes, to how to kiss. Here are some of our favourites, all part of the top five most asked in each category. How to set boundaries with your significant other for quality time? How to say happy birthday to an ex? How to kiss well? What is cuddling? DIY valentine decorations. The Romance Report also revealed the top ten languages "I love you" was translated to,...

  • Instagram to stop showing graphic self-harm content

    Instagram has announced a new mental health and suicide prevention strategy where it will prevent self-harm related images from being seen by users. This comes after Facebook consulted experts on the matter of whether or not such images negatively affected users. "We will not allow any graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting on Instagram," the company said on its blog. Images related to self-harm that are not graphic, "such as healed scars" will also not be shown across the platform, even through hashtags. "We are not removing this type of content from Instagram entirely, as we don’t want want to stigmatize or...

  • DStv Compact users can get two months of Showmax for free

    DStv has announced that it will offer Compact and Compact Plus customers Showmax for free for two months. In a press release published on Thursday, the company revealed that the offer will last from 7 February to 7 April. "A two-month no-cost test-drive has now been made available to DStv Compact and Compact Plus customers," the company noted. Usually, Showmax costs R99 per month. The deal is seemingly aimed at giving users a chance to test if the streaming service is to their liking. "Once the two month period is over, Compact and Compact Plus customers will be charged the discounted rate of R49...