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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.
  • You can now view the messages sent to businesses in Google Maps

    Google has revealed a new tool that will allow users to view messages in Google Maps. The feature will display conversations people have had with Business Profiles on Google. “Sending messages to businesses gives you the opportunity to ask questions without having to make a phone call,” says the company. “Now you’ll see your messages with the businesses you connect with via Business Profiles within the Google Maps app.” If you have contacted any business online via Google, you will now be able to view these chat threads in your Maps app. Originally the ability to messages Business Profiles on Google was...

  • Netflix South Africa’s ‘Ultra’ package now available to some

    Netflix South Africa has launched a fourth tier to its current list of streaming packages in the form of an "Ultra" option. The option, which seems exactly the same as Netflix’s R169 Premium option but with added support for better audio quality, will be available for R239. According to an interview with MyBroadband, Netflix has noted that the additional tier is merely a test. “Not everyone will see the test, and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features beyond this test,” the streaming told the publication. Though the test is only now coming to South Africa, the Ultra package...

  • Game of Thrones teases fans with season 8 trailer

    Late on Tuesday, Game of Thrones' social media accounts posted a short teaser video, announcing the highly anticipated release date for the show's eighth season. The video depicts a mash-up of game changing scenes of previous seasons, allowing fans the chance to "revisit every scheme, scar, and sacrifice from the first seven seasons", according to the show's website. Though no specific date was given, the end of the trailer confirms that the series conclusion will come in April 2019. After actors shared their feelings about the end of Game of Thrones via an Entertainment Weekly cover special a few weeks ago, many...

  • ‘Learn with Facebook’ is the company’s new online learning portal

    Facebook has launched a new website dedicated to helping people build digital skills for the modern working world Dubbed Learn with Facebook, the company describes the platform as “a career development site that provides an introduction to both the hard and soft skills people need to advance in today’s digital workforce”. The lessons, which feature “case studies, insider tips and resources from industry experts”, are free to access online and include topics such as Ace Your Interview and Manage Your Content Marketing. While lessons are also conducted online and seem to be available globally, Facebook is further partnering with Goodwill Community Forum...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Instagram encourages Americans to vote with Stories stickers

    Instagram has revealed two new features for the upcoming elections taking place in the United States next week. The features come in the form of an "I Voted" sticker in Stories and a highlighted story called "We Voted!". This means that if you want to show off your contribution to society, you can use the sticker and then view who else has used it via the We Voted! story. According to Instagram, only people you follow who have used the sticker will appear in this space. “We’ve seen our community use Instagram to share that they voted with friends and family —...

  • You can now create custom emoji stickers on Google’s Gboard

    Google has revealed a new feature on its mobile keyboard app that lets you create your own personalised emoji stickers. “Today, we’re introducing emoji style Mini stickers for Gboard, designed for those who may have stared into the eyes of emoji and not seen yourself staring back,” said Google on its blog. The stickers, which are created by taking a selfie, are the same as your everyday emojis, they just happen to come in three customisable variants – emoji, bold and sweet. While emoji is a given, the company explains that bold is “for when you might be feeling a little extra,...

  • Author James Patterson to release a movie-book on Facebook Messenger

    In a matter of hours, James Patterson’s book The Chef will be published in an interactive experience via Facebook Messenger. The author confirmed the release in an interview with Cheddar, which was shared on Twitter and retweeted by the man himself. Cheddar Exclusive: Author @JP_Books tells us why even though he's one of the top-selling fiction writers of all time, he partnered with Facebook to launch a first of its kind digital literary experience with his new book "The Chef" that's only available on Messenger. #CheddarLIVE pic.twitter.com/hYqRya2Zg2 — Cheddar (@cheddar) October 29, 2018 In the interview Patterson calls the book a “bookie”, which...

  • This app shows kids where to get candy this Halloween

    One of Google Maps' third party partner apps Nextdoor is hosting its annual Halloween Treat Map for those in the US just in time for the spooky holiday tomorrow. With the Halloween Treat Map, Nextdoor users can add their homes and what they’re offering kids in their suburbs for Halloween on to their neighbourhood map. Google explains that neighbours will be able to “mark their homes with a candy corn icon if they plan to pass out candy, a haunted house icon if they plan to give their neighbours a spooky trick, or a teal pumpkin icon if they plan to...

  • If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, it’s Google Maps’ new game

    Earlier this year Google made it possible for game developers to design games that can be played in the real world using Google Maps. Today the company has revealed one of those games, and in true October style, it's Ghostbusters. “With Ghostbusters World, the newest game built with Google Maps, you can grab your virtual proton pack and bust ghosts—all as you explore a game world built on the Google Maps you know and love,” said Google in the announcement. This means Google Maps will not only help you get to your destination, but also aid you in the battle against ghosts...