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  • Facebook will soon tell you the origin of the ads on your Newsfeed

    In an announcement posted to its Advertisers Hub, Facebook has revealed new transparency updates for users. Spotted first by TechCrunch, the updates will inform users about why they see certain ads, in an attempt to make targeted advertising more authentic. Specifically, you will be informed of which company shared your information with Facebook. "Soon, when a shared Custom Audience from a customer file is used, the 'Why am I seeing this?' explanation will surface the name of the business that uploaded the user's information to Facebook and highlight any Custom Audience sharing that may have taken place," the company explained. Custom Audience...

  • Here’s a taste of the 59+ new emoji you’ll get later this year

    Unicode 12.0 has been revealed for 2019 and with it comes 59 new emoji -- that's excluding variations for skin tone, colours and genders. Emojipedia showed off the first look in a video on YouTube. "Emojipedia has today updated its sample images as a demonstration of how these 230 new emojis might look when coming to various systems throughout 2019," it noted. New expressions include the yawn face, "small amount" hand gesture and even new white and brown hearts. The update also caters for differently-abled people. This includes an ear with a hearing aid, a deaf person emoji, mechanical limbs and wheelchair variations. There are also...

  • Google launches two new security updates for Safer Internet Day

    Google has revealed two new updates to its security features on Safer Internet Day. "We’re always working to make sure your data is protected, whether you’re using Google products or checking out your favorite websites and apps," the company said on its blog. Password Checkup Password Checkup is a Chrome extension that can detect if your password information has been compromised. "If we detect that a username and password on a site you use is one of over four billion credentials that we know have been compromised, the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password," Google...

  • Google debuts Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier apps for Android Pie

    Google has revealed two new accessibility apps for Android 9.0 Pie meant to help those with hearing difficulties. In a blog post, the company's head of product for accessibility Brian Kemler revealed Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, and both are fairly self explanatory. Live Transcribe This is a tool that translates audio into text in real time. When the app is enabled, it uses your microphone to transcribe the speech around you so that you may read it on your phone as it happens. "Live Transcribe has the potential to give people who are deaf or hard of hearing greater independence in their everyday...

  • Liam Neeson drops racist, rape-related bombshell in the middle of an interview

    In an interview with the Independent intended to promote his new movie Cold Pursuit, actor Liam Neeson instead dropped a racist, rape-related bombshell from his past. The 66-year-old Northern Irish star told the publication that he had once been tempted to go on a murderous rampage against black people after discovering that a friend had been raped. "She said it was a black person," Neeson claimed, which led the actor to seek out any black man for revenge. "I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody -- I'm ashamed to say that -- and I...

  • Mozilla Firefox 66 will mute autoplay videos by default

    Developer Mozilla announced on Monday that Firefox 66 will mute automatically playing video content on web pages by default. This means that when you're browsing the web through Mozilla Firefox, videos that play automatically will be silenced. "We know that unsolicited volume can be a great source of distraction and frustration for users of the web," the company's Chris Pearce said in a blog post. "Any playback that happens before the user has interacted with a page via a mouse click, printable key press, or touch event, is deemed to be autoplay and will be blocked if it is potentially audible." The company...

  • You can now lock WhatsApp with your face, fingerprint on iPhone

    WhatsApp doesn't want anyone who isn't you reading your messages. On Tuesday the company announced that iPhone users can now enable Touch ID and Face ID on the messaging service. This means that, as an iPhone user, you can now lock and unlock your WhatsApp and only gain access with your fingerprint or face. "At WhatsApp, we care deeply about private messaging, and today we're excited to introduce Touch ID and Face ID on iPhone to help prevent someone from taking your phone and reading your messages," the company announced on its blog. You can access the new feature under the...

  • US rapper 21 Savage is actually British and the internet is loving it

    On Sunday, Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after it was discovered that the musician was actually born in the UK. The 26-year-old has posed as a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, a city in the US, but, according to reports, the star has allegedly overstayed his expired visa by about 14 years. The news took the internet by storm, and a multitude of memes were born in the rapper's honour. He spent much of Super Bowl Sunday and early Monday as a trending Twitter topic. https://twitter.com/SeorPablo2/status/1092191498077171712 https://twitter.com/itsnotmasonh/status/1092285701159235585 https://twitter.com/Dumbledoofus/status/1092170971899936770 https://twitter.com/PitEntertain/status/1092212200079544322 Some fans decided that the name "Sir...

  • 6 big trailers and ads from the 2019 Super Bowl

    On Sunday, the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl took place in Atlanta, USA, and as the American sporting tradition dictates, a number of ads and trailers were released during the event's half-time break. If you want to read more about the half-time show, click here, but for the trailers and advertisements we found noteworthy, here are six of the best below. Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFq6IcAxBc Marvel released its second teaser trailer for its eagerly anticipated flick Avengers: Endgame. The 30 second video shows the team preparing for the big battle with Thanos after he destroyed half of it during Infinity War. The movie...

  • Beyonce, Jay Z will give you free concert tickets ‘for life’ if you go vegan

    In an Instagram post on Thursday, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay Z are offering life-time concert tickets to those who them in going vegan for The Greenprint Project. "What is your Greenprint? Click the link in my bio for a chance to win tickets to any JAY and/or my shows for life," she wrote in the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSNVwqAmXv/ If you follow the link in the star's bio, you'll be faced with the attractive, green landscape that is the Greenprint website. The site provides stats on how a plant based meal for yourself can help you save the world in various ways. "It...

  • Google Arts & Culture app hides its cool features in new ‘camera’ tab

    Google's Arts & Culture app has moved a number of features into its new "camera tab", including its new "Art Projector" and "Art Selfie". According to a release on its blog, Google noted that the former allows you to "place your favourite masterpieces in your kitchen, office or backyard". It's joined by Art Selfie, which lets users find their art doppelgangers (albeit, not very effectively) and two additional features: Colour Palette and Pocket Gallery. "Color Palette finds multiple artworks from around the world that exactly match the color in the photo you just snapped," explained Google, while Pocket Gallery creates...

  • Here’s what will happen to your Google+ profile before April 2019

    Last year Google revealed that it would be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ due the platform's waning popularity. In a statement on Thursday, it detailed what will happen to current users' profiles, and how best to adjust to the death of its social network. Google will officially shut down Google+ on 2 April 2019, when all user activity, profiles, and uploads will be removed. While users can still back up their content until then, by 4 February, the company will disable the creation of profiles, communities, and pages. This will also affect sign in buttons on some sites, and comments...

  • Gmail’s mobile app is getting a big Material Design UI refresh

    Google is finally refreshing Gmail's dated appearance on mobile, bringing its aesthetic in line with the service's web version, and other Material Design-themed G Suite apps. The new look includes more rounded labels and icons, lack of solid lines between each email, and the red header at the top of the screen which makes for a cleaner appearance. Additional tweaks under the hood are also present. "As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments -- like photo -- without opening or scrolling through the conversation, " the company further noted. The app will also send users alerts for suspicious looking...

  • Celebrities pay tribute to the late James Ingram on Twitter

    Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee James Ingram has died at the age of 66 after a battle with brain cancer. The R&B singer was well known for songs such as "One Hundred Ways" and "Yah Mo Be There" which won Grammys in 1982 and 1985 respectively. Ingram was also widely known for his friendship with the likes of Michael Jackson and music producer Quincy Jones. "There are no words to convey how much my ❤️ aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother, James Ingram," Jones said in a tweet. https://twitter.com/QuincyDJones/status/1090373668105007106 Other celebrities also paid their respects in tweets. https://twitter.com/joshgroban/status/1090397734035644416 https://twitter.com/MsGladysKnight/status/1090456089542311936 https://twitter.com/sinbadbad/status/1090493065075220481 https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/1090419842971246592 https://twitter.com/msdebbieallen/status/1090329599244783616 In...

  • Uber Lite should be the only Uber app you need

    There are many lite versions of popular apps today, all aiming to make our lives easier when we're struggling with data costs, low storage and terrible internet service providers. Now Uber has brought a lite version of its app to South Africa. I recently came across the Uber Lite via an email from the company, saying that it would help me "even with limited connectivity, mobile data or battery life". With my smartphone struggling with storage issues, the app being just 5MB, and data being considerably expensive, I decided to give it a try. It was almost (almost) better than the...