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  • ‘A talent has been taken’: South Africa pays tribute to HHP on Twitter

    South African rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better know as Hip Hop Pantsula, and HHP, has died at the age of 38. The well-known musician was reportedly suffering from depression, and was on Wednesday found dead at his home in Johannesburg. The star’s death was confirmed by his wife on scene yesterday afternoon. Some of HHP most popular songs included "Music and Lights", "Jabba" and "Mptise". Friends and fans of the musician expressed their shock and sorrow at the news on Twitter. I'm GUTTED. I went to high school with Jabs. I listened to him sing in the choir. We went to rugby training. I...

  • #AfricaEmoji trends on Twitter once again thanks to a ‘virtual march’

    Early on Wednesday, #AfricaEmoji began trending on Twitter in an attempt to make the emoji a permanent feature on the social media platform. Back in July, it was Absa that tried to save the emoji, which would only be available on Twitter for three months. Last week, the financial institution once again asked Africans around the continent to help save the hashtag, which is much more than a simple emoji of our continent, the company believes. “#AfricaEmoji is the start of a new narrative -- the one told by us as Africans. It’s a tiny symbol with massive clout – an emoji that...

  • Messenger 4 is a simpler, more colourful version of Facebook’s chat app

    Facebook has announced a simpler version of Facebook Messenger, called Messenger 4, will begin rolling out globally. “We believe Messenger 4 delivers the closeness and authenticity that you’ve been asking for — through simplicity of design and powerful features,” the company said on its website. Messenger 4 will feature a simplified UI with just three tabs to navigate through, as opposed to the current nine. Chats, People and Discover In the Chats tab, you'll find private and group messages along with the app’s camera feature. In the People tab, you can find your contacts and view their Facebook Stories. The Discover tab is “where you can...

  • Google brings 4K upgrades to Google Play Movies & TV

    Google has revealed upgrades for Google Play Movies & TV that will allow users in the US and Canada to watch content in 4K. According to the announcement, all movies you have already bought will now be streamed in 4K -- that is four times the resolution of Full HD -- while you can buy new titles in 4K at lower prices. “We think watching in 4K should be a no brainer, so we’re continuously...

  • WhatsApp to get Silent and Vacation modes

    According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has been developing new features in the form of Silent Mode and Vacation Mode. Silent Mode is already active on all WhatsApp accounts, according to the revelation. With this feature enabled you no longer see how many muted messages you have received whenever you enter the app. Vacation Mode is still in the works however, and will work with archived chats that have also been muted. Currently, when you archive or mute a chat on WhatsApp, you’ll still see the chats when you go back into the app. With Vacation Mode, your archived chats that...

  • Mozilla is testing its own VPN service in Firefox

    Mozilla has announced that it will be providing a VPN service for its Firefox browser to a select number of its users. Said users will now be able to buy a virtual private network (VPN) from Firefox itself to provide online privacy. “Across numerous studies we’ve consistently heard from our users that they want Firefox to protect their privacy on public networks,” the company explained in a blog post. A VPN, as described by Mozilla, is “an online service and a piece of software that work together to secure your internet connection against monitoring and eavesdropping”. The service will run as an experiment...

  • YouTube’s web version now has miniplayer for multitasking

    Now you can watch videos and browse through others simultaneously from your web browser using YouTube’s miniplayer feature. For a while now, the mobile YouTube app has had the feature, allowing users to continue watching videos on their smart devices in a little miniature screen while they look for more content. The miniplayer, which was first noted by Engadget, can be found next to the resolution settings at the bottom right of any YouTube video. All you have to do is click the little miniplayer icon and you’re free to browse. You still can’t multitask outside of the mobile app though, we’ve...

  • You can now share your Google Maps ETA on iOS

    Those who use iOS devices, like the iPad and iPhone, can now enjoy the ETA feature of Google Maps. The feature, which hit Android devices earlier this year, allows you to share your route with others while you’re travelling, keeping them abreast of where you are and your expected time of arrival. “After you’ve started navigating to a destination, tap on the ˄ button and then on ‘Share trip progress.’ From here you’ll be able to share your live location, route, and ETA with all your favourite contacts,” Google explained in the announcement. The update also includes improvements to the feature as...

  • South Africa celebrates Global Champagne Day on Twitter

    It’s Global Champagne Day, a day seemingly dedicated to enjoying the bubbly drink and its origins. While the likes of Tsogo Sun are celebrating with a weekend long event where “champagne will flow from morning till late at select Tsogo Sun hotels”, other events are taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg to commemorate the day as well. Of course, South Africans on Twitter are observing the day too with the trending hashtag #champagneday. Me:...

  • MyCiTi claims EFF is behind bus strike, seeks court interdict

    As the MyCiTi Bus strike continues into its fourth day, the company has made an official statement on behalf of the City of Cape Town, announcing that it's seeking an interdict from the Western Cape High Court. “The City of Cape Town will, within the next few hours, apply for an urgent court interdict to protect MyCiTi personnel, passengers, and assets against those participating in an unprotected strike that has turned violent,” said the statement, which was posted on Facebook. According to the post, Wednesday’s protests saw two female bus drivers held hostage, buses stoned, and bus keys stolen to prevent...

  • YouTube suffers global outage causing mass internet panic

    In the early hours of this morning YouTube, including its TV and Music services, went down around the world, preventing users from accessing content. The platform was fast to acknowledge the problem and tweeted that they was working on the issue. An hour later, it had been resolved. We're back! Thanks for all of your patience. If you continue to experience issues, please let us know. https://t.co/NVU5GP7Sy6 — Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018 Meanwhile many users showed off their panic, amusement and relief with a healthy influx of memes on Twitter under the hashtag #YouTubeDOWN. I survived the great #YouTubeDOWN of 2018 pic.twitter.com/0pGKsXjYMS —...

  • DStv subscribers can stream JOOX music at no additional cost

    If you're a DStv subscriber, and just happen to be looking for a streaming music service, you can now stream local and international music for free via JOOX. In an announcement, DStv revealed the offer is open for up to four family members of Premium, Compact and Compact Plus customers at no extra cost. “JOOX is a music streaming app that gives you access to thousands of music libraries and playlists on your iOS or Android mobile device,” the company explained. To get your free access, all you have to do as a qualifying subscriber is download the JOOX app and enter...

  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died after a long batter with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. Allen was a childhood friend of Bill Gates, and the two of them founded Microsoft back in 1975. Though Allen left Microsoft in 1983, his contributions to personal computer technology were revolutionary, and many consider him a great visionary for his investments and donations over the years. He founded multiple research companies for science, biology and technology, including Vulcan Inc. which confirmed Allen’s passing in an official statement. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and...

  • This Google AI-powered tool can help detect breast cancer

    Google AI, an artificial intelligence research and development division of Google, has developed an algorithm to assist in the detection of breast cancer, referred to as the LYmph Node Assistant or LYNA. In a blog post this week, the company explained that detecting cancers such as breast cancer in lymph nodes can be a tedious and delicate task. That’s why, in order to better treat such a cancer, being able to detect it on minute scales is important. According to the post, published findings in two research papers suggest that the “pathologist assistant tool” LYNA can effectively help detect cancerous cells...

  • Amy Winehouse will tour next year (as a hologram)

    Amy Winehouse will be making a comeback via hologram when Base Hologram takes her on tour with a live band next year. “Utilizing new state-of-the-art proprietary technology, the production will launch towards the end of 2019. Featuring digitally remastered arrangements of her classics,” the company announced on its website. The R&B jazz singer, who died back in 2011, will be the latest deceased star to perform on stage, with the likes of Tupac and Michael Jackson having appeared before. According to Base Holograms, the tour will raise funds towards The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity in the singer’s name that helps to...