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  • Facebook caught skewing the review score of its Portal device on Amazon

    Facebook employees have been spotted giving the company's Portal video calling devices five-star ratings on Amazon. This comes after The Verge spotted a Twitter comment from New York Times columnist Kevin Roose who suggested that the reviewers' names were strangely similar to those employed at Facebook. This information suggests that Facebook has been bending the review rating of the product in the company's favour. However, a follow up tweet by Facebook's VR chief Andrew Bosworth claimed that the reviews would be taken down, and were not "cordinated nor directed" by Facebook itself. https://twitter.com/boztank/status/1085966442820886528 Facebook launched the Portal and Portal+ in October last year. Feature image:...

  • The original ‘Ghostbusters’ is getting a sequel 36 years later

    A sequel to the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie is officially in the works, according to a report. Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the movie in an interview with director Jason Reitman, who happens to be the son of the original movie director, Ivan. "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day," Reitman told the magazine. While there's not much information about the finer details just yet, a short teaser revealed that the movie is expected to premier in late 2020. Entertainment...

  • Netflix welcomes you to the Space Force in vague teaser trailer

    Netflix has announced a new comedy series called Space Force.  Based on US President Donald Trump's real-life proposed Space Force, the show will follow the US armed forces' space division, which is meant to defend satellites from attack, "or something". "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out", the trailer adds. Not much is known about the plot at present, but the show will star Steve Carrell, and will be produced by The Office showrunners. The date of release also remains a mystery. Feature image; screenshot, Netflix via YouTube

  • Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 build splits Search and Cortana

    Search and Cortana on Windows 10 are no longer one in the same, after Microsoft separated the two in the company's latest Insider build of the OS. The two elements in Build 18317 are now displayed as two distinct tools which "will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases," the company explained on its website. This means that users can access Search in Windows 10 or use the Cortana assistant independently, rather than having them within the same bar and accessed through the same icon. According to Microsoft, "you’ll find clicking the search box in...

  • Cardi B’s rant on US government shutdown goes politically viral

    Just hours after releasing the music video for her song "Twerk", hip-hop artist Cardi B took to Instagram to share her views on President Donald Trump and the US government shutdown, which is now entering its 27th day. In the Instagram clip, the rapper admits that she is "scared" and believes that something needs to be done. She also remarks that America's currently a "hell hole". https://www.instagram.com/p/BstmkvDFGAm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link With over 8.6-million views and multiple shares across social networks, Cardi's rant got people talking. "I think this Cardi B should give the State of the Union instead," wrote George Takei on Twitter. https://twitter.com/RealLifeKaz/status/1085754234216349696 https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/1085683389955563521 https://twitter.com/behindyourback/status/1085681967369240581 https://twitter.com/FolukeFiasco/status/1085708773006569473 https://twitter.com/RosaF1800/status/1085811473417412608 https://twitter.com/Matoke_/status/1085805935682031622 Even US politicians debated...

  • YouTube cracks down on ‘dangerous’ internet challenge videos

    This week, YouTube has highlighted its new community guidelines regarding internet challenge videos and pranks considered harmful and dangerous. The guidelines now allows the company to remove videos that depict dangerous challenges or pranks, like the recently popular Bird Box Challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, or 2018's In My Feelings Challenge. "Our Community Guidelines prohibit content that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm," the company said on its support website. Channels who violate these guidelines will receive strikes against their names as well. According to the company, any challenges that can or have caused death, or make victims believe they...

  • This ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ teaser is turning Marvel fans into analysts

    Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures on Wednesday dropped a new teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, setting up fans for a European based adventure. The flick's teaser sees Peter Parker on a school trip that's abruptly commandeered by the likes of Nick Fury and nemesis Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). While the teaser seems fairly straight forward, it's got Twitter buzzing about where the movie fits within the MCU's timeline since the events of Avengers: Infinity War. https://twitter.com/wearevnm/status/1085238453011447810 https://twitter.com/zkstrr/status/1085368605577863169 Tony Stark's notable absence also has many fans worried too. https://twitter.com/domo__1300/status/1085272671263383554 https://twitter.com/MarvelNewz/status/1085431635913396224 But the concern isn't holding everyone back from being excited though. https://twitter.com/ToilesHeroiques/status/1085273514775597058 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1085249934146920450 https://twitter.com/DemonHunterRick/status/1085441955948048384 *SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T YET SEEN...

  • Gillette ad addressing toxic masculinity draws heavy criticism online

    On Tuesday, personal care company Gillette posted a short film titled "We Believe: The Best a Man Can Be" to YouTube, which has sent the internet into meltdown. The ad addresses issues of sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, bullying and abusive behaviour, calling for men to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. The video seemingly sends a message of respect and togetherness, addressing real issues in today's society. Despite this, the video has almost 250 000 dislikes on YouTube, while the hashtag #Gillette remains trending at number one on Twitter. And for all the wrong reasons. The brand is now facing...

  • Vodacom users can stream the FA Cup for R35 a match via Video Play

    Vodacom on Monday announced that its Video Play customers will be able to livestream the FA Cup, the English football competition, for its duration, ending in May 2019. "This means that football lovers, who are on the Vodacom network can register for Video Play and binge on the next five rounds of English football from January," the company explained in a press release. Customers can pay per match, or access the entire season without having to subscribe. "Vodacom customers will have access to live, delayed-live or catchup to all their favourite teams in the FA Cup, including highlights and clips from as...

  • Yet another Star Trek spin-off series is in the works

    American broadcaster CBS has announced yet another Star Trek series in the works, this time centering around the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou, who fans met in the company's current series Star Trek Discovery. Actress Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role as the Captain for this new series, which is yet to be titled. "The series will expand on Yeoh's current role as a member of Starfleet's Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation,"CBS explains on its website. Though a production and release date is yet to be announced, this is just one of many additional series based in...

  • Game of Thrones’ final season trailer doesn’t look good for the Starks

    HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones as well as an official release date. The trailer focusses solely on three of the four remaining Stark children as they walk through the crypts of Winterfell. Echos from their relatives follow them as they turn to face their very own statues. We assume the trailer is, in true Game of Thrones style, full of foreshadowing. It might not be a good season for the Starks, if that is the case. Fans across social media are breaking down every inch of the teaser, with the hastags #GameOfThrones and...

  • Twitter thinks SA rapper Nomuzi Mabena staged a car crash for publicity

    South African musician and entertainment personality Nomuzi Mabena has been accused of staging a car crash by the people of Twitter. In the live Instagram video, which can now be found on YouTube, the artist is seen making an announcement after a night out when the car she's in seems to crash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81K3r-Ocr8c Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their concerns but quickly found the footage and lack of news coverage suspicious. Thus sparking an ongoing debate. https://twitter.com/AdvBarryRoux/status/1083595765338071040 https://twitter.com/sibusiso_lukele/status/1083520181928898561 https://twitter.com/KevinsHeart3/status/1083489723820240899 An image circulating the platform suggested that the video was part of an awareness campaign for drunk driving. https://twitter.com/Daiters/status/1083549136136351745 Yet there are some who don't buy that...

  • IMDb Freedive is a free movie streaming service supported by ads

    Online movie database IMDb has today announced its own free streaming service called Freedive. The platform gives users access to a selection of TV shows and Hollywood movies for free, supported by advertisements. "You can instantly stream IMDb Freedive titles from your laptop or personal computer's web browser on the IMDb Freedive page and all Amazon Fire TV devices via the IMDb Freedive channel," explains IMDb on its website. According to the company, shows and movies include titles such as Heroes, The Bachelor, The Last Samurai and Awakenings, just to name a few. "The selection of titles included with Freedive is always changing, and titles...

  • New activity cards feature groups and remembers your Google searches

    A new Google Search feature will let you save your search history in categories for you to revisit at a later date. "To help you with these ongoing search journeys, we’re launching new activity cards to help you pick up where you left off," Google revealed on its blog. The activity card appears at the top of your search results when you search while logged in on mobile, and basically groups together your searches according to topics. "You’ll find links to pages you’ve visited in the past along with searches you’ve done. From there, you can easily click back to that recipe...

  • Google Chrome will start blocking harmful ads globally from July

    Google Chrome will block harmful ads worldwide from July 2019, following the new standards determined by the Coalition for Better Ads. "Today, the Coalition for Better Ads announced that it is expanding their initial Better Ads Standards beyond North America and Europe to cover all countries, worldwide," explained Google on its blog. This means that Chrome will block all advertisements "on sites in any country that repeatedly display these disruptive ads". In December last year, Google Chrome began blocking abusive content on websites within the US and Europe that "violate industry standards and continue to show intrusive, annoying ads to people that...