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  • Twitter’s changing the way conversations, threads ‘look and feel’

    Twitter will be testing new features to promote conversation on its platform over the next few weeks. In an interview with Engadget at CES 2019, the social network confirmed that a select number of users will receive new features that it hopes will "increase the health of public conversation".  Last year Twitter stated that it was determined to improve the quality of conversation in public areas of its platform through an improved layout of threads, replies, and status updates. The company's director of product management Sara Haider told Engadget that "pretty big changes" are coming to conversations, especially to how they "look...

  • The latest Captain Marvel trailer teases young Coulson

    Although the movie is still two months away, tickets are on sale for Captain Marvel along with a new "Special Look" trailer and movie posters. https://twitter.com/captainmarvel/status/1082483707922001923 The sneak peak teases fans with more plot details, and reveals yet another familiar character comeback as a younger version of himself -- Agent Coulson. While there's still some time before Captain Marvel premiers, it seems that these small details are keeping most fans pretty excited.  https://twitter.com/caroldamnver/status/1082482438075547650 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1082488490980462593 https://twitter.com/MarvelousRealm/status/1082421057724788739 Other fans have their doubts. https://twitter.com/Mitch692/status/1082483393986732033 We are, however, all going to have to wait until 8 March to see what becomes of this eagerly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feature image:...

  • 6 GIFs that sum up 2018 perfectly

    No one can deny that it has been one interesting year. From a number of crazy internet trends to the world losing icon after icon, 2018 has been a lengthy, arduous journey.  Way. To. Long.  What better way to sum it up than a healthy list of GIFs? These six say it all... In the beginning, the listeriosis outbreak had us all like: via GIPHY But who could ignore the tumultuous state global and local politics? via GIPHY We also got emotionally wrecked by Marvel Studios after the release of Avengers: Infinity War. via GIPHY And, you know. There was a Royal Wedding. (And a royal baby, no...

  • Google brings Home Alone back to life with new ad

    Google has released an ad for its Google Assistant titled Home Alone Again, featuring the original star of the classic Christmas movie Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin returns as the adult version of Kevin McCallister, who is alone at home with only his Google Assistant for company. "The video features a modern-day Kevin, who shows us what happens when he finds that he has the house to himself, and the Google Assistant on his side," explains Google on its website. The video shows Kevin mirroring his younger self as he enjoys his alone time, while also using the Google Assistant to his advantage. "He...

  • Even more features come to Instagram

    There are just a few weeks left in 2018, but Instagram is still not done releasing features on its platform. This week, the company has revealed three new features to help you communicate with your followers. "Starting today, you’ll see new ways to interact with your friends and form a deeper connection with the people you follow on Instagram," the company said on its blog. The first two features involve an earlier 2018 release - the Questions sticker. You can now respond to a Questions sticker using music from Instagram's music library. "Whether you want fresh music to get in the holiday mood, or...

  • Love was in the air all over Instagram this year

    Instagram has released its 2018 trends, and its hearts all around, sticking true the platform's recent efforts to spread "love and kindness".  "We hope this roundup inspires you to use Instagram to spread joy and kindness this holiday season," said Instagram on its blog.  The most used emoji on the platform was the heart emoji, which was used over 14-billion times. Even the most used Giphy sticker was a heart. In particular the Heart Love sticker by Arata, which features a little Instagram heart bouncing around. The Heart Eyes face filter on Stories was also the most used Face Filter on the platform. Other...

  • Facebook’s ‘life events’ feature gets a redesign

    Facebook is redesigning its "life events" feature so that your important milestones stand out even more on the platform. "When we began reimagining life events, we talked to people around the world to understand the milestones in people’s lives," the company explains on its website. The redesigned look includes "new options, including animated photos and videos", and if you add your own photos they'll now include "subtle animation".  According to Facebook, many users believe life event posts bring people closer together. Taking this into consideration, the platform will now notify your friends and family when you add a milestone event to your...

  • South Africa searched for the strangest things this year on Google

    Google has released its 2018's Year in Search report, a look at the most searched for terms, queries, and trends that took place around the world in the past 365 days. "As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made that trip around the sun so unique, " said Google on its news blog. Global search trends saw the world delving into things like politics, celebrity deaths and all things royalty related.  But South Africans on the other hand had their sights set in a somewhat different direction....

  • Instagram’s #InstaGiftGuide lets you shop brands by 2018’s trending hashtags

    Instagram has launched yet another shopping tool in time for the festive season. Called #InstaGiftGuide, the feature gathers and lists products based on 2018's biggest hashtags. "The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products from 34 brands on Instagram", the company said on its blog. Though this may sound confusing, what it means is you can now view the guide to see all the popular brands and products on the platform, inspired by the year's trends. According to Instagram, the six most popular hashtags of 2018 were: #catsofinstagram - a trend born of cute and funny cat related...

  • Google Maps’ For You tab is now live in South Africa

    Google Maps' For You tab is rolling out to a select number of iOS users, and almost all Android users around the world. “Today, the For You tab is making its way over to Google Maps in over 40 countries on iOS and 130+ new countries on Android,” the company explained on its blog. The tab in a new addition to Google Maps that helps users find things to do, based on their searches and visits. If you follow a particular establishment, its details will now be visible in the For You tab too. “The For You tab is designed to be a...

  • Security bug brings Google+’s death forward by four months

    Google+, the company's social network, will be killed off sooner than initially planned, after a security-threatening bug reared its ugly head last month. “We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API,” the company confirmed in an announcement. “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way,” it claimed. Due to this issue, the social network for consumers will be shuttered in April 2019,...

  • Instagram now lets you send voice messages to friends

    Instagram has announced that users can now send voice messages through the platform’s Direct Messages feature. “Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment,” revealed the company in a tweet. The Facebook-owned social network has yet to announce details of the new feature on its blog, so specific details are unclear at present. Starting today, you can send voice messages in Direct. Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment. pic.twitter.com/3rkdQneNXO — Instagram (@instagram) December 10, 2018 It's also not clear if...

  • Review: Fantastic Beasts and the (cinematic) crimes of Grindelwald

    As a huge Potterhead who is well versed in everything Harry Potter, I was quite excited at the prospect of new material from J.K. Rowling in the form of Fantastic Beasts. Back then, I ignored the sensible voice at the back of my head that said “Oh no, this could go so wrong”. The first movie in this to be five-part series, which debuted in 2016, certainly satisfied the Slytherin in me. It was great to be back in the Wizarding World, which in this movie felt both familiar and brand new. The magic was still alive. But with the sequel, The Crimes...

  • New ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is coming to Netflix in 2020

    Netflix is set to release a new Ghost in the Shell anime in 2020, the company announced in a tweet. Titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the production will be "directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama,” the company announced in a tweet. It will be a Netflix Original too. YES, A NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANIME IS COMING. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will be directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama. On @Netflix in 2020! *desire to explore the true meaning of human consciousness intensifies*...

  • The first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is finally here

    It's finally here. Marvel Studios has today released the first trailer for Avengers 4, along with the movie's official title: Endgame. The morbid trailer shows narrator Tony Stark adrift in space, seemingly accepting his impending death. Back on Earth, it's as if not more depressing. Natasha Romanova and Steve Rogers narrate the next minute, as the original Avengers team members grapple with the reality of Thanos's perfect 50% destruction. Hawkeye and Ant-Man star too, suggesting that the fringe heroes will both play a significant role in saving the universe. Marvel also posted the trailer on Twitter, along with the phrase "Part of the...