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  • YouTube reportedly ditching long, unskippable ads

    YouTube's in-video advertising will undergo a transformation in the coming months, this according to a new report by Campaign. The report suggests that the Google-owned video powerhouse is looking at a new advertising strategy, and will ditch its 30-second unskippable ad format looking instead to more user-friendly, bite-sized ad snippets. The company has "decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," according to a Google spokesman quoted by Campaign. According to a new report, YouTube will be ditching longer advertisements on its platform in favour of more...

  • South Africa, you can now Shazam this fragrance using Bluetooth technology

    You can Shazam a song, sure, but what about a fragrance? The music recognition service has now partnered with fragrance brand Azzaro to let users do just that -- let fragrance-shoppers Shazam a scent. From tomorrow, South Africans will be able to use the service to detect Azzaro Wanted's scent using Bluetooth beacon technology. The press release claims that spraying the fragrance, and tapping the Shazam button will allow "their phone will automatically identity the fragrance and offer them a unique page of Azzaro ‘Wanted’ content". Unfortunately, the app doesn't detect the fragrance itself, but rather the Bluetooth beacon. Nevertheless, the spritz...

  • Google’s Sundar Pichai responds to the cutest job application ever

    If you were the CEO of Google, would you reply to a seven-year-old's job application? No? Then you're clearly not Sundar Pichai. He did exactly that, receiving an adorable but heartfelt plea from a little girl to join the company. According to her dad, Andy Bridgewater, it's the allure of the company's office decor that prompted her to write the letter. "After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go karts and slides my 7 year old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," he explains in a LinkedIn post. The letter itself...

  • Adele, Beyonce & more: 5 must-watch clips from last night’s Grammys

    In case you missed it (like much of sleeping South Africa), Los Angeles last night hosted the 59th edition of the Grammy Awards, or simply the Grammys. It was a landmark occasion, and not simply because it was the first one hosted in Trump's America. Beyonce had nine nominations, including one for best rock song. Adele had an equally impressive share herself. Tributes for George Michael and Prince would ring from the stage. But even with all this on the roster, we weren't quite expecting a Grammy Awards evening with such memorable moments. With the help of Twitter, take a look...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #94: UberEATS expansion, Android Wear updates & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. This time we discuss the PS4 Pro's so-called Boost Mode and how it will affect supported titles. Sticking with Gearburn, we also touch on Ubisoft's recent Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta. We also take a look at the latest Android Wear 2.0 update coming to smartwatches this year. Android Wear 2.0 will also see the introduction of new smartwatches to South Africa Moving onto Meme matters, we...

  • Julius Malema’s EFF, Parliament security throw punches at #SONA2017

    We knew President Jacob Zuma wouldn't have it easy tonight delivering his State of the Nation Address, but we weren't expecting the scuffles between the EFF and parliamentary security. While the President only began his speech around 8pm SAST, the hour prior was marred by violence, chants of strong language and silent walkouts. The DA left the house peacefully, but the EFF did anything but. The party, led by Julius Malema, were determined to delay the Address, and were eventually requested to leave the house by the National Council of Provinces' chair Thandi Modise, and Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete. However,...

  • Watch John Wick’s dog kick major ass in ‘Dog Wick’ trailer

    Okay, so John Wick is a pretty great flick about a man's deep, unyielding love for his dog. But what about Daisy's love for John? When the tables are turned and (spoilers) John is killed in the end, would Daisy hunt down the mobsters and avenge her fallen human? You damn right she would. In a spoof trailer created by YouTube's RocketJump team, the bad guys kill John Wick's dog's human, which in this universe is one thing you definitely don't want to do. Dog Wick is the movie all dog and action movie lovers know they want Featuring hand guns, high-explosives, and...

  • Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s to receive smart cabin lighting system

    The Airbus A350-900 is a gorgeous piece of aircraft engineering, but for Lufthansa, its sculpted wingtips just weren't enough. The German airliner has announced that it will install a novel creature comfort in its cabins, giving passengers variable lighting settings that mimics light on the ground. This system, which will use LEDs, will aim to alleviate the stress on passengers' biorhythms when crossing timezones. "With the introduction of Lufthansa's new A350-900, it has now for the first time become possible to work with and fit with the biorhythms of the passengers by providing the right type of light at the right...

  • Google Maps for Android has just become a lot more useful

    Google Maps' latest Android update is introducing a little context and information tab at the bottom of the app's screen. The app, which still displays what its name suggests, now also serves users context-rich information. Thanks to the update, Google Maps will now display a number of places you can possibly visit, from restaurants to petrol stations. Frequent tasks and locations are now just a tap away. Your destination? As close to a tap away as we can get you. https://t.co/pHtEJGXq3b pic.twitter.com/2lUxATZwAo — Google Maps (@googlemaps) February 6, 2017 Google will also prompt users with the traffic conditions and calculated travel time to...

  • Twitter’s @TrumpDraws mocks executive orders with toddler doodles

    We've been writing a lot of content about Donald Trump, and who can blame us? The man has become a living, extremely powerful meme at the head of one of the world's most powerful countries. His presence spans social media -- especially on Twitter -- but even in his new position of power, some just can't help but poke fun at him. A Twitter account, dubbed @TrumpDraws, takes this to an entirely new level. The account uses a clip of Trump flaunting a signed executive order to media, instead replacing the orders' text with drawings seemingly made by a toddler. @TrumpDraws is...

  • Justin Bieber returns to Instagram to sell T-Mobile deals

    Well, Instagram has been busy this week. After the network played host to Beyonce's record-breaking pregnancy reveal, it also welcomed the return of Justin Bieber. Bieber, who ditched the social network in August 2016 after a spat with his fans, returned to Instagram with a video. But it wasn't a snap of him holding an American flag, or a short clip of a new video, or even just Bieber being Bieber. Nope. It was actually an advertisement. Justin Bieber said goodbye to his Instagram fans last year, but has returned as a salesman Dressed in a suit and donning some black-rimmed glasses, the...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #93: Beyonce, Resident Evil & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's podcast, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van de Made. The team discusses Snapchat's new IPO, and what it means for the social network. We also take a trip to the movies, with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the overall success of its video game counterpart, Resident Evil 7. We also touch on social media's biggest announcement: Beyonce's pregnancy, and how it totally blew up Instagram and Twitter. Finally, also snigger at the VR-property scandal surrounding ZeniMax...

  • 5 impressive numbers from Facebook’s latest earnings report

    Facebook is an internet colossus in the same way we viewed Google a few years ago. The company is riding a remarkable growth curve, a trend that it has again cemented with the release of their Q4 2016 earnings report. The report, published at the turn of the month, sheds some light into the company's manic growth, clear focus areas and user statistics. Here are some of the tastier numbers and factoids lurking within the report. 1.23-billion The number of daily active users on the 'Book in December 2016 Yes, you read that correctly. Daily. Nearly a sixth of the world accesses Facebook...

  • Jon Stewart compares ‘pathological’ Donald Trump to Emperor Palpatine

    Late night shows have had plenty of material since Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president. Hell, even prior to that, to be fair. But one commenter we haven't heard of much is Jon Stewart. Since retiring from The Daily Show, leaving Trevor Noah at the helm, Stewart has been rather scarce. That is until now. Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance during last night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to read out some executive orders from Donald Trump himself. By Trump himself, we mean Stewart with a dead weasel on his head and a ridiculously long tie. Memes, obviously. Jon Stewart,...

  • Facebook’s next destination could be your television

    Facebook has been on a roll in January, spitting out updates to its multiple services and outlining its future plans. But the latest report from the Wall Street Journal could see the company take over your television set. According to "people familiar with the matter", the social network is planning both content deals with media companies, as well as an app for media consoles, like the Apple TV. Both suggestions seem highly likely. The network has been popular for live broadcasters in recent months, with the US PGA deal, in addition to users' Facebook Live broadcasts. The company clearly no longer...