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  • 3 hilarious (but scary) printer security stories from the internet [Native]

    Printers might seem like innocuous little office gadgets that do one job and one job alone, but they've become more vulnerable thanks to the internet. While human beings' reliance on the web expands, so does the ability for baddies to crack their security protocols. With that in mind, here are three previous moments in history that printers were the victims of rather comical, if not potentially catastrophic, security stories. -> YOUR PRINTER HAS BEEN PWNED <- In February 2017, a hacker using the alias Stackoverflowin took control of over 150 000 printers across the globe to probe a point. And to distribute memes. Although...

  • 15 classic Star Wars GIFs to use this #MayTheFourth

    We know the pressure you're under today. While mashing away at your keyboard trying to get those reports and submissions prepared, you're also trying to find that perfect Star Wars GIF to use on Twitter or Facebook for #MayTheFourth. But no need to worry. We've got you covered. Trawling the length and breadth of GIF repository Giphy, we've listed some of the most iconic moments in the Star Wars saga captured in pure rolling-image format magic. These's are some of the classic GIFs you should probably think about using today. It's a trap via GIPHY Sensual Yoda via GIPHY Angrykin Skywalker via GIPHY Toodles, Lando via GIPHY Deal with it,...

  • Apple’s Siri saves three men from drowning off Florida coast

    Apple's Siri, the voice assistant that commands many of the company's devices, reportedly saved three boatmen from drowning this weekend. The men, according to a Fox 4 news report published Monday, were around six kilometres off the coast of Florida when they encountered choppy water. The conditions soon overwhelmed the little boat, forcing the men to don life jackets as the vessel took on water. This is where Siri comes into play. Police suggest that the fishermen were unable to use the device's screen because of cold hands, but the "Hey Siri" voice command was still available as on option. Boaters that ran into...

  • ‘Pinned chats’ are coming to WhatsApp for your most important contacts

    Few things are more annoying than hunting for your bae, mom or BFF in the WhatsApp contact list. And while the app does boast a search function for finding them, it's by no means efficient. But that will soon be a problem of the past. The company's latest pre-release version of the Android app features "pinned chats" which allows users to pin three primary contacts to the top of the chat list. You'll soon be able to pin your most important WhatsApp chats to the top of the chats page This means that even if your distant relative or that person you used...

  • [Update] Cape Town’s Twitter and Insta users celebrate the stormy weather

    Update #2: 1.40pm: Because Cape Town is, well, Cape Town, #rain is now among the top trending hashtags in the city and the country at present. Update #1, 1.15pm: Although today's weather is a welcome respite from the heat wave experienced last week, lightning and driving rain has been wreaking havoc across the peninsula. In West Beach, a palm tree was set alight by lightning. Cape Town - #STORM Lightning Strike in West Beach pic.twitter.com/InHD0Xc725 — TrafficSA (@TrafficSA) April 26, 2017 Areas in the Cape's northern suburbs and western coastline are experiencing mild floods. Neil Williams - Brackenfell Cape Town @venter_annette @huisgenoot @eNCAWeather @JoelGuy_ pic.twitter.com/XCKWyK0CWc —...

  • Google Maps remembers where you parked even if you don’t

    There are two problems with parking in any city (especially Cape Town). One, finding a parking, and two, remembering where it is you parked. Google Map's latest feature update ensures the latter comes a bit more easily. "Now, Google Maps for Android and iOS will not only help you get where you’re going, but it’ll help you remember where you parked once you’ve arrived," Google Map's project manager Jeff Albertson announces in a blog. For users who engage with Maps regularly, simply tapping the blue location dot with bring up a menu with "save your parking" an a new option. "You’ll see a...

  • John Oliver, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner probably won’t have dinner together soon

    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner -- two White House residents that you've probably heard of, but have no idea what they actually do. That's the message the latest episode of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight highlighted this weekend. As President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law respectively, Ivanka and Jared have been given fairly significant jobs without actually being elected. They're effectively Donald Trump's shoulder angels, with Ivanka taking a formal "assistant to the president" tag, while Kushner... well, the actual President, it seems. For a man who "can't even get nepotism right", Oliver quips, Donald Trump isn't devoid of criticism in this...

  • Ask these questions when buying a secure printer [Native]

    Believe it or not, but security is an important factor to consider when buying a new printer for the office these days. But what exactly does that entail then? Well, we've got a few security-minded questions you should keep in mind before splashing out on a printer. Can you set up access IDs? We've touched on this before, but access IDs are a great way to keep track of who's printing what. Whether you're worried about hacks or abuse, it's worth having anyway. Most printers these days do support access IDs and similar authentication systems, so you're virtually guaranteed to have it on...

  • Trevor Noah couldn’t resist poking fun at Donald Trump this Easter

    The White House's annual Easter Egg Roll is a pretty big occasion, and not just for the nation's kids. It's an informal chance for the US President to remind people just why they voted them in. But for Donald Trump, this fun-filled event backfired thanks to a number of gaffes. A number of these were picked up by media houses and late night shows, notably Trevor Noah's The Daily Show. And of course, he just couldn't resist poking fun at them. Suggesting that Steve Bannon was played by the frightened-looking Easter Bunny beside Donald Trump was just the start. Donald Trump's first...

  • 5 neat tips to secure your printer [Native]

    There have been numerous stories surrounding the dodgy nature of today's connected printers. In fact, one security expert claimed that the printer was the "worst device" on the internet. That doesn't mean that your connected printer is a lost hope though, as there are several ways to shore up your printer's defenses... Set a secure WiFi and router password It might seem like a no-brainer, but you'll want to make sure that your WiFi connection is secure. After all, it's one of your first lines of defense. If people can access your WiFi connection, then there's a chance that they'll be able...

  • ShowMax secures streaming rights to The Young Pope

    It's Easter this weekend, and ShowMax's timing is seemingly impeccable. The streaming service has this week announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to The Young Pope, the HBO and Sky hit show that made quite a splash late last year. "In an African first, Showmax has secured the rights to the critically acclaimed joint HBO and Sky production The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton. The controversial series, which portrays the first American Pope as simultaneously hip, mysterious and ultra-conservative, was directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentinom," the company notes. The show's first season will hit the service on 13...

  • #BusStrike: slew of commuters left stranded across South Africa

    If you logged in to Twitter or Facebook this morning, you probably would've noticed the hashtag #BusStrike trending across South Africa. Employees of the country's larger bus operators are partaking in strike action today, that is until demands for a 12% wage increase are met. The strike has left a number of commuters across the country's urban and rural hubs stranded or searching for alternative transport, as a slew of popular services were suspended. This includes Cape Town's MyCiti and Johannesburg's Rea Vaya. The #BusStrike affects a number of services across South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg's inner city networks As a...

  • SingularityU’s Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge entries close 18 April [Sponsored]

    Singularity University, better known as SingularityU, has announced that entries to its Global Impact Challenge (GIC) competition for Southern Africa will close on Tuesday 18 April. The GIC, now in its second year, is open to "innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists," and aims to develop technologies and solutions to problems that will impact the lives of a billion people within ten years. "This year, we are looking for talented women and men who have the skills and passion to develop and launch a startup company around a moonshot idea that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding applicants who...

  • #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

    Social media is abuzz with hashtags and images from the marches across South Africa today. Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Tshwane metro and Durban are hosting some of the largest demonstrations, but a number of other townsfolk are also joining the country's citizens. As more people take to the streets today, the images and videos continue to stream in. We'll be sure to update this piece as the demonstrations develop across South Africa today. For now, have a look at just some of the media filtering through on Twitter from today's protest participants and journalists on the ground. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: Everything...

  • Updating: Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches

    Today is a big day for South Africa. Whether you support the protests against President Jacob Zuma or not, many across the country will partake in a number of demonstrations. We've put together a list of essential information, from where these protests will take place, the social media accounts and hashtags you should follow on Twitter and other networks, and the apps you should download if you're interested in joining the demonstrations. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today's anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war...