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  • Instagram now has scannable name tags to help you connect

    Instagram has added a new nametag feature to help you connect with people around you. The nametag, which you can find in the settings menu of your profile is “uniquely yours and makes it quick and fun to add people and accounts you discover in person”. You can customize your nametag to and extent, as Instagram allows you to choose between colour schemes, emojis or your own selfie. “To scan someone’s nametag, you can either swipe right into the camera, hover over the nametag and hold down on your screen, or enter the camera by tapping ‘Scan a nametag’,” the company explains. Though...

  • Third-party fact checking for Facebook South Africa

    Facebook has announced the implementation of third-party fact checking for news and information in South Africa. This new security feature is meant to “help assess the accuracy of news in South Africa, and reduce the spread of misinformation, whilst improving the quality of news people find” on the social media platform, the company explains in an announcement. The company is working alongside certified fact-checking organisations AfricaCheck and AFP. “Local articles will be fact-checked alongside the verification of photos and videos. If one of our fact-checking partners identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its...

  • Sick of selfies? 5 alternative ways to use Instagram

    Instagram now has over a billion users. That's a seventh of the human beings alive on planet Earth today. But while some (nay, probably a majority) use the social network to peacock their wares, hate-like their rivals weekend getaways, or get to know someone before they embarrass themselves on their first Tinder date, Instagram has a number of other use cases. For example... Understand our planet Use it to learn more about this weird rock we live on. Want to learn more about South Africa? Want to be able to name different planes simply by looking at them? Want to understand how to make...

  • 3 Twitter apps for Android that use less data

    Now that the glorious days of MTN's Free Twitter are over, and we're done mourning, you're probably intent on saving all the data you possibly can. Even if you're one of the fortunate few on an unlimited plan, saving data is still good practice. But did you know that there are alternative Twitter apps that you can customise to use much less data? Here are three primed for use on cheaper phones and slower networks for data-deprived users. Twidere Twidere is an open-source and extremely lightweight Twitter app, with additional support for Mastodon. Aesthetically, it's quite fetching, as users can customise colours and themes. It...

  • 3 Improvements coming to Facebook’s Marketplace

    Facebook has revealed new features for its Marketplace as it celebrates being around for two years. “Marketplace was introduced in 2016 as a place for people to buy and sell within their local communities,” said the company on their website, which also notes that the space has evolved into a platform for users to discover products and services globally. Now Marketplace is receiving some updates and features to improve its service. Improved AI abilities According to Facebook, artificial intelligence is the key to making its Marketplace as efficient as possible. While currently AI helps personalise the quality of your user experience, new updates will...

  • Instagram went down on Mean Girls Day

    Today is not just a Wednesday, it is also October 3rd, more commonly known as Mean Girls Day. Many fans of the pop culture teen movie took to social media to celebrate, but soon the hashtags #MeanGirlsDay and #October3rd were out shadowed by another hashtag -- #instagramdown. At some point in the late morning, Instagram went down and caused a slight panic on Twitter. me coming to twitter to see if anyone else is having instagram struggles #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/y44VInCO8M — nevada ;) (@nevadaross7) October 3, 2018 I’d like to welcome everyone who’s here because Instagrams down. Here have a cup of tea ☕️ you’ll...

  • Instagram’s new boss is Adam Mosseri

    Instagram has a new "head" in the form of its vice president of product, Adam Mosseri. The company’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who resigned last week, made the announcement in a blog post. “We are thrilled to hand over the reins to a product leader with a strong design background and a focus on craft and simplicity -- as well as a deep understanding of the importance of community,” the duo said. Mosseri was originally a Facebook employee and only recently became a part of the Instagram team. "Adam began his career as a designer, managed his own design consultancy, and...

  • Viral video: Indonesia island hit by tsunami after strong earthquake

    Indonesia has a storied and frightening history with tsunamis, and on Friday, it was given a stark reminder. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the island of Sulawesi triggered a tsunami which lashed parts of Indonesia. Brave citizen journalists armed with their smartphones took to high land -- or a tall building -- and filmed the entire ordeal. In the case of the below haunting video doing the rounds on Twitter, the latter is true. Indonesia geophysics agency says Sulawesi quake caused a tsunami. This video is doing the rounds. We believe it is real. pic.twitter.com/7xDzzRuj5v — David Lipson (@davidlipson) September...

  • A train at Cape Town Station is on fire (once again)

    A train at Cape Town Station is reportedly on fire, according to a number of eyewitness reports. Twitter users on Friday afternoon uploaded pictures showing plumes of black smoke rising from within the station precinct. #capetown @CapeTownTrains on fire, again #trainfire #fixourtrains pic.twitter.com/GGtEkwiN4I — Jodi Allemeier (@urbanjodi) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains trains burning on Cape Town Station? pic.twitter.com/0dhVzVyale — Amgelica_Davids (@That_Amgelica) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains train on fire 🔥 pic.twitter.com/k4s2IDt2wE — Shane Arm (@arm_armshane) September 28, 2018 Train set alight at the Cape Town Station. So irritating when people destroy public services pic.twitter.com/LALwBlxwQF — Scott Ortlepp (@SOrtlepp) September 28, 2018 Some reported scenes from within the station itself, suggesting...

  • SA government asks Twitter users to stop sharing videos of Dros rape

    The South African government has asked citizens to not share a video of the alleged rape of a little girl in a Dros in Gauteng. A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Saturday in the men's bathroom of Dros Silverton restaurant, a branch situated in Pretoria. The eatery's management confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday. Twitter conversation however peaked on Thursday as users discussed the identity of the suspect. A video of the incident was later that evening uploaded to the social network, depicting the naked perpetrator covered in blood. It was seemingly recorded from a cell phone. The 20-year-old...

  • The internet thinks this Namibian teen is Regina George from Mean Girls

    Doppelgangers are instant viral internet fodder, but even more so when the person in question looks like Regina George from Mean Girls. A 16-year-old model from Namibia, Clarisse Muller, fits this bill almost entirely. She became an overnight viral sensation after the internet just couldn't believe how similar she looks to villain of the 2004 pop culture classic Mean Girls, played by Rachel McAdams. And of course, it was a tweet that kicked it all off. This month we chat with Miss Teen Namibia 2018 1st Runner Up, Clasrisse Muller. An inspirational teen with an incredible mission. Read more about her on our site....

  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • South Africa fumes online after girl was raped in Dros restaurant toilet

    South Africa's Dros restaurant chain has come under fire on social media this week after it confirmed a seven-year-old girl was raped in a bathroom in a Gauteng outlet. The incident, which took place on Saturday at the Silverton, Pretoria branch, first came to light on Facebook. The Citizen reported that the child was "snatched" from the female toilets and brought into the male toilets, where he raped her. On Tuesday, News24 reported that a case of rape was opened by Pretoria police. The suspect has also been arrested. Dros' statement However, conversation on social media rapidly escalated on Wednesday, after Dros issued...

  • Julius Malema will let JSomething keep his land in an EFF-led South Africa

    Thanks to Julius Malema, JSomething and Micasa are trending on Twitter in South Africa today. Also thanks to Julius Malema, JSomething will get to keep his land "under the EFF government" after a light-hearted tweet took a different approach to his usually firm land expropriation views. The musician, who is of Portuguese descent -- was given special mention by the EFF leader on Wednesday morning, stating that the "micasa guy" is totally welcome in South Africa if the EFF came to power. That micasa guy called Jsomething will keep land under the @EFFSouthAfrica government. — Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 26, 2018 "That micasa...

  • Instagram notifications are coming to web browsers, the Lite app

    Browsing Instagram on a web browser isn't the most refined tech experience one can enjoy, but at least it's getting better. Slowly. Spotted by Android Police, Instagram will notify users browsing the social network on a web browser when others like or follow them. You know, like the app. Of course, users will need to be logged in to the social network, and you'll probably have to allow notifications on your respective browser too. The feature has been confirmed to work on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari browsers. Notably, this addition comes after Instagram Lite -- which is effectively a single-page web...