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  • Trump, Merkel and other world leaders star in new G7 Summit meme

    You just can't keep US President Donald Trump out of the meme world for too long. Well, at least him and German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Friday, Merkel's social media team published the image to Instagram, where it received more than 65 000 likes and 4700 comments. From there, it found its way onto Twitter, where users highlighted the indifferent expressions of the world leaders. The scene itself is straight out of a baroque painting. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9,...

  • Instagram ‘@mention sharing’ lets you crosspost Stories with pals

    In a new update, Instagram will now let you include a story that you've been tagged in in your own Stories. According to the social network, this lets those "caught up in a soccer game" to relive and share moments. How nice. "When someone mentions you in their story, you receive a notification in your Direct message thread with that person — now, you’ll see an option to add that content to your own story," it adds. "Tap it to see that story as a sticker -- you can scale, rotate and position it and add creative tools like text or stickers...

  • Fb.gg: Facebook’s game streaming portal to rival Twitch is now live

    Facebook today debuted its own game streaming portal dubbed Fb.gg, in a bit to compete with Microsoft's Mixer, Google's YouTube Gaming and Amazon's Twitch. The service is baked into the Facebook experience. You'll need to be logged in to begin streaming, but others' streams can be watched sans account. Beyond that, it pretty much does what every other video streaming service does: allow gamers to live stream a title of choice. At the moment, it seems Fortnite, Mobile Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is among the top picks, appealing to the current battle royale and mobile gaming craze. For now, the experience is...

  • Fanny pack searches are trending so hard in 2018 (but why?)

    Like movies and music, fashion is a cyclical internet culture phenomenon. As the online world influences it, fashion itself fuels sentiment online. And as more netizens focus on their physical attire on a daily basis thanks to the boom of image-heavy social media, trends are often made, or in this case, revived on the internet. The latest example is straight from the 1980s: fanny packs. And no, it doesn't seem to be an ironic Weird Al Yankovic style revival either. Google Trends data notes an uptick in search traffic for these waist-secured utilitarian satchels, spiking massively since the beginning of the year....

  • Upcoming petrol price hike sends South Africans into mild Twitter panic

    From midnight on Wednesday 6 June 2018, the price of a litre of petrol will jump by 82 cents. This will push the total damage per litre to just below R16. Last month, a litre of petrol cost motorists R14.72. But it's not just petrol facing a price spike. Its dirtier cousin diesel is set for an 86 cents/litre increase, and those who rely on paraffin for cooking and warmth will also require more than 80 cents/litre more. At this point, it might be cheaper to fill your tank with soft drink. Understandably, South Africans are keen to vent, mildly panic and offer...

  • Viral video: 22-year-old ‘Spiderman’ saves dangling child in Paris high-rise rescue

    Some world leaders regard immigrants with the utmost disregard, but in Paris this past weekend, a 22-year-old Malian national did something pretty damn incredible. As a toddler hung from a fourth storey balcony just moments from death, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama leapt from the ground, pulled himself up floor by floor and scaled the balcony railings to save the kid. This sentence doesn't do his efforts justice, so just watch the clip. Les héros ne portent pas de cap. 👏👏 #Paris pic.twitter.com/QrOn3YB4Q7 — •NubiΔΠ• (@Adil__Brown) May 27, 2018 From another angle. Holy shit, this guy is amazing. What a hero. https://t.co/XVWbaULkFp pic.twitter.com/hHnF150XL5 — Hannah Jane Parkinson...

  • Yes, YouTube is ‘experimenting’ with users’ subscriptions feed

    Hold onto your hats, folks. Google's fixing what isn't broken again. Facebook did it. Instagram followed. Even Twitter's done it to an extent. So it was seemingly only a matter of time until Google gave YouTube the algorithm treatment. In a tweet this week, Team YouTube revealed that the company's "experimenting" with a non-chronological order for a select number of users' subscription feeds. "We are currently experimenting with how to show content in the subs feed," the company began. "We find that some viewers are able to more easily find the videos they want to watch when we order the subs feed in...

  • After 16 years, StumbleUpon’s pioneering service is coming to an end

    StumbleUpon, the content discovery service aiding procrastinators at work and kids at homework since 2001, is finally bidding farewell. The service, which allows users to visit page after page of related content on the web based on a subject picked by the user, made searching for high school research projects a breeze, or catching up on the latest Scottish Terrier sweater trend a complete joy. In a solemn but reverent blog post, co-founder StumbleUpon Garett Camp revealed the company's roadmap, and took a moment to reflect on the impact StumbleUpon has had on the internet. "StumbleUpon pioneered content discovery on the web,...

  • It’s 2018, and fake Facebook sites are still fooling people online

    People are still falling for fake sites pretending to be Facebook, research from Kaspersky Labs suggests. In 2018 thus far, the Russian security company blocked "3.7 million attempts to visit fraudulent social network pages". Notably, 58.7% of these attacks were attempting to direct users to fake FB pages. That's a pretty substantial slice of the pie, considering that VKontakte -- Russia's version of Facebook -- was responsible for 20.8%, and LinkedIn 12.9%. "At the beginning of the year, Facebook was the most popular social networking brand for fraudsters to abuse, and Facebook pages were frequently faked by cybercriminals to try and steal...

  • Here’s why Google thinks doubters will love YouTube Music

    Google's taking a big gamble with its new YouTube Music streaming project. The company's lumping Google Play Music with YouTube's wealth of music in a new product aimed at Spotify and Apple Music. But many aren't happy with the news. (As a Google Play Music user, I certainly am not.) The company's wholly aware of this sentiment though, and on Tuesday published a list of features that will hopefully win over doubters. For one, it suggests that the library -- thanks to YouTube's wealth of music videos -- will be enormous. Users will have access to "official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers...

  • Twitter kills three apps, adorns others with new features

    A slew of Twitter's swanky primary app features are finally hitting Twitter Lite, Twitter for Windows, and the mobile website. This week, the company's set to bring night mode, real time updates on parameters, and an updated tweet composition box to the above platforms. Each will bolster the user experience across the company's less important platforms. We are rolling out the following features to https://t.co/AIUgyCj4rs, Twitter Lite, and Twitter for Windows to provide more consistency across platforms. See what’s new. 👇 ✔️ night mode ✔️ real time updates on reply, Retweet, and like counts ✔️ updated Tweet compose box — Twitter (@Twitter) May 22, 2018 "Night owl?...

  • You can now ‘Mute’ that annoying, trendy friend on Instagram

    Great news, everyone. You can now mute your annoying Instagram friend vested in the art of smoothie making and selfie taking (sometimes together), after the social network introduced a new feature Tuesday. "The new feature lets you hide posts in feed from certain accounts, without unfollowing them. With this change, you can make your feed even more personalized to what matters to you," the company writes in its blog, dodging the entire reason this problem exists: its algorithm. Nevertheless, users who want to mute others on the social network can now do so via the three-dot menu button on posts themselves. Tap...

  • Google’s YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now official

    If something's not broken and doesn't need fixing, trust Google to provide a solution. The firm did this with its messaging services -- now boasting more than five actual messaging apps -- and now, Google Play Music is seemingly suffering the same fate. The company on Thursday announced a new music service, the free-but-ad-supported YouTube Music that lumps in music streaming and YouTube's host of videos and bespoke audio tracks. There's also a paid tier, which costs US$9.99, and gives users access to ad-free YouTube Music. For US$2 more, you can add ad-free "YouTube Premium" on top of that too, for...

  • These are WhatsApp’s shiny new Group Chat features

    In a not-all-that-exciting update, WhatsApp has tweaked the way groups work on its platform. There are five distinct changes outlined by the company on its blog. Firstly, group descriptions are now more verbose, allowing users to set "the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group". (Good luck sticking to them though.) "When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat," the company highlights. Secondly, group admins can now determine "who can change the group's subject, icon, and description" through the group settings menu. "Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group...

  • Two US teens kill opossum mother and babies on Snapchat

    Snapchat is seemingly the new social network to join if you're into watching people brutally murdering animals. Two US teenagers were charged with animal cruelty after filming their killing of an opossum mother and her babies on Snapchat. The teenagers from Kennesaw, Georgia, reportedly used a baseball bat to kill the opossum mother, and then "allegedly used a chemical mixture that included bleach and ammonia to kill three other babies", a local news report gruesomely read. While the incident occurred early April, the adult assailant appeared in court last week. The story's this week trending across the internet, with users on Reddit...