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  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...

  • Instagram’s testing a stop-motion camera tool

    Instagram is testing a new camera tool that will allow users to create stop-motion videos akin to Vine loops, according to reports. According to The Verge, the tool -- located within Instagram Stories' camera section -- snaps a number of photographs and stitches them together to create a GIF. Before uploading, users can also add a number of stickers and other gimmicks to the creation. Just checked and I also have the new Instagram Stories Stop-Motion feature pic.twitter.com/KAsEY34auC — Matt Navarra 🎃 (@MattNavarra) October 30, 2017 There's no word on how large the test group is, nor when the feature will be available to...

  • You can soon ‘unsend’ embarrassing, erroneous messages on WhatsApp

    WhatsApp is finally rolling out a feature that will let users to retract and delete messages they've already sent. Although it doesn't seem to be live worldwide just yet, a brief tutorial is available on WhatsApp's FAQ. "Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake," it reads. Yes. That means you can now delete an erroneous, embarrassing or awkward message from your device and the recipient's device. Here's...

  • South Africa’s YouTube gaming communities and the violence of ‘humour’

    Back in June, South African YouTuber Kyle Olinsky was outed for sending sexually and violently graphic messages to random women on Instagram. In one message, he told a woman that she "can't say no", threatening her with rape. Many were outraged that a man of his status, with a sizeable following on his gaming channel BluRz, was seemingly harassing women online with no remorse. But Olinsky barely lost a subscriber, and he saw a small surge of followers on Twitter despite taking part in his own social media blackout. Olinsky's viewers were with him -- and when he finally released his...

  • Twitter hits 330m MAUs in Q3 2017, sees booming ad engagement

    It's that time of year when the big tech companies announce their third quarter (Q3) financial results, and Twitter just happens to be on that very long list. The social network hasn't been enjoying a positive 2017 thus far, but its latest results suggests a mini turnaround of sorts is currently in progress. Twitter grew its monthly active userbase by 4% year-on-year (compared to Q3 2016), and now hosts 330-million monthly users. That's a four-million user increase from the previous quarter, which the company also made a point of correcting. "Reported average MAU reflects an adjustment for approximately 1-2 million users per...

  • 13 Twitter accounts to follow for #FeesMustFall2017

    Fees Must Fall 2017 has already kicked off on three South African campuses, marking the third year of protests for free tertiary education. So if you're looking to stay on top of the events at the various universities, here are 13 Twitter accounts to help you keep up with the quickly unfolding situation. The official accounts CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Campus update This week has been punctuated by sporadic flare ups in violence which private security have... https://t.co/8UVmyEdQMr — CPUT (@CPUT) October 26, 2017 CPUT's official account mainly offers links to official statements on Facebook. It provides updates on previous happenings (like how security was "forced...

  • Google Trends uncovers America’s fascination with Halloween

    It's nearly Halloween, the time of year that dentists must absolutely love, and neighbourhood watch organisations absolutely hate. After all, how do you know if a criminal is dressing up for Halloween? Beyond these tough questions, the world -- and particularly the United States -- just loves preparing for the final day of October. The day has become as important as Thanksgiving and Christmas in the States (see below graph), and this year, Google Trends is shedding some interesting and spooky light onto people's habits taken from 3 October to the present. trends.embed.renderExploreWidget("TIMESERIES", {"comparisonItem":[{"keyword":"/m/03lq2","geo":"US","time":"today...

  • EFF kicked out of Parliament (again), politicians react to Gigaba’s speech

    On Wednesday Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba delivered his first mid-term budget report to Parliament. But while it should be a relatively smooth process, it was anything but. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were asked to leave Parliament once again after the party members were ruled to be disrupting proceedings. They didn't go quietly. Calling Gigaba "a Gupta puppet" and labelling Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete "biased", it took just 20 minutes for the party members to walk out. While ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu and Mbete weren't quite in agreement with the EFF's claims that Gigaba was implicit in state...

  • Watch: #UCTShutdown protestors trigger fire extinguishers, disrupt exams

    It has been a tumultuous week for the University of Cape Town (UCT). Although a wave of #FeesMustFall protests have swept through South Africa's universities this month -- including CPUT, the University of the Free State and the Tshwane University of Technology -- #UCTShutdown protests this week propelled the institution's disquiet into the spotlight. A fresh spate of protests began Monday after students demanded a 0% increase to fees for the 2018 academic year. This comes after an 8% hike to fees in 2017. Update:25 Oct 2017, 11:30 The developments regarding attempted shutdown of UCT Read: https://t.co/Mj2vvyFtqa Listen: https://t.co/5JipWNFa5k pic.twitter.com/bcGetDLikT — UCT (@UCT_news) October 25, 2017 On...

  • Instagram friends can now broadcast Live videos together

    Making a clown of yourself alone on Instagram Live can get boring or even be "intimidating", but the social network wants to change that. It today announced that users can now go live with a friend on Instagram Stories "whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day". Stories has been one of the company's big success, ahem, stories. Launched in November 2016, Insta claims that over 250-million people use the feature daily. Adding live broadcasts with friends seems like a logical addition to the feature's repertoire, at least after allowing users to add face filters to live video just...

  • Facebook’s AI led to the wrongful arrest of a Palestinian man

    Facebook has been touting its artificial-intelligence services as a way to quickly identify those promoting terrorist content on the platform, but not all of these services are as foolproof as the company would have us believe. Last week, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian construction worker when Facebook's translation tool mistakenly translated the Arabic for "good morning" to "attack them" in Hebrew, and "hurt them" in English, according to Gizmodo. Police were notified of the post, and were suspicious of the accompanying image that showed the worker leaning on a bulldozer, which has been used as a weapon in previous terrorist attacks. No Arabic-speaking police officer...

  • #CrimeStats: South Africa’s year of crime outlined in tweets

    The South African Police Service has today unveiled the results of its 2016/17 crime statistics report in Cape Town, and the numbers are anything but comforting. In a precursor to the stats release, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula issued a brief statement on Twitter. "The SAPS national crime statistics measure twenty-one serious crimes. Seventeen of these crimes are reported by the community and the other four are detected as a result of police-initiated operations," he tweeted. He added that because of this, the 17 are "supposed to decrease" while the other four -- "illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; driving under the...

  • Don’t expect a separate Facebook tab for friends’ posts any time soon

    Facebook has been testing a feature that separates friends' posts from public pages' in six countries, but it says there are no current plans to roll the test out further. The test is a response to user complaints about clogged News Feeds that are now filled with the likes of memes and recipe videos rather than friends' personal updates. In Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia, Facebook currently has two tabs: one for the common News Feed, which is purely personal posts from friends, and one called Explore, with posts from pages. This "Explore" tab is different in other parts of the world,...

  • Videos of little girl robbing women in Cape Town goes viral on Facebook

    Two videos of a little girl coerced into stealing items from shoppers' handbags in Cape Town have gone viral on Facebook. Published on 19 October by Facebook user Tyron-Nicklaus Norman, the two clips have since accumulated a combined 1.6-million views with an additional 21 000 shares. In the post, Norman explains the circumstances of the second video in which his wife was a victim. "Hi everyone, My wife was a victim of pick pocketing this evening. The part that is most sickening is that it was a little girl that did it," he writes. "She was being forced by a grown up woman...

  • #Matric2017: SA wishes students well on Twitter

    Can you remember the nerves you felt when walking into that exam venue to write your final paper? Twitter does, and has subsequently bestowed messages of luck to South Africa's Matrics beginning their final exams today. #Matric2017 began trending early Monday on the social network, as users across the country joined together to talk about something that isn't direly depressing for a change. Politicians, Twitterati and universities lead the conversation as ANC MEC Lindiwe Sisulu wished the students "all the best" while calling them the "future of this nation". Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip reiterated that the students' "hard work...