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  • 5 interesting Google Search blips after the World Cup semi-finals

    So... my World Cup predictions are out the window. France will play Croatia in the final after the teams beat Belgium and England respectively. The latter was quite the cracker, with Croatia scoring just a few minutes into the second half of extra time. England simply had no reply. But what the win also gave Croatia is the largest search spike on Google than any of the other semi-final teams this past week. We look at this, and more search anomalies, in the below piece. Croatia sees biggest search spike after England triumph Within the week of the semi-finals, Croatia saw the largest global...

  • Microsoft is finally updating Notepad in new Windows 10 build

    Microsoft Windows' often used but even more often forgotten text processor Notepad is getting an update. In the latest build of Windows 10 marked as 17713, Notepad is earmarked as one of the programs receiving a new lick of paint. "With Build 17666, we introduced extended line ending support for Notepad. We’re excited to share that today’s build has a few more surprises in store based on what you’ve been telling us!" the company writes in an update. Firstly, users can zoom text in Notepad similarly to Microsoft Word. There's a new menu option available, while the CTRL and MouseWheel combo will...

  • Netflix introduces ‘Smart Download’ feature to Android

    Netflix's Smart Downloads is now available on Android, and it may save you from forgetting to download your favourite shows. Smart Downloads is pretty simple in concept. "Now, when you finish watching a downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete it, and then automatically download the next episode. You watch,  We do the work," the company sassily explains. "We know how annoying it can be to go through all your apps and delete files you no longer need; we also understand that when it comes to Netflix, the faster you can get to the next episode you want to watch, the better." Users can...

  • DStv Now usage spikes as World Cup reaches fever pitch

    South Africans love sport, don't they? And now that the World Cup is entering its pivotal semi-final stage, more users than ever are tuning in to see a ball (and Neymar) roll around a field. DStv has noted this trend, reportedly seeing a 60% increase in weekday usage of its DStv Now mobile streaming app since the World Cup began. Notably, there are five times more people using the app this June than in June 2017. "The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game," the company adds in a...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for Telkom’s new FreeMe Promo voice bundles

    It's a great day to be a Telkom subscriber and a call-a-holic, not so much a data splurger. The telecommunications giant today unveiled a set of new FreeMe promo bundles valid for calls across all networks. "These bundles can be used to call any mobile network within South Africa and can be purchased as once-off or recurring bundles," the company states in a release. Notably, the bundles will be billed per second and remain valid for 31 days. They're also available for contract and top-up customers on both the FreeMe and FreeMe Family deals. But how much will you pay for these? For now,...

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Blockchain’ is the smut the internet really needs

    You know what adult romantic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey lacked? Blockchain jargon. At least that's what this particular Twitter account is trying to prove (and is pretty successful at that too). Although it's a fairly young account, @blockshade -- better known as Fifty Shades of Blockchain -- already has some 2700 followers, enthralled by 22 tweets of blockchain-fueled smut. According to the bio, it's a Markov chain bot run by Jackson Palmer, the founder of Dogecoin. There's a sentence you may want to read again. Whoever Satoshi is/was - I hope you’re happy with what you spawned. https://t.co/VHF5fIEg5q — Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson)...

  • KFC South Africa’s hilarious World Cup ad hits 9GAG

    Congrats KFC South Africa, you're now 9GAG famous. The website laced with memes and funny videos posted a clip of KFC South Africa's pre-World Cup advertisement, featuring a footballer "making a meal" of a tackle. And no, surprisingly, Neymar isn't starring in it. The clip was published to 9GAG's Instagram account of some 45.6-million followers early Thursday. The post has since amassed more than 3.5-million views, 60 000 likes, and more than 13000 comments. KFC South Africa must be loving the free publicity too. Its Instagram account in comparison has just 24 000 followers in total. If you haven't yet seen the ad, watch...

  • Vodacom set to stream 4K Durban July footage live using 5G

    Telecommunications network Vodacom will be trialing a 5G 4K video streaming system at the Durban July horseracing event this Saturday. The network is partnering with Finnish network and smartphone manufacturing firm Nokia to "showcase the future of virtual reality (VR) through two different 5G powered experiences at Africa’s greatest horseracing event". While one experience involves a "penalty shootout" demonstrating latency -- and will likely set England fans' nerves on edge all over again -- it's the other use of 5G that is a notable achievement. The company will use 5G and 4K video cameras surrounding Greyville Racecourse to capture and stream live...

  • Hands on: Facebook Local’s the best travel app you’ll won’t want to download

    Facebook Local is the social network's latest app feeding from its plethora of information. However, instead of allowing you to publish pictures of babies that your other half didn't want you posting, or lending data to Cambridge Analytica, Local lets you search for things to do in your vicinity. Facebook's events section has always seemed an excellent but underdeveloped section of the network, but this new app gives it its own space and chance to become something more than just an addon. Facebook Local is actually a rebranded version of its Events app. It was relaunched in November 2017, but this...

  • Security breaches: stop thinking about if and start thinking about when

    There’s hardly a week that goes by without news that a major organisation has been hit by a significant online security breach, with thousands of customer records compromised in the process. Many of these organisations are major players in their fields and have large budgets assigned to keeping customer data safe. These breaches highlight the need for organisations to put as much effort into preparing a response for when a breach happens as they do trying to prevent them happening in the first place. Think about it as the virtual equivalent of a fire drill. You might do everything in your...

  • MTN launches ‘Made For Home’ residential fixed LTE offering

    MTN is today unveiled its new home internet solution dubbed "Made For Home". Taking a bite out of fixed line internet solutions, the telecom's new offering will use its fixed LTE network, and will be "specifically designed for use within a fixed location". "MTN Made For Home is an easy to use, plug and play solution that requires only a router and a SIM card, to give multiple users within the home instant connectivity to high speed internet, without the trenching and complicated installation procedures, that is typically associated with fixed line products," the company notes in a release. And according to...

  • Firewalls are the iron barricades of business cybersecurity

    As more organisations prioritise digitalisation, the protection of internal and on-site data tends to slip down the priority list. But this is a mistake, one that could seriously cost a business in the event that they suffer a data breach. The hard reality, unfortunately, is that no company is safe from being attacked by cybercriminals today. Last year’s WannaCry ransomware incident was a rude awakening for many organisations, targeting devices running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting sensitive business data, and demanding huge ransom payments in Bitcoin cryptocurrency to return control to the systems’ rightful owners. In all, a massive...

  • 9 Android apps I simply can’t live without

    Throughout my relatively brief stint as a smartphone reviewer, I've noted a bit of a pattern in my own workflow. Whenever I get a new Android phone to review, there are a set list of apps I download almost immediately. Without fail. I'm not talking about common apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Google's host of products either. These apps -- a combination of free and premium wares -- form the basis of my workflow, the visual experience of my phone, and the backbone of my excessive smartphone usage habits. Enjoy, and let us know which apps you can't quite live without...

  • Mobile crypto mining malware is a growing smartphone threat

    According to a report by Kaspersky, the number of internet users affected by cryptocurrency mining software has jumped by a considerable margin this year, when compared to last. The report published by the Russian security firm suggests that the prevalence of malicious software that uses consumers' computers and smartphones to mine cryptocurrency is "steadily growing". "The total number of users who encountered this form of mining rose from 1 899 236 in 2016-2017, to 2 735 611 in 2017-2018," the company elaborated. Both periods began in April and ended March in their respective years. Additionally, smartphones are becoming more pronounced targets of...

  • Dear Digital Industry, it’s time to break data creativity out of their silos

    "Data is the new oil" is a phrase we’ve all seen, in some variation, in conference presentation after conference presentation. Knowing everything about your customers, advertisers are told, means that you can target them with pin-point accurate messaging, saving you money and delivering real business results to your clients. While there is an element of truth in this sentiment, there is a tendency among those who express it to see data as a panacea for all of advertising’s problems. Those on the other side of the fence fear that a focus on data will ruin the creativity on which the advertising...