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  • SA still loves ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ more than Kevin Hart, ‘Aquaman’

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has retained its top spot on Southern Africa's box office chart for a second weekend, this according to data from Ster-Kinekor. The flick held off Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's second place flick The Upside for a consecutive week, while Aquaman remained in third as the highest grossing flick on the chart with a haul of R52.9-million to date. In fourth place, DJ Black Coffee and Kagiso Lediga's Matwetwe continues its local popularity surge, jumping two places to fourth this week. Bohemian Rhapsody fell one place to fifth, while South Africa's other two movies...

  • Google reveals the most searched love questions ahead of Valentine’s Day

    With Valentines Day just around the corner, Google has released a "Romance Report" of its most searched love-related questions. The list is long, and comprises of relationship advice about everything from advice on exes, to how to kiss. Here are some of our favourites, all part of the top five most asked in each category. How to set boundaries with your significant other for quality time? How to say happy birthday to an ex? How to kiss well? What is cuddling? DIY valentine decorations. The Romance Report also revealed the top ten languages "I love you" was translated to,...

  • Netflix’s Smart Downloads features heads to iOS

    Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is now available on iOS, the company announced on Thursday. Smart Downloads was first released to Android in July 2018. The feature allows users to download new episodes immediately after the previous one is complete. It will also delete the older episode automatically. To use the feature, users will be required to connect to WiFi. Smart Downloads are also entirely opt-in, and can be switched on or off from the app's Downloads section. Feature image: Netflix

  • Facebook will soon tell you the origin of the ads on your Newsfeed

    In an announcement posted to its Advertisers Hub, Facebook has revealed new transparency updates for users. Spotted first by TechCrunch, the updates will inform users about why they see certain ads, in an attempt to make targeted advertising more authentic. Specifically, you will be informed of which company shared your information with Facebook. "Soon, when a shared Custom Audience from a customer file is used, the 'Why am I seeing this?' explanation will surface the name of the business that uploaded the user's information to Facebook and highlight any Custom Audience sharing that may have taken place," the company explained. Custom Audience...

  • Google launches two new security updates for Safer Internet Day

    Google has revealed two new updates to its security features on Safer Internet Day. "We’re always working to make sure your data is protected, whether you’re using Google products or checking out your favorite websites and apps," the company said on its blog. Password Checkup Password Checkup is a Chrome extension that can detect if your password information has been compromised. "If we detect that a username and password on a site you use is one of over four billion credentials that we know have been compromised, the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password," Google...

  • Google debuts Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier apps for Android Pie

    Google has revealed two new accessibility apps for Android 9.0 Pie meant to help those with hearing difficulties. In a blog post, the company's head of product for accessibility Brian Kemler revealed Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, and both are fairly self explanatory. Live Transcribe This is a tool that translates audio into text in real time. When the app is enabled, it uses your microphone to transcribe the speech around you so that you may read it on your phone as it happens. "Live Transcribe has the potential to give people who are deaf or hard of hearing greater independence in their everyday...

  • Mozilla Firefox 66 will mute autoplay videos by default

    Developer Mozilla announced on Monday that Firefox 66 will mute automatically playing video content on web pages by default. This means that when you're browsing the web through Mozilla Firefox, videos that play automatically will be silenced. "We know that unsolicited volume can be a great source of distraction and frustration for users of the web," the company's Chris Pearce said in a blog post. "Any playback that happens before the user has interacted with a page via a mouse click, printable key press, or touch event, is deemed to be autoplay and will be blocked if it is potentially audible." The company...

  • You can now lock WhatsApp with your face, fingerprint on iPhone

    WhatsApp doesn't want anyone who isn't you reading your messages. On Tuesday the company announced that iPhone users can now enable Touch ID and Face ID on the messaging service. This means that, as an iPhone user, you can now lock and unlock your WhatsApp and only gain access with your fingerprint or face. "At WhatsApp, we care deeply about private messaging, and today we're excited to introduce Touch ID and Face ID on iPhone to help prevent someone from taking your phone and reading your messages," the company announced on its blog. You can access the new feature under the...

  • 6 big trailers and ads from the 2019 Super Bowl

    On Sunday, the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl took place in Atlanta, USA, and as the American sporting tradition dictates, a number of ads and trailers were released during the event's half-time break. If you want to read more about the half-time show, click here, but for the trailers and advertisements we found noteworthy, here are six of the best below. Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFq6IcAxBc Marvel released its second teaser trailer for its eagerly anticipated flick Avengers: Endgame. The 30 second video shows the team preparing for the big battle with Thanos after he destroyed half of it during Infinity War. The movie...

  • US student who swapped SIMs to steal $5m in cryptocurrency pleads guilty

    A US student could face more than 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing $5-million in cryptocurrency, reported Motherboard. Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old California native, SIM swapped the numbers of around 40 victims to gain access to their cryptocurrency wallets. A number of services, even with two-factor authentication enabled, request users for a phone number for additional security. But, ironically, this additional security barrier can weaken the others if another person discovers and swaps your number to another SIM card. It's the loophole the Ortiz, and a number of others in the US, have reportedly used to...

  • Google Arts & Culture app hides its cool features in new ‘camera’ tab

    Google's Arts & Culture app has moved a number of features into its new "camera tab", including its new "Art Projector" and "Art Selfie". According to a release on its blog, Google noted that the former allows you to "place your favourite masterpieces in your kitchen, office or backyard". It's joined by Art Selfie, which lets users find their art doppelgangers (albeit, not very effectively) and two additional features: Colour Palette and Pocket Gallery. "Color Palette finds multiple artworks from around the world that exactly match the color in the photo you just snapped," explained Google, while Pocket Gallery creates...

  • Here’s what will happen to your Google+ profile before April 2019

    Last year Google revealed that it would be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ due the platform's waning popularity. In a statement on Thursday, it detailed what will happen to current users' profiles, and how best to adjust to the death of its social network. Google will officially shut down Google+ on 2 April 2019, when all user activity, profiles, and uploads will be removed. While users can still back up their content until then, by 4 February, the company will disable the creation of profiles, communities, and pages. This will also affect sign in buttons on some sites, and comments...

  • Ben Affleck will hang up his Batman boots before the 2021 reboot

    The next Batman movie will not see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the Dark Knight, a report published on Thursday revealed. According to Deadline, the next Batman movie penned for June 2021 will not feature Affleck in his fourth starring appearance. Instead, the flick piloted by screenwriter and director Matt Reeves, will likely star a younger Bruce Wayne. https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 And with the news came messages of thanks for Affleck and his portrayal of Batman. "If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the...

  • Gmail’s mobile app is getting a big Material Design UI refresh

    Google is finally refreshing Gmail's dated appearance on mobile, bringing its aesthetic in line with the service's web version, and other Material Design-themed G Suite apps. The new look includes more rounded labels and icons, lack of solid lines between each email, and the red header at the top of the screen which makes for a cleaner appearance. Additional tweaks under the hood are also present. "As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments -- like photo -- without opening or scrolling through the conversation, " the company further noted. The app will also send users alerts for suspicious looking...

  • Uber Lite should be the only Uber app you need

    There are many lite versions of popular apps today, all aiming to make our lives easier when we're struggling with data costs, low storage and terrible internet service providers. Now Uber has brought a lite version of its app to South Africa. I recently came across the Uber Lite via an email from the company, saying that it would help me "even with limited connectivity, mobile data or battery life". With my smartphone struggling with storage issues, the app being just 5MB, and data being considerably expensive, I decided to give it a try. It was almost (almost) better than the...