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  • WiFi network called ‘remote detonator’ prompts evacuation of US gym

    We've seen some dope WiFi network names in recent years, and thinking of something novel is the best part of setting up a router. "IP When I Sneeze" and "Pretty Fly for a WiFi" and the evergreen "FBI Surveillance Van" come to mind. But "Remote Detonator" is perhaps pushing it too far, at least it was for some gym goers in the US this weekend. According to local news outlet MLive, a network named "remote detonator" was found by a user of a local gym in Michigan. The user, likely freaked out ever so slightly, subsequently alerted the manager. The equally freakout...

  • How TV has evolved [Sponsored]

    Just what does a 21-year-old living without electricity have to do with what most people do in the evening? The very first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who lived in a home without electricity until the age of 14. The first image he transmitted was a line, but he later managed to transmit a dollar sign after a potential investor asked when he would begin to see some dollars. However, inventor John Logie Baird is touted as one of the major inventors of the television and was involved in mechanical as well as electronic television development...

  • Catching Feelings is debuting globally on Netflix in May

    South African comedy Catching Feelings debuted in cinemas last month, and it did fairly well for a local film at the box office. But for those who don't enjoy cinemas, you can soon watch the flick on your own television. Netflix South Africa today announced that the flick, directed by Kagiso Lediga (Wonder Boy for President) and stars Pearl Thusi, is heading to the streaming service. It's the first SA film to feature on Netflix too. "Catching Feelings is a dark romantic comedy drama which "follows a jaded academic and his journalist wife, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated...

  • Instagram’s @design account will give you extreme desk envy

    You're probably already sick of being at work, am I right? But what if I told you that your desk is pretty damn boring too? Thankfully, I don't have to, but Instagram most certainly will. The company this week (pushing aside Facebook's woes for a moment) announced its new official account @design. Yes, that handle is probably the envy of designer influencers across the world, but so are the scenes it captures. This was a temporary workspace for the designer and artist @camillewalala, who set up her sketchbook next to a pancake breakfast while on holiday on the southern coast of...

  • The omni-channel experience and its true definition

    The omni-channel experience is a relatively new marketing term that quickly reached buzzword status. Already in that first sentence there are a number of problems that make omni-channel something quite difficult for brands to get right; which is quite troubling as the core of the omni-channel experience is not a new concept. The omni-channel experience has been around since we first started promoting goods and services; but for some reason the race to digital migration has confused the issue. What is the omni-channel experience? At its very core, the omni-channel experience is about ensuring that no matter where a customer or prospect...

  • These are the 12 Disney shows Netflix South Africa added today

    Disney may be planning its own streaming service for 2019, but for now, Netflix still stocks some of the company's content. Today, it announced that 12 new Disney shows -- for kids and adults -- are now available to stream in South Africa. A few highlights include Phineas and Ferb's first four seasons, Gravity Falls' seasons one and two, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first two seasons as well. In addition, kids can annoy their parents with Sofia The First's second and third seasons, and Doc McStuffins' first three seasons. (Because, as we sit at our desks watching that clock...

  • 7 security strategies to protect everyone from data breaches

    Recent reports of large data breaches are alarming for everyone. Customers worry about the implications of having their financial and personal information hijacked. The organisations that were compromised worry about both the near-term and the long-term effects on their business and other organisations worry if they will be next. Two things are certain, though. The cost of a data breach is going to be really expensive, and it’s not going to be the last time it happens. The big question everyone is asking is, what do I do about this? Perform a risk assessment A thorough risk assessment helps ensure you are focussed...

  • Google Go now available in South Africa

    If the standard Google app is proving too bloated for your device, the company has today made its lightweight Google Go app available in South Africa, and other African territories. Google's Go apps -- much like Facebook Lite and Twitter Lite -- require less storage space on device and can function more efficiently on slower networks. Although Google Go has been available on Android Go devices for a while across the world, from today anyone can download the app for standard Android versions newer than 4.3 Jelly Bean. "Users come to us to experience the web and access accurate information quickly. Unfortunately...

  • Google Photo’s Lens can now recognise the breed of your furry friend

    In the most important tech news of the year, Google has announced that Lens can now identify the breed of your dog and cat. Google Lens was recently made available across all Android devices, but its usefulness was limited. Users could scan business cards to add them to their phone books, or take photos of famous paintings to get more information on them. But now, "when you take a photo of an animal -- like a cute cat or dog -- you can use Lens to help identify its breed and get more information," the company writes in an update. A number...

  • Instagram will soon let you download your data like Facebook

    Just like its owner Facebook, Instagram will soon allow users to download all the data they've ever uploaded to the service. "We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages," an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. It's a stark departure to the social network's closed ecosystem that doesn't make it easy to download images on desktop or mobile. Even if it's your own. How to download your Facebook data (and why you should) Memeburn breaks down the steps to download all your data from Facebook....

  • 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge will begin in September, end in Stellenbosch

    Get your sun hats, parasols and high-tech solar-powered vehicles ready. The latest edition Sasol Solar Challenge endurance event will kick off in September 2018. The competition's leaderboard is determined by total distance covered across a seven day period by vehicles powered by the sun's rays. The team with the most distance covered wins the title. And unlike traditional endurance racing, it's not the first team across the finish line who receives the plaudits. 15 teams from Australia, China, Japan, the Netherlands, the US and South Africa, will take part in the challenge, including two teams who have not competed in the...

  • MTN is South Africa’s best mobile network, new report suggests

    MTN is the best mobile network in South Africa according to a new report published by MyBroadband. The company's Q1 2018 Mobile Network Quality Report published Wednesday, gauges the performance of South Africa's big four networks through its Speed Test Android app. More than 140 000 tests were conducted through the 1 January and 31 March test period. Based on pure average download speed, MTN has Vodacom beaten by more than 2Mbps. The yellow team sees an average download rate of 24.12Mbps, while the latter enjoys a still quick but slower 21.26Mbps. Notably, both are above South Africa's average download rate of...

  • App of the Week: CV Engineer lets you build your resume from your phone

    In our series App of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that allows people to build their CVs and resumes without a computer -- CV Engineer. Looking for a job can be a job in itself. While frantically darting from one interview to the next, stressing about your choice of attire, or second-guessing whether your salary expectations were realistic, your CV should be the least of your worries. And it's even more complicated if you don't have regular access to a PC,...

  • Google and Apple’s apps industry is having one bumper 2018

    2018 has been the best year ever for apps -- in terms of downloads and spend -- on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, according to a new report by AppAnnie. The app analytics and data firm revealed that both Apple's iOS app and Google's Android app downloads grew by a combined 10% year-over-year. More 27.5-billion apps have been downloaded between the two stores in the first three months of 2018 alone. Google Play continues to lead Apple's App store in this metric, with more than 19.2-billion apps grabbed during this period. Apple sees 135% fewer downloads, with just...

  • You could soon follow Instagrammers by scanning their Nametag

    If you're too lazy to ask a fellow human for their Instagram handle, the social network's upcoming feature is just what you need. In a similar vein to Snapchat's Snapcodes, Instagram is reportedly readying its Nametag feature that will allow users to follow friends by scanning tags with their smartphone camera. And yes, this seemingly was inspired by its yellow rival, but Nametags make sense if you're an influencer or business. They can be printed, stuck to the door of a restaurant, pasted on your enemies' back when they're not looking, or plucked onto YouTube videos or Twitter profile images. And Instagram's...