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  • Sir David Attenborough: climate change threatens ‘collapse of civilisations’

    On Monday, legendary naturalist and the voice of your favourite animal doccies Sir David Attenborough gave a rousing and urgent plea for nations to address climate change. Speaking at the COP24 UN conference in Katowice, Poland, the 92-year-old man represented the "voice of the people" and spoke of future hardships, of the collapse of civilisations, and the extinction of species if climate change is not addressed. "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon," he told the delegation. The message was buoyed by a montage of people's...

  • Twitter recounts ‘horror movie’ aftermath of Global Citizen Festival

    This weekend, the highly anticipated Global Citizen Festival took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Though fans in their thousands enjoyed performances from both local and international artists such as Black Coffee, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, the festival was marred by incidents after the gates were closed. Many attendees were left complaining about the event’s lack of security. Said people took to Twitter to express their concern and recount their experiences of robbery outside the venue at a nearby Sasol garage. Some were also denied Uber rides. Within a few hours, "Uber", "Sasol" and the hashtag #GlobalCitzenFestival began trending. "Can we please...

  • Patricia de Lille announces GOOD, South Africa brings the puns

    Prepare for puns, people. Former Cape Town mayor and DA member Patricia de Lille this weekend announced the name of her new political party, set to run against her former employers, the ANC, and EFF in the 2019 elections. Its name is GOOD. No really, that's what it's called. "That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have enshrined in our movement’s constitution and our country’s constitution," the young party tweeted on Sunday morning. That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have...

  • Sabrina’s sassier and witchier than ever in this new season teaser

    This weekend, when everyone in South Africa was busy doing other things (like waiting eight hours to see Beyonce perform for 25 minutes), Netflix released its teaser trailer for the second part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. That's right. Seasons aren't cool anymore. "Parts" it is. If you're expecting high drama in this short, don't. The trailer runs a little over 40 seconds, and showcases the now bleach-haired full-witch (played by Kiernan Shipka) experimenting with her powers (and fashion sense), running from bats, and receiving encouragement from Satan. You know, usual teenage witch stuff. Although it's not clear how many episodes will constitite...

  • Instagram Stories’ Close Friends lists are now live

    You can now share you Instagram Stories with a specific list of friends and followers. “Starting today, you can make a Close Friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added,” Instagram revealed on its blog. This means that you can now further choose who will see your Story updates, specifically more personal ones. “Sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone,” Instagram notes. “With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.” You can add contacts to this new list by going to the Close Friends tab in...

  • Netflix’s Nailed It! gets a special Holiday-themed edition this December

    Nicole Byer is back, and bringing Jacques Torres along for another mini-season of the slightly disgusting and questionable cooking show Nailed It! The "Holiday!" edition of the Netflix's popular cooking show will still see three "chefs" pitted against one another, only this time they're recreating classic holiday munchies. The show is set to debut on 7 December 2018, but for a 100 second glimpse into the tummy-ache trials that is Nailed It! have a look at the teaser trailer below. Feature image: Netflix

  • The ins and outs of identity theft [Sponsored]

    Identity theft happens when one’s personal information is stolen and used to conduct transactions, usually online. Identity thieves often steal the personal information they need by accessing your online profiles or accounts, where they can see important information such as banking details, your name, address and ID number. The thieves take this information and use it to create credit cards, bank statements and IDs in your name. Then, whilst pretending to be you, they use your credit accounts or open new ones, sometimes taking loans as well. Identity theft results in the abuse of these credit accounts and loans. This can put you...

  • Microsoft Office is getting brand new icons

    Microsoft has redesigned its Office program icons five years after its previous update. The company believes that with the fast paced and diversified digital world in the present day, Office has evolved into a “collaborative suite”. “As a signal to our customers, we’ve evolved our Office icons to reflect these significant product changes,” said Microsoft in an announcement. While the colours remain true to their corresponding Office programmes, the hues are described as “bolder, lighter and friendlier”. “Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels,” the company explains. Indeed, the new icons feature a...

  • Google Translate on web gets UI refresh

    Google has refreshed the UI of Google Translate's web portal, giving it a brand new look and feel. “The site’s new look is now consistent with other Google products, and updated labeling and typography make it easier to navigate,” said Google in an announcement. The new look is still simple and clean like before, but with a more modern layout, making it easier to find certain features like saved documents and your history. “We’ve added labels to each saved translation, so if you speak multiple languages, you can sort and group your translations with a single click,” the company noted further. The update...

  • WhatsApp will soon let you listen to voice notes back to back

    Delving into the worlds of WhatsApp updates, WABetaInfo revealed that the app's latest beta has a new voice messaging feature. Beta version 2.18.362 includes “consecutive voice messages”, allowing users to listen to voice notes continuously if they have received more than one back to back. “When you start to play the first one, WhatsApp will automatically play all other consecutive voice messages as a sequence, so it won’t be necessary to press play on each message,” WABetaInfo explains. The website also provided a video example of the playback, noting that not all users will be able to see this feature in beta...

  • Cyber crime and festive season shopping [Sponsored]

    Although online retail only accounts for 1.4% of South Africa’s retail spend -- as per the recent findings of business technology research firm World Wide Worx – data seems to suggest more South Africans are shopping online. The same study, which the firm conducted with the support of Visa and Platinum Seed, found that online retail had grown by 25% over 2017 with estimates that online retail spend will pass R14-million this year. Despite its conveniences – chief among them the ability to shop for all manner of things in the comfort of your own home or wherever the shopping...

  • Facebook to bring more local news to users with ‘Today In’

    Facebook has announced that it will start rolling out its local news feature to more countries around the world. Called Today In, the feature will aggregate local news and alerts for people depending on where in the world they are, allowing them to see more relevant and immediate news. Currently, the feature is available in the US and parts of its surrounding areas whilst also being tested in Australian communities too. “In addition, we have started testing Today In in communities located in news deserts, places that have low supply of local news and community information, by supplementing with relevant content from...

  • Disney to launch new Star Wars animated shorts for kids

    Disney has revealed a Star Wars-themed YouTube channel for kids set to feature the new Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures show. The show will consist of a series of short animations about the original Star Wars stories, making the historical pop culture hit accessible to potential young fans. In an announcement made on Star Wars’ official site, the company said that the show aims to “introduce the classic themes, pivotal moments, and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga to the next generation.” “Debuting on the all-new StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel on November 30, the first six shorts...

  • Instagram adds features for the visually impaired

    Instagram has revealed a new set of features to help make the platform more accessible to visually impaired users. “With more than 285-million people in the world who have visual impairments, we know there are many people who could benefit from a more accessible Instagram,” the company said on its blog. To make Instagram more accessible in this regard, the two new features work through screen readers. These are programmes that read information on screens out loud to users who cannot see well. The 'automatic alternative text' feature "uses object recognition technology to generate a description of photos for screen readers,” Instagram...

  • Roald Dahl’s works are coming to Netflix in 2019

    Netflix is teaming up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to produce animated series based on the author's works. “Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series,” the company revealed in a press release. Stories such as "The Twits", "The BFG", "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have been confirmed. While the tales will be reimagined and expanded, Netflix claims it will remain “faithful” to the originals. “Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique...