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  • Companies are set to spend a lot more on IT in 2018

    2018's global IT spend is forecast to experience nearly double the growth seen in 2017, Gartner revealed in its latest report. The intelligence firm suggested that IT spend is set to top US$3.7-trillion this year, an increase of 6.2% over last. That also marks the highest annual growth rate Gartner has forecast since 2007. 2017's growth figure fell just short of 4%. But the increase in spend is seemingly pegged to currency, and not an increased demand for IT solutions. "Although global IT spending is forecast to grow 6.2 per cent this year, the declining US dollar has caused currency tailwinds, which are...

  • Affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal? You’ll know today

    Brace yourselves if you plan to login to Facebook today, because you might be in for an uncomfortable surprise. The social network announced that it will today inform the 87-million users who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The alert will be in the form of a message card at the top of users' news feeds. The company initially believed only 50-million Facebook users were affected by the data scandal. However, last week it boosted that figure by more than 30-million. Around 70-million of those users affected reside in the United States, a million from the Philippines, United Kingdom and...

  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his Facebook account

    What does WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Playboy's CEO Cooper Hefner, and now Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak all have in common? They've all left Facebook in some capacity. Wozniak, speaking to USA Today, seemingly no longer wants to be the "product" that Facebook sells. "Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he told the publication in an email this weekend. "The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back." "Apple makes its money off of...

  • Huawei Pay set to launch in South Africa later this year

    Hold onto your credit cards, folks. If all goes to plan, Huawei Pay will be coming to South Africa in the second half of the year, the company's Gene Jiao confirmed to Memeburn in an interview. Speaking on Thursday at the P20 launch in Johannesburg, Jiao -- the president of Huawei Consumer Business Group in the MEA region -- revealed that the firm plans to rollout its mobile payments platform to South Africa in the coming months. The news echoes Huawei's earlier announcement in March of a forthcoming mobile payments offering for South Africa, alongside a standalone app store, streaming music...

  • 3 wounded, shooter kills herself after YouTube HQ shootout

    Three people were wounded on Tuesday after a shooting broke out at YouTube's California headquarters. The shooter later committed suicide. According to a statement, the San Bruno Police Department received 911 calls "reporting gun fire at the YouTube campus located at 901 Cherry Avenue in San Bruno". Officers then arrived at the headquarters minutes later. "Arriving officers encountered numerous employees fleeing the building. Officers encountered one victim with an apparent gunshot wound to a lower extremity at the front of the building," the statement continued. A "deceased female inside with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound" was then found. She was...

  • How screen recording can be used in different ways [Sponsored]

    As its name suggests, screen recording refers to any video recording that is sourced directly from your screen – and is sometimes referred to as screen capture or screencast recording. Most people have a fairly linear idea of how screen recording can be used however, and do not fully appreciate its potential. The fact of the matter is that because screen recording will let you record any and all video footage from your screen – there are several ways in which you could choose to use it: Creating how-to guides or demonstrations of software and apps Generally how-to guides and demonstrations is...

  • BlackBerry sues Snap Inc’s Snapchat for patent infringement

    BlackBerry's back at it again. Not content with simply suing Facebook-owned WhatsApp for alleged patent infringement this year, BlackBerry is now suing Snap Inc's Snapchat for doing the same. According to BlackBerry, Snap "has used BlackBerry's intellectual property to compete with it in the mobile messaging space". These infringements are "damaging" BlackBerry's business, it notes in its complaint. Said intellectual property includes six patents -- 8,825,084; 8,326,327; 8,301,713; 8,209,634; 8,296,351; and 8,676,929 -- that it used and pioneered through BlackBerry Messenger. These cover a broad spectrum, including Snap Map and Snap Ads. Additionally, Bloomberg notes that four of those six patents were...

  • You can now send and receive 360 degree video and pics in Facebook Messenger

    If you're still using Facebook Messenger, you can now send 360 degree photos and videos -- in addition to 720p video -- from the Android and iOS app. "For 360 degree photos in Messenger, simply set your phone camera to panorama and snap a photo or capture a 360 degree photo using a 360 photo app or camera. Then share it in Messenger as you would a normal photo," the company explains in an update. As the 360 media you capture isn't reliant on Messenger but your phone's default camera app, this feature might not be supported by all phones. This...

  • Privacy as we know it is dead (but data security matters more than ever)

    Over the last few days, as the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica disaster continues to make waves, there has been a huge increase in deleted Facebook profiles. Elon Musk made waves when he deleted his company pages for both Tesla and SpaceX, after first claiming surprise that either of his companies was on Facebook in the first place. This move has given the #deletefacebook even more momentum. Is deleting Facebook really the answer to the latest data scandal, however? And, more importantly for brands using social media, is privacy even a real thing anymore? The concept of privacy has been hotly...

  • Google Chrome extensions will no longer mine crypto using your PC

    In case you had no idea, before April Fools Day, Google allowed developers of Chrome browser extensions to mine cryptocurrency using your computer's resources. The company deemed it acceptable provided users of said extensions (read: you) were made "adequately" aware of the behaviour, and that the extension was not bundled with "unrelated functionality" like email notifiers or additional downloadable files. But the big G has now completely changed its stance. Citing the abuse of its lenient guidelines, Google will will now cull Chrome extensions that mine cryptocurrency in any capacity. "Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store...

  • Instagram breaks third-party apps, services by throttling its API call limit

    In what seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to its parent company's recent leaky-data woes, Instagram has restricted third-party developers from accessing its data pool. For users, this may sound like a welcome change, but it's a mixed bag. A report by TechCrunch suggests that the image-sharing social network reduced its API call limit -- essentially the total number of instances a third-party app or service can request information from Instagram in an hour -- from 5000 calls to just 200 calls. This means that services fundamentally requiring high update rates -- or simply services built with the original update rate in...

  • ‘Small number’ of Boeing’s computer systems hit by WannaCry malware

    Remember WannaCry? It was 2017's big security story, infecting more than a quarter-million Windows computers at its most prolific point. But its prominence died down after tech doctors quelled its spread. But like a bad case of influenza, it's definitely not dead, and reports suggest aircraft manufacturer Boeing found that out the hard way on Wednesday. According to the Seattle Times, the firm's 777 assembly line in North Carolina was affected, but it was contained to a small number of machines. "The vulnerability was limited to a few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption to the 777 jet program...

  • MTN debuts airtime-doubling ‘100% BONUS Starter Pack’

    MTN is this week debuting a new starter pack in South Africa with a value-added twist, just ahead of the 1 April 2018 VAT increase. "The new MTN 100% BONUS Starter Pack rewards customers with 100% bonus airtime each time they recharge," the company writes in a statement. "The SIM card doubles the value each time when they recharge, allowing MTN to further brighten South African’s lives by giving them more value for their rand." This effectively means that users who purchase R30 airtime on the SIM card, will receive R30's worth of free airtime. Said airtime can be used to call...

  • Bumble sues Tinder’s owner Match for $400m over trade secrets, ‘false statements’

    A few days ago, we wrote a piece about Tinder's parent company Match suing its dating app rival Bumble for patent infringement. While that particular case isn't over just yet, a new counter-case has just emerged. That's right. The plucky bee-themed dating company is now suing Match for US$400-million for "fraudulently" requesting trade secrets. According to a TechCrunch report, Match required the information -- in the midst of the company's drive to purchase Tinder's rival -- to validate a higher offer. But an offer never came, and Bumble believes the information Match requested was used to benefit it financially in the dating...

  • Too little too late? Facebook tweaks its Privacy Settings, adds ‘Access Your Information’ page

    The sleeping social media giant has finally woken up. After offering users lip-service through its nightmarish past two weeks, Facebook is now physically addressing its data issues, beginning with a redesign its apps' privacy settings and the addition of a user info management section. "Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data," writes Erin Egan, the company's VP and CPO, and Ashlie Beringer, VP and deputy general counsel in a joint statement. Here's the extent of the company's latest...