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  • Q2 2018: Twitter loses a million users in three months

    Twitter has had a very bad weekend, nay, a bad quarter. The company on Friday released its Q2 2018 earnings report, and the numbers did little to inspire investor confidence. The company's share price plummeted more than 20% after the social network lost a million monthly active users -- all based in the US -- since April. 335-million is the current population of Twitter -- a figure that has ebbed and flowed but by glacial margins over the past few years. That stock droop is one of the largest in Twitter's history, but the firm's big wigs were optimistic and paid particular...

  • The WhatsApp questions you were too embarrassed to ask, answered

    WhatsApp is simple enough in theory. It's a messaging application with voice and video call support. But that's merely its elevator pitch. When diving down into its many settings and features, WhatsApp can be tailored to your needs provided you know exactly how to tame it. If you're someone who hates visiting FAQs or haven't really tweaked a messaging service before, this article's for you. How do I change by WhatsApp number, and inform my contacts? If you have a new smartphone number and don't want to sacrifice your contacts, groups or settings from your old number, there's a setting that allows you...

  • Public only has a few days left to to vote in South Africa’s biggest ecommerce awards [Sponsored]

    Online spending in South Africa is expected to reach R53-billion by the end of 2018. This is up from R37.1-billion in 2017, according to research conducted by PayPal, bucking the trend of the current economic climate. There’s no doubt that the local ecommerce scene will continue to grow, but South African consumers need to know they can sufficiently trust and engage with retailers, for the industry to reach its full potential. It's just one of the reasons why the PriceCheck Tech & E-Commerce Awards was created. When you reward those doing great work within an industry, you give them motivation to...

  • Cell C announces new WhatsApp and Facebook data bundles

    Cell C this week announced tweaks to its WhatsApp data bundles -- now dubbed ShoutOut bundles -- which previously only allowed access to the social chat app. The tweaks come in two forms: the company now allows users to also access Facebook with the bundles, while changes to the data bundle size and price has also been announced. The company's offering three bundles, namely: 80MB with 1 day access for R4 1200MB with 30 day access for R17 4GB with 30 days access for R49 Notably, that middle bundle was previously priced at R15 and offered 600MB. Cell C explains that its R4/80MB...

  • Google Play Store bans cryptocurrency mining, ‘repetitive’ apps

    It's taken a while, but Google has finally updated its dated Play Store developers' policy, governing what app makers can upload and sell on the repository. Firstly, cryptocurrency miners are no longer allowed on the Store, mirroring its policy on the Chrome Web Store. "We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency," the company writes. Additionally, Google's also looking out for kids on the Play Store. "Apps that include content that sexualizes minors are subject to immediate removal from the Store. Apps that appeal to children but contain adult themes are not...

  • 6 photo editing and effects apps you should try today

    With hundreds of photography apps out there all claiming to give you the best editing experience, it’s no surprise that we sometimes end up downloading dozens of photo editing apps hoping to find exactly that we’re looking for, only to feel a bit frustrated at the outcome. There are, however, some photography-related apps among the many that can truly take your pictures to the next level. For me, it all depends on what vibe you want your photography to portray. I usually prefer true, clean editing over all the filters, stickers and manipulations. However, creating little pieces of your own art...

  • Netflix’s ‘Man in a Van’ ad is really going to annoy satellite TV companies

    It's safe to say that Netflix South Africa has adopted the Wendy's brand of guerilla marketing, this after its latest ad dropped in the country this week. Dubbed "Man in a Van" and starring South African comedian Jason Goliath, the 97-second long short pokes fun at satellite options' often convoluted installation methods. Okay, mainly Multichoice's DStv, to be honest. XD. Although it was off to a slow start, the ad has now racked up more than 44 000 views on YouTube since it debuted two days ago. On Twitter, it has also accrued a further 3000 retweets with more than 5000 likes. It's not...

  • Uber breaks the 10-billion trips barrier worldwide

    Ride-hailing service Uber has this month surpassed 10-billion trips worldwide. In a blog post published Tuesday, the company announced the milestone, which took it a little over eight years to reach. "We’ve hit some pretty exciting milestones together in the past, and this latest one is no different," it wrote. "On Sunday, June 10, 173 trips and deliveries started simultaneously at 10:12pm GMT, putting us over 10 billion completed trips." As for who those people were who pushed the company over the brink, five of them were eating fast food. "These trips happened in more than 21 countries across five continents, in cities like...

  • Dear South African politicians: Please think before you tweet

    Twitter is well known as an effective tool in political campaigns. Research indicates that “politically interested individuals and groups can no longer ignore the opportunities presented by Twitter to engage in political discourse and to influence the outcome of campaigns and legislation". US politicians Donald Trump and Barack Obama both used Twitter as a marketing tool in the election campaigns that resulted in their presidencies. But using the platform thoughtlessly can also be damaging. South Africa has more than 7.7-million Twitter users. In a country where racial and political sensitivities continue to run high, posting faux pas is bound to land you in...

  • Cape Town’s hot, dry July means 6B water restrictions will continue

    Another hot, dry and precipitation-scarce week hasn't had much of an impact on Cape Town's dam levels, this according to the City's latest report. Surprisingly, even though not a drop of rain was recorded at any of the City's monitored stations, dam levels continued to rise. As of 23 July, the city's dam levels stand at 56.4% or 506-billion litres. That's an increase of 1.3% over the previous week, or 12-billion litres. Dam by dam breakdown: Theewaterskloof Dam | +1% to 41.7% Voëlvlei Dam | +2.3% to 56.9% Berg River Dam | +1.2% to 85.9% Wemmershoek Dam | -0.1% to 84.8% Steenbras...

  • Why South Africa is not ready for an AI-powered future

    As with key emerging technology trends such as Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been hailed as nothing short of revolutionary for businesses, governments and consumers. Already, global juggernauts such as Amazon are structuring their entire business models around AI and machine learning (ML), a key subset of AI. "Without ML, Amazon.com couldn’t grow its business, improve its customer experience and selection, and optimize its logistic speed and quality," the company has stated. Indeed, the technology has been deemed so important that in 2016, several tech bigwigs including Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Google, IBM and Microsoft created the Partnership...

  • Stats SA: South Africa’s now home to 57.73m people

    South Africa's population has grown by less than a million in 2018, this according to Statistics South Africa's mid year population report. Published today, and disseminated to users through Twitter in bite-sized chunks, Stats SA noted that the nation's current population figure stands at an estimated 57.73-million. That's up from 56.8-million last year. 51% of the South African #population is female #StatsSA https://t.co/K3ifNgoi3U pic.twitter.com/4am8KZB19v — Stats SA (@StatsSA) July 23, 2018 Additionally, 51% of the country's citizens are women. More than 60% of South Africa's citizens are between the ages of 15 and 59, with a massive spike noted between 21 and 37 years...

  • Donald Trump’s latest Iran tweet gains 50k retweets in five hours

    US President Donald Trump needed little over five hours to amass over 137 000 likes and more than 50 000 retweets on his latest Twitter outburst. Addressing Iran President Hassan Rouhani directly on Sunday, Trump urged his counterpart to "be cautious". "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" he wrote, including the all-caps section. To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED...

  • WhatsApp will limit how many messages you can forward

    Last week WhatsApp announced that it will label forwarded messages. This week, the social media platform is launching a test to limit forwarded messages altogether. Limited forwarding means that there will be a certain number of chats you can forward to a group of specific user at a time. Though the blog post did not say what this limit will specifically be, it did state that users in India will be given a "lower" limit of five chats at once, along with the removal of the quick forwarding option. According to WhatsApp, India has the highest forwarding traffic of any nation. "We believe...

  • SEO’s working, but what’s next? Site speed optimisation and conversion rate

    You’ve just sat down to scrawl through your latest SEO report and your website’s rankings are finally blowing you away. After months of on- and off-page SEO efforts, you’re ranking well for the right search terms in your industry, your organic search traffic is something to boast about, your bounce rate is on a definite downturn and visitors are spending a respectable amount of time on whatever page they land on. It’s obvious that whatever you’re offering up to the search engine Gods is hitting the sweet spot. Not one to be complacent however, a new question pops into your head: I’m...