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  • Here’s how APIs can ignite business growth in 2019

    As South African businesses enter a new year that is fraught with economic uncertainty, achieving sustained growth will be a difficult task. Yet for leaders who can turn an enterprising eye to the many opportunities within emerging technology, there is immense potential for growth and innovation. One such example is the increasing influence and prominence of APIs, which are already changing the face of banking, for one. API stands for application programming interface, and essentially describes an efficient mechanism to allow software to ‘talk to’ other software. Let’s take a closer look… Commercial sites, such as Facebook, make certain parts of...

  • 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...

  • Liam Neeson drops racist, rape-related bombshell in the middle of an interview

    In an interview with the Independent intended to promote his new movie Cold Pursuit, actor Liam Neeson instead dropped a racist, rape-related bombshell from his past. The 66-year-old Northern Irish star told the publication that he had once been tempted to go on a murderous rampage against black people after discovering that a friend had been raped. "She said it was a black person," Neeson claimed, which led the actor to seek out any black man for revenge. "I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody -- I'm ashamed to say that -- and I...

  • 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...

  • ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is SA’s biggest movie this week

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend, according to data from Ster Kinekor. The new release from Dreamworks, voiced by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, jumped straight to the top of the chart, relegating The Upside to second place. In third spot, DC's Aquaman remains Southern Africa's biggest grosser still on the chart, raking in R51.6-million since its debut nearly two months ago. Oscar winner Rami Malek's Bohemian Rhapsody places fourth this week, while the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Glass is fifth. Notably, the next three movies are all South African-made. Matwetwe, produced by DJ Black...

  • What to watch on Showmax and Netflix this February

    They call February the month of love, but while some think of the perfect date as dining al fresco beneath a moonlit sky, others would argue that an uncapped internet connection, a large screen, and the bevy of content available on Netflix and Showmax this month is all they really need. Here's what to watch on South Africa's streaming services this month. Showmax 2 Dope Queens If you've ever wondered what your favourite podcast would be like as a live-action talk show, 2 Dope Queens is your answer. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson tackle race, gender dynamics and sex under the veil of comedy,...

  • US rapper 21 Savage is actually British and the internet is loving it

    On Sunday, Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after it was discovered that the musician was actually born in the UK. The 26-year-old has posed as a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, a city in the US, but, according to reports, the star has allegedly overstayed his expired visa by about 14 years. The news took the internet by storm, and a multitude of memes were born in the rapper's honour. He spent much of Super Bowl Sunday and early Monday as a trending Twitter topic. https://twitter.com/SeorPablo2/status/1092191498077171712 https://twitter.com/itsnotmasonh/status/1092285701159235585 https://twitter.com/Dumbledoofus/status/1092170971899936770 https://twitter.com/PitEntertain/status/1092212200079544322 Some fans decided that the name "Sir...

  • 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...

  • Super Bowl LIII, Maroon 5, Spongebob and the wrath of Bikini Bottom

    It doesn't take much for people to get riled up online, but when there's promise of homage to be paid at a Superbowl half-time performance that doesn't quite happen, you're damn sure pitchforks will be raised. This was the case on Sunday when Maroon 5 took to the stage to perform at the sport's 53rd showpiece on Sunday. https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1092233512382414848 For months, fans of Spongebob Squarepants created a petition to have "Sweet Victory" -- an iconic song performed by the cast of the show during a "Bubble Bowl" -- played at the 2019 half-time performance. The gesture was a hat-tip to Squarepants creator Stephen...

  • 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...

  • Beyonce, Jay Z will give you free concert tickets ‘for life’ if you go vegan

    In an Instagram post on Thursday, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay Z are offering life-time concert tickets to those who them in going vegan for The Greenprint Project. "What is your Greenprint? Click the link in my bio for a chance to win tickets to any JAY and/or my shows for life," she wrote in the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSNVwqAmXv/ If you follow the link in the star's bio, you'll be faced with the attractive, green landscape that is the Greenprint website. The site provides stats on how a plant based meal for yourself can help you save the world in various ways. "It...

  • Rethinking the relevance of Big Data in the age of social media

    In the customer service environment, businesses have access to a wealth of operational and systems data in the contact centre. With the correct measurement and optimisation (dashboards and reporting; staff scheduling; training; processes; workflows; systems etc.) all this data can be used to improve efficiency, productivity, cost savings, and enhanced CX. However, while it takes skill and knowledge to identify and remedy some of the day-to-day challenges in this environment, the quantitative nature of most of this data means that outcomes are easy to measure and the results can be clearly shown as objective. When it comes to analysing and understanding...

  • 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...

  • You can now order food on Uber Eats in Paarl

    Uber Eats is now available 60km northeast of Cape Town in the Winelands town of Paarl, the company announced on Thursday. It's the third location in the Western Cape after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and the seventh town in South Africa to receive the service. "We are always excited to expand to a new city not only because we are bringing eaters an innovative way to order their meals but because it affords us the opportunity to give delivery-partners an additional earning opportunity as well as enabling local restaurants to connect with more customers to grow their business," said...