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  • You can now ‘follow’ your favourite places on Google Maps

    Forget following people and hashtags, Google Maps will let you follow your favourite locations. When you select a place or business, a follow button will be available below its star rating, journey time, and business type. Simply tap the button to follow the place of interest. When following businesses, the app will keep you updated on the latest news at your regular hang out spots and frequented shops.. “Once you’ve followed places, news from them -- like events, offers and other updates -- will appear in the For You tab,” said Google in the announcement. Google Maps will also list businesses for up...

  • Music and lip syncing is coming to a Facebook profile near you

    This week Facebook is introducing a range of new music-related features to its platform. “Sometimes the right words to fit your mood, feeling, or personality can be hard to find,” the company stated in a blog post. To solve this apparent problem, Facebook will be implementing a Music feature in Stories, adding lyrics to Lip Sync Live and allow the use of songs in profiles. Music in Facebook Stories The Music feature for Facebook Stories is similar to Instagram's. With it you will be able to add songs to your Story updates from a library of music, and a sticker will be added...

  • Halloween’s favourite boy band, the Slashstreet Boys, are back

    Halloween is just a few days away, and if you were thinking of dressing as one of the Backstreet Boys, you might want to reconsider that decision. Don't get me wrong. The world's best boy band from the 1990s can still rock a karaoke bar like nothing else, but this parody may have just murdered them. "I'll Kill You That Way" is what happens when Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Ghostface, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface cover the boy band's "I Want It That Way". They're known in the industry as the Slashstreet Boys. Complete with autotune, the boy band music video tropes you'd expect,...

  • ‘A talent has been taken’: South Africa pays tribute to HHP on Twitter

    South African rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better know as Hip Hop Pantsula, and HHP, has died at the age of 38. The well-known musician was reportedly suffering from depression, and was on Wednesday found dead at his home in Johannesburg. The star’s death was confirmed by his wife on scene yesterday afternoon. Some of HHP most popular songs included "Music and Lights", "Jabba" and "Mptise". Friends and fans of the musician expressed their shock and sorrow at the news on Twitter. I'm GUTTED. I went to high school with Jabs. I listened to him sing in the choir. We went to rugby training. I...

  • This almost perfect rectangular iceberg is a social media star

    Planet Earth usually doesn't like right angles or draw in straight lines. Mountains are rarely perfectly vertical or horizontal, flat areas of land has its nooks and crannies, and the idea of an iceberg is traditionally imagined as a weird mirrored pyramid. But this block of ice is proving this notion false. NASA's IceBridge project, which monitors the shelves across the Antarctic, last week tweeted an image of a rectangular iceberg during a flyby of the continent's northern Peninsula area. NASA's official account retweeted it on Wednesday. From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among...

  • Huawei Pay’s South African launch date remains a 2019 mystery

    The question of "when is Huawei Pay coming to South Africa" has become something of a meme for local journalists. We were last told late 2018, but this date has seemingly been pushed back. The Chinese firm's contactless payments system, which is operational in some European markets and China, is set to compete against the likes of Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay in South Africa. But it can't, because it's not yet available here. Last night, at the firm's launch of its Mate 20 Pro in Kyalami, the question was asked yet again. Akhram Mohamed, Huawei South Africa's CTO, answered the...

  • Cape Town just can’t stop tweeting about this heatwave

    After months of rain, it seems that Cape Town has jumped from the depths of winter straight into the clay oven of summer. The city this week is pretty damn hot. Actually, that itself is probably a bit of an understatement. On Monday, the mercury in the Mother City topped the mid-30s. Tuesday was just as bad. Wednesday, I'm writing this sprawled across the floor, largely melted. The hot weather is also expected to last through the weekend, making many Capetonians question if it's worth braving the surface of Crematoria. "Can this Cape Town weather please protect me from itself?!" one user wrote. 6am...

  • #AfricaEmoji trends on Twitter once again thanks to a ‘virtual march’

    Early on Wednesday, #AfricaEmoji began trending on Twitter in an attempt to make the emoji a permanent feature on the social media platform. Back in July, it was Absa that tried to save the emoji, which would only be available on Twitter for three months. Last week, the financial institution once again asked Africans around the continent to help save the hashtag, which is much more than a simple emoji of our continent, the company believes. “#AfricaEmoji is the start of a new narrative -- the one told by us as Africans. It’s a tiny symbol with massive clout – an emoji that...

  • Messenger 4 is a simpler, more colourful version of Facebook’s chat app

    Facebook has announced a simpler version of Facebook Messenger, called Messenger 4, will begin rolling out globally. “We believe Messenger 4 delivers the closeness and authenticity that you’ve been asking for — through simplicity of design and powerful features,” the company said on its website. Messenger 4 will feature a simplified UI with just three tabs to navigate through, as opposed to the current nine. Chats, People and Discover In the Chats tab, you'll find private and group messages along with the app’s camera feature. In the People tab, you can find your contacts and view their Facebook Stories. The Discover tab is “where you can...

  • Google brings 4K upgrades to Google Play Movies & TV

    Google has revealed upgrades for Google Play Movies & TV that will allow users in the US and Canada to watch content in 4K. According to the announcement, all movies you have already bought will now be streamed in 4K -- that is four times the resolution of Full HD -- while you can buy new titles in 4K at lower prices. “We think watching in 4K should be a no brainer, so we’re continuously working to make that a reality,” the company explained. Google also noted that it's working on support for the Google Play Movies and TV app on more Smart...

  • Uber rides in London will be hit by a ‘clean air’ tax

    As the world becomes smoggier, companies that rely on gas guzzling vehicles become more responsible for the future of clean air, and the planet as a whole. The latest firm to feel the heat is Uber. According to a report by Engadget, the company will introduce a "clean air" tax on rides taking place in London. But it's not going to combating global warming directly, or reducing the city's growing pollution issues. Instead, the 15 pence per mile tax, which Uber believes will be enough to raise some US$260-million, will go towards helping drivers purchase electric cars. This forms part of the company's...

  • WhatsApp to get Silent and Vacation modes

    According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has been developing new features in the form of Silent Mode and Vacation Mode. Silent Mode is already active on all WhatsApp accounts, according to the revelation. With this feature enabled you no longer see how many muted messages you have received whenever you enter the app. Vacation Mode is still in the works however, and will work with archived chats that have also been muted. Currently, when you archive or mute a chat on WhatsApp, you’ll still see the chats when you go back into the app. With Vacation Mode, your archived chats that...

  • Mozilla is testing its own VPN service in Firefox

    Mozilla has announced that it will be providing a VPN service for its Firefox browser to a select number of its users. Said users will now be able to buy a virtual private network (VPN) from Firefox itself to provide online privacy. “Across numerous studies we’ve consistently heard from our users that they want Firefox to protect their privacy on public networks,” the company explained in a blog post. A VPN, as described by Mozilla, is “an online service and a piece of software that work together to secure your internet connection against monitoring and eavesdropping”. The service will run as an experiment...

  • You can now buy Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, doctoral thesis, and more

    You can now buy Stephen Hawking's iconic wheelchair if it just so happened to be on your Christmas shopping list. An auction will be held online for 22 of Hawking's most iconic works and items, including his doctoral thesis, scientific papers, and his script from The Simpsons. The items won't come cheap though, according to the AP exclusive, the doctoral thesis carries a price of more than US$130 000. One of his wheelchairs is valued at US$13 000. But it's not for personal gain, at least not according to the auctioneers. Proceeds will be given to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation,...

  • YouTube’s web version now has miniplayer for multitasking

    Now you can watch videos and browse through others simultaneously from your web browser using YouTube’s miniplayer feature. For a while now, the mobile YouTube app has had the feature, allowing users to continue watching videos on their smart devices in a little miniature screen while they look for more content. The miniplayer, which was first noted by Engadget, can be found next to the resolution settings at the bottom right of any YouTube video. All you have to do is click the little miniplayer icon and you’re free to browse. You still can’t multitask outside of the mobile app though, we’ve...