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  • Lego pokes fun at foldable smartphones with its ‘Lego Fold’ reveal

    Lego might have joined the foldable smartphone war with its very own "Lego Fold", it revealed on Twitter. "A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery," the tweet read. https://twitter.com/LEGO_Group/status/1102539211834576902 The "device" however, is really just Lego's old Pop-Up Book, and the seems to be teasing smartphone makers by copying their marketing techniques. The set has been around for some time, and unfolds to reveal movable scenes from various fairy tales. https://twitter.com/01Jurassic/status/1102541493519163393 Smartphone companies have not responded to the jibe just yet. Feature image: Lego

  • EFF goes to Parliament to rename Cape Town’s airport after Winnie Mandela

    Just two months ahead of the 2019 National Elections, the EFF will table a motion in Parliament to change the name of Cape Town International Airport to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport. In the release posted to Twitter, the party suggests that the renaming will honour the "struggle veteran and fearless fighter for the liberation of the people of South Africa". It also noted that the renaming will ensure that the memory of Winnie Mandela's "gallant war against Apartheid are not deleted". https://twitter.com/EFFSouthAfrica/status/1102798494723727360 Thanks to a slow political news day, the hashtag #ChooseWinnieMandela began trending on Monday morning after EFF big wigs tweeted the...

  • Update: Babes Wodumo has reportedly opened a case against Mampintsha

    According to a report by News24, Babes Wodumo has opened a case of assault against her boyfriend Mampintsha. This comes after a video posted on Instagram went viral, showing Mampintsha slapping the singer several times. Yesterday afternoon, a family member informed concerned fans via twitter, that a public statement would be made by the end of the day. https://twitter.com/BABESWODUMO/status/1102518906768510976 No statement was made, however, another family spokesperson confirmed to News24 that a case had been opened. On Twitter, calls for Mampintsha's arrest continue to trend under the hashtag #LockUpMampintsha. According to multiple reports, a media briefing is expected at 10am. Feature image: Andy...

  • FNB credit, debit cards now support Samsung Pay

    First National Bank (FNB) and RMB Private Bank customers who own a Samsung Pay-enabled device can now use the contactless payments system. Samsung Pay debuted in South Africa in August 2018 and initially only worked with Absa and Standard Bank cards. Read more: Samsung Pay's FAQ for South Africans This isn't FNB's first foray into contactless payments though. The bank also supports Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay, which was launched in South Africa just days before Samsung's offering. FNB also allows users to use its app, if a Samsung, Fitbit or Garmin device isn't owned by the consumer. "FNB remains the only bank in...

  • Rain: Johannesburg and Cape Town will receive 5G networks in 2019

    Last week, during the hustle and bustle of MWC 2019, we penned an article noting that Rain's 5G network will initially roll out in Johannesburg using Huawei's infrastructure. But it's not the whole story. Last Thursday, Nokia's networking operations announced at MWC 2019 that it will be launching a 5G network with Rain... in Cape Town. The announcement fits in with Rain's initial testing of its 5G network, which took place in Cape Town using Nokia's infrastructure. Speaking with Rain's chief marketing officer Khaya Dlanga, he explained that both Cape Town and Johannesburg will be the first cities to receive 5G networks...

  • Google updates ‘Offers’ for Business Profiles

    Google has revealed a new update for its Offers feature for Business Profiles to help businesses and customers find deals faster. "We’re making offers more prominent on Business Profiles on Google," the company said on its blog. The new layout gives businesses a "dedicated space" to display their latest deals. This space appears at the top of the profile, when a customer is viewing a business. "For businesses, adding an offer is easy. When creating a post in the Google My Business App, you’ll see an option to categorize it as an offer," the company explained further. A business can add a...

  • Lion’s Head’s safety comes under fire on social media, SANParks responds

    The darling of Cape Town's skyline Lion's Head recently reopened to the public after a lengthy rehabilitation period. Initially, this six-week rest period beginning November 2018 was to address the mountain's condition and safety infrastructure in place. This period was lengthened after a wildfire swept across the peak in January causing additional damage. But on 1 March, the trail was reopened to the public. "The conservation team have also commenced vegetation rehabilitation in a number of places and the Park requests visitors to assist the team with this process by not stepping off the pathway for any reason," Table Mountain National Park...

  • Streaming music services are the music industry’s new overlords

    Music industry sales are on the rise, and not because people are buying any tunes. Instead, it's streaming services that are boosting overall profits. A report by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has noted that profits have been steadily rising over the past three years, thanks to music streaming services. "Revenues from streaming music platforms grew 30% year-over-year reach to $7.4-billion, contributing 75% of total revenues for 2018, and accounting for virtually all the revenue growth for the year," the report said. This means that streaming services like Spotify and iTunes are practically carrying the industry, as not many people...

  • Eskom: ‘low risk’ of load shedding for Monday evening

    There is a "low risk of rotational load shedding" for Monday 4 March, power utility Eskom announced around midday. In a tweet, the company detailed that it continues to encourage individuals and businesses to use power sparingly. https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1102496959137488896 "Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website, and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place," it added. The utility on Friday suggested that there was a "high risk" that load shedding would occur on Friday and through the weekend, but that did not materialise. "Thank you to all South Africans all customers for...

  • Video of Babes Wodumo beaten live on Instagram goes viral on Twitter

    Update: Babes Wodumo has reportedly laid charges against Mampintsha for the incident that was captured live on Instagram. A live Instagram video from South African singer Babes Wodumo sparked outrage on Twitter when it showed her being slapped around by her boyfriend Mampintsha, another local musician. Though the video has since disappeared, it was recorded by many fans who have since shared the footage on YouTube and Twitter. https://twitter.com/Zakhele/status/1102343424106262528 Since the incident, Babes' supporters flooded Twitter with calls for Mampintsha's arrest. https://twitter.com/SizweDhlomo/status/1102454878033592320 https://twitter.com/M_Letsholonyane/status/1102425601774968832 https://twitter.com/unclescrooch/status/1102371184488968195 https://twitter.com/AdvBarryRoux/status/1102427756174950400 https://twitter.com/Mr_SuitUp/status/1102362040809803776 At least six Mampintsha-related hashtags also began trending Monday morning, including #fuckmampintsha, #mampintshaistrash, and #arrestmampintsha. South African musicians also rallied together to call out...

  • France’s planned internet giant tax could rake in €500m annually

    France is planning to tax the globe's internet giants, a move that could bring an additional €500-million (around R8-billion) to the country per year. According to the country's finance minister Bruno Le Maire, the tax is aimed at firms that earn at least €750-million (around R12-billion) globally, and €25-million (around R400-million) in France. This would include more than 30 companies, including the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Uber. "A taxation system for the 21st century has to built on what has value today, and that is data," Le Maire told French newspaper Le Parisien, as reported by Reuters. While the bill hasn't...

  • Facebook’s suing companies, individuals for creating fake accounts, likes and followers

    Facebook is taking legal action against several organisations and individuals for the creation and promotion of fake likes, accounts and followers across its platforms. "By filing the lawsuit, we hope to reinforce that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated," the company said on its website. According to the social networking giant, the guilty parties also targeted Apple, Amazon and LinkedIn, to name a few. The lawsuit aims to prevent perpetrators from using any of Facebook's platforms and stop them creating the fake accounts and activity. "Today’s lawsuit is one more step in our ongoing efforts to protect people on Facebook and...

  • Facebook Messenger’s secret dark mode is hidden behind a moon emoji

    The secret's out. The sneaky developers of Facebook Messenger has hidden a secret dark mode within the app that you can activate simply by sending someone a crescent moon emoji. Android Police reported the trick, noting that all you have to do is send the emoji to a friend to get a pop up menu where you can access a toggle for the dark mode. Image: screenshots, Facebook Messenger/Memeburn Though the feature is still in development, it seems to be available on all Android and iOS devices. Unfortunately, the mode can't be accessed on Messenger Lite for Android. Feature image: Andy Walker/Memeburn

  • How user intent influences SEO success

    If user intent is still not something that you are including in your SEO strategy, you are missing out on the chance to convert more traffic organically. Many keyword strategies are so focused on volume that there is little thought to how and why people search. As a result, traffic ends up being comprised of people that arrive on the site, only to leave again without taking any further action. Understanding how people find you can be far more rewarding than simply using a high volume keyword and hoping for the best. This is where user intent comes in to help. User...

  • Influx of new music is all Twitter’s talking about on Friday

    Not only did Solange, Hozier and 2 Chainz release their latest albums on Friday, but The Jonas Brothers made a come back with a brand new single as well. The influx of music has sent fans into overdrive. https://twitter.com/ceceliaysj/status/1101352233730482176 https://twitter.com/emanizaire/status/1101364181280931840 https://twitter.com/cyber_velvet/status/1101362916765458432 Solange's When I get Home had people feeling soulful. https://twitter.com/willyonce99/status/1101355575009558528 https://twitter.com/Exotically777/status/1101359068919283712 https://twitter.com/hyunniana/status/1101358638013300736 Wasteland, Baby! gave Hozier fans all kinds of feelings. https://twitter.com/aknifeandacane/status/1101364653374885888 https://twitter.com/goalietandem/status/1101354798811627520 https://twitter.com/althepaI/status/1101360972898295808 https://twitter.com/kathinko/status/1101359473820459009 The Jonas Brothers reawakened their fans with 'Sucker', a song about their wives with a music video starring their wives. https://twitter.com/wqstcoast/status/1101355078227619840 https://twitter.com/_mandyybearr/status/1101357727031283713 https://twitter.com/innocent_niall/status/1101360113753997312 https://twitter.com/bloodlinebucky/status/1101356507554332672 Seems like Fridays are great for dropping new music. Feature image: screenshot, Deezer