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  • HP Spectre x360: craftsmanship and design like no other [Sponsored]

    The design of the world's most impactful products has long focused on balancing two distinct principles: physical beauty, and functionality. While many devices in the technology space claim to offer a perfect balance of these two important factors, only one device actually achieves it. The new HP Spectre x360 tablet-laptop convertible exudes class and elegance through its beautiful, cutting-edge design while offering its user the potential to power through the day. Its design priviledges craftsmanship without sacrificing functionality, making it the perfect machine for blossoming creatives or astute business professionals. Running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, the HP Spectre x360 boasts full Windows...

  • Tips and tricks to make you Google account even more secure

    I bet we all like to believe that your Google account is super secure, especially since we use such detailed and complicated passwords. But in 2018, complicated passwords just aren't enough. There are a slew of other measures you should think about putting in place before you can sleep soundly at night. We scrape the surface below. For the love of... activate 2FA Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the first thing you should activate when creating a new account on the internet. When it's enabled, you'll be asked for your password in addition to a special code sent to you or created by...

  • Jacob Zuma returns with a brand new Twitter account

    After scrapping his original Twitter account, former South African president Jacob Zuma, has on Friday reemerged on the social network. Tweeting under the handle @PresJGZuma, Zuma thanked Twitter for the "warm welcome" with a short clip explaining his intentions. For one, he wishes to "move with the times" to join this "important area of conversation". He also addressed the plethora of fake accounts using his name, as well as the people on the social network who are "talking about" him. Good morning MzansiThank you for the warm welcome, I look forward to engaging with you. pic.twitter.com/sr1MhSNf0F— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) December 14,...

  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • Twitter just loves Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s African Content Movement

    It's pretty fashionable to launch your own political party in South Africa nowadays. The latest public figure to do just that is former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Today, the African Content Movement (ACM) lurched into being just a few days after former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille launched her new party, called GOOD. But de Lille's party received nothing but good puns on Twitter. (That good pun was entirely intentional). Motsoeneng's was met with a bevy of opinion. A swathe of users were defiantly "nope". To think the will be people voting for him 🚶🚶🚶#HlaudiMotsoeneng pic.twitter.com/ALR3JnH1yu— Lerato Mjali (@LeratoMjali) 13 December 2018 https://twitter.com/Penuel_N_Nkosi/status/1073144242636234757 While...

  • Record-breaking YouTube Rewind 2018 racks up 10m dislikes in six days

    It's taken just under a week, but finally, YouTube Rewind 2018 has lived up to the hype. It's now the platform's most hated video ever published. With 10-million dislikes, it has usurped Justin Bieber's 2010 hit "Baby" while becoming the first video in the platform's history to rack up an eight-digit dislike total. It's not exactly surprising either. On 10 December -- just four days after it was published -- it became the second most disliked video on the video platform. Feature image: screenshot, YouTube Rewind 2018 via YouTube

  • Love was in the air all over Instagram this year

    Instagram has released its 2018 trends, and its hearts all around, sticking true the platform's recent efforts to spread "love and kindness".  "We hope this roundup inspires you to use Instagram to spread joy and kindness this holiday season," said Instagram on its blog.  The most used emoji on the platform was the heart emoji, which was used over 14-billion times. Even the most used Giphy sticker was a heart. In particular the Heart Love sticker by Arata, which features a little Instagram heart bouncing around. The Heart Eyes face filter on Stories was also the most used Face Filter on the platform. Other...

  • Facebook’s ‘life events’ feature gets a redesign

    Facebook is redesigning its "life events" feature so that your important milestones stand out even more on the platform. "When we began reimagining life events, we talked to people around the world to understand the milestones in people’s lives," the company explains on its website. The redesigned look includes "new options, including animated photos and videos", and if you add your own photos they'll now include "subtle animation".  According to Facebook, many users believe life event posts bring people closer together. Taking this into consideration, the platform will now notify your friends and family when you add a milestone event to your...

  • South Africa searched for the strangest things this year on Google

    Google has released its 2018's Year in Search report, a look at the most searched for terms, queries, and trends that took place around the world in the past 365 days. "As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made that trip around the sun so unique, " said Google on its news blog. Global search trends saw the world delving into things like politics, celebrity deaths and all things royalty related.  But South Africans on the other hand had their sights set in a somewhat different direction....

  • Cape Town’s December dam levels decline, but there are positives

    As of 10 December 2018, Cape Town's dams are 69.5% full, declining by 0.9% over the previous week. This may seem like a substantial loss, but digging a bit deeper into the City of Cape Town's latest dam report (pdf), you'll find that it's not all doom and gloom. As Level 3 water restrictions are in place -- since the beginning of December -- the overall daily water consumption of the city remains below 550-million litres per day. The City's current consumption target for agriculture and urban use is 650-million. The knock-on effect is positive. According to the City's dam storage vs....

  • Instagram’s #InstaGiftGuide lets you shop brands by 2018’s trending hashtags

    Instagram has launched yet another shopping tool in time for the festive season. Called #InstaGiftGuide, the feature gathers and lists products based on 2018's biggest hashtags. "The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products from 34 brands on Instagram", the company said on its blog. Though this may sound confusing, what it means is you can now view the guide to see all the popular brands and products on the platform, inspired by the year's trends. According to Instagram, the six most popular hashtags of 2018 were: #catsofinstagram - a trend born of cute and funny cat related...

  • Update: Shooting in Strasbourg shocks Twitter worldwide

    Update, 9am, Wed 12 Dec: According to Reuters, at least three people have been killed, with 12 people wounded. The 29-year-old suspect was reportedly on a French security watchlist, and remains at large. It's also not clear if he is till sin France. French interior minister Christophe Castaner announced in a press conference that the country's national security threat level has been raised to its highest status. The lockdown on the European Parliament complex has also since been lifted. Original article: The French city of Strasbourg began trending on Twitter Tuesday night after gunshots were fired at a Christmas market. According to a BBC...

  • Google Maps’ For You tab is now live in South Africa

    Google Maps' For You tab is rolling out to a select number of iOS users, and almost all Android users around the world. “Today, the For You tab is making its way over to Google Maps in over 40 countries on iOS and 130+ new countries on Android,” the company explained on its blog. The tab in a new addition to Google Maps that helps users find things to do, based on their searches and visits. If you follow a particular establishment, its details will now be visible in the For You tab too. “The For You tab is designed to be a...

  • Security bug brings Google+’s death forward by four months

    Google+, the company's social network, will be killed off sooner than initially planned, after a security-threatening bug reared its ugly head last month. “We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API,” the company confirmed in an announcement. “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way,” it claimed. Due to this issue, the social network for consumers will be shuttered in April 2019,...

  • Ghidorah makes Godzilla look like a gecko in new ‘King of the Monsters’ trailer

    This new flick really should've been called "Godzilla versus King Ghidorah and friends" but King of the Monsters will just have to do. Godzilla: King of the Monsters got its second and much darker trailer this week, featuring all the heavy hitters you've come to expect from an ensemble monster flick. Actually, I shouldn't call them monsters. They're titans. Gods. And they're pretty sick of the "human infection" plaguing the Earth. Mothra makes an appearance. Rodan is present too. But the real clash on screen are the two monsters mentioned on line one. Alongside the frightening and angry pixels, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger...