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  • ‘Around 200’ apps banned thus far in Facebook’s massive app audit

    Earlier this year and in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that a host of apps prior to the company's policy reforms in 2014 had access to users' data. He promised in a March 2018 post that the company will investigate these apps, and ban those that do not play nice with users' data. Today, the firm gave the internet an update on this audit currently underway. "The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases," revealed Ime Archibong, the company's VP of product partnerships. "First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that...

  • #TwitterWasLitBefore remembers the good ol’ 140 character days

    Don't look now folks, but according to the gatekeepers of South African Twitter, the social network just isn't lit anymore. I know. Shocking. As if Monday wasn't bad enough, the hashtag #twitterwaslitbefore began trending around midday, and served to remind everyone that things never stay the same. This, according to some, is thanks to MTN and Vodacom. #TwitterWasLITBefore MTN and Vodacom Had Clapbacks pic.twitter.com/9OUBJKd3Fv — 26 Feb. 90s (@HopewellMlaba) May 14, 2018 #TwitterWasLITBefore MTN started with this free Twitter nonsense. pic.twitter.com/VGgVnPHn3J — Maestro Harry™ (@Haharharry_) May 14, 2018 Those who joined Twitter to become "comedians and savages" were also outed. Tweet-stealers were given special mention by a...

  • Mastercard to announce new collaboration with Zapper

    Zapper will soon be compatible with Mastercard's Masterpass payments system, after the companies on Monday announced a new possible collaboration. The two companies are currently in talks to use the QR-code fueled app to complete payments at Masterpass-enabled merchants across South Africa, while Masterpass users can similarly use Zapper to complete payments where applicable. Mechanically, nothing will change for those who have used Zapper in the past. "When shopping, Masterpass users simply scan a Zapper QR code displayed at a point of sale, or online at a wide range of Zapper merchants, to pay for goods and services," the companies explained in...

  • Cardi Bye: Instagram loses another celebrity after online spat

    Keen to catch up on Cardi B's weekend antics over on Instagram? You're in for a disappointing surprise. The female rapper of "Bodak Yellow" fame has deleted her Instagram account @iamcardib after her quarrel with fellow rapper Azealia Banks heated up again on Friday. Banks appeared on a US radio show Friday, reportedly labelling the rapper as an "untalented rat" and a "caricature of a black woman". She also pointed to Cardi B's success as a low point of female artistry, marking Beyonce's Lemonade as a peak. Cardi responded: "I’m from the hood I speak how I speak I am how I am.I...

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is cancelled, and I don’t feel so good

    This is proof that everything you'll ever love will die, at least when it's in the hands of Fox. The company on Thursday cancelled hit cop comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, after just five seasons. Not noice. Not smort. In fact, most of the internet is pretty upset too. Fans of the show took to Twitter lamenting the decision, and celebrating the show's values. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP!!!! #saveb99 — Elephant Lover 🐘🐘🐘 (@JillMorrison4) May 10, 2018 YOU'RE TELLING ME THEY CANCELLED ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS THAT HAD AN AMAZING DIVERSE CAST AMD INCLUDED SO MANY ACTUAL TOPICS GOT CANCELLED BUT TBBT STILL...

  • This is South Africa’s hottest music according to YouTube’s Music Charts

    YouTube this week announced its new music charts portal, which allows users -- and generally interested folk -- to gauge which tracks, videos and artists are most popular on the platform on a given week in 44 countries. It's awesome, and you should give it a gander at some point in the day. But if you don't have the time, and are looking for something hot to listen to right now, YouTube also has a few charts just for South Africa and the playlists to go along with them. These are the hottest tracks in South Africa this week: Trending in South...

  • YouTube now ranks the world’s hottest tracks in its ‘music charts’

    YouTube might be a video streaming service first and foremost, but it's also the world's most popular music distribution tool. So with that in mind, the company today announced new YouTube charts specifically to showcase popular music. "At YouTube, we understand the importance of showcasing and celebrating the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world," the company wrote in a release. "The new charts are based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world's most expansive music platform." The company claims that the charts will be the "new...

  • Google Drive gets a much prettier, refreshed user interface

    Hot on the heels of Gmail's redesign, Google Drive is also getting its share of UI updates. The Mountain View company on Wednesday announced changes that will smooth out the service's currently clunky layout, and add some material design flair to the visuals. "There’s no change in functionality, but some icons and buttons have moved, and there’s a range of visual tweaks to align with Google’s latest material design principles," Google explains in a press release. With that said, specific design tweaks include changing the position of company logos, a settings icon placed alongside the search bar, a repositioned Help Centre icon...

  • The Google Assistant tweaks and new features you have to know about [I/O 2018]

    Google Assistant, the company's rival to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, is being crammed into almost every Google product this year. The company announced big plans for Assistant at its I/O developers conference this week, and we're here to summarise it all for you into 11 tweetable bylines. Are you ready? Have at it. Google Assistant will be available in six new voices from today, with John Legend lending his rasp to the digital butler later this year too. "Continued Conversations" will allow users to converse with Assistant more fluently, negating the need for "Hey Google" to be uttered before every...

  • 13 Reasons Why gets updated help material, a second season trailer

    13 Reasons Why replaces cassette disks for polaroids in its latest season two trailer. Set to debut on 18 May, the sophomore trailer picks up where the first season left off... Just when you thought you've had a dark enough taste of adolescent grief. Lasting for around two minutes, the trailer features an ambulance, guns, graffiti of "rapist" on Bryce's locker, and a picture discovered by Clay that reads: "Hannah wasn't the only one". There's also seven additional cast members set to join the series. You can spot a few in the trailer below. To accompany the season trailer, Netflix has also promised...

  • Windows 10 now runs on 700 million devices

    While most of South Africa was fast asleep late Monday, Microsoft took to the stage in Seattle to kick off its Build developers conference. Usually the highlights of its software and services announcement calendar, the firm announced a few notable tweaks to its range of products. It also revealed numbers behind its flagship OS product, Windows 10. To date, 700-million active devices are running Microsoft's latest OS, up from 500-million a year before. That's a significant gain, but in terms of market share, it still lags behind Windows 7. In March 2018, NetMarketShare revealed that the legacy OS still commands more than 44%...

  • Instagram, Facebook videos can now be viewed within WhatsApp

    An update to WhatsApp on iOS brings with its a nifty new feature. Users who send one another Instagram or Facebook videos can now play said videos within WhatsApp. This means that you needn't leave the chat app, to visit Facebook, watch that viral video of a lemming, and return with thoughts to the aforementioned chat app. This now fits alongside its already established YouTube, audio and GIF playback support. It's a small tweak, but tells of a more integrated Facebook ecosystem we'll likely see in the future. The update, labelled as 2.18.51, is live in the US, but it's not clear if...

  • Poll: users are totally okay with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica mishap

    More than 60% of Facebook users in the United States seemingly don't care about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a new survey suggests. Reuters and Ipsos on Sunday released the results of a poll conducted in April querying US social media users' habits a month after the dodgy data revelations. Remarkably, it seems that Facebook experienced very little if any fallout from the news. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook and deleting your account Here’s what you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data siphoning fiasco. Read more... Of the 2194 respondents, 64% suggested that they still use Facebook at least once...

  • Facebook’s introducing ISIS members to one another, research reveals

    There's a good chance you've met someone new through Facebook, after all CEO Mark Zuckerberg always stated his primary goal is to connect people. But it seems that the company may be connecting the wrong type of people; namely ISIS and other extremists. According to a report by The Telegraph, researchers have discovered that Facebook's "suggested friends" feature -- a feature that's integral to growing the social network's web of relationships -- has introduced extremists to other extremists across some 96 countries. "Facebook, in their desire to connect as many people as possible have inadvertently created a system which helps connect extremists...

  • It’s 2018, and ‘Trekkies’ are still spoiling May The 4th for everyone

    It's 4 May 2018, or if you're an internet nerd or American, May The Fourth. It's a pretty important date for Star Wars fans. But what is supposed to be a celebration of Han Solo, Chewy and the Darthest Vader of them all, some just can't help but remind everyone that Star Trek exists too. Hijacking hashtags like #MayThe4thBeWithYou and #StarWarsinFiveWordsOrLess, Twitter users brought the sass and snark on Friday. I’d rather watch Star Trek #StarWarsInFiveWordsOrLess — Jenny just wanted to use all 50 characters because (@DreadfullyJenny) May 4, 2018 How to offend ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE @startrekcbs @StarTrek @StarTrekRoom @STTimelines @starwars @StarWarsUK #MayTheFourth #MayTheFourthBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/mVarwFXwgJ —...