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  • Kaspersky: manufacturing industry sees most cyber attacks in H1 2017

    Cybersecurity has been at the forefront of conversation for companies and individuals this year, especially in the wake of the Equifax hack, the Deloitte breach, and Yahoo's big revelation yesterday. But which industries are the most attacked? Kaspersky today issued its Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in H1 2017 report that revealed some notable worldwide internet security trends. Based on the company's findings, March was the most active month for cyber attacks so far. Kaspersky also claims its products blocked around 37.6% of attack attempts on ICS computers in the first half of 2017. "This figure was almost unchanged compared to the previous...

  • UberEATS reveals strangest orders after its first year in South Africa

    UberEATS has officially been in South Africa for a year, and, to celebrate, the company has revealed some weird statistics that will both affirm and mar your faith in humanity. For instance: the smallest UberEATS order this year was a single Dolce Kiss, which costs R4.50. One poor soul wanted a chocolate truffle so badly, they thought it worth the service delivery fee of R20, the extra bank charges, and a 33-minute wait, which UberEATs says is its average delivery time. One order probably took longer, though, and that was the delivery service's biggest meal of the year: 39 cheeseburgers, 16 fried chicken burgers, 21 Cokes, 22 Creme Sodas,...

  • Rocking The Daisies and OppiKoppi 2017: your essential festival app kit

    It's once again festival season in South Africa, and kicking off the year's musical escapades is a weekend double header. Both Rocking The Daisies in the Western Cape and OppiKoppi in Limpopo will take place this weekend in two opposite corners of the country -- but just because you're spending the weekend in dusty tents with limited power supply doesn't mean you can't use technology to make your partying just that bit easier. While there are a few apps you should have on your smartphone for both events (and the festivals to come), we'll take a look at specific apps you should...

  • Cape Town’s temporary desalination plants will be online by ‘February 2018’

    After yesterday's rains across the metropole, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille briefed media, and Twitter, on updates regarding its water resilience scheme. The scheme aims to "avoid a time when users do not have access to municipal drinking water", de Lille explained. "In terms of our Water Resilience Plan to augment supply with schemes, we are expecting the first water to come online by Dec 2017 /Jan 2018," she tweeted. The plan intends to add an additional 500-million litres per day to Cape Town's water supply by using natural springs, aquifers, and desalination. The latter, however, won't be ready this year. "ater...

  • Instagram now lets you add polls to Stories

    Instagram Stories has quickly gained popularity over pioneer Snapchat, and it seems the platform is getting comfortable in the lead. Yesterday, Instagram announced three new features never seen on the other ephemeral photo app, perhaps proving that while it needed help with the foundation, the finishing touches are more up its alley. The biggest change comes in the form of polls, which can now be added to any user's Story. Introducing an interactive poll sticker in Instagram Stories. What will you ask your friends? https://t.co/XvkDD0l9aH pic.twitter.com/5Tbg5ozKP7 — Instagram (@instagram) October 3, 2017 The poll is essentially a fancy sticker. Just like adding a location or hashtag, a user...

  • Working in the age of technological socialism [Opinion]

    The world's facing many grand challenges, with mega-trends emerging that have the potential to disrupt life as we know it. The granddaddy of all challenges facing mankind has to be the way technology is and will continue to transform our lives. While many tech advancements will fundamentally improve our lives, certain underlying technologies are going to turn contemporary life on its head. It's a scenario predicted by author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who believes that artificial intelligence (AI) will become so advanced that technology will surpass mankind's collective intelligence and our ability to comprehend or, potentially, even control it. We...

  • Viral video: Chinese man risks falling to his death to avoid paying hotel bill

    Staying in a hotel definitely has its perks. You needn't ever make your bed, buffet breakfasts are rarely disappointing, and you usually have access to a slew of channels on the telly. But arguably, counting the bill's digits at the end of your stay can be a painful experience. For some, avoiding that awkward check-out experience might even be worth risking your life. That's where this particular Chinese man's story comes to the fore. According to Beijing news publication People's Daily, a man scaled telecom cables spanning across two tall buildings in south-western city of Panzhou on Friday in a bid to...

  • ‘All Yahoo user accounts’ were affected by 2013 hack

    When Yahoo announced that a billion users were affected by its 2013 hack, the internet weathered a collective cold sweat. But the story isn't quite done yet. The internet company's parent firm Oath today released "new intelligence" regarding the breach. "Subsequent to Yahoo's acquisition by Verizon, and during integration, the company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft," Oath, also a subsidiary of Verizon, confirmed in a press release. That's three-billion users. While Oath confirmed that the orchestrators of the hack...

  • The ATSB’s final report on MH370 is beyond chilling

    In March 2014, a Boeing 777 designated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went missing after taking off in Kuala Lumpur. It was due to land in Beijing, China, but never made it. Now, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) -- one of three parties leading the search -- has today issued its final report on the tragedy. The report didn't speculate on what could've happened to the plane, but did shed light on the details of the search for the aircraft. Alongside the Malaysian and Chinese governments, the ATSB covered an area of 710 000 square kilometres beneath the sea, and a further...

  • Lifetime Oscar Pistorius movie ‘horrifies’ Steenkamp family and South Africa

    A trailer for the upcoming Lifetime film Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer has been released, and it seems neither the Steenkamps nor the Pistorius family were aware of its existence. The film will ostensibly tell of the events leading up to the fateful shooting on Valentine's Day 2013, when Paralympic athlete Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. It will also cover the subsequent trials -- though whether the film ends at the first conviction of manslaughter or the second of murder remains yet to be seen. The Steenkamp family has issued a statement that they are "horrified" the filmmakers said it would tell the side...

  • Cape Town dam levels: September sees below average rainfall

    The City of Cape Town today published its latest dam storage report, but it makes for bleak reading. Although no massive drops have been reported, no substantial increases can be noted either (pdf). And Cape Town needs a substantial increase. Note: see last week's dam levels report here. The largest dam in the system -- the Theewaterskloof -- continued its negative trend this week, dropping 0.1% to 28.3% capacity. Following suit was the Steenbras Lower Dam, now just 45.5% full, down from 46.3% a week earlier. But gains have been made by some of the other stores. The Franschhoek's Berg River Dam, for one,...

  • SA’s box office: Kingsman 2 crowned no.1

    The much-anticipated Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle has unsurprisingly opened in top spot this weekend, pushing The Emoji Movie down from its one-week stint at number one. The "proper spy movie" has received lukewarm reviews -- levelling at exactly 50% on Rotten Tomatoes -- but the refreshing, fun-loving nostalgia of the first film has been enough to tide this sequel over. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (29 September - 1 October) Last week's champion The Emoji Movie couldn't hold on to the novelty of being a new kids movie for long and, in the battle against uber-hyped It, it stumbled. The animation fell two spots down to...

  • Russian propaganda ads reached 10m US Facebook users

    Facebook has revealed that 10-million US users were shown Russian propaganda ads that may have interfered with the 2016 US election -- and that may not be the final number. In a blog post connected to the company's Hard Questions series, Vice President of Policy and Communications Elliot Schrage provided more clarity on an issue that has been intentionally left murky. Schrage said that the total reach of dubious Russian ads was 10-million people, but only 44% of ad impressions (the number of times ads were displayed) were before the election. The company has not clarified user reach prior to the election. In 2016, the...

  • Afrihost Mobile Data review: an answer to #DataMustFall?

    Data prices is an issue bubbling beneath the surface of South African politics and culture. As more South Africans use social media and other data-reliant technologies, the price of those crucial megabytes have come under the spotlight. And especially so in 2017. President Jacob Zuma acknowledged these issues at the State of the Nation Address in January, while citizens have also made their feelings known through campaigns like #SocialMediaBlackOut and #DataMustFall. Across the fence, telecoms are also making changes. Vodacom launched its Meg Your Day campaign in June, while MTN has reiterated its free Twitter service, albeit with a few bumps. But even...

  • Afrihost adds budget option to Fixed Wireless LTE-A lineup

    South African ISP Afrihost has announced a budget option to its Fixed Wireless offering, running on the Rain Network backbone. "Afrihost is going all-in and now offering Free LTE-Advanced Modems with signups until the end of November," the company announced in a press release. "This is on top of the Double Data that users can lock in until the end of November 2018." Alongside its more expensive packages, like the 330+330GB Anytime Data offering at R1549pm, Afrihost is introducing a new entry level product to the lineup. "We are also launching a new 25+25GB Package today at R299pm to cater to users with...