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  • Lancewood cheeses Facebook Messenger bots to bring you novel recipes

    Humans have been sending other humans emoji for thousands of years now, so it's only right that the system should be used by brands. Speaking of which, South African cheese brand Lancewood has announced a nifty little marketing campaign relating to its Ultimate Braai Master partnership. Dubbed Lancewood Emoji Meals, the company's using a Facebook Messenger bot and your choice of emoji to receive related recipes featuring one of the company's products. "By sending a food Emoji to LANCEWOOD®’s Facebook page via private message, the Bot instantly responds with a recipe or tip related to the Emoji. As an example, Clarissa...

  • South Africa’s box office: Kong is King

    Kong: Skull Island (review) has made itself known with bangs to the chest and a number one debut in South Africa's box office this weekend. The remake of the Hollywood classic may have received mediocre reviews from critics, but when has that ever stopped South Africans from going to watch the latest blockbuster (spoiler alert: never)? So how did the other films do this weekend (10 to 12 March 2017)? Kong's triumphant debut meant that Logan (review), Hugh Jackman's Wolverine swan song, was pushed down to second place after only one week at the top. Fifty Shades Darker, which dominated the top spot for three weeks before falling...

  • AI-powered service wants to make manual transcription a thing of the past

    Baidu Research Labs announced yesterday that it is launching SwiftScribe, its first AI-powered transcription software. SwiftScribe aims to make the job easier for professional transcribers who spend hours manually transcribing audio. By pairing speech recognition software with a simple editing suite, the service claims to increase productivity and streamline workflow. The software takes Baidu's speech recognition engine, Deep Speech 2, and joins it with editing features that tackle the "biggest obstacles users face when transcribing". "We designed intuitive shortcut keys and innovative human-computer interaction to solve the problem of discontinuity," writes Tian Wu, SwiftScribe's project manager. The software's biggest asset is its ability to link text with audio,...

  • Ster-Kinekor website leaked millions of users’ private data

    Ster-Kinekor's old website allowed anyone with know-how to retrieve the profile details of every user on the site. This information included phone numbers, addresses and plaintext passwords. Software developer Matt Cavanagh revealed the bug in a blog post on Thursday, after disclosing it to Ster Kinekor last year. "They took the high-road of admitting they were at fault, and didn't try pass the blame off. I appreciate that," Cavanagh told Memeburn of their response to his report. According to the developer, the bug in the backend API was found via the website's Flash bits. He admits he didn't have substantial knowledge of Flash, but...

  • Intel to buy Mobileye in $15bn deal

    Intel has announced that it will be acquiring Israeli automotive tech firm Mobileye in a deal worth just over US$15.3-billion. Thhe company produces smart vision technology for cars, being used for collision avoidance and other driver assistance functions. "Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of Intel will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash, representing a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $15.3 billion and an enterprise value of $14.7 billion," Intel wrote in a press statement. The move signals Intel's strong intention to position itself within the...

  • Kong: Skull Island movie review: you won’t go bananas for it

    Kong: Skull Island, the latest movie to feature the giant gorilla, sees a group of scientists driven to discover the untouched island of Primal Eden. Escorted by badass tracker James Conrad (played by Tom Hiddleston) and "anti-war" photographer Mason Weaver (played by Brie Larson), the group wakes an ancient enemy... something fiercer than a big ape. When you first meet Kong you're introduced to the primate's incredible presence with a gorgeous overlooking shot of his kingdom. The movie does well to make you feel the immense difference in size between humans and him. Kong has come a long way from his 1933...

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events scores sorrowful season two

    You've got to admire this franchise's dedication to the aesthetic. Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events has announced its "frightening decision" to renew the show after a successful first season with an announcement filled with hidden clues and a message from Lemony Snicket himself, no less. The teaser "A Miserable Message" reveals a not-so-subtle hidden one: the URL www.vastlyfrighteningdecision.com. The link takes directs viewers to a page that showcases a letter by Lemony Snicket. "It has come to my attention that, despite my repeated warnings, you have viewed the Netflix adaptation of my distressing work, known collectively as A Series of Unfortunate Events," he writes. "To my...

  • Last week in trailers: Wonder women and wheels

    It's South by Southwest time and the world of trailers is booming. It doesn't matter if you like Charlize Theron, action or Charlize Theron action -- there's something in this list for everybody. So sit back, relax, and let's get stoked for the future of cinema. Baby Driver Critics have been raving about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a film that premiered this weekend at South by Southwest. "A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to...

  • Imizamo Yethu: Uber will ferry your donations to fire victims

    The Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu fires have seen numerous organisations and citizens step up to deliver goods and services. Now,Uber has joined the party, launching a two-day initiative that sees Uber drivers serving as couriers for donations. "Uber is working with the Cape Town Disaster Management Team and has created a temporary vehicle view called UberCOMMUNITY, that will allow Cape Town riders to request a vehicle, at no cost, that will collect donations," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. The service will be available on Tuesday (14 March) and Wednesday (15 March), between 10am and 3pm. Users can't...

  • 15% of Twitter users are actually bots, study claims

    It's common knowledge that Twitter is home to more than a few bot accounts, be it for spam, promotions or political purposes. Now, a new study (via CBS) has found that up to 15% of Twitter accounts are actually bots. If one of the more recent Twitter statistics of 319 million active users is taken into account, then that means that over 47-million users are bots. The study, by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, saw a framework for bot detection being created. The result? "Our models yield high accuracy and agreement with each other and can detect bots of...

  • Here’s how you can donate to Imizamo Yethu’s fire-affected residents

    Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay was this weekend ravaged by a fierce blaze which ripped through the settlement, displacing over 15 000 people in the process. But thankfully, you can do your bit to help those in need. We trawled through the various tweets, posts and status updates across social media to list all the ways that you can help Imizamo Yethu's victims. In no particular order, here are some of the options. RESPOND's GivenGain Help in responding to the #ImizamoYethuFire #HoutBayFire that destroyed 650 homes here, https://t.co/dI04OZiUzT pic.twitter.com/TyKkXRlH5l — GivenGain Foundation (@GivenGain) March 13, 2017 RESPOND is a "collaborative network of churches in Cape...

  • Hout Bay fires: ravaged Imizamo Yethu photographed on Instagram, Twitter

    It seems that Cape Town has been hot, dry, and on fire for much of the summer. The latest blaze however has inconvenienced more than just fynbos. Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu was this weekend the scene of a post-apocalyptic movie, as a blaze swept through the township. The fire, which began on Saturday, has affected more than 15 000 people. According to reports, 3500 homes were destroyed. At least two people have died as a result of the fire. Another fire began to burn, also in Hout Bay, on Saturday evening, covering much of the Karbonkelberg in flames. Social media was awash...

  • The world’s most-wanted cyber criminal is Gru from Despicable Me

    Mr Bogachev, tear down that firewall! The New York Times reported Sunday that the world's most wanted cyber criminal -- worth a US$3-million bounty -- not only has ties to Russian spies, but also bears a stark resemblance to Despicable Me supervillian Gru. Well, they may not have reported that exactly but it's hard not to make the correlation. Evgeniy M. Bogachev, like Gru, is a bald white man who in all likelihood has a Russian accent. The FBI has offered a $3 million bounty for Evgeniy M. Bogachev's capture, the most ever for a cybercriminal https://t.co/xuWvrtVNFf pic.twitter.com/XDgyo0oNrr — The New York Times (@nytimes) March 13, 2017 According to...

  • Kaspersky launches perfume to, uh, combat cyber attacks

    We're just as confused as you are. Kaspersky Labs -- best known to the average human as the virus protection you have to pay for -- has launched a perfume line to raise awareness for cyber security. The scent has been dubbed Threat de Toilette and somehow has nothing to do with eating too much Indian food. Can you smell fear? We’re talking #cybersecurity at our perfume launch event today at @BobBobRicard#ThreatdeToilettepic.twitter.com/hHuUkNdAOF — KasperskyUK (@kasperskyuk) March 9, 2017 "Fear awakens our senses," Kaspersky Lab's principal security researcher tells The Inquirer. "The men and women who wear Threat de Toilette understand today's online threats...

  • Game of Thrones’ reduced final season will feature Ed Sheeran

    David Benioff and Dan Weiss have been with HBO's Game of Thrones since the beginning: they were the ones who convinced George R.R. Martin they could do his series justice (they lied), and they were the ones who decided that some story lines in the books were better off being about a girl imprisoned and abused in the only place she ever felt safe (I'm bitter). But now the two are gearing up for the airing of Game of Thrones' final two seasons, and, at a panel at South by Southwest this weekend, the two revealed what they could about the hit show's ending. The creators have...