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  • YouTube Kids app adds profiles that age with your children

    YouTube Kids -- a child-friendly, filtered app -- has been updated to include individual profiles that adapt to a child's age. The company has announced that parents will now be able to create up to eight separate profiles for their children. The children can then set up passcodes for their profiles to avoid sibling interference. Parents will be able to override these security settings. YouTube requires the child's name and birthday for their profiles, and says it will adapt the look of its app to fit the age group. "Younger kids will get less text, while older kids will get more content on the home...

  • ‘Heroic’ outgoing Twitter employee deletes Trump’s account

    On their last day at the company, a Twitter employee removed US President Donald Trump's infamous account from the platform. Twitter first blamed "human error" as the cause; it later clarified the removal was purposeful. Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017 The account was down for 11 minutes before it was restored with all of its tweets, but that didn't stop others on the platform from declaring the unnamed employee the "Greatest...

  • Video: Theewaterskloof Dam now resembles one big splash pool

    The City of Cape Town's latest dam report may have suggested a bump in rainfall for October and a decline in consumption across the metro, but one thing remained consistent: the Theewaterskloof Dam continued to shrink. The dam lost around 0.5% of its storage in the final week of October, even though many of the Cape's other reservoirs gained. A new video published on 1 November by YouTube user Russell Dippenaar shows the impact the current water crisis has had on the Western Cape's biggest dam. This video isn't the first to cover the near-empty dam. South African vlogger Adam Spires, also known...

  • More of South Africa’s national parks, tourist hotspots available on Google Street View

    You can now explore even more of South Africa's famous landmarks, national parks and tourist attractions courtesy of Google's Street View and Drive South Africa. The two companies have captured "over 232 points of interest" across all 19 national parks and 17 nature reserves. Some reserves Google labelled as previously "untrekked". According to the company, over 200 volunteers trekked more than 900km across the country's wilderness areas with Street View cameras, officially named "Trekkers", fastened to their backs. "The Trekker camera is a 22kg custom-made backpack fitted with 15 cameras pointing in all directions," explained Andre Van Kets, one of Google South...

  • #ZumaQandA: DA walks out of Parliament after verbal scuffle

    South Africa may have expected a relatively smooth question and answer session between President Jacob Zuma and the rest of Parliament today, after the EFF's absence from the House. But, nope. The Q&A session, conducted Thursday afternoon, required the president to answer a number of questions posed by member of the House, including rising poverty, the appointment of a SAPS national commissioner, and climate change. President Jacob #Zuma is at the National Assembly to field oral questions. #ZumaQandA Questions to the President: pic.twitter.com/WkmOaZU5Cd — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 2, 2017 But DA leader Mmusi Maimane had another question in mind. Posing a query regarding...

  • WhatsApp Status, Instagram Stories both top 300m users

    On the back of its quarterly financial statement and clarification of its user numbers, Facebook this week announced the figures behind its two other flagship social products: Instagram and WhatsApp. Both services, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed, will be at the forefront of the company's drive in the video sharing space. And it's clear that users are gravitating towards both. In an earnings call to investors on Wednesday, Zuckerberg revealed that both Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status -- two Snapchat clones in their own right -- topped 300-million users each. Yes. Each. Both Stories and Status boasted 250-million users in Q2 2017. That's...

  • #PanayiotouTrial: SA awaits justice for Jayde Panayiotou

    Update 4.40pm: Christopher Panayiotou has been found guilty of murder. His accomplice Sinethemba Nemembe was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They will be sentenced on 17 November. Original article: It's been quite the week for South African men accused of killing or conspiring to kill their family, and the nation is ready for justice to finally be served in at least one case. As Henri van Breda -- accused of murdering three family members with an axe and severely injuring his younger sister -- testifies as the defence's final witness in his own case, Christopher...

  • Facebook has more duplicate accounts than Snapchat has users

    Facebook's userbase is a curious number. Not only is it the largest of any social network on the planet at 2.07-billion users per month, it also has more duplicate accounts than Snapchat has users. The company's earning report, released Wednesday, announced a spike of over 60-million users in Q3 2017. Daily active users are also up, now tipping the 1.4-billion mark. But lurking within these numbers are some 207-million duplicate accounts. "This quarter, we implemented a new methodology to help identify duplicate accounts," noted CFO David Wehner in an earnings call. "As a result, we increased our estimates for duplicate accounts to approximately...

  • Osama bin Laden’s released data humanises the inhumane

    Two years ago, the CIA released a list of books, articles, and declassified material it found on Osama bin Laden's compound. Now, it's released a trove of data found on the compound's computers -- some of which may seem incongruous with the idea of a terrorist leader who orchestrated the deaths of thousands of innocent people. "CIA Director Mike Pompeo authorized the release in the interest of transparency and to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda and its former leader," read a statement by the CIA. The hundreds of gigabytes worth of data, which can be found in full here, was split into four categories of...

  • South Africans take strong stance against murder-accused Henri van Breda

    Triple murder accused Henri van Breda took to the stands Tuesday to give his testimony on the incidents that led to the brutal murders of three family members and the attempted murder of his younger sister in January 2015. Van Breda told the court of a giggling, axe-wielding intruder that attacked his family in their home on a Stellenbosch estate -- but South Africans on social media were not convinced by the accused's version of events. One of the main contentions was van Breda's clear memory of unnecessary details, but forgetfulness over crucial moments in the case. #VanBreda can't recall which policeman said Marli is alive but he recalls...

  • Vodacom’s NB-IoT network is now live in Gauteng

    Vodacom's first commercially available Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network is now live in Gauteng. This announcement is the latest in a string of IoT plays made by the company this year. The NB-IoT network, the company hopes, will accelerate the growth of IoT in South Africa by allowing customers to build and run Low Power Wide Area network (LPWAN) applications. LPWAN is slower than the likes of WiFi, but covers much greater areas and allows for devices to be connected more efficiently. In September 2017, Vodacom announced its three-millionth device IoT connection, and currently sees around 55 000 new devices registered on its network each...

  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...

  • The PlayStation 4 finally gets a Showmax app

    It's been a long, long time coming, but today the PlayStation 4 gaming console will finally get a Showmax app. This new app will now allow owners of the Sony machine to use the Naspers-owned video streaming service. The service has been available on the web, Android, iOS, Windows and select smart TVs since launch. According to a press release, the app will be compatible on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, and will support bandwidth capping. "Our apps team has a very simple mandate: give customers the choice to watch Showmax however and whenever works best for them," said Chris Savides, Showmax...

  • 5 online services to help your new business grow

    Starting up a business from scratch is no small affair -- after all, there is tons of behind-the-scenes work that goes into registering and coordinating your company. Not only do you have legal requirements such as registering as an entity and creating sound contracts for employees, but you also have to make sure that the necessary infrastructure is there to allow you company to function on a daily basis. Luckily in the digital era, there is a slew of online services which can help you get (and stay) up and running. Here are five online services that can help your new business. Legal...

  • The history and future of Bitcoin [Partner Content]

    Bitcoin is described as the first decentralized digital currency. The cryptocurrency was described in a paper released at the end of 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The true identity of the creator of Bitcoin remains a mystery to this day, although there have been many attempts over the years to discover who it is. Bitcoin has had its ups and downs in terms of popularity and value over the years, but today it is estimated that there are between 2.9- and 5.8-million users of a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them Bitcoin users. The progress of Bitcoin In January 2009, Bitcoin 0.1 was released,...