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  • Instagram will start removing fake likes and followers

    Instagram has announced that it will begin to remove fake likes and followers on its platform’s accounts. The company believes that the move will allow for a more genuine experience of Instagram, particularly affecting those who have bought followers and likes. “Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity,” says the social network in a blog post. The company explains that it will use machine learning to pick out which accounts buy likes, followers and comments, and remove the activity. Seemingly, Instagram will not be...

  • 3 ways your mobile ecommerce efforts are failing

    Whether you call it mobile ecommerce or m-commerce, there is no denying that mobile and ecommerce are a match made in shopper heaven. As ecommerce marketing continues to adapt and the mobile space continues to grow, it’s only natural that these two channels would merge, offering customers a convenient way to shop from just about anywhere. With that said, there are still a few hiccups that have made it hard for some etailers to integrate their mobile shopping strategies. To understand how to get more from your mobile ecommerce efforts, it can be very useful to first understand where you are going...

  • Monopoly for Millennials called ‘stereotypical and wrong’ on Twitter

    Last week Hasbro, the toy-making company that makes the Monopoly board game in its many forms, sold a new version of the game aimed at Millennials. Called Monopoly for Millennials, the game went on sale exclusively at Walmart. “Money doesn't always buy a great time, but experiences, whether they're good -- or weird -- last forever. The Monopoly for Millennials game celebrates just that,” described Hasbro on Walmart’s website. The game is all about travelling and collecting experiences, “from your Friend's Couch, to the Vegan Bistro, to a Week-Long Meditation Retreat” and removes the traditional hunt for real estate. “Adulting is hard;...

  • Spotify Premium drops to R5.99pm over the festive period

    Just in time for Black Friday and the Festive Season, streaming music platform Spotify has announced that new users signing up to its service can subscribe to the Premium tier for R5.99. Users who take advantage of the offer any time during this period -- ending 31 December 2018 -- will be charged R5.99 for three months. The service will jump to its regular price of R59.99 thereafter. Notably, the offer is only valid for those who haven't yet tried the Premium tier. Feature image: Spotify

  • BlackBerry drops $1.4bn on cybersecurity firm Cylance

    BlackBerry -- yes, that BlackBerry -- is now the owner of American cybersecurity firm Cylance. The company paid US$1.4-billion in cash, in addition to the "assumption of unvested employee incentive awards" to snap up the Californian firm. Although BlackBerry has long marketed itself as a security leader in the smartphone and business worlds, the acquisition is the first real showcase of its repositioning from a smartphone maker and business software vendor to a cybersecurity firm. According to a press release issued by BlackBerry, Cylance uses "artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine learning" in its security software to predict and prevent "known and...

  • More people have access to cellphones in South Africa than toilets

    Happy World Toilet Day. Yes, it's a real thing. Officially penned on the calendar by the United Nations on the 19 November, the day highlights the plight of those who don't have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Notably, this includes a large swathe of people in South Africa. More South African households have cellphones than toilets #WorldToiletDay #StatsSA https://t.co/wvuo39FZrx pic.twitter.com/g7r08iOoyx — Stats SA (@StatsSA) November 19, 2018 According to Statistics South Africa, toilets are rarer than cellphones. 45.6% of households do not have a toilet inside their dwelling, while just less than 50% have a toilet outside of their property. Of the 75.5% with access to...

  • Everything you should include in your data breach response plan

    Even with all the defences in the world at its disposal, no organisation can guarantee that it won’t fall victim to a data breach. With new threats emerging all the time, it’s simply not possible to say you are 100% safe. It’s therefore imperative that your organisation has a solid data breach response plan. Not only does a well-practised and executed response plan minimise the fallout from a breach in terms of your organisation’s reputation, it also drastically reduces the eventual cost of the breach. According to data from IBM and the Ponemon Institute the average cost of a breach in...

  • You can now view the messages sent to businesses in Google Maps

    Google has revealed a new tool that will allow users to view messages in Google Maps. The feature will display conversations people have had with Business Profiles on Google. “Sending messages to businesses gives you the opportunity to ask questions without having to make a phone call,” says the company. “Now you’ll see your messages with the businesses you connect with via Business Profiles within the Google Maps app.” If you have contacted any business online via Google, you will now be able to view these chat threads in your Maps app. Originally the ability to messages Business Profiles on Google was...

  • Netflix South Africa’s ‘Ultra’ package now available to some

    Netflix South Africa has launched a fourth tier to its current list of streaming packages in the form of an "Ultra" option. The option, which seems exactly the same as Netflix’s R169 Premium option but with added support for better audio quality, will be available for R239. According to an interview with MyBroadband, Netflix has noted that the additional tier is merely a test. “Not everyone will see the test, and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features beyond this test,” the streaming told the publication. Though the test is only now coming to South Africa, the Ultra package...

  • Game of Thrones teases fans with season 8 trailer

    Late on Tuesday, Game of Thrones' social media accounts posted a short teaser video, announcing the highly anticipated release date for the show's eighth season. The video depicts a mash-up of game changing scenes of previous seasons, allowing fans the chance to "revisit every scheme, scar, and sacrifice from the first seven seasons", according to the show's website. Though no specific date was given, the end of the trailer confirms that the series conclusion will come in April 2019. After actors shared their feelings about the end of Game of Thrones via an Entertainment Weekly cover special a few weeks ago, many...

  • ‘Learn with Facebook’ is the company’s new online learning portal

    Facebook has launched a new website dedicated to helping people build digital skills for the modern working world Dubbed Learn with Facebook, the company describes the platform as “a career development site that provides an introduction to both the hard and soft skills people need to advance in today’s digital workforce”. The lessons, which feature “case studies, insider tips and resources from industry experts”, are free to access online and include topics such as Ace Your Interview and Manage Your Content Marketing. While lessons are also conducted online and seem to be available globally, Facebook is further partnering with Goodwill Community Forum...

  • Malusi Gigaba quits South Africa’s government and Twitter

    Malusi Gigaba has resigned as a member of South Africa's cabinet. The news broke on Tuesday evening by the South African Government's official Twitter account. "President Cyril Ramaphosa has today received a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba," it wrote. "The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation." President Cyril Ramaphosa has today received a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba. The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation https://t.co/yWHaBDJAVP #MalusiGigaba — South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 13, 2018 Calling the former Minister of Home Affairs embattled would be a...

  • 3 Android load shedding apps for South Africa

    Load shedding was a buzzword, albeit a much maligned one, during the early years of this decade. But according to every South Africa's favourite provider of electricity, Eskom, it may make a sudden return. A report by Moneyweb on Monday revealed that a number of Eskom's coal power stations have just 10 days of reserve stock remaining. "In the meantime, the power utility is using costly diesel plants to supplement the power generated by its coal-fired fleet," the report by Antoinette Slabbert continued, further suggesting that loadshedding may come sooner rather than later. Because it's always better to be prepared (someone please...

  • Western Cape gov: hacked, stolen NSC biology exams is ‘fake news’

    The Western Cape provincial government on Monday quelled rumours that a NSC paper was stolen through a hack of the province's education department website. It claims that the news, which was issued in a lookalike statement circulating on social media and WhatsApp, was "fake". "From the screenshot that we have received, the press statement appears on a Western Cape Government Media Release Document and indicates that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Biology Paper was stolen by a hacker from the WCED website," the provincial government wrote in an official response. On Twitter, Debbie Schafer Provincial Minister for Education in the Western Cape,...

  • Gboard now uses AI to suggest the perfect emoji

    If all you ever wanted from a mobile keyboard is, well, a mobile keyboard, you're going to hate Gboard's latest update. Google's keyboard, from today, will now suggest GIFs, emoji and stickers to users during your conversations using AI. "This makes it faster and easier to share your #feelings and your glowing personality with whoever you’re chatting with," wrote Angana Ghosh, Gboard's product lead, on Google's Keyword blog. The suggestion feature is triggered when keywords are typed into conversation. This can include overused single words like "awesome" or multiple common phrases like "I'm sleepy". The feature uses Google's AI engine, but it emphasises...