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  • Google honours women in heartwarming International Women’s Day doodle

    It's easy to list off men who have made history: Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Mozart. These names are drilled into us from day one. But to list women requires effort. The knowledge is rarely a given, and if you want to know, you have to go looking. But today Google wants to change that. On International Women's Day, Google sported a beautiful new doodle featuring a young girl learning of women around the world who have done remarkable things. It's #IWD2017 around the 🌍! Celebrate women pioneers who have shaped history in today's #GoogleDoodle → https://t.co/fWWhkbKLY3pic.twitter.com/PeCRDGprWc — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) March 8, 2017 The...

  • Instagram Stories debuts ‘Geostickers’ for NYC and Jakarta

    Instagram Stories just became slightly more convenient for jet-setters and travel bloggers. Instagram has this week announced the introduction of Geostickers, which is awfully similar to Snapchat's Geofilters. These contextual, geographically-relevant stickers are only available for New York City and Jakarta at present, but this is likely a simple trial for more cities to come. But how does it work? Well, similarly to the service's traditional stickers with a few added perks. "When you take a photo or video and tap the sticker icon, you’ll see geostickers at the top," Instagram explains. "No matter where you are in New York City or Jakarta,...

  • Wikileaks reveals CIA malware for Android, iOS, Samsung TVs

    Whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks has published its latest cache of documents, revealing CIA malware that focuses on Android, iOS devices and smart TVs. Additionally, the documents also show that the CIA has its sights set on vehicle control systems. According to a summary by Wikileaks, Apple's mobile platform was a massive target for the agency. "Despite iPhone's minority share (14.5%) of the global smart phone market in 2016, a specialised unit in the CIA's Mobile Development Branch produces malware to infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads. CIA's arsenal includes numerous local and remote 'zero days' developed...

  • College dropout Mark Zuckerberg is finally getting that Harvard degree

    The relatively-famous Mark Zuckerberg is finally getting his Harvard degree nearly 12 years after he dropped out to create that small global experience we know today as Facebook. Zuckerberg left the institution in 2005 to set up the social network's current home in Palo Alto. Back then, Facebook was but a fleck on the surface of the internet. Now, the social network commands monthly user numbers in excess of 1.8-billion. "Zuckerberg originally intended to return to Harvard, but the immediate success of the enterprise led him to devote his full energy to the company," Harvard writes on its website. Mark Zuckerberg dropped...

  • How to increase your advertising ROI with Programmatic buying

    Programmatic buying is a relatively new concept in South Africa and it uses highly advanced technology -- both of which can make it seem intimidating. If you are a marketer who has mainly operated outside of digital -- planning a programmatic ad buying budget probably feels very overwhelming. The reality is, programmatic buying allows more control over your advertising campaign than most traditional platforms. Media buying and selling is fast-paced and being able to make decisions in real-time can give your brand a competitive edge. Simply put, programmatic buying enables brands to utilise audience insights and technology to tailor messages to...

  • GoPro video lauds Namibia as ‘beautifully powerful’ surfing paradise

    Stuck in the office again today? Wishing you could be hitting the surf instead? Don't worry, GoPro is ready to rub it in with a postcard from Namibia. "Get tubed even if you're getting cubed" is the hardware and content company's latest call to action, at least in this adventurous, slightly sodden clip. Filmed in Namibia by surfers Alex and Koa Smith, the video showcases something that the desert country isn't often associated with -- water. "Between the animal life, contrasting desert weather and massive swell, the place has a very intense energy and it’s beautifully powerful," said Hawaiian Alex Smith,...

  • South Africa’s box office: Logan dominates Fifty Shades Darker

    Fifty Shades Darker is finally out of stamina and has been ousted from its three week-long stint on top, proving unable to compete with the sexiness that is Hugh Jackman in Logan: The Wolverine. The X-Men standalone movie is the last time we'll see Jackman roughed up and sporting metal claws, and South Africans have rushed to the cinema to view the character in all his final Australian glory. But how did the other films on the circuit fare this weekend (3 to 5 March 2017)? South Africa's very own Keeping Up with the Kandasamy's debuted in third place and raked in R1,6 million on its opening...

  • 3 tech body modifications to turn you into a cyborg

    If you've ever watched Inspector Gadget and wished that you were as cool as him, then you've chosen the right time to be alive. Over the past few years, scientists have worked on ways to integrate technology into the human body, with functionality ranging from medical diagnoses to sheer cool factor. And according to some scientists, the first person to live to 1000 has already been born. But while you wait for that technology, here are three body modifications that are as close you'll get to being a robot today. Tech tattoos Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed temporary tattoos called DuoSkin last year. These...

  • Trump revises travel ban, social media remains divided

    US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reinstating a ban on the citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, this time removing Iraq from the original list. It's been suggested that the changes were made to protect the order from being repealed by courts. This is still a #MuslimBan , no matter how much the Trump administration tries to wrap it in better legal reasoning & more docile language. — Gregory Pizarro Jr. (@gregpizarrojr) March 7, 2017 The most obvious change to the order is the protection of US citizens and visa holders -- the new ban is only intended for visa applicants, and...

  • Scientists propose man-made magnetic field for Mars

    Mars is an inhospitable world with an atmosphere that has been stripped away over billions of years. However, scientists at a recent conference have proposed the introduction of a man-made magnetosphere to greatly improve matters. According to Universe Today, NASA's planetary sciences division held the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop last week, to talk about the future of planetary exploration. The workshop saw one presentation which proposed that a man-made magnetic field be used on the Red Planet. "Today, Mars is an arid and cold world with a very thin atmosphere that has significant frozen and underground water resources. The thin atmosphere both prevents liquid...

  • Last week in trailers: The Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool’s butt

    If last week was a drought of trailers, this week was Cyclone Dineo. Major franchises have reminded us of their existence in the past seven days whether we wanted to remember or not. So sit back, buckle up and get ready for the onslaught of White Male Protagonists in High Budget Movies. Let's go. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live premiered the trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Tuesday to the joy of fans everywhere. While YouTube is notorious for not allowing movie trailers the benefit of the doubt, the comment section for Guardians has become a home for excited fans gushing over everything from...

  • Can social media kill you with loneliness?

    The whole point of social media is to keep people connected, but scientists have long been questioning if it does more to isolate than it does to unite. In a report released on Sunday, medical students at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed 1 787 US adults between the ages of 19 and 32 on their usage of apps like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr to determine whether or not it impacted their perceived social isolation. According the press release, when a person has perceived isolation, they "lack a sense of social belonging, true engagement with others and fulfilling relationships". "This is an important issue to study...

  • #HandsOffSocialMedia: South Africa responds to social media regulations

    In a press briefing yesterday, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo hinted at the possibility of social media regulation in an attempt to counter "false narratives". Mahlobo claimed that instead of bringing people together in a positive way, social media has become a cesspool for negativity, lies and fake news. "Even the best democracies that are revered, regulating . Most of our challenges are coming from that space. We will discuss how we will regulate it," he claimed. For many South Africans, Twitter is a way to let their voices be heard. It can be argued that the democratic system...

  • Cisco Connect South Africa: company affirms pledge to Africa’s growth

    Cisco's SVP Hilton Romanski and country manager Cathy Smith today opened Cisco Connect South Africa with a joint keynote, expressing the company's acute focus on African technology growth and digitisation. Romanski, who is also the country sponsor for South Africa and China, pledged to focus on accelerating the continent's digital adoption rates, both at the consumer and business level. "Technology presents many opportunities and challenges for Africa as the fastest urbanising region in the world," Romanski explains. "Cisco recognises the pipeline of African talent and we are deeply involved in enabling the widespread emergence of tech ecosystems across the continent." Cisco Connect South...

  • To reveal Tor hack or drop child porn charges?

    The US Department of Justice has asked a court to drop a case against a child pornography website. The reason? The department refuses to reveal details of a hack used to identify visitors. According to ZDNet, legal representatives for the Justice Department are requesting that charges be dropped in the case against dark web child porn site Playpen. "The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment. Disclosure is not currently an option," read an excerpt of the filing, according to the publication. The team is however calling for the case to be reopened when the hack...