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  • Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘The Punisher’ cancelled as Marvel partnership ends

    Netflix has cancelled its two remaining Marvel original series, Jessica Jones and The Punisher. "We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning," the company told Deadline. The Punisher has so far seen two seasons on the platform and will not come back for a third, while Jessica Jones will conclude in its upcoming third season. Disney-owned Marvel also confirmed the news in a statement, saying "on behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn't be more proud or more grateful to our audience". "Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue...

  • Samsung’s Android browser gets major updates, OneUI design flair

    Samsung Internet Beta, the Korean company's mobile browser, is getting a slew of updates, it announced on Tuesday. "Along with updating our engine to Chromium 67, our new 9.2 Beta will be the first to feature the OneUI design language," said Daniel Appelquist, Samsung's director of web advocacy and open source. The company originally revealed OneUI -- an all-new interface for upcoming Samsung devices -- last November. It's now slowly hitting devices locally, including the likes of the Note 9. The updated browser features a new icon for Samsung Internet, along with simpler placement for menus and options on device screens. "The new UI shifts...

  • Instagram reportedly testing ‘Donation’ sticker for Stories

    Instagram is reportedly testing a "Donation" sticker in Stories, a feature that will most likely allow users to ask their following to contribute to their cause. First spotted by The Verge, Jane Manchun Wong posted a screenshot of the new sticker on Twitter. https://twitter.com/wongmjane/status/1097612110605873152 The feature seems to be for businesses and organisations wanting to raise funds, rather than personal use. Of course, with the Donations sticker still being tested, there's no confirmation of when it might make a public appearance. Feature image: Instagram

  • Chrome’s incognito mode isn’t really incognito at all, report suggests

    Google is making Incognito Mode more incognito, a report by 9to5Google claims. Currently, Incognito Mode does not really hide your presence from websites because web developers can still detect if you're using the mode in the first place, making it pointless. Essentially, developers enable the "FileSystem" API to detect you. This API is meant to be disabled during Incognito Mode, because it is where data would usually be stored. The report explained that "when asked for a file system while in Incognito, Chrome will create a virtual one using RAM, to fully ensure it’s deleted once you leave Incognito". Eventually however, Google intends...

  • So far, so good: Eskom keeps load shedding away on Friday

    For the first time since Sunday, South Africa's power utility Eskom has not switched off the lights. A load shedding free Friday morning comes after a week of power cuts left much of South Africa in the dark. On Thursday, Stage 2 load shedding was announced. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe and the company itself on Twitter have yet to confirm that load shedding will occur on Friday, but did state that the probability for power cuts was "low". "We are currently NOT loadshedding," tweeted Eskom from its official account on Friday morning. "Please contact your service provider if experiencing a power outage as...

  • Ajay Gupta is no longer on South Africa’s most wanted fugitives list

    Don't be surprised to see Ajay Gupta lazing on a Cape Town beach in the future. The controversial businessmen and one of the brothers involved in state capture, bribery and corruption allegations, is no longer a wanted man in South Africa. The Gupta brothers' wanted level increased in August last year, when former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed that he was offered a R600-million bribe to become the new finance minister in a meeting organised by former President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma. However, on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority announced that Ajay Gupta's warrant for arrest has been revoked. The news...

  • WhatsApp Business beta now available for iOS

    Everyone's favourite WhatsApp feature leakers WABetaInfo has revealed that WhatsApp Business is now available for iOS beta users. Previously, the app was only available for Android devices. WhatsApp Business is a tool for companies to easily communicate with customers. According to the report, beta testers can migrate conversations from WhatsApp or use a different phone number to set up WhatsApp Business. WABetaInfo notes that the app is expected to roll out on the App Store in a few weeks. Feature image: WhatsApp

  • ‘Interpreter Mode’ rolls out to Google’s smart devices

    Last month at CES 2019 Google revealed an "interpreter mode" that helps you translate conversations in real time. Now, the feature has rolled out on Google Home devices and Smart Displays. Interpreter mode can be accessed through your Google Assistant by saying phrases like “Hey Google, be my Thai interpreter”, according to the company. Thus far, the feature can translate 26 languages into both text and audio. Feature image: Google

  • Disney drops first Frozen 2 teaser trailer

    Disney has dropped its first and very dramatic teaser trailer for Frozen 2. The teaser shows Elsa using her ice powers to take on the ocean, but the water body repeatedly gets the better of her. We also see Anna and Kristoff hurrying off to what can only be assumed is someone's aid. Two new characters are also spotted, with one using magic seeming related to Autumn. Finally, the characters look over a field of orange trees, as if Autumn has taken over in the same way Elsa's Winter powers did in the previous movie. While it seems like Autumn is definitely the...

  • WhatsApp to launch new Group Invitation feature

    WhatsApp will be launching a Group Invitation feature in the near future, according to WABetaInfo. This means that you may soon be able to have more control over your privacy settings regarding group invitations. The feature will allow you to choose who, if anyone, can add you to their group chats. If your privacy setting does not allow you to automatically be added, you will receive a request to join instead. WABetaInfo also reports that the feature will first appear in iOS Beta updates. Feature image: Memeburn

  • Is this the purge? Instagram users lose thousands of followers thanks to ‘issue’

    On Wednesday, a slew of Instagram users took to other social networks to complain about their dwindling follower numbers. But it seems that people aren't actually smashing that unfollow button en masse. Instead, Instagram acknowledged that there's an issue with the platform. "We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible," it tweeted from its official account. https://twitter.com/instagram/status/1095664792373743616 The company failed to elaborate the nature of the "issue" but didn't explicitly suggest it was a purge of fake or bot accounts as many online...

  • EskomSePush: developing a load shedding success story

    Load shedding apps first came to the fore in 2014, back when it was common practice for our glorious electricity provider to switch off our lights at the most inconvenient times. Some five years later, South Africa's once again facing long nights lit only by ever-shortening candles. But while this fate can't be avoided by the average South African, we can all be prepared for when it does. That's where apps, and their ability to quickly serve information, come to the fore. We've seen a fair few of these come and go, but one has stuck around since 2014. Perhaps its the name,...

  • ‘The Bachelor South Africa’ will premier on YouTube on Valentines Day

    The season premier of The Bachelor South Africa will be aired on M-Net's YouTube channel this Valentines Day. This means that everyone with a stable internet connection can watch as the country's first ever Bachelor, Lee Thompson, begins his "quest for love". Thompson, a 30-year-old model from Port Elizabeth, will have 24 ladies to choose from. "The season premier will be available on the M-Net YouTube Channel for 28 days after it flights, for fans who want to relive every moment, and/or who can’t watch it on the night," said YouTube's reps in a press release on Wednesday. Though the rest of the...

  • Instagram launches #ShareBlackStories to celebrate Black History Month

    February is Black History Month in the United States, and to honour the occasion Instagram has released some new features to celebrate the African-American community. Under the hashtag #ShareBlackStories, Instagram will feature content from creators, as well as short films "featuring distinct black voices". "On the official @instagram account, you’ll see stories from incredible creators like Tawny Chatmon, Paola “Pao Pao” Mathé and Uzumaki Cepeda," the company said. Instagram has also added new camera effects and stickers for Stories, so that users can take part in celebrating. "Available now, these effects touch on themes of family, bravery and good fortune," it explained. According to the company, this will last from...

  • Apple to debut news subscription service in March – report

    According to Buzzfeed News, Apple is planning a launch event set for 25 March, where it is expected to debut its news subscription service. Though Apple itself has not confirmed the report, Buzzfeed's sources say that the launch will be focused on the company's upcoming subscription services rather than any new devices. The news service will provide subscribers with access to articles from multiple publications. A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple intends to take 50% of the service's profits from partnered news sources. Feature image: Apple