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  • Google celebrates its 19th birthday with a glorious time-wasting Doodle

    Today is Google's 19th birthday. I bet you're probably feeling really old right now. But like the first season of Friends, the company only gets better with age. That is especially true if you're considering its Google Doodles. Rolling back all 19 years into one novel Doodle, the company is today debuting its Birthday Surprise Spinner. Open the page, and the spinner begins its whirring. When it stops, it'll give you the option to open one of 19 games or activities from previous Doodles. This includes golden oldies like its Pac-Man Google Maps mashup, and its Which animal are you? Earth Day quiz....

  • Kim Jong Un and ‘dotard’ Trump get the internet excited about words again

    US President Donald Trump and North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un may be engaged in a game of nuclear table tennis, but at least the verbal battle is getting people interested in English again. Discounting Trump's covfefe moment, a new word has sparked the imagination of the internet, and it's courtesy of Kim Jong Un. In response to Trump's fiery comments at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, the North Korean leader delivered a few choice words of his own. Calling Trump "deranged" and a "frightened dog", Kim Jong Un also labelled the US leader a "dotard" (this after...

  • Nambia vs Namibia: how a fictional country became more popular than a real one

    You can always trust US President Donald Trump to say something controversial, whether it be on Twitter, or at the UN General Assembly. But beyond this week's comments about North Korea, Trump had enough free time to invent an African country. While speaking at a conference hosting African leaders in New York City, the President praised "Nambia" and its advancements in healthcare. Honored to host a luncheon for African leaders this afternoon. Great discussions on the challenges & opportunities facing our nations today. pic.twitter.com/AbnBJtKCAI — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017 But there's no country called Nambia on the continent, nor the...

  • #TaxiStrike: violence erupts across Cape Town as taxi operators strike

    Update: The taxi strike has reportedly been suspended. BREAKING: Taxi operations to resume by 1pm lunch time. Strike has been suspended #TaxiStrike pic.twitter.com/dGIL0IQ4Wf — Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 18, 2017 Original article: #TaxiStrike has usurped #MondayMotivation as today's the top trending hashtag as taxi violence erupted across the Cape Town metropole. Taxi operators are reportedly requesting assistance from the Western Cape MEC of transport to address the recent increase in impounded taxis and the region's taxi associations' leadership structures. MUST READ: Cape Town Taxi Strike: get realtime traffic data with this nifty map News of the strike first surfaced on Sunday, but the hashtag #TaxiStrike...

  • Google Search shows how much SA cares about ‘Donald Trump’

    Google News Labs' US Elections hub is about as interesting as the elections itself. Graphing its slew of data garnered from daily search habits, the Mountain View company is giving users another way to explore the gravity of the ballot they're about to cast -- whether its for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Or well, even if you're just an onlooker. Speaking of onlookers... although taking a look at search habits on a state-by-state basis is interesting enough, what about the rest of the world? Who is searching for what? South Africa's Google Search habits centre around racism, Black Lives Matter and...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Google’s Alternative Olympics medal table sheds light on small countries’ achievements

    After winning 26 gold medals, it's not delusional to believe the US is running away the Rio Olympic Games. At the time of writing, the 554-strong team have collectively won 69 medals, which dwarfs Great Britain and China's achievements. Still, the medals table doesn't really take into account other factors, like population, a country's general affluence or even, uh, overall Google Search rankings. That's where Google's alternative medals table comes into play. Ranking teams by more than just the "look at all my medals" philosophy, the visualisation allows visitors to understand just how big an achievement winning a single medal (gold...

  • Pokemon Go gets childhood-ruining NSFW parody, continues odd trend

    If Pokemon Go hasn't yet ruined your childhood memories of the boy wonder Ash Ketchum and his troop of merry monsters, this surely will. Thanks to a few crafty comedians, a new Pokemon Go parody will be debuting on the internet soon, but it's absolutely, completely and utterly NSFW. If playing Pokemon Go at work hasn't got you suspended yet, this almost definitely will. Created by Brazzers, the video dubbed Pornstar Go: A XXX Parody, debuted on Monday and has been throwing a few meowths among the pidgeys, so to speak. The protagonist of the video (according to the NSFW trailer)...

  • Google Search improves for holiday makers, simplifies online shopping

    Google wants to make searching, booking and paying for your December holiday an easier affair, according to its new additions to Google Search. The company this week announced that it will "make travel planning and mobile shopping easier" thanks to a few new ad-centric features. Firstly, the company's beefing up its search algorithm to give users more acute holiday-making results tuned to specific queries. For instance, Google notes that it'll "now give people the option to filter Hotel search results based on specific needs". Google's simplifying jet-setting "For example, travelers can filter based on rating or price with one tap on their...

  • Google now shows song lyrics within search, thanks to LyricFind

    If you annoy family members with your awful carpool karaoke sessions, blurting aloud the wrong words to Taylor's hit new song, Google can now help. Partnering with LyricFind, Google will now display lyrics directly in search results, negating the need to visit countless lyrics site. Although that does sounds pretty awful for those countless lyrics sites, it is great for artists. "I can’t get into the rates, but we expect it to be millions of dollars generated for publishers and songwriters as a result of this. It’s all based on usage. Royalties are paid based on the number of times a lyric is...

  • Google Search now allows you to star, bookmark images

    Google Search is receiving a new feature. As it matures, it can only get better, and Google appears to be committed to seeing this happen. In the latest update, Google has introduced a new feature to mobile searches that allows users to bookmark images from their mobile browser. It's basically a Pinterest for Google Search. For the feature to work, users need to be logged into a Google account. The process of doing so is seamless too. When a user finds an image they want to save, all they have to do is to select and star it and the image will...

  • 13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few...

  • 17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we? They’re built into practically every Google product -- if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or...

  • Facebook showing real potential as a search engine

    With the recent improvements to Facebook's analytics via the new Insights Dashboard, I did a bit of research into the current search volume on Facebook and the evolution of its search. What I found has seriously made me sit up and consider the potential that Facebook has as a search engine, and how it has changed our online behaviour. As Jared Cinman wrote on Memeburn in his article "The End of the Website", " The true upheaval wreaked by the advent of both the social and mobile web, to say nothing of the push of digital content into a whole array of other...