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  • YouTube is killing annotations, and the community isn’t well pleased

    Thanks to internet users' gradual but constant move to mobile, YouTube is killing its video annotations editing tool. The tool, which launched in 2008, allowed users to "layer text, links, and hotspots over your video. They help you enrich the video experience by adding information, interactivity and engagement," YouTube writes in its Help section. But the company feels there just isn't any place for the tool in 2017, with more than 60% of the company's watchtime residing on mobile devices. "Effective starting May 2, you'll no longer be able to add new or edit existing annotations, only delete them. Existing annotations will...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #99: social media rage, Nintendo Switch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This time, the Hadlee Simons once again plays host to the full team: Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. The team discuss the numerous instances of social media rage this week, including a number of tweets from Western Cape premier Helen Zille, and a recent hacking scandal involving Twitter, Turkey, the Netherlands and swastikas. We also discuss the booming Nintendo Switch sales figures, and we also take a look at the new PlayStation 4 system software update and how it...

  • Google moves to demote offensive search results

    Google has launched an effort to flag and demote "upsetting-offensive" results on its search engine. According to Search Engine Land, the company employs 10 000 human quality raters to help rank its results -- and a new guideline has been added that allows for the flagging of content that is blatantly untrue. Senior engineer Paul Haahr told the publication that Google was avoiding the vague term "fake news," and was instead looking for results that featured "demonstrably inaccurate information". Quality raters' jobs entail searching real queries Google has seen and ranking the results based on a 200-page set of guidelines. The "upsetting-offensive" section has recently been added to...

  • Google Family Link lets you monitor kids’ mobile usage

    Apple's Family Sharing functionality has been one of the better features for parents, allowing them to approve family members' purchases and more. Now, Google has stepped things up in a big way thanks to the Family Link app. The app, targeted at children under the age of 13, allows you to monitor their app usage (which apps they're using most and for how long), create an app whitelist and lock the phone at specific times (e.g. sleep or study time). Google does note however that certain background apps, such as music and messaging apps, won't be fully tracked. The Family Link app...

  • Q&A: Google’s Bunmi Banjo chats Africa’s digital skills growth

    Google's African operations have had a week to celebrate, following the news that they've hit their goal of training one million Africans. The training sees citizens using Google's Digital Skills Programme, covering everything from social media marketing/strategy to analytics, advertising and online video. Bunmi Banjo has been at the forefront of the initiative, being Google's Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. We conducted a Q&A with Banjo, focusing on the programme, entrepreneurship in general and more. Memeburn: You recently held an AfricaCom talk titled, 'Why technology providers and OEMs should be the strongest contributors to initiating new start-up businesses in tech and...

  • Google hits one million mark in training Africans

    Google has announced that it has reached its goal of training one million Africans as part of its Digital Skills programme. The Mountain View company said it reached its goal a month early, having committed to training one million Africans within a year on 16 April 2016. The company has added that it's set a new target. The tech company also revealed that it will provide offline versions of its training materials to people and businesses in areas of low access where it's not possible to hold physical training sessions. "Additionally, Google will provide offline versions of the content in languages like Swahili,...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up #97: YouTube TV, Xbox Game Pass, Google Launchpad & More

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. This time we discuss the possible effects of Trump's "travel ban" and how a Nigerian software engineer was forced to take a test when entering the US to prove he really was who he said he was. Over on Memeburn, we chat about YouTube TV and what it could mean for cable and other online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. We also discuss...

  • Google Assistant hits Android 6.0, 7.0 devices

    The Google Assistant is essentially a supercharged take on Google Now, delivering reminders, answers to more specific questions and more. It was initially limited to the Pixel handsets, Android Wear 2.0 and Google's speakers, but now, Google has launched the tool for recent Android smartphones. As of yesterday (2 March), Google has been pushing the service to devices with Marshmallow or Nougat, the web colossus confirmed on its blog. "Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it's rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch...

  • Google Keep is now a G Suite app, gains Docs integration

    In a bid to integrate its products into everything (even within its other products), internet giant Google has announced that its Keep note-taking app will now become an official G Suite app, alongside Sheets, Docs and Slides. "Starting today, you can capture your ideas for work: Keep is now a part of G Suite. You can also take your ideas and notes from Keep and easily add them to Docs for easier brainstorming," explains Google Keep's product manager, Mario Anima. While that sounds grandiose, the integration will be much simpler. Users will be able to drag and drop notes from Keep into...

  • People watch one billion hours of YouTube every day

    YouTube revealed in a blog post yesterday that its users are watching a billion hours of YouTube every single day. A few years ago, the company decided that instead of focusing on complete video views, it was going to look specifically at how long viewers stay tuned to videos -- something that Facebook has picked up with its own videos recently. By focusing on time, YouTube is able to provide more specific data to advertisers and content creators, making it easier for them to understand what keeps viewers interested in their content. "We thought it would help us make YouTube a more engaging place...

  • Google Allo is coming to the desktop (kind of)

    Smart messaging app Google Allo is heading to the desktop, this according to a tweet from Google VP of communication products Nick Fox. The app, currently available on Android and iOS, will also be heading to desktop platforms in the near future in the form of a web app. Still in early development, but coming to a desktop near you... #GoogleAllo #SneakPeek pic.twitter.com/f7QNFH7IHO — Nick Fox (@RealNickFox) February 24, 2017 Judging by the attached screenshot, the app will be much like WhatsApp Web, running in-browser with two distinct sections: a contacts pane on the left, and a larger content section on the right. Google...

  • New Google Doodle honours NASA’s latest discovery

    It's not often mother Earth discovers long lost relatives in outer space, but that's largely what NASA has announced this week. The space exploration association shed some light on a new planetary system circulating a distant star called Trappist-1. It's a big discovery, especially since some of these planets are Earth-sized and could harbour life. But that's a bit of a hope more than a certainty for now. Nevertheless, internet giant Google just couldn't resist celebrating the achievement with a Doodle. Earth to #TRAPPIST1...we read you loud and clear. Thanks @NASA for this cosmic discovery! #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/EDh6sDjKIQ — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 23, 2017 On...

  • Budget Speech 2017: Google Trends highlights South Africa’s concerns

    Google is an integral part of the internet and, well, searching for information on the internet. So when you apply the search giant's extensive trends system to societal issues in South Africa, you almost always get interesting results. This week's buzz has centred on the Budget Speech, a public address that South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver at 2pm today. Understandably, people are wondering just what Gordhan will deliver. We have a fairly good idea that taxation, government programmes and general national talking points (like education) will be raised, so to garner a better understanding of what's pressing South...

  • Google’s Sundar Pichai responds to the cutest job application ever

    If you were the CEO of Google, would you reply to a seven-year-old's job application? No? Then you're clearly not Sundar Pichai. He did exactly that, receiving an adorable but heartfelt plea from a little girl to join the company. According to her dad, Andy Bridgewater, it's the allure of the company's office decor that prompted her to write the letter. "After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go karts and slides my 7 year old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," he explains in a LinkedIn post. The letter itself...