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  • Tweets will now start showing up in your Google search results

    From today, Tweets will start showing up on Google Search on mobile devices. When users are searching on the Google app or any browser on their phone or tablet, they will find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results. Only a few weeks ago, Google announced that mobile search had overtaken desktop in more than 10 countries. The company also announced that it was bringing changes to its search, making it richer and engaging. Google introduced a way for users that allows them not to the website but can order right from the search. Google explains that...

  • Weekly Round Up #22: #AskMmusi, Instacart, Gaming villains and humans crash into self driving cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Christopher Wilton speak about Mmusi Maimane's #AskMeAnything hour on Twitter, Instacart for South Africa, history's greatest gaming villains, and Google car crashes. Politicians have embraced social media platforms but unlike the propaganda that they can spread on their newsletters, social media platforms are a space that is hard to police. When Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter, tossing himself into the war of tweet, shortly after his election as the new DA leader,...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • Google+ Collections: a new way to group your posts by topic

    Google has introduced Google+ Collections, a Pinterest like feature that allows Google+ users to share and connect with others with shared interests and passions. This is nothing new, of course, as on Google+ one can follow groups with similar interests but there are minor changes and a different interface. With Google+ Collections, Google says, users a new way to group your posts by topic, essentially curating their likes. Google explains that “every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into.” Furthermore, users can share their...

  • Google launches Handwriting Input Tool for both text and emoji on Android

    Google Research today launched a new project, Google Handwriting Input. The new app allows users, instead of using a standard keyboard, to take a leap back to the ancient days of handwriting to write text on any Android app with or without a stylus. For now, the app recognises 82 languages and 20 distinct scripts, supports emojis, which can be entered by drawing them. Google Handwriting Input works with or without an Internet connection. The new tool comes with voice as well, accessible through the mic sign. After typing, as the same with most keyboards, one can choose the word...

  • EU officially charges Google with antitrust violations, opens formal investigation on Android (update)

    The European Union has formally charged Google with cheating competitors by distorting internet search results to advantage its Google Shopping service. The EU has also launched an investigation into Android. The EU accuses Google of “systematic favourable treatment to its comparison shopping product (currently called 'Google Shopping') in its general search results pages, e.g. by showing Google Shopping more prominently on the screen.” Though EU formally launched the charges today, it has been under pressure to investigate Google for some time. In a statement released today, the EU said that it has sent Google a statement of objections, a charge sheet,...

  • Twitter stock rises amid Google takeover rumours

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, the saying goes. And it holds any truth, fresh rumours of a Twitter acquisition may have more truth to them than you think. According to Mashable, Twitter’s shares rose ‘amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors to deal with takeover bids.’ At this rumour, Twitter’s shares rose up to 4.8% as rumours of Google and Yahoo planning a possible buyout surfaced. On Tuesday, rumours were doing the rounds that Twitter had hired advisers including Goldman Sachs to fend off companies that are interested in buying the social media...

  • YouTube’s VP9 codec has enabled users to watch 25bn hours of faster, better, buffer-free videos

    YouTube has revealed that video buffering is no longer a thing. Thanks to the VP9 video codec, which is the default codec for YouTube’s HTML5 video player, YouTube claims that its users have already watched more than 25-billion hours of video, and all of these in HD. The VP9 codec is designed to bring HD and even 4K (2160p) quality at half the bandwidth used by other known codecs, making watching movies or videos on YouTube an awesome experience. Videos have always been compressed on YouTube because it is not possible to play them at the rate in which...

  • Google Play increases free music storage limit by 30k songs

    Google's done its music-loving users a big favour. This week, the company increased its storage limit locker for Google Play Music from 20 000 to 50 000 songs at no charge. Google points out that users can stream or download the songs on Android devices, iOS devices, Chromebooks or from a computer via the browser. Music tracks can also be streamed through Google’s Chromecast device. This is not the first time that Google has shown its hand when it comes to music on the go. Early in 2014, Google acquired Songza, a music streaming company that is known for curating playlists...

  • Google’s on a quest to kill sexually explicit content on Blogger

    If you use Blogger to post dirty pictures or smutty video, your days are numbered. The Google owned blogging platform will no longer allow its users to post sexual explicit content, it has announced. Previously Blogger touted itself as a platform allowing for freedom of expression, stating on the Blogger content policy that “censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression”. That said, it did ask users to be explicit in how the labeled such content: Adult Content: We do allow adult content on Blogger, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual...

  • YouTube Kids debuts next week to focus on family entertainment, elearning

    With a new app in the pipeline, YouTube is gearing up to tap into the online family entertainment sector, which is reportedly showing four times more growth in viewership than your average YouTube video. The new Android app called YouTube Kids, to be launched on 23 February, will feature a simple-to-use interface that rids the viewer of trolls a comments section, among other potential distractions. There will also be a parental-control feature, but instead of just filtering certain content, adults will be able to limit the screen time their kiddies spend with the app. When time runs out, the app asks...

  • Google Science Fair 2015 is officially open for submissions

    The difference between you and Ada Lovelace, according to Google, is that she tried things and you did not. Starting today, Google is accepting applications to its fifth Google Science Fair. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, Google is looking for young researchers, explorers, builders, technologist, and inventors. The ethos of this year’s fair is that science is about observing and experimenting. Google is encouraging all interested parties to explore unanswered questions, which people have always been curious about, and in the process learning and always trying again. Google is looking for “something imaginative, or...

  • Whoops! YouTube discovers hidden porn in Irish language videos

    In the last few years, YouTube has taken a serious stand against pornography. As its community guidelines clearly state: YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. Please read our Safety Center and stay safe on YouTube. That last rule and warning echoes that of parent company Google which last year started working with authorities to track down child abuse images in Gmail. Still, this hasn't stopped users from...

  • Google predicts massive growth in African ecommerce by 2017

    Google South Africa is seeing considerable growth in Africa’s ecommerce space and expects 2015 to be another growth year. Luke Mckend, country director for Google South Africa, spoke at the eCommerce Africa Confex in Cape Town this week, where he shared stats on how Africans are increasingly Googling with the intent to buy. “We see a story of growth,” says Mckend. “Search is growing much faster than in mature internet economies.” Despite 2014 being a “tough year” for online businesses, Google has seen a 37% increase in query volume for South Africa, 49% in Nigeria and 33% in Kenya. “What’s particularly...

  • Google earnings disappoint analysts while ad revenue continues to grow

    Apple blew investors out of the water with its record earnings. So did Facebook. Google, on the other hand, fell short of analysts predictions with its fourth quarter earnings rounding up to US$18.10-billion, up 15% from last year this time. If the numbers are going up, why are investors still yawning at these numbers? Advertising via Google accounted for 89.2% of the company's revenue in the fourth quarter and 89.5% of its revenue for all of fiscal 2014. Most of this cash comes from Google's own sites (YouTube, Gmail, Google Search, etc.). More people, over the last year, have been...