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  • Snap’s Bitmoji was one of the fastest growing apps of 2016

    When you live with a nineteen-year-old first year, you hear about things like Friendmojis. You hear complaints about the fact that their avatar can only hang out with one friend's animated character at a time. So you become aware of the popularity the app has with people who have multiple friends (a strange concept). It's unsurprising that an app that lets you create a Lizzie McGuire-esque animated version of yourself is popular with millenials. But Bitmoji's popularity is staggering. The Snapchat-owned app is only two and a half years old, and according to a new report by comScore, it's growing even faster in the US...

  • 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...

  • Here’s how you can donate to Imizamo Yethu’s fire-affected residents

    Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay was this weekend ravaged by a fierce blaze which ripped through the settlement, displacing over 15 000 people in the process. But thankfully, you can do your bit to help those in need. We trawled through the various tweets, posts and status updates across social media to list all the ways that you can help Imizamo Yethu's victims. In no particular order, here are some of the options. RESPOND's GivenGain Help in responding to the #ImizamoYethuFire #HoutBayFire that destroyed 650 homes here, https://t.co/dI04OZiUzT pic.twitter.com/TyKkXRlH5l — GivenGain Foundation (@GivenGain) March 13, 2017 RESPOND is a "collaborative network of churches in Cape...

  • #HelpFindDurbanBaby: baby Siwaphiwe found as SAPS arrest her mother

    Update #2, 12 March, 12.50pm: Baby Siwaphiwe has been found at Marianhill toll plaza in the early hours of Sunday morning, Police tweeted. The toll plaza is located along the N2 in Pinetown, on the outskirts of Durban's metropolitan area. #sapsKZN Baby #SiwaphiweMbambo found unharmed at roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. NP https://t.co/uh5qgieJvQ pic.twitter.com/JXU2Mcuzmy — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 12, 2017 However, a new twist has emerged in the story. Police have arrested three suspects -- a woman, a man, and Siwaphiwe's mother -- due to "too many inconsistencies" in the latter's story. "Too many inconsistencies emerged during...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • Snapchat IPO: 6 more things you should know

    Snap Inc's IPO filing was made public overnight, revealing a variety of details surrounding Snapchat's operations. For one, we know that the firm hasn't made a profit in 2015 and 2016 (although it's quickly catching up), then there's the claim of 158 million daily active users. But what else do the documents tell us? Yes, Snapchat's prioritising iOS Many Android users have long held that Snapchat didn't pay enough attention to the Google platform -- something the company admitted in the filing. "The majority of our user engagement is on smartphones with iOS operating systems. As a result, although our products work with...

  • Snapchat IPO: the key figures revealed

    Snap Inc. filed a confidential initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year, leaving many to wonder about the details. But now, the house of Snapchat has raised the curtain on aspects of the deal. The IPO could value the company at up to US$25-billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. "Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate," read an excerpt of founder Evan Spiegel's letter in the filing. "Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • Beyonce’s preggy picture is now Instagram’s most-liked snap ever

    We've only recently said goodbye to the first month of 2017, and already Instagram has a new record-breaking image. The post in question comes from none other than Queen B herself, Beyonce. The performing artist took to Instagram late last night South African time to announce that she's expecting twins. Yes, TWINS! "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over," she posted on Instagram, signed The Carters. "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes." Beyonce trails Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana...

  • Personal information in the age of social media

    The global reaction to WhatsApp’s August 2016 announcement, in which the “updating” of its terms and privacy policy was revealed, has been interesting. This update, essentially, allows for the sharing of user information between WhatsApp and its owner of roughly two years, Facebook. The reaction has been largely alarmist. The Guardian, Independent, and The Telegraph warn users to opt out of the sharing of information between the two platforms. TechCrunch takes a more balanced approach, outlining the European legislative response to the announcement, and quoting the UK’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham. According to Denham: “There’s a lot of anger out there....

  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • Facebook Stories will soon let you ‘Snapchat’ from your Facebook app

    Facebook has already implemented a rehashed version of Snapchat Stories on Instagram. But it hasn't yet bolted on the feature to its flaship app. Until now, that is. The social network has announced that Facebook Stories is now a thing on its Android and iOS app, and yes, it works almost exactly like Snapchat and Instagram Stories (pictured). Users can scroll through a horizontal list of Stories located at the top of the app's screen (just below the notifications and search bar). It's almost visually identical to Instagram Stories too, and will let users share ephemeral videos and snaps that will...

  • Facebook Trending updates, now adds context to network’s hot topics

    In its new-found bid to highlight genuine news on its network, Facebook has announced updates to its Trending feature. Trending, a feature added to the social network in 2014, shows users "popular topics being discussed on Facebook that they might not see in their News Feed" based on algorithms and reviewed by a company team. It's a lot like Twitter's trending hashtag system, and allows users to gauge what's currently hot on the social network. But this doesn't always mean that what's hot is actually relevant, or even factual. According to Facebook's product management VP, Will Cathcart, the company will be making...

  • Twitter desperately needs its own fact-checking system, and fast [Opinion]

    Whether you believe climate change is a human-fuelled condition or simple planet dynamics scantly matters at this point. Speaking as a South African currently experiencing one of the "biggest drought events in living memory", climate change is very much a reality. But some don't seem to think so. South Dakota's Badlands National Park was caught with ink-stained hands this week after the park's Twitter account blurted out a few climate change facts. But it seems the plot is a bit thicker than that. The tweets were not from the park itself. Fact or alternative fact? According to Buzzfeed's Claudia Koerner speaking to a...

  • Snapchat joins Facebook, Google in purging fake news from its network

    Snapchat is the latest social network to take a stand against fake news, clickbait and "sensitive content", according to a new report by the New York Times. The social network, which updated its guidelines Monday, now forbids companies enrolled to its Discover programme to post questionable content to their channels. This includes clickbait, "overtly sexualised" content, and profanity. The network's Discover programme currently houses channels from the likes of National Geographic, People, Yahoo! and MTV. Snapchat's new guidelines also guard against Discover channels from "including reports or links to outside websites that could be considered fake news". Ultimately, the changes are in a...