Netflix says it will begin to ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription — and will cancel their membership if it does not hear back. The company says it has started to notify customers who haven’t watched […]

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Netflix to Start Cancelling Inactive Customer Subscriptions

Samsung and Google have reached a new level in their collaborative efforts to bring a fresh user experience design that fits the innovative form factor of the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung says that with the Galaxy Z Flip’s unique folding system, users can set the device on any surface and watch their favourite YouTube channel […]

Continue Reading YouTube Supports New Optimisation Mode for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

YouTube Supports New Optimisation Mode for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Essentially, before posting a tweet, users will be able to select one of three options: everyone (standard Twitter, and the default setting), only people you follow, or only people you mention – thereby controlling who can (or […]

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Twitter is Testing a New Tweet Reply Feature

Apple and Google have officially launched their Exposure Notification system – previously debuted as contact-tracing software – which is designed to alert users of possible contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. “Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is […]

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Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Alert Tool

Thirty-eight per cent (38%) of South African consumers say they are happy for the government to monitor their social media activity to keep its citizens safe – this is according to Kaspersky’s latest report, Social credits and security: Embracing the world of ratings. At the same time, 67% of local respondents were ready to reveal […]

Continue Reading South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

Facebook has launched its latest eCommerce feature – Shops – which will enable businesses to set up an online store for customers to access across Facebook and Instagram. The company says that it is investing in features that inspire people to shop and make buying and selling online easier. This comes at a time when […]

Continue Reading Facebook Unveils Shops – its New eCommerce Feature

Facebook Unveils Shops – its New eCommerce Feature

Johannesburg-based Cassava Fintech International (CFI), a subsidiary of Econet Global, has announced the release of ‘Sasai TeamTalk’, a voice and video conferencing service that takes up to 20 people on one call. The service, coming at a time when many countries have imposed restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, will […]

Continue Reading Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Google is rolling out tabbed grouping for Google Chrome. The update aims to address the problem of working with larger numbers of tabs at once. The new feature makes it possible to group related tabs together and treat them as a single entity for ease of navigation and management. The company is already in the […]

Continue Reading Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Facebook, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) are working together to encourage people to donate blood. Starting on Monday, 18 May 2020, South Africans who are over 18 years old will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor […]

Continue Reading Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

One of Facebook’s largest and most notable acquisitions in recent memory is for a service commonly used to find reaction GIFs for funny memes. Giphy is a platform where users can create and share their own GIFs of whatever it is they want – from TV show snippets to baby’s eating lemons or cats texting. […]

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Facebook Buys Giphy for $400-Million

At least twenty advocacy groups have accused TikTok of violating child privacy regulations in the US and breaching a settlement that the viral video app agreed with the Federal Trade Commission last year over a previous privacy complaint. The groups, which include the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy and the […]

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TikTok Accused of Breaching Child Privacy Regulations

Telegram is officially calling it quits on its crypto-focused subsidiary, Telegram Open Network (TON). “Telegram’s active involvement with TON is over,” writes Pavel Durov, founder and CEO, in an announcement on his channel. #Telegram is officially calling it quits on its crypto-focused subsidiary, Telegram Open Network (TON).Click To Tweet “For the last 2,5 years, some […]

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Telegram Shuts Down its Own Cryptocurrency

Yesterday, CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey sent an email to Twitter staff, notifying employees that they will able to continue working from home as long as they see fit. Dorsey notes in the same email that Twitter was an early adopter of a work-from-home model, however – much like the rest of the world – […]

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Twitter Allows Staff to Work from Home Indefinitely

In an attempt to make finding credible news a little easier, Twitter has announced that it is introducing new labels for tweets that contain COVID-19-related misinformation. The social media goliath started testing labels in February after it became known that a number of public figures were tweeting misleading and manipulated media – these untrue tweets […]

Continue Reading Twitter is Using New Labels to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation

Twitter is Using New Labels to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation

Despite pledges from massive social media companies to remove dangerous instances of coronavirus misinformation – from false causes to false cures – Silicon Valley and fact-checkers around the world are struggling to stem the flow of fake news about the pandemic. Last week, a video titled “Plandemic” went viral, clocking up millions of views and […]

Continue Reading How COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Go Viral

How COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Go Viral

Many organisations across Africa are finding themselves transitioning their workforce to remote work at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. IT departments are re-architecting their environments on the fly to allow for remote access. Now, according to a report by Serianu, Pan-African based Cybersecurity and Business consulting firm, “in Nigeria, remote connections have […]

Continue Reading Remote Connections Up 44% During Lockdown in Nigeria

Remote Connections Up 44% During Lockdown in Nigeria

With millions working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the global usage of VPN demand swell. Demand for commercial VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) in the US jumped by 41% between 13 March and 23 March according to research from Top10VPN.com, a VPN research and testing company in the U.K. Network World writes that VPNs […]

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Global VPN Use Exploded in March

South African children have become more active on the Internet as the national lockdown progresses. Comparing their activity in the first week of January and the last week of March, the overall number of website visits grew by 200%. This became evident from the analysis of Kaspersky Safe Kids parental control module of Q1 2020. […]

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Children’s Internet Activity Increases by 200% During Lockdown

Now more than ever, video call apps have become a cornerstone of society. But as apps gain popularity more and more should users expect security issues as the developers struggle to keep their security and privacy policies updated – we saw it with Zoom, and we will continue to see it with other platforms. Security […]

Continue Reading The 5 Least Secure Video-Calling Apps, Reports Researcher

The 5 Least Secure Video-Calling Apps, Reports Researcher

Zoom is planning to roll out additional security features this week in order to prevent the highly unwelcome ‘zoombombing’ that has plagued the platform in recent months. This comes after the app suffered under the microscope of cybersecurity experts and even legal authorities as its explosion in popularity exposed its steep and cavernous holes in […]

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Zoom Rolling Out New Security Features

Facebook-owned social media and chat powerhouse WhatsApp continues to take part in the fight against misinformation and Fake News – now, thanks to a new chatbot, users can fact check messages right in the app. Partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), WhatsApp is allowing users around the world to talk to this chatbot to […]

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How to Tell if a WhatsApp Message is Actually Fake News

With the onset of the COVID-19 remote work exodus that has seen billions stuck at home, video conferencing apps have exploded in popularity. At the forefront is the service Zoom. However, with Zoom’s explosive popularity came a series of highly publicized and controversial issues that don’t seem to have an endpoint in sight. This has […]

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7 Video Conferencing Alternatives to Zoom

Popular Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok continues to grow at a high rate globally based on the number of new app downloads. Data gathered by Learnbonds.com indicates that during the first quarter of 2020, the platform recorded an all-time high number of downloads at 200 million, a growth of 28.20% from the fourth quarter of 2019 […]

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TikTok Records All-Time High 200-Million Downloads

In the face of a rapid worldwide traffic explosion from private, public and government entities all across the world, there was some worry from experts that the increasing surge in bandwidth would be too much for the internet’s infrastructure to maintain. Now, with all indications hinting that there have been a few hot spots, the […]

Continue Reading Why COVID-19 Didn’t Break the Internet

Why COVID-19 Didn’t Break the Internet

Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) has announced that it will invest $390 thousand to help South African news organizations navigate the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. As part of these funds, Facebook will work with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit organisation with a history of working with publishers across the world. ICFJ […]

Continue Reading Facebook Invests $390k in South African Newsrooms During COVID-19

Facebook Invests $390k in South African Newsrooms During COVID-19

More than 100,000 South Africans have signed an online petition calling for DStv to discount its prices – as it has done in other countries around Africa – during the COVID-19 pandemic. “DSTV drops prices for the rest of Africa except South Africa. We’re being taken for granted here #DstvMustFall,” says Sifiso Gwala, the person […]

Continue Reading Over 100k South Africans Petition for DStv Price Cuts

Over 100k South Africans Petition for DStv Price Cuts

In a bid to cut the virality of messages circulating on its social platform, WhatsApp introduced an additional limit earlier in the month – and now it looks like that limit has begun to pay off. In a bid to cut the virality of messages circulating on its social platform, #WhatsApp introduced an additional limit […]

Continue Reading WhatsApp’s New Limit Cuts Highly Forwarded Messages by 70%

WhatsApp’s New Limit Cuts Highly Forwarded Messages by 70%

Cloud-based instant voice messaging and VoIP service, Telegram officially has amassed 400-million users worldwide, a massive milestone for the private company. Tech Weez writes that it has taken Telegram roughly 2 years to double their daily users – an impressive surge for a social network. Every day, Telegram says, 1.5-million people sign up for its […]

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Telegram Messenger Reaches 400-Million Users

The Apple Music app is officially available on Samsung Smart TVs – models from 2018 through 2020 – starting today. The news – announced by both tech giants on Thursday, 23 April – marks the first time the Apple Music app has made an appearance on a smart TV platform, other than Apple TV set-top […]

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Apple Music App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

With many countries currently experiencing at least some form of lockdown, businesses are waist-deep in uncharted waters. Companies large and small have had to transform rapidly as they attempt to continue operating while keeping their employees safe. Yet many organizations are encountering a host of new challenges. Taking this into account, Facebook has identified two […]

Continue Reading Facebook Launches Features to Help Businesses Navigate the Pandemic

Facebook Launches Features to Help Businesses Navigate the Pandemic

Facebook has rolled out its Messenger Kids app to 70 new countries, saying it can help children deal with the challenges of distance learning and isolation during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Aimed at children under 13, the app will be adding a “Supervised Friending” feature that will enable parents to approve of new connections, starting in […]

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Facebook Rolls Out Messenger Kids to 70 New Countries

Twitter has announced that updates to its COVID-19 policy will remove tweets that “incite people to action and cause widespread panic, social unrest or large-scale disorder” in response to recent vandalisation of critical 5G infrastructure. An official tweet from the social media giant reads: “We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people […]

Continue Reading Twitter to Remove Tweets Containing Unverified COVID-19 Claims

Twitter to Remove Tweets Containing Unverified COVID-19 Claims

Netflix is one of the few companies benefitting from the global COVID-19 pandemic – with billions at home with nothing to do but stream, the OTT service has seen a huge boom in growth. The question now is, how long can they keep this up? With billions at home with nothing to do but stream, […]

Continue Reading Netflix Adds 15-Million Subscribers as Billions Forced In-Doors

Netflix Adds 15-Million Subscribers as Billions Forced In-Doors

WhatsApp has boosted the number of participants you can have in one single group call in the latest beta update, according to Tech Weez. WEBETAInfo reports that this feature is available on the beta versions of the Android app (ver 2.20.133) and the iOS app (ver 2.20.50.25). The new update allows you to have a […]

Continue Reading WhatsApp Doubles Participant Limit For Group Calls

WhatsApp Doubles Participant Limit For Group Calls

With millions of people forced to stay-at-home amid coronavirus lockdown, last month witnessed a huge growth in revenue of the leading iPhone apps in the world. According to data gathered by GoldenCasinoNews, the five leading iPhone apps globally hit $142.6 million in March, and gaming apps generated almost 75% of that amount. Jedi Survival, King […]

Continue Reading Top 5 Most Profitable Apple iPhone Apps during Pandemic

Top 5 Most Profitable Apple iPhone Apps during Pandemic

The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) has advised South African mobile users to expect educational SMS text messages relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic from Government. “Aside from expecting these messages disseminated by the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) and wireless application service providers (WASPs), mobile consumers should also be aware that they cannot […]

Continue Reading South African’s can’t Opt-Out of COVID-19 Texts Sent by Government

South African’s can’t Opt-Out of COVID-19 Texts Sent by Government

Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to Ghana, following its launch across 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa last week. Created as part of Facebook’s efforts to help the global fight against COVID-19, users in Ghana will now be able to access the latest news and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources […]

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Facebook Launches COVID-19 Info Centre in Ghana

Facebook has announced the next step that it’ll be taking to combat the spread of harmful hoaxes and misinformation about COVID-19 on its platforms. Through Facebook’s Newsfeed, users who interact with ill-informed claims will receive messages from the WHO debunking myths – this includes misinformation that has led to imminent physical harm. This step aims to […]

Continue Reading Facebook Takes New Steps to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Facebook Takes New Steps to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

The unfolding of the COVID-19 situation has significantly impacted viewing behaviour on Showmax, with the number of active users up 50% and play events more than doubling from pre-crisis peaks. One of the key video-on-demand indicators measured is the number of unique active users, or in other words, the number of people who use a […]

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Showmax Users Double during Lockdown

WhatsApp is on a mission to slow the spread of fake news between users and that’s why it has imposed a strict new limit on message forwarding. Starting today, users who plan on forwarding a message that has been identified as “highly forwarded” will only be to send it to a single contact. A “highly […]

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WhatsApp is Limiting the Forwarding of Viral Messages

Facebook is ramping up efforts to help researchers and healthcare workers better understand the spread of COVID-19 through the Data for Good programme. In an official blog post, the social media giant says in order for public health systems to put the right kind of guidelines in place they need “better information on whether preventive measures […]

Continue Reading Facebook wants to Share User Location Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

Facebook wants to Share User Location Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

Spotify, the music streaming giant, is preparing to improve on the real-time lyrics it is offering in-app as it tests a new user interface, writes Tech Weez. The company has confirmed that it began testing the lyrics feature last year. Android Police suggest testing actually began in November, but further rollouts across apps started last […]

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Spotify is Testing a New Interface for Lyrics

YouTube has said that it will limit content that spreads conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to the global COVID-19 pandemic – this comes after seven cell towers were set on fire in the UK. “We also have clear policies that prohibit videos promoting medically unsubstantiated methods to prevent the coronavirus in place of seeking medical […]

Continue Reading YouTube is on a Mission to Combat COVID-19 5G Conspiracies

YouTube is on a Mission to Combat COVID-19 5G Conspiracies

Facebook has introduced a standalone Messengers app for Windows and iOS desktops. This release comes at a time when more than a third of the world’s population is practising social-distancing, rendering communication through video calls and text more important than ever before. According to The Verge, the desktop app has been a long time coming, […]

Continue Reading Facebook finally Introduces Messenger’s Own Desktop App

Facebook finally Introduces Messenger’s Own Desktop App

YouTube is looking to compete directly with the short-form, user-generated content app, TikTok, by reportedly launching its own version – called “Shorts”. This is via The Information. MSNBC’s Dylan Byers further confirms this news. YouTube’s shorts will have the advantage of YouTube pre-existing and extensive catalogue of licensed music. Users will be able to upload […]

Continue Reading YouTube Working on “Shorts” – A TikTok Competitor

YouTube Working on “Shorts” – A TikTok Competitor

Users trying to download any type of media on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram – you might struggle to get it on your device. This is according to Gadgets Africa, who state that users around the world reported that platforms owned by Facebook are currently experiencing issues. New reports of issues began streaming in at around […]

Continue Reading WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram Struggle with Worldwide Outages

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram Struggle with Worldwide Outages

The Facebook-owned chat service and messaging platform, WhatsApp is on track to support users simultaneously using their account across multiple devices. This is, of course, while taking all the necessary privacy and security precautions, reports Tech Weez. Adding multi-device functionality is something WhatsApp’s over 2-billion worldwide users have been requesting for many years, and it […]

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WhatsApp to Add Support for Multiple Device Functionality

The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has caused thousands of people to merge their working and home lives. Making the transition slightly easier has been video conferencing platform, Zoom. Zoom has seen an unprecedented surge in users over the last few months as employees navigate virtual offices from the comfort of their homes. However, what seemed like […]

Continue Reading Zoom Sued over Code that Sends User Data to Facebook

Zoom Sued over Code that Sends User Data to Facebook

With a fair portion of the world practising social-distancing, self-isolation and enforced lockdowns, navigating your social life has been reduced to the stories, the posts and the comments seen on social media platforms. To make keeping up with your favourites a little simpler, Instagram has added a ‘close friends’ function that allows you to share […]

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How to add Close Friends on Instagram

Facebook has announced that it will be investing $100 Million in the news industry at a time when combating misinformation is critical. In a blog post shared on Monday, 30 March 2020, the social media giant said that it would grant $25 Million in funding for news agencies and the remaining $75 Million would be […]

Continue Reading Facebook Invests Millions in Accurate Reporting

Facebook Invests Millions in Accurate Reporting