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  • Donald Trump unveils his 2017 Fake News Awards winners

    The GOP website just couldn't keep up with the traffic its latest blog post demanded today. US President Donald Trump's "highly anticipated" list of the 2017 news stories that had the media bashing him at every turn, is now live. He's calling it the 2017 Fake News Awards. And it's one for the bookmarks. "2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative," the post begins. '2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news' The...

  • 4 apps to monitor Bitcoin, cryptocurrency prices

    The trickiest skill when trading and investing in cryptocurrencies is keeping track of their violent price fluctuations. Bitcoin is a great example of this, rising to beyond US$13 000 early January, only to tank below the US$10 000 mark on Wednesday evening. But how can you keep up to speed with the ever-changing world of digital currencies? Simple. Use an app. Android and iOS users have a choice between a bevy of apps designed to list some of the popular cryptocurrencies around the world. We list four notable examples. CrypTick (Android) CrypTick is a newcomer to the Android app space, but that doesn't...

  • How to build genuine trust with lead nurturing

    In the rush to seal the deal and bring in leads, it is all too easy to forget what an important role trust plays in the process. Without trust, however, even the warmest leads will end up going cold before you have had a chance to convert them into actual sales. Trust is hard to win and easy to break. The good news is that when trust is there, reputation, engagement, conversion, and loyalty quickly follow. How do you go about increasing trust with your lead nurturing efforts? For starters, you could try the following simple steps. Know your audience Before you can...

  • Watch: Casey Neistat’s latest vlog is a mini love letter to Cape Town

    We've seen a slew of celebrities hitting Cape Town's shores this holiday season, and vlog pioneer Casey Neistat was no exception. The New York-based YouTuber's latest video tells the story of his family's journey from New York to Cape Town, connecting through Doha and Johannesburg. And while watching Neistat's little one running around the plane untamed is entertaining, the video -- for Capetonians at least -- only really begins about four minutes in. "Travel is never easy. It was fun being together as a family. And now we are at our favourite place -- Cape Town," Neistat captions in the video, fronting...

  • ‘Skygofree’ spyware can steal your Android’s WhatsApp data

    Gone are the days when the scariest digital security vulnerabilities were found on Microsoft Windows. This week, Kaspersky has alerted the world to an Android spyware with "previously unseen" capabilities. Scarier still is that the spyware, dubbed Skygofree, has been active for more than three years. "Skygofree is a sophisticated, multi-stage spyware that gives attackers full remote control of an infected device," the company alerted in a press release. "It has undergone continuous development since the first version was created at the end of 2014 and it now includes the ability to eavesdrop on surrounding conversations and noise when an infected device...

  • This movie is free to torrent on The Pirate Bay, thanks to its creators

    Torrenting, in the case of Hollywood, is the thing that shall not be named. It's the downfall of the movie industry, and killer of careers. But in this particular case, it has proven to be the complete opposite. TorrentFreak this week reported that a movie called The Man From Earth: Holocene is available to download right now on The Pirate Bay. But unlike most movies on the website, its creators put it there. In 2007, movie producer Eric Wilkinson found his indie sci-fi flick The Man From Earth was trending on IMDB. Not quite sure why, he stumbled across a review...

  • Watch: Sassy Namibia invites Americans to visit its ‘shithole’ country

    They say no publicity is bad publicity, and they may be right in the case of Namibia. This week marked the second time the country has been the recipient of an insult from US President Donald Trump. But it seems that calling African countries "shitholes" was the last straw, at least for one Namibian. A YouTube video published by German-Namibian rapper EES takes Trump's remarks and transforms them into a novel tourism reel. Wearing the putrid adjective as a badge of honour, the video paints Namibia as a hotbed for potential visitors, alluding to its various destinations shaped like shitholes and elephants...

  • Gartner: 2018 global IT spend set to top $3.7tn

    Companies have a lot more to spend on IT this year than last, according to the latest by research firm Gartner. The company's findings suggests that global IT expenditure will top US$3.7-trillion in 2018, up by 4.5% over 2017. This is largely thanks to a shift in spending patterns. "Projects in digital business, blockchain, Internet of Things, and progression from big data to algorithms to machine learning to artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to be main drivers of growth," explained John-David Lovelock, Gartner's research VP. Enterprise software will continue to see the largest increase over the previous year, with a forecast spend 9.5%...

  • 21 times Google Arts tried to match selfies with artwork (but kinda failed)

    Bless Google's little heart. It tries so hard to not be evil, but still develops AI that pretends it knows what it's doing (and gathers a slew of selfies in the process for its facial recognition savvy). What am I talking about? Google Arts & Culture, of course. The app is only available in parts of the United States for now, but has nonetheless seen something of a viral boom on Twitter this past weekend. Thanks everyone for sharing your awesome #GoogleArts #selfie matches!🤳 This mobile experiment (accessible at https://t.co/DUuzxlMKCd) is currently available in parts of the US. Stay tuned as...

  • Digital transformation: we need better business strategies, not digital strategies

    Digital transformation is certainly the buzzword of the decade. It has made Buzzword Bingo winners the world over as it has punctuated every digital, tech, futurist, and marketing conference in recent memory. This article it not meant to question the viability of digital transformation, but rather challenge its focus. Traditionally every digital transformation project is IT led, which means that it is incredibly technology-centric. The problem with this is that technology does not directly give value to a business; nor has it ever (with the exception of technology in products). The value in technology and indeed with digital transformation, is in...

  • South Africa’s box office: The Commuter arrives at number two

    It's box office time again! This week, things haven't changed all that much at the top of the standings. So if you're one for upsets, look away now. The juggernaut Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle remains Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend (12 -- 14 January), earning an additional R11-million at the box office since our last report. Liam Neeson also discovers that he can still make coin regardless of his character's mode of transport. The Commuter, which also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) spends its first week on the chart in second place. In case...

  • Cape Town’s ‘green’ map reveals water usage per household

    The City of Cape Town has this week made spying on friends, family or even neighbours' water usage habits even easier. Previously, one would have to sneakily peak over the wall when the spritz of a sprinkler was heard, but now you can simply use the City's freely available Water Map. It's not the first time that the City of Cape Town has outed thirsty residents, but this is probably the most useful attempt thus far; and allows users themselves to see how they are saving water (or not) in relation to the people across Cape Town. Cape Town dams: Theewaterskloof Dam...

  • Cape Town dams: Theewaterskloof Dam less than 16% full

    After last week's notable decline, the City of Cape Town has this week recorded yet another decrease to the dam levels across the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS). Dams monitored by the City now hold just 28.7% of their designed capacity, down from 29.7% the previous week. Talking actual numbers, that's a loss of 9.3-billion litres of water in a week, enough to sustain Cape Town's thirsty population for just over two weeks. Overall, dam levels have dropped by 2.3% since the beginning of the year. Cape Town's dams The largest reservoir in the Western Cape, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is now just...

  • Nice Keanu, secret stashes and dead eyes: this week’s hottest Subreddits

    I spend an inordinate amount of time of my workday on social media. But while Twitter's always open in my browser, and Facebook is never too far away either, another site that's frequently visited on my machine is Reddit. Reddit is an excellent way to unearth the latest news, gauge what's hot on the internet at that very moment, and seek out forthcoming memes and trends. It's also just a great place to spend watching cat GIFs. But it's so much more than that too. In honour of my productive procrastination, here are some of the hottest subreddits of the past week,...

  • These were the biggest movies in Southern Africa in 2017

    Hollywood did not have a great 2017. During the US summer blockbuster season, South Africa took a 17% drop in revenue from 2016. The US didn't fare that much better, and pundits began worrying the year would be disastrous for Hollywood. So how did we come out in the end? And which films won over locals' hearts? Grab some popcorn, because this is how South Africans (and Zimbabweans) were spending their money at the cinemas last year. Fast and Furious 8 was the highest-grossing film in South Africa last year The most prolific film of the year was Fast and Furious 8, which...