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  • Facebook’s testing a Windows-like multiple login toggle

    Have an annoying family member who always uses your computer and subsequently your Facebook account? Well, the company has a solution for that. A new feature, which is currently being tested, allows multiple accounts to be switched on-the-fly on the same computer from the same Facebook page. It's fairly similar to Windows 10's start menu user login toggle. The feature, earmarked by a button alongside users' profile pictures, isn't available to everyone as yet but it is listed in Facebook's help centre. "You can use the image at the top of your page to navigate between accounts," reads the page. "This allows you and...

  • Facebook sees you when you’re creeping, rewards you with repeat content

    Will Facebook ever stop trying to be the absolute creepiest it can be? Probably not. In a small update issued to the News Feed this week, the company will be monitoring the pages users "proactively seek out" and offering more of that content on their News Feed. The company also believes that "repeat viewership matters", and will show users more content from creators and publishers that they return to "week after week". The latest Facebook update accesses user's behaviour to give them content from creators they already watch The update is relatively small (and most users probably won't even notice), but it's yet another...

  • Stars Wars: The Last Jedi: frenetic, powerful, a joy to behold

    Stars Wars: The Last Jedi does not start well. The exposition plods, the editing jars, and the dialogue feels unnatural. Just as emotional moments pull you in, director Rian Johnson rips you away to comic relief. Every time you try to reconnect with the characters you've missed, you're met with a quick two-second shot of some (albeit very pretty) landscapes. But as I caught myself thinking the worst (could this film be bad?), Rian Johnson hit his stride so brilliantly I couldn't help but stare in awe for the remaining two hours. Because The Last Jedi -- despite its clumsy open...

  • Messenger doubled its real-time video chats to 17b in 2017

    Facebook Messenger has had a pretty interesting 2017, despite some embarrassing mistakes like that Stories clone "Day" no one used. According to the company, there were 17 billion real-time video chats on the platform between January and November this year. Messenger boasts 1.3 billion active users a month -- meaning the average user was only making around 13 calls a year. Facebook Messenger boasted 17 billion video chat sessions in 2017 -- an average of only 13 per user More popular than video chats were GIFs, which were sent 18 billion times in 2017. But most popular? The 500 billion emojis sent in just one year....

  • Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app

    We've seen quite a few lightweight versions of popular apps this year and now, it's time for Google Maps to join the party, in the form of Google Maps Go. Spotted on r/android, Google Maps Go is meant to be a more data-efficient, resource-friendly take on the standard Google Maps experience. "Designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks without compromising speed to provide your location, real-time traffic updates, directions, and train, bus, and city transit information," reads an excerpt from the Play Store listing. As for actual features, expect the usual real-time traffic information, point of...

  • South Africans were asking Google about Dumi Masilela and bitcoin in 2017

    Google has released its year in search, and while the global results are interesting (Cash Me Outside was the top-searched meme, sadly), South Africans had a locally-specific year filled with tropical storms, high-profile fights, and cryptocurrency. According to Google, South Africa's top search of 2017 was for the late Dumi Masilela, who was killed in a hijacking earlier this year. Masilela was best known for his role as Sifiso Ngema on Rhythm City, though he was also a musician and former soccer player. The second-most searched? Zimbabwe -- the country that endured the most this past month. And in third place was Cyclone Dineo, which battered...

  • SA’s box office: There’s no Justice Fatigue

    It's Justice League's last week at the top of South Africa's box office (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this Friday) and what a time it's been. The superhero film held onto number one for an impressive four weeks, and it needs the win after after pulling in the lowest worldwide gross of the DCEU franchise. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (8 - 10 December) Bad Moms Christmas couldn't sustain its opening week momentum and crashed like a hungover wine mom on Boxing Day. The film dropped two spots down to fourth, despite not competing with any chart newbies. Justice League is enjoying its...

  • #RhodesWar: Expulsion of Rhodes students ignites online outrage

    #RhodesWar, an online campaign supporting expelled Rhodes University students, was trending in the top spot on Twitter this morning as many took to the platform to express their outrage. Two Rhodes University students were excluded from the institution for life last month over their involvement in students' anti-rape protests in 2016. Another was reportedly excluded for a period of five years. Two Rhodes University students were expelled for life for being part of a vigilante group that targeted rape suspects on campus The students were found guilty of assault, kidnapping, insubordination, and defamation for being part of a mob justice group that targeted rape suspects...

  • Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of content a week in 2017

    Netflix doesn't like giving out numbers -- we still don't know exactly how many South Africans are on the platform, for example. But the company has revealed that in 2017, users around the world were watching over 140-million hours of content a day. And according to the company? It all amounted to over a billion a week. But that's not all its year-end blog post revealed -- so here are some of the more interesting facts. There was a user who watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl every day for the entire year. My guess for the masochist? The hosts...

  • Bullied Keaton Jones went viral, then Twitter learned of his racist family

    A young boy named Keaton Jones went viral yesterday after a video of him discussing being bullied gained the attention of A-list celebrities -- but the boy's family instantly dropped in esteem when photos of them holding the Confederate flag were revealed. This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V — Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017 In the original viral video, Keaton asks what the point of bullying is. When his mom prompts him to explain what the bullies do to him, Keaton says they make fun of his nose, call him ugly, and...

  • Here’s where South Africans can watch the Golden Globe nominees

    The 2018 Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday, but if you're a South African reading the list, you may be feeling a little out of the loop considering most of the listed films haven't even been released yet. So if you're dying to catch up before awards season hits next year, here's where, when, and how you can watch the nominees (legally) in SA. This list only includes Best Picture and acting nominees. Available now Dunkirk 3 Nominations: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Original Score (Motion Picture) Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (review) is a war film about the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. It...

  • A review of the most popular hashtags of 2017 [Sponsored]

    The end of the year approaches in warp speed, so it's time to review all that has happened in the past 12 months. And is there a better way to remember what happened in 2017 than go over our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds? The year was a glorious one, filled with happy moments and sad ones. Events that you will remember for years to come, and stories that won't be forgotten anytime soon. To help you remember what took place this year, we gathered all the popular hashtags and trends that appeared on social media. Every event and every post...

  • Uber settles medical record lawsuit with woman raped by driver

    Uber has capped off its terrible 2017 by settling a lawsuit with a woman who accused top executives of illegally obtaining her medical records after she was raped by a driver in New Delhi, India in 2014. The anonymous US resident sued the company for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts, and defamation. The woman claimed that then-CEO Travis Kalanick, president of business in Asia Eric Alexander, and senior vice president of business Emil Michael all believed her rape to be a conspiracy by rival companies. Her lawyer alleged that the company sought her medical records in an attempt to...

  • Last week in trailers: Major sci-fis, good girls gone rogue, and more

    There are 16 new trailers this week, and all of them are at least somewhat interesting. So buckle up, because Christmas just came early. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaurs. Explosions. Chris Pratt. Is there anything more this Jurassic World sequel needed? (Okay, maybe an explanation as to why the island is blowing up. But that's hardly relevant.) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in South Africa 8 June 2018. Ready Player One Steven Spielberg's much-hyped Ready Player One finally has an official trailer that reveals actual plot. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline (for which Cline is currently writing a sequel), the film tells of Wade Watts, a futuristic teen who finds himself on...

  • TWR #133: Netflix insights, Snapdragon plans & crowdfunding startups

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup where we talk the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Andy Walker hosts Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala. First, Andy talks everything he learned at Netflix's press junket in Berlin -- including its plans for Africa and the dope role of "tagger" that has everyone begging the company for a job. We then talk YouTube's year in review, and which videos had South Africans clicking for more. Over on Ventureburn, Daniel discusses how Startupbootcamp Cape Town is partnering with EasyEquities to crowdfund the 10 startups that last week graduated from the initiative’s inaugural programme. Finally, Andy talks the hard...