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Video streaming service, Viu, has partnered with the SABC to bring you local content

Video-streaming service Viu is officially entering the South African market and has partnered with the SABC to license local content.

Thanks to load shedding, EskomSePush gained more than 300,000 downloads in a week

Probably the only good load shedding news to come out of SA, is that locally developed load shedding push-notification app EskomSePush gained hundreds of thousands of downloads this week. The app only had 2,500 active users a week ago, and since load shedding was implemented, more than 400,000 people have downloaded the app. Now that’s what we call a quick turnaround.  According to Business ...[Read More]

Spotify confirms it will acquire podcast companies Gimlet Media and Anchor

Spotify has announced that it will acquire Gimlet Media, an independent podcast producer, and Anchor, a platform with tools for podcast creators.

How to use Facebook’s newest feature: Unsending FB Messenger missives

We've been expecting it for a while (ever since the Zuck got caught using it without us), and now it's finally here. Facebook has rolled out the ability to unsend Facebook Messenger messages to everyone using the Messenger app.

You can now unlock WhatsApp with your face or your finger

Instagram and Messenger are expected to inherit the end-to-end encryption their stablemate WhatsApp enjoys, but in the meantime if you're using WhatsApp and an iDevice you can enjoy another layer of security: biometric authentication. Peeping significant others will soon need to find other ways to access bae’s messages.

Dr. Mario is in for the next round of Nintendo’s mobile gaming ambitions

Nintendo’s list of games aimed at mobile phone users continues to grow. The newest addition to the stable — or perhaps the medical centre in this case — is Dr. Mario World, an action puzzler based around the company’s mascot, this time clad in a lab coat. The Japanese games maker says that there’s an ‘early summer’ release planned, meaning we should see it...[Read More]

Read the latest manga for free with Shueisha’s Manga Plus

Japanese company Shueisha publishes some of the most well-know manga in the world (think Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, One Piece and Tokyo Ghoul), and they’ve just launched a new app, called Manga Plus, to make English manga more accessible worldwide. It’s built round the idea that readers will be on-par with Japanese manga releases. And if that doesn’t work for you, you also have acc...[Read More]

Zuckerberg plans to integrate Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp chat

Just imagine a single app where you could go for all your messaging needs. Okay, it doesn’t sound so much convenient than it does unnecessary — but it may be coming. Facebook plans to integrate WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages, according to a new report. Doing so will allow users to send messages between the three networks, even if they’re not on all of them. A report in t...[Read More]

Telegram and Signal are the main alternatives to WhatsApp because they promise greater security

In the last few years while WhatsApp was being sued by privacy watchdogs in Europe for data infringements, Telegram was sued in Russia for refusing to compromise on its users’ privacy. Telegram is a messaging app that prides itself on its encryption and privacy. It was created in 2013 Pavel Durov – often called Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg – specifically to prevent his own government from eavesd...[Read More]

Share your favourite Netflix shows on Instagram Stories

Netflix has launched a new feature that allows people to share their favourite shows on Instagram Stories. Now you can share the new season of The Punisher with your followers whether they like unadulterated violence or not. The feature has launched on iOS first, and is already available via the Netflix app. To use it, go to the show you’d like to share with your followers, tap ‘Share’, and choose...[Read More]

FNB adds QR code payment capabilities

FNB has added support for QR code payments using the FNB mobile app. The feature is aimed both at consumers (people who scan-to-buy) and at businesses (those who receive payments via scanning). Given the popularity of Snapscan and Zapper in South Africa, the appeal is obvious. The only catch is that both the parties in a transaction need to be FNB clients to create or scan the QR codes… for ...[Read More]

WhatsApp limits forwarding to five instances to curb fake news

That image of your littlest nephew sitting on the couch all chocolate-covered, with a half-eaten banana and a manic grin on his face? WhatsApp will only let you forward that image a maximum of five times, thanks to silly people who believe everything that they read. The messaging app has announced that it will be limiting available forwards from 20 groups or people down to just five. The reasoning...[Read More]

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