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Instagram co-founders to step down after tensions grow with Zuckerberg

The co-founders of the world’s favourite image-sharing social platform, Instagram, announced that they will leave the company in the coming months — making it the second Facebook-acquired company to lose a founder after WhatsApp’s Jan Koum resigned earlier this year. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger published a blog post confirming […]

Is there an Echo in here? Amazon has announced a whole list of new smart tech

Amazon isn’t normally one for surprises, but last night the online shopping juggernaut dropped the details on a whole lot of new Alexa-enabled Echo gear, from revamped Dots to an in-car Alexa device, and even an Amazon-branded microwave. Though Alexa isn’t officially supported here in South Africa, we remain ever […]

Twitter initially laughed off the hashtag and now it’s a truly global internet phenomenon

Just over 11 years ago a small word entered our global internet lexicon and is now a part of our cultural firmament: the hashtag. It was first used on August 23 2007 by Chris Messina, who – appropriately – tweeted: “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As […]

With USB-C, even plugging in can set you up to be hacked

Plugging in the power – or at least what you think is power – to a USB-C powered laptop can connect your computer, and the valuable personal data on it, directly to hackers. Your personal financial information, passwords and documents stored on the laptop could help a cybercriminal steal your identity. […]

We might never see Apple’s AirPower charging mat launched

Last week’s Apple keynote announcement was packed with info — provided you wanted to hear about phones and wearable tech. There were a few announcements and updates that were conspicuous in their absence, however, with the AirPower charging mat being the prime accessory we were expecting an update on, at […]

Apple’s Watch Series 4 GPS priced for SA, pre-orders open 21 September

Hopefully you’ve got some cash tucked away for a brand new Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (the edition that we’re going to be getting here in South Africa — till local operators figure out eSIMs). Local distributor iStore announced yesterday evening that Watch Series 4 pre-orders will be opening on […]

New Apple Watch adds heart tracking: here’s why we should welcome ECG for everyone

Leaked details of the new iPhone models were quickly relegated to second tier headlines after Apple’s latest product announcement. More people seem to be excited about the fact that the new Apple Watch will come with a built-in heart monitoring electrocardiogram (ECG) function. An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check […]

WhatsApp could be getting Dark Mode, swipe-to-reply features for Android

WhatsApp has had itself a fairly busy year. When its user numbers aren’t climbing to Facebook-like levels it has been getting new features, like groups with an administrator and a whole lot less reply-spam to group video calling, like we’re in some 1990s tech future. And we could be in […]

Move over autonomous cars — BMW’s made a self-driving motorcycle

We’ve seen a fair number of self-driving cars in our time but a self-driving motorcycle? That’s a new one, but it’s one that BMW has gone and created. BMW Motorrad has been working on an autonomous motorcycle for the past two years, a secretive project that has borne enough fruit […]

Apple unveils a trio of new iPhones: The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR

Apple’s new iPhone lineup now includes three devices for 2018 — one of the first times that an off-the-wall rumour turned out to be true on the first go. Maybe there’s something to that talk of an Apple-made car after all. As expected, Apple announced two new handsets in their […]

Time for a little Pi with our RS Components Raspberry Pi giveaway

Pi. The magic number. The explainer of circles. The most popular teeny tiny hobbyist computer system in existence, if it’s Raspberry-flavoured. The stuff of dreams, if your dream happens to be a very small home theatre PC or, if you have some programming talent and engineering skill, a very small […]

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