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WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

MTN Chat lets customers load airtime or data through WhatsApp

MTN has announced a new feature called MTN Chat recharge, which allows MTN customers to load airtime and data bundles from within WhatsApp.

Opera for Android now includes a free, unlimited VPN

The Opera browser has added a privacy feature to its Android browser that every person actually ought to use already: A VPN.

Cell C’s streaming service Black announces new subscription packages

Black subscribers will now be able to choose which content they prefer, and pay a monthly rate according to their personal taste in TV.

Algorithms have already taken over human decision making

Instead of being central to the system of decisions that affects us, we are cast out in to its environment. We have progressively restricted our own decision-making capacity and allowed algorithms to take over. We have become artificial humans, or human artefacts, that are created, shaped and used by the technology.

Icasa’s new mobile data rules come into effect on Friday, but some operators still want to screw us

This week, mobile operators in South Africa need to comply with Icasa’s new rules concerning mobile data, but most of them are still hellbent on screwing consumers.

How criminals access your digital devices and what happens when they do

Every day, often multiple times a day, you are invited to click on links sent to you by brands, politicians, friends and strangers. You download apps on your devices. Maybe you use QR codes. Most of these activities are secure because they come from sources that can be trusted. But sometimes criminals impersonate trustworthy sources to get you to click on a link (or download an app) that contai...[Read More]

How Facebook went from friend to frenemy

As Facebook celebrates 15 years of virtual friendship, social science has compiled an expansive body of research that documents the public’s love-hate relationship with its best frenemy. What many once viewed as a confidant has devolved into a messy codependence, mired by ambiguity and mistrust. It’s a relationship that’s both taken for granted, yet extremely high-maintenance, leaving users to won...[Read More]

Your smartphone apps are tracking your every move – 4 essential reads

If you have a smartphone, it probably is a significant part of your life, storing appointments and destinations as well as being central to your communications with friends, loved ones and co-workers. Research and investigative reporting continue to reveal the degree to which your smartphone is aware of what you’re up to and where you are – and how much of that information is shared with companies...[Read More]

Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of ex...[Read More]

Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can’t track your movements

Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy. Smartphone users are never a...[Read More]

What are tech companies doing about ethical use of data? Not much

Our relationship with tech companies has changed significantly over the past 18 months. Ongoing data breaches, and the revelations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have raised concerns about who owns our data, and how it is being used and shared. Tech companies have vowed to do better. Following his grilling by both the US Congress and the EU Parliament, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, ...[Read More]

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