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Don’t fall for it: a parent’s guide to protecting your kids from online hoaxes

It’s a parent’s responsibility to protect their children from harm, no matter where that threat of harm comes from. But what if the threat is a hoax? We’ve seen recently a rollercoaster of panic from parents trying to protect their kids from a supposed online threat known as the Momo challenge, that has for months been debunked as a hoax.

Don’t be fooled by fake images and videos online

Advances in artificial intelligence have made it easier to create compelling and sophisticated fake images, videos and audio recordings. Meanwhile, misinformation proliferates on social media, and a polarized public may have become accustomed to being fed news that conforms to their worldview.

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.

How to take better smartphone photos, thanks to computational photography

Each time you snap a photo with your smartphone – depending on the make and model – it may perform more than a trillion operations for just that single image. Yes, you expect it to do the usual auto-focus/auto-exposure functions that are the hallmark of point-and-shoot photography. But your phone may also capture and stack multiple frames (sometimes before you even press the button), capture the b...[Read More]

Here’s how to stop Apple from throttling your iPhone 8’s battery

Apple’s been in trouble in the past when it comes to batteries in their tech. Older model iPhones have seen their speeds and battery capacities limited by software updates since 2016, a function that Apple said was to avoid devices shutting down when they get older. But… Apple didn’t give anybody a choice concerning those updates, leading to the company having to replace batterie...[Read More]

How to watch Apple’s final announcement event for 2018

Apple’s going to reveal a mess of new devices this week, with their last event for 2018 kicking off on 30 October at 10:00 Eastern Time. For South African fans, that means that you’ll have to find a way to skive off work tomorrow afternoon — Apple’s presentation will start at 16:00 local time. We’re expecting all sorts of things to issue forth from the mouth of Apple ...[Read More]

How to get connected to Showmax (whether you’re a DStv subscriber or not)

We all have questions, from the inane (“Who am I?”) to the profound (“What is bark made out of on a tree?”) to the mind-blowing (“But why male models?”). And we shouldn’t fear those questions, unless we were instrumental in inventing the piano-key necktie. Questions are good. Questions allow us to learn and hopefully absorb new information, becoming better – or at least smarter – than we used to b...[Read More]

Here’s how to get involved in the macOS Mojave public beta

It’s almost that time again, when Apple’s shiny new OS update drops and clogs up office bandwidth for days — not that we’ll complain when it’s macOS Mojave doing the clogging. But you don’t have to wait till all the kinks are ironed out in order to get in on the action — the macOS Mojave Public Beta is now live, meaning you can get some early hands-on time...[Read More]

How to: Edit vertical video for IGTV (or Snapchat, or Instagram Stories)

Instagram is famous for adding new features every few months, but this time around its gone really big… and upright. The world’s favourite memories-and-photo-sharing app — seriously it now has over 1 billion active monthly users — now allows long-format video via a built-in sister app called IGTV. Any Instagram user can create an IGTV channel of their own and upload videos ...[Read More]

Protect your privacy during turbulent times: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle. This was the official declaration that a homeowner could protect himself and his privacy from the king’s agents. That lesson carried into today’s America, thanks to our Founding Fathers’ abhorrence for imperiali...[Read More]

How to: Block unwanted phone calls (without using Truecaller)

Spam calls are a running joke at the Stuff offices. Do you just stare at an unusual phone number on your smartphone screen with dread, wondering whether this is the telemarketer who just hangs up, if there’s nothing but dead air, a robot voice or — horror of horrors — perhaps it is a cold-caller attempting to sell you something you don’t want or need. No matter, we wind up ...[Read More]

Facebook tweaks 2-factor authentication so you don’t have to give up your phone number

If, like some Facebook users, you’ve opted not to turn on two-factor authentication for your Facebook account because you’re concerned about what the social network will do with your phone number, we’ve got some good news for you. Securing the thing you use to keep up with your family (or potential romantic partners) no longer requires that you give up your digits to do so. Faceb...[Read More]

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