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Facebook has launched “My Digital World” - a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. My Digital World is a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programmes including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo...
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a series of new features with the latest batch of beta updates for both iOS and Android smartphones. One of the most interesting of these new features is multi-device login support. Multiple logins for various devices Possibly transforming the way we use WhatsApp, a multiple login...
A picturesque image of the sun setting over a quiet lake is making headlines across the world - and not for good reason. The image - taken by scientist and amateur photographer, Gaurav Agrawal - has been known to cause a glitch in a number of Android devices. The BBC...
South Africa’s largest annual study of social media trends has revealed that Facebook remains the social platform of choice for marketing – but TikTok is rising fast among both brands and consumers. According to the 2020 edition of the SA Social Media Landscape, released this week by World Wide Worx...
Hugely popular social media platform, Twitter is now testing a new feature that recommends users read the entire news article before sharing it via retweeting. The company relayed this information via a tweet on their official support account. The feature is being tested on Android devices and will prompt users...
Facebook is rolling out Messenger Kids - a video chat and messaging app that helps children connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6...
Microsoft Teams has exploded in popularity since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent remote work exodus. Hundreds of thousands of people have brought their offices home with them, and with that, they've turned to Microsoft Teams. The platform has very quickly become the leader in remote teamwork in...
Passwords are the most common method of authentication, but they only work if they are hard to crack and confidential. And with an increasing number of applications requiring them, it can be hard to come up with new ideas for complex passwords and keep them all in your mind...
A massive and exceedingly popular platform for the sharing and spreading of news content to the general public, Facebook has become the primary news source for millions of people around the globe. Now, in renewed efforts to gauge its own responsibility to halt the spreading of fake news and to...
Google is adding features on its maps service to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips in a more informed way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPM_UJxzzbw&feature=emb_title The update would allow users to check how crowded a train station might be at a particular time, or if buses on a certain...
Twitter has begun displaying fact-check labels on tweets that appear to incorrectly link 5G mobile technology to the spread of the coronavirus. Labels reading "Get the facts on COVID-19" have been appearing beneath these certain tweets. Clicking on the label links the user through a thread titled: "No, 5G isn't...
People around the world have been self-isolating at home in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many companies have been switching their paradigms to fit the new way of the world. From Uber diverting more resources into its food delivery programme as the rides business dwindles, and now...
The social media sphere has quickly become a new stage to be navigated carefully in these modern times. Often filled with deepening negativity and debacles that are dreadfully embarrassing for those involved - like the fallout over a Miss South Africa candidate and her history of crude tweets. Now, lawyers...
Dropbox has quietly launched a new password manager named Dropbox Passwords. The app is only available in a private beta on Android, and although it can be downloaded, users won't be able to use it yet - at least not until they get an invite. The app’s Play Store listing notes...
A great way to advertise yourself or your business, especially nowadays, is with a website. A personal website shows potential employers or clients that you are technically informed and ICT-conscious. Personal websites can be great outlets for your creativity, a fantastic way to get your message out there, and sometimes...
In an attempt to prove that social media giant Twitter is more than lenient when it comes to its A-list users, an account under the name '@SuspendThePress' copied and posted US President Donald Trump's tweets. https://twitter.com/SuspendThePres/status/1266553066825773059 This experiment comes shortly after US President Donald Trump threatened to regulate or even “close...
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