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Uber introduces driver selfies for security

In an effort to reduce fraud on driver accounts and reassure riders their driver is who the app claims they are, Uber has introduced a new security measure called “Real-Time ID” that requires drivers take a selfie from time to time. The whole process takes a few seconds, and if the selfie doesn’t match the details Uber has on file the driver account is temporarily blocked until U...[Read More]

As expected the Snapchat listing has been meteoric, the largest since Alibaba’s in 2014

If you want to see the changing nature of social media, then Snap’s listing last week is it. The biggest IPO since Alibaba’s US$168bn in 2014, the Snapchat parent listed at three times that of Twitter, valuing it at $24bn on its first day, $28bn on its second. And it still doesn’t make money. In fact, on revenue of $404m last year, it lost $514m and $373m the year before. But the...[Read More]

Budget Mods for budget Motorolas are coming next year

Lenovo-owned Motorola intends to bring the modular system found on its flagship Moto Z device to more affordable devices in 2018, and will offer different quality Mods in the same categories to cater to different budgets. That’s according to Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo chairman and CEO. Yuanqing made the comments during a press briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. “We ar...[Read More]

Apple’s spaceship campus gets a name and date for people to start working there

We have been keeping an eye on Apple’s new campus, the flying saucer-shaped building that they’ve been constructing with all that iPhone money that people keep giving them, for some time now. It’s almost a relief to know that it’s almost ready for human habitation, as Apple has announced an official name for the spaceship building as well as a time for folks who work there ...[Read More]

Google Maps adds shareable lists to its repertoire

With its live traffic data, peer reviews and ability to save maps offline, Google Maps has long been our default digital cartography service. Now it’s gotten even better thanks to the addition of shareable lists. From today, users can search for favourite spots on the Android or iOS versions of Google Maps, hit the “save” button, and add them to a selection of pre-defined lists, ...[Read More]

Wireless charging for the next iPhone looks very likely indeed

You know what’s even more fun for Apple’s bottomline than selling Lightning cables and the plethora of stands and related accessories that use them? Selling wireless charging mats, stands and furniture that could make a replacement cable look like a bargain basement steal. See, Apple’s joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the same group that’s responsible for the Qi wirele...[Read More]

Surprise, surprise: Apple has had a(nother) record first quarter

Apple has a sometimes confusing financial year. Their first quarter of their 2017 financial calendar ended on 31 December 2016, meaning that our Q4 2016 is Apple’s Q1 of the following year. It doesn’t make logical sense but from a reporting perspective it lets the company start each year with a bang. And bang they have, reporting a record Q1 2017. And when Apple sets a record, you have...[Read More]

Overcoming ‘cyber-fatigue’ requires users to step up for security

As a new presidential administration takes over, it will need to pay significant attention to cybersecurity. Indeed, we’ve already been told to expect “a comprehensive plan” for cybersecurity in the first few months of the new administration. But as a professional who has long been part of the global internet security community, I am pessimistic that the typical government and individual plans or ...[Read More]

MWC 2017: what we’re most excited to see

MWC is all about slabs with screens. No, not smart mirrors – but rather smartphones and tablets. Lots and lots of smartphones and tablets, from nearly all of the big manufacturers including Samsung, Sony and LG. And, while that might sound a bit predictable, it rarely fails to serve up some titillating tech to get us talking. So, with little more than a month to go until the tech circus desc...[Read More]

Blue Ocean VR opens ‘VR Experience Centre’ in Joburg

South Africans wanting to try out a fancier virtual reality (VR) experience than the one offered by sticking a smartphone in a cardboard headset (or the somewhat slicker Samsung Gear VR headset) have largely been out of luck to date. But a new company called Blue Ocean VR wants to offer consumers the chance to try out the HTC Vive in its “Virtual Reality Experience Centre” in Bedfordvi...[Read More]

Vodacom zero rates basic Facebook use, but beware the Ts&Cs

Ask those who like to go commando in short shorts, anyone on the receiving end of American cultural imperialism, or economists, and they’ll tell you, freedom always comes at a price. Ultimately, there’s no such thing as free, and Vodacom’s new Facebook Flex offering is no exception. The deal is this: Vodacom’s making basic Facebook use free. And we do mean basic. Users who ...[Read More]

Amazon’s Alexa stole the show at CES, signaling that this will be a big year for voice assistants

Talking to yourself in your house has become more of a reality after a slew of new products using Amazon’s voice assistant were unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the big trends for the future year unfold. The big trends this year, in no particular order: more sophisticated drones, 4K another high resolution televisions, virtual reality, and artificial intellige...[Read More]

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