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South African social media is giving consumers power to discipline corporations

More than 20 years after democracy it seems incredible that a leading South African insurance company, Outsurance would put out a Father’s Day advertisement which featured mostly white dads. If their marketing team didn’t see the problem, citizens on social media certainly did and helped the company to see the error of its ways – and fast. Within hours of screening the advertisement, a Twitter sto...[Read More]

Boost your productivity: 10 amazing web apps you can use for free in your browser

That amazing future, where you don’t have to bother installing software, because everything’s on the internet? Already here. But you probably knew that anyway, through using Google Maps and Google Docs, and Google Everything Else. What you might not know is the sheer range of things you can do in a browser, and how brilliant many web apps have become. Stuff set two rules for inclusion in this list...[Read More]

End-to-end encryption isn’t enough security for ‘real people’

Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. And it ignores the fact that governments have other ways to keep an electronic eye on targets of investigations. In June, government intelligence officials from the Five Eyes Alliance nat...[Read More]

Has Facebook finally given up chasing teenagers? It’s complicated

Facebook’s latest attempt to appeal to teens has quietly closed its doors. The social media platform’s Lifestage app (so unsuccessful that this is probably the first time you’ve heard of it) was launched a little under a year ago to resounding apathy and has struggled ever since. Yet, as is Silicon Valley’s way, Facebook has rapidly followed the failure of one venture with the launch of another on...[Read More]

Facebook launches Watch, their (incorrect) answer to Netflix and YouTube

Facebook wants to keep the eyes of the world on their offerings and services. To that end the social network has announced Watch, a platform for video content that will have to compete with the likes of Netflix and YouTube for eyeballs. Not literally, that would just be gross. Though… we’d also totally watch that show. But Watch, announced by Facebook yesterday and rolling out to limit...[Read More]

Country rules: the ‘splinternet’ may be the future of the web

Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different from their experience of the internet in Australia. Travellers to China, in particular, will b...[Read More]

14 tips and tricks to level up your Snapchat game

Snapchat is one of the most popular photo sharing apps around, but with frequent updates and hidden features, being a Snapchat pro is a skill that requires real creativity and the right intel. If you’re itching to up your Snapchat skills, these tips and tricks will make sure your game is on fire, putting you way ahead of the guys who have just discovered the dog face filter. Edit Like A Pro If sti...[Read More]

Inside the fight against malware attacks

When malicious software, or malware, attacks, computer scientists and security researchers want to know how the attackers got into what was supposed to be a secure system, and what they’re actually doing that’s causing problems for users. It’s a growing problem, affecting government projects, retail stores and individuals around the world. However, fighting malware is a cyclical arms race: As defe...[Read More]

Google’s newest feed — the search giant is trying a new look for its most iconic service

The most famous page on the internet is about to lose its minimalist status. Google last week announced its famously blank main page – launched in 1996 – is going to give up its white space. Instead it will get a Facebook-like news feed, much like the mobile version which has been suggesting stories based on your search history. This functionality has been available for quite a while and tends to ...[Read More]

Using WhatsApp? You’re now one of a billion

We live in an interesting time, and not (just) the (allegedly) ancient Chinese curse kind. You, the person reading this now, regularly perform actions that are being done by vast numbers of others, on a scale unprecedented in human history. And now you’re doing another one. Which is a fancy way of saying that very popular messaging app WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has hit another mi...[Read More]

How not to agree to clean public toilets when you accept any online terms and conditions

How often do you see this when you’re online, whether downloading a new app or software or signing up for some new service? Click Agree to accept our Terms and Conditions. You click on it, but then discover you’ve just agreed to give up your future first-born child or clean public toilets for 1,000 hours. This is what happened recently to more than 20,000 people in the UK when they accepted the te...[Read More]

The internet never forgets

There’s a fascinating ethical debate unfolding in Europe as EU lawmakers are tackling Google about the so-called “right to be forgotten”. If you did something in life that was picked up by a search engine and the circumstances have now changed, European law allows you to request those search results to be deleted. Like all such ethical laws, there are specific terms and condition...[Read More]

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