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525 Million Africans Online

According to data compiled by marketing firm Miniwatts, and sourced from Nielsen Online, the International Telecommunications Union, GfK and local regulators, an estimated 525 million people on the African continent went online last month. More than internet users in North America and the Middle East combined, despite the lowest level of internet penetration. The only [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Facebook Currency A Potential Economic Threat

Late last month, following an on-going series of leaks about the project, Facebook officially announced its plans to launch their own, in-platform cryptocurrency, to be known as Libra, scheduled for 2020. According to the Libra Whitepaper released by Facebook, their mission is to "enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Google Terminates Controversial Chinese Project

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this month, Karan Bhatia, Google's VP of Public Policy, admitted that the company's controversial plan to re-launch its search engine in China while complying with the country's restrictive internet censorship laws had been underway, but said that that it had been cancelled. The new Chinese version of Google [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

Facebook CEO Facing Unprecedented Threat

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, Facebook Chairman, and controlling shareholder, has always made a point of ensuring that his power over Facebook is effectively unassailable, an approach that many have felt unfair at best, and totalitarian at worst. Now, in the wake of consecutive years of scandals involving the social media giant on everything from their [...]

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Facebook To Get Biggest Ever Redesign

At the end of last month, Facebook announced that it would be getting what will probably be the biggest ever redesign of the platform in 15 years. The new look was officially revealed at the annual Facebook Developers conference, (F8) in California. The new design will remove the ubiquitous blue menu bar, and replace it [...]

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Intel Chip Security Flaws Patched

Earlier this month, researchers released information revealing a flaw in almost every Intel chip manufactured since 2011 that made it possible to harvest sensitive data, including account tokens, keys and passwords, from the processor. Microarchitectural data sampling results from a flaw in the physical design of the chip, and in response, software firms have stepped [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Britain Seeks Leading Role In Regulating Social Media

The internet has traditionally been seen as largely "ungovernable" thanks to its decentralised nature and the potential (fast decreasing) for anonymity. A  popular description for it has been that it's like the Wild West, which has struck me as amusing for years, since I remember when the internet really was a lawless and wild place, [...]

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Facebook Facing Possible 5 Billion Dollar Fine

After the relatively recent Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw Facebook user data being harvested and used for political campaign purposes, the Federal Trade Commission in the US began investigating the social media platform, for a potential breach of a 2011 agreement with the platform regarding consumer privacy. Of course, that's only one of a number [...]

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

South Africans Online

According to the Global State Of Digital In 2019 report by Hootsuite, South African's spend among the most time online of any country, with an average of nearly 8.5 hours a day spent online, compared to a bit over 6.5 hours a day for US users. This is despite the fact that we still have [...]

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Online Marketing|Tags: , , |

Emoji’s Making Court Appearances

In the unlikely event that you ever needed more evidence that we're in the digital information age, it turns out the emoji's the little pictures (or emoticons, the little symbols) we use in digital / online communication to express emotion are being used more and more frequently as evidence to support arguments in court. A [...]

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |