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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: , , |

SA Cybercrime Bill

More than 3 years after first being tabled in Parliament, the South African Cybercrimes Bill is finally on the verge of being officially enacted, with the Deputy Minister of Justice acknowledging that even though many cyber crimes are already illegal under other Acts, the current legislation is not advanced enough to keep up with online [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Over 1.2 Million ZA Domains

According to the ZACR (ZA Central Registry), more than 1.2 million domains have now been registered across all Second-Level Domains that the registry administers. This includes the SLD's "co.za," "org.za," and "net.za," amongst others, as well as 3 Geographic TLDs (Top-Level Domains), ".joburg," ".durban" and ".capetown." The most popular of these, the eponymous ".co.za" has [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Google & Fake News

In the latest salvo in the fake news stakes, Google itself has been identified as a major enabler of the proliferation of websites which spread fake news, or "disinformation." It has been revealed in a recent investigation that many of these sites support themselves through the user of Google's publisher advertising platform, Google Adsense. Adsense [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Google Ads, News|Tags: , |

South Africa Online – September 2018

According to Narratiive, a leading online audience measurement, modelling and verification company a total of 39.6 million unique browsers viewed over a billion pages online in South Africa this past September. Nearly 70% of those were Mobile Unique Browsers. (Yes, mobile really is first.) Here's the rest of their data on what South African's did [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that as many as 50 million user accounts had been compromised by hackers who took advantage of a vulnerability in the "View As" functionality (which lets you see how your profile would look to somebody else), to steal Facebook access tokens allowing them to take over other [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

20 Years Of Google

20 years ago this month, and two years after it was launched internally at Stanford University by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was officially incorporated as a company. At first, they didn't get much attention, being only one of a large number of competing search engines and "web portals," but within a few months [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

Technology For Fake Video Improving Rapidly

So-called fake news has been one of the hottest topics for the last year, and platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have working on addressing threats posed by disinformation. At Facebook's developer conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform would "never be unprepared again" for things like the interference of Russian trolls [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Google Faces Biggest Anti-Trust Fine Ever

In Europe's biggest ever anti-trust claim, Google is facing a potential US$ 5 Billion fine for anti-competitive practices relating to their use of the mobile Android operating system to "stifle competition." According to the charge, Google uses the mobile operating system (which is installed on 80% of the smartphones in the world), to unfairly favour [...]

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|