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Good news for WhatsApp users in South Africa

May 7th 2021 at 15:00
WhatsApp has provided an update on its privacy policy deadline.
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What’s Gone Viral: See the β€˜monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

May 6th 2021 at 07:46

A giant moth – so heavy that it cannot fly – was found at an Australian school on Monday, 3 May 2021.

A monster moth found in Australia

According to the Mount Cotton State School, builders found the giant wood moth while constructing new classrooms at the school in Queensland.

The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, called it an β€œamazing find”.

An Amazing find

β€œOur new building is situated on the edge of a rainforest and during the build, the moth was found,” Steward toldΒ ABC Radio Brisbane.

She also said that while staff and students were used to seeing a range of animals at the school, the moth was unlike anything they had seen before.Β 

The school shared photos of the giant wood moth on Facebook, where they generated a huge interest and registered hundreds of likes, comments and shares.

A giant wood moth found during the build! https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/giant-moth-invasion/13326950

Posted by Mount Cotton State School onΒ Sunday, May 2, 2021

About the giant wood moth

According to NDTV, the giant wood moth, also known as the Endoxyla cinereus, is found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast. According to Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum’s head of entomology, giant wood moths are the heaviest in the world.Β 

β€œThey fly very, very poorly. In most cases when they emerge, the females, they just crawl up a local tree or stump of a fence post and sit there and wait for males to find them,” Lambkin said.

β€œThey’re very common on Queensland coast, [but that] is the biggest I’ve seen,” one social media user commented on Facebook. β€œHow cool. Gotta say if it flew near me while I was gardening I would probably do a karate freakout!” said another.

The females, about twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 30 grams and boasts a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters.

Another social media user means that it is as big as an β€˜eggplant’.

β€œSweet mercy. It’s the size of an eggplant.”

Trump calls online bans, including Facebook’s, β€˜total disgrace’

May 5th 2021 at 13:04

Donald Trump said Wednesday it was a β€œtotal disgrace” for online giants to institute social media bans, after a Facebook board upheld the company’s restriction against the former US president which he argued infringed on his free speech.

β€œWhat Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said in a statement.

β€œFree Speech has been taken away from the president of the United States because the radical left lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” the Republican former leader said.

β€œThe people of our country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”

Trump, who has been mostly ensconced in his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since leaving the White House on January 20, has continued to peddle his false claim that voter fraud caused his defeat in last year’s election.

But he has also latched on to the largely Republican argument that big tech firms support Democratic politicians and have undue influence over political speech.

Republican lawmakers have threatened to go after the technology giants if Trump’s party regains a majority in Congress in the next midterm election, set for 2022.

β€œIf they can ban president Trump, all conservative voices could be next,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.

β€œA House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.”

Donald Trump remains banned on Facebook

May 5th 2021 at 09:40
Donald Trump remains banned from posting on Facebook for now, the company’s independent content oversight board ruled.

Facebook’s ban of Donald Trump stays – oversight board

May 5th 2021 at 09:21
Facebook's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump in a verdict that may signal how the company will treat rule-breaking world leaders in the future.

Facebook iPhone warning – Allow tracking or the app may no longer be free

May 5th 2021 at 03:46
Facebook is putting pressure on Apple iPhone users to allow in-app data tracking, following the new iOS 14.5 privacy update.

Accept WhatsApp’s privacy policy before the deadline – or be cut off

May 4th 2021 at 06:14
WhatsApp users have to accept changes to the Facebook-owned messaging platform's terms of service and privacy policy before the looming deadline, or lose access.

Twitter disappoints while rivals make hay amid pandemic boom

April 30th 2021 at 02:34
Twitter has given a disappointing revenue forecast, a sign the social media service hasn’t fully capitalised on the digital advertising boom amid the pandemic.

Twitter revenue forecast disappoints

April 30th 2021 at 01:17
Twitter Inc posted a sluggish start to the year in its advertising business and gave a disappointing revenue forecast, a sign the social media service hasn’t fully capitalized on the digital advertising boom amid the pandemic like companies such as Facebook Inc and Google.

Apple and Facebook’s staggering results simply aren’t sustainable

April 29th 2021 at 03:28
The problem with posting blowout numbers is that it raises the obvious follow-up question: Can you top this? For Apple and Facebook, the answer may be no, or not anytime soon.

How to block tracking by apps (starting with Facebook) on your iPhone

April 27th 2021 at 10:50

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The latest iOS update introduces a very useful feature to help users prevent their activity from being tracked in order to combat the onslaught of targeted ads.

From now on, each app will have to ask permission from its users in order to continue β€œtracking” them. Rather than disabling them one by one, there is a trick to ensure that no app collects this data.

ALSO READ: Apple fined R173 million in Russia for β€˜abusing’ dominant position

Once iOS 14.5 is installed, you just have to go to the β€œSettings” of your iPhone, then go to the β€œPrivacy” tab, select β€œTracking” and uncheck the option β€œAllow apps to request to track.”

From then on, no application will ask you for permission to continue tracking your online activities, it will simply be cancelled.

If you only want to block the tracking of certain applications, such as Facebook (or others), don’t do this and just respond to the notifications you receive on a case-by-case basis.

This long-awaited feature was announced at the beginning of the year, causing an uproar among several app publishers, starting of course with Facebook, whose personal data collection is at the heart of its business model.

Facebook fears that this decision will harm all the companies that use it today to advertise and that derive a large part of their revenue from it.

Note that the launch of iOS 14.5 is also accompanied by other new features, such as the ability to unlock the device via recognition while wearing a mask (only if associated with an Apple Watch) and new emojis, including a heart on fire, new couples and a new syringe … more than topical with the current vaccination campaign related to the covid-19 pandemic.

Apple and Google are killing the ad cookie – what it really means

April 26th 2021 at 01:27
Farewell, advertising cookie. After years of debate, Apple and Google are making separate moves to effectively kill the software marketers use to track your online activity.

It’s true! Working from home makes you more productive

April 22nd 2021 at 02:54
The great work-from-home experiment has divided opinion. But a new study finds that, in fact, remote work does indeed make us more productive.

Nedbank introduces electronic payments on WhatsApp

April 21st 2021 at 04:56
Nedbank, working with Mastercard and South African fintech player Ukheshe, has launched the ability for banking clients to make payments to businesses in messaging platform WhatsApp.

β€˜Britcoin’: UK mulls digital version of sterling

April 19th 2021 at 02:06
British finance minister Rishi Sunak told the Bank of England on Monday to look at the case for a new "britcoin", or central bank-backed digital currency.

Facebook to launch new audio apps

April 19th 2021 at 01:14
Facebook Inc. will announce on Monday a suite of new audio products, including its own take on Clubhouse, as well as a push into podcasts aided by Spotify Technology.

Apple’s new privacy zeal is a threat to small app developers

April 16th 2021 at 05:38
By: Editor
In an iOS update expected this month, Apple will start asking users for permission to track their data across apps. The impact on smaller app developers could be devastating.

Politicians are cashing in on the tech boom

April 16th 2021 at 02:04
David Cameron’s work for Greensill Capital, which has dragged the British government into a lobbying scandal, has showcased the trend of politicians taking jobs at companies tapping the global tech investment boom.

How fraudsters use Facebook and WhatsApp to steal money from South African mobile customers

April 15th 2021 at 08:20
Fraudsters are impersonating Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, and Cell C customer support agents on Facebook and then use WhatsApp to extract information and steal money from clients.

Microsoft is thriving – in second place

April 15th 2021 at 05:41
Two decades ago, the world’s biggest software maker was in the US government’s antitrust crosshairs for its business practices surrounding its operating system monopoly. Things are different now.

14.3 million South Africa Facebook users hit by data leak – check if you are affected

April 14th 2021 at 05:38
VPN provider Surfshark has analysed the recently discovered Facebook data leak containing the data of 533 million users, and found that over 14 million of the leaked profiles were South African.

US senator wants to ban Big Tech from buying anything ever again

April 13th 2021 at 02:12
US senator Josh Hawley has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a market value greater than $100-billion.

LinkedIn says some user data extracted and posted for sale

April 9th 2021 at 07:31
Some LinkedIn data, including publicly viewable member profiles, has been extracted and posted for sale, Microsoft's professional networking site said based on an investigation.

Check if your mobile number was leaked in Facebook breach

April 7th 2021 at 06:01
Have I Been Pwned has added the ability for users to check if their mobile number has been compromised in the recent Facebook data leak.

World’s billionaires added $5-trillion to their wealth in one year

April 6th 2021 at 07:14
Forbes' annual world's billionaires list includes a record-breaking 2Β 755 billionaires, with Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos topping it for the fourth consecutive year.

Facebook shares surge to record despite Apple risk

April 6th 2021 at 01:43
Facebook shares hit a record on Monday, with the social media company taking out a peak that has stood since August as fears fade about the impact of new privacy policies from Apple.

Facebook shares surge to new record

April 6th 2021 at 01:24
Facebook Inc. shares surged to a record Monday, with megacap Internet and technology stocks rallying amid optimism about the strong pace of economic growth.

Anatomy of a bitcoin scam that’s hit at least four South Africans

April 5th 2021 at 18:01
TJ Naidoo of Durban got pulled into a bitcoin scam on Facebook. It started small, then quickly spiralled out of control.

South African Facebook users’ data leaked online, including names and phone numbers

April 3rd 2021 at 15:06
Personal data of 533 million Facebook users has been leaked online which include full names, phone numbers, birthdate, location data, and email addresses.

SARS will follow you on Facebook and Twitter to see what you are really spending: analyst

April 2nd 2021 at 01:00
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has committed to probing the tax affairs, and information disclosed by high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) on tax returns, to ensure that they are actually complying with tax laws.

What connects the M to the G?

April 1st 2021 at 15:00

The Ampersand connects the M to the G. We leave β€˜when-we’ Weekly Mail nostalgia and financial strain behind and focus on the now

The post What connects the M to the G? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Brutal battle between WhatsApp and South Africa’s GovChat

March 31st 2021 at 04:16
Facebook and WhatsApp are engaged in a furious battle with South African technology company GovChat, which facilitates engagement between citizens and their elected officials.

Zoom risks user exodus as the world reopens

March 29th 2021 at 06:47
Many Internet companies posted record performance during the pandemic. But as vaccines roll out and restrictions relax, some of this unprecedented digital demand is fading.

How the investment landscape is changing in Asia

March 28th 2021 at 18:08
β€˜China was one of the few countries in the world to achieve GDP growth last year … without expanding their balance sheet’ – Charlie Dutton – portfolio manager, Ninety One.

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey trolls US politicians during hearing

March 26th 2021 at 01:55
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted his frustration with US lawmakers' questions on the social media platform during a hearing about misinformation on Thursday.

Facebook interdicted in fight with South Africa’s GovChat

March 25th 2021 at 12:00
Facebook has been interdicted and restrained by the Competition Tribunal from removing GovChat, a communications service used by the South African government, from its WhatsApp instant messaging platform.

Twitter to get new emojis βˆ’ But downvotes can cause controversy

March 25th 2021 at 08:25
Twitter is working on a new feature that will allow users to express themselves using Facebook-like emojis.

WhatsApp, Instagram down in global outage

March 19th 2021 at 02:08
Facebook's platforms, including online messaging service WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram, were down for thousands of users on Friday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com.

China appears to have banned Signal

March 16th 2021 at 02:42
Encrypted messaging app Signal appeared to no longer be working in China without the use of a virtual private network on Tuesday morning, users in the country said.

Tim Berners-Lee says β€˜fad’ of Internet giants will pass

March 12th 2021 at 01:52
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has said the dominance of Internet giants is a "fad" that does not have to endure.

Tech giants’ dreams for Africa wither with Internet shutdowns

March 11th 2021 at 02:05
Facebook and Google are spending billions trying to get more people online in Africa, but the Internet giants are facing a backlash from governments worried about technology being used to remove them from power.

UK takes aim at Facebook again over end-to-end encryption

March 11th 2021 at 01:25
The UK’s digital minister warned he had β€œvery grave concerns” about Facebook’s plans to expand end-to-end encryption across all user communications.

YouTube will lift Trump ban when risk of violence decreases: CEO

March 5th 2021 at 01:57
YouTube will lift its suspension on former US President Donald Trump's channel when it determines the risk of real-world violence has decreased, said the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki.

We won’t share users’ WhatsApp contacts, Facebook tells SA watchdog

March 4th 2021 at 10:00
Facebook has denied it intends sharing WhatsApp users’ contact lists with other Facebook properties when it introduces new terms and conditions soon that have caused an uproar among consumers.

WhatsApp voice and video calls now available on desktop PCs

March 4th 2021 at 07:42
Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp on Thursday said it has launched both video and voice calling on its desktop apps for Windows and macOS.

South Africa: WhatsApp may not share user data with Facebook

March 3rd 2021 at 15:18
Facebook cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from South Africa's Information Regulator, the agency has said..
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