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Facebook Messenger Platform During the opening keynote at Facebook's F8 developers' conference, you got the sense that there were a lot of light-bulbs going off in a lot of tech journalists' heads. The moment that got those light bulbs burning was Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that Messenger would cease to be "just another messaging app" and would instead become a platform. The new Messenger platform will allow its more than 600-million users to create and share content from third-party tools as well as communicate ...

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Error 404: Democracy Not Found — what social media tells us about the state of our culture

Error 404 Democracy Not Found At a time in our world when there are more people voting for their government representatives than ever before, it's a discomforting thought that most of us are unhappy with the way our lives are run. To be fair, we are growing up alongside financial crises alongside an overpopulated planet. Still, whether political systems are under more assault due to having so many more eyes on it or whether people are feeling somewhat more entitled, the fact remains that the ...

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Insuring your future: how tech’s working to keep you safe while cycling [Sponsored]

Cycling 'Insuring your future' is a four-part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the first article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to make cycling a safer activity than it currently is. Cycling is great. It's a clean, environmentally way to get the blood pumping through your veins and because you're on two wheels instead of two legs, you get ...

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No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

Digital future The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt. The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We've been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using private, hybrid and public cloud architectures. The IoT is already deeply ...

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Weekly Roundup #18: Facebook Messenger, Spartan, Sami Inkinen and the final Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron LaFinale Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker tackle topics as diverse as Facebook Messenger's transition to a platform, the latest updates to Microsoft's Project Spartan, an entrepreneur who's also an extreme athlete, and the final Bugatti Veyron. As a company, Facebook is 11 years old now. If it had remained the social network it was back then, it might still be ...

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Facebook’s solar-powered internet drones are finally hitting the skies this year

Facebook drones No, it's not a summer blockbuster in the works. Facebook is really going to start testing drones to beam internet access to people within the next few months. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the drone is called Aquila and will start doing its rounds when summer hits the States this year. Announced almost exactly one year ago, the ambitious stunt is part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative which seeks to give between 1.1 billion and 2.8 billion unconnected people access to ...

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‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

Bloodborne-stock-1 "Run away, man!" I shouted at the controller as it was callously ignoring my panicked button mashing. Finding the first monster after a mere two minutes of game play is unnerving, and something that you just don't see in mass-appeal AAA games often. Begin easy, frolic with the gamer hand-in-hand until another deus ex machina joins the party for intermittent words of wisdom -- that's the usual formula. Gaming has really become a bit of a nanny sport, but From Software's ...

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