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Google, Social media

Does the decoupling of Gmail & Google+ mean the social network’s demise is near?

Google+ Google has gone to valiant lengths to convince us that rumors of Google+’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, but Google is no longer forcing new Gmail users to connect their account to a Google+ profile – yet another move that could signal the end for Google’s troubled social network. Rumors of the decoupling of Google+ and Gmail first surfaced in the spring. Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to shout about the change from the rooftops, instead choosing ...

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News, Twitter

SA’s so-called ‘blackface’ scandal reignites racism debate on Twitter

Stellies-blackface Only a few months ago, two girls from the University of Pretoria dressed up as maids for their friend's birthday party. They painted their faces black and put pillows in their skirts. Naturally, this erupted a massive racial debate that was just about to quieten down. Until now, that is. While the girls from Pretoria posted their photos on Facebook -- a rather limited platform in terms of public reach -- two students from Stellenbosch University more recently posted photos of ...

Gearburn

Games that make you go ‘meh’: 11 average titles on Xbox One

Ryse South African Xbox One fans, your time is now. Today, the Xbox One launches in South Africa, a mere eleven months after the 22 November 2013 U.S. launch. Eleven months later. During that time, the Xbox One has seen a price drop, been beaten in sales by Sony’s PlayStation 4, failed in Japan and released a whack of great, to really average games. In my opinion, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a solid follow-up to the glorious Xbox 360. It has a sturdy ...

Motorburn

RallyX sees closest ever finish: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

Petter-Solberg-Rally-X There are just too many wonderful motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Motorsport is more than just a few people putting their feet down hard to the floor. It's the culmination of humankind's drive to go faster, further, more efficiently and effortlessly. Essentially, motorsport is the root of automotive technology, ...

Africa, News

This Heritage Day, Uber offers Soweto Gospel Choir on-demand

soweto-gospel-choir This is so awesome. For a limited time only, the popular taxi on-demand service, Uber, is enabling South Africans to request some uniquely local performances to their doorsteps. Uber is known for spicing up holidays and other special occasions every now and then. To mark South Africa's Heritage Day on 24 September, the popular ridesharing service is giving people the ability to request in-house performances similar to how they would a taxi. For those wanting more than your casual braai, you can ...

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Advertising & Marketing, News

Facebook to launch ad platform to better track users across 3rd-party sites

Facebook-mobile Facebook is allegedly on the verge of launching a brand new ad platform designed to improve how marketers target and measure the advertisements bought on the web. While this update may be applauded for its skillful innovation in the advertising space, it does sound rather creepy. People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the update was a redesigned version of the Microsoft-created Atlas Advertiser Suite which the blue social giant bought in early 2013. Essentially, as noted by ...

Africa, Social networking

The Africanisation of social platforms: virtual connections & peer-to-peer services

hands Connection. Could there be a more basic need? Africans, like everyone else, crave interaction with others. Yet, as the West promotes individualism and the ‘unique identity’ as the mantra du jour, many Africans continue to perceive their identities in the context of a tribe or community. This sense of community -- be it for profitable, practical, or even social purposes, has long been heralded as a pinnacle of African culture. Perhaps we can even call this quintessentially African; a thriving desire for ...

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