1. Jan

    Social media is like cars, they are useful but a few people will die in accidents - Instagram boss

    Like cars, social media will kill people — Instagram boss Facebook's head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has come under fire over a recent interview in a Vox Recode Media podcast in which he likened deaths caused by social media to car accident fatalities. The interview with host Pieter Kafka...
  2. Jan

    WhatsApp testing voice note transcription on iPhone

    WhatsApp to let you turn voice notes into text — how it will work WhatsApp is working on a voice transcription feature that will convert your received audio messages to text, so you won't have to sit through long-winded ramblings waiting for someone to get to the point.
  3. Jan

    Facebook and Ray-Ban to launch smart glasses - images leaked

    Facebook and Ray-Ban's smart glasses leaked Images of Facebook and Ray-Ban's much-hyped smart glasses have been leaked hours ahead of an official launch event on Thursday. Reputed tech leaker Evan Blass posted a series of photos on Twitter showing the glasses in three of Ray Ban's well-known...
  4. Jan

    WhatsApp gets 225 million-euro fine for violating GDPR

    WhatsApp slapped with R4 billion fine Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp was ordered to pay a 225 million-euro (R4 billion) penalty for failing to be transparent about how it handled personal information, its first fine under beefed-up European Union data protection law. The Irish Data Protection...
  5. Jan

    Accepting WhatsApp privacy policy change will be optional - report

    Good news about WhatsApp privacy policy changes Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will no longer force users to accept its controversial new privacy policy to continue using the app. This is according to a report from WABetaInfo, a site known for reporting accurately on features...
  6. Jan

    Instagram will stop working for you unless you provide your birthday

    Instagram must know your birthday — and is working on spotting the liars Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram will now require users to provide their birthdays to use its app if they have not yet done so. In a blog post on Monday, Instagram vice president of youth products, Pavni...
  7. Jan

    WhatsApp multi-device support tested on iPad soon - report

    WhatsApp coming to iPad Facebook is developing a WhatsApp app for tablets as part of its new multi-device support capabilities, WABetaInfo reported. WABetaInfo stated that users will be able to use an iPad as a new linked device with their WhatsApp account using the new multi-device support...
  8. Jan

    How WhatsApp killed Mxit and BBM in South Africa

    The rise of WhatsApp in South Africa — and how it can fall WhatsApp didn’t stumble into dominance. It grew into the dominant force in mobile messaging over many years, and it could be overtaken by its competition if it repeats the mistakes of the platforms it defeated. Even though WhatsApp...
  9. Jan

    Facebook Messenger gets end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls

    Facebook Messenger gets major security boost Facebook is rolling out end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls in its Messenger app, the company announced in a blog post on Friday. "People expect their messaging apps to be secure and private, and with these new features, we’re giving...
  10. Jan

    KFC launches WhatsApp ordering in South Africa

    Order KFC on WhatsApp in South Africa KFC South Africa has announced the launch of Chat Commerce which allows customers to place and pay for an order via WhatsApp. The platform is automated and leverages natural language processing.
  11. Jan

    Facebook is scattering privacy settings all over its app's menus

    Big changes for Facebook privacy and security settings Facebook privacy settings are being scattered across different menus to restructure the interface in its smartphone apps. “Our research shows that using more specific and descriptive names makes settings easier to find,” Facebook said in a...
  12. Jan

    Self-destructing View Once messages launched on WhatsApp

    WhatsApp gets major new feature WhatsApp has announced the launch of View Once, a feature that lets you send photos or videos which can only be opened once before they are deleted. Once the recipient of the photo or video exits the media viewer, it will no longer be visible in that chat, and...
  13. Jan

    How much it costs to send a WhatsApp message in South Africa

    Real costs to send a WhatsApp message in South Africa Sending a WhatsApp text message costs tiny fractions of a cent, while a voice call through the platform can cost you anywhere between 1c and 4c per minute depending on the network and whether data saver mode is enabled, a MyBroadband...
  14. Jan

    WhatsApp group calls get drop-in, drop-out functionality

    Big improvement to WhatsApp group calls WhatsApp group calls now allow users to join at any time during the call. Previously, all the users would have to stand at attention, ready to join the call the moment it started.
  15. Hanno Labuschagne

    Facebook rejects Biden's "killing people" claim

    Facebook rejects Biden's "killing people" claim Facebook Inc. expanded on its pushback to President Joe Biden’s comment that social media networks enabled the spread of misinformation about vaccines, saying that it won’t take the blame for the administration missing its target to get 70% of...
  16. Hanno Labuschagne

    Facebook's vaccine misinformation is killing people - US President

    Facebook's vaccine misinformation is killing people - US President US President Joe Biden said Friday that social media networks are “killing people” by allowing the spread of misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. “Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” Biden said...
  17. Jan

    WhatsApp launches beta for new multi-device feature

    New WhatsApp multi-device support WhatsApp is rolling out a limited public beta of its app that includes improved multi-device capability. This will allow the app to be used on other devices without an actively connected smartphone.
  18. Jan

    WhatsApp testing high quality image uploads

    WhatsApp is getting cool new features Recent reports from WABetaInfo have divulged some of the new features currently under development for the world's most popular messaging app, WhatsApp. One of the big changes in the latest beta update for the Android version of the app is the ability to...
  19. Jan

    GB WhatsApp warning in South Africa

    GB WhatsApp in South Africa — what happens when your WhatsApp account is banned Facebook has warned that apps such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, and apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones are unsupported and altered versions of WhatsApp. "These unofficial apps are...
  20. Jan

    WhatsApp settings useful for increasing privacy and security

    6 WhatsApp settings you should change right now With more than 2 billion users, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular chat app in the world. A study published in the latest Social Media Landscape report by World Wide Worx and Ornico showed that over 93% of Internet users in South Africa...