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  1. Jan

    Gmail launches opt-out for new layout

    Gmail lets users switch back to old layout Google began rolling out its integrated view for Gmail earlier this year, and the company has launched the ability for users to opt-out and revert to the original layout. By default, Gmail shows the new layout, bringing Meet, Chat, and Spaces together...
  2. Jan

    First Google Talk, now Google is killing Hangouts in favour of Chat

    Google to kill Hangouts by the end of the year Google has announced that users on the free version of Hangouts will get a prompt to transition to Google Chat starting on 27 June 2022. Android Authority reported that mobile users who accept the prompt would transition to Chat, after which the...
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    iOS users can now set Chrome as the default autofill provider

    Chrome for iOS can now autofill saved passwords on any app iOS users that store their passwords on Chrome will soon be able to set the browser as the default Autofill provider, making signing into a range of apps and websites faster. Google has also added Enhanced Safe Browsing and Chrome...
  4. Jan

    Telegram launches Premium subscriptions - R89.99 per month for South Africans on iOS

    Telegram Premium launched — what you get for R89.99 per month Instant messaging platform Telegram has announced the launch of its subscription service, which the company said would let users support the app’s development and access additional features. iOS users in South Africa can subscribe...
  5. Jan

    Telkom expects to announce hyperscaler partnership in 3-6 months

    Telkom in major data centre play Telkom is potentially looking at announcing a partnership with a hyperscale computing provider soon, CEO Serame Taukobong has told MyBroadband. Hyperscalers include players such as Alibaba, Huawei, Oracle, Facebook, Amazon Web Services, SAP, Microsoft, and Google.
  6. Jan

    Free Think WiFi ad-supported hotspots tested

    Free Think WiFi tested — with surprisingly good results MyBroadband tested the free Wi-Fi service offered by Think WiFi, which is now available at 442 sites across South Africa, and found usable internet. Think WiFi promises free uncapped Wi-Fi with speeds up to 30 Mbps. It is an ad-supported...
  7. Jan

    Google debate over "sentient" bots overshadows deeper AI issues

    Google says its artificial intelligence is not sentient But throughout the weekend and on Monday, researchers pushed back on the notion that the AI was truly sentient, saying the evidence only indicated a highly capable system of human mimicry, not sentience itself. “It is mimicking...
  8. Jan

    Think WiFi's free hotspot business flourishing even after Google Station pulls out

    South African free uncapped Wi-Fi company marches on — despite losing Google Free public Wi-Fi hotspot company Think WiFi has continued to grow its coverage footprint in South Africa, despite losing Google as a partner more than two years ago. The search giant shut down its free Wi-Fi...
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    Google allows rival advertisers on YouTube to dodge massive fine

    Big change coming to YouTube ads Google has offered to start allowing rival advertising intermediaries to run ads on YouTube to avoid a potential fine from the European Union (EU), Reuters reports. As it stands, companies that advertise on the world's biggest video-sharing platform need to use...
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    Google engineer suspended after public claims that company created "sentient" AI

    Google engineer suspended after public claims that company created "sentient" AI Blake Lemoine, a software engineer on Google’s artificial intelligence development team, has gone public with claims of encountering “sentient” AI on the company’s servers after he was suspended for sharing...
  11. Jan

    Honor's big plans to beat Huawei and Samsung in South Africa

    Honor's plans to beat Samsung in South Africa Honor launched in South Africa on 5 May 2022, and the company has big plans to achieve Huawei's success in the country within two to three years. Part of that goal is beating Samsung's flagship smartphone market share within three device...
  12. Jan

    WhatsApp testing cloud backup export - possibly for cross-platform migration

    Big WhatsApp backup feature coming WhatsApp is developing a backup export feature that could make it easier to switch smartphones while keeping your chat history, WABetaInfo reports. According to the report, a new "Export backup" button will be available in the Chat backup section of...
  13. Jan

    YouTube could pay for pirate uploads

    YouTube could pay for pirate uploads YouTube might have to pay damages to owners of copyrighted content uploaded to its platform that it did not remove timeously, TorrentFreak reports. Germany's Federal Court of Justice recently sought guidance from the Court of Justice of the European Union...
  14. Jan

    YouTube lets TV app connect to smartphone as second screen

    YouTube's TV app lets you use your phone as a second screen YouTube has introduced a new feature that will allow users to use their Android phone or iPhone as a second screen for the service's TV app, according to a statement from the company. This makes it easier to interact with the video...
  15. Jan

    Google TV app comes to South Africa

    Google TV launches in South Africa Google has started rolling out the replacement for its Movies and TV app, Google TV, to iOS and Android smartphones. Google TV is currently available to iOS users, while Android support is still expanding in the coming months.
  16. Jan

    Google Duo being merged into Meet

    Google merging Duo and Meet into a single app Google is combining its two video-calling apps — Meet and Duo — into a single service, the tech giant announced on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. The combination of the apps will still fall under the Google Meet name, and the single communications service...
  17. Jan

    NAPAfrica Internet traffic up 4420-fold in 10 years

    South African Internet traffic surged 442000% in 10 years Internet traffic flowing through NAPAfrica peaked at around 2.35 Tbps on Friday, 20 May 2022, a surge of over 441,911% since South Africa's biggest Internet exchange launched. South African data centre company Teraco launched NAPAfrica...
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    Google starts rolling out ads internationally on YouTube Shorts

    YouTube Shorts launches ads Google has started rolling out advertisements globally on its Youtube Shorts platform. "We've been experimenting with ads in YouTube Shorts since last year, and we're now gradually rolling that out to all advertisers around the world," Google Ads vice president...
  19. Jan

    Hiding your house on Google Street View

    How to hide your house on Google Maps Popular Science recently published an article explaining how people can hide their home addresses and other personally-identifiable information on the world's most popular map apps. Google Maps offers Streetview, a street-level application that lets users...
  20. Jan

    Google backpedals on shutting down free G Suite - but demands you opt-in

    Google U-turns on killing free G Suite — but you have to opt-in Google has announced that legacy G Suite clients can now continue using the service's free version for personal use. G Suite’s free tier (then Gmail for Your Domain and later Google Apps) allowed geeks to set up Gmail and other...
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