I’ve been beta testing Blockr for a while and I’m very impressed. Unfortunately it is a paid app. (When my beta build expires, I will be buying it)
If however you’d like a free content blocker for iOS, have a look at Freedom. It isn’t currently available in the US app store but it may be available in your location. It doesn’t rely on in-app purchases to grab a hold of your money. It really is free.
If you don’t mind handing over a few dollars, I can’t recommend Blockr enough!
Happy browsing (without being tracked and without adverts)
I am pleased and honoured to announce that Tech Cape Town is live on Apple’s new News App.
As you update your iPhone to iOS9 over the next few days (or weeks, depending on your internet speed) you may notice that Newsstand is missing from your home screen. You probably missed this, who used Newsstand anyway?
It has been replaced by News. News is a Flipboard like app that connects to publishers to pull in content and present it in a nice way to users. Plus they’ll probably throw some advertising in for good measure.
When it was initially announced, I applied for Tech Cape Town to be included from launch and it was accepted. There seem to be a few issues with all the articles pulling through but I’ll be keeping an eye on that in the future. What is a massive product launch without a few hiccups?
If you can’t find the News App on your iPhone, chances are that it isn’t supported in your region. There is an easy fix, jump in to Settings and change your region to The United States.
Please do me a favour and go and follow/like Tech Cape Town in News if you think we deserve it.
This is some very exciting news as it means that you’ll be able to play tons of different video formats on the new AppleTV. It’ll also be good news for those people with a large local collection of media. Apple seems to focus on the streaming aspect and this should cover the local media part.
VLC simply confirmed that they would be working on this in a blog post this week.
[VLC via Gizmodo]
So, you see a post like the one below on Instagram and figure, why not give it a shot?
So why shouldn’t you give it a shot? What do you have to lose?
Well we all hate fake and spammy posts on social media. We also hate people who buy fake followers (mostly a Twitter problem) and then exploit them to get jobs in social media or make money by selling adverts and spamming your timeline. It seems like every month there is a new “fake follower scandal” of some sort.
To remedy this problem, social networks work really hard to stop scrips from signing up for thousands of accounts. These “fake” accounts are also really easy to spot with simple algorithms.
So to bypass all of these checks and systems, scammers have become quite clever. This is the easiest way to get thousands of “real” followers quickly so they can them either sell the account to a less then honourable owner or use it themselves. They or the new owner can then rename the account and claim the influence for themselves or start posting spammy adverts.
So, no you aren’t going to win any free tickets anywhere. You’re just helping some scammers or spammers do their job.
Don’t be a dumbass, all your followers will think you’re an idiot. Don’t follow shitty accounts like that Kulula one.
You can now post various different aspect ratio photos and videos on Instagram. No more white or black cropping around the photo.
I’m not sure how I feel about this as I’ve always felt that photos on Instagram should be taken and shared straight from your phone. Most of the 16:9 photos that show up are taken professionally and then put on Instagram. Either that or The Fat Jew steals screen shots from somewhere else and then battles to make them square.
I definitely see this as Instagram pivoting to be more a part of Facebook. It will remain to be seen how really tall photos will show or how really wide photos will show.
Oh, if you’re looking at how to do this, update your Instagram app and then on the screen where you can select a photo from your library, there are two little arrows that allows you to turn this on and off.