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Weekly Tech Roundup

I must apologise for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been very busy making an app called Hey Jude get up and running. Now, on to the tech news roundup.

Cell C offers the best Apple iPhone 7 deals in South Africa – Cellphone bill optimisation company Tariffic has released its list of the best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus contract deals in South Africa. [mybroadband]

Samsung is adding some of the Note 7’s software features to the Galaxy S7 – Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you’re getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. [engadget]

Samsung expects to lose $3.1 billion in profits over Note 7 recall – Samsung has already revised its earnings forecast for the current quarter, estimating that it will lost $2.3 billion in profits over the discontinuation of the Note 7. [android central]

The iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack has turned out just fine – Remember when Apple’s decision to ship the iPhone 7 without a standard headphone jack was a big controversy? [recode]

It is now a federal crime to bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane – The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto airplanes earlier this week, and under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a federal crime to fly with the device. [the verge]

Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic – Drivers stuck in traffic in Mexico City lately have found themselves being buzzed by a fleet of sign-toting drones. [mit technology review]

Instagram arrives on Windows 10 PCs and tablets, still not on iPad – Facebook is expanding the availability of its Instagram Windows 10 app to both PC and tablets. While Instagram first debuted on Windows 10 Mobile back in April, the app was restricted to Microsoft’s mobile phones. [the verge]

BMW’s motorcycle concept is so smart you won’t need a helmet to ride it – Motorcycles aren’t exactly safe, but BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing. [tech crunch]

Here’s a first look at Microsoft’s new Paint app for Windows 10 – Microsoft is completely overhauling its Paint app, and the new version is designed to be a Universal Windows app with pen- and touch-friendly features. [the verge]

A new device approved by the FDA could radically change the lives of diabetics – The life of a type-1 diabetes patient is not easy. The disease affects every minute of your existence, and can reduce your life expectancy by as much as 15 years. [qz]

Ditching the office to work in paradise as a “digital nomad” has a hidden dark side – After launching NomadList and RemoteOk, Pieter Levels became something of a common name in the burgeoning digital nomad community. Online he could be seen posting photos from Hong Kong one day, and tweeting from Thailand the next. [qz]

Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus – Best. Headline. Ever. [gizmodo]

Android Devices That Contain Foxconn Firmware May Have a Secret Backdoor – Some Android devices that contain firmware created by Foxconn may be vulnerable via a debugging feature left inside the OS bootloader, which acts as a backdoor and bypasses authentication procedures for any intruder with USB access to a vulnerable phone. [softpedia]

South African online shops on credit card skimming list – An investigation by Dutch developer Willem de Groot revealed that thousands of online stores, including numerous South African websites, have been compromised and are stealing users’ credit card details. [mybroadband]

The iPhone 7 is out in South Africa – here are every major network’s contract deals – Want an iPhone 7 with 150MB of data per month? Cell C has your back. [bwthblog]

2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan to be first car with wireless CarPlay built-in, coming in February – The 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan will be the first car to hit market and support wireless CarPlay. [9to5mac]

How to watch porn on PlayStation VR [NSFW] – Playstation VR has finally arrived, and so of course you might be asking the important questions. Like whether it’s possible to access porn while using it. [vrheads]

Google Pixel: Why controlling both software and hardware matters – Cough, iPhone, Cough! [android central]

PSA: Testathon Coming to Cape Town (Win cool prizes)

Testathon is like a hackathon, but for testing. It was created by crowdsourced testing company Global App Testing.

Testathon recently got in contact with Tech Cape Town and invited us to their Cape Town event.

At their event (on the 24th of June 2016), they’ll (could be you’ll) be testing apps for Facebook, who they have partnered with.

The idea behind Testathon is that you sign up for their event, test the apps and then win prizes for finding different kinds of bugs. The kinds of prizes on offer are tablets, phones, and watches!

So if you consider yourself good at breaking things, looking to win cool prizes, or are just looking jump start your career as a QA, sign up for their event here.

Here is a video of what they got up to when doing testing for Spotify:

And the details about their Cape Town event, in their own words:

“A Testathon is like a hackathon but specifically for testers”, said Owais Peer, co-founder of Global App Testing. “A lot of our tester community have told us they don’t get invited to hackathons, despite it being such an important part of the developer community”.

The Testathon event aims to bring together the best testers in the world so they can learn from best practice, network and win prizes whilst trying to break real apps.

“We’ll have 50 testers from Cape Town all competing to find bugs in some great apps”, noted Owais. “We’ve organised events with Dropbox in San Francisco, Spotify in Stockholm and now it’s time for Facebook in Cape Town. The support from the testing community has been great”.

The best testers will be awarded prizes for a whole host of categories including ‘Best QA’ and ‘Best Quality Bug Report’.
After mixing with the best testers in the UK, US and Sweden the South African testing community is going to be put to the test. “It’ll be a big challenge to find great bugs on the day but when you put together the best testers in the world, you’re bound to find something”, said Owais.

Apply to South Africa’s first Testathon in Cape Town.

Why People Make Fake Instagram Competitions

So, you see a post like the one below on Instagram and figure, why not give it a shot?

Insta-scam

 

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.

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Don’t be a dumbass, all your followers will think you’re an idiot. Don’t follow shitty accounts like that Kulula one.

Confimation

Instagram Is No Longer Square

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.

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