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Facebook 'ban' of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry

Myanmar netizens were in uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word "kalar," often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country.

China to implement cyber security law from Thursday

China, battling increased threats from cyber-terrorism and hacking, will adopt from Thursday a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country according to a media report.

Rhino calf and mother butchered in pre-dawn attack on KZN reserve’s capture boma

Rhino horn butchers snuck into a game capture boma early on Friday morning to shoot and hack off the horns of a captive rhino calf and its mother in the flagship Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal.

Facebook aims for broad views in 'trending topics' tweak

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled its latest redesign to its "trending topics" feature -- its latest move to give users a variety of sources on important news events.

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Newly discovered vulnerability raises fears of another WannaCry

A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cybersecurity researchers said.

Now you can reach out and touch the stars without leaving Cape Town

The universe is expanding‚ but so is our capacity to be bamboozled by it.

SA inventor scores big with gadget inspired by pensioner dad

A South African inventor has scored one of the top honours in a continent-wide engineering competition held by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

KZN wildlife auction nets more than R8-million

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife auctioned more than 1‚000 wild animals on Monday‚ injecting just over R8 million into the cash-strapped conservation agency’s depleted coffers.

Zuckerberg: not running for office, but wants 'to learn'

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he is not running for public office but is making a series of public appearances "to learn about people's hopes and challenges."

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FILE PHOTO: Journalists gather near the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen

"Doomsday" seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies.

This timelapse video of Earth from space will take your breath away

Thomas Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut, has posted a stunning view of Earth from the International Space Station.

Hopes for climate pact shift to diplomatic sphere

After frustrating talks in Bonn with an American delegation in limbo, UN climate negotiators are pinning their hopes for the Paris Agreement's future on diplomatic arm-twisting at the highest level.
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Kruger National Park warns of Malaria after heavy rains

Kruger National Park has warned visitors that malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak despite the winter season.

From Rio to Trump, it's always been 'America first' in climate talks

The shadow of Donald Trump looms large over the climate-rescue Paris Agreement, thrashed out by nearly 200 countries over years of painstaking, often belligerent, bartering in which the United States has a chequered history.

Gadgets

Xbox adds Netflix-style video game subscriptions

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a subscription service for Xbox, letting players pay a monthly fee for access to a library of videogames for its console.

WATCH: New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula.

How Zomato was hacked

Zomato has revealed how a hacker managed to get the data of 17 million users‚ whose data had been subsequently offered up for auction on the dark web.

Nokia, Apple bury hatchet in patent dispute

Nokia and Apple said Tuesday they were burying the hatchet in a bitter patent dispute with a cooperation agreement and an undisclosed cash payment by the US tech giant to the Finnish group.

AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player

Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence.

Gaming

Nintendo Switch game console is displayed at an electronics store in Tokyo

Nintendo Switch hits the shelves

Nintendo's Switch console went on sale Friday in a global launch seen as key to the Japanese videogame giant reversing flagging sales and moving past the failure of its last console, the Wii U.

'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

Masaya Nakamura, the Japanese video game pioneer known as the "father of Pac-Man", has died aged 91, his company said Monday.

Super Mario Runs into a pricey paywall

Nintendo Co Ltd's first Mario smartphone title has set a download record but gamers baulked at the one-time cost of unlocking content, prompting investors to push the Japanese game makers' stock to a one-month low.

Android deal puts Africa on cusp of first-ever smartphone plant

A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on Google Inc.’s Android system.

Nintendo to release Super Mario Run in mobile game test

Nintendo will on Thursday release Super Mario Run, its first iPhone game and a key test of its foray into mobile gaming, hot on the heels of the Pokemon Go craze.
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