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Your smartphone is probably spying on you

The spy in your pocket: Granting microphone and camera permission to certain apps does not mean they are only active during use

The war on women in video game culture

Women and girls make up almost half of the gaming community but are hardly represented and face abuse in the industry

Facebook users can use phone numbers to check if their data was breached

Private data from more than 530-million Facebook accounts was placed onto an unsecured public database. This tool allows users to use their phone number to see if they were among the victims.

Why handwriting is still important in the age of tech

Your brain remembers differently when using tech or simply pen and paper

Anteosaurus: Savage pre-mammalian hunter was no slowcoach

Evolutionary studies find that the Anteosaurus, previously assumed to be a sluggish animal, was actually a savage hunter

Electric vehicle battery manufacturing: Why SADC needs to act now

All the minerals are here, so a golden opportunity exists if our governments provide incentives

Sounding the alarm on shack fire losses

A tech solution to fires in informal settlements comes with insurance that pays out the victims of these blazes

Wikipedia wants you to join the good side of the internet

The collaborative online encyclopedia, which has become a reliable source amid a flood of misinformation, turns 20 today

Who is that face behind the mask?

A local scientist has devised a method to identify people even when their faces are partly obscured

Africa has a new Fifa king

This week’s Gaming Corner looks at how the VS Gaming final played out and what it took for Abubakar Akhalwaya to walk away as Africa’s best

Nokia and Nasa to install 4G on the Moon

Installing a wireless network on the Moon is just one step toward establishing a long-term human presence there

Epic fail: Africa’s Fortnite battle

Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators

Why AI needs a physical body to reach its full potential

Robots will have to learn from scratch, like babies, if they are to have a sense of self and proper social interactions

No ‘I’ in team – but there is an ‘EA’

With internet lag keeping them from global competition, local gamers have settled on a format for EA’s FIFA 2020 allows 11 people to play as a team. And the prize money in local leagues is growing. Eyaaz Matwadia boots up for the first instalment of Gaming Corner

TikTok chief Kevin Mayer quits company

Mayer's resignation comes days after TikTok filed a lawsuit challenging a crackdown by the US government over claims the wildly popular social media app can be used to spy on Americans.

Beyond batteries: Beetle bots

A tiny robot is vaping methanol to power up its artificial muscles and punch above its weight

Universities rally to fight pandemic

These institutions are a crucial part of the research and development process that underpins South Africa’s life-and-death fight against the Covid-19 outbreak

Easter eggs from the most South African dinosaur

After years of data processing at the Wits laboratory, one evolutionary scientist has constructed a 3D model of a baby Massospondylus
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