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Facebook has put together this detailed list of making the most of organising and remembering the holidays via its platforms.

The December holidays are around the corner, along with fun, sun, sea, sand and get-togethers with friends and family.

To help keep you organised while you travel to different beaches, Facebook is here with Events, Groups, and Photos, allowing you to connect and share with family and friends near and far.

Below are some great ways that Facebook can help you share summer with the people that matter to you.

Host an event with ease and grace!

  • Facebook Events makes it easy to plan parties ­without the hassle of an email thread. Personalise your event with details, location, even the weather forecast, and control who can see, and share your invitation with customised privacy settings.
  • Still need a plan for New Year’s Eve? Check out popular events nearby ­ join in and invite your friends!
  • Getting things done with the help of your friends people come to Facebook every day to connect and share experiences with friends and family. We share the great places we go and we ask our friends for advice when we need help getting things done. Facebook recently introduced a variety of new features that help you use those connections to discover new things in the world around you, decide what to do or where to go, and connect with local businesses in easier and faster ways, this initial experience has been rolled out in the US for now but over the coming months Facebook will be launching even more new features that will make it easier to get things done.

Bring friends and family together! 

  • Messenger is a great way to connect with friends on the go! You can share your precise location so friends can meet you exactly where you are on the beach or at a nearby restaurant. You can even take and share pictures and make a video call with the built-in camera so everyone knows how great the beach looks. Add stickers to a photo before you send to a friend using Stickered for Messenger.
  • Facebook Groups is your secret weapon for sharing tips with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Create groups focused on recipes or décor ideas. Still looking for more beach party ideas? Facebook will suggest groups for you based on your current membership or targeted groups within your area.

Celebrate the sunshine with sharing! 

  • With Facebook Photos, no one misses out on the fun. Use shared photo albums to swap photos of fun all summer long with select family or friends.
  • Want to show off your fam’s annual summer holiday? Facebook Photos allows you to easily share your photo with all your Facebook friends. If you’d prefer a private album, adjust the album’s features to share with select groups.

 

Creative Tools for Summer Fun

Summer is here, so many of us will be sharing our holiday snaps with our Friends on Facebook.

Facebook now offers more options to customise photos because we know people love being creative with their pics.

The features, now available for the majority of iPhone users and testing on Android, allow people to swipe between filters, overlay multiple lines of text in any colour, add their favourite emojis, and choose from a variety of stickers to create fully customised photos.

Tips for Editing Photos

  • To access all the photo editing tools, click the magic wand icon in the lower left hand corner of the photo you’re posting.
    • From there, you’ll see options for adding filters, stickers, or text to your photos, as well as other tools including cropping and tagging.
  • You can add different filters to your photo by tapping on the Filters icon. Different filters can have different effects depending on how your photo was taken, so try them all out and see which one you like best.
    • If you want to quickly add a filter without using any of the other tools, you can swipe left or right right after you select your photo. It’s an easy way to quickly scroll through the filters and see how each one makes your photo look.
    • Filters available include Auto, Vintage, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Snow.
  • You can start making your photos a lot more fun by adding stickers. Try out the Summer Vacation sticker pack to show your friends what you’re up to during the break. Or try on a new look with a crazy hairstyle and glasses from the Undercover pack. You can add stickers to your friends in your next group photo, but be careful, they might get you back next time.
    • Tap the Stickers icon to see the available stickers, and tap on the plus symbol to download new sticker packs, all of which are free.
    • When you’ve added a sticker, you can drag it around the photo, adjust the size by pinching, or rotate it. If you decide not to use the sticker, remove it by dragging it over the trash can icon.
  • You can also add text on top of your photos by clicking on the Text icon. Create a special message for your next Throwback Thursday photo or give your photo a funny title instead of writing a caption.
    • You can change the size, position and color of the text before a photo is posted, placing it anywhere over the picture.

Tell your story on Instagram
With Instagram Stories you can share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story.

What’s great is that with Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting during the holidays. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed.

In addition, stories are easy to share with just who you want (and hide from who you want).

 

Security Tips to Help Keep You Safe on Facebook

You might be preparing for a festive season break, but hackers, malware and the other nuisances of the digital age won’t be taking a holiday.

We have compiled some simple tips about keeping your Facebook account safe and secure.

Pick a unique, strong password.

Use combinations of at least 6 letters, numbers and punctuation marks and don’t use this password for any of your other accounts. You can also use a password safe like LastPassKeePass or 1Password to set and remember unique passwords for your account. Learn how to change your password.

Think before you click.

Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (for example: in a chat or story) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks a spam link, they could accidentally send you or tag you in spammy posts. If you see something suspicious on Facebook, report it. You also shouldn’t download things (for example: a .exe file) if you aren¹t sure what they are. Learn more about recognising suspicious emails.

Watch out for suspicious Pages and apps/games.

Be suspicious of Pages promoting offers that are too good to be true. If in doubt, check to see if a Page is verified. Also be mindful when you install new apps or games. Sometimes scammers use bad apps and games to gain access to your Facebook account.

·         Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Sometimes scammers will create fake accounts to friend people. Becoming friends with scammers allows them access to spam your Timeline, tag you in posts and send you malicious messages. Your real friends may also end up being targeted.

·         Never give out your login info (like your email address and password). Sometimes people or pages will promise you something (for example: free poker chips) if you share your login info with them. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and violate the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If you’re ever asked to re-enter your password on Facebook (for example: you’re making changes to your account settings) check to make sure the address of the page still has facebook.com/ in the URL (web address).

·         Log in at www.facebook.com. Sometimes scammers will set up a fake page to look like a Facebook login page, hoping to get you to enter your email address and password. Make sure you check the page’s URL before you enter your login info. When in doubt, you can always type facebook.com into your browser to get back to the real Facebook.

Update your browser. 

The newest versions of internet browsers have built-in security protections. For example, they might be able to warn you if you’re about to go to a suspected phishing site. Facebook supports:

o   Mozilla Firefox

o    Safari

o   Google Chrome

o   Internet Explorer

Run anti-virus software.

To protect yourself from viruses and malware, scan your computer. You can learn more and download

this software for free:

o    For Windows

o    For Mac OS

Stay safe online.

Facebook recently launched its redesigned Facebook Safety Center, which is a free internet safety resources for teenagers, parents and educators. The new Safety Centre walks people through the tools Facebook offers to control their experience on Facebook, as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing of information. It works well on mobile devices and includes step-by-step videos on a variety of useful safety topics. Check it out at: www.facebook.com/safety.

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SA consumers buy 3.2m smartphones in Q1

Smartphone sales in South Africa grew by 12.4% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching around 3.2 million units for the period.

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However, the value of the smartphone segment increased by 22.8% as sales of entry-level devices to low- and mid-income consumers continued to drive the market, according to point of sale data from market research firm, GfK South Africa.

GfK South Africa’s data reveals that telecommunications retail enjoyed a strong start to the year, with revenue growing 22.4% year-on-year. The growing popularity of phablets and higher unit prices (as a result of a weaker rand) helped to drive this increase in revenue, against a backdrop of low or negative growth in many segments of the consumer technology market.

“The mobile device market showed good growth in the quarter, despite rising prices during the period under review,” says Norman Muzhona, Solutions Specialist for Telecommunications at GfK South Africa. “In addition to the exchange rate, the introduction of popular, new mid-tier devices by several leading vendors helped to drive higher retail revenues in the telecoms market.”

Information technology retail revenues for the quarter contracted 4.8% compared to 2017, largely because of decreasing monitor prices and a 38.9% decline in tablet revenues. However, desktop computer revenues grew 39% and mobile computing revenues grew 6.5% year-on-year, thanks to higher prices and increased sales of higher-end products.

Says Berno Mare, Solutions Specialist for IT, Office Equipment and Value Added Services: “Retailers introduced new computing devices priced in the R3000 band during the quarter and enjoyed surprisingly strong demand for these entry-level units.

“Telcos enjoyed robust growth in mobile computing retail sales, thanks to credit deals, subsidised contracts and attractive data offers. However, South African consumers are heavily indebted, which may dampen growth for the rest of the year.”

With consumers rapidly migrating to smartphones, sales of traditional mobile phones continued to decline, down 1.6% year-on-year to around 2 million for the quarter. However, the exchange rate and the introduction of higher-priced brands helped to drive a 8.9% year-on-year revenue increase in mobile phone revenues during the period under review.

This follows the 21% drop in mobile phone unit sales in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. “Operators continue to lead the transition from feature phones to smartphones as they pursue higher data revenues,” says Muzhona. “The entry-level market for smartphones is fiercely competitive, and the minimum specs of lower cost smartphones is improving all the time.”

GfK South Africa expects the migration from mobile phones to smartphones to accelerate in 2018. However, it remains to be seen if the introduction of 4G-enabled, Voice-over-LTE-ready feature phones will have any impact on the South African mobile phone market.

Sectors of the consumer electronic market that showed strong growth for the first quarter of 2018 include loudspeakers—revenues up 21.6% year-on-year, thanks to demand of Bluetooth-enabled product—and ultrahigh definition (UHD) panel TVs—where revenues grew 33%, thanks to the growing affordability of the technology. UHD unit shipments were up 76%, while the average selling price of the products fell 24%.

Other market highlights for the first quarter of 2018 include:

  • Photo category revenues were up 8.1% year-on-year.
  • Small domestic appliance revenues grew 8%, following a 10.3% decline in Q1 2016 over Q1 2015. Hot air fryers sold well, as did kettles and toasters.
  • Major domestic appliances showed small year-on-year growth over Q1 2016, despite a decline in average selling price in many sub-categories of this market. Cooling products continued to make the highest contribution to growth in this segment.
  • Office Equipment revenues declined 18% year-on-year, led downwards by lower printer and cartridge sales volumes.
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What kids want online

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Kaspersky Lab’s latest report on the online activities of children – based on statistics received from its solutions and modules with child protection features – highlights children’s online activities and the importance of protecting them when online. For example, video content globally, comprised 17% of searches over the last months. Although many videos watched as a result of these searches may be harmless, it is still possible for children to accidentally end up watching videos that contain inappropriate content.

The report shows anonymised statistics from Kaspersky Lab’s flagship consumer solutions for Windows PCs and Macs that have the Parental Control module switched on and from Kaspersky Safe Kids, a standalone service for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

In South Africa, communication sites (such as social media, messengers, or emails) were the most popular pages visited by computers with parental controls switched on – with users in South Africa visiting these sites in 69% of cases over the previous 12 months. Software, audio, and video accounted for 17% of searches. Websites with this content have become significantly more popular since last year, when it was only the fifth most popular category globally at 6%. The top four is rounded off with electronic commerce (4.2%) and alcohol, tobacco, and websites about narcotics (3.9%), which is a new addition compared to this time last year.

The report presents search results on the ten most-popular languages* for the last 6 months. The data shows that the video & audio category – including requests related to any video content, streaming services, video bloggers, series and movies – are the most regularly ‘googled’ by children (17% of the total requests). The second and third places go to translation (14%) and communication (10%) websites respectively. Interestingly, games websites sit in fourth place, generating only 9% of the total search requests.

We can also see a clear language difference for search requests: for example, video and music websites are typically searched for in English, which can be explained by the fact that the majority of movies, TV series and musical groups have English names. Spanish-speaking kids carry out more requests for translation sites, while communication services are mostly searched for in Russian.

More than any other nationality, Chinese-speaking children look for education services, while French-speaking kids are more interested in sport and games websites. In turn, German-speaking requests dominate in the “shopping” category. The leading number of search requests for porn are in Arabic, and for anime are in Japanese.

“Kids in different countries have different interests and online behaviors, but what links them all is their need to be protected online from potentially harmful content. Children looking for animated content could accidentally open a porn video. Or they could start searching for innocent videos and unintentionally end up on websites containing violent content, both of which could have a long-term impact on their impressionable and vulnerable minds,” says Anna Larkina, Web-content Analysis Expert at Kaspersky Lab.

As well as analysing searches, the report also looks into which websites children visit or attempt to visit that contain potentially harmful content which falls under one of the 14 preset categories** for the last 12 months.

The mobile trend is again highlighted in the figures for computer games, which are now in fifth place locally on the list at 3%. As kids continue to show a preference for mobile games rather than computer games, this category will only continue to decrease in popularity on computers over the coming months and years.cleardot.gif

“No matter what they are doing online, it is important for parents not to leave their children’s digital activities unattended, because there’s a big difference between care and obtrusiveness. While it is important to trust your children and educate them about how to behave safely online, even your good advice cannot protect them from something unexpectedly showing up on the screen. That’s why advanced security solutions are key to ensuring children have positive online experiences, rather than harmful ones,” adds Anna Larkina.

The Kaspersky Total Security and Kaspersky Internet Security consumer solutions include a Parental Control module to help adults protect their children against online threats and block sites or apps containing inappropriate content. In turn, the Kaspersky Safe Kids solution allows parents to monitor what their children do, see or search for online across all devices, including mobile devices, and offers useful advice on how to help children behave safely online.

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