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Court rules for media protection

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The Johannesburg High Court today granted an interdict against Black First Land First preventing them from intimidating journalists. The Court further ordered them to make a public statement within 12 hours that they do not condone these acts.

Commenting on the court action, Primedia CEO Roger Jardine said: “We welcome the court ruling today. There can be no place for this kind of behaviour in a democracy. Journalists must be given the space to practice their craft without the fear of harassment and intimidation by parties who disagree with them.”

Five of the eleven applicants in the court case are Primedia journalists and presenters. Jardine continued: “Katy Katopodis, Eusebius McKaiser, Stephen Grootes, Barry Bateman and Karima Brown are great broadcasters and outstanding professionals. We are very proud to have them as part of the Primedia team.  We at Primedia pride ourselves on our independence and we encourage our people to be fearless as they pursue stories and discuss issues.”  Jardine said that Primedia supported all journalists who have been harassed and intimidated and that he found the incident outside the home of Peter Bruce shocking and unacceptable.

This court case provided a great test for media freedom, and Primedia is pleased that the court ruling has affirmed the guiding principles of the constitution of freedom of expression.   The Company has welcomed the strong stance taken by several government ministers against the intimidation of journalists. The strong support for media freedom that has been expressed by political parties, business and civil society is also very important in the current environment.

Media freedom is not only a concern for media owners and journalists, but an issue that all South Africans should take seriously and promote actively. Jardine concluded: “A strong requirement for a healthy, vibrant and open democracy is a media that is allowed to function in an environment free of fear and intimidation.  This case has once again highlighted the role of journalists and editors in society. Primedia will be providing financial assistance to The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) to continue their great work and we call on all South Africans to work pro-actively to support and defend media freedom in South Africa”

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Now for a fake Face App

Kaspersky Lab has found a malware version of the app that allows users to view their older or younger selves

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Kaspersky has identified a fake application that is designed to trick users into thinking it is a certified version of FaceApp but goes on to infect victims’ devices with an adware module called MobiDash.

Once the application is downloaded from unofficial sources and installed, it simulates a failure and is subsequently removed. After that, a malicious module in the application rests discreetly on the user’s device, displaying adverts.

According to Kaspersky data, around 500 unique users have encountered the problem in two days this week, with the first detections appearing on July 7t. There were almost 800 different module modifications identified.

“The people behind MobiDash often hide their adware module under the guise of popular applications and services,” says Igor Golovin, security researcher at Kaspersky. “This means that the activities of the fake version of FaceApp could intensify, especially if we are talking about hundreds of targets in just a few days. We urge users not to download applications from unofficial sources and to install security solutions on their devices to avoid any damage.”

Kaspersky products detect and block the threat as not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.AndroidOS.Mobidash.

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Augmented reality reveals Hidden Side of Lego haunts

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South Africa’s first two Lego Certified Stores have celebrated the arrival of Lego Hidden Side, an augmented reality-enhanced play theme where kids must turn a haunted world back to normal, one ghost (and one brick) at a time.

Seamlessly integrating augmented reality (AR) with physical construction to reveal a hidden world of interactive play, Lego Hidden Side includes a series of eight ‘haunted’ buildings in the imaginary town of Newbury, each loaded (or is that haunted?) with awesome functionality and secret surprises accessed via a mobile app.

The sets come alive in an unfolding ghostly adventure once the bespoke AR app is activated, bringing the models to life and revealing a hidden world of mysteries and challenges to solve.

“The Lego Group has always been invested in tactile play, but massive leaps in AR technology have meant that the company could create an exciting experience that moves fluidly between physical and digital worlds,” says Robert Greenstein, co-founder of the Great Yellow Brick Company, license holders of South Africa’s Lego Certified Stores.

“These sets offer new ways to enhance Lego play with new action and master elements, in a new type of creative exploration where the physical world influences the AR layer, rather than the other way around,” he says.

Lego Hidden Side building sets deliver everything kids (of all ages) love and expect from a Lego building experience – the challenge of the build, a detailed model with functionality, and mini-figure characters set in a story-driven universe. Each model can be built as it appears by day – a school, house, bus, or graveyard, for example – and has transformative functionality to become the haunted version of itself.

Gameplay prompts kids to hold their phone up to the physical Lego models and interact with various elements, or “points of possession,” which release virtual ghosts that kids must then capture in the AR game to stop the haunting. Numerous scenarios create dynamic gameplay that requires kids to keep one hand in each world to progress the play.

The Lego Hidden Side app will be a free download from the App Store and Google Play, and the sets will be available at the Lego Certified Stores in Sandton City and Menlyn Park, or online at www.greatyellowbrick.co.za on 1 August 2019.

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