New virtual reality gaming arcade set to open in Cape Town

BY Yasmine Jacobs < 1 MINUTE READ

SENSEVIRTUAL aims to be the perfect party, event, function and team-building destination in Cape Town.

SENSEVIRTUAL Arcade will soon launch a new virtual reality (VR) gaming arcade in Cape Town.

The VR gaming arcade will be situated in Sea Point, opposite MOJO Market, and will open to the public in three weeks.

There will be a host of the latest VR experiences, gaming consoles and toys for people of all ages to experience and enjoy. It aims to be the perfect party, event, function and team-building destination in Cape Town.

The arcade also promises to comply strictly with the Covid-19 regulations.

“In terms of Covid, we taking temperatures and customer details as they walk in. We also have internationally compliant ways of having headsets safe for use. Everyone gets their own unique freshly sanitised cover for the headset, so they are the only person after it is sanitised to use it,” the founder of SenseVirtual Arcade, Tyrone Rubin, told IOL TECH.

VR and VR gaming are expected to take off. The global VR market was estimated at $13.06 billion (about R184.41bn) last year and expected to reach $17bn this year, at a compound annual growth rate of 30.56% from 2020 to 2026 to reach $64.69bn by 2026.

The arcade will open at the beginning of July, but those who want to book now can do so at [email protected], or head to sensevirtual.com for more information.


Article originally published on iol.co.za.


Facebook blames ’technical glitch’ for removing Palestinian posts on Instagram

BY Yasmine Jacobs 2 MINUTE READ

Social media tech giants have been called on to explain ’discriminatory’ algorithms after Instagram and Twitter blamed technical errors for deleting posts that mention the forceful removal of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

According to reports, Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood have taken to social media to post on the violence and evictions, but users found their posts, photos or videos removed or their accounts blocked.

Instagram and Twitter said the accounts were “suspended in error by automated systems” but assured the issue has been resolved and content reinstated. However, groups in the Middle East say there are still complaints of content removal.

In a statement, Instagram said that an automated update caused content re-shared by multiple users to appear as missing. This affected posts on Sheikh Jarrah, Colombia as well as US and Canadian indigenous communities.

IOL TECH spoke to a Facebook company spokesperson and this is what the company said about the issue.

“Towards the end of last week, Instagram experienced a technical bug which impacted millions of people’s Stories, Highlights and Archives globally. People around the world who were impacted by the bug, including many in our Palestinian community, saw their Stories that were re-sharing posts disappear, as well as their Archive and Highlights Stories.”

“The bug wasn’t related to the content itself, but was rather a widespread technical issue. This was fixed as quickly as possible, and Stories that had not expired were restored and once again available to view.”

Facebook added that users whose Stories had already expired can find their Stories restored in their Archives, as long as the Archive function is enabled.

“We are so sorry this happened – especially to those who felt like they could not bring attention to incredibly important causes, and who felt this was an intentional suppression of their voices and stories. That was not our intent whatsoever.

Facebook noted that الاقصى# and الأقصى# (Aqsa and al-Aqsa) hashtags were restricted and said they were restricted in ’error’.

“On May 7, we were also made aware that the الاقصى# and الأقصى# hashtags were restricted in error – these restrictions have been lifted and people should now be able to use them as normal. This was unrelated to the technical issue, which affected Stories, Archives and Highlights globally and has also now been fixed.”

It was unclear what caused this error.

This is what the company said about Instagram’s warning labels and said that warning labels were applied to content in error.

“When content is particularly graphic, violent or sensitive, we may add warning labels to prepare people before they click through to see it. That’s because we understand that some people have different sensitivities when it comes to this type of content. Content underneath these warning labels is still available to view for anyone who chooses to see it, and the warning labels do not mean that the content breaks our rules. We’re aware that some people were seeing warning labels applied to their Stories, despite the content not being graphic. We’ve removed the labels which were applied in error, and we’re working to prevent this happening again.”

Facebook said it is “closely monitoring” the situation in Sheikh Jarrah and vowed that it will “continue to review and address issues” as soon as teams become aware of them.


Article originally published on iol.co.za.