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  • Cyclone Dineo aftermath: cleanup begins in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Cyclone Dineo is no longer a threat to South Africa after the storm dissipated over Namibia this weekend. That doesn't mean it didn't have devastating effects for those in Mozambique, Botswana or Zimbabwe. A number of Twitter users this weekend took to the social network to publish images of the aftermath of Dineo, as the storm swept through their neighbourhoods. In total, at least seven people died as the result of the storm, with over 100 000 people affected in Mozambique alone. At least 20 houses have been damaged in South Africa. But numbers alone can't reflect the true damage of...

  • #DeleteUber 2.0: ex-Uber engineer details sexual harassment

    Less than a month after users boycotted Uber due to CEO Travis Kalanick's ties to US President Donald Trump, a former employee has sparked new outrage over a blog post detailing institutionalised sexism at the company. Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at online payment company Stripe, left Uber last December. She is but one of many female engineers who left the company after human resources (HR) allegedly refused to deal with the inherent sexism in the workplace. In an essay posted Sunday, Fowler listed the many failings of both the HR department and the men she worked with. Fowler says she became aware of...

  • YouTube reportedly ditching long, unskippable ads

    YouTube's in-video advertising will undergo a transformation in the coming months, this according to a new report by Campaign. The report suggests that the Google-owned video powerhouse is looking at a new advertising strategy, and will ditch its 30-second unskippable ad format looking instead to more user-friendly, bite-sized ad snippets. "e’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," explains a Google spokesman to Campaign. According to a new report, YouTube will be ditching longer advertisements on its platform in favour of more user-friendly, shorter ads There is...

  • Totally fake: the false Cyclone Dineo news you should know about

    Yes, Cyclone Dineo is an actual storm. Yes, it also made landfall in Mozambique and is tracking in a westerly direction over northern South Africa, southern Mozambique, and southern Zimbabwe. It's also slowly losing intensity, but is dropping plenty of rain. While those sentences are all factual, there are some examples of fake news floating around social media today. In this article, we'll take a look at what's false, what's absolute nonsense, and what you should do if you encounter any of these online. Memeburn's Cyclone Dineo coverage: - Dineo’s dangerous siblings: 4 other cyclones that hit South Africa this century - Tropical Cyclone...

  • Samsung Group vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrested

    Samsung Group's vice chairman and de facto head Jay Y. Lee has been arrested, following charges relating to "bribery, embezzlement and perjury" were laid by South Korean prosecutors in January. Lee, 48, was the former COO of Samsung Electronics, and has been at the company since 1991. He effectively assumed control of Samsung after his father, suffered a heart attack in 2014. The South Korean was accused of leveraging his wealth and influence to gain political favours from the country's chief officials. The New York Times reported that Lee paid for support from government (namely an unnamed South Korea advisor to President...

  • The Great Wall: Twitter mocks blockbuster with #ThankYouMattDamon

    The Great Wall, released in South African cinemas today, is yet another film dealing with the controversy that comes with casting a white actor in an ostensibly Asian role. This time, the story is of an elite force defending China along its famous border. The enemy? Dragons, of course. Annoyed audience members took to Twitter to criticise what was viewed as a narrative with a white saviour complex. With the help of #ThankYouMattDamon, users tweeted about everything Matt Damon has done for Asia. all of you asian kids who get red packets for lunar new year have matt damon to thank... he started the...

  • Help NASA find the ninth planet in our solar system

    Scientists have long believed there to be a ninth planet in our solar system, due to some theories that involve science and numbers and gravitational pulls. I'm not too sure. I like movies. What I do know though, is that they are now enlisting the help of the trusty web to expedite the search for the mysterious planet hiding out there in the dark -- and you can join in whenever you'd like. Backyard Worlds is asking people to look through flipbooks of data to identify moving objects. Mostly what you'll be finding are failed stars, but the creators assert that you may...

  • Skype’s new preview beta adds a touch of Snapchat

    Remember Skype? The video conferencing tool is a product we haven't covered in a while, and that's largely because its feature set hasn't changed radically since Microsoft bought it from eBay in 2011. But that's about to change, at least judging by this week's news. Skype's mobile app, available on Android and iOS, is set to receive a number of updates to bring it in line with the other instant messaging apps of this world. Skype Chat will now boast a "Find Panel" which will allow users to "easily find and share links, news, sports results, restaurants, the weather, videos and more...

  • South Africa, you can now Shazam this fragrance using Bluetooth technology

    You can Shazam a song, sure, but what about a fragrance? The music recognition service has now partnered with fragrance brand Azzaro to let users do just that -- let fragrance-shoppers Shazam a scent. From tomorrow, South Africans will be able to use the service to detect Azzaro Wanted's scent using Bluetooth beacon technology. The press release claims that spraying the fragrance, and tapping the Shazam button will allow "their phone will automatically identity the fragrance and offer them a unique page of Azzaro ‘Wanted’ content". Unfortunately, the app doesn't detect the fragrance itself, but rather the Bluetooth beacon. Nevertheless, the spritz...

  • Dineo’s dangerous siblings: 4 other cyclones that hit South Africa this century

    Tropical cyclones are fairly common in the Indian Ocean, but they rarely venture anywhere near South Africa's shores. Most of the time, the country lies too south on the continent to be affected by them. But once in a while, they do make landfall. That's largely what Dineo is doing right now. The tropical cyclone is by no means the most intense cyclone to affect South Africa and hit Mozambique's coastline, but it is the first in the age of peak social media. But before the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook really fueled citizen reporting, there were other storms. We take...

  • #HurtBae leaves South Africans deep in their feelings

    Forget #SaltBae and #ThePeoplesBae, South Africa has found a new bae to fawn over. In a YouTube video released by The Scene, two exes sit face-to-face to discuss why they broke up. Kourtney and Leonard dated while they were in college and throughout their relationship he slept with "countless" other women. In the video, they discuss how their romance blossomed and the break up that followed. Kourtney would go through his phone, questioning his conversations with other women. He admitted to his infidelity and promised he'd change. He didn't, and she eventually walked in on him and another woman. She said she still...

  • McDonald’s reengineers the straw for the sake of a milkshake

    When McDonald's isn't making quick and easy to eat food, the company also hires engineers to design straws. "No, seriously." The multi-national food giant published a short clip to YouTube this week, highlighting the lengths it took to design a brand new straw for its Shamrock Shake beverage. The straw, which is a limited edition item, has been designed to better fuse the two elements of the shake -- chocolate and mint -- to ensure drinkers get the correct flavour profile. Two engineering firms, namely JACE and NK Labs, took up the challenge, probably because there wasn't much else to do in...

  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo in pictures: devastation captured on Twitter, Instagram

    UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted. #Dineo Water and sanitation department says the Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is 102% full. An alert has been sent for possible flooding. — EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo. #dineo is officially in Polokwane right now pic.twitter.com/wKfH0okaoB — Senku Matsepane (@SenkuMatsepane) February 17, 2017 The clouds this morning in Muyexe, Giyani #Dineopic.twitter.com/ylf6WGEEaT — African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child,...

  • Google’s Sundar Pichai responds to the cutest job application ever

    If you were the CEO of Google, would you reply to a seven-year-old's job application? No? Then you're clearly not Sundar Pichai. He did exactly that, receiving an adorable but heartfelt plea from a little girl to join the company. According to her dad, Andy Bridgewater, it's the allure of the company's office decor that prompted her to write the letter. "After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go karts and slides my 7 year old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," he explains in a LinkedIn post. The letter itself...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...