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  • President Jacob Zuma can’t wait for SONA 2017 tonight

    South Africa's annual State of the Nation Address, or SONA, will be given by the country's president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town later today. For Capetonians, that means awful traffic congestion leading out of the city. For South Africans, this means an annual update on the government's countrywide plans. Regarding the latter, it seems that President Zuma just can't wait to talk to his citizens. The South African Government's official Twitter account posted an update earlier today, featuring a 16 second clip of Zuma expressing his excitement to address the nation. "Today we are looking forward to the State of the Nation...

  • Over 200m people are now using Facebook Lite

    Around 1.8-billion people now use Facebook on a monthly basis, but what about Facebook Lite? The social media giant has today announced that over 200-million people are using the Lite version of the app monthly, which aims to cater for lower-bandwidth areas of the globe on cheaper, less powerful devices. "While we continue to make all Facebook apps a great experience, we heard from people they want an even more lightweight option," the company states in a press release. Facebook Lite is only available for Android devices at present "To help make sure everyone can have a great Facebook experience regardless of where...

  • YouTube mobile livestreaming coming to your phone ‘soon’

    Following in Facebook and Twitter's stead, Google's video behemoth YouTube has announced that it has begun rolling out mobile livestreaming to select creators. It's a big move for the company, which hasn't really focusedĀ on the mobile broadcasting space, a space in which it's constantly losing ground to the likes of Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope. The company notes that YouTube mobile livestreaming will be built into the mobile app itself, negating the need to install two different apps. An in-app capture button will be used to kick off the livestreaming process. YouTube notes that these livestreamed clips will also have the "same...

  • This Cape Town taxi map shows how beautiful big data can be

    Cape Town is a large, complex city, with a mountain in the middle of it, and an ocean encompassing it. As a result, travelling from point A to point B isn't always as simple as it should be. With a number of different transport options, citizens are often tasked with finding the fastest way home on their own, and this WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) saw as a massive problem. Noting the lack information regarding the city's informal mini bus taxi routes, the company has mapped the previously undocumented taxi route landscape of the city. Making the informal formal through big data, maps Dubbed the Cape...

  • This Skittles-sorting machine is 2017’s most important invention

    As a kid, I'd often spend a few minutes after cracking open a box of candy to sort the colours individually, but thankfully, my children won't have to go through that turmoil. As luck and technology would have it, the world now has a Skittles-sorting machine of the highest degree, thanks to YouTuber and tinkerer Willem Pennings. Spotted by TechCrunch, the machine rather efficiently sorts through the various colours of Skittles (or M&Ms), plopping each distinct colour into their own little bowls. No human intervention is required. Never will your Skittles or M&Ms be jumbled again, thanks to this invention According to...

  • Google, H&M wants your phone to design your next dress

    While our favourite garments aren't as unique as we believe them to be, how we combine these pieces defines our individual style. But can style be determined by the likes of technology? That's what Google and H&M hope to discover. The Android app, designed by both Mountain View and H&M's Ivyrevel fashion house, wants to use your daily habits to design a bespoke dress for your needs. At the heart of the app is Google's Awareness API, which "enables apps to be aware of all aspects of a user's environment" through a device's available sensors. Google and H&M's new Android app will...

  • Joost van der Westhuizen has died

    According to multiple reports, former Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen has died. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls rugby player lost his battle with motor neuron disease this afternoon (6 February), an ailment he has been fighting since 2011. According to Sport24, who broke the story, Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan confirmed van der Westhuizen's passing Monday afternoon. "If there's one thing we can learn from Joost it was his passion for life. That we will never forget," Sport24 quotes van Graan as saying. This was later confirmed by the J9 Foundation. He has been described by peers and fans as a champion,...

  • Facebook’s fake news tools coming to France ahead of elections

    According to a report, Facebook will implement fake news checking systems in France ahead of the country's elections. The move is in a bid to quell and expel fake news from Facebook's network, and prevent the backlash the company faced in light of Donald Trump's US Presidential win in late 2016. Many believe that fake news on the social network aided Trump in his campaign and during the elections. To prevent a similar story in France, the network has announced that it will partner with eight of the country's media outlets, including the likes of the AFP, BFM, and Le Monde,...

  • Joost: Twitter sends well wishes to former Springbok star

    Twitter took a break from complaining about politics, the terribly dry weather and celebrity fallouts this weekend, as former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls captain was diagnosed with a form of motor neuron disease (ALS) in 2011, and has since been confined to a wheelchair. But that hasn't stopped him from taking part in ALS research and drives. Joost's J9 Foundation: 'Thank you for the continued support for him and his family' This weekend though, Twitter was noticeably shocked by the news that Joost was in critical condition. Still, users of...

  • Lady Gaga slays Superbowl halftime show with disco-drones

    One reason to watch the NFL's Superbowl -- even if you have no idea how American Football is -- is the halftime show. This Sunday, Houston hosted the 51st edition of this prestigious sporting spectacle, oh, and the small matter of a Lady Gaga concert too. Although it only lasted a quarter of an hour, the Manhattan-born singer-songwriter performed a pretty damn incredible medley of her most famous hits, including Just Dance, Poker Face, Born This Way and Million Reasons. Mind, Million Reasons -- a slow piano-driven ballad -- was performed after running around the stage, jumping off pedestals and flying...

  • UberEATS review: an amuse-bouche, or complete flop?

    When I was younger, my parents would resist ordering in food unless it was a very special occasion. Nowadays, it seems that everyone in Cape Town does it at least once a week. And you know what, that's okay. The main problem with ordering in though, are the ordering systems themselves. UberEATS wants to simplify both the ordering and delivering process from places that don't have these structures in place. That means you can now grab grub from your favourite Cape Town pub, or late-night haunt without visiting them personally. But while it's great to see companies like Uber experiment with food...

  • This patriotic chicken can play the keyboard, inspire a nation

    Remember Keyboard Cat? Well, he might finally have a spiritual successor, but it's not a fellow feline. A video posted by YouTube channel Two Creative Chicks features a chicken, a chicken with a very particular talent. She can play America The Beautiful on the keyboard. Okay, so perhaps the chicken is better than Keyboard Cat. For one, she is actually deeply patriotic. And two, she clearly doesn't actually need its owners' help. While it all seems to be a rather cruel joke when the clip begins, the fowl soon gains its composure, and pecks the relevant keys almost acceptable time with remarkable...

  • 10 people more popular on Twitter than Donald Trump

    Yes, US President Donald Trump is a master Twitter user, but believe it or not he's not the social network's most popular person. In fact, Trump is fairly mid-pack in terms of Twitter's most-followed first page. So, with that said, who has more clout on the social network based solely on the number of followers they command? For reference's sake, Donald Trump commands around 23.39-million followers on the social network. Just yesterday, rapper Pitbull had command of more people, but since then, Donald Trump has largely overtaken him. It's likely that we'll see Trump overtake many of these accounts this year, but...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • Beyonce’s preggy picture is now Instagram’s most-liked snap ever

    We've only recently said goodbye to the first month of 2017, and already Instagram has a new record-breaking image. The post in question comes from none other than Queen B herself, Beyonce. The performing artist took to Instagram late last night South African time to announce that she's expecting twins. Yes, TWINS! "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over," she posted on Instagram, signed The Carters. "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes." Beyonce trails Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana...