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Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed to a number of geek publications. When not writing short fiction, Graham can be found playing video games and reading comics.
  • Assassin’s Creed movie review: a leap of faith Ubisoft shouldn’t take

    Once video game franchises reach a certain point in popularity, it's inevitable that Hollywood will want to cash in on the licence. To be honest, it's a little shocking that Assassin's Creed didn't receive the full-blown cinematic treatment earlier. Now, after more games than appendages on a Human Centipede, is Assassin's Creed the movie to watch this holiday season? Firstly, the movie does take a lot of liberties. No matter how cinematic a game may be, there's never going to be a perfect big screen adaptation of it. In knowing this, let's get stuck into the review. Assassin's Creed starts its...

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie review: return of the blue milk

    Disney is pushing full force with their Star Wars movies. Not only have they started a brand new trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they're intent on filling in 'gaps' within the saga. Rogue One is the first of these filler movies, but is it a necessity for fans and non-fans alike? The movie takes place after Revenge of the Sith and just before A New Hope. It details the struggle for the Rebel Alliance in securing the plans for the first Death Star. Remember how that was only mentioned in the fourth movie (A New Hope)? Well, Disney...

  • Here’s how Raru, Wootware handled South Africa’s Black Friday rush

    This year's Black Friday was a massive occasion. Besides the number of deals that were spread across a range of SA's ecommerce stores and retailers, there were some interesting stats as well. Memeburn had the chance to speak to both Raru and Wootware about their Black Friday experiences. While neither online retailer gave customer or sales numbers, they were able to provide some interesting technical information. The preparation In preparation for the increase in traffic Raru techie Renier Crause said the site's "mid-range" server was updated to the latest version of Ubuntu, which gave the system 130% increase in performance under load. This was...

  • Rebuttal: Yuppiechef responds to trademark dispute with Yuppie Gadgets

    South African ecommerce store Yuppiechef has commented on its trademark battle with Yuppie Gadgets, another SA online establishment. Memeburn reached out to Yuppiechef for its side of the story, which saw CEO and co-founder Andrew Smith responding. The cases came to light over the weekend when Yuppie Gadgets published a blog post on their website about the cases. "We beat them at the Western Cape High Court and now Yuppie Gadgets beat Yuppiechef in a HUGE case at the Supreme Court," reads the post. In Yuppiechef's own public post (published on Medium), and written by Smith, he explains that when Yuppiechef...

  • Yuppie Gadgets speaks out over Yuppiechef trademark dispute

    After years of dispute, local online store Yuppie Gadgets, has won two legal cases against fellow ecommerce store Yuppiechef. The ongoing battle between the two companies came to light after a public blog post on Yuppie Gadgets' website. In the post, Yuppie Gadgets states that the two companies have been "embroiled in a legal battle" for two years. "We beat them at the Western Cape High Court and now Yuppie Gadgets beat Yuppiechef in a HUGE case at the Supreme Court," reads the post. According to Yuppie Gadgets, the company received a lawyer's letter from Yuppiechef in 2013, which threatened legal action for use...

  • Eaglemoss launches DC Comics collection in SA

    Two years after its initial debut, South African comic book fans are finally getting the DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection from Eaglemoss. This bi-weekly series is distributed through Jacklin Enterprises locally. The graphic novel collection consists of 60 hardback volumes containing 'classic' stories from the DC Comics universe. Some of these include The Long Halloween, Public Enemies, and A Death in the Family. The first issue will cost R29.90 and include Batman: Hush (Part 1). The second issue will include the second part of Batman: Hush and cost R79.90. Issues three, Superman: Last Son of Krypton, and onwards will stay at...

  • South African box office chart: Suicide Squad no longer top

    For the first time in several weeks, DC Comics' Suicide Squad (review) has been knocked out of its first place position, being replaced by Mechanic Resurrection. Suicide Squad still has the current highest ticket sales, coming in at over R31.5-million in SA alone. What other movies were making waves at the South Africa box office in this weekend (2 to 4 September 2016)? Comedy Bad Moms has gained a position from fourth to third place. Star Trek: Beyond dropped from third to fourth, which isn't bad for a film that only had one 2D screening in SA on its opening weekend. Suicide Squad still has the current...

  • Microsoft SA talks numbers behind Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    The South African arm of Microsoft recently held a Windows 10 Anniversary event to order to highlight the new update. While the software came packed with a range of changes and upgrade, the numbers behind it were far more interesting. The Anniversary update According to Anthony Doherty, the Windows and Surface Business Group Lead at Microsoft SA, the Windows Anniversary Update went through 28 pre-builds before its official launch. The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile had less of those, coming in at 20 pre-releases before its own launch. During the testing phase, Microsoft received over 5000 feature requests from standard home and in-depth...

  • South African box office chart: Ice Age 5 faces mass extinction

    Proving that reviews aren't the be all end all, Suicide Squad is still the top pick for South African movie audiences, but Ice Age clearly isn't. What movies trailed in its wake over the past weekend (19 to 21 August 2016)? There were a lot of drops this past weekend as new titles entered the fray. Jason Bourne, the movie that tries to show Matt Damon still has a career, only dropped a single space from fourth position. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates had to move over in second position for Bad Moms, while Pete's Dragon clutched onto that third place...

  • South Africa’s weekend box office: Finding Dory loses her way [2016/08/17]

    Even with low review scores and the fans decrying reviewers, Suicide Squad is still holding first place in the South African movie charts. What other movies have SA audiences lapped up over the past weekend? (12 to 14 August) Coming in at number two is the terrible-looking comedy, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, with Pete's Dragon entering at third position. Jason Bourne has slipped down two positions to number four, while the all-female version of...

  • South Africa’s weekend box office: Suicide Squad explodes into theatres [2016/08/08]

    It looks like super hero-type movies will continue to attract audiences as Suicide Squad (our review) debuts in first place in SA. What else did SA love this past weekend (5 to 7 August)? Apart from DC Comics's latest film, two other films -- Jason Bourne and Ghostbusters -- are sitting in top SA box office positions. Then there's Ice Age 5: Collision Course and Legend of Tarzan, which are occupying the fourth and fifth spaces respectively. The movies that's grossed the highest on this list so far, Finding Dory, isn't even in the top five. In fact, the movie is struggling to keep...

  • Suicide Squad movie review: it’s not bad, but it’s definitely flawed

    If you're looking for an action-packed movie with a ragtag crew of anti-heroes, plenty of action, a gripping story, and soundtrack you'll be YouTubing for weeks, then you should probably rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy. If, however, you’re bored of that masterpiece, then you could do worse than DC's latest big screen offering: Suicide Squad. That’s not to say Suicide Squad is a bad movie, but it is a flawed one. For those of you already remembering the Swiss cheese that is Batman v Superman (our review), you'll be happy to hear that Suicide Squad is already a better offering that that. DC and Warner...

  • South African movie goers still loving Finding Dory, BFG delights [2016/07/04]

    It should be no surprise the Pixar has released another mega hit with Finding Dory and SA audiences are still flocking to see it. What else did SA love this past weekend (1 to 3 July)? Comedy action movie Central Intelligence is still holding its second place position from last week, while the BFG: The Big Friendly Giant has delighted its way into third place. The CGI-heavy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has debuted in fourth position, with the equally action-heavy sci-fi romp, Independence Day 2: Resurgence, exploding down two spots. It looks as though SA audiences have finally had their fill of WarCraft as...

  • Finding Dory remains South Africa’s most popular movie this week [2016/06/28]

    Over the past weekend (24 to 26 June), SA movie-goers were still amped about Finding Dory. The kid-friendly flick started off strong in the local box office last week and is still holding first place. Some other titles, however, are not doing as well. Blizzard Entertainment's big-screen video game adaptation, WarCraft (review), has slipped from the second to sixth spot, which is quite a tumble. The magician-centric Now You See Me: The Second act has also taken a two spot tumble. Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse (review), are no longer sitting in any top ten positions. For movies of their...

  • Dory finds top spot in SA cinema rankings [2016/06/20]

    Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's hit Finding Nemo, has taken top spot over the weekend (17 to 19 June) in South African cinemas. It's managed to kick the WarCraft movie down a spot from first place last week. Besides Finding Dory, the top five movies this past week are mostly the same as before, with Now You See Me: The Second Act, Angry Birds, and The Conjuring 2 occupying positions in the top five. Last week's newcomer, The Nice Guys has entered at sixth position, while the once-titan X-Men: Apocalypse is now sitting in tenth place and edging its way off...