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  • Weekend News in Tweets: burkini ban overturned & PRASA’s R42m toilet seats

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (26 August – 28 August). South African pilot Michel Leusch was killed Saturday when he lost control of a stunt plane at a Chinese airshow. Durban born, Leusch was performing at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye, in China's Gansu province. He was 33. South Africa pilot dead in plane crash...

  • Uber, Careem suspended in Abu Dhabi following arrests

    Car hailing services Uber and Careem have temporarily suspended operations in Abu Dhabi, UAE after the country's police arrested around 50 drivers. According to UAE's The National, over 70 cars impounded this weekend, but no one quite understands why the drivers were arrested or cars impounded. "There’s a lot of confusion as to why they were arrested. We haven’t been able to see them or speak to them yet," an operations manager told The National. "One of our drivers was put in jail at the weekend and it’s happened with loads of drivers from other limousine companies as well." Uber and Careem drivers...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #75: Leslie Jones’ website hacked, Sausage Party & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team discusses this week's Leslie Jones' website hack, the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, as well as FNB's own ConeXis smartphone range. We also talk about a startup that's letting people order drinks on demand, Bottles, and we touch on the imminent release of the movie Sausage Party. What on earth is Sausage Party? What are we watching, reading, playing: Matt has given up on No...

  • YouTube Backstage is Google’s incoming Facebook rival

    Does Google have plans to turn YouTube into a Facebook pretender? According to a report by VentureBeat, yes. Dubbed YouTube Backstage, the feature will bring a social media element to the video sharing and hosting site. The report suggests that Backstage will let users share "photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers". Much like Facebook's Timeline, Backstage's content will also be displayed in reverse chronological order, and will become an integral part of the YouTube channel layout. It's set to gain its own top tab too. YouTube Backstage will bring Facebook-like content to Google's video platform This isn't simply a...

  • Twitter adds Direct Message button to embeds bouquet

    Twitter hasn't always made life easy for website users, but it's latest move is looking to smooth user-to-website owner interaction. This take the form of  Twitter button, making it easier for visitors to send websites' accounts a Direct Message. "We are excited to announce a new button that enables people to start a Direct Message right from a website. Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter, and the message button makes it easy to start a private conversation with you," Twitter's senior product marketing manager Jeff Lesser announced. Announcing our new Message button. Now people can easily slide into your...

  • How bad is Mattel’s Max Steel trailers? Ask YouTube

    After LEGO showed that even toy makers can make huge profits in cinema, another is now getting in on the business. After American company Mattel announced that it's working on a Max Steel flick back in 2009, we finally have a trailer of the finished product. And... we've some mixed reactions. Max Steel will look at the protagonist's origin story, from emotionally-downtrodden American boy, to a wall-punching, rage-screaming super kid thanks in part to aliens. Sounds pretty good right? Well, that's where it starts and ends really. The international trailer on YouTube was likened to a "fake fan trailer", while others are...

  • Comcast makes $3.8bn DreamWorks Animation purchase official

    Mass media conglomerate Comcast has officially announced the completion of its purchase of DreamWorks Animation studios. Costing a cool US$3.8-billion, the studio "will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development," Comcast explains in a presser. DreamWorks Animation was founded in 1994 by film director Steven Spielberg, current CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and media mogul David Geffen, and is responsible for some 32 major feature films. Its first, Antz, debuted back in 1998, and set the tone for movies like its latest production, Kung Fu Panda 3. DreamWorks Animation, founded in 1994, will likely...

  • Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama already has a Twitter parody account

    In the battle for the Johannesburg Metro that took place on Monday, the DA's Vasco da Gama was elected as the City Council speaker. It's a huge change of power for the once-ANC stronghold, and the result itself sent the Johannesburg City Hall into a bit of a frenzy. Elsewhere, the move also sent Twitter into chaos, as people tweeted their views and funny jokes thanks in part to the speaker's rather historical name. But perhaps one Twitter user making particularly good use of the news is the owner of the da Gama parody Twitter account. Yes, I know what you're...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey wedding blast kills 50 & Caster Semenya wins gold

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (19 August – 21 August). Caster Semenya won gold in the women's 800m race in Rio Saturday. Semenya, who has been called out by fellow competitors for boasting an unfair advantage, romped to victory with Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya's Margaret Wambui rounding up an all-African podium. Semenya's time of 1.55.29 is her personal best, and a...

  • 5 incredible social stats to celebrate World Photo Day

    World Photo Day is a fun holiday celebrated on 19 August each year. First established in 2010, the day celebrates each and every one of us who've ever clicked a shutter button, and the results thereafter. And you know, most of what we produce are pretty important to those enormous, multi-billion dollar internet companies. Some rely almost squarely on uploaded images in their daily running and prosperity, and the numbers behind those snaps (rather than the snaps itself), are probably worth a thousand words themselves. For a peek at just how important a role images play on the internet, have a...

  • Weekly Round Up #74: Gawker.com shutters, No Man’s Sky patches and Gamescom 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team discusses Univision buying Gawker Media and what that means for Gawker.com. Hadlee explains how you can spot a hoax story. We also discuss the latest patch issued for No Man's Sky on PC and PlayStation 4, and sticking with gaming, we take a look at the new announcements at Gamescom 2016. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy and Matt are playing No Man's Sky, while Hadlee's...

  • Kanye West ‘Life of Pablo’ store coming to Cape Town this weekend

    Kanye West is coming to Cape Town this weekend... okay, at least in spirit, that is. The hip-hop superstar announced in a tweet that a Life of Pablo pop-up store will be hosted in Cape Town this weekend -- a first for the African continent. Okay sure, Yeezy himself won't be playing retail assistant for the store itself, but Cape Town does get the honour of hosting the only store in Africa, and one of four in the Southern Hemisphere. 20 other stores will be dotted around the globe this weekend, including the likes of Melbourne, London, Singapore and Toronto. 21...

  • Google Hangouts will be punted for business use, company exec explains

    Google, after I/O 2016, vehemently denied it will be killing Hangouts after it announced two new chat apps, but the company has been mum on what that meant for the service. Thanks to new remarks from Google's Nick Fox, we can now prepare to see Hangouts rebranded as a business-orientated service. Speaking to Engadget's Nathan Ingraham, the VP of communications Fox explains that Google's two new chat apps -- video calling service Duo, and search-enhanced chat app Allo -- will pilot the company's consumer messaging division. On Gearburn: Google I/O 2016: Allo and Duo apps revealed Hangouts will be refocused as a...

  • Google Duo video calling app now available in South Africa

    Google's new video calling app, Google Duo, is now officially available on the Play Store in South Africa. Google Duo was announced earlier this year at the company's I/O 2016 conference in California, where it's companion chat app Allo was also unveiled. Duo allows users to place video calls to other users in similar vein to Apple's Facetime app. Duo also ties to phone numbers, which means users don't necessarily need a Google account to use the service. Calls are also encrypted from end-to-end, and to further set it apart from other chat apps, it has a "Knock Knock" feature, which...

  • Pokemon or big data: can you tell the difference?

    It's 2pm on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. You've had lunch, you're feeling sleepy, and likely also trawling the web to find something to do. Well, look no further than Pokemon. A Github project that started back in 2015 by Pixelastic is now thoroughly relevant once again, thanks in part to Pokemon Go and that other buzz terms we love so much -- big data. The project gives users an obscure term (like Azkaban or Vulpix) and you have to decide if it's indeed a big data technology, or a Pokemon. If you think it sounds simple now, try getting ten correct...