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  • LIVE: watch and follow Donald Trump’s inauguration here

    The day is finally here. After countless polls, a gruelling campaign and the eventual elections, Donald Trump will tonight be inaugurated in Washington DC, becoming the United States' 45th president. Sure, it's a massive event for the country, but people around the world will also be following the proceedings -- and the four years to come -- with bated breath. While the world gives outgoing President Barack Obama a final send off (using the hashtag #ThankYouObama on Twitter), tonight marks a new era in American politics. With that said, can you afford not to watch the big event? Thanks to social media...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #91: Ford Kuga, Google in SA, Chelsea Manning & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition, we Ford's and its decision to recall the troubled Kuga. We also touch on what the Kuga's issues mean for its other vehicles. Staying with Motorburn news, we also talk Formula 1, namely Valtteri Bottas' shift to Mercedes. The Ford Kuga has been one of the most controversial vehicles in SA motoring history Moving onto Memeburn news, we discuss Obama's commutation of data leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Netflix's quarterly earnings...

  • Is Cape Town the most beautiful city on Earth? This drone video answers all

    With the surge in popularity of drones this decade, photography has arguably also taken a step forward with it. And where better to strap a camera to a drone than Cape Town? Previously known for his Cape Town in 4K video, that garnered close to 200 000 views last year, Luke Maximo Bell is back with a new clip in his 4K series. Still documenting the Mother City, Bell this time adds a few more of the city's summer attractions, including the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and Chapman's Peak, to name but a few. Bell's work also includes a clip of...

  • James Corden proves Kanye West’s lyrics are perfect for a soap opera

    While Kanye West remains a divisive character, there's no denying his music has a certain degree of clout. When he's not bragging about his cars and worldly possessions, his tracks are about love, and all that it brings. In many ways, that makes them the perfect material for lines in a soap opera. That's exactly what James Corden thought. Bryan Cranston just about makes Kanye West famous in this video The host of The Late Late Show assembled a cast of acting Avengers -- namely Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Giovanni Ribisi -- to prove this point. Setting up Biel as a...

  • Update: Well Cape Town, now Signal Hill’s on fire

    Update: the fire on Signal Hill has now been contained. It's just been an awful week for nature conservationists, fire fighters and anyone who happens to live near mountainous vegetation. After the huge blaze that tore through much of the deep south, another fire has flared up on Cape Town's Signal Hill. The 350m hill, only a few steps away from the city's central business district, was seen smoldering just before sunset on Friday evening. At present, much of the hill's eastern face is on fire. As a result, Cape Town's citizens have been uploading images of the blaze to the likes...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #90: AG Mobile liquidated, Scalebound cancelled & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week -- and for the first time in 2017 -- Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about South African smartphone company AG Mobile shutting its doors, how the Meizu Pro 6 fared in Hadlee's review, as well as Microsoft Xbox One exclusive Scalebound's surprise cancelled. AG Mobile's CEO Anthony Goodman this week confirmed that the company was liquidated The team also touches on cryptocurrency company BitX's re-branding to Luno,...

  • Ookla debuts Speedtest desktop app for Windows, Mac OS

    Great news for those of you too lazy to open a web page. Ookla, the company behind popular internet benchmarking tool Speedtest, has this week announced a new Desktop app for Windows and Mac OS users. The company explains that the app's existence is thanks to today's modern world of "text expanders, ordering buttons and digital assistants". The app simply aims to make checking your internet connection speed as quick and easy as this. "By embedding Speedtest on your desktop (and skipping all that typing), we can save you almost all the effort of figuring out your download and upload speeds,"...

  • Adobe’s Photoshop voice assistant can edit snaps for you

    Talking to your electronic devices and telling them what to do isn't new. But while Siri can order an Uber, and Cortana open Microsoft Edge, Adobe's Photoshop voice assistant will be able to tweak your photographs using nothing but voice commands. The company has demonstrated a mobile editing app with an "intelligent digital assistant" that uses voice commands to perform specific tasks. According to Adobe, the "speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service". Adobe's Photoshop-inspired voice assistant could streamline photo editing on...

  • Cape Town’s latest veld fire blankets social media in smoke

    Just when Cape Town thought it saw the last of the fire season last week, Mother Nature has returned with more red hot anger. Veld fires have flared up across the Peninsula this week, including Paarl, the Helderberg and even Rondebosch Common late last night. But a fire which flared up on Simon's Town's Red Hill early Wednesday, has become the latest flare up at the centre of Cape Town's social media attention. Instagram and Twitter have been inundated by users snapping stills and videos of the blaze, which Volunteer Wildfire Services notes has spanned "across the South Peninsula". Simon's Town disappearing behind...

  • #firstdaymemories: 11 tweets that’ll make you miss school all over again

    Can you remember your first day of school? For many, it's a momentous day that can't really be forgotten. For others, it's much better left in the ashes of the mind. For Twitter, the former definitely applies though. Whether they hated or loved their first interaction with their teachers and fellow pupils, South African tweeters took to the social network today to remember their experiences as many of their kids head off on their personal journeys (once again leaving the TV remote in their sole possession). According to Twitter trends aggregator Trendsmap, the hashtag #firstdaymemories began trending in South Africa at...

  • Facebook reveals world’s, SA’s most talked about topics in 2016

    Facebook's Year In Review is finally published on the company's press portal, and it makes for interesting reading for South Africans and the greater international community. According to Facebook data analyst Sheida Neman, the most talked about moments in the world in 2016 included the US Presidential Election (rather obviously) in first place, with "Brazilian Politics" and Pokemon Go rounding up the podium. They are followed by: Black Lives Matter Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election Olympics Brexit Super Bowl David Bowie Muhammad Ali As for South Africa's biggest moments, the US Elections was also a big talking point, but not as...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #88: Nintendo Switch, Fitbit, Amazon Go & 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 to Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about the Nintendo Switch's possible GameCube compatibility as well as Samsung ditching the 3.5mm audio jack for its Galaxy S8. The duo also discuss Fitbit's surprise buy of smartwatch maker Pebble and Amazon's new checkout-less grocery store Go. Finally, we chat a bit about South African GT racer, David Perel. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is working his way through The Last...

  • SuperSport to livestream Proteas vs Springboks cricket on Facebook

    Sports broadcaster SuperSport has experimented with new technologies and trends quite a bit this year. From broadcasting eSports events to featuring more live content on social media, the company is slowly drifting away from its satellite roots. In its latest move, the company announced that it will broadcast tonight's Mandela Legacy T20 Cup cricket match from Newlands, Cape Town, live on its Facebook channel. The match, which sees the South African cricket team face the South African rugby team in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela, is an annual event usually reserved for audiences signed up to DStv. It's...

  • Pornhub’s ‘Horny Little Christmas’ ad is more SFW than expected

    We've written quite a bit about Pornhub in the past, but not because of the actual site's content. Its Insights blog sheds some gloriously detailed analytics and statistics for the wider internet to gawk at. But when the site isn't curating numbers or building graphs, it's making hilarious advertisements for YouTube. This particular gem is a bit of a misleading one. It tells the story of a group of ordinary people scattered throughout a town all seemingly set to spend Christmas night alone, when suddenly Santa appears. What happens next is, well... surprisingly safe for work. The ad is ultimately punting the...

  • Baby Groot will make you squee in new Guardians Vol 2 trailer

    A rag-tag, energetic bunch of law-defying superheroes are easy to fall in love with, but Marvel really outdid itself this time with the cameo of Baby Groot. The tiny tree monster featured prominently in the company's new trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And yes, it's about as fun as you'd expect. Shying away from the "less is more" concept, Marvel arguably gives a little bit too much away in the two minute trailer. With talk of atom bombs, visuals of giant city-eating squid and the usual slanted banter, the trailer feels very much like the Guardians flick we...