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  • Justin Bieber returns to Instagram to sell T-Mobile deals

    Well, Instagram has been busy this week. After the network played host to Beyonce's record-breaking pregnancy reveal, it also welcomed the return of Justin Bieber. Bieber, who ditched the social network in August 2016 after a spat with his fans, returned to Instagram with a video. But it wasn't a snap of him holding an American flag, or a short clip of a new video, or even just Bieber being Bieber. Nope. It was actually an advertisement. Justin Bieber said goodbye to his Instagram fans last year, but has returned as a salesman Dressed in a suit and donning some black-rimmed glasses, the...

  • 5 impressive numbers from Facebook’s latest earnings report

    Facebook is an internet colossus in the same way we viewed Google a few years ago. The company is riding a remarkable growth curve, a trend that it has again cemented with the release of their Q4 2016 earnings report. The report, published at the turn of the month, sheds some light into the company's manic growth, clear focus areas and user statistics. Here are some of the tastier numbers and factoids lurking within the report. 1.23-billion The number of daily active users on the 'Book in December 2016 Yes, you read that correctly. Daily. Nearly a sixth of the world accesses Facebook...

  • Jon Stewart compares ‘pathological’ Donald Trump to Emperor Palpatine

    Late night shows have had plenty of material since Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president. Hell, even prior to that, to be fair. But one commenter we haven't heard of much is Jon Stewart. Since retiring from The Daily Show, leaving Trevor Noah at the helm, Stewart has been rather scarce. That is until now. Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance during last night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to read out some executive orders from Donald Trump himself. By Trump himself, we mean Stewart with a dead weasel on his head and a ridiculously long tie. Memes, obviously. Jon Stewart,...

  • Facebook’s next destination could be your television

    Facebook has been on a roll in January, spitting out updates to its multiple services and outlining its future plans. But the latest report from the Wall Street Journal could see the company take over your television set. According to "people familiar with the matter", the social network is planning both content deals with media companies, as well as an app for media consoles, like the Apple TV. Both suggestions seem highly likely. The network has been popular for live broadcasters in recent months, with the US PGA deal, in addition to users' Facebook Live broadcasts. The company clearly no longer...

  • This crazy Bedfordview hijacking video has gone viral on SA YouTube

    A new clip published to YouTube this week shows just how dangerous parking your car in South Africa can be. The clip in question documents an attempted hijacking in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, and it looks like it could be a deleted scene in Taken. A Mercedes driver pulls into a driveway in the suburb, and is greeted by a security guard. But it soon gets a little bit too real. A blue Volkswagen Golf pulls up behind the Mercedes, drops off a passenger, and promptly pulls away. The passenger, seemingly innocuous at first, pulls out a gun, causing the security guard to...

  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • How much free food can you get on your birthday?

    There are a number of restaurant chains worldwide that offer those celebrating their birthdays free food. And that's just great. And awful. Because you only get one birthday per year, you probably can't make it to every single restaurant. Or can you? One incredibly inspirational Imgurian AnotherAnotherJosh decided to test this theory. Heading out early on his birthday to embark on his "free birthday food odyssey", Josh hit 11 restaurants, getting free celebratory grub from each of them. Imgur's Josh hit 11 restaurants to collect his free birthday food at each establishment While some only gave him tiny ice cream cones, and others...

  • CNN’s Facebook accounts briefly breached by OurMine

    CNN's Facebook accounts were briefly compromised this weekend by hacking collective OurMine, Mashable reports. The group, now infamous for gaining access to accounts to peacock their security products, hit CNN's primary, International and Politics pages early morning in South Africa. This isn't the first time OurMine has been in the news in the past six months While the group didn't post anything incriminating or vile, it did flood the pages with its posters, and its usual message: "Hey, it's OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information." It seems that the group's chief motive was publicity. looks like @CNN...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #92: Cash Me Outside, UberEATS hits Cape Town & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition, we discuss the launch of UberEATS and its new, but old competition. We also discuss the origins and sudden explosion in the popularity of Cash Me Outside -- a meme of a 13-year old girl. Facebook and its Snapchat inspiration also comes under the spotlight. We also touch on former Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra's decision to leave the Chinese company for Facebook's Oculus, as well as former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's retirement...

  • Mozilla Firefox 51 now alerts users of dodgy HTTP logins

    Mozilla Firefox has been steadily losing ground to the likes of Google's Chrome n recent years, but the browser's creator is slowly starting to address the slide by focusing on security. Firefox 51.0 will now alert users who navigate to login pages that are not HTTPS enabled. The browser will display a larger, more noticeable "Connection is Not Secure" warning in the address bar and subsequent context bubble, alerting users of simple, non-encrypted HTTP connections. Any websites utilising passwords such as email services, or during your online banking will now indicate the security of the site in the URL bar. HTTP can...

  • Bad Lip Reading gives hilarious voice to Trump’s inauguration

    Bad Lip Reading is an iconic YouTube channel. The team of tricksters turn seemingly mundane pop culture clips into pure, utterly awkward hilarity. And it's latest victim is, unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump's inauguration. The channel isn't shy of spoofing inaugurations either, with Obama getting the treatment back in 2013 (how can we possibly forget that Beyonce performance). But largely thanks to the US's top political families' awkward chemistry, this clip is even more cringe-worthy. The Trumps, Bushs, Obamas and Clintons all awkwardly star in Bad Lip Reading's latest clip Taking a look at Trump's entire big day -- from the presidential...

  • Instagram piles on the FOMO with gorgeous Newlands cricket snaps

    Whether you like cricket or love it, few can deny that Cape Town's Newlands cricket stadium is pretty unique. Guarded by Table Mountain and lashed by the wind, the stadium is a visual feast for tourists and cricket connoisseurs a like. That is, even if South Africa does lose. Last night, our national team took to the field against Sri Lanka in a T20 international match. While the visitors won the match and took series honours, there's no denying that the real winners were the folks who were out snapping and supporting. And with that said, we take a look at what...

  • Crime-drama Sneaky Pete kicks off Amazon’s 2017 Originals roster

    We're pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to series this year. Along with Netflix's strong lineup and ShowMax's South African content, newcomer Amazon Prime is also starting to make in-roads. And it's latest shot, Sneaky Pete, brings with it the backing of Walter White himself. When not reciting Kanye West lyrics on James Corden's Late Late Show, Bryan Cranston also produced a good few shows. For Amazon and Sony, he teams up with Graham Yost and David Shore to launch the crime/drama Sneaky Pete. Sneaky Pete itself tells the story of con-man Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the...

  • Scientists can now ‘print’ functional human skin

    Scientists can now 3D print functioning human skin, this according to new research published by a Madrid-based research team. Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed technology -- effectively a prototype 3D bioprinter -- that can stitch together fully-functioning living tissue. According to the research, the skin is the first living organism to be created using a bioprinter. "This skin can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical products, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products in quantities and with timetables and prices that are compatible with these uses," notes researcher José Luis Jorcano in a press release. Jorcano also...

  • Are these the best Disney character impressions you’ve ever heard?

    We all have that one member of the family who believes that their Donald Duck impression is absolutely, undeniably accurate. But we also know that's not true. If anyone can lay claim to this, it's Brian Hull. The American impressionist decided to test his skills at the beating heart of Disney itself -- Disneyland Florida -- in front of the actual characters themselves. "I always wondered, how the Disney characters at the park would react to my impressions, and they didn't disappoint," Hull notes on the video description. Speaking like Disney's Donald Duck to the actual Donald Duck is a dream few...