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  • Weekend News: Guy Fawkes, Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma & more

    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 (with a splash of Instagram and Facebook for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). Donald Trump rushed off stage at Nevada rally Donald Trump was rushed off stage at a Reno rally on Saturday after reports that a man in the crowd had a gun. According to The Guardian, some people in the crowd shouted "he's...

  • WhatsApp Status: Facebook’s latest Snapchat killer?

    According to a report by BGR India, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is revamping its Status page with a splash of inspiration from Snapchat. Dubbed "Status" for now, the new WhatsApp feature will allow users to send and set images as statuses. Users can also doodle over them, and limit the viewable audience. Okay, so it's not entirely like Snapchat's rolling photo-reel then, but it does have shades of the app within it. WhatsApp Status allows users to set images as statuses, similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories BGR India notes that the new feature is buried in WhatsApp beta version 2.16.336 but can only be...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #84: State Capture, Titanfall 2 & 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 and Matthew Alexander. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, we take a look at Matthew's latest favourite game, Titanfall 2. From flying through space and shooting things in mid-air with huge robots, it's probably one of Electronic Arts' more interesting games of the year. The State Capture report is probably South Africa's biggest online news story of the year Also on the agenda, we chat Richard Branson's recent trip to Cape Town,...

  • Update: State Capture Report is now live on Scribd

    Update: Although it's not yet live on the Public Protector's website, you can access the State Capture report (officially named the State of Capture report), on document repository Scribd, here. Hat-tip to eNCA for the upload. Original article: It's a landmark day, South Africa. The State Capture report -- the last document authored by former public protector Thuli Madonsela -- will be available on the Public Protector's website before 5pm SAST today. This after North Gauteng High Court today ruled in favour of opposition parties, and President Jacob Zuma's withdrawal of his interdict. But while the report should be available for the...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Fail Army’s October roundup shows exactly why we’ll miss Vine

    We know, we know. It's Monday so soon again, but it needn't be a slog. Well, at least your haven't tripped and fell into a kiddies swimming pool, or launched your friend head-first into an adjacent wall. Have you? Well, that's what these unfortunate examples of humankind had to deal with this month. In October 2016's Fail Army roundup, the channel documents some of the craziest, funniest and down-right stupid fails of the past 30 days. From guys putting scissors into plug sockets, to others belly-flopping from steep cliffs, and the occasional kitten landing on its courageous little face -- this video...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #83: starring Xiaomi, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook

    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 and a brief appearance from Matthew Alexander. We discuss Microsoft's recent Surface announcements and reveals, the new edge-to-edge screened Xiaomi Mi MIX, and Apple's MacBook Pro launch. We also touch on how the world's biggest brands use Facebook. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is playing Battlefield 1 and is not watching anything at the moment. Hadlee is still playing Pumped: BMX on his smartphone. Tweet of the Week: A clever tweets about...

  • Epic Rap Battles pits Trump against Clinton in cuss-filled clip

    The current US race for the White House has never been this entertaining or this frightening. Right in the golden age of social media, the elections have been covered in almost every guise -- from video to parody.  ith the elections just a few days away now, Epic Rap Battles is bringing the two together. Placing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the two duke it out in a much more cuss-infused rap battle, fit with scandal references on both sides, catch phrases and of course, that wall. Speaking of a wall, EPB does seem to side with Clinton in this...

  • 2017 Bookmark Awards are now open for entries [Sponsored]

    The 2017 Bookmark Awards are around the corner, but which categories will be featured this year? We've got the information for you. The IAB has also clarified the overall criteria, saying the work must've been developed for an African or SA audience or by an SA business for an international audience. Campaigns must have flighted between 16 November 2015 and 11 November 2016. "All entrants must produce a 'one pager' PDF that sets out the essence of the entry. Judges are entitled to base their judging in the filter round on this one-pager," the IAB added. Here are the categories being featured in...

  • Twitter reacts to Dyn’s massive DNS DDoS

    For much of Friday, some of the internet's biggest websites were rendered useless after a DDoS attack hit Dyn DNS. In typical internet fashion, people took to social media sites that weren't down, posting funny GIFs, reaction videos and of course, their words of wisdom. To be fair, what else can you do in a situation like this? The DDoS affected Dyn's DNS, leaving many of the web's essential services inaccessible At the time of writing, many sites remain inaccessible, but we have detailed a possible fix over on our primary article. But if you're interested in waiting it out, have a look...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #82: Motorola SA, Spritzed & 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 the full team: Graham van der Made, Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team chats Red Dead Redemption 2, the South African launch of the Moto Z, a brand new startup dubbed Spritzed, Telkom's decision to waiver data charges for academic content and finally, the Nintendo Switch. What are we watching, reading, playing: Graham is watching Luke Cage, while Hadlee is playing games in planes and watching The X-Files. Andy is playing Battlefield 1, Plants vs...

  • Logan: brooding, seasoned Wolverine stars in first trailer

    Logan (aka Wolverine) has been through a lot in his life. Not only has he destroyed a sentinel army, returned to the past thanks to the future, and battled an evil Japanese dude who wanted his mojo, he's still ended up in a pretty rough shape after it all. Thankfully, we're getting yet another movie dedicated to his chaotic life. Logan will also likely be Hugh Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine, as he's set to relinquish the role he's made his own since 2000. But while Jackman might be leaving the X-Men universe for good, the first Logan trailer is a...

  • Assassin’s Creed’s second trailer has more stabbing, time jumps

    French gaming company Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox have finally outed the second trailer of their forthcoming Assassin's Creed movie. And it looks pretty awesome. As per the previous trailer, we track Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch through the movie's time-fractured world. Tracing the footsteps of his forefather Aguilar through modern technology, Lynch seemingly learns that some can be trusted, some can't and others can be stabbed with a pointy blade. 2016 will bring an Assassin’s Creed movie Assassin’s Creed, one of the world’s most successful gaming franchises, is set to get its own film in 2016. Read more... We're not given much of...

  • Apple App Store prices drop in South Africa

    Great news, Apple users. The Cupertino company has announced that App Store pricing will be adjusted for those in South Africa and New Zealand. Okay, not so great news for New Zealand (prices are actually climbing there), but in South Africa at least, we can look forward to a forthcoming price drop. Apple explains that the change will happen "within the next 72 hours" and will include apps and in-app purchases. It will not, however, affect subscription prices. The company claims that the change is thanks to the current favorable foreign exchange rates. App Store prices will drop for South Africans, but increase...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Trump remains bullish, Thuli bids adieu

    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 (with a splash of Instagram and Facebook for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World news: Trump battles latest scandal on Twitter Donald Trump was in the news for a number of different reasons this weekend, but the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him took centre stage. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice,...