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Geek Culture

  • Watch as Joe Biden receives highest honor, touching hug from Obama

    Will there ever be a bromance as everlasting and endearing as US Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama? Probably not. As President-elect Donald Trump casts his shadow over the White House, the internet is enjoying its last few days of Biden and Obama's epic bromance. And yesterday, that undeniable mutual respect was taken a step further. In a press conference, President Obama surprised Joe Biden with the country's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden tries valiantly to hold back the tears (and so do we), but to no avail. It's an absolutely beautiful moment. Part of the...

  • 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,...

  • Watch Ed Sheeran slay the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme song

    Ed Sheeran has quickly grown in stature, from your next-door neighbour's kid who strums his guitar into the early hours of the morning, to an A-list celebrity superstar who opens award shows with X-rated jokes. And that's largely because of the former, to be fair. He also spent quite a bit of his youth watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, arguably Will Smith's first big break. So, wouldn't it be awesome if the world could somehow join those two together? That's what one Capital FM listener asked while Sheeran was conducting an interview at the London station this week. Never shying...

  • Congrats #SaltBae, you’re 2017’s first awesome meme

    There were some huge stories this week on the internet. If people weren't talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's adorable bromance, or Donald Trump and Jim Acosta's verbal ping-pong, they were probably talking about this Turkish chef. His name is Nusret Gökçe, but his now 1.3-million Instagram followers and hoards of others across the web simply call him #SaltBae. His popularity flared when an Instagram clip of him tenderly carving a steak earned him a ridiculous 3.81-million views in just four days. But while you're probably saying "Sure, Selena Gomez can do that in a single day", does she know...

  • Listen: Mark Hamill takes on Trump tweets as the Joker

    When you think about his utterances and tweets, US president-elect Donald Trump really does seem like a sort of super-villain. It's an observation that wasn't lost on writer and actor Matt Oswalt, who urged Mark Hamill to put on his best Joker impression and read a Donald Trump tweet. The result is a rather maniacal and nefarious soundbite posted to the voice actor's Twitter account. Now, if we could get a weekly series of Hamill's Joker reading Trump tweets, I'd be so happy. The Trumpster quote #1#ANewJeersToast https://t.co/qZQEGU18r6 — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 8, 2017

  • Watch: part one of FailArmy’s best fails of 2016

    YouTube was pretty much designed for fail videos, with FailArmy being one of the most popular channels around. Now, the channel has uploaded part one of its "ultimate" fails of the year, showcasing some of the funniest and most ridiculous fails of 2016. Check out the full, 17-minute video below, which has already garnered over six million views. FailArmy says part two will be released on Friday (24 December).

  • Monopoly: You’re playing it wrong

    Capitalism simulator, Monopoly will undoubtedly have many families huddled around the table this year frantically arguing about the rules of the game. According to the video below, a study conducted by Hasbro found that out of all the study's participants, 68% never read the rules of the game. They also found that 30% of players made up their own rules. For example, nowhere in the rulebook does it state that during the first round of any game you cannot purchase any properties. This prompted Hasbro to introduce house rules which include stacking any fine or tax money in the centre of the...

  • 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...

  • YouTube Rewind celebrates the fun moments of 2016

    YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has "almost one-third of all people on the Internet" using it. It's also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement. Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube's Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 -- like Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, The Chainsmokers's Closer and Justin Bieber's Sorry --...

  • This drone video imagines South Africa as a beautiful, miniature toy set

    Drone videos are on the rise on the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with sales of these little winged wonders ever increasing too. But it takes some pretty deft skills to pull off a uniquely quirky drone reel. That's what drone pilot Luke Bell and video partner Hloni Coleman accomplished with this short flick. You may remember Bell thanks to this particular video of Cape Town, but his latest clip focuses on South Africa, and the country's cultural and natural beauty. Well, if South Africa was the coolest toy set imaginable, that is. "Our home and a wondrous playground for all...

  • 3 international music videos filmed in South Africa in 2016

    South Africa is just awesome, isn't it? For international visitors, they can enjoy the exhange rate while breathing in the abundant sights, sounds and rich heritage. And no one seems to understand this better than musicians. Cape Town and Johannesburg have been the scene of many a music video in their days, but while quite a few famous videos have been snapped here, including tracks from Faithless, Blue and Pharrell Williams, you may not have known that three particularly big tracks from international artists have been made right here this year. See? 2016 wasn't so bad. Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson - Girls...

  • 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...

  • Another Stellenbosch bullying video makes rounds on Facebook

    Just when you thought the bullying videos were over for the year, another incident stemming from Stellenbosch has social media up in arms again. The new video, taking place once again at Stellenbosch's Luckoff High, was initially uploaded to Facebook by the Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness (CICA) page. According to CICA, the incident took place this week at Luckoff, and was sent to them by a follower. The video depicts a larger female pupil attacking a smaller female pupil. Although the video is just under 60 seconds long, a few punches are thrown before a male pupil steps in to...

  • Optimus is a total jerk in new Transformers trailer

    Mid-2017 is gearing up to be a golden age for action movie fans. Hot on the heels of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer (and release date), Michael Bay and co has released the latest trailer for the next Transformers movie. And it's nuts. Dubbed Transformers: The Last Knight, the flick continues to star Mark Wahlberg as the most unlucky lucky guy on the planet. But of course, they aren't quite on earth. While Optimus Prime drifts through space and time, a slew of unwanted things befall the human race (as usual), and its up to Marky Mark and...