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  • Weekend News in Tweets: #RememberKhwezi, Oscar in hospital, Rio Olympics & 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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (5 August - 7 August). President Jacob Zuma was given a stark reminder of his past at the IEC National Elections centre this weekend. While revealing the final results of the local general elections, four women stood up in front of the stage and held up placards urging viewers to "#RememberKhwezi". Khwezi is the name given to...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Rio is ready, Fikile Mbalula on the decks & 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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (29 July – 31 July 2016). Host city of the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro is putting the finishing touches on some of its infrastructure upgrades, starting with the dedicated Metro line 4. The line, which cost the city US$3.1-billion, is the final piece of the transport puzzle upgrades, linking Ipanema to Barra (the Olympic village...

  • Uber China to merge with Didi, creating $35bn business – report

    Uber's Chinese operations will merge with Chinese smart cab service Didi Chuxing, it has been reported. The deal will result in a company worth US$35-billion and also sees Uber China investors get 20% of Didi, Bloomberg claimed. However, Uber China will continue to operate as its own separate business for now. Didi will also invest US$1-billion in Uber China, the publication reports, citing "people familiar with the matter". "As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, in a blog post obtained by Bloomberg. "I have no doubt that...

  • Businesses can now arrange Uber rides with UberCentral

    Uber has been making quite a few moves to cater for businesses, such as the ability to use company credit cards and the introduction of the Uber for Business platform. Now, the smart cab service has announced UberCentral, effectively being a dashboard that allows businesses to request, manage and pay for their customers' Uber rides. The service allows you to make and track multiple rides on one account, complete with billing/reporting in one place. Customers simply receive an SMS with their details, as well as a link to a map with live tracking. UberCentral allows patients to get to and from their appointments Uber...

  • Google Play Family Library is now a thing – but not in SA

    Apple's iTunes makes sharing purchases with loved ones rather easy, but Google-toting users can get in on the action now as well. The Google Play Family Library feature allows up to six family members to share purchases, the company announced in a blog post. "When you buy an eligible app, game, movie, TV show, or book in the Play Store, you can now share it with your family -- across devices -- with no additional sign-up fee," the company elaborated. Android devices have access to all shared content, while movies, TV shows and books can be shared via iOS devices and the web...

  • Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram

    Thanks to the latest cold front system that's taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country's interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It's not unprecedented, it's just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light...

  • Stop charging import duties on mobile phones – WASPA

    The Wireless Application Services Providers' Association (WASPA) has called on the government to stop charging import duties on smartphones, saying that they aren't a luxury. The association said that mobile use needs to be encouraged, because of the relationship between mobile data usage and GDP growth. It cited a GSMA study, which found that doubling mobile data usage resulted in the GDP growing by 0.5%. "Unfortunately, while cellphone handsets enable this GDP-boosting data usage, smartphones attract ad valorem duty, plus 14% VAT, when imported into the country," WASPA explained in a statement. Read more: Telkom reveals FreeMe - six rather attractive mobile data plans "WASPA...

  • Leave the 3D glasses at home with this new cinema screen

    If there's one major annoyance about watching 3D movies at the cinema, it's that you require 3D glasses to actually watch them. But what if you could leave the glasses behind? A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have come up with a cinema screen that doesn't require 3D spectacles. The so-called "Cinema 3D" screen makes use of 50 sets of lenses and mirrors to get the job done, allowing viewers to watch the glasses-free 3D action from any seat. "Existing approaches to glasses-free 3D require screens whose resolution requirements are so enormous that...

  • Yahoo sale to Verizon confirmed, but is it doomed to fail?

    After reports earlier today, Verizon has confirmed that it's acquiring ailing internet company Yahoo in a deal worth US$4.8-billion. The joint statement confirms that the sale won't include Yahoo's cash, Yahoo Japan, Alibaba and 3000 patents. "These assets will continue to be held by Yahoo, which will change its name at closing and become a registered, publicly traded investment company," Yahoo confirmed. Verizon says that the move will help contribute to its goal of becoming a top media operation, as Yahoo will be integrated into AOL. "Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: terror in Germany, Froome wins Tour de France & 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. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (21 July – 23 July 2016) More than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured Saturday in a suicide bombing during a protest in Afghanistan capital Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which seemed to target Harazas -- the third largest population group in the country, the BBC suggests. .@StateDeptSpox on #KabulAttack: The killers responsible for this...

  • Verizon to buy Yahoo core business for $4.8bn – report

    Yahoo's publishing and advertising business has seen much better days, being viewed as an ailing internet icon by many. Now, the New York Times has reported that US network Verizon is stepping in to acquire the core business for roughly US$4.8-billion. The publication, citing "people briefed on the matter", said that Yahoo's shareholders would retain over US$41-billion in investments. These investments include the company's Japanese operations, 3000 patents and the Alibaba internet conglomerate. The sale announcement is expected to take place later today (Monday). Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer won't be retaining the helm, the publication reported, and will most likely receive a severance...

  • Telkom reveals FreeMe: 6 rather attractive mobile data plans

    Telkom Mobile has announced the launch of its FreeMe mobile plan, offering six tiers of pricing. The pricing itself seems reasonable, but there are a number of surprising perks as well. All plans include free SMS messages (limited to 50 per day), zero-rated WhatsApp/Viber/BBM calls (2GB fair usage policy) and free access to over 6000 WiFi hotspots. The two most expensive plans (20GB and unlimited data) also include free calls to any network - albeit limited to only 1500 and 3000 minutes respectively. The other plans feature free on-network calls only, with a fair usage policy of 3000 minutes. Interestingly enough, the plans...

  • #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes takes Twitter by hilarious, misquoted storm

    The unfortunate truth for celebrities or the US presidency's presumptive nominees' wives is that practically any instance of folly will be outlined, dissected and laughed at excessively on the internet. The latest case of this -- after the Kanye vs. Taylor fight earlier this week -- is none other than Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump. At Monday's Republican National Convention, Melania Trump made a speech that, rather ironically, used an almost identical portion of Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention address from 2008. Whoops. Trump released a statement on Twitter suggesting that her "team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations". Statement...

  • Twitter remembers Gugu Zulu as an inspiration, South African role model

    South African racing driver, Gugu Zulu, died early Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimajaro, the continent's tallest peak. Zulu, who was taking part in the Trek4Mandela charity challenge (which aimed to raise money for girls in Africa) with his wife and around 40 others, reportedly "experienced problems breathing" while on the mountain. More details: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip News of his death broke on major South African news channels around 10am SAST. Twitter has since been inundated with words of comfort for Zulu's family and messages of disbelief. His last tweet is also rather chilling. Acclimatization day3 -...

  • South African race car driver Gugu Zulu has died climbing Kilimanjaro

    South African race driver Gugu Zulu has died before the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and wife Letshego were taking part in Trek4Mandela, an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that sees several people climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro," the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced in a statement. The foundation added that not much was known about the circumstances surrounding his death just yet. For the complete story and more info on the tragedy,...