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  • Huffington Post, Media24 team up for HuffPost SA

    A South African edition of the Huffington Post will be coming later this year, courtesy of a deal between the publisher and Media24. HuffPost SA will be the 17th edition and the first one for sub-Saharan Africa, the duo announced in a press statement. "South Africa is an extremely exciting market for the company as internet users there are expected to grow to 35.4 million by 2018, digital video is expected to grow by more than 29%, and overall mobile phone users to 41.5 million," said Jared Grusd, CEO of The Huffington Post in the statement. "On a personal level, I'm particularly...

  • Stream ripping now a bigger issue than illegal downloads

    Torrent groups and downloads have traditionally been the biggest thorn in the music industry's side, but it looks like stream-ripping is the industry's new arch-nemesis According to the Music Consumer Insight Report 2016, over a third of internet users (35%) access unlicensed content on the internet. The report, which was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), found that traditional illegal downloads were waning in favour of stream-ripping. Who needs torrent sites when stream ripping is a thing? "Infringement is changing, with half (49%) of 16 to 24 year olds stream ripping from sites like YouTube," read an excerpt of...

  • Update: Leslie Jones’ website hacked, nude photos released

    Update, 25 August, 10.10am: In light of the hack, Twitter leapt to Leslie Jones' support. But while that included a swathe of her fans, celebrities have also joined in. Using the hashtag #StandWithLeslie, recording artist Katy Perry announced her support late last night. Support also filtered through from recording artist Sara Bereilles, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and comedian Taran Killam, among others. Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️ — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016 Why on earth? Such venom. I'm so sorry @Lesdoggg. It's misplaced sadness and anger and you don't deserve any of...

  • Don’t share it! Spot fake news and images with these tips

    The internet has largely delivered on its promise to revolutionise the way we access information and news in general. Unfortunately, we've also seen the rise of fake news websites, as people share these stories without question. It doesn't have to be this way though, as there are a few things to keep in mind before sharing that article... Google! Publications live and die by their exclusives of course, but it's worth Googling the story for other websites saying the same thing. This is especially true for no-name websites reporting the original news, as opposed to the likes of News24, Forbes, M&G and other prominent publications. Also make sure that...

  • 5 great services and ways to help quell your weekly music craving

    Marilyn Manson once called music "the strongest form of magic", and he's right you know. After all, how else can we possibly survive the week's trials and tribulations? We all have our favourite genres, our beloved artists and our prized playlists, but listening to music often means purchasing a service, or downloading tracks illegally. We don't condone the latter, of course, but there are ways to get your music fix in a fair and free way. Here are some stellar examples. HypeMachine Thanks to its apps (as well as its website), the HypeMachine will keep your feet tapping all day. It trawls the...

  • WWF’s new interactive map visualises South Africa’s current water crisis

    South Africa's experiencing one of its worst droughts this side of the millennium, with water levels in storage systems across the country down around 20% over last year. While crop and livestock farmers are struggling in some areas, municipalities are also facing difficulties keeping growing communities hydrated. With that said, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week launched its Water Risk Filter interactive data set for South Africa -- an interactive map that allows users to visualize various municipalities' water management situations and risks within South Africa. ICYMI We launched the high resolution #waterrisk maps for South Africa today. Check 'em...

  • Game of Thrones meets Pokemon in epic, artistic mashup

    You're probably sick of Pokemon Go by now... aren't you? Well then, sit back for some inspired news. Massively talented Deviantart user Sketch BGI (Kaleb Raleigh) has taken the recent Pokemon craze to the next level. Drawing inspiration from Game Of Thrones' house banners, the artist has created bespoke, and rather epic-looking Pokemon for each. For House Stark, we have a wolf-based Pokemon, while Targaryen has a three-headed dragon as its monster, and Tully, a pretty badass fish. You get the point. Sketch BGI has a number of other Pokemon inspired designs, so be sure to check out their page. For now though,...

  • First Person podcast’s latest episode explores BDSM, sexual empowerment

    Human interest podcasts have really taken off since the likes of NPR's Serial captured listeners back in early 2015. But while Serial focused on a specific person's predicament for an entire season, South Africa's First Person podcast is reworking this format to a more acute and local degree. First Person podcast is the brainchild of Kagiso Media, journalist Marianne Thamm and producer Jayne Morgan. The half-an-hour weekly cast focuses on seemingly ordinary South Africans who harbour curious, tabooed and captivating secrets. And I mean captivating. The podcast's first episode is a good example. Launched late June, it tells the story of...

  • TV is dead…at least as we know it

    Digital has changed everything. Complex algorithms have, whether consumers are aware of it or not, changed the way we consume and engage with content. In an online tango between publishers and consumers, the personalisation of content streams has become so finely honed that the same platform offers hugely divergent content from one user to the next. Consumers have become so used to this new normal that consumption demands are extending beyond the online world into other media. On-demand television is a clear illustration of users losing patience with the old “broadcast to” paradigm, and should provide an early warning system to...

  • Tips for creating great content on a tight budget

    Search 'how to create content that gets results' (or something along those lines) and you’ll be presented with an unending stream of blogs and articles that, in essence, will tell you that ‘your content has to be emotive, information rich and industry relevant’. This is all well and true but most of these blogs and articles neglect to tell you how to do this from a practical perspective, especially when you are a small-to-medium size business with a small-to-medium size marketing budget. Does this mean that content marketing is a game that is reserved exclusively for big brands with big budgets?...

  • 7 online streaming technologies which have improved our TV viewing experience

    Technologies in online streaming have come a long way over the past few years. With the birth of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites we have watched as a wave of television viewing alternatives have vastly improved the way in which we enjoy the tube. From sports streaming apps to virtual reality streaming apps and everything in between, when it comes to TV viewing today there is no shortage of exciting and satisfying means by which we can fill our entertainment void. Here are seven streaming technology that have virtually redefined how we enjoy television today. Not only...

  • ShowMax finally comes to Apple TV, Chromecast

    After more than six months, and the entry of the world's leading incumbent into the South African market, ShowMax is finally available to Apple TV and Chromecast users. The Naspers-owned video streaming service announced the long-awaited updates through a couple of press releases. While some may question why the features weren't baked into the service from day one, the team at ShowMax will be hoping that, together with a crackdown on VPNs such as UnoTelly, they help convince people to move across from Netflix. Apple TV users can access ShowMax by searching for it in the Apple TV App...

  • Ros Atkins: how digital has changed the BBC’s approach to news

    The best news presenters are their authentic selves, no matter which platform they're working on. That was the message from BBC presenter Ros Atkins, who on Thursday addressed the IAB Digital Summit in Johannesburg about the impact digital is having on TV programming, news gathering and reporting. Here goes. About to speak at #DigitalSummit2016 in Joburg. Full house... pic.twitter.com/k9AGR6vySg— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) March 3, 2016 Atkins began his talk with the truism that "we are all digital" now. He suggests that ignoring the influence of digital on news gathering and reporting is a recipe for failure. Acknowledging digital, he said, goes...

  • MailOnline to enter SA market, appoints ad partner

    The world's most visited English-language newspaper website, the Mail Online, is set to enter the South African market as it looks to leverage the large readership it already enjoys in the country. The popular, and frequently controversial, site sits just outside the country's top 50 sites above the likes of Supersport and the BBC. There is plenty, then, for some of South Africa's biggest online pubishers to be scared of. As the publisher looks to expand it's African focus, it's appointed AddSuite -- the Ole Media-owned digital advertising services company offering ad-serving solutions, real-time-bidding, programmatic buying and...

  • You can help turn this Cape Town-made animated trailer into a graphic novel

    A little under a year ago, an animated teaser trailer surfaced on Vimeo. The video, for a project called Kariba, quickly racked up over 250 000 views and made it to the front page of Reddit. This online success led to features in Variety, Animation and the respected industry website Cartoon Brew. Now, with the goal of raising funding for a full-length feature film, the team behind Kariba, Blue Forest Collective, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a graphic novel expanding the story. Set in Zimbabwe, Kariba interweaves history and mythology through an imaginative retelling of the...