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  • This ad lets the world know what Karl Ahari’s been up to lately

    You may have been wondering what Karl Ahari, the second rate magician who starred in what turned out to be ecommerce giant Kalahari's final campaign, has been up to recently. Things have, after all, been pretty quiet on that front. That's a little odd, given the flurry of activity around the merger between Kalahari and Takealot. But if a new ad is anything to by, the merger may well have gone beyond just the corporate structures of the company. After what seems like more than a few lonely nights on the couch, the Kalahari mascot appears to have...

  • YouTube turns ten, throws itself an epic birthday party [video]

    Any other 10-year-old would have their parents organise a birthday party, invite friends, and hire a jumping castle. Not YouTube. On its tenth birthday the Google-owned video platform threw itself a party and released The A-Z of YouTube: Celebrating 10 Years video. Of course it's a video. In May, 10 years ago, YouTube launched in beta. It is unimaginable what the response to it would have been like but nonetheless, today it is the biggest single volt for videos of everything one can think of. YouTube claims Three hundred hours of video are uploaded every minute and has one billion users. Since...

  • Global online video ads seeing double digits, to grow over $13b this year

    The moving pictures on the newspapers in Harry Potter make it all seem so magical, but they're not much different from the animations on the average web page these days -- something we've grown so used to. Yes, we are all glued to our magical digital screens and it's big data for big money. As reported by Streamdaily, global advertising revenue from online video doubled to US$11.2-billion between 2011 and 2014, and will jump to US$13.8-billion in 2015. Let's be honest, the living room is dying, slowly but surely we are starting to surf the web on our TV and now...

  • Delta Airlines uses all the memes for new safety video

    Over the years, we've seen airlines employ a number of interesting tactics to get people interested in their safety instruction videos. Air New Zealand has made extensive use of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit tie-ins. Virgin America meanwhile put together one set to an elaborate song and dance routine which features contortionists, sassy child singers and a rapping pre-teen. And now US-based Delta Airlines has brought together as many memes as possible for its safety video. Everyone from Double Rainbow Guy to Nyan Cat and Overly Attached Girlfriend make an appearance. It's not just memes from recent history...

  • Jay Z takes freestyle swing at YouTube, Apple and Spotify

    For subscribers paying US$9.20 per month (depending on your subscription) for access to Tidal, here is founder Jay Z going 8 Mile on his competitors. I don't want to sound unprofessional, but this seems like the start of a smear campaign if I have ever seen one. Reported by Time, Jay Z has been making some statements on Twitter about Tidal and why it's riding a wave of success, or so he says. Jay Z seems to be all about the artist and the music, his rap seems to highlight the big corporates as the current big fish and now the...

  • Google, university researchers create astonishing timelapses from stock photos

    There are millions upon millions of stock photos available online and many of them are of the same places. That makes sense. After all, if a place is photographed regularly by ordinary people, chances are there will be plenty of people looking for photos of those places. That's great, but what if you could do something really cool with those photos? Well Google, together researchers from the University of Washington, has managed to do just that. The two have teamed up for a project that gathers stock photos from around the web and stitches them together, based on when...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • Boobs, cats, anything: Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues give a lesson on going viral

    If you've ever worked in the creative department of a digital marketing agency, chances are you will have had a client ask you to make something "go viral" at some point. Now the traditional advice when someone asks that is to tell them that going viral is something that happens spontaneously and which is beyond your control. If satirical duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues are to be believed however, that's a load of crock. All you need are boobs, kittens, a song about anything. The latest video from the group sees them giving fictional rock band STONE...

  • Gamers go vigilante as hacker’s character sentenced to suicide

    Light the torches, sharpen your pitch forks and say hello to death sentences for all online game hackers. A player who has been reeking havoc upon the Guild Wars 2 players was recently stripped, lead onto a high bridge and forced to jump to his digital death below. I have heard of human heads courtesy of the Mexican drug cartel but this is a message if I have ever seen one. Take a gander at the video link posted by the security team leader -- link below. DarkSide - the hacker's character's name, was using a series of...

  • SA comedian, banking giant ask you to #RespectYourMamma

    Barring the odd exception, it's probably pretty fair to say that we all love our moms. How is it then that "your mamma" jokes are still a thing? Wouldn't it be better if we, say, flipped them around and showed a little respect? That's the question asked by a new Mother's Day campaign from South African banking giant Absa. Rather than getting South Africans to tell "your mamma" jokes, the bank has challenged the South African Twittersphere to flip them on their head and say something nice about their mothers. The people who tweet the best "mompliment", as the...

  • New Fantastic Four trailer is dark, very dark

    Of all the properties in the Marvel universe, the Fantastic Four is probably the one that's had the hardest time getting into movie-goers into theaters. The latest reboot of the series aims to change that, starting with a much younger cast and a retooled origin story. And if the most recent trailer for the film is anything to go by, then the changes may well have worked. Read more: 25 geeky movies you can look forward to in 2015 Reed Richards as young prodigy undoubtedly works better than as a greying middle-aged man. It also means we get to see...

  • ZANews’ Game of Thrones parody is bang on the money

    With the latest season of Game of Thrones hitting screens around the world, it was almost inevitable that a fresh round of parodies would follow. One of the best we've seen so far comes from South African satire site ZANews. In the video, the puppet versions of South Africa's political elite play out the Game of Cronies. It's a game that plays out in the "Cape of no Hope", "Nkandlaville", and "Darknessfell" and in which "you win or you die". There is no middle ground. Unless you're Jacob Zuma, that is. In which case you keep on winning. Julius...

  • A new hope? Latest Star Wars trailer is what every fan was hoping for

    It's been a very long time since the world's geeks were this excited about a single thing. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it looks incredible. There's a dramatic monologue courtesy of Luke Skywalker, who also gets an intimate campfire scene with R2D2, Darth Vader's helmet and, most importantly, Han Solo and Chewbukka reuniting with the Millennium Falcon. At a special event celebrating the launch of the new trailer, director JJ Abrams and LucasFilm executive Kathleen Kennedy also revealed some details about a few of the new characters. That spherical droid from the first teaser...

  • Using cars, a daughter delivers a message to her dad in space

    There are many options for getting in touch with your loved ones, ranging from the ancient to the hyper-modern. If they're in space however, some of those options are still available, but somewhat more limited capacity. Just because you can make a video call to someone in space, doesn't mean you shouldn't occasionally engage in the odd grand gesture. And that's exactly what the 13-year-old daughter of one astronaut, in conjunction with Hyundai, decided to do. The Korean car maker teamed up with Stephanie so she could tell her dad, who is at the International Space...

  • This company compares its investment strategy to the Rumble in the Jungle

    In the pantheon of great sporting occasions Mohammed Ali's epic 1974 fight against George Foreman stands tall. Known as "The Rumble in the Jungle", the fight saw Ali appear to take a beating from Foreman for several rounds. Once he'd worn Foreman out however, Ali began to fight back and knocked him out in the eighth round. And if financial group Sanlam is to be believed, that's the approach we should all be taking to investment too. In its latest ad, the company goes back to Kinshasa in the DRC, where the fight took place. Recounting its biggest moments...