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  • Uber SA goes on charm offensive, celebrates UberHeroes

    Uber South Africa wants you to know that its partner drivers aren't just drivers, they're heroes. No seriously, the app has released a video showing off some of the most inspiring stories to have emerged from those partner drivers since its South African launch. Accompanying the video is a blog post explaining how it has benefited individual drivers and their families. The examples come from each of the three cities it currently operates in (Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg) and include a former security guard who now employs five other drivers, as well as a driver who was able...

  • Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies

    We already know that Microsoft's Windows 10 launch is set to have a little more of the human touch than its previous efforts. On Sunday, the Redmond-based giant gave the first indication of how it plans to do convey that in its advertising. The latest ad for the new Microsoft OS, which launches on 29 July features babies, lots of babies. It's pretty confident in its tone too, predicting that all the kids featured in the ad "will grow up with Windows 10." Given the way iOS and Android have flourished over the past few years, it's fairly safe...

  • Apple’s new iPhone ad is a snarky swipe at its competitors

    Apple has released a new iPhone ad and it is properly passive aggressive. The 30 second spot, released on Sunday, shows off the millions of apps available on the app store, claiming that they turn your iPhone "into just about anything". It's an interesting move, but hardly unexpected given the recent attention Apple's been heaping on the app store. In the wake of WWDC for instance it released a video claiming that its app store is more important than the industrial revolution. Still, the tagline -- "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" -- does seem a little obvious....

  • Aussie surfer Mick Fanning fends off shark in epic clash of species

    When surfers take on sharks in their natural habitat, it's usually the wave riders who come off second best. Apparently though no one told Australian surfer Mick Fanning that. While Fanning was competing at the JBay Open today, a shark suddenly attacked the surfer, dragging him underwater. In response, Fanning punched the shark before paddling to safety. The Aussie surfer was competing in the finals of the annual competition, held off the waters of Jeffrey's Bay in the Eastern Cape. "I was just cruising, just waiting for my turn, my opportunity," he said. "I felt like I was just about to start moving, start...

  • Nostalgia fuel: 5 reboots of geeky TV shows about to hit our screens

    One of the latest global trends is that of bringing back old shows and movies with new TV shows. These new ‘resurrections’ are a continuation of old storylines, which is a plus for viewers wanting to pick up where things dropped off, though some a few decades down the line. Viewers are already swamped for choice when it comes to television. Fans clamour for new episodes of Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, and The Walking Dead. Even with these ratings-behemoths, studios don't seem to be satisfied with the numbers they're pulling in. Okay, I'm probably being too hard on the...

  • Watch the first episode of The One Rand Family

    Sanlam has released the first video for the sequel to its multi-award winning One Rand Man series. After tweeting out a teaser image last week, the financial management company has unveiled The One Rand Family. The family of four is made up of Sbu (the father), Londiwe (the mother), Njabulo (the entrepreneurial son), and Anaya (the infant) child and, by all appearances, are incredibly wealthy. Like their predecessor, they have to survive an entire month using only one rand coins (although with both parents working in high level jobs, the pile seems considerably larger). Also like their predecessor, they...

  • Sherlock special returns to Victorian England, is knowingly self-referential

    It's been a good while since fans of the BBC series Sherlock had anything to cheer about. It has, after all, been more than a year since the end of Season 3. Small wonder then that the internet has erupted in a flurry of excitement at the launch of a trailer for the upcoming special. This isn't Sherlock as we know it though. Far from the contemporary reinterpretation that turned Benedict Cumberbatch into a household name, the special takes Holmes, Watson and all the regular cast members back to their Victorian roots. And no that doesn't mean show creator...

  • Jack Black looks completely awesome in first Goosebumps trailer

    Hey nineties kid, Hollywood is making yet another play for your nostalgia fueled dollars. Sony Pictures yesterday released a trailer for the big screen adaptation of RL Stine's young adult horror series Goosebumps. While the books may have had you quivering under your duvet as a kid, the film looks to be more about getting laughs while giving a self-referential nod to the books. Starring Jack Black as RL Stine, Goosebumps sees big city kid Zach Cooper (played by Dylan Minnette) upset at moving to a small town. Things start to look up when he meets the beautiful girl...

  • Fassbender appears to channel inner psycho in new ‘Steve Jobs’ trailer

    Universal Pictures has released the latest trailer for its Steve Jobs movie, starring Michael Fassbender and written by Aaron Sorkin. And by the looks of things, the former has no intention of glossing over Jobs' negative traits. The film, set to launch in theaters on 9 October, is based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography and follows three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Despite having the most authoritative source material, the Danny Boyle vehicle has been the Steve Jobs biopic beset with the most problems. Read more: Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs...

  • GoPro films massive Great White shark trying to munch its way into a cage

    Never will you be more petrified than when a three-meter shark tries to munch its way into your little underwater cage all the way out in the ocean. Think about it. A couple of tourists off the coast of South Africa's Mossel Bay recently captured a very hungry -- perhaps teething Great White shark -- on video, doing just that. Shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle, the animal attacks the metal shark cage's buoy as if a pork chop, or in his case perhaps a juicy, salty seal. As terrifying it may be, we're almost sure that the shark's...

  • This Samurai Jack fan tribute will get devotees seriously excited

    It's been 11 years since there was last a new Samurai Jack episode. And there's no clear sense of when, or even if, the film adaption (in the works since 2002) will make it onto theater screens. So for now, the best fans can do is read the comics, or watch this fan tribute to the time-travelling swordsman over and over again. Created by YouTube user avemagnadude, the video is short but neatly encapsulates the spirit of the series. There's are a few other geeky treasures too, including the decision to use “Know they Enemy” by Creative Assembly &...

  • Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explode in mid-air

    Space X's Falcon 9 programme has had its first ever failure. Two minutes and 19 seconds after taking off on Sunday, a Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station exploded in mid-air. The rocket was carrying cargo and no humans were aboard. As The Verge notes, this is the first time a Falcon 9 has failed in 18 missions. According to the US-based tech news site, the launch was also intended to serve as a third test in SpaceX's quest to make a reusable rocket. Three minutes into the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9...

  • Snapchat wants you to know it’s very, very serious about ads

    This has an air of inevitability about it. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel has released an infomercial aimed at showing advertisers just how serious it is about advertising. The ephemeral social network first started dabbling with advertising late last year, causing some fairly some of its users to freak out. Since then, it's made a number of strides in appealing to advertisers. And now Spiegel wants you to know that Snapchat's ads are better than everyone else's. Why? Well, for the most part it seems to boil down to the fact that they fill up the entire screen. In all...

  • Record-holding US$511m Jurassic World gets even better…with dachshunds

    Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg and created in our prehistoric nightmares, has captivated audiences since 1993. The four movies are set on a series of islands located off the coast of Costa Rica. Through DNA trapped in fossilized mosquitoes and filling in the gaps with reptile genes, scientists are able to play all masterful creator and create their own dinosaur-filled theme park. The most recent movie, Jurassic World, set a record at the box office, making US$511-million world wide on its opening weekend. A hybrid dinosaur is bred in the labs but manages to escape, obviously, which turns into a...

  • Bjork releases a 360-degree music video

    Bjork's retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art has come to an end. The reviews have been mixed, one described it as "light on analysis and heavy on gimmick" but the exhibition may well be the catalyst for the music video takeing a giant leap into another universe. Even with the mixed reviews of the exhibition, the one great thing that has come from the exhibition is a futuristic music video like no other. The video is for a song for titled 'Stonemilker'. The song is from Bjork's new album, Vulnicura. The video is a 360 degree...