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  • Donald Trump’s Friends Day video will move you in unexpected ways

    Thursday this week marked Facebook's 12th birthday and its first inaugural Friends Day. People around the world got the chance to reminisce about some of the experiences they'd had with everyone they're friends with on the social network. It was great for most of us, but what about Donald Trump? That's the question YouTube comedy outfit Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues set out to answer. While we wish we could say that they found the real one, what they ended up putting together is pretty damn entertaining.

  • You can now play a 360 degree game on YouTube

    It looks as if 360 degree videos could be one of the big trends of 2016. Spurred by the consumerisation of virtual reality, these videos are changing the face of film-making as we know it. But the format could also change the face of gaming. Evidence of this potential shift can be found in a video called "Follow the Blue Ball" , which bills itself as YouTube's first interactive 360 game. Read more: Bjork releases a 360-degree music video Utilising YouTube’s 360 degree playback, the video prompts the viewer to follow one of three balls as it...

  • Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s awkward holiday video features Toto, is better than your’s

    So you're one of comedy's power couples. How do you make sure you'll never forget your final vacation before having kids? Well, if you're Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, the answer involves turning the whole thing into a musical tribute to Toto's 'Africa'. Filmed on a trip they took to the Serengeti a couple of years ago (their first child was born in 2013), the video was released earlier this week and already has more than a million views. Read more: Meet Penny Sparrow’s ‘wonderful, thoughtful’ black friends "This was our last trip before having kids. Our sole objective...

  • This SA-filmed VR sci-fi short is worth a watch

    If you've got a dedicated VR device or Google Cardboard on hand, then you might want to take a look at this sci-fi short, filmed and produced in South Africa. Called ATMOS, the short is produced by Rose Lovell and directed by Durban-based director Matthew Nefdt. Filmed on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast, ATMOS is a tale of humanity’s desperate flight from a dying earth and allows viewers to "stand on the shores of another world, discover other life, and explore an alien environment". Read more: Art meets VR in new Joburg exhibition According to the release, "Atmos transports...

  • Meet Penny Sparrow’s ‘wonderful, thoughtful’ black friends

    It's fair to say that there's been more than a little anger and vitriol on South African social media over the past couple of weeks. It comes as relief then to discover that the country's citizens are capable of taking on that rage with honest-to-goodness humour. Video has emerged of Penny Sparrow's -- she of the racist Facebook post comparing black people to monkeys -- "wonderful, thoughtful" black friends. Read more: #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology The video stars young, black urbanites "Xola" and "Khanyise" and explains why Sparrow's posts were totally misunderstood. It also offers valuable...

  • Falcon 9 successfully makes a vertical landing

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully made a vertical landing at Capt Canaveral, Florida on Monday. The craft made its return 10 minutes after launch. Since the launch of the first rocket into space in 1942, these masses of fuel and metal have either crashed, had separate components that would detach, or in extreme circumstances, exploded when it came to landing. There was also the high cost of manufacturing these devices for each use. Previous attempts to launch the rocket resulted in the procedure being aborted and the Falcon 9 exploding in mid-air due to an apparent overpressure event in the upper stage liquid...

  • Are you an Instagram husband? This video shows there’s hope

    Has it been months since you ate a meal at the temperature it was served at? Do you know the perfect filter for that "oh-so-cute" piece of latte art, even though you couldn't actually care less? Can your significant other not walk past an aesthetically pleasing wall without stopping and asking for a photo? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may well be an Instagram husband. Read more: Instagram introduces multiple accounts feature, then takes it down Fear not though; for as the video below shows, you're not alone: A look at the site attached...

  • Watch the new ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer and you can skip the film

    Okay, the headline for this story might be something of an exaggeration, but there's no getting around the fact that the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gives away more than is strictly necessary. Among the things revealed in the trailer are the reasons for the Dark Knight and the son of Krypton fighting, how Jesse Eisenberg manages to be an all powerful super villain, despite the obvious handicap of being Jesse Eisenberg, and the planned setup for the upcoming Justice League franchise (then again, you may well have guessed as much from the film's title)....

  • Memeburn dives into Geek Crate’s first themed box of goodies [video]

    We've previously reviewed Geek Crate's first and second boxes and now it's time to look at its third offering. This is the mystery crate service's very first themed box of goodies, which is centred around Star Wars, and looks to capitalise on the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The themed crates will generally be geared toward a certain geek brand, niche, or series, while still including goodies from other areas. Founders Grant Meeser and Jordan Lambis have yet to state what the next themed crate will be. Geek Crate's initial box received less than stellar reviews and...

  • Amazon rolls out Jeremy Clarkson for Amazon Prime Air promo

    Amazon wants you to know that it's still seriously invested in drone delivery services. How invested? Well it's rolled out former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson to do a promo video showing off how Amazon Prime Air will work in the near future. As Clarkson -- who signed with Amazon after being axed from the BBC -- explains, the ecommerce giant has developed a new delivery drone prototype which combines vertical takeoff with through-the-air flying ability. According to Amazon, the drone featured in the ad can fly up to 15 miles (around 24kms), with promised delivery times of under...

  • Captain America Civil War trailer shows off Black Panther

    Marvel and Disney have been doing an excellent job of interweaving story threads and hints throughout their TV shows and movies. The next big Marvel movie starts a superhero civil war while exploring some of these threads. You may want to watch Age of Ultron before reading any further. In The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron we saw a divide beginning to form between Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America). The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America 3: Civil War, looks to explore that divide. What looks to take place shortly after Age of Ultron, the...

  • Internet, be prepared to be broken again: here comes Adele’s second single ‘When We Were Young’

    Although Adele’s new album 25 is still a few days away from launching, she’s teased out the second single today. It’s called When We Were Young and the version now hitting the interwebs is recorded “Live at the Church”’. The video sees Adele relaxed and in total control, performing with the band and ending with her delightful sense of laid-back, self-deprecating humour. The song was written with Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr, a former bassist for the band The Sessions, who released his first solo album Goon this year. He’s a relative newcomer and not a well established writer but...

  • Sir David Attenborough narrating Adele’s ‘Hello’ is just the best

    Adele's "Hello" is rapidly becoming one of the biggest music singles of all time, with the video racking up more than a million YouTube views an hour on its opening weekend. But what would happen if Sir David Attenborough were to narrate its opening scenes? Fortunately we live in a world where people can make such a thing happen. While making an appearance on BBC's Radio 1, the esteemed broadcaster and naturalist was talked into lending his distinctive voice to the experiment. Read more: Adele’s new single hits 1m plays…an hour The result? Sheer, unadulterated awesomeness.

  • Watch the first trailer for AMC’s ‘Preacher’ adaptation

    Ask anyone who reads a lot of comics about their favourite titles and chances are Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher will appear in there somewhere. It's understandable then that there's been more than a little excitement about Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin's TV adaption. Starring Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer (in yet another example of a British actor playing a protagonist from the American South), the series will flight on AMC. The network is no stranger to comic book adaptations and is also home to The Walking Dead. Read more: You can finally watch the...

  • 10 ways science is working to make the future exponentially better

    There are times when it's difficult to know exactly how to feel about human progress. On the one hand, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that we live a golden age and that as humans we've never had it better. On the other, that progress seems to have set us on a collision path with our own planet. But if the scientists at the forefront of the world's most promising emerging technologies have their way, we'll one day look as backwards as medieval peasants do to us and most of the world's current problems simply won't exist. Read more: Singularity...