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Weird Al’s ‘Happy’ parody is fueled by celeb cameos, tacky awesomeness

Weird Al Tacky Unless you've been hiding in a sealed underground bunker, Pharrell Williams' ridiculously catchy song "Happy" has probably wormed its way into your brain at some point over the past few months. Once it does so however, there are only two real courses of action you can take: accept it and walk around grinning until you drop dead from sheer exhaustion or listen to the hours of Swedish Black Metal it takes to dislodge it. Fortunately there is now a third ...

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Bon appétit: 7 of the greatest French cars ever made

citroen-ds The automotive world is quite indebted to the French's brilliance. Without their ingenuity, the car would probably still be rolling around on wooden wheels with sticks acting as primitive steering. From breakthrough concepts like drum brakes, catalytic converters, rubber tyres and the original steam-engined tricycle, the French have also produced some stellar cars in their time. Although many don't see it that way. All auto manufacturers are ashamed of that one ugly ducking that left the production line when heads were turned. ...

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South Africans mourn Nadine Gordimer on Twitter

Nadine Gordimer Celebrated South African author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer died today at the age of 90. Gordimer was not just a writer but a political activist whose works were banned during Apartheid. According to reports, the author died in her sleep last night. "She was 90 years old, will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends and literary colleagues," her family said in a statement. Since the new broke, South Africans have flocked to social media to express their thoughts and ...

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IOL gets hacked, posts streams of random retweets

IOL Things went very badly wrong for South African media outlet IOL on Twitter today. Without warning, the group started retweeting from an apparently random selection of accounts, suggesting that it had either been deliberately hacked or had fallen prey to a malicious bot. Fortunately for the online publisher, the hack appeared not to allow posters to post directly from its account, but the kind of stuff it was retweeting was hardly going to help its reputation. Indeed, it didn't ...

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Few options, bad habits: legitimate video streaming in SA’s uphill battle

Pirates All habits are difficult to break, but the bad ones especially so. Once we get used to doing something, it’s hard to change our behaviour, even when alternatives come along, and even if they’re better. This is one of the challenges streaming video services will have to contend with when they eventually land in South Africa – savvy South Africans have long since found workarounds to access legitimate international services, or illegal, free alternatives. That’s not to say there won’t be ...

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review: the great desktop pretender

Thinkpad-lead-option-two Lenovo's enormous ThinkPad Tablet 2 calls itself the true business tablet. But as in Game of Thrones, there's always "one true king" trying to claim that illustrious iron throne. How does it perform, who's it for and what's a ThinkPad? There's only question you need to ask though, is this 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet worth your time? What I liked Lenovo's made a big, strong tablet that can easily withstand the daily knocks of life. My general tablet routine has me throwing ...

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Your social media schedule: it’s about more than sending out posts at the right time

Clock Do you know where to find your target audience on the social web? If you are into social media marketing, I'm sure you have seen this question many times on presentations, videos, infographics, blog posts, articles, and books related to social media. Social media is still very new to many and somewhat of a game. You publish a new update or blog post and then visit a specific social media channel in the hopes of connecting with some of the best ...

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Big data toting Germans get some big Twitter numbers with World Cup win

wctotaltweetsfinal_Total_Tweets As the 2014 World Cup kicked off, we told you about how the Germans were making use of big data tools as they sought to claim football's ultimate crown for the fourth time. A month later, they had managed just that thanks to an extra time goal by substitute Mario Gotze. Along the way, they managed to cause some serious Twitter traffic. The final itself saw 32-million tweets, with Gotze the most mentioned player on the German side and, unsurprisingly, ...

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The German football team really, really likes their World Cup trophy

ozil In case you didn't know, Germany (after a three tournament attempt) has finally clinched the deal and taken the FIFA World Cup trophy home. This team that has come so close in previous years has finally done it and all of Germany rejoiced. After such a long wait, it is understandable that the German team would react emotionally to the win. We didn't realise they would get this emotional. Thing is, they loved winning so much that the trophy seems ...

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Old enemies, new monsters: the new full length Doctor Who trailer is out

Doctor Who trailer We were left with the last glimpses of Matt Smith and newcomer Peter Capaldi's creepy eyes at the end of the last season, and it seems the wait will be worth it. Yep, the full-length official trailer for the BBC's Doctor Who is out, and it provides a glimpse into an eighth season which looks dark and exciting. Come August 23, the sci fi series will kick off again with a new lead character, with Capaldi taking the role of the ...

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