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  • Update: Well Cape Town, now Signal Hill’s on fire

    Update: the fire on Signal Hill has now been contained. It's just been an awful week for nature conservationists, fire fighters and anyone who happens to live near mountainous vegetation. After the huge blaze that tore through much of the deep south, another fire has flared up on Cape Town's Signal Hill. The 350m hill, only a few steps away from the city's central business district, was seen smoldering just before sunset on Friday evening. At present, much of the hill's eastern face is on fire. As a result, Cape Town's citizens have been uploading images of the blaze to the likes...

  • Does Trump actually want the F35 programme or not?

    A few weeks ago, US president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast Lockheed-Martin's F35 fighter jet programme. The programme was slammed for cost overruns and failing to deliver in a few areas, causing Lockheed-Martin's stock to briefly drop. Now, Trump's pick for defense secretary, James Mattis, has said that the president-elect actually supports the programme. According to Defense News, Mattis said Trump just wants "more bang for his buck". "It's not my role to comment on the president-elect's statements except to say that it shows he's serious about getting the best bang for the dollar when it comes to defense dollars, and...

  • Zimbabwe U-turns on steep data, voice tariff hikes

    Zimbabwe isn't having the best of starts to 2017. The country has faced floods, water shortages and even gold falling from the sky, but the latest issue setting netizens' tongues a-wag is the government's data and voice tariff hikes. The country's local telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, issued new minimum price floors to all data providers, which markedly increased the price of all data packages in the country. The increase was initially aimed at addressing the "under-pricing of voice and data services," POTRAZ noted. But thanks to public outcry and social media onslaught, the regulator has gone back on the decision. "I have directed...

  • Snapchat’s interface becomes human-friendly with universal search bar

    There are a few reasons why Snapchat is an absolute painful experience for many. For one, the app's actual user interaction elements like buttons and gestures are vague and confusing. And it doesn't end there. It's also extremely difficult to find content within the app itself. But this could be about to change. According to a TechCrunch report, Snapchat has unveiled a new universal search bar,that spans the top of each and every page on the app. This means that users -- even if they aren't too sure where they are within the app -- can search for friends, specific Stories...

  • Watch as Joe Biden receives highest honor, touching hug from Obama

    Will there ever be a bromance as everlasting and endearing as US Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama? Probably not. As President-elect Donald Trump casts his shadow over the White House, the internet is enjoying its last few days of Biden and Obama's epic bromance. And yesterday, that undeniable mutual respect was taken a step further. In a press conference, President Obama surprised Joe Biden with the country's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden tries valiantly to hold back the tears (and so do we), but to no avail. It's an absolutely beautiful moment. Part of the...

  • Scientists believe the Milky Way is a cosmic thief, home-wrecker

    Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have determined that half of the 11 furthest known stars in the Milky Way were ripped from another galaxy known as the Sagittarius Dwarf. "The star streams that have been mapped so far are like creeks compared to the giant river of stars we predict will be observed eventually," said the lead author, Marion Dierickx, a graduate student at Harvard University in a press release. According to the research, the Sagittarius Dwarf -- just one of the dozens of mini-galaxies that surrounds our Milky Way -- made its way around our galaxy at a point in...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #90: AG Mobile liquidated, Scalebound cancelled & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week -- and for the first time in 2017 -- Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about South African smartphone company AG Mobile shutting its doors, how the Meizu Pro 6 fared in Hadlee's review, as well as Microsoft Xbox One exclusive Scalebound's surprise cancelled. AG Mobile's CEO Anthony Goodman this week confirmed that the company was liquidated The team also touches on cryptocurrency company BitX's re-branding to Luno,...

  • Watch Ed Sheeran slay the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme song

    Ed Sheeran has quickly grown in stature, from your next-door neighbour's kid who strums his guitar into the early hours of the morning, to an A-list celebrity superstar who opens award shows with X-rated jokes. And that's largely because of the former, to be fair. He also spent quite a bit of his youth watching the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, arguably Will Smith's first big break. So, wouldn't it be awesome if the world could somehow join those two together? That's what one Capital FM listener asked while Sheeran was conducting an interview at the London station this week. Never shying...

  • Congrats #SaltBae, you’re 2017’s first awesome meme

    There were some huge stories this week on the internet. If people weren't talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's adorable bromance, or Donald Trump and Jim Acosta's verbal ping-pong, they were probably talking about this Turkish chef. His name is Nusret Gökçe, but his now 1.3-million Instagram followers and hoards of others across the web simply call him #SaltBae. His popularity flared when an Instagram clip of him tenderly carving a steak earned him a ridiculous 3.81-million views in just four days. But while you're probably saying "Sure, Selena Gomez can do that in a single day", does she know...

  • Instagram Stories will soon get full-screen video ads

    If you're one of the 150-million people who use Instagram's Stories feature, you're in for a new surprise this year. Thanks to the feature's popularity, the company will soon feed advertising shorts into various users' Stories. These won't link to any site or app, but will also be easily skippable thanks to a close button in the clip's top right corner. The ads will span between five and 15 seconds in length. The company explained that now seems to be the perfect time to monetise the feature, as around "70% of Instagrammers" follow a business on the network. Users will soon see...

  • Ookla debuts Speedtest desktop app for Windows, Mac OS

    Great news for those of you too lazy to open a web page. Ookla, the company behind popular internet benchmarking tool Speedtest, has this week announced a new Desktop app for Windows and Mac OS users. The company explains that the app's existence is thanks to today's modern world of "text expanders, ordering buttons and digital assistants". The app simply aims to make checking your internet connection speed as quick and easy as this. "By embedding Speedtest on your desktop (and skipping all that typing), we can save you almost all the effort of figuring out your download and upload speeds,"...

  • Adobe’s Photoshop voice assistant can edit snaps for you

    Talking to your electronic devices and telling them what to do isn't new. But while Siri can order an Uber, and Cortana open Microsoft Edge, Adobe's Photoshop voice assistant will be able to tweak your photographs using nothing but voice commands. The company has demonstrated a mobile editing app with an "intelligent digital assistant" that uses voice commands to perform specific tasks. According to Adobe, the "speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service". Adobe's Photoshop-inspired voice assistant could streamline photo editing on...

  • Cape Town’s latest veld fire blankets social media in smoke

    Just when Cape Town thought it saw the last of the fire season last week, Mother Nature has returned with more red hot anger. Veld fires have flared up across the Peninsula this week, including Paarl, the Helderberg and even Rondebosch Common late last night. But a fire which flared up on Simon's Town's Red Hill early Wednesday, has become the latest flare up at the centre of Cape Town's social media attention. Instagram and Twitter have been inundated by users snapping stills and videos of the blaze, which Volunteer Wildfire Services notes has spanned "across the South Peninsula". Simon's Town disappearing behind...

  • #firstdaymemories: 11 tweets that’ll make you miss school all over again

    Can you remember your first day of school? For many, it's a momentous day that can't really be forgotten. For others, it's much better left in the ashes of the mind. For Twitter, the former definitely applies though. Whether they hated or loved their first interaction with their teachers and fellow pupils, South African tweeters took to the social network today to remember their experiences as many of their kids head off on their personal journeys (once again leaving the TV remote in their sole possession). According to Twitter trends aggregator Trendsmap, the hashtag #firstdaymemories began trending in South Africa at...

  • The obvious benefits of winter tyres [Sponsored]

    The benefits of winter tyres seem obvious for the Lapland drivers, but what about the UK ones? What can be your reasons to switch over to winter tyres if you aren’t, actually, legally obliged to do so in the UK and you already have good all-season tyres on your vehicle? The latter is often said to be winter- and summer-ready, but does it mean that having only them is sufficient for any kind of weather and road? Tyre experts from 123engineoil.co.uk told us that although all-season products really perform well on both wet and dry roads and provide a quiet...