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  • #FearFokol is trending on Twitter thanks to Julius Malema

    Twitter is going to be the mouthpiece of many South Africans tonight, as President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation Address. For one particular EFF member dubbed Julius Malema, this especially rings true. Malema, the leader of the second-biggest opposition party in SA, tweeted a short but rather quaint hashtag earlier today, reading simply as #FearFokol. This translates from Afrikaans slang to "fear nothing". While Malema hasn't clarified exactly what he is referring to, we could make a few postulations. For one, around 440 troops will be deployed around Parliament today in Cape Town, during Zuma's address. Many believe that...

  • Watch the controversial Netflix trailers shaking the web

    Netflix is no stranger to going against the grain. They take stories that other studios wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole and turn them into cult phenomena. But could they take that autonomy a step too far? Yesterday, Netflix released multiple teasers and date announcements on its YouTube channel -- sparking outrage by some on Twitter. The teaser for Dear White People stars a young college student detailing what is acceptable costuming for white people on Halloween, removing herself (and blackness) from the list. Right-wing Americans took to Twitter to express their anger, and called for all to cancel their Netflix...

  • ShowMax Select is now available in South Africa

    ShowMax, on the back of its SEACOM announcement last month, has today revealed a new partnership with Vodacom. The company, alongside the telecoms giant, is bringing its mobile-centric ShowMax Select service to South Africa. The service, which focused on distributing local content to mobile devices, debuted in Kenya last year. "Available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis, ShowMax Select is a new internet TV service designed for use on smartphones and tablets," the company explains in a press release. ShowMax Select is the company's mobile-first, hyper-local streaming offering that debuted in Kenya in 2016 The service will be charged as an...

  • Facebook one step closer in quest for original content

    Facebook has been dropping heavy hints that they intend to prioritise original content in the near future, and have had no shame in picking up TV executives on their way. MTV executive Mina Lefevre announced Wednesday that she would be joining Facebook as Head of Development, teaming up with Ricky Van Veen (of former CollegeHumour fame). This isn't the first sign that the platform will be pushing for original video. On 26 January, Facebook announced that they would be placing a greater emphasis on longer videos in the News Feed. The company included "percentage completion" to their algorithm -- determining a...

  • UberEATS expands to five more Cape Town suburbs

    UberEATS, after launching in Cape Town's central business district and surrounds in late January, has now announced its expansion into the city's Southern Suburbs. Initially serving only the Atlantic Seaboard, the city centre and the city's eastern edge, the company will today expand into five new suburbs. Newlands, Rondebosch, Claremont, Bishopscourt and Mowbray will now be serviced by UberEATS, the company revealed in a newsletter. This is obviously a welcome move for both Uber and its potential customers in this area, as it can also now be regarded as a Mr D Food and OrderIn competitor. Mr D Food, which also relaunched in...

  • President Jacob Zuma can’t wait for SONA 2017 tonight

    South Africa's annual State of the Nation Address, or SONA, will be given by the country's president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town later today. For Capetonians, that means awful traffic congestion leading out of the city. For South Africans, this means an annual update on the government's countrywide plans. Regarding the latter, it seems that President Zuma just can't wait to talk to his citizens. The South African Government's official Twitter account posted an update earlier today, featuring a 16 second clip of Zuma expressing his excitement to address the nation. "Today we are looking forward to the State of the Nation...

  • Over 200m people are now using Facebook Lite

    Around 1.8-billion people now use Facebook on a monthly basis, but what about Facebook Lite? The social media giant has today announced that over 200-million people are using the Lite version of the app monthly, which aims to cater for lower-bandwidth areas of the globe on cheaper, less powerful devices. "While we continue to make all Facebook apps a great experience, we heard from people they want an even more lightweight option," the company states in a press release. Facebook Lite is only available for Android devices at present "To help make sure everyone can have a great Facebook experience regardless of where...

  • Trump hands Twitter a gold mine with ‘Easy D’ tweet

    It should be obvious by now that everything US President Donald Trump tweets will be nitpicked and ridiculed for as long as it takes him to tweet again. Luckily for Twitter though, no one in his administration has rescinded his Twitter privileges just yet. Donald Trump outdid himself last night, tweeting something as cryptic as it is riddled with penis joke opportunities. In an attempt to criticise how long judges are taking to rule on the oral hearing that happened Tuesday, Trump claimed the decision should be "EASY D!" Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people...

  • Introducing Snapchat, the new frontier in storytelling

    Most people know Snapchat as the social network for watching people you only slightly care about play around with filters you really don't care about. While that may be all some people see, young innovators are recognising it as a platform to tell stories. Because, heck, that's what the feature is called, right? The first ever Snapchat movie premiered in June last year. Sickhouse was sadistically conceived by Hannah Macpherson, who saw an opportunity to merge creation and distribution methods in one foul swoop. Pairing up with YouTuber Andrea Russett, Macpherson used the social media starlet's Snapchat account to slowly lure...

  • Watch John Wick’s dog kick major ass in ‘Dog Wick’ trailer

    Okay, so John Wick is a pretty great flick about a man's deep, unyielding love for his dog. But what about Daisy's love for John? When the tables are turned and (spoilers) John is killed in the end, would Daisy hunt down the mobsters and avenge her fallen human? You damn right she would. In a spoof trailer created by YouTube's RocketJump team, the bad guys kill John Wick's dog's human, which in this universe is one thing you definitely don't want to do. Dog Wick is the movie all dog and action movie lovers know they want Featuring hand guns, high-explosives, and...

  • Twitter is cracking down on harassment again with ‘low-quality replies’

    Twitter never seems to get it right when it comes to online safety on its platform. The site has fought many a battle against users worried they aren't doing enough to combat hate speech and harassment. After implementing a few changes in November, the site this week announced that it has rolled out even more in an attempt to create a safer platform for all. The changes implemented include safer search results (which will no longer feature blocked or muted accounts), as well as keeping "low-quality replies" away from the top of threads. The bulk of the criticism lobbied against the...

  • YouTube mobile livestreaming coming to your phone ‘soon’

    Following in Facebook and Twitter's stead, Google's video behemoth YouTube has announced that it has begun rolling out mobile livestreaming to select creators. It's a big move for the company, which hasn't really focused on the mobile broadcasting space, a space in which it's constantly losing ground to the likes of Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope. The company notes that YouTube mobile livestreaming will be built into the mobile app itself, negating the need to install two different apps. An in-app capture button will be used to kick off the livestreaming process. YouTube notes that these livestreamed clips will also have the "same...

  • Real-life Nathan Drakes turns Hong Kong’s past into playgrounds

    A self-proclaimed "band of visual creators and storytellers" have taken it upon themselves to tell the story of abandoned buildings and spaces in Hong Kong. HK Urbex is a group of urban explorers who seek to show a side to the densely populated territory that many don't realise exist. "The contrast is surreal," Ghost -- a pseudonym -- tells CNN. He's describing the disparity between an abandoned hospital and the non-stop financial district of Hong Kong. An anonymous member describes in a TedX talk how they were inspired by gaming. "Growing up in the nineties," he says, "I was a huge fan of...

  • Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s to receive smart cabin lighting system

    The Airbus A350-900 is a gorgeous piece of aircraft engineering, but for Lufthansa, its sculpted wingtips just weren't enough. The German airliner has announced that it will install a novel creature comfort in its cabins, giving passengers variable lighting settings that mimics light on the ground. This system, which will use LEDs, will aim to alleviate the stress on passengers' biorhythms when crossing timezones. "With the introduction of Lufthansa's new A350-900, it has now for the first time become possible to work with and fit with the biorhythms of the passengers by providing the right type of light at the right...

  • Major tech leaders oppose Trump’s travel ban

    Nearly 100 companies, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief against US President Donald Trump's travel ban late Sunday night. The companies believe that the ban precluding citizens of seven Muslim countries from the US will incentivise companies to move jobs outside of the US. "The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for US companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world's best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations," the brief states. Surprising additions to the list of dissenters are Tesla and SpaceX -- both owned by Elon Musk, a member of Trump's business advisory council....