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  • Falcon 9 explosion: has SpaceX found cause?

    The explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on a launchpad earlier this year has resulted in SpaceX coming under increased scrutiny. However, the company has been hard at work investigating the cause of the accident, having announced a major update late last week. "Previously, we announced the investigation was focusing on a breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank. The root cause of the breach has not yet been confirmed, but attention has continued to narrow to one of the three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the LOX tank," SpaceX wrote on its website. It appears...

  • Richard Branson praises Pravin Gordhan in Cape Town

    Richard Branson was in Cape Town for the relaunch of the Virgin Money insurance service, but the Virgin mogul had a lot to say about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it would be dropping charges against the politician, with Branson heaping praise on the move. "I just want to say it's wonderful, wonderful news that your Finance Minister has been exonerated today. And I wish it had happened in a week's time, because (of) the low Rand... I'm on holiday here at the moment for a week," Branson told the press conference. Richard Branson spoke highly of...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Uber drivers aren’t self-employed, UK court rules

    In a case that could have far-reaching implications, a UK court has ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed. According to The Guardian, an employment court has ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to a "national living wage". Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam (part of a group of 19 aggrieved drivers), argued that there was "tremendous pressure" to work long hours and that there were "repercussions" for a cancelled ride. "The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30 000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is to our minds faintly ridiculous," the judges were quoted as saying...

  • Turn your Vines into GIFs with GIPHY’s loop conversion tool

    Twitter might be turning its back on content creators, killing its short-loop video tool Vine, but other companies are seeing this death as an opportunity. One such company is GIPHY. The social GIF respository and search engine has launched a new tool that converts Vine loops into GIFs. Taking to Medium, GIPHY explains that it "wanted to add another fun way for loops to live on". "If you have a GIPHY account, you’ll be able to transfer over all of the Vines you’ve created with this new tool we just finished." Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week Twitter, after shedding...

  • Fail Army’s October roundup shows exactly why we’ll miss Vine

    We know, we know. It's Monday so soon again, but it needn't be a slog. Well, at least your haven't tripped and fell into a kiddies swimming pool, or launched your friend head-first into an adjacent wall. Have you? Well, that's what these unfortunate examples of humankind had to deal with this month. In October 2016's Fail Army roundup, the channel documents some of the craziest, funniest and down-right stupid fails of the past 30 days. From guys putting scissors into plug sockets, to others belly-flopping from steep cliffs, and the occasional kitten landing on its courageous little face -- this video...

  • This craft beer parody is all too real to be a parody

    There's no denying that craft beer culture is huge around the world right now. And yes, South Africa is in on the trend, as the country plays host to loads of micro-breweries and craft brews. Like any trendy food/drink following, craft beer culture has its quirks, from obscure beer labels to hole in the wall locations and eco-hipster trappings. Want a good example? Take a stroll up Cape Town's uber-trendy Bree, Long and Loop streets, and you'll quickly understand what this video's getting at. Either way, this video, spotted first by Digg and published by Irish comedy sketch trio Foil Arms and Hog,...

  • Pornhub reportedly buying Vine? Because ‘six seconds is more than enough’

    Adult streaming site  has reportedly offered to buy Vine, after Twitter announced it was scaling down the looping video service. In a letter sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and obtained by CNET, Pornhub vice-president Corey Price says that Twitter could benefit from a sale. "We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like 'Damn Daniel,' 'Awkward Puppets' and many more." Price added that Vines "of porn in six seconds is more than enough time...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #83: starring Xiaomi, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and a brief appearance from Matthew Alexander. We discuss Microsoft's recent Surface announcements and reveals, the new edge-to-edge screened Xiaomi Mi MIX, and Apple's MacBook Pro launch. We also touch on how the world's biggest brands use Facebook. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is playing Battlefield 1 and is not watching anything at the moment. Hadlee is still playing Pumped: BMX on his smartphone. Tweet of the Week: A clever tweets about...

  • Apple’s new TV app is called ‘TV’ because some things never change

    Apple's October event wasn't all MacBooks and iPhone updates. Today, Tim Cook and crew announced a few things for the Apple TV. Chief of which is the company's new TV app simply dubbed TV. No, seriously. It's actually called TV. Even with that uninspiring name, the app is heading to both tvOS (Apple TV) and iOS (iPhone and iPad) for users in the US "by the end of the year", and aims to provide users with a unified viewing experience. It's essentially a digital TV guide, displaying the collated content from all of your video-on-demand accounts -- from HBO to CBS --...

  • Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week

    Twitter, after shedding 9% of its company staff this week, is also shedding Vine. In a blog post published on Medium, "Vine and Twitter" explains that the former will be "discontinuing the mobile app" in a move that almost spells the end for the promising but ailing short video platform. We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS — Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016 The video creation and sharing service, that was bought by Twitter in 2012, was used by consumers and media alike to cover events like the Ferguson uprising of 2014, to the everyday lives of...

  • Qualcomm to acquire NXP Semiconductors (who?) in $47bn deal

    Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has announced that it will acquire NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at a massive US$47-billion. Most of our tech-savvy readers know that Qualcomm is the company behind the all-conquering Snapdragon smartphone processors. But what about NXP? "NXP is a leader in high-performance, mixed-signal semiconductor electronics, with innovative products and solutions and leadership positions in automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing and RF power," the mobile chipmaker wrote in a statement. "...NXP also has leading positions in automotive infotainment, networking and safety systems, with solutions designed into 14 of the top 15 infotainment customers in 2016," Qualcomm added. The Qualcomm decision to...

  • Here’s why Snapchat is Snapchat’s own worst enemy

    It's tough to think of another mobile platform that's enjoyed as much success in as short a time as Snapchat. The service has managed to successfully shed its early reputation as sexting platform number one. In the process, it's transformed into a service that prides itself on being a platform for authentic media-sharing. Who needs carefully shot, crystal clear DSLR snaps when spur-of-the-moment, blurry shots can feel more intimate? Who cares about smooth, 4K video clips when shaky footage happening right now feels more authentic? Or at least that's the thinking... As a result of the app's live nature, it's quickly become a social media icon alongside...

  • Epic Rap Battles pits Trump against Clinton in cuss-filled clip

    The current US race for the White House has never been this entertaining or this frightening. Right in the golden age of social media, the elections have been covered in almost every guise -- from video to parody.  ith the elections just a few days away now, Epic Rap Battles is bringing the two together. Placing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the two duke it out in a much more cuss-infused rap battle, fit with scandal references on both sides, catch phrases and of course, that wall. Speaking of a wall, EPB does seem to side with Clinton in this...

  • Citizen scientists discover intriguing circumstellar disc

    Citizen scientists and professional astronomers have found what could possibly be the oldest known circumstellar disk -- a group of dust and debris that often birth planets and stars. While most planetary discs seem to fade within 30-million years, this particular disc is still going strong. "This particular red dwarf is a candidate member of the Carina stellar association, which would make it around 45 million years old," said team leader Steven Silverberg in a blog post. "It's the oldest red dwarf system with a disk we've seen in one of these associations." This circumstellar disc could be as old as 45-million years The...