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  • Viral Facebook video captures elephant wrecking bakkie in Maputo

    Human beings might be most frequently at the top of the food chain, but we're by no means a match for animals in the wild. Take elephants for instance. These gentle giants often grow to be four-metres tall, and weight nearly 6000kg. That's heftier than five family hatchbacks. With that in mind, a new video of an elephant wrecking a tourist's vehicle in Mozambique's Maputo Game Reserve shows just how puny human machinery really is. Related: Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo The video surfaced on Facebook on 4 July and captures the bakkie driver's perspective of a...

  • Kung fu joins CG animation in the coolest thing we’ve seen today [video]

    Kung Fu is one of those mythical and extremely spiritual things that us human beings can do, along with singing in the shower, roughly kneading dough and creating gorgeous stop-motion computer-generated visualisations. It's the former and latter than come together in this frigidly cool video. Numbers-loving artist Tobias Gremmler decided to take the human (and very mathematically-based) motions of kung fu and translate that into a range of visualisations using a fabric-like sweep of pixels across the screen. It's quite remarkable how gorgeous the interpretation really is. Published on Vimeo two weeks ago, the video has since racked up an impressive 292...

  • Facebook drives video ad strategy by targeting desktop users with games

    As you might know, video on Facebook is massive. With over four billion native videos on the platform every day, the company says that people are uploading, sharing and discovering videos on Facebook more than ever. To boost this number even further and show how effective video advertising can be, Facebook has announced that it will soon be rolling out video ads for desktop. It will do so by focusing on game developers first. About 445-million people who play Facebook-connected games across desktop and mobile every month. For users, this means that video ads of games like Farm Heroes and...

  • Watch this solar-powered plane fly around the world for the first time, in real-time

    You can now follow this solar-powered airplane fly around the world via live video, chat and social media. In an attempt to demonstrate "concrete action for a clean future" and show off how damn awesome solar-powered planes can be, the just Solar Impulse 2 has today taken off from the United Arab Emirates in mission to fly around the globe. According to the BBC, the Solar Impulse was responsible for breaking the record for flying across the States in 2013. This was the first time the world saw a solar-powered plane fly day and night from San Fransisco to New York. The...

  • This dark short film shows that Power Rangers is all about child soldiery

    A fresh yet dark take on the classic Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers saga features North Korea-punching, cussing, child soldiery and some other super controversial issues never really touched on in the original series. Heck, the opening scene involves a guy punching a woman chained to a chair. "We were children, asked to fight an inter-galactic war against an enemy we've never met. Let's stop pretending that our side stood on some moral high ground," says Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek who plays Red Ranger Rocky. He's got the actress, Katee Sackhoff, from Battlestar Galactica tied up to a...

  • Here’s a livestream of a McDonald’s burger ‘decaying’ after 5 years

    There are weird videos on the internet. So this live video of a McDonald's hamburger (and accompanying fries of course) chilling under its plastic container after five years shouldn't come as too big a surprise. Like any unique video out there, there's a unique story of how it came to be. In December 2009 the fast food franchise closed up shop in Iceland. Local patriot Hjörtur Smárason bought a burger from McDonald's to keep... for two freakin' years. Read more: Watch this hungry, hungry hippo torpedo after a speedboat After opening the container up in his garage, to find the...

  • Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer shows Tyrion’s beard, Needle and a wedding [video]

    Game of Thrones Season 5 is nearly upon us. HBO's epic incarnation of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels will be hitting cable, torrent sites and the web in about two months' time. And until then, we can indulge in the trailer below. Apart from Tyrion Lannister's scruffy beard, Arya Stark's deadly Needle and yet another wedding, the short clip is filled to the brim with chilling quotes and scenes. Some include Little Finger's "There's no justice in this world. Not unless we make it." And Khaleesi vowing, "I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm...

  • Watch this hungry, hungry hippo torpedo after a speedboat [video]

    Hippos are the classic stereotypes of fat and lazy. Find them by the lake during an African Safari, and you'll see their round bodies chilling around, sleeping in mud with little birds resting on their heads and so on. Little do some people know, however, is the fact hippopotamusses hippopotami are actually incredibly fast animals, that can reach land speeds of up to 30 km/h. That's more than enough speed to catch up on your average human. And that they do: more than 3 000 people are killed by these amazing creatures each year, making them one of the...

  • ‘Need For Speed’, drone pong and CES: this week’s TGIF video roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? There goes the holidays, am I right? Although most of the working citizens of this world are back to their uncomfortable office chairs staring into their screen for eight hours a day, we don’t want those eight hours to be wholly unproductive. Thanks to the internet, there’s always something more interesting to do in the office, like catch up on this week’s best gadget, gaming and tech videos, for example. Read more on Gearburn. var...

  • Watch Lion’s Head ablaze in this beautiful but haunting timelapse [Video]

    Although we love to braai as a nation, as a city, Cape Town simply loathes fires. Since the dramatic blaze of 2006 that came close to claiming the city centre, and in the end, claimed much of Table Mountain, the city has taken extended measures to prevent wildfires in the hot and windy season of summer. Sometimes even the best human efforts are fruitless in the face of nature. One example was this week's blaze on Lion's Head. It was eventually extinguished in the late hours of 2 December, it left a brown scar on the mountain (and it wasn't best...

  • Watch this incredible robot re-enact a scene from ‘The Karate Kid’ [Video]

    In a recent video from Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company, a robot is shown doing karate. Yup, that's a thing now. This is the same company that made the animal like robots BigDog and Wildcat. The idea that robots will one day replace human beings is ridiculous but not ridiculous enough to immediately dismiss the idea entirely without entertaining it. In the video, the robot called Atlas, balances on one leg on top of cinder bricks and re-enacts a scene from The Karate Kid movie. Though we have seen robots leap over molehills seeing one do karate is...

  • 10 hours walking around as a drag queen, Skyrim character and white man

    Earlier this week Hollaback -- an organisation which works to combat public harassment -- made a video of a woman walking around in New York City in order to demonstrate the amount of verbal abuse taking place on the streets. Using a hidden camera and walking around for 10 hours, the organisation counted over 100 incidents of catcalling, whistling and inappropriate behaviours. While this 2-minute video rallied up over 20 million views in just a few days, it doesn't compare to the amount of controversy it led to all over the web and newsrooms. This included further harassment on both...

  • Kiwi airline safety video goes viral, thanks to The Lord of the Rings of course

    Don't you just hate airline safety instruction videos? A necessary evil, few airlines have managed to make these clips or demonstration bearable to their passengers. Well, Air New Zealand seems to have cracked the code, by making one of the most boring video categories go viral. How did it do this? With The Lord of the Rings, of course. Riding on the fact that movie adaptations of JRR Tolkien's popular fantasy series were filmed in the country, the major airliner uses elves, hobbits, wizards and Uruk-hai to keep you glued to the clip. The airliner notes that the clip was...

  • Goodbye cable? Online video consumption increases by massive 43%

    You, me and virtually everyone else on the internet watching fail videos, Gangnam Style and series like The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, have watched more than 38.2-billion videos in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 43% year-on-year (YOY). That's according to a recent study done by Adobe Software. As noted by VentureBeat, the study scooped up data from over 1 300 media and entertainment properties, including virtually all major ones in the US. From set-top boxes like Roku, Apple TV to our computers and consoles like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, the...

  • Two kangaroos boxing in Australian suburbs is classically stereotypical [video]

    It can't get more Australian than this. On a quiet day on the Central Coast in New South Wales two Kangaroos settled a score on the street, and a human lurking by captured them on video. It is not clear what the gripe is between the two kangaroos and they did not bother to explain themselves either. Perhaps it's about street cred? The video comes without subtitles but we can easily imagine one of them saying: “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” with the other grumbling in a Mike Tyson-like voice. Have a look: For those feeling...