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All posts tagged "YouTube"

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • YouTube reportedly ditching long, unskippable ads

    YouTube's in-video advertising will undergo a transformation in the coming months, this according to a new report by Campaign. The report suggests that the Google-owned video powerhouse is looking at a new advertising strategy, and will ditch its 30-second unskippable ad format looking instead to more user-friendly, bite-sized ad snippets. The company has "decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," according to a Google spokesman quoted by Campaign. According to a new report, YouTube will be ditching longer advertisements on its platform in favour of more...

  • Totally fake: the false Cyclone Dineo news you should know about

    Yes, Cyclone Dineo is an actual storm. Yes, it also made landfall in Mozambique and is tracking in a westerly direction over northern South Africa, southern Mozambique, and southern Zimbabwe. It's also slowly losing intensity, but is dropping plenty of rain. While those sentences are all factual, there are some examples of fake news floating around social media today. In this article, we'll take a look at what's false, what's absolute nonsense, and what you should do if you encounter any of these online. Memeburn's Cyclone Dineo coverage: - Dineo’s dangerous siblings: 4 other cyclones that hit South Africa this century - Tropical Cyclone...

  • #HurtBae leaves South Africans deep in their feelings

    Forget #SaltBae and #ThePeoplesBae, South Africa has found a new bae to fawn over. In a YouTube video released by The Scene, two exes sit face-to-face to discuss why they broke up. Kourtney and Leonard dated while they were in college and throughout their relationship he slept with "countless" other women. In the video, they discuss how their romance blossomed and the break up that followed. Kourtney would go through his phone, questioning his conversations with other women. He admitted to his infidelity and promised he'd change. He didn't, and she eventually walked in on him and another woman. She said she still...

  • Ghost in the Shell official trailer: a shell of its former self?

    Paramount Pictures released the official Ghost in the Shell trailer Monday, dismaying many with apparent plot changes and the casting of Scarlett Johansson. The trailer features stunning visuals with CGI that rivals all major blockbusters, but many fans likened the plot to that of Robocop. "It's a perfect interpretation to the anime on a visual aspect, but spiritually it seems to be going somewhere else," comments YouTube user The Human Robot. Ghost in the Shell might look impressive, but YouTubers aren't best pleased with the plot Doyle Harken comments that the "brainy" aspects of the original anime seem to be diluted for the sake of an easy plot...

  • Someone turned Donald Trump’s tweets into a beautiful emo song

    From YouTube channel Super Deluxe comes your new favourite emo song for when you're feeling that presidential teen angst. Picking up on the number of complaints Trump has tweeted post-election despite winning, the team "noticed that @realdonaldtrump's tweets are basically the lyrics to an early 2000s emo song." Super Deluxe posts everything from makeup tutorials to compilations of politicians avoiding questions, but this time they've likened Trump's tweets to the angry teenager who stomps into their room, slams their door and flips their fringe after a long day of no one understanding them. Donald Trump as an angst-filled teenager is the hilarious vision of Super Deluxe YouTube channel The channel...

  • Update: Now YouTube scares PewDiePie by dropping his show

    Hours after Disney announced they would no longer be affiliated with PewDiePie (AKA Felix Kjellberg), YouTube announced that they had cancelled his show and removed him from its premium advertising program. Last month, Kjellberg released a video that was both antisemitic and abusive. Paying for young Indian men to hold a sign reading "Death to All Jews", the millionaire claimed he meant to highlight how far people will go for US$5. Disney's Maker Studios were involved in the production of his YouTube Red show Scare PewDiePie, in which Kjellberg is placed in game-like situations meant to frighten him. The second season had been...

  • Disney ditches YouTube star PewDiePie over antisemitic videos

    Disney announced yesterday that they would no longer be working with Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie -- real name Felix Kjellberg -- after it was revealed that he had paid two men to pose with hateful imagery in the name of a joke. In mid-January, Kjellberg used an app called Fiverr that allows users to pay five dollars for anything to pay two Indian men to hold up a sign reading "Death to All Jews". The men claimed that they did not understand the term "Jews" and so were ignorant as to what they were promoting. Kjellberg was not able to make the same...

  • Beyonce sued for sampling Messy Mya: the YouTube legalities explained

    Both YouTube and Beyonce have had a busy start to the month. That trend is seemingly set to continue, at least for the latter. While just a few days ago she was celebrated on Instagram, Beyonce is reportedly being sued for using vocal samples from a deceased YouTuber in her track Formation without permission. Voice clips from social media celebrity Messy Mya's video, Booking The Hoes From New Wildin, is used within the first ten seconds of the Lemonade track by producer Mike WiLL and Queen B. Another sample of another Mya clip can be heard around the minute mark. The three-times...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • This Skittles-sorting machine is 2017’s most important invention

    As a kid, I'd often spend a few minutes after cracking open a box of candy to sort the colours individually, but thankfully, my children won't have to go through that turmoil. As luck and technology would have it, the world now has a Skittles-sorting machine of the highest degree, thanks to YouTuber and tinkerer Willem Pennings. Spotted by TechCrunch, the machine rather efficiently sorts through the various colours of Skittles (or M&Ms), plopping each distinct colour into their own little bowls. No human intervention is required. Never will your Skittles or M&Ms be jumbled again, thanks to this invention According to...

  • This crazy Bedfordview hijacking video has gone viral on SA YouTube

    A new clip published to YouTube this week shows just how dangerous parking your car in South Africa can be. The clip in question documents an attempted hijacking in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, and it looks like it could be a deleted scene in Taken. A Mercedes driver pulls into a driveway in the suburb, and is greeted by a security guard. But it soon gets a little bit too real. A blue Volkswagen Golf pulls up behind the Mercedes, drops off a passenger, and promptly pulls away. The passenger, seemingly innocuous at first, pulls out a gun, causing the security guard to...

  • Bad Lip Reading gives hilarious voice to Trump’s inauguration

    Bad Lip Reading is an iconic YouTube channel. The team of tricksters turn seemingly mundane pop culture clips into pure, utterly awkward hilarity. And it's latest victim is, unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump's inauguration. The channel isn't shy of spoofing inaugurations either, with Obama getting the treatment back in 2013 (how can we possibly forget that Beyonce performance). But largely thanks to the US's top political families' awkward chemistry, this clip is even more cringe-worthy. The Trumps, Bushs, Obamas and Clintons all awkwardly star in Bad Lip Reading's latest clip Taking a look at Trump's entire big day -- from the presidential...

  • Are these the best Disney character impressions you’ve ever heard?

    We all have that one member of the family who believes that their Donald Duck impression is absolutely, undeniably accurate. But we also know that's not true. If anyone can lay claim to this, it's Brian Hull. The American impressionist decided to test his skills at the beating heart of Disney itself -- Disneyland Florida -- in front of the actual characters themselves. "I always wondered, how the Disney characters at the park would react to my impressions, and they didn't disappoint," Hull notes on the video description. Speaking like Disney's Donald Duck to the actual Donald Duck is a dream few...