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  • Aussies struggle to watch World Cup after Optus’s streaming goofs

    While loadshedding has caused many South Africans to miss World Cup games this year, Australian fans aren't having it much better. Australia's World Cup coverage is reportedly so bad that the country's prime minister himself logged a complaint with the exclusive broadcaster's CEO on Monday. Judging by chatter on Twitter, telecoms firm Optus has been facing streaming issues including timeouts, long buffer times, and dead connections since the tournament began last week. And fans took to Twitter to voice their annoyance. This is the third day in a row! We are sick of the apologies and guarantees, you need to give the...

  • Hi again loadshedding: Eskom’s really unfunny meme is back in South Africa

    Four years ago, the World Cup was disrupted by loadshedding as Eskom struggled to maintain juice in its electricity grid. Last night, as the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia, loadshedding once again reared its ugly head. The electricity utility was forced to implement loadshedding after its workers downed tools Thursday. By Thursday evening, some areas -- namely the large metropolitan areas of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg -- were forced to switch off the power to some suburbs. 🔊🔊🔊#Loadshedding Alert : Block 6 Chatsworth and Shallcross are currently without power until 20:00 tonight. Newlands, Verulam and Umhlodti will be switched...

  • Robbie Williams (and his World Cup middle finger) spikes Google Search traffic

    If you were expecting Will Smith to open the 2018 World Cup in Russia this evening, don't worry, we were too. Instead a British pop singer from the 1990s named Robbie Williams appeared like a legendary Pokemon to sing some of his hits from yesteryear. It was a tad odd, considering that "Rock DJ", one of four tracks he performed from the beginning of this millennium, is now old enough to legally order an alcoholic beverage in South Africa. His other tracks aren't any younger. To make matters even worse, he kind of flipped off most of planet Earth in a subtle-but-not-so-subtle...

  • 10 World Cup stars you have to follow on Twitter

    Brace yourselves, because the 2018 FIFA World Cup is now firmly upon us, and social media. And it's set to remain this way for the next four weeks. To celebrate, why not get to know 10 of the world's most famous ball kickers up close and personal by stalking them on Twitter? If this sounds good to you, grab a pen, find your Twitter login details, and get ready to hit that follow button. Cristiano Ronaldo Formerly of Manchester United, the Real Madrid and Portugal striker will probably be one of the tournament's top scorers come the end of the group stage. But...

  • How do the 2018 FIFA World Cup teams rank on social media?

    France, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and most recently Germany, have won the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy. They were all pretty great footballing teams, but what about their presence on social media? Before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicks off later today, we take a look at how the 32 countries rank in terms of social media fans and followers across Instagram and Twitter. Let's begin with the latter. Twitter's likely the social network where chatter surrounding key moments on the pitch will develop organically, but the current frontrunner hasn't yet won a World Cup. Mexico is the most followed team as of...

  • Daredevil raccoon out-trends Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un as it scales skyscraper

    Just a few days ago, the world witnessed pure bravery when a Malian national scaled four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony. But even this feat has just been outdone... by a raccoon. Internet fame doesn't last long, especially when a fluffy, determined trash panda decides to scale one of St Paul, Minnesota's tallest buildings. Under the hashtag #Mprraccoon, users across the internet united to watch this furry little fella do the near impossible. And by impossible, we mean becoming even bigger news than Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's landmark Singapore summit. ...

  • Uber Lite launches in India

    Uber Lite is now a thing, but it's not a new offering from the ride-hailing service. Instead, it's a new app, keeping up with tech companies' recent trend of developing low bandwidth, low footprint apps for emerging markets. "Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone," said Shirish Andhare, the company's head of product for emerging markets, in an announcement. Uber Lite weighs in at around 5MB, notably slimmer than the 40.4MB required to install the traditional Android app. Visually, it sheds the default initial map overlay on...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now healthier than they were in June 2016

    There's some more good news this week for thirsty Cape Town. As of 11 June 2018, the city's total dam storage levels stood at 31.8%, marking an increase of 2% over the previous week. Overall dam levels have seen a 10.9% increase since 7 May. At the same point in 2017, the city had just 20.9% stored within its six largest dams. In 2016, that figure stood at 29.6%. So currently, Cape Town has a larger amount of water stored than it did at the same point in June 2016. Individual dams continue their positive trend, albeit see smaller gains this...

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends Deadpool 2’s SA box office reign

    Say goodbye to Marvel's dominance of SA's box office charts in 2018, and usher in our new dinosaur overlords. Displacing Deadpool 2 from this past weekend's top spot (8 - 10 June) is the Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Although receiving a lukewarm response from critics, at least according to its prequel, the film has since made more than US$151-million globally. Ryan Reynolds is still fending off Breaking In from second spot, with Sherlock Gnomes climbing one spot to fourth place. Avengers: Infinity War is still the SA box office's biggest grosser, albeit in fifth. It has since made more than...

  • Trump, Merkel and other world leaders star in new G7 Summit meme

    You just can't keep US President Donald Trump out of the meme world for too long. Well, at least him and German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Friday, Merkel's social media team published the image to Instagram, where it received more than 65 000 likes and 4700 comments. From there, it found its way onto Twitter, where users highlighted the indifferent expressions of the world leaders. The scene itself is straight out of a baroque painting. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9,...

  • Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies shed even more value this weekend

    It must suck if you've bought Bitcoin any time this year. The cryptocurrency, along with a slew of its competitors and peers, crashed in value this past weekend. This comes after a cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea dubbed Coinrail was hacked. The hack only saw US$40-million in cryptocurrency lost -- around 30% of the exchange's value -- but the implications were far reaching. According to Coinmarketcap, the price of Bitcoin was hovering at the US$7400 mark late Saturday. By Monday morning, the price dropped to US$6700. Its market cap now stands at US$116-billion, but that itself is down from US$130-billion two days...

  • Win a Solo Brooklyn bag with GammaTek and Memeburn this Father’s Day [CLOSED]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • Instagram ‘@mention sharing’ lets you crosspost Stories with pals

    In a new update, Instagram will now let you include a story that you've been tagged in in your own Stories. According to the social network, this lets those "caught up in a soccer game" to relive and share moments. How nice. "When someone mentions you in their story, you receive a notification in your Direct message thread with that person — now, you’ll see an option to add that content to your own story," it adds. "Tap it to see that story as a sticker -- you can scale, rotate and position it and add creative tools like text or stickers...

  • Fb.gg: Facebook’s game streaming portal to rival Twitch is now live

    Facebook today debuted its own game streaming portal dubbed Fb.gg, in a bit to compete with Microsoft's Mixer, Google's YouTube Gaming and Amazon's Twitch. The service is baked into the Facebook experience. You'll need to be logged in to begin streaming, but others' streams can be watched sans account. Beyond that, it pretty much does what every other video streaming service does: allow gamers to live stream a title of choice. At the moment, it seems Fortnite, Mobile Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is among the top picks, appealing to the current battle royale and mobile gaming craze. For now, the experience is...

  • Getting GDPR-ready was painful, but PoPI compliance is yet to follow

    Businesses across South Africa have spent the past few weeks in a last minute scramble to finalise their compliance with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the 25 May deadline. With that deadline now past, many of those companies will again turn their attention to South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI). The good news is that any organisation that took its GDPR efforts seriously should be well on its way to PoPI compliance. Like GDPR, PoPI aims to give ordinary people more control over their personal data and ensure that companies are more transparent in...