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  • 5 viral memes of recent years built on lies and fake news

    Memes -- the rulers of the internet, along with baby animal photos and cat videos. Often a source of humour or political insight, memes are enjoyed by millions of internet users and often go viral due to sites like Facebook, Twitter and 9gag. However, memes have also acted as a pervasive way to share myths - and many of us have been unpleasantly surprised by memes on friends' social media feeds that we just know aren't true. Here are a few viral memes filled with lies that we've seen over the years… Irish slavery meme Every time I see this pop up on my...

  • Grindr launches online magazine in move to become a lifestyle brand

    Grindr, the Tinder for queer men, is working on breaking away from being just another hook-up app. While the app boasts the most engagement of any dating apps (its three-million-plus active users are on the app an average of 54 minutes a day), the company wants to do more. It wants to become a lifestyle brand. On Monday it launched online magazine Into -- a place for LGBT+ writers, photographers, and creators to celebrate and represent their world. In an interview with Forbes, CEO Joel Simkhai and Creative Director Landis Smithers said that the app's users see it as far more than just a way to find...

  • Day #98209: Facebook is still copying Snapchat

    Facebook is continuing its fight to become the One App to Rule Them All, and we're all very, very tired. Yesterday, the company introduced its Snapchat stories clone to its final frontier: the Facebook app. The clone includes -- you guessed it -- interactive filters, effects and frames. It's even going to feature sponsored filters and content from upcoming films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Despicable Me 3. Oh yes. Minions. Late last year, Facebook introduced stories to Instagram, where it has become relatively popular. It then wildly misunderstood why people are using WhatsApp and introduced the feature there (is there anyone even using...

  • Magician make-up artists paint their lids with all the memes of the wind

    Some people save images and repost them online with a half-baked caption. Those people are lazy. They are not like the incredible make-up artists on Instagram and Twitter who spend hours painstakingly painting their favourite memes onto their eyelids for the ultimate millennial look. Bold and Brash - Squidward Tentacles (2001) pic.twitter.com/TiYApsIuam — what in menstruation (@thai_brows) March 13, 2017 Jenny is the non-binary creator of the trend and goes by thai_brows on Twitter. They told Mashable that Spongebob is in their head so often that when their boyfriend mentioned a rash, Spongebob's Bold and Brash was all they could think about. Painting your favourite memes...

  • Power Rangers movie review: goofy, fun but flawed

    Power Rangers aims to reboot the franchise many of us grew to know and love. Much like its predecessor, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, the 2017 instalment is incredibly goofy, fun and laden with cheesy nostalgia. However, unlike the first film, Power Rangers sees the new team taking on Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) who, in this reboot, once formed part of the old Ranger team as the Green Ranger. Her lust for power leads her to betray her former team to summon a powerful entity made of gold dubbed, uh, Goldar (yeah, I kid you not). Directed by Dean Israelite, the new flick introduces audiences to...

  • Are printers now ‘worst’ for enterprise security? [Native]

    This is a native advertising article. To find out more, read our guide to native advertising versus sponsored content. Printers might not be the flashiest gadgets in the office, but recent research reveals that they're still being ignored when it comes to security. Many printers today feature internet connectivity, allowing users to wirelessly print documents and more. Of course, any time a gadget has an internet connection, chances are high that it'll be targeted by someone… In fact, a BitDefender researcher told The Register that printers are now the dodgiest connected devices around. "The router is no longer the worst device on the internet. It's...

  • Viral video proves there are still leopards around Cape Town

    If someone told you that leopards still roamed the mountains near Cape Town, you'd probably cry wolf (or, uh... leopard), right? A new video published to Facebook this week suggests that there's at least one of these wild cats still calling the Cape's mountains home. Published by Wonderlings Bed & Breakfast (and spotted by Traveller24), the leopard was seen perusing cars' windows in Gordon's Bay, near Rooi-Els, along the R44. And according to some commenters, this isn't the first time the leopard has been spotted by locals. In the tourist-made video, the leopard seems frazzled, running across the road between cars...

  • #UncleKathy: South Africa pays tribute to struggle giant Ahmed Kathrada

    Ahmed Kathrada, known as one of Nelson Mandela's closest allies and a defiant anti-apartheid activist, has died aged 87. The news broke on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when the Kathrada Foundation tweeted that its namesake "has passed on". Ahmed #Kathrada has passed on. Details to follow. — Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) March 28, 2017 Kathrada, or Uncle Kathy as many referred to him, was born in the North West town of Schweizer-Reneke in 1929. He was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela at Pollsmoor and Robben Island after the Rivonia Trial. He was released in 1990, and served in the Mandela administration. A...

  • South Africa’s box office: Power Rangers packs a weak punch

    Power Rangers was unable to take on the mighty Kong: Skull Island (review) this week, debuting at number two and allowing the reigning champ to keep its top spot for the third week in a row. Despite being abnormally strong, glowing teens, it seems the Power Rangers, like John Wick, are not members you want on your ultimate Superfight team. This giant gorilla just can't be beat. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (24 to 26 March) Keeping up with the Kandasamys is hanging tight to its third place spot for its fourth consecutive week -- an impressive achievement for a South African film. But while...

  • Facebook’s new feature could save your life

    Facebook is in the process of rolling out a feature that could save your life -- or just help abusers. Live Location in Messenger allows you to send your current, moving location to a person or group. For a period of 60 minutes -- or until you stop sharing -- your friends will be able to follow your movements on the Messenger app. They will also be told how long it would take you to get to them. "We've been testing this for a little while, and people tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling...

  • Elon Musk wants to enhance the human brain with AI

    Elon Musk has clearly not watched Black Mirror -- or he's just one of the few who couldn't wait for it to become a reality. According to The Wall Street Journal, Musk's latest venture is in merging natural biology with digital intelligence. This could see humans being granted better memory (a la season one's The Entire History) or connect to computers with our thoughts (season three's Playtest?). Musk has been hinting at this attempt for a few months, but its still in very early stages. The biggest obstacle it faces is the lack of complete understanding of the brain. @BelovedRevol Maybe next month — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017 Bryan Johnson...

  • When you date a girl from Instagram: an Imgur feel good story

    It's very rare in Donald Trump's day and age that you can flick on a social media network and see a genuinely comforting, heart-warming and encouraging story. But thankfully, this Imgur user provided us with just that this week. "So I met a girl on Instagram!" is the post in question, published to the image sharing site by user Habitualcritic. It has all the ingredients of a misleading and anger-inducing post, however, it's anything but. It's effectively a love story, told through the lens of the social network. "She was a 20 year old youth pastor and was really cute. I...

  • Last week in trailers: Justice League writes The Avengers in the Death Note

    The sweet smell of rivalry is in the air, so grab your popcorn and slide into the hell that is the YouTube comments section, because this week has brought with it some strong opinions. On today's menu: a DC trailer that takes digs at the Trump-supporting Marvel CEO, another Asian character whitewashed with a mediocre actor, slow motion boobs and a potentially exploitative documentary on a murdered 6-year-old. Take your pick. Justice League Let's just get straight to this week's most anticipated trailer: DC's first for Justice League that is determined to remind superhero lovers that they may have the most Razzies, but at least...

  • Here’s what you’ll be watching for the next 5 years

    If you're someone who doesn't like change or lights at the end of tunnels, then, boy, do I have good news for you. Hollywood has lost all courage to market new ideas, and will be exploiting your nostalgia for what could very well be the rest of your life. Spontaneity is dead, so why not plan your foreseeable future right this very second? Here's what to expect in your cinematic future. Disney's live action remakes We've seen Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Up next month in South Africa is Beauty and the Beast -- and up after that is Mulan and The Lion King. The circle of life now apparently includes resurrection. Disney recently...

  • ShowMax wants to give you free Vodacom data, but…

    South African streaming video service ShowMax is now giving out free data, thanks to a new partnership with Vodacom. The company has announced that users who subscribe to the service from 27 March, will be given 1GB of data for three months. "In addition, existing customers who have already signed up through Vodacom will also receive this data," the company states in a press release. The ShowMax-Vodacom data will be awarded as 1GB chunks across three months "Internet TV is taking off -- it makes so much sense if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet to stream and download TV shows and movies...