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  • Updating: ‘Wildcat’ MyCiti strike brings Cape Town to a standstill

    Update, Tuesday 10am: The "wildcat" MyCiti bus strike continues into its second day, affecting a vast swathe of Cape Town. There are however more lines currently operating today than on Monday, when strike action began. "The following services are currently operating on routes: T02, X02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237," Cape Town's MyCiti bus service tweeted early on Tuesday. Update: #MyCiTiAlert: The following services are currently operating on routes: T02, X02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237. Updates to follow — MYCITI bus (@MyCiTiBus) 16 October 2018 As of 6am on Tuesday, a slew of...

  • This Google AI-powered tool can help detect breast cancer

    Google AI, an artificial intelligence research and development division of Google, has developed an algorithm to assist in the detection of breast cancer, referred to as the LYmph Node Assistant or LYNA. In a blog post this week, the company explained that detecting cancers such as breast cancer in lymph nodes can be a tedious and delicate task. That’s why, in order to better treat such a cancer, being able to detect it on minute scales is important. According to the post, published findings in two research papers suggest that the “pathologist assistant tool” LYNA can effectively help detect cancerous cells...

  • Cape Town’s dam levels drop as water consumption spikes

    For the first time this side of winter, Cape Town's dam levels have dropped. But it's not yet a cause for concern. Collectively, the City's six largest reservoirs still hold 76% of their total capacity, losing just 0.2% over the high water mark set the previous week. Some dams added to their reserves too, according to the City's latest report. As of Monday afternoon, the Voelvlei Dam was 96.6% full, gaining 0.4% over the previous week. This comes despite no rain recorded over the dam since the month began. The Berg River Dam also gained 0.1%, and is just 0.5% shy of its...

  • This sometimes drunk, adorable pigeon is New Zealand’s bird of the year

    The country of New Zealand has crowned an overly-fluffy, drunk, and adorably clumsy species of pigeon its bird of the year. Known as the the kererū or wood pigeon, the bird received the most votes in the country's annual Forest & Bird's annual Bird of the Year competition. While it's as cute as it is tubby, the wood pigeon is also known for scoffing down fermented fruit, which often renders it slightly drunk. And yes, it makes for YouTube gold. The campaign, which also spawned a Twitter account dedicated to the bird's endearing qualities, took advantage of its sheer size, and drunk uncle...

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry excite the internet with #royalbaby news

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby, the royals announced on Monday morning. The news comes after Meghan and Harry, Formally known as the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex, were wed at a fairytale May wedding in Windsor. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," Kensington Palace's official Twitter account announced. "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able...

  • Twitter’s new favourite Ariana Grande song is ‘pete davidson’

    Today on internet-famous-relationships-that-probably-moved-too-fast, recording artist Ariana Grande and SNL star Pete Davidson have called off their engagement. The news broke via TMZ late on Sunday, with the publication suggesting that the duo felt it "simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off". This comes after the two announced their shock engagement in May, which signaled the beginning of the internet's real love affair with the duo. But, now that the relationship is reportedly through, and the duo have matching tattoos, Twitter feels that Ariana Grande may have to deal with another problem: her song, titled "pete davidson". While Sweetener,...

  • Amy Winehouse will tour next year (as a hologram)

    Amy Winehouse will be making a comeback via hologram when Base Hologram takes her on tour with a live band next year. “Utilizing new state-of-the-art proprietary technology, the production will launch towards the end of 2019. Featuring digitally remastered arrangements of her classics,” the company announced on its website. The R&B jazz singer, who died back in 2011, will be the latest deceased star to perform on stage, with the likes of Tupac and Michael Jackson having appeared before. According to Base Holograms, the tour will raise funds towards The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity in the singer’s name that helps to...

  • Watch the first live action trailer for Disney’s Aladdin

    Hold onto your magic carpets, because another beloved childhood property is about to get its first live-action remake. Walt Disney Studios on Thursday published the first trailer for Aladdin, set to star Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Mena Massoud as the titular character. But the trailer doesn't spend too much time on any of these. Instead, the sweeping dunes of Arabia and the man-eating Cave of Wonders (more like the Cave of Hungers, amirite?) are explored briefly. What is clear from the trailer is the quality of the soundtrack. Prepare your ears for Harry Potter-esque sweeping strings and...

  • 8 must-know keyboard shortcuts while watching Netflix

    We get it, you're lazy. And so are we. Although nothing beats the simplicity of watching streaming video on a smartphone, keyboards can be pretty damn useful too. If you're watching Netflix on a bit screen with a wireless keyboard, or from a laptop on a plane, remember these simple but key keyboard shortcuts to make your binge-session much, much easier. Want to access full screen mode? Press F. If you wish to escape from full screen mode, press ESC. Want to pause your current series or movie? Press Page Down. Want to play the paused content again? Press Page Up. ...

  • 3D photos are coming to Facebook, and you can shoot them

    Traditional photos too mundane for you? If you're a Facebook user, you can now post 3D photos to your News Feed if you have the required hardware. The feature allows you to transform and share your photos by making them move to give a life-like feel, taking specific advantage of the spate of dual-camera smartphones. “You just take a photo in Portrait mode using your compatible dual-lens smartphone, then share as a 3D photo on Facebook where you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photo in realistic 3D”, the company explained in a blog post. The social network also suggested...

  • Sabrina’s Salem is the only demon kitty we’d wanna snuggle

    If you can remember Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, you may envision a wise-cracking alley cat whose sass vastly outweighs his scare factor. But the new iteration of Sabrina's familiar is a bit, well, more haunting than before. In a new clip from Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we're introduced a darker, more sinister version of Salem, complete with echoey, exhasperated line delivery and a slender, demon-like form. Although he does transform into a "pretty kitty", said kitty doesn't actually talk, deviating from the 90s TV show once more. This will probably piss off a few fans of that era,...

  • Bye bye Reply: Google is burying yet another promising app

    When Google isn't launching phones with enormous notches, or leaking internal memos of its struggles with censorship, it's killing promising apps and services that heaps of users love. The latest victim? Reply. A lesser known app in the Google stable, Reply was a smart notification app that could either respond to messages itself, or prompt the user to select from a number of AI-enriched and contextually aware replies. It was particularly useful for travellers, as Reply could sense when its master was in a car, walking or cycling and notify the messager accordingly. It didn't just serve Google messaging apps either. WhatsApp,...

  • Video: This calm and tranquil place is the eye of Hurricane Michael

    If you ever wanted to know what it's like standing beneath the eye of a hurricane, now you know. Hurricane Michael, which just a few days ago was nothing but a cloud, struck the US Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. In fact, Hurricane Michael was the third most powerful storm to strike the US mainland. Ever. Even more intense than Maria last year and Katrina in 2005. Even though it packed winds of 250km/h, the eye of every cyclonic storm is almost always noticeably calmer. And that was the case with Michael too. Meteorologist Ed Russo published a video taken by...

  • After complaints, Microsoft plans release of new October update for Windows 10

    After pausing its latest update for Windows 10 due to file disappearances, Microsoft has announced that it has investigated the matter and that the company is now testing a new version of the update. The version 1809 October update for Windows 10 had been affecting users personal files upon installation last week, causing them to disappear. Now, just a few days after the initial pause, Windows Insiders are already getting to try out a new version. “We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly,” the company explained. Microsoft also released a new...

  • Instagram is fighting bullying and spreading happiness with new tools

    Instagram this week introduced new features to help fight online bullying in its community of users. In an announcement yesterday, new man-in-charge Adam Mosseri revealed the anti-bullying tools, saying that “there is no place for bullying on Instagram”. “That’s why today we’re announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos,” he explained. By using machine learning Instagram will now be able to detect harmful content in pictures and captions so that they can be removed accordingly. “This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying — and it’s a crucial next step...