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  • Murder on the Orient Express review: an injustice to Christie’s classic

    Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is an exciting novel because it offers the reader a puzzle with which to play. Each chapter is set up to provide evidence, and her famous protagonist Hercule Poirot is constantly working over clues to ask the reader one important question: have you figured it out yet? Christie's work is methodical and precise, and she does not rely on sentimentality or emotional overtures to sell her story. Unfortunately, director Kenneth Branagh cannot say the same. The latest Christie adaptation takes everything that makes Murder so engaging and warps it into a cloying, sentimental mess...

  • 5 lesser-known spots in Cape Town to Instagram this December

    Now that Wally's Cave has been ripped from Cape Town's Instagram roster, the social network has been largely devoid of artsy cliff-side yoga. This December, though, we predict that hunting for the new, hip Instagram rock or beachfront will be an adventure many a Cape Town clique will be enjoying. But no fear. If you have no clue where to begin, we take a look at five spots that could take Wally's Cave's place atop the hashtag charts in South Africa's trendiest city. Muizenberg Window With only nine images hashtagged on Instagram -- and a view to kill your hamstrings for -- Muizenberg Window...

  • These are MTN’s Black Friday data deals for 2017

    There are so many deals hitting consumers on Black Friday, that it's hard to keep track. (Sidenote: Gearburn's doing an excellent job in this regard). But what if you aren't looking for hardware? What if you're looking for data? MTN will be offering a number of data deals it's calling "Mega Deals" on Black Friday, appealing to those of us who send one too many high-resolution moon moon GIFs. "MTN will be offering all customers on MTN Zone and MTN Muziq price plans, a guaranteed discount of 95%, during the HAPPY HOUR timeslot from 15:00 – 15:59 daily" between 24 and...

  • MTN data services down across South Africa

    MTN's data services are down for scores of users across South Africa's major cities after an "unsuccessful" network upgrade. "MTN undertook an upgrade on a section of its network last night," the company wrote in a tweet Thursday. "The upgrade was unfortunately unsuccessful and has resulted in a data fault on the network serving Randburg and parts of Cape Town. Only the data service is affected, voice systems remain fully functional." According to additional reports from users on Twitter, the network's customers have been experiencing issues since 7am Thursday morning. The company notes that users across Cape Town and Randburg are experiencing issues,...

  • MiniMeme Podcast: How a social media detox changed our daily lives

    Last week, Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala challenged themselves to a week-long social media detox. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no YouTube. They set out to see if it could be done, what it was like, and who exactly they were without the frenzy of social media. The week proved fruitful, and in this week's episode of MiniMeme, they discuss the pros and cons of a life away from news feeds, timelines, likes and retweets. Listen to their experience here. Additional listening: MiniMeme #10: The sombre sides of social media

  • New Facebook tool will tell if you liked Russian propaganda

    Now that Facebook has acquiesced to the demands of US Congress and handed over its data, the company is focussing on helping those who were tricked by Russian propaganda in the first place. By the end of the year, a tool on Facebook's Help Centre will allow users to see which pages they liked or followed between January 2016 and August 2017 are run by Internet Research Agency, a known Russian troll factory. The results will include Instagram accounts. The tool will mark the first step the company takes to actively help the individuals misled during the US 2016 elections. So far, it has...

  • 5 reasons to watch Disney’s ‘Coco’ (and one reason not to)

    Disney's Coco tells the story of young Miguel, who, on Mexico's Day of the Dead, finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead. Refusing to accept his family's blessing home on the condition that he never plays music again, Miguel heads out to find his famous great-great-grandfather who left his wife and daughter to pursue his music career. If you're still on the fence on whether to see it, here are five reasons to watch Coco, and one perhaps to stay away. + Learn about Mexican customs For Mexicans, the film might offer pride and nostalgia for customs long celebrated, but for the...

  • The Digital Age: impacting thinking, buying and creating interactive content

    Context rich and relevant information when and where your customer wants it: that is the new battleground. Google calls this the Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT). The construct is not a new one; it is now just one which has become aggressively relevant. Think about the last time you wanted to know something. The last time you wanted to get some guidance or advice. I am willing to bet that you reached for your phone and did a search. The search would either have led you to a Google SERP or to a friend’s social feed. Either way you were...

  • #MugabeResigns sends Twitter into celebratory meltdown

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years, resigned Tuesday evening after a week-long pressure from the military -- and the web is rejoicing. On Twitter, #MugabeResigns was trending in top spot in South Africa hours after the leader tendered his resignation. Trends for Zimbabwe aren't made available by the platform, but it's safe to assume the hashtag was exploding locally as well. What a time to be alive!!! 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 The People are the Power!!#MugabeResigns — Boity Thulo (@Boity) November 21, 2017 While some expressed disappointment at the 93-year-old's departure, they were drowned out by the celebration of the majority. They still flockin into this...

  • Uber covered up major 2016 data breach, paid hefty ransom

    E-hailing company Uber hushed up a data breach that affected 57-million drivers and riders' personal information for over a year, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has disclosed. The company paid a US$100 000 ransom to the two hackers who said they would delete their copies of the data -- a decision made by the company's chief security officer Joe Sullivan and founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, according to The New York Times. Sullivan, who previously worked for Facebook, has been fired. Kalanick resigned as CEO in June, though he remains on the company's board. The stolen information included names, email addresses, and phone numbers. For US drivers, it included driver's...

  • Twitter’s flawed notion of news and public interest could kill us all [Opinion]

    In September this year, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho claimed that the US had declared war on the country because of something US President Donald Trump had tweeted. "If echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" Trump wrote. Twitter users were outraged, declaring the tweet in clear violation of the platform's rule against threatening violence. North Korea interpreted it in the same way. Twitter's response? That the tweet was newsworthy and in the public interest, and therefore deserved to stay up. Now, two months later, Twitter is doubling down on this position by elaborating on...

  • Netflix World TV Day stats make a case for humans as the cutest species

    In celebration of the silly and unnecessary World TV Day (What does it mean? Why does it matter?), Netflix has released some interesting stats about its users' viewing habits -- and they offer a surprisingly endearing look at human psychology. The stats examine which times of day Netflix users consume different genres -- and it turns out we're a pretty cute species. Exhibit A: Netflix users start their days with comedies. "6am members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day," the company wrote in a press release. While we could attribute this to the early morning grogginess that renders...

  • Cape Town water report: usage spikes, dam levels drop & aquifer project begins

    Dam levels or both major and minor reservoirs across Cape Town have once again taken a hit, this according to the City's latest water report (pdf). Last week, dam levels fell below the 37% mark, to 36.8%. This week sees the third consecutive drop, with levels now just above the 36% mark. The Berg River Dam lost 1.4% of its storage capacity this week, shedding around 1.82-billion litres. The other two large dams in the system -- the Theewaterskloof and the Voëlvlei -- followed suit, dropping 0.9% and 0.4% respectively. The remaining three reservoirs however bucked the trend. Wemmershoek Dam saw small gains...

  • London’s red buses to run on coffee waste

    London's iconic red buses will soon assimilate into the lives of Londoners by running, at least partially, on coffee. On Monday this week, a company called Bio-bean teamed up with oil giant Shell to introduce a small amount of oil extracted from coffee waste into the diesel and biofuel mixture already used by the buses. The company will produce 6000 litres of fuel a year -- less than 0.01% of the London buses' total use in 2015. But the city's authorities want to increase the number of buses fueled by a blend of diesel and biofuels. It's looking at using cooking oil waste, tallow (a form...

  • Grey Saturday: the safest shopping day of the Black Friday weekend

    What is the safest day to shop online during the sales season? That's a question many a budget hunter should be asking over the Black Friday weekend. Cybersecurity company Kaspersky believes that it has the answer. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there's a lesser known shopping day dubbed Grey Saturday. And yes, it's name isn't quite as catchy. It does however hold one particular distinction. According to Kaspersky's data, Grey Saturday is the safest day to shop online during the Black Friday weekend. The company recorded a dip in reported phishing attacks through 2015 and 2016 when compared to the likes of...