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  • SABC, Multichoice sign deal to keep channels on DStv

    Multichoice and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have signed a new deal to keep the latter's 24-hour news and classics channel on air. As a result, the channels News and Encore -- its classic shows channel -- will now continue to be broadcast on DStv channels 404 and 156 respectively. "The SABC welcomes the new agreement with Multichoice which will bring certainty to our viewers and our staff," explained Madoda Mxakwe, SABC's CEO. "The Board and management of the SABC are satisfied that the agreement meets both the commercial and governance needs of the SABC." No financial details were disclosed by either...

  • 5 extremely useful Android apps you didn’t know you needed

    There are new apps appearing on the Google Play Store every day. Some are useful, some are just a waste of bits. But what are some of the apps you really, really should know about? In this piece, we detail five apps you should download right this instant if you haven't already. Blokada Download it from F-Droid. For: advertisement and tracker blocking. If you're sick of advertisements appearing on apps you've purchased, Blokada is for you. It filters ad and tracking traffic from your connection, be it apps or browsers. Users can also enable blocklists to filter specific sources, like porn advertisements, or bitcoin...

  • Twitter Lite launches in 5 more African countries

    It's been more than a year since Twitter Lite launched in a select number of countries, including South Africa. Today, the social network announced that its lightweight Android app is heading to 21 more countries, five of which are in Africa. Said African nations receiving the app includes Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe. This brings the total number of countries to 46. Twitter Lite is a web app for those living the data struggle Twitter has announced that its mobile site is now more convenient for the 45% of global mobile users working on 2G or slower networks. Read more... Twitter Lite "is a faster,...

  • Facebook will broadcast La Liga matches live in India, Pakistan for free

    Big news for footballing fans and social media users across the Indian subcontinent this week. Facebook will broadcast every Spanish La Liga football match during the 2018/19 season for free across eight Asian countries. The league features some of world football's most popular players, including Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos. For La Liga, the deal will broaden the reach of the league across Asia with minimal effort. "One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270-million users in India, is...

  • Stroomop shines on SA box office debut, The Meg dominates

    This week's Southern Africa box office chart is dominated by large bodies of water, a large prehistoric shark and Jason Statham. No surprises there, really. After South African audiences got tired of seeing The Rock jump across skyscrapers as if they were three-feet tall, The Meg has debuted in first place on the local chart. That's keep up with the international trend at present too. The film also stars Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing and a megalodon lurking in the deepest trench in the Earth's ocean. While critics have bashed the film, it has already opened to just shy of US$150-million internationally. !function(e,t,n,s){var...

  • Cape Town dam levels now just below 60%

    Recent rains has brought a much needed mid-winter refill to much of Cape Town's outlying dams. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, its reservoirs are now 58.8% full collectively. This is an increase of 1.8% over the previous week, or 16-billion litres. The gains are largely thanks to two days of rainfall during the previous week. Last week, dams saw a collective increase of just 0.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam's resurgence has slowed though July and into August. It's up by just 0.9%, topping out at 43.5%. It remains 6.3% short of the levels recorded in 2016, and more...

  • As Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek, we look back at the franchise’s highlights

    Last week, Sir Patrick Stewart announced his return to Star Trek at the 2018 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. “Jean-Luc Piccard is back”, Stewart told an excited audience, getting somewhat emotional about their reaction. Stewart played Captain Piccard in Star Trek: The Next Generation back in the 1980s. The show went on to be a huge success, inspiring many popular memes in the 21st century. Since the announcement of an expanding Star Trek universe and the return of one of its much loved characters, Google search trends showed a 150% increase in Star Trek related searches online. If you’re one of...

  • Spotify may soon let users skip advertisements

    In an extremely brave and risky financial play, Spotify may soon allow free tier users to skip audio and video advertisements whenever they want. At present, free users are not allowed to skip ads at all, but that could soon change according to a report by AdAge. The Scandinavian streaming service is currently testing the tweak to its free tier in Australia. Users Down Under are allowed to skip ads whenever they like, getting back to their voracious music consumption sooner. Spotify is also making note of which ads users of skipping, building up a playlist of relevant ads, if you...

  • Facebook will force Page admins to undergo authorisation process

    Facebook's really worried that Pages with mass followings will possibly fall into the hands of a nefarious super villain. Last week, the social network outlined plans to enforce tighter security for those who admin Facebook Pages with a "large audience". The company didn't clarify how many followers or likes constitute a large audience. Users who manage these pages will be forced to complete "an authorisation process in order to continue to post". This includes enabling two-factor authentication, and confirm their location. This is all in a bid to make it more difficult for trolls to gain unauthorised access to popular Pages. Facebook admins who...

  • Learn more about South Africa with these Instagram accounts

    Instagram isn't just about posting pictures of your lunch, or selfies with you and the pug. Like all social networks, it can actually be used as an educational tool. Here are a few South African accounts illustrating this point. @birds_by_rousseau Follow for: a wealth of information about South Africa's birds. Ran by Stellenbosch University lecturer Rousseau Lotter, this account is dedicated to documenting the bevy of bird species prevalent in South Africa. From glossy starlings to doves, to kestrels and spoonbills, this account will help even the novice bird watcher identify their featured subject. The Cape Glossy Starling shown here is distinguished from some...

  • #WengerOut meme evolves to #EmeryOut as Arsenal loses to Man City

    Arsenal is a massive football club, but there's one thing even bigger than it: #WengerOut. The hashtag has become something of a global meme since it began as a way for fans to show displeasure towards their long standing manager's, Arsene Wenger, tactics. Hell, it even has a Know Your Meme page, and has been spotted at protests (including those against former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe last year). While Wenger finally left the club before the 2018/19 season began, he was replaced by Spanish manager Unai Emery. But it seems that Arsenal fans just can't find a manager they like. Because memes...

  • Soon you’ll be able to test L’Oreal’s cosmetics using augmented reality

    If you love shopping online, especially for cosmetics, but always wanted to try things on before making that risky purchase -- it may soon be possible. Cosmetics brand L’Oreal, with the aid of its recently-acquired AR company ModiFace, has teamed up with Facebook to create augmented reality (AR) testing tool to help online consumers make informed decisions about their make-up. For L’Oreal, it's a play that opens up its product to various social channels, notably Instagram. "We are at that magical moment when technologies have matured enough and consumer appetite for using them is growing everywhere. We are very excited about that...

  • Here are the coolest new emoji coming to Android Pie

    With Google’s recent launch of Android 9 comes Emoji 11.0 and a bunch of new, expressive and politically correct, emojis for users. Though the entire list is 157 new characters long, here are some of our honourable mentions. The Hot Face This emoji looks like it just ran a marathon it didn’t train for, and is so relatable to everyday life. I can imagine it being used to describe anything from a terribly hot day, to disappointing food and even just the general fatigue of daily life we all suffer from. The Pleading Face Admittedly the so called pleading face looks more like the face...

  • Undecided? Here’s how to find something to watch on Netflix

    If you ever visit Netflix and feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content, don't worry, we do too. In fact, just the other day, I took the best part of half an hour to find something to watch. After finishing The Good Place, I was saving the best of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for my sad nights, and didn't feel happy enough to watch BoJack Horseman. So what did I do? I just opened YouTube instead. But for those who have more will power than I do, how can you find something to watch without forcing yourself to find something else to...

  • Did you miss the rainbow across Cape Town on Tuesday?

    If you were in central Cape Town at around 9am on Tuesday morning, you may have missed something pretty spectacular. And indeed, pretty. Instagram is this morning awash with snaps of the recent rainfall, and more impressively, an expansive rainbow. Bowing almost entirely across the sky and featuring a slightly lighter companion just above it, the broad ribbon was visible across much of the southern suburbs, Cape Flats and the city's eastern district. Here's what Instagram users across Cape Town caught on their smartphones: I tried to capture this morning's rainbow 🌈 with a panorama feature on my phone and it turned out...