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Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone and game reviews over on Gearburn.
  • Jack Parow’s friend stabbed by taxi driver while waiting for an Uber

    The war between metered taxi drivers and Uber operators shows no signs of abating any time soon. And the latest incident has left a customer bloodied. South African recording artist Jack Parow took to Twitter early Monday, stating that his friend, Dirk Agenbag, was stabbed while waiting for an Uber in Johannesburg. "Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the uber! (sic)" he tweeted. Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the...

  • Videos of little girl robbing women in Cape Town goes viral on Facebook

    Two videos of a little girl coerced into stealing items from shoppers' handbags in Cape Town have gone viral on Facebook. Published on 19 October by Facebook user Tyron-Nicklaus Norman, the two clips have since accumulated a combined 1.6-million views with an additional 21 000 shares. In the post, Norman explains the circumstances of the second video in which his wife was a victim. "Hi everyone, My wife was a victim of pick pocketing this evening. The part that is most sickening is that it was a little girl that did it," he writes. "She was being forced by a grown up woman...

  • Donald Trump claims he wouldn’t be president without social media

    In a world devoid of Twitter and other social media platforms, would Donald Trump be the president of the United States? Probably not, and that's coming from the man himself. Speaking in an interview on Sunday with Fox Business Network, the US President explained that without social media, he may not have won the presidency. "Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show," he told the interviewer. "I doubt I would be here if weren’t for social media, to be honest with you (sic)." Trump claimed that social media allows him to bypass...

  • Tinder now lets you swipe right from your web browser

    Tinder users looking for that perfect match, just a fun night out or specifically people above 1.72m, can now browse prospective dates and future friends on its web platform. While this is a move to improve Tinder's convenience factor, it does note that it's also targeting users with unreliable internet connections. "Let’s face it: not all places on earth have 4G. Some people can’t get bundled services, while others don’t have enough memory to support Tinder on their mobile phones," it wrote in a March update. "For all those who’ve ever been stuck in a lecture hall or had to endure an...

  • Social accounts to follow during Cape Town’s wildfire season [Digital All Stars]

    Cape Town's fire season is off to an early start this year. On Wednesday 11 October, a blaze broke out on the 12 Apostles mountain range between Camps Bay and Llandudno on the city's Atlantic Seaboard. A few days later, another fire was reported on Signal Hill. That same day, a veld fire broke out along the N2. The second week of October was not a good one for firefighters. Said firefighters from a number of different organisations were called to battle the flames. And notably, social media once again became one of the mediums used to disseminate information to citizens through...

  • Mastercard opens its blockchain APIs for B2B payment solutions

    Blockchain technology is all the rage right now, but slowly it's becoming less of a fad and a more commonplace solution for big technology and financial firms. The latest to adopt it wholeheartedly is Mastercard. Already using the technology in-house, the company today announced that it will open up its blockchain APIs to developers looking to build solutions on top of its product. "Mastercard's blockchain solution provides a new way for consumers, businesses and banks to transact and is key to the company's strategy to provide payment solutions that meet every need of financial institutions and their end-customers," the company noted...

  • Google Play Store adding Instant Apps, more in upcoming update

    A number of changes are coming to the Google Play Store its parent company announced Thursday. Usually the unchanged bastion of the Google ecosystem, the Play Store will finally receive a much needed nip and tuck. As for an implementation timeline, the company remained as mum as ever. Nevertheless, sifting through the latest Google Developers Blog post, here are three standout interface and functionality tweaks heading to the Play Store sometime before the world ends. Revamped Editor's Choice Vineet Buch, author of the post and Google Play's director of product management, noted that a revamped version of Editor's Choice is now live in...

  • WhatsApp introduces live location sharing feature

    WhatsApp will soon introduce a live location tracking feature, the company announced this week. "Whether you're meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you're safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are," the company explains in a blog post. As its name would suggest, the addition allows users and groups in your contact list to see your realtime location. Traditional location sharing in the "attach" menu within chat screens will now feature a "share live location" option. Users can also adjust how long they'd like their location to...

  • #CabinetShuffle: axed Blade Nzimande, nuclear deals and President Zuma memes

    Oh, but it's a busy news day in South Africa folks. President Jacob Zuma, on the back of appointing a new board for the SABC, has reshuffled his cabinet once again. The news broke Tuesday morning after the Presidency issued a brief press release. Ministry of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande was one of the more notable scalps, replaced by David Mahlobo The presser is copied in below: After careful consideration, I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive; Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of...

  • Cape Town water crisis: water usage drops, but so does dam levels

    There's some good news and bad news this week, Cape Town. The good news is that consumption is down across the city. The bad news is that this hasn't had an impact on dwindling dam levels. Latest figures issued by the City of Cape Town paints another bleak picture. (See last week's figures here). Overall storage is down by 0.4% to 37.4%, even though water consumption dropped by 10-million litres per day (pdf). Consumption though remains 100-million litres per day above the City's target. While good rains fells on 14 and 15 October, few dams benefitted. The Berg River Dam remained at 66.6%...

  • US customers can now order food through Facebook

    If you're too lazy to visit a restaurant, or even open your favourite food ordering app, Facebook now lets you place orders for delivery or pick up directly from its app and website. The company's VP of local Alex Himel today announced the move in a press release. "Today, we’re taking the time out of finding what you want to eat by officially launching the ability to order food for pick-up or delivery, directly on Facebook," he writes. "People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about...

  • Watch: Major Lazer’s ‘Particula’ video flaunts South Africa and Nigeria’s creative genius

    American recording trio Major Lazer may have been slammed in the past for making coin from cultural appropriation, but its latest track brings out the best in South Africa's and Nigeria's music and cinematography scene. Co-produced by South Africa's DJ Maphorisa, and starring SA rapper Nasty C, and Nigerian artists Ice Prince, and Pantoranking, "Particula" is a reggae banger that this week received the music video treatment. Said video was also directed by Cape Town-based Adriaan Louw. "Particula" does not feature Table Mountain however, but rather the Hillbrow Tower. Major Lazer's 'Particula' is filmed in Johannesburg, but features both Nigerian and South...

  • Updating: #12ApostlesFire trends in Cape Town as mountain slopes burn

    Update, 13 Oct, 9.30am: The fire between Camps Bay and Llandudno on Cape Town's 12 Apostles mountain range is still burning, this according to reports from firefighters and eyewitnesses. The blaze, fanned by strong winds, was at its most intense Thursday evening. #12ApostlesFire Crews working hard to contain the runaway flank. Good luck out there. @NCCwildfires @vwsfires @TableMountainNP @wo_fire pic.twitter.com/OG9CSwwW4T — Sullivan Photography (@Sullphotography) October 12, 2017 Friday morning paints a slightly different picture. As first aerial resources get to work, we get a better idea of the real #12ApostlesFire size and challenges. Photo from @wo_fire Spotter. pic.twitter.com/1k77Rd4e93 — VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) October 13, 2017 #CTFire...

  • Cape Town dam levels: the city’s water consumption woes continue

    The City of Cape Town has issued its second dam level report for October, but little improvement was observed over the previous week. Total dam storage in the City's six largest dams, in addition to its eight small reservoirs, increased a mere 0.2% overall. Said storage level now stands at 37.8% (pdf). The Theewaterskloof Dam remained at 28.3%, largely due to 4mm of rain which fell in the dam's catchment area, the City notes. Read more: Cape Town: calculate your daily water usage here The Berg River Dam continued to see gains, and is now at 66.6% full -- an increase of 1.6%....

  • Twitter working on a bookmarking tool for tweets

    We may not be getting that edit tool we all desperately crave, but Twitter is reportedly working on another feature that could be massively useful. According to Twitter's product head Keith Coleman, the company is working on a bookmarking feature that will allow users to pocket tweets. "Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon -- a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request," he tweeted. This addition will be independent of the "like" function, which many users previously used to keep track of tweets. However, liking a tweet about the rising death count after the Las Vegas...