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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.
  • South Africa’s box office: The Commuter arrives at number two

    It's box office time again! This week, things haven't changed all that much at the top of the standings. So if you're one for upsets, look away now. The juggernaut Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle remains Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend (12 -- 14 January), earning an additional R11-million at the box office since our last report. Liam Neeson also discovers that he can still make coin regardless of his character's mode of transport. The Commuter, which also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) spends its first week on the chart in second place. In case...

  • Cape Town’s ‘green’ map reveals water usage per household

    The City of Cape Town has this week made spying on friends, family or even neighbours' water usage habits even easier. Previously, one would have to sneakily peak over the wall when the spritz of a sprinkler was heard, but now you can simply use the City's freely available Water Map. It's not the first time that the City of Cape Town has outed thirsty residents, but this is probably the most useful attempt thus far; and allows users themselves to see how they are saving water (or not) in relation to the people across Cape Town. Cape Town dams: Theewaterskloof Dam...

  • Cape Town dams: Theewaterskloof Dam less than 16% full

    After last week's notable decline, the City of Cape Town has this week recorded yet another decrease to the dam levels across the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS). Dams monitored by the City now hold just 28.7% of their designed capacity, down from 29.7% the previous week. Talking actual numbers, that's a loss of 9.3-billion litres of water in a week, enough to sustain Cape Town's thirsty population for just over two weeks. Overall, dam levels have dropped by 2.3% since the beginning of the year. Cape Town's dams The largest reservoir in the Western Cape, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is now just...

  • Nice Keanu, secret stashes and dead eyes: this week’s hottest Subreddits

    I spend an inordinate amount of time of my workday on social media. But while Twitter's always open in my browser, and Facebook is never too far away either, another site that's frequently visited on my machine is Reddit. Reddit is an excellent way to unearth the latest news, gauge what's hot on the internet at that very moment, and seek out forthcoming memes and trends. It's also just a great place to spend watching cat GIFs. But it's so much more than that too. In honour of my productive procrastination, here are some of the hottest subreddits of the past week,...

  • South Africans are selling their houses, cars online for Bitcoin

    So I hear Bitcoin is a pretty big deal right now. After its late-2017 rally, the cryptocurrency is now valued at over US13 600, or R167 768.25. That means one could easily purchase a car with a single Bitcoin. And it seems that's what some sellers are offering on second-hand marketplaces like Gumtree and OLX. According to the former's head of core Claire Cobbledick, the site has seen an increase in cryptocurrency-only sales and swaps recently. "This is particularly true for high-value items like cars, bikes and boats. Many sellers are willing to take a gamble with their assets in hopes of a...

  • MTN is the fastest mobile network in South Africa, report reveals

    In South Africa, there's much debate surrounding which of the four mobile networks is fastest, let alone which is the most cost effective to use. But we can now, somewhat, put the debate to rest. MyBroadband today published its Mobile Network Quality Report for South Africa, looking at the Q4 2017 performance of these networks. Data is accrued through the publisher's Android Speed Test app, which played host to some 113 000 tests and 8250 users during this period. And notably, there is a clear winner. MTN's average download and upload speeds saw the highest average of any network, with 22.22Mbps and 10.07Mbps...

  • Here’s what Hawaiians did after ‘that’ false missile alert

    Hawaiians woke Saturday to news that the islands were the target of a ballistic missile strike. However, thankfully, no bombs fell. Instead, authorities revealed that the emergency message sent was a mistake. That's quite a mistake, really. Nevertheless, for around 38 minutes, Hawaiians had no idea that it was a false alarm and reacted how any normal human being would: in panic. An AskReddit thread posted Sunday morning details what some on the internet did after hearing the news. The thread has some 38 000 points, and over 10 000 comments at the time of writing. This after being live for a...

  • H&M, #ANC106 & Hawaii: news you missed this weekend (15 January 2018)

    Oh weekend, you're always gone too soon. While you were lazing on a Cape Town beach, or sipping some cold brew at a Braamfontein coffee joint, the world was rotating and social was a-buzzing. But don't feel left out, because we recap what you might've missed this weekend on Twitter, the internet and the world at large. The big stories of the weekend (15 January 2018): + H&M stores trashed in Gauteng by EFF + #ANC106: Zuma booed in East London + The fallout from that #MyShithole comment continued + In other news... H&M stores trashed in Gauteng by EFF supporters Following an idiotic marketing gaffe made...

  • This is how Africa, Haiti celebrated their ‘shithole’ on Twitter

    So, according to a particular world leader, Africa's countries are a collective "shithole". That's nice, isn't it? Since the report broke this morning, US President Donald Trump denied that he "used this language" to describe the continent's nations, Haiti and El Salvador, but that hasn't stopped the internet from voicing its opinion on the matter. Visit this article for a full explanation on the incident, and reaction from those across the world. But the shockwaves are only just beginning to be felt in South Africa, with the country's Twitter users rallying together to celebrate their beautiful shithole. Africa and the rest of the...

  • World stands up for Haiti, Africa after Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment

    Update: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to respond to reports that he referred to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes". "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018 Original article: African countries,...

  • The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme

    The internet is an odd and confusing place, and the gaming world's latest meme is solid proof of this. If you haven't yet heard of VRChat, Sonic The Hedgehog's marsupial friend Knuckles, and his insulting Ugandan-accented equivalent, take a seat, because there's a lot to explain. All in all, throw these into a casserole dish, simmer for a few months on the internet, season liberally with shares, likes and overuse, and you have yourself the Ugandan Knuckles meme. VRChat Let's begin with what has become the meme's primary vehicle thus far -- VRChat. It's a free-to-play game that lets users interact in a virtual...

  • ‘Disgusting’ Snapchat update faces heavy criticism on social media

    When developers make sweeping changes to apps or websites, you'll almost definitely hear about it on social. Just ask Facebook during its news feed-tinkering years, or more recently the team behind Instagram's colourful icon refresh. The latest in the long line of companies pissing off their users in this vein is Snapchat. Back in December 2017, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel suggested a notable tweak to the app's UI was forthcoming, as a response to users lamenting Snapchat's confusing layout. "There is a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be disruptive to our business in the short term, and we...

  • Here’s what South Africa searched for on Pornhub in 2017

    We've had to wait for it, but Pornhub has finally released its 2017 Year in Review report. And no, it's not all smut. In fact, the lengthy work provides notable insight into how the globe's search interests (albeit in pornographic material) fluctuates throughout the year, and differs to the previous year. And among the 28.5-billion visits, 24.7-billion searches and 3.7-petabytes of data transferred in 2017, South Africa featured strongly. In fact, the country was among the top 20 countries responsible for providing some 80% of Pornhub's traffic. It was the only African nation to feature on the list too, swapping places...

  • Twitter: Posting private info is what will get Trump, world leaders in trouble

    Earlier this week, Twitter published a brief statement detailing why world leaders are held in special regard on the social network. "Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation," it wrote. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions." The tweet in question? North Korean Leader Kim Jong...

  • Facebook’s killing its digital assistant M later this month

    We're quite used to writing about Facebook's new products or tweaks to its existing lineup of offerings. But this week, the company dropped news that M -- it's artificial intelligence service -- will be terminated. "Today we shared with the people who have access to our M closed beta project, first announced in August 2015, that January 19th is the last day the service will be available," it wrote in a statement. "We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot." M, which is itself short for Moneypenny, never quite lived up...