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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, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn.
  • Malusi Gigaba quits South Africa’s government and Twitter

    Malusi Gigaba has resigned as a member of South Africa's cabinet. The news broke on Tuesday evening by the South African Government's official Twitter account. "President Cyril Ramaphosa has today received a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba," it wrote. "The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation." President Cyril Ramaphosa has today received a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba. The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation https://t.co/yWHaBDJAVP #MalusiGigaba — South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 13, 2018 Calling the former Minister of Home Affairs embattled would be a...

  • 3 Android load shedding apps for South Africa

    Load shedding was a buzzword, albeit a much maligned one, during the early years of this decade. But according to every South Africa's favourite provider of electricity, Eskom, it may make a sudden return. A report by Moneyweb on Monday revealed that a number of Eskom's coal power stations have just 10 days of reserve stock remaining. "In the meantime, the power utility is using costly diesel plants to supplement the power generated by its coal-fired fleet," the report by Antoinette Slabbert continued, further suggesting that loadshedding may come sooner rather than later. Because it's always better to be prepared (someone please...

  • Western Cape gov: hacked, stolen NSC biology exams is ‘fake news’

    The Western Cape provincial government on Monday quelled rumours that a NSC paper was stolen through a hack of the province's education department website. It claims that the news, which was issued in a lookalike statement circulating on social media and WhatsApp, was "fake". "From the screenshot that we have received, the press statement appears on a Western Cape Government Media Release Document and indicates that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Biology Paper was stolen by a hacker from the WCED website," the provincial government wrote in an official response. On Twitter, Debbie Schafer Provincial Minister for Education in the Western Cape,...

  • Gboard now uses AI to suggest the perfect emoji

    If all you ever wanted from a mobile keyboard is, well, a mobile keyboard, you're going to hate Gboard's latest update. Google's keyboard, from today, will now suggest GIFs, emoji and stickers to users during your conversations using AI. "This makes it faster and easier to share your #feelings and your glowing personality with whoever you’re chatting with," wrote Angana Ghosh, Gboard's product lead, on Google's Keyword blog. The suggestion feature is triggered when keywords are typed into conversation. This can include overused single words like "awesome" or multiple common phrases like "I'm sleepy". The feature uses Google's AI engine, but it emphasises...

  • Graph: Cape Town’s dams are in much better shape than last year

    Cape Town's combined dam level have dropped another 0.7% over the previous week, the latest report from the City revealed. Issued on Monday, the report also suggests that dam levels currently stand at 73.4%, a little over 2% lower than 2018's high water mark. It's a far cry from where we were in November 2017 though, when dams were just 37% full. A year before that they stood at 58%. Cape Town dam levels as of 12 November 2018 So, how are individual dams doing? Theewaterskloof Dam: was 57.1%, down by 0.3%, now 57.1% Voelvlei Dam:was 95.5%, down by 1.6%, now 93.9% Berg...

  • Mozambique’s Maputo-Catembe suspension bridge is now Africa’s longest

    Africa's new longest suspension bridge is now in Mozambique's capital city. The Maputo-Catembe bridge -- which joins the southern and northern coastlines of Maputo Bay -- was opened on Saturday. The suspension spans a little under 700 metres, but the bridge is around three kilometres in total length. It stands 141 metres tall too, and was largely funded through Chinese investment and built by Chinese engineers. And yes, China is pretty good at designing and building these things. Five of the country's suspension bridges are among the world's ten longest. View this post on Instagram Ponte Maputo-Katembe... Últimas fotos antes de começar a...

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe hits 95km/s while orbiting the Sun

    Launched in August, NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently undertook its first dangerous steps towards the Sun. The probe this weekend announced itself safe and fully functional after it endured its first perihelion, or close pass of the Sun's surface. Wednesday at 4:46 p.m. EST, mission controllers at @JHUAPL received the first signal from #ParkerSolarProbe after its close approach to the Sun, indicating that the spacecraft is alive and running well after the intense conditions near the Sun. https://t.co/mk08l10FOt pic.twitter.com/PYFC4aT3C7 — NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) 9 November 2018 The probe is  Sun to better study our closest star's solar winds and spots, and...

  • This man is legally lowering his age to boost Tinder prospects

    Some say age is but a number, but it's detrimental to whether you can land that perfect date or not. At least according to a 69-year-old Dutchman. Emile Ratelband, the man in question, is challenging the laws of time and space in court. He wants to change his birthday, and therefore his age, by two decades. The unfolding drama was picked up by BBC on Wednesday. "It's really a question of free will," he told the Dutch papers, arguing that changing your age should be as legally and socially acceptable as changing genders or names. He's also arguing that age is discriminated against,...

  • Malusi Gigaba taunts Ndlozi with his little finger in Parliament

    Apparently, middle fingers just won't do as insults in South Africa's Parliament anymore. On Tuesday, during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Q&A session, everyone's favourite subject on Twitter for the past month Malusi Gigaba hit Mbuyiseni Ndlozi with a pinky finger gesture, after the EFF member suggested that ministers get phones that have no camera and cannot be hacked. "It can't even be hacked this phone. Can I come maybe give it to you so you have a model of what phones might be critical for honourable Cabinet members?" Ndlozi added, making reference to Gigaba's leaked sex tape. Gigaba, not amused, responded with this. Another...

  • South Africans just can’t stop listening to Drake on Spotify

    Summer's slowly slinking over the horizon, and the tunes will soon be bumping along beaches into the early hours of the morning. But tunes from which artist exactly? According to Spotify South Africa, likely Drake. The Canadian is reportedly the most popular rapper on the company's international summer chart, featuring four tracks in the top ten. Three of his tracks -- "In My Feelings", "Nice For What", and "God's Plan", are among the most played tracks on Spotify in South Africa since it launched in March. Post Malone is the second most popular artist in South Africa, followed by XXXTENTACION, Ed Sheeran and...

  • Video: Rassie Erasmus makes a mockery of ‘that’ England tackle

    Tackles are a pretty important element of any rugby match, and if you get it wrong, you could injure your opponent pretty badly. This weekend, in a narrow victory for England over the Spingboks in London, the former's Owen Farrell landed a controversial tackle on the Springbok's André Esterhuizen in the dying minutes of the game. Esterhuizen was knocked to the ground, England recovered the ball, and then kicked it into touch, ending the match 12-11 in its favour. And while the Springboks asked the Australian referee Angus Gardner to review his decision, he found no fault. So of course it would be hilarious...

  • Rihanna wants Trump to stop the music at his rallies

    Rihanna is really, really not okay with the US President Donald Trump using her music at political rallies. The recording artist on Sunday responded to a tweet by WaPo political journalist Philip Rucker who this weekend attended a rally in Tennessee. "Currently, Rihanna’s 'Don’t Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it," he tweeted. But one person wasn't loving it. "Not for much longer," Rihanna replied, "me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies." Not for much longer...me nor my people would...

  • Cape Town’s dams continue drying trend into November

    Cape Town's dam levels dropped 0.6% this past week, according to the latest report by the City. Overall, dam levels remain just below three-quarters full, at 74.1%. The decrease comes despite rainfall in the final week of October. The Wemmershoek Dam, which received around 15mm of rain last week, fell from 92.1% full, to 91.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam dropped from 58% full, to 57.4%. The Voelvlei Dam fell from 96.2% to 95.5%. The Steenbras Lower Dam dropped from 86.9% full, to 85.1%. Steenbras Lower Dam is now 71.2% full, falling from 73%. The Berg River Dam gained 0.1%, and is now...

  • Pick n Pay launches ‘early’ online Black Friday deals

    Pick n Pay has announced its first wave of Black Friday deals, more than two weeks before the actual day itself. In a smart marketing play, the retailer's offering visitors to its online site a number of deals on groceries and household products. Deals will be refreshed once every week from today until 25 November 2018 -- two days after Black Friday. To purchase deals, users will need to create a Pick n Pay account online, including delivery details. Shoppers will also need to book a delivery slot, arrange for a "Click n Collect" which allows users to grab the items from...

  • This Halloween, Twitter’s ‘like’ button turns into a pumpkin

    In case you forgot, it's Halloween today. And Twitter's celebrating in a subtle but adorable way. When the like button is hit on special tweet posted to its timeline, the heart briefly turns into a pumpkin. It's small, and really wouldn't be noticeable if Twitter didn't overtly tell you, but it's cute. ♥️ this Tweet for a #Halloween treat.pic.twitter.com/7uOn1V73Cc — Twitter (@Twitter) October 31, 2018 We've tried liking the tweet on Firefox and Android's Twitter app, but only the latter seemed to work. Others are experiencing similar issues. Overall, more than 33 000 people have liked the tweet, and we can't help but think how...