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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • DStv Now usage spikes as World Cup reaches fever pitch

    South Africans love sport, don't they? And now that the World Cup is entering its pivotal semi-final stage, more users than ever are tuning in to see a ball (and Neymar) roll around a field. DStv has noted this trend, reportedly seeing a 60% increase in weekday usage of its DStv Now mobile streaming app since the World Cup began. Notably, there are five times more people using the app this June than in June 2017. "The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game," the company adds in a...

  • Cape Town dam levels have more than doubled in a year

    If you've turned your head to the sky this past week, you may have noticed something: it hasn't rained. At all. Since 2 July 2018, the city's surrounds haven't seen a drop of the wet stuff, and that's pretty concerning. For one, some of the key catchment areas could miss their long-term rainfall average for July. But, with that said, dam levels have still increased steadily over the previous week. The latest figures by the City of Cape Town shows an increase of 5% since 2 July 2018. The dams are now holding 53.3% of their total storage. We're also just 0.1% shy...

  • Global Citizen Festival: Beyonce, Jay-Z heading to South Africa in December

    This is not a drill: the Carters are heading to South Africa in December. Beyonce and Jay-Z will both perform at the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival taking place in South Africa, it was announced Monday at a press conference at the Sandton Convention Centre. They'll be joined by Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Usher and Wizkid. Naomi Campbell and Oprah will also reportedly be in attendance. Oh, and Cassper Nyovest will also be there. Sharing a stage with Beyoncé and Jay Z in December. #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA pic.twitter.com/s4mwWgEK9S — R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) July 9, 2018 The concert, organised...

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa dragged by SA Twitter as cost of living rises

    The honeymoon period is officially over, South Africa. Earlier this year, the country rejoiced when President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in, replacing Jacob Zuma. For a few weeks afterward, we enjoyed the memes, his run along Sea Point promenade, and even the jokes shared with EFF leader Julius Malema. Now, 141 days into the Ramaphosa Presidency and South Africans are struggling to stave off the rising cost of living. Food, fuel and even the recently cold snap are being blamed on the president. The hashtag #SinceWeSentRamaphosa began trending across the country Friday afternoon, and South Africans were all too ready to embrace it. Some...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for Telkom’s new FreeMe Promo voice bundles

    It's a great day to be a Telkom subscriber and a call-a-holic, not so much a data splurger. The telecommunications giant today unveiled a set of new FreeMe promo bundles valid for calls across all networks. "These bundles can be used to call any mobile network within South Africa and can be purchased as once-off or recurring bundles," the company states in a release. Notably, the bundles will be billed per second and remain valid for 31 days. They're also available for contract and top-up customers on both the FreeMe and FreeMe Family deals. But how much will you pay for these? For now,...

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Blockchain’ is the smut the internet really needs

    You know what adult romantic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey lacked? Blockchain jargon. At least that's what this particular Twitter account is trying to prove (and is pretty successful at that too). Although it's a fairly young account, @blockshade -- better known as Fifty Shades of Blockchain -- already has some 2700 followers, enthralled by 22 tweets of blockchain-fueled smut. According to the bio, it's a Markov chain bot run by Jackson Palmer, the founder of Dogecoin. There's a sentence you may want to read again. Whoever Satoshi is/was - I hope you’re happy with what you spawned. https://t.co/VHF5fIEg5q — Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson)...

  • KFC South Africa’s hilarious World Cup ad hits 9GAG

    Congrats KFC South Africa, you're now 9GAG famous. The website laced with memes and funny videos posted a clip of KFC South Africa's pre-World Cup advertisement, featuring a footballer "making a meal" of a tackle. And no, surprisingly, Neymar isn't starring in it. The clip was published to 9GAG's Instagram account of some 45.6-million followers early Thursday. The post has since amassed more than 3.5-million views, 60 000 likes, and more than 13000 comments. KFC South Africa must be loving the free publicity too. Its Instagram account in comparison has just 24 000 followers in total. If you haven't yet seen the ad, watch...

  • Vodacom set to stream 4K Durban July footage live using 5G

    Telecommunications network Vodacom will be trialing a 5G 4K video streaming system at the Durban July horseracing event this Saturday. The network is partnering with Finnish network and smartphone manufacturing firm Nokia to "showcase the future of virtual reality (VR) through two different 5G powered experiences at Africa’s greatest horseracing event". While one experience involves a "penalty shootout" demonstrating latency -- and will likely set England fans' nerves on edge all over again -- it's the other use of 5G that is a notable achievement. The company will use 5G and 4K video cameras surrounding Greyville Racecourse to capture and stream live...

  • Maradona calls England penalty win ‘monumental theft’, Twitter digs the irony

    You don't slander an England penalty shootout win and not face the consequences. This is what former Argentine legend Diego Maradona discovered this week. After calling England's comeback during a thrilling spot kick battle with Colombia, Maradona didn't quite think the Three Lions deserved any praise. His annoyance concerned the awarding of Harry Kane's first-half penalty by referee Mark Geiger, after the English striker was bundled over by Carlos Sanchez. But Maradona didn't quite agree with the decision. "Today I saw a monumental robbery on the pitch... a fatal mistake for a whole country," he said, according to Reuters. "Here’s a gentleman who...

  • Hands on: Facebook Local’s the best travel app you’ll won’t want to download

    Facebook Local is the social network's latest app feeding from its plethora of information. However, instead of allowing you to publish pictures of babies that your other half didn't want you posting, or lending data to Cambridge Analytica, Local lets you search for things to do in your vicinity. Facebook's events section has always seemed an excellent but underdeveloped section of the network, but this new app gives it its own space and chance to become something more than just an addon. Facebook Local is actually a rebranded version of its Events app. It was relaunched in November 2017, but this...

  • Big news: Cape Town’s dam levels smash through the 50% mark

    We've done it, Cape Town. The city's dam storage levels have breached the 50% full mark after the weekend's cold front swept through the region. This comes after Monday's report stated that dams were 48.3% full. The latest numbers reflect the gains made within the last 24 hours, which makes these figures all the more remarkable. As of 3 July 2018, dam levels are officially at 50.3%. Both the Berg River Dam and Wemmershoek Dam are above 80% full, while the Steenbras Upper Dam is at 101.4%. The Voëlvlei Dam gained 2.6% in a single day. The Theewaterskloof (2.1%), and Steenbras Lower (2%)...

  • Japan left a ‘thank you’ note after heartbreaking Belgium defeat

    Sport is cruel, and football even more so. But even though Japan lost to Belgium last night in a thrilling 3-2 comeback for the Red Devils, the Japanese showed even more class after the match. Their dressing room was left spotless, and even more heartwarming (or heartbreaking) was the brief note left by the team. It read "thank you" in Russian. "This is the Japanese dressingroom after losing to Belgium in the 94’ minute," tweeted a FIFA official. "Thanked their fans in the stadium, cleaned up everything (bench and dressingroom) and spoke to media. Even left note with ‘thank you’ in Russian. What...

  • #Coldfront trends on Twitter as South Africa freezes

    After turning Cape Town into a temporary lake, and the rest of the Western and Eastern Cape into a winter wonderland, the July cold front has made its way through South Africa's interior. People are not happy. The hashtag #coldfront began trending across the city and South Africa early Tuesday morning in a response to the extreme cold felt over much of the Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. According to the South African Weather Service, these were some of the low temperatures forecast last night: Bloemfontein, FS: -7°C Bethlehem, FS: -8°C Potchesfstoom, NW: -6°C Standerton, MP: -6°C Sutherland, NC: -6°C Vereeninging,...

  • Wimbledon 2018: the UK has no idea what colour tennis balls are

    Google Trends can reveal the brilliance and stupidity of human beings on the internet, and as Wimbledon fever sweeps across the UK, some are smashing their search bars to ask one particularly important question. If you've ever seen a tennis match, you'll know that a major part of the game is the ball. Those fuzzy little wads of rubber and fluff has a very particular colour, but the UK just can't quite figure out what it is. "'What colour is a tennis ball?' is one of the all time top questions on the rules of tennis in the UK," Google Trends'...

  • After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3%

    Update: As of 3 July, Cape Town's dam levels are now at 50.3%. Read the full story here. The storm clouds have cleared above Cape Town and the City's latest dam figures are in. As of 2 July 2018, the combined dam levels of the City's six major dams stand at 48.3% full. That's an increase of 5.6% over the previous week, or a physical volume increase of more than 50-billion litres. It's not yet clear if these numbers account for yesterday's and last night's deluge. Nevertheless, they are staggering. The Berg River Dam gained a massive 10.9% over the previous week and...