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  • ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is SA’s biggest movie this week

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend, according to data from Ster Kinekor. The new release from Dreamworks, voiced by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, jumped straight to the top of the chart, relegating The Upside to second place. In third spot, DC's Aquaman remains Southern Africa's biggest grosser still on the chart, raking in R51.6-million since its debut nearly two months ago. Oscar winner Rami Malek's Bohemian Rhapsody places fourth this week, while the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Glass is fifth. Notably, the next three movies are all South African-made. Matwetwe, produced by DJ Black...

  • What to watch on Showmax and Netflix this February

    They call February the month of love, but while some think of the perfect date as dining al fresco beneath a moonlit sky, others would argue that an uncapped internet connection, a large screen, and the bevy of content available on Netflix and Showmax this month is all they really need. Here's what to watch on South Africa's streaming services this month. Showmax 2 Dope Queens If you've ever wondered what your favourite podcast would be like as a live-action talk show, 2 Dope Queens is your answer. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson tackle race, gender dynamics and sex under the veil of comedy,...

  • Super Bowl LIII, Maroon 5, Spongebob and the wrath of Bikini Bottom

    It doesn't take much for people to get riled up online, but when there's promise of homage to be paid at a Superbowl half-time performance that doesn't quite happen, you're damn sure pitchforks will be raised. This was the case on Sunday when Maroon 5 took to the stage to perform at the sport's 53rd showpiece on Sunday. https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1092233512382414848 For months, fans of Spongebob Squarepants created a petition to have "Sweet Victory" -- an iconic song performed by the cast of the show during a "Bubble Bowl" -- played at the 2019 half-time performance. The gesture was a hat-tip to Squarepants creator Stephen...

  • US student who swapped SIMs to steal $5m in cryptocurrency pleads guilty

    A US student could face more than 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing $5-million in cryptocurrency, reported Motherboard. Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old California native, SIM swapped the numbers of around 40 victims to gain access to their cryptocurrency wallets. A number of services, even with two-factor authentication enabled, request users for a phone number for additional security. But, ironically, this additional security barrier can weaken the others if another person discovers and swaps your number to another SIM card. It's the loophole the Ortiz, and a number of others in the US, have reportedly used to...

  • You can now order food on Uber Eats in Paarl

    Uber Eats is now available 60km northeast of Cape Town in the Winelands town of Paarl, the company announced on Thursday. It's the third location in the Western Cape after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and the seventh town in South Africa to receive the service. "We are always excited to expand to a new city not only because we are bringing eaters an innovative way to order their meals but because it affords us the opportunity to give delivery-partners an additional earning opportunity as well as enabling local restaurants to connect with more customers to grow their business," said...

  • Ben Affleck will hang up his Batman boots before the 2021 reboot

    The next Batman movie will not see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the Dark Knight, a report published on Thursday revealed. According to Deadline, the next Batman movie penned for June 2021 will not feature Affleck in his fourth starring appearance. Instead, the flick piloted by screenwriter and director Matt Reeves, will likely star a younger Bruce Wayne. https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 And with the news came messages of thanks for Affleck and his portrayal of Batman. "If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the...

  • Facebook has been paying teens to spy on them online, report reveals

    Would you openly allow Facebook to spy on you in return for $20 a month or more? That's a genuine question you'll need to ask yourself after a detailed report published on Tuesday by TechCrunch shed light on the company's latest data-gathering tactics. Said reveals that since 2016, Facebook has been running a covert research operation that allowed it to siphon information sent, received or stored on people's iOS and Android devices. The operation, which takes the form of a VPN called Facebook Research, installs itself with root access on iOS -- think of it as the key to your iPhone's safe...

  • US lays criminal charges against Huawei

    The United States Justice Department has laid criminal charges against Chinese smartphone and networking technology vendor Huawei. Filed in New York on Monday, there are 13 counts in the indictment relating to bank and wire fraud, violating US sanctions previously placed on Iran and the obstruction of justice in relation to the prior. This comes after Canada arrested the company's CFO Meng Wanzhou late last year. Huawei and Wanzhou deny the allegations. In a statement, the Chinese company said that it was "disappointed to learn of the charges". https://twitter.com/AkikoFujita/status/1090106475110780928 The indictment come at a tense time for US and Chinese trade relations, and especially for...

  • SANParks: Lion’s Head weekend fire will delay hiking trail’s reopening

    The grand reopening of Lion's Head's popular hiking trail frequented by selfie-seekers has been postponed following the wildfire which ravaged the peak on Sunday. The blaze, which burned for much of the day and through into Monday, is now largely under control. However, South African National Parks board (SANParks) today tweeted that it caused damaged to the peak's infrastructure. https://twitter.com/SANParks/status/1089832593376329729 "Infrastructure on Lion's Head has been damaged and this will delay the reopening of Lion's Head," the national parks board tweeted on Monday. "The reopening was originally scheduled for the 15th of February 2019. As yet the park is unable to determine a...

  • It’s voter registration weekend, and political parties can’t shut up about it

    Political parties swapped megaphones for Twitter this week in the wake of the final IEC South Africa voter registration weekend. Between 26-27 January 2019, you can register to vote for the political party of your choice in the upcoming national elections, which still doesn't have a confirmed date. If you didn't yet know this, you probably haven't logged in to Twitter this week. Parties are, in their unique ways, are reminding South African citizens that voting is a right, and that they should totally exercise that right to vote for them. The EFF kicked off Friday morning with a lengthy Q&A thread, which...

  • Delta explains to Twitter how airplanes get rid of human farts in flight

    Animals fart. That's just a fact of life. And humans do too. But while passing some gas in the countryside should be one of the most liberating experiences you can have, it's a little less so in enclosed spaces. You know, like planes. What happens to the farts humans expel on an airplane? That's a question American airline Delta was posed on Twitter this week. It's an important question too. After all, if 300+ people are crammed into an enclosed space for more than ten hours, what happens to that "human-conditioned" air? Do we all just sit in it? Delta explained that...

  • Daytime temperatures push 50°C in Australia

    It may be freezing cold across North America right now, strangely temperate in Cape Town for January, but Australia this week is burning up. Since the end of December, temperatures across the country have been well above normal, but the weather intensified this week. And on Thursday, the heatwave had seemingly reached its peak. In Adelaide, temperatures hit 46.6°C cracking a 130 year record. It wasn't even the hottest place in South Australia either. Port Augusta, 320km north of Adelaide, hit 49.1°C when Australia's Bureau of Meteorology peeked the thermometer. https://twitter.com/BOM_SA/status/1088307728072802308 For comparison, the highest temperature ever recorded in the country was 50.7°C...

  • Cape Town’s Bloubergstrand is South Africa’s most Instagrammable place

    After South Africa was crowned as the fifth most Instagrammable country in the world earlier this month by Big Seven Travel, a long list of places that put it on the map has now been published. The travel firm on Wednesday revealed "the destinations that sparked conversation between judges and were most mentioned by our readers in their SA votes". There are 50 in total, and surprisingly, not all are in Cape Town. What is in Cape Town is the front runner. Bloubergstrand -- a beach north of the city that affords views of Table Mountain -- tops the list. Sabi Sands...

  • Twitter’s revamped website is coming to a desktop near you

    Twitter is rolling out a revamped version of its website to a lucky few across the globe. Appropriately, the social network announced the revision's graduation via a tweet. https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/1087791357756956680 The rework is primarily visual, with tweets now occupying the left-hand side column. A new right-hand side column houses trends, follow suggestions and more. A top bar now also hosts a dedicated emoji button within the tweet box, the search bar, and profile drop down menu. Overall, it looks a whole lot cleaner than the current layout. The revision is currently opt-in and is only available to a select few, but the company confirms that a...

  • The internet just loved last night’s ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse

    Now that's quite the mouthful. On Monday morning, the first full moon of 2019 coincided with a total lunar eclipse that many across the western and northern corners of globe could afford to witness. It was named the Super Blood Wolf Moon, because it was just that fabulous. In South Africa, we have to settle for coverage on social media, but at least users' images don't disappoint. Early on Monday, #eclipse began trending across the United States, and with it, a flood of snaps emerged. https://twitter.com/jcfphotog/status/1087215627725549569 https://twitter.com/paix120/status/1087209946301771776 https://twitter.com/azarely/status/1087218550060863488 https://twitter.com/joangrande/status/1087211586681520128 https://twitter.com/Mikel_Jollett/status/1087214536346615808 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1087224401223856128 And for those of you who prefer video, the AFP's got you covered. https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1087251862611406848 Pretty, yes. But why is this particular...