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  • Instagram users have nothing but love for pumpkin pie

    Forget turkey, pies are an integral centrepiece to the Thanksgiving meal. It's so important, that even the Pentagon has gone a bit nuts with pie orders, while Khloe Kardashian has even "lied" about making her own little pastries in the past. Scenes. Yeah, it's a serious, serious menu item. So it's massive news when Instagram announces the most popular pies of the feast day. According to hashtag analysis of posts made within the past week, the social media company revealed that over half of its users hold pumpkin pie in the highest regard. 🚨 TREND ALERT 🚨 #Thanksgiving = time for pie. So, here's...

  • ‘Sabrina’ star Gavin Leatherwood demonstrates how not to baste a turkey

    Thanksgiving's tomorrow, but you may not want to take genuine cooking advice from the following clip. Netflix is known for using some pretty strange methods on social media to parade its shows, but the latest promo for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is among the weirdest. Nicholas Scratch, or Gavin Leatherwood as he's known in the human realm, shows everyone how you shouldn't baste a turkey. From zero to cringe in two minutes, the warlock drizzles raw bird juice down his throat, garnishes that with whipped cream, and, the worst part of the video by far, makes the lumpiest looking mashed potatoes...

  • Standard Bank Mobile is South Africa’s latest (virtual) network

    South Africa has a new (virtual) mobile network operator in Standard Bank. The financial services provider today confirmed that it will ply its trade in the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space with Standard Bank Mobile. The network will be supported by Cell C, which also platforms rival offering FNB Connect. While Cell C and MTN will do the heavy lifting, as an MVNO, Standard Bank Mobile offers packages on its network favouring its own banking clientele. Users who don't have a Standard Bank account cannot use the network. The network's base subscription fee is R39 per month, while voice calls are...

  • Spotify Premium drops to R5.99pm over the festive period

    Just in time for Black Friday and the Festive Season, streaming music platform Spotify has announced that new users signing up to its service can subscribe to the Premium tier for R5.99. Users who take advantage of the offer any time during this period -- ending 31 December 2018 -- will be charged R5.99 for three months. The service will jump to its regular price of R59.99 thereafter. Notably, the offer is only valid for those who haven't yet tried the Premium tier. Feature image: Spotify

  • BlackBerry drops $1.4bn on cybersecurity firm Cylance

    BlackBerry -- yes, that BlackBerry -- is now the owner of American cybersecurity firm Cylance. The company paid US$1.4-billion in cash, in addition to the "assumption of unvested employee incentive awards" to snap up the Californian firm. Although BlackBerry has long marketed itself as a security leader in the smartphone and business worlds, the acquisition is the first real showcase of its repositioning from a smartphone maker and business software vendor to a cybersecurity firm. According to a press release issued by BlackBerry, Cylance uses "artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine learning" in its security software to predict and prevent "known and...

  • More people have access to cellphones in South Africa than toilets

    Happy World Toilet Day. Yes, it's a real thing. Officially penned on the calendar by the United Nations on the 19 November, the day highlights the plight of those who don't have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Notably, this includes a large swathe of people in South Africa. More South African households have cellphones than toilets #WorldToiletDay #StatsSA https://t.co/wvuo39FZrx pic.twitter.com/g7r08iOoyx — Stats SA (@StatsSA) November 19, 2018 According to Statistics South Africa, toilets are rarer than cellphones. 45.6% of households do not have a toilet inside their dwelling, while just less than 50% have a toilet outside of their property. Of the 75.5% with access to...

  • 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...