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  • 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...

  • Airbnb Experiences are now available across South Africa

    Airbnb is today rolling out its Experiences programme in Johannesburg and the rest of South Africa. The nationwide move comes after Experiences debuted globally, and in Cape Town, in 2016. "Experiences are activities or excursions that are led by passionate local hosts, highlighting their interests and perspective as well as unique places many visitors might not otherwise get to experience," the company explains in an update. "After the launch of Experiences in Cape Town in 2016 Johannesburg hosts are excited to finally get the chance to show off their city while becoming part of the local economy." At present, there are around...

  • Algoa FM ditches WhatsApp for Telegram in ‘first for SA’

    Radio stations across South Africa usually request audience interaction through SMS, calls, or more recently WhatsApp. But an Eastern Cape radio station has ditched the latter in particular for a more unknown quantity. Eastern Cape's Algoa FM is "the first commercial radio station in South Africa to actively replace WhatsApp with Telegram for instant messaging from its listeners," the station announced in a press release. WhatsApp rival Telegram offers a similar service but built by Russian billionaire Pavel Duvov. It's much smaller than its Facebook-owned rival, and is used by slightly more than 250-million people as of March 2018. But while it...

  • MTN launches ‘Made For Home’ residential fixed LTE offering

    MTN is today unveiled its new home internet solution dubbed "Made For Home". Taking a bite out of fixed line internet solutions, the telecom's new offering will use its fixed LTE network, and will be "specifically designed for use within a fixed location". "MTN Made For Home is an easy to use, plug and play solution that requires only a router and a SIM card, to give multiple users within the home instant connectivity to high speed internet, without the trenching and complicated installation procedures, that is typically associated with fixed line products," the company notes in a release. And according to...

  • Cape Town sees rain, floods and snow in one crazy weekend of weather

    You asked for rain, Cape Town. And you've finally received it in bucket loads. Just as June drew to a close, a strong cold front pushed its way across the Western Cape bringing with it stormy conditions to much of the province. Cape Town in particular saw torrential rain and flooding early Sunday, and bitterly cold temperatures into Monday morning. THE LATEST: After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3% Raining hard in Tamboerskloof Cape Town. Stay in doors because you will have to swim pic.twitter.com/3kPRpHmbyd — Elaine Corbett (@ElaineCorbett7) July 1, 2018 Cape Town now, it is pouring with rain,...

  • How to find jobs on Twitter in South Africa

    Few things are more labourious and tense in life than looking for a job. For those without, it's even more stressful. But fret not, because technology can help. While it might not guarantee you'll be hired, tech can help you craft a pretty good CV on your phone, or search through a number of listings in a convenient place. That convenient place, you ask? Twitter of course. Here are just a few Twitter accounts to help with that job search. @BizJobsCPT: Generally lists marketing gigs and jobs within the digital industry across South Africa. @jobsvinesa: With 758 000 followers, it's one of...

  • 9 Android apps I simply can’t live without

    Throughout my relatively brief stint as a smartphone reviewer, I've noted a bit of a pattern in my own workflow. Whenever I get a new Android phone to review, there are a set list of apps I download almost immediately. Without fail. I'm not talking about common apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Google's host of products either. These apps -- a combination of free and premium wares -- form the basis of my workflow, the visual experience of my phone, and the backbone of my excessive smartphone usage habits. Enjoy, and let us know which apps you can't quite live without...

  • Mobile crypto mining malware is a growing smartphone threat

    According to a report by Kaspersky, the number of internet users affected by cryptocurrency mining software has jumped by a considerable margin this year, when compared to last. The report published by the Russian security firm suggests that the prevalence of malicious software that uses consumers' computers and smartphones to mine cryptocurrency is "steadily growing". "The total number of users who encountered this form of mining rose from 1 899 236 in 2016-2017, to 2 735 611 in 2017-2018," the company elaborated. Both periods began in April and ended March in their respective years. Additionally, smartphones are becoming more pronounced targets of...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now 42.7% full

    Cape Town's dam storage is up once again, but by a smaller margin. Last week, dam levels stood at 38.1%. This week, the City of Cape Town's measures read 42.7%, an increase of 4.6%. The major gainer this week is the Voëvlei Dam, up 7.3% to 37.6%. It's now less than 2% off its June 2015 levels. Its much larger cousin, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is 30.4% full, a gain of 3.2%. That's pretty notable considering that just 1.2mm of rain fell over the area this week. The Berg River Dam is up by 5.2% this week to 67.8%. It's now fuller than...