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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • England asks Google if England can win the World Cup

    England -- especially England -- just can't believe how well its football team is doing at the World Cup. After smacking Panama 6-1 during last night's group G match, the Three Lions are enjoying their most fruitful spell at the Cup, at least in terms of goals, in over a decade. As a result, Google has noted an uptick in search queries for the term "Can England win the World Cup?" UK search interest in "Can England win the #WorldCup?" spiked during yesterday's game against Panama. #England pic.twitter.com/ZGzcrBUqAR — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 25, 2018 Nice to see the British are keeping the faith. Still not...

  • #Argentina falls 3-0 to Croatia, becomes the laughing stock of Twitter

    It's not everyday that Argentina gets slapped 3-0 in the World Cup group stages. Even though the South American giants faced an equally strong Croatian team, the internet just can't quite deal with the team's dismal performance last night. According to Google trends, search traffic spiked worldwide during the game, marking notable peaks for scorer of the second goal, Luca Modric, and Argentina's talisman, Lionel Messi. At one point, searches for Modric, who plays for Real Madrid, eclipsed those for Messi. trends.embed.renderExploreWidget("TIMESERIES", {"comparisonItem":,"category":0,"property":""}, {"exploreQuery":"date=now%201-d&q=%2Fm%2F02bh_v,%2Fm%2F0356gk,%2Fm%2F08p1qm,%2Fm%2F06qjgc,%2Fm%2F0f2ldb","guestPath":"https://trends.google.com:443/trends/embed/"}); Over on Twitter...

  • Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned from the California chip maker after he breached company protocol by engaging in a relationship with a fellow employee. "Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee," the company announced on its website. "An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation." 58-year-old Krzanich, who has been CEO since May 2013,...

  • The startling numbers behind Africa’s Wikipedia knowledge gaps

    Wikipedia is one of the internet's most trafficked websites. We've likely all visited it at least once, and spent countless nights travelling through informational rabbit holes. But as the flagship project of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia is the key conversational pivot on which the Wikimania 2018 conference -- now just a month away -- will centre. Cape Town has won the rights to host the 14th edition of the event, and it's a pretty big deal too; the event moves from country to country each year, so it's likely that this will be South Africa's first and last time hosting...

  • Instagram’s IGTV wants to make vertical video cool again

    It's not enough to be a social network in 2018 without being an advertising mill too. For Instagram, it's not enough to be an image-only social network and not dally in video. We've seen the company's obsession with video begin with the launch of Instagram Stories' in August 2016, and it alone has amassed more than 300-million users since. Instagram itself now has more than a billion users. On Wednesday CEO Kevin Systrom announced a new long-form video platform specifically crafted for those billion smartphone users and their smartphone screens. It's called IGTV, and is ostensibly a mashup of Instagram Stories...

  • 40.3%: that’s how full Cape Town’s dams are right now

    Watching Cape Town's dams fill from the water's edge may be as boring as watching paint dry, but to see the numbers slowly increase on a weekly, nay, daily basis, is quite exciting. On Monday, we published a piece detailing the rapid improvement the city's dams have seen over the past two months. Well, as of 20 June, there's more happy news to report. On Wednesday, the City of Cape Town issued a mini-update to dam levels which revised its 18 June totals. The City's six major dams are 40.3% full. That's more than a 2% increase in two days. The Theewaterskloof...

  • Here’s what we love and hate about Google Podcasts app on Android

    After Google announced plans to sprinkle its Play Music offering into YouTube's video cauldron to create YouTube Music, you'd think the company would continue the trend of rolling similar apps into singular entities. But you'd be mistaken. On Tuesday the company announced Google Podcasts, its app for Android phones and lovers of pods. It's a standalone app but uses the Google app's host of permissions. So if you're already letting Google Assistant do your bidding on a daily basis, you only need allow the app access to "Storage" to download episodes. Notably, you can also request Assistant to continue an episode you started...

  • Akon’s building a Senegalese ‘Smart City’ with his cryptocurrency ‘Akoin’

    There's a new cryptocurrency soon to be launched, but it won't be taking its name from any memes or computer jargon. Instead, it'll be launched by Senegalese musician Akon. Not a stranger to investing in new ventures, Akon will name his cryptocurrency Akoin. (Get it?) However, it's not simply a marketing scheme. The rapper believes the technology has benefits for those on African soil, disadvantaged by political and social circumstances. "I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency...

  • Twitter’s most hyped World Cup star is not Messi or Ronaldo

    Can you believe it? The first week of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is already over. The ol' onion bag has ballooned numerous times, and many a goalkeeper wish they had coated their gloves in glue. But the most searched for World Cup star is not a goalkeeper, nor does he have "Cristiano" or "Lionel" on the back of his shirt. Instead, according to Twitter Data, Brazil's Neymar has "captured the most attention" on the social network during the first week. In second place, Cristiano Ronaldo (thanks to his hattrick against Spain) and Lionel Messi (thanks to his duffed penalty against Iceland)...

  • The Incredibles 2 kicks Jurassic World from SA Box Office top spot

    Superhero movies are all the rage in 2018, but the flick topping this week's SA box office doesn't have any Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds or Avengers stars in it. Instead, they're all adorable pixels from Pixar, voiced by the likes of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson. In its debut week, The Incredibles 2 has wrestled top spot away from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, who itself dislodged third place Deadpool 2 two weeks back. Critics' reception of the Pixar sequel some 14 years in the making is positive too, with a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes at present (still 3% shy from the...

  • Superbalist and Spree announce merger

    Big news in South Africa's online retail space: two of South Africa's clothing and lifestyle juggernauts, Spree and Superbalist, are merging into a single entity. The news was announced late Monday, and will see the two companies -- both part of the Naspers group -- mesh operations and eventually brand identity. "There is currently no integration between Spree and Superbalist, both part of the Naspers group, with each business running its own sourcing and buying, technical, marketing, warehousing and logistics functions while primarily targeting a similar, if not the same customer segment and demographic in South Africa," the companies wrote in...

  • In graphs: Cape Town’s dam storage jumps by 28% in just 8 weeks

    At the end of April, the water situation in Cape Town was dire. Dams were nearly empty. In fact, the Department of Water and Sanitation was building a coffer dam -- a smaller dam -- within the Theewaterskloof to extract the last 10% of its water. This week, in the middle of June, the numbers are telling a much different story. Dam levels are now at 38.1%, an increase of more than 27% over its lowest levels recorded on 23 April, and a 6.3% increase over last week. That's an additional 56.5-billion litres of water added to Cape Town's surface...

  • WATCH: dramatic video of Cape Town cash-in-transit heist emerges

    Cash-in-transit heists are no longer a Gauteng phenomenon judging by a dramatic morning on Cape Town's Flats. On Monday around 9pm along the city's busy Jakes Gerwel Drive a cash transit vehicle was attacked. Details are scant at this point, but the aftermath of the heist was clear: the vehicle's flank was torn apart, while cash bills were strewn across the rain-sodden road. Upon hearing the commotion, some onlookers got out their phones and recorded the incident. Clips then made their way onto Twitter and Facebook. Popular group @TrafficWC reposted one of these videos on Facebook which has garnered some 2600 views at...

  • Aussies struggle to watch World Cup after Optus’s streaming goofs

    While loadshedding has caused many South Africans to miss World Cup games this year, Australian fans aren't having it much better. Australia's World Cup coverage is reportedly so bad that the country's prime minister himself logged a complaint with the exclusive broadcaster's CEO on Monday. Judging by chatter on Twitter, telecoms firm Optus has been facing streaming issues including timeouts, long buffer times, and dead connections since the tournament began last week. And fans took to Twitter to voice their annoyance. This is the third day in a row! We are sick of the apologies and guarantees, you need to give the...

  • Hi again loadshedding: Eskom’s really unfunny meme is back in South Africa

    Four years ago, the World Cup was disrupted by loadshedding as Eskom struggled to maintain juice in its electricity grid. Last night, as the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia, loadshedding once again reared its ugly head. The electricity utility was forced to implement loadshedding after its workers downed tools Thursday. By Thursday evening, some areas -- namely the large metropolitan areas of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg -- were forced to switch off the power to some suburbs. 🔊🔊🔊#Loadshedding Alert : Block 6 Chatsworth and Shallcross are currently without power until 20:00 tonight. Newlands, Verulam and Umhlodti will be switched...