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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Aquaman opens 2019 as SA’s biggest movie

    The first weekend of 2019 saw a superhero movie take the top spot of the Southern African box office. DC Comics' Aquaman spent another weekend (4 - 6 January 2019) atop the local charts according to Ster Kinekor, keeping in tune with its global success. The flick has amassed R37.3-million in the region thus far, but just below US$950-million globally, making it 46th biggest grossing movie of all time. Below DC Comics' biggest ever movie, Transformers spin-off Bumblebee places second, with Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in third position. Two remakes of timeless classics follow. Mary Poppins Returns (which is oddly enough also available...

  • 6 movies hitting South Africa’s box office in January 2019

    With a new year comes a new roster of movies set to make their big screen debuts. At the time of writing, only six movies are confirmed with launch dates in South Africa according to IMDb, but all seemingly offer something different to the discerning movie-goer. Holmes & Watson Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Kelly Macdonald. Director: Etan Cohen (Get Hard). Date: 4 January 2019. American actors dallying in British humour? What is this, 2019? Sherlock and the original good doctor must catch a criminal who plans to kill the Queen in four days, but along the way, they get pretty close to killing her...

  • 2018 in review: the biggest stories of the year

    This year has gone by in one indistinguishable blur. If you can't quite remember what happened in the past 12 months, enjoy a quick recap of some of Memeburn's biggest stories below. Julius Malema calls Trump a 'pathological liar' US President Donald Trump is known for giving every one important in his life a nickname, but what about those who bestow the honour upon him? Enter EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema. Dros Silverton rape sends SA into shock A six-year-old girl was raped in a Dros branch in Pretoria in September. The news, and resultant videos of the incident on social media, sent shockwaves...

  • South Africa’s 5 most retweeted tweets of 2018

    On Wednesday, social network Twitter shed some light on some of its 2018 metrics, including South Africa's most popular hashtags, and the country's most popular tweets. While one would think that the most retweeted tweet would focus on politics, the country's SOE crises, or anything to do with sport, it's not the case. These are the most retweeted tweets of the year in South Africa according to Twitter. Published in July, this repost of a clip filmed by Africa News tells the story of a 11-year-old Nigerian artist who has a particular talent for producing life-like portraits. At the time of writing, it...

  • 10 Christmas and holiday playlists you can find on Spotify

    According to a few shopping malls, it's been Christmas since the beginning of October. But seriously now, we're just days away from the holiday many love. Apart from the copious amount of delicious food, and the unwrapping of gifts, another highlight of the festive period is the music. Thankfully, there's no need to keep that Boney M vinyl on repeat anymore. Now, with the likes of Spotify available in South Africa, we can now enjoy handpicked playlists until we're blue in the face. 100 Greatest Christmas Songs Ever by Topsify You may peer briefly into this list and find Michael Buble and Mariah...

  • 5 simple road tripping tech tips and tricks

    Bottom line: you shouldn't use your smartphone while you drive, but that doesn't mean your shotgun pilot can use it, nor does it mean not travel with it. In fact, smartphones have become almost as essential as fuel for travel, whether in public transport or private car. Other technology too are playing more important roles too. Here are a few tech tips and tricks for making the most of your road tripping this December. Mount your smartphone before you start the car This might seem obvious, but it's not when you're in a rush. Using your smartphone while driving isn't just illegal (in some...

  • Tips and tricks to make you Google account even more secure

    I bet we all like to believe that your Google account is super secure, especially since we use such detailed and complicated passwords. But in 2018, complicated passwords just aren't enough. There are a slew of other measures you should think about putting in place before you can sleep soundly at night. We scrape the surface below. For the love of... activate 2FA Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the first thing you should activate when creating a new account on the internet. When it's enabled, you'll be asked for your password in addition to a special code sent to you or created by...

  • Jacob Zuma returns with a brand new Twitter account

    After scrapping his original Twitter account, former South African president Jacob Zuma, has on Friday reemerged on the social network. Tweeting under the handle @PresJGZuma, Zuma thanked Twitter for the "warm welcome" with a short clip explaining his intentions. For one, he wishes to "move with the times" to join this "important area of conversation". He also addressed the plethora of fake accounts using his name, as well as the people on the social network who are "talking about" him. Good morning MzansiThank you for the warm welcome, I look forward to engaging with you. pic.twitter.com/sr1MhSNf0F— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) December 14,...

  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • Twitter just loves Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s African Content Movement

    It's pretty fashionable to launch your own political party in South Africa nowadays. The latest public figure to do just that is former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Today, the African Content Movement (ACM) lurched into being just a few days after former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille launched her new party, called GOOD. But de Lille's party received nothing but good puns on Twitter. (That good pun was entirely intentional). Motsoeneng's was met with a bevy of opinion. A swathe of users were defiantly "nope". To think the will be people voting for him 🚶🚶🚶#HlaudiMotsoeneng pic.twitter.com/ALR3JnH1yu— Lerato Mjali (@LeratoMjali) 13 December 2018 https://twitter.com/Penuel_N_Nkosi/status/1073144242636234757 While...

  • Record-breaking YouTube Rewind 2018 racks up 10m dislikes in six days

    It's taken just under a week, but finally, YouTube Rewind 2018 has lived up to the hype. It's now the platform's most hated video ever published. With 10-million dislikes, it has usurped Justin Bieber's 2010 hit "Baby" while becoming the first video in the platform's history to rack up an eight-digit dislike total. It's not exactly surprising either. On 10 December -- just four days after it was published -- it became the second most disliked video on the video platform. Feature image: screenshot, YouTube Rewind 2018 via YouTube

  • Cape Town’s December dam levels decline, but there are positives

    As of 10 December 2018, Cape Town's dams are 69.5% full, declining by 0.9% over the previous week. This may seem like a substantial loss, but digging a bit deeper into the City of Cape Town's latest dam report (pdf), you'll find that it's not all doom and gloom. As Level 3 water restrictions are in place -- since the beginning of December -- the overall daily water consumption of the city remains below 550-million litres per day. The City's current consumption target for agriculture and urban use is 650-million. The knock-on effect is positive. According to the City's dam storage vs....

  • Update: Shooting in Strasbourg shocks Twitter worldwide

    Update, 9am, Wed 12 Dec: According to Reuters, at least three people have been killed, with 12 people wounded. The 29-year-old suspect was reportedly on a French security watchlist, and remains at large. It's also not clear if he is till sin France. French interior minister Christophe Castaner announced in a press conference that the country's national security threat level has been raised to its highest status. The lockdown on the European Parliament complex has also since been lifted. Original article: The French city of Strasbourg began trending on Twitter Tuesday night after gunshots were fired at a Christmas market. According to a BBC...

  • Ghidorah makes Godzilla look like a gecko in new ‘King of the Monsters’ trailer

    This new flick really should've been called "Godzilla versus King Ghidorah and friends" but King of the Monsters will just have to do. Godzilla: King of the Monsters got its second and much darker trailer this week, featuring all the heavy hitters you've come to expect from an ensemble monster flick. Actually, I shouldn't call them monsters. They're titans. Gods. And they're pretty sick of the "human infection" plaguing the Earth. Mothra makes an appearance. Rodan is present too. But the real clash on screen are the two monsters mentioned on line one. Alongside the frightening and angry pixels, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger...

  • Uber launches 24/7 hotline in South Africa

    Uber South Africa has launched a telephonic support line which will be available around the clock throughout the festive season. According to a press release published on Monday, the company explained that the line can be used by passengers, current drivers, or those who wish to become drivers to voice concerns or ask questions. The hotline is only available through the Uber app's "Help" section. In the case of an emergency, the company still asks that drivers and riders call 10111, South Africa's emergency and police hotline. Feature image: Memeburn