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  • Robbie Williams (and his World Cup middle finger) spikes Google Search traffic

    If you were expecting Will Smith to open the 2018 World Cup in Russia this evening, don't worry, we were too. Instead a British pop singer from the 1990s named Robbie Williams appeared like a legendary Pokemon to sing some of his hits from yesteryear. It was a tad odd, considering that "Rock DJ", one of four tracks he performed from the beginning of this millennium, is now old enough to legally order an alcoholic beverage in South Africa. His other tracks aren't any younger. To make matters even worse, he kind of flipped off most of planet Earth in a subtle-but-not-so-subtle...

  • 10 World Cup stars you have to follow on Twitter

    Brace yourselves, because the 2018 FIFA World Cup is now firmly upon us, and social media. And it's set to remain this way for the next four weeks. To celebrate, why not get to know 10 of the world's most famous ball kickers up close and personal by stalking them on Twitter? If this sounds good to you, grab a pen, find your Twitter login details, and get ready to hit that follow button. Cristiano Ronaldo Formerly of Manchester United, the Real Madrid and Portugal striker will probably be one of the tournament's top scorers come the end of the group stage. But...

  • How do the 2018 FIFA World Cup teams rank on social media?

    France, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and most recently Germany, have won the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy. They were all pretty great footballing teams, but what about their presence on social media? Before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicks off later today, we take a look at how the 32 countries rank in terms of social media fans and followers across Instagram and Twitter. Let's begin with the latter. Twitter's likely the social network where chatter surrounding key moments on the pitch will develop organically, but the current frontrunner hasn't yet won a World Cup. Mexico is the most followed team as of...

  • Daredevil raccoon out-trends Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un as it scales skyscraper

    Just a few days ago, the world witnessed pure bravery when a Malian national scaled four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony. But even this feat has just been outdone... by a raccoon. Internet fame doesn't last long, especially when a fluffy, determined trash panda decides to scale one of St Paul, Minnesota's tallest buildings. Under the hashtag #Mprraccoon, users across the internet united to watch this furry little fella do the near impossible. And by impossible, we mean becoming even bigger news than Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's landmark Singapore summit. ...

  • Uber Lite launches in India

    Uber Lite is now a thing, but it's not a new offering from the ride-hailing service. Instead, it's a new app, keeping up with tech companies' recent trend of developing low bandwidth, low footprint apps for emerging markets. "Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone," said Shirish Andhare, the company's head of product for emerging markets, in an announcement. Uber Lite weighs in at around 5MB, notably slimmer than the 40.4MB required to install the traditional Android app. Visually, it sheds the default initial map overlay on...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now healthier than they were in June 2016

    There's some more good news this week for thirsty Cape Town. As of 11 June 2018, the city's total dam storage levels stood at 31.8%, marking an increase of 2% over the previous week. Overall dam levels have seen a 10.9% increase since 7 May. At the same point in 2017, the city had just 20.9% stored within its six largest dams. In 2016, that figure stood at 29.6%. So currently, Cape Town has a larger amount of water stored than it did at the same point in June 2016. Individual dams continue their positive trend, albeit see smaller gains this...

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends Deadpool 2’s SA box office reign

    Say goodbye to Marvel's dominance of SA's box office charts in 2018, and usher in our new dinosaur overlords. Displacing Deadpool 2 from this past weekend's top spot (8 - 10 June) is the Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Although receiving a lukewarm response from critics, at least according to its prequel, the film has since made more than US$151-million globally. Ryan Reynolds is still fending off Breaking In from second spot, with Sherlock Gnomes climbing one spot to fourth place. Avengers: Infinity War is still the SA box office's biggest grosser, albeit in fifth. It has since made more than...

  • Trump, Merkel and other world leaders star in new G7 Summit meme

    You just can't keep US President Donald Trump out of the meme world for too long. Well, at least him and German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Friday, Merkel's social media team published the image to Instagram, where it received more than 65 000 likes and 4700 comments. From there, it found its way onto Twitter, where users highlighted the indifferent expressions of the world leaders. The scene itself is straight out of a baroque painting. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9,...

  • Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies shed even more value this weekend

    It must suck if you've bought Bitcoin any time this year. The cryptocurrency, along with a slew of its competitors and peers, crashed in value this past weekend. This comes after a cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea dubbed Coinrail was hacked. The hack only saw US$40-million in cryptocurrency lost -- around 30% of the exchange's value -- but the implications were far reaching. According to Coinmarketcap, the price of Bitcoin was hovering at the US$7400 mark late Saturday. By Monday morning, the price dropped to US$6700. Its market cap now stands at US$116-billion, but that itself is down from US$130-billion two days...

  • Instagram ‘@mention sharing’ lets you crosspost Stories with pals

    In a new update, Instagram will now let you include a story that you've been tagged in in your own Stories. According to the social network, this lets those "caught up in a soccer game" to relive and share moments. How nice. "When someone mentions you in their story, you receive a notification in your Direct message thread with that person — now, you’ll see an option to add that content to your own story," it adds. "Tap it to see that story as a sticker -- you can scale, rotate and position it and add creative tools like text or stickers...

  • Fb.gg: Facebook’s game streaming portal to rival Twitch is now live

    Facebook today debuted its own game streaming portal dubbed Fb.gg, in a bit to compete with Microsoft's Mixer, Google's YouTube Gaming and Amazon's Twitch. The service is baked into the Facebook experience. You'll need to be logged in to begin streaming, but others' streams can be watched sans account. Beyond that, it pretty much does what every other video streaming service does: allow gamers to live stream a title of choice. At the moment, it seems Fortnite, Mobile Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is among the top picks, appealing to the current battle royale and mobile gaming craze. For now, the experience is...

  • Don’t be fooled: 2018 FIFA World Cup scams you should be weary of

    We're just a few weeks away from the global phenomenon of watching men kick an inflatable bladder around a patch of grass, and cyber criminals have never been more excited. The FIFA World Cup, taking place in Russia this year beginning on 14 June, is an event that brings together billions of humans online. And taking advantage of these humans through online scams is an attractive proposition for some. According to security firm ESET, a number of scams have already been spotted in the wild. A majority of these dupes have taken the form of emails with documents attached, while others are...

  • Fanny pack searches are trending so hard in 2018 (but why?)

    Like movies and music, fashion is a cyclical internet culture phenomenon. As the online world influences it, fashion itself fuels sentiment online. And as more netizens focus on their physical attire on a daily basis thanks to the boom of image-heavy social media, trends are often made, or in this case, revived on the internet. The latest example is straight from the 1980s: fanny packs. And no, it doesn't seem to be an ironic Weird Al Yankovic style revival either. Google Trends data notes an uptick in search traffic for these waist-secured utilitarian satchels, spiking massively since the beginning of the year....

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 is Disney’s most ambitious crossover event of the year

    Stand back planet Earth, because Disney's about to release its own Emoji Movie. This is at least according to commenters on Wreck-It Ralph 2's second trailer. Officially known as Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the flick will see our eponymous large-handed but lovable brute and princess Vanellope von Schweetz venture beyond the confines of their arcade. Here they'll run into Twitter, Facebook, and a wad of other Disney intellectual properties on a mission to find a replacement part for the broken Sugar Rush arcade machine. Commentary on social hierarchies, self-memes and intelligent meta-jokes are all sneaked in thanks to Rich...

  • Deadpool 2 spends third week above Avengers: Infinity War in SA movie chart

    It looks like Marvel has a new hit movie series on its hands. If indications of the first Deadpool's success wasn't enough, the sequel has now topped the Southern African movie charts for the third weekend running. According to Ster-Kinekor data, Deadpool 2 hasn't yet usurped Avengers: Infinity War's local earnings just yet, even if it has made some US$600-million globally. The showpiece of the MCU has racked up just under R70-million locally since its debut on the chart nearly two months ago. It however remains Southern Africa's second most popular movie. Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline If you thought...