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  • South Africa is the world’s fifth most Instagrammable country

    South Africa is the world's fifth most Instagrammable country according to travel publication Big Seven Travel. Ranking 192 countries based on hashtags, geolocations, reader input, and votes by "a panel of experts", South Africa was bested only by Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and Indonesia. But unlike losing in the quarter final of a sporting competition, South Africa can draw encouragement from the notable travel destinations it has outranked. This includes the Maldives (6th), Thailand (14th), Japan (15th) and Spain (18th). While Big Seven only lists Cape Town's most Instagrammable landmarks (I mean, for good reason), what about South Africa's other large cities and...

  • Trump serves McDonald’s at the White House amid government shutdown

    The US government shutdown continues into its 25th day, but that seemingly hasn't impacted the White House's dinner plans too badly. On Monday, President Donald Trump welcomed the NCAA football champions Clemson Tigers to his lodging, where a banquet of sorts was held. https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1085028803762622466 "Great American food," as Trump calls it, was fed to the players to celebrate the team's triumph against Atlanta last week. But the athletes didn't seem too keen on the idea. "I thought this was a joke," mouths one of the players as others heaped Big Macs, pizzas, French fries, and McNuggets onto plates that were far too small. "The...

  • Aquaman is now DC Comics’ biggest movie in South Africa, ever

    2016 was a dark year for DC movies. Suicide Squad was as riveting as a cold bowl of oats, and Batman v Superman is the reason why I now hate the name Martha. 2017 wasn't much better, with Justice League receiving a vaguely waggled hand by our reviewers. Later though, Wonder Woman presented an upward trend, and as December 2018 rolled around, the company's fortunes had changed. Massively. Aquaman is now South Africa's biggest DC Comics movie ever, eclipsing all but two Marvel movies -- Black Panther and Infinity War -- to now rank as the third biggest superhero movie in the...

  • This record-breaking egg has more than 24m likes on Instagram

    Just when you thought you've heard it all, a picture of an egg now holds the record for the most liked picture on Instagram. In today's "that's enough internet for me" news, a photograph of a plain chicken egg uploaded by @world_record_egg has claimed the coveted trophy previously held by Kylie Jenner. Jenner's post, which chronicles the birth of her baby with Travis Scott, was liked more than 18-million times. The snap of the egg, uploaded 10 days ago, now holds more than 24.7-million likes. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOGulcndj- "Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world...

  • Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters tops US Google Search after Tebow engagement

    On Thursday former NFL player Tim Tebow announced his engagement to South Africa's former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Tebow broke the news on Instagram in a series of snaps that have since racked up more than 430 000 likes. But it seems that Nel-Peters is stealing the limelight from Tebow on Google Search. According to the search giant's Trends portal, which monitors and charts patterns in global search habits, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has received more than 500 000 search queries on Thursday in the US. The number's also likely to climb as the Western hemisphere wakes from its slumber. Surprisingly, Tim Tebow is among the...

  • Explore Data Science Academy launches course for high-school learners

    The Explore Data Science Academy has announced that it will offer a new programme specifically for high school learners in 2019. The Cape Town-based academy will open the course to students from Grade 10 through to 12. The course will teach "fundamentals of data science and exposes students to Python programming, data visualisation and some basic machine learning algorithms," the academy announced in a release. Beginning on 11 February, the course will be exclusively online, and "involve between five and seven hours of self-study a week," said the academy co-founder Shaun Dippnall. "As an Academy we’re concerned that vital future skills...

  • AT&T renames its 4G service ‘5G E’ and its rivals are not happy

    Network operators spend a large wad of the cash you send them formulating new marketing campaigns. But while some are awkward (if not downright cringe), others are totally bogus. In the US, AT&T in late December announced that it would push updates in the new year that would replace the 4G LTE logo displayed on phones' status bars to "5G E". The move was the next phase of a technology rollout, which included improvements made to its existing 4G offerings. But there's one problem: the software update can't exactly help your 4G LTE smartphone "grow" a 5G modem. Just as a diesel...

  • 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,...