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Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch).
  • MiniMeme Podcast #6: Is the AI-pocalypse upon us?

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast brought to you by Burn Media’s junior staff as they tackle the topics that tickle their fancy. This week Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala talk artificial intelligence, its pros and cons, and what Elon Musk wants to do to our brains. Will robots effectively become slaves? Will they see us their God? Will they want to kill us? Mark Zuckerberg says no, Musk says yes, and we say: Let us know if you agree, disagree, or want to punch us in the face here or over on Twitter. Music by BenSound. Recommended reading: AI Open Letter -- Future of Life Institute Through Neuralink,...

  • Facebook revamps News Feed, DM-like comments & circles abound

    Facebook has announced a minor redesign of its News Feed that tackles the comment section, readability and those darn square profile pictures. Over the coming weeks, the company will be rolling out a few updates so that the Feed is more "conversational". The biggest of these is a revamped comments section that replaces the trusty block comments with bubbles that resemble the DM look Apple made popular with iMessage. This section -- and the rest of the Feed -- will be pulling a Twitter and replacing the square images with sleeker circles. Facebook says that these combined updates make it "easier to...

  • Trump retweets someone calling him a ‘fascist’, deletes almost immediately

    US President Donald Trump allegedly retweeted a tweet deeming him a "fascist" before deleting it swiftly from his account. Twitter user Mike Holden was replying to a Fox News article on the potential pardon of Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is a former sheriff who violated an order to stop racially profiling Latinos, and Holden clearly disagreed with what could be Trump's first pardon as president. He's a fascist, so not unusual. — Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) August 15, 2017 Dissent for the current president is not unusual on Twitter -- but what is unusual is a retweet from a high profile user who predominantly uses...

  • Grace Mugabe allegedly assaults SA model, Twitter calls for arrest

    Update, 4.18pm: Grace Mugabe has reportedly fled to Harare after failing to appear in court. Grace Mugabe's motorcade has been spotted coming back from the airport in Harare. No ways was she going to hang around to clean up her mess — Simon Allison (@simonallison) August 15, 2017 Original article: A 20-year-old South African model has opened a case of assault against Zimbabwean first lady after she allegedly beat her with an extension cord in Sandton on Sunday, and Twitter is calling for justice. Gabriella Engels told News24 she was with Mugabe's two sons Robert and Chatunga in a hotel room when a bodyguard asked her to step...

  • South Africa’s box office: Son of Bigfoot strong, but Girls Trip stronger

    Girls Trip has held on tight to the top spot it won last week, refusing to kneel to competition like Baby Driver (in second) and newcomer Son of Bigfoot. The animated film about a half-human half-Bigfoot son (don't think about it too hard) debuted in third as the first kids movie to open in three weeks (which is like five years in kids' time). But how did the other films crack on this weekend? (11 to 13 August) The introduction of the Bigfoot-hybrid meant that Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (review) was pushed down one spot into fourth. The war epic is currently Nolan's sixth highest grosser as director, behind his Batman works, Inception and Interstellar. Son of...

  • Last week in trailers: The Crown, Loving Vincent, mother! & more

    Ah, the bittersweet feeling of watching trailers never destined for South African theatres. It's like being on Twitter when a cyclone hits Joburg, or the US holds an election -- you just have to enjoy your popcorn from the sidelines. But, hey, the heart wants what it wants and my heart wants trailers. So trailers it shall get. mother! The teaser for Darren Aronofsky's mother! was released last week, but it didn't take long for the official trailer to follow. It reveals a screaming Jennifer Lawrence, a shady Javier Bardem, bleeding light bulbs, potentially angry mobs and only a tiny bit of plot. It has everything, including a South African...

  • Bonang’s book is so full of typos Exclusive Books is offering refunds

    Exclusive Books is offering full refunds to readers dissatisfied with socialite Bonang Matheba's book From A to B. The book was allegedly full of grammatical errors, and a reedited version should be on the shelves soon. In the meantime, Exclusive Books is so keen on saving its image its not even asking for receipts in exchange for refunds. All customers please take note of the following. pic.twitter.com/dFypasaKbx — Exclusive Books (@ExclusiveBooks) August 8, 2017 It has also cancelled all signings and events. In the two weeks since its release, From A to B has rocketed to the top of the store's bestselling list. Bonang's rapper boyfriend AKA tweeted...

  • Migos is coming to South Africa, and the web can’t wait

    US hip-hop trio Migos is making its way to Durban and Joburg this October, and South Africans are excited to say the least. Rain drop, drop top! @Migos Culture Tour hits SA this October! You coming?? #MigosCultureTour pic.twitter.com/qaQz9jYkT4 — BET Africa ch. 129 (@BET_Africa) August 8, 2017 The band, known best for track-turned-meme "Bad and Boujee", was trending in second on Twitter behind the #ZumaVote by noon Tuesday -- which didn't escape South Africans' notice. Engathi the Migos tour dates where released today to distract the youth from the vote of no confidence? — Menzi Xonx 🥂 (@Menzi_Xonx) August 8, 2017 There's no doubt that the youth...

  • South Africa’s box office: Girls Trip arrives at number one

    Chick flick Girls Trip has smashed into first place this weekend despite its small budget and macho competition. Opening just ahead of Edgar Wright's much-hyped Baby Driver, the women-led film surpassed expectations both locally and abroad, pulling in US$90-million on a US$20-million budget in two weeks. Baby Driver has hardly had a bad run, though, and has so far made US$154-million from US$34-million in just over a month. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (4 to 6 August) The tag-teaming opening duo fought well and pushed Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed Dunkirk (review) down to third after just one week at the top. The war epic places Harry Style's...

  • The YouTube app now has a DM tab

    Google has added yet another messaging feature to its repertoire -- and this time it's on the YouTube app. Dubbed the "Shared" tab, the feature allows you to send videos and chat with friends directly in YouTube. These friends are anyone you connect with via email, phone number or an invitation link. That's right -- anyone to whom you've ever sent an email will now have your channel sitting in their shared tab for whenever they get nosy. With the click of a button, your university tutors, your colleagues, that friend you stopped speaking to years ago: they'll know every video...

  • Here’s how ‘kidnapped’ model Chloe Ayling was saved by Instagram

    British model Chloe Ayling has said Instagram saved her when she was allegedly abducted and held for ransom in Italy. The 20-year-old claims that she was lured to a fake set, but when she arrived in Milan, two men grabbed and drugged her before shoving her into a suitcase. She awoke handcuffed and was told by masked men that she was to be sold on the dark web to the highest bidder. "When the buyer gets tired of the girl he can give them to others or if she’s not longer of interest she’s ‘tiger meat’," one of them told Ayling. Her...

  • Last week in trailers: horrified Jennifer Lawrence, Death Wish remake & more

    Last week in trailers was all about blood, gore and murder so if you're into that then get excited and maybe also seek a little help. From hostages to child soldiers to nuns, this week has all of your niche violence covered. So let's jump straight in. mother! Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has kept the details for his upcoming thriller mother! relatively quiet, and this short teaser was all that was offered last week. Sporting a stellar cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig, the film tells of a couple whose relationship is tested when a group...

  • Google employee’s anti-diversity memo targets women’s ‘biology’

    A Google employee has come under fire for releasing a ten-page-long document on why diversity in the workplace is dangerous. The document, which was first reported by Motherboard, was circulated internally at Google before being released publicly by Gizmodo. In it, the author outlines how men and women differ biologically -- and how the company's diversity efforts should be examined in regards to its "costs and benefits". They argue that women are more people-oriented, anxiety-prone and less ambitious, and conclude that the workplace should not be made more comfortable for them because male employees would suffer. The document also claims that there are notable IQ differences between different groups of people...

  • #DestinyVideo: Cassper Nyovest evokes Black Mirror in latest video

    South African recording artist Cassper Nyovest has created a stir on Twitter after dropping the video for his latest single "Destiny" yesterday. The heavily stylised video takes place in the future as featuring artist Goapele walks through an expensive, minimalist house while scrolling through holographic screens. The scene evokes imagery from the likes of Ex Machina and Black Mirror -- made even more clear when it is revealed (spoilers, I guess) that Goapele is a robot Nyovest created. Destiny was directed by Capetonian Kyle Lewis, who has helmed other videos by the likes of Nasty C and Khuli Chana. In less than 24 hours, the video was trending in...

  • South Africa’s box office: Dunkirk done did it

    Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk met the praise of many a critic but now it has passed the ultimate test: the South African audience. Kicking Despicable Me 3 down to second after it lost its school holiday mojo, Dunkirk soared right into first place (get it? Because there are planes in it? I'm a history buff). The film -- which will almost certainly be Oscar-nominated -- has already doubled its budget, pulling in US$232-million worldwide. But how did the other films fair this weekend (that's another plane joke)? (28 to 30 July) Last week's top three all shifted down one spot to make room for Dunkirk: Spider-Man: Homecoming is now in third,...