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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).
  • Grindr launches online magazine in move to become a lifestyle brand

    Grindr, the Tinder for queer men, is working on breaking away from being just another hook-up app. While the app boasts the most engagement of any dating apps (its three-million-plus active users are on the app an average of 54 minutes a day), the company wants to do more. It wants to become a lifestyle brand. On Monday it launched online magazine Into -- a place for LGBT+ writers, photographers, and creators to celebrate and represent their world. In an interview with Forbes, CEO Joel Simkhai and Creative Director Landis Smithers said that the app's users see it as far more than just a way to find...

  • Day #98209: Facebook is still copying Snapchat

    Facebook is continuing its fight to become the One App to Rule Them All, and we're all very, very tired. Yesterday, the company introduced its Snapchat stories clone to its final frontier: the Facebook app. The clone includes -- you guessed it -- interactive filters, effects and frames. It's even going to feature sponsored filters and content from upcoming films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Despicable Me 3. Oh yes. Minions. Late last year, Facebook introduced stories to Instagram, where it has become relatively popular. It then wildly misunderstood why people are using WhatsApp and introduced the feature there (is there anyone even using...

  • Magician make-up artists paint their lids with all the memes of the wind

    Some people save images and repost them online with a half-baked caption. Those people are lazy. They are not like the incredible make-up artists on Instagram and Twitter who spend hours painstakingly painting their favourite memes onto their eyelids for the ultimate millennial look. Bold and Brash - Squidward Tentacles (2001) pic.twitter.com/TiYApsIuam — what in menstruation (@thai_brows) March 13, 2017 Jenny is the non-binary creator of the trend and goes by thai_brows on Twitter. They told Mashable that Spongebob is in their head so often that when their boyfriend mentioned a rash, Spongebob's Bold and Brash was all they could think about. Painting your favourite memes...

  • South Africa’s box office: Power Rangers packs a weak punch

    Power Rangers was unable to take on the mighty Kong: Skull Island (review) this week, debuting at number two and allowing the reigning champ to keep its top spot for the third week in a row. Despite being abnormally strong, glowing teens, it seems the Power Rangers, like John Wick, are not members you want on your ultimate Superfight team. This giant gorilla just can't be beat. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (24 to 26 March) Keeping up with the Kandasamys is hanging tight to its third place spot for its fourth consecutive week -- an impressive achievement for a South African film. But while...

  • Facebook’s new feature could save your life

    Facebook is in the process of rolling out a feature that could save your life -- or just help abusers. Live Location in Messenger allows you to send your current, moving location to a person or group. For a period of 60 minutes -- or until you stop sharing -- your friends will be able to follow your movements on the Messenger app. They will also be told how long it would take you to get to them. "We've been testing this for a little while, and people tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling...

  • Elon Musk wants to enhance the human brain with AI

    Elon Musk has clearly not watched Black Mirror -- or he's just one of the few who couldn't wait for it to become a reality. According to The Wall Street Journal, Musk's latest venture is in merging natural biology with digital intelligence. This could see humans being granted better memory (a la season one's The Entire History) or connect to computers with our thoughts (season three's Playtest?). Musk has been hinting at this attempt for a few months, but its still in very early stages. The biggest obstacle it faces is the lack of complete understanding of the brain. @BelovedRevol Maybe next month — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017 Bryan Johnson...

  • Last week in trailers: Justice League writes The Avengers in the Death Note

    The sweet smell of rivalry is in the air, so grab your popcorn and slide into the hell that is the YouTube comments section, because this week has brought with it some strong opinions. On today's menu: a DC trailer that takes digs at the Trump-supporting Marvel CEO, another Asian character whitewashed with a mediocre actor, slow motion boobs and a potentially exploitative documentary on a murdered 6-year-old. Take your pick. Justice League Let's just get straight to this week's most anticipated trailer: DC's first for Justice League that is determined to remind superhero lovers that they may have the most Razzies, but at least...

  • Here’s what you’ll be watching for the next 5 years

    If you're someone who doesn't like change or lights at the end of tunnels, then, boy, do I have good news for you. Hollywood has lost all courage to market new ideas, and will be exploiting your nostalgia for what could very well be the rest of your life. Spontaneity is dead, so why not plan your foreseeable future right this very second? Here's what to expect in your cinematic future. Disney's live action remakes We've seen Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Up next month in South Africa is Beauty and the Beast -- and up after that is Mulan and The Lion King. The circle of life now apparently includes resurrection. Disney recently...

  • Snap’s Bitmoji was one of the fastest growing apps of 2016

    When you live with a nineteen-year-old first year, you hear about things like Friendmojis. You hear complaints about the fact that their avatar can only hang out with one friend's animated character at a time. So you become aware of the popularity the app has with people who have multiple friends (a strange concept). It's unsurprising that an app that lets you create a Lizzie McGuire-esque animated version of yourself is popular with millenials. But Bitmoji's popularity is staggering. The Snapchat-owned app is only two and a half years old, and according to a new report by comScore, it's growing even faster in the US...

  • 5 South African podcasts you should be listening to

    Podcasts are an incredible storytelling medium. They're intimate, they're accessible, and they make chores go by in a hurry. The issue with them, though, is that most popular podcasts are American. It's difficult to find South African podcasts of quality that are equally as entertaining. But just because they're hidden doesn't mean they don’t exist. Memeburn spoke to the creators of some of South Africa's best podcasts about their shows and the medium itself. Here's what they had to say. Alibi Meet Alibi: South Africa's answer to Serial. Journalist and author Paul McNally produces this long-form investigative podcast that follows the story of Anthony...

  • #EFFSoldOut: Twitter blames Guptas for hashtag

    There's no denying that in South African politics, Twitter is the EFF's platform. Its leader Julius Malema has 1.3-million followers and engages with them on a regular basis -- compared to President Jacob Zuma of the ANC, who hasn't tweeted since 2013. Exactly, the liberation of the mind is very important pic.twitter.com/9XrxGGeCze — Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) March 21, 2017 And when it comes to popular hashtags, the party's supporters come out in troves to support its politics, often drowning out dissenting voices. This weekend, Black First Land First, the Pan-Africanist party founded by ex-EFF member Andile Mngxitama, started the hashtag #EFFSoldOut. #EFFSoldOut Former...

  • Oh no, baby! What is with this brand new meme?

    If you haven't seen this meme yet: what are you doing, baby? Every now and then a meme is formed out of pure joy and love, and this may just be the first of 2017. College student Nick Joseph and his friend Dan Rue have a knack for getting in trouble and dancing their way through it -- and it's delightful to watch on screen. On 4 March, the duo posted the first vlog of their #ThatsTheOne series on YouTube. The series follows them as they crash weddings, steal primates and 'trespass' on basketball players' mansions. My personal favourite sees the two stealing...

  • Get Out movie review: an impeccable horror with a social twist

    Have you ever had something reaffirm your passion? When you’ve gotten into a groove of taking the same hikes, reading similar books, drinking the same coffee -- and then suddenly one view takes your breath away, one book makes you sob, one cup of coffee reminds you this is why you love it. This is what Get Out feels like for someone who loves film. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut moves from strength to strength over the course of two hours, and by the end of it you’re left with the wind knocked out of you, simultaneously panicked and rejuvenated. The pounding...

  • #CupBlowingChallenge: The newest viral teen fad

    First we lay flat on random surfaces. Then we choked on cinnamon. We created chemical burns on our hands. We flipped bottles skillfully. And now we're blowing cups. And all things considered, it's definitely an improvement. The new fad taking the internet by storm does not put anyone in harm's way -- yet -- and, much like bottle flipping, it's all about focus and determination. It all started when one talented young man used magic and the speed of his own breath to cause one cup to fly perfectly into another. Im a magician. 🐐 A post shared by Pablo 🤙🏽💥 (@deandre__6) on Mar 15,...

  • Black Cat and Silver Sable to star in latest Spider-Man movie

    If there's anything that gets me more hyped than women superheroes, its multiple women superheroes starring in the same film. In a move that looks set to directly compete with DC, Sony have decided its next film in the Spider-Man universe will be centred on Black Cat and Silver Sable. Black Cat (or Felicia Hardy) is known to fans as the Catwoman to Spider-Man's Batman. The acrobatic cat burglar and Spider-Man have had a long on-off romance in the comics, despite her mistrust of men that stems from a traumatic past. This film will be Black Cat's first proper introduction to the cinematic universe...