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All posts by Julia Breakey

  • First coding Google Doodle is a fun game that celebrates kids coding

    Today's Google Doodle is the first ever "coding doodle" and it is nothing short of adorable. In celebration of 50 years of kids coding languages, the doodle teaches the foundations of programming with a fun game involving a pastel rabbit who says "doing" (like boing) and desperately wants some carrots. Celebrate #CSEdWeek & 50 yrs of kids coding languages by checking out our VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle! ūüźįūü•ēūüźį‚Üí https://t.co/Kr7pjrLXOr pic.twitter.com/V0aJFBBAM2 ‚ÄĒ Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) December 4, 2017 The doodle is based on the Scratch programming¬†language for kids, and allows children -- and unfamiliar adults -- to program the rabbit across six levels, lapping...

  • Last week in trailers: Avengers, Jurassic World, white Jesus & more

    It's been a record-breaking week for trailers, as Avengers: Infinity War swiftly became the first to reach over 230-million views in just 24 hours. So if you got caught up in the hype of the Marvel franchise, don't worry: here are the other trailers you missed last week. Avengers: Infinity War In case you missed it. You probably didn't. But just in case. Highlights include: Chris Evans with a beard. Evil Loki messing with the continuity of the Thor franchise. Thanos looking like the thumb creatures from Spy Kids.  Avengers: Infinity War hits SA theatres on 27 April 2018. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom This Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom teaser is just 15 seconds of Chris...

  • These executives left tech giants in 2017

    It's been a whirlwind of a year for the top dogs at some of the biggest tech companies in the world -- and not all of it has been positive. The following are just some of the executives who left their posts in 2017. Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO Uber founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick left his post in June after a series of scandals and upsets. Kalanick faced the ire of users for joining US President Donald Trump's advisory council, for allegedly facilitating a hostile and sexist work environment, for using greyball software to avoid law enforcement, for telling a driver it was...

  • Obama warns against the perils of social media

    Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the perils of consuming news only through social media at a conference in New Delhi, India. Speaking to a group of young Indian leaders, Obama recognised that "instead of deep analysis and evaluation", users on platforms like Twitter were instead "skimming the surface", according to Time Magazine. The former president has been vocal about his qualms with social media before -- he warned of how dangerous a recorded past could be earlier this year -- but his comments are well-timed to criticise US President Donald Trump who recently retweeted incendiary videos from a far-right party in the UK. The...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa in December

    It's officially the festive season, and you know what that means: avoiding family members at absolutely all costs. So why not do so with some Netflix exclusives heading to South Africa this sunny December? Here's what's hitting the platform this month. 1 December: Dark If you're looking for something to fill the gap in your heart while Stranger Things is on hiatus, why not try German series Dark? Netflix describes the 10-episode-long show as a "family saga with a supernatural twist". It tells of a small German town reeling from the disappearance of two young children, and the trailer leans heavily on the prospect of time travel. Netflix...

  • TWR Podcast: Phones to avoid this Christmas, SA startup taking on Uber & local Black Friday stats

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey. First on the agenda is Hadlee's list of the 2017 smartphones to avoid this festive season. He talks devices like the BlackBerry KeyOne, which offers niche features for a steep price, and the LG Q6 with its high screen-to-body ratio and... not much else. This week's podcast covers smartphones, GoMetro, and Black Friday stats Stephen then talks GoMetro, the South African startup looking to take on Uber and Taxify, as well as fight congestion. In an exclusive interview,...

  • Google app Datally to help us save while waiting for data to fall

    South Africans have long been clamouring for cheaper data and it often feels like our complaints are falling on deaf ears. But if you're anxiously awaiting the days data doesn't cost you your left kidney, Google's new app Datally could make your life a little easier. In essence, Datally helps you "understand, control, and save mobile data". How? First it lets you know exactly where your data is going and offers personalised tips on how to save more. It also offers a data saver mode that it describes as a "speedometer"; the mode blocks background data and tracks real-time usage while using apps. Google's new app Datally claims to help...

  • SA’s box office: Justice League reigns supreme

    If you're an avid follower of South Africa's box office, then you may have noticed a lapse in our weekly updates. This is because Ster-Kinekor Entertainment -- which provides Memeburn with the lists -- has been experiencing technical difficulties that prevented the release of the results. Unfortunately this means that, for this week, we will be unable to compare films' performances with their previous weeks -- but as soon as we have that information it will be included in our updates.  -- Justice League (review) may not be killing it as well as DC hoped -- its opening weekend was the franchise's lowest ever --...

  • YouTube expands Community feature to users with 10k+ subs, to add ‘Stories’

    YouTube's Community feature, which it had been testing with a few creators for around a year, has been expanded to all users with more than 10 000 subscribers. The social feature allows creators to engage with their viewers using text, photos, polls, and more. The expansion announcement was expected --¬†it had been hinted at by a number of creators on Twitter -- but what wasn't expected was the introduction of a Stories-like feature called Reels. Got word that the @YouTube Community tab I've been talking to you guys on is opening up to more creators this week. @nealmohan true? ‚ÄĒ Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5)...

  • Here are the most-liked Instagram posts of 2017

    Instagram has released its 2017 year in review, and so without further ado, here are the ten most-liked images, as well as the ten most-liked videos of 2017. Top 10 most-liked images 10. Selena Gomez Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. --think 25 is going to be epic. xo A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT 9. Selena Gomez A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:21am PDT 8. Cristiano Ronaldo Family mood...

  • [WATCH] Avengers: Infinity War trailer is here

    The hugely anticipated¬†Avengers: Infinity War¬†trailer is finally --¬†finally¬†-- here. A decade in the making, the trailer promotes the epic end to Marvel's¬†Avengers¬†build-up. "There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more," each member of the team intones in part. "So when they needed us we could fight the battles that they never could."   In just two minutes, the trailer racked up over 28 000 views -- and it's safe to say that the film is going to draw¬†numbers¬†at the box office. Avengers: Infinity War¬†comes out in South Africa 27 April 2018 --...

  • South Africa targets local radio after Ladysmith Black Mambazo Grammy nominations

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Grammy nominations, announced Tuesday, have brought about a flurry of tweets criticising local radio. The South African isicathamiya group was nominated for Best World Music for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration as well as Best Children's Album for Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World -- but South Africans on Twitter have lamented the fact that the group's music isn't heard on local stations. "The Grammy Awards stay recognising LadySmith Black Mambazo (sic)," wrote Twitter user @MrMenziN, referring to the band's 15 other nominations and four wins, "but we hardly ever hear their music on our local radio." In...

  • Tom Holland accidentally reveals Avengers: Infinity War poster

    Tom Holland -- with the help of Mark Ruffalo -- accidentally revealed a poster for the much-anticipated¬†The Avengers: Infinity War¬†on¬†Instagram Live. TOM HOLLAND SHOWING A CONFIDENTIAL INFINITY WAR POSTER THAT MARK RUFFALO SENT HIM IS THE BEST THING I‚ÄôVE EVER SEEN pic.twitter.com/tYVdOyMxiz ‚ÄĒ sara (@JensenAcklesGod) November 28, 2017 (It's worth noting that the incident could very well have been staged, but it's amusing nonetheless.) The video shows that Ruffalo, who plays the Incredible Hulk, had sent Holland a gift -- and the young Spider-Man actor¬†thought it would be fun to open it on Instagram Live to his 4.5-million followers. "Yo, that's dope!" he exclaims...

  • Grindr updates its app to be more gender inclusive

    Grindr, the dating app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, is updating its app to be more inclusive of its transgender and non-binary users. The company is introducing new profile fields that offer a wider range of gender identities and pronouns, and it says it will be using more gender-neutral language within the app. The gender options now include "cis woman", "trans man", "non-binary", "non-conforming", and "queer". The change comes after the company surveyed its transgender users and consulted with the US National Center for Transgender Equality, an advocacy group. "One thing we heard over and over again from trans people using Grindr was that they felt...

  • Toy Story 2 is no longer the best rated film on Rotten Tomatoes

    Toy Story 2 has been ousted as review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' number one by none other than Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age comedy drama¬†Lady Bird. While both films -- along with many others -- have a perfect 100% rating, Disney Pixar's¬†Toy Story 2¬†received only 163 fresh reviews, while¬†Lady Bird¬†is sitting on 170 as of writing. Record broken! With 164 Fresh reviews and 0 Rotten, #LadyBird now tops the list of 100% movies with the most amount of reviews at 164. Congrats to Greta Gerwig and @A24 ‚ÄĒ ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 27, 2017 Of course, just one negative review will drop the film down to a...