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  • This ‘Kingsman’ star is playing Elton John in 2019’s Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, the lead character in the Kingsman franchise, will be playing Sir Elton John in Rocketman -- an upcoming musical about the icon’s life. Paramount Pictures posted the first official photo of Egerton in character on its Twitter account saying, “an epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story”. An epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story. @TaronEgerton stars as Sir Elton John in @RocketmanMovie, in theatres Summer 2019. #Rocketman pic.twitter.com/m9QyDXQyTp — Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) September 28, 2018 Does Egerton suit the role? Can he sing? Guess we’ll have to wait until mid-2019 to find out, but Twitter endorsed the decision. Taron looks almost...

  • More than a million people now use UberEats in South Africa

    UberEats is this week celebrating its second year of operation in South Africa, and with it provided a slew of factoids on our eating habits and SA user numbers. The food delivery service first came to Johannesburg in 2016, and launched in Cape Town in 2017. At present it operates in three additional South African cities. In a press release celebrating the milestone, the company said that in the past year user growth has doubled with over a million people now using the service in South Africa. It also revealed it lists more than 2000 South African restaurants are "providing over 50...

  • DStv Mobile will be killed on 31 October

    DStv Mobile will be killed on 31 October 2018. In an announcement on satellite TV provider's website, it claimed that running the service is no longer feasible. DStv Mobile -- used for receiving DStv packages on mobile devices like the Walka -- has been around for eight years and runs on a digital video broadcasting format that the company believes is obsolete. “Even better service can be offered to our customers on DStv Now via the internet and WiFi,” it admitted. To compensate those who use the mobile service, DStv has already stopped billing customers for September, insurance included. “This applies to customers...

  • Instagram’s co-founders officially resign and leave Facebook

    Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced their resignation from Facebook. In a statement released on Instagram's blog, Systrom said that both he and Krieger "remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion". Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 and has since exercised its control over the popular app. Now with its original creators leaving the platform, many fear for what Instagram might become. After the announcement, Facebook's share priced dropped by 2%. A seemingly small number, but an indication to what investors might...

  • Future Google Search will answer questions you haven’t even asked yet

    This year googlegle celebrated its 20 year milestone. Now it seems to be looking forward to the next 20 in the form of Google Search. “As Google marks our 20th anniversary, I wanted to share a first look at the next chapter of Search, and how we’re working to make information more accessible and useful for people everywhere,” says the company’s Search, News and Assistant Vice President, Ben Gomes in a blog post. According to him, there are three core shifts to what comes next. More than an answer Google won’t just provide you with answers for what you search anymore, but also...

  • YouTube Gaming will be evicted March 2019, move back in with parents

    After launching YouTube Gaming in 2015, YouTube is now reintegrating it into the proper YouTube experience in the form of a channel. Simply called Gaming, the new channel also spells the end of the old YouTube Gaming hub, which is set to join Google Inbox shuttering next March. “We have a strong and vibrant audience on the YouTube Gaming app, but the amount of gamers we are able to reach is far bigger on YouTube,”the company revealed. Moving the Gaming channel into YouTube proper does have its merits though. “YouTube is where the world watches gaming. More than 200-million of you come to...

  • Instagram launches its shopping experience, but it’s not what we first thought

    Instagram has introduced a new online shopping experience to consumers, but it’s not the standalone app we expected. Instead, you can shop inside Instagram Stories and from a new Shopping channel in your explore feed. “We began testing Shopping in Stories in June, and today we’re rolling it out globally and expanding it to businesses in 46 countries,” the company said on its blog. So now, when viewing Stories posted by brands and stores, you can click on shop-linking stickers to see more about the products. “Topic channels, which launched in June, allow you to browse across your interests and go deeper on...

  • Private cannabis use is now legal in South Africa (and Twitter is loving it)

    On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court decriminalized the private use of cannabis in South Africa. The ruling comes a year after the Western Cape High Court found that some of our previous laws regarding cannabis were unconstitutional. So yes, as an adult in this country, you can now legally grow and consume cannabis privately. But no, you shouldn’t be buying or selling it just yet, and Parliament must still decide exactly how much you can legally use before a police officer decides to arrest you. All the hazy specifics aside though, if you’re over 18 and know how to grow some green then...

  • Google’s Science Fair competition is now open for entry

    Google Science Fair is open for submissions until 12 December 2018 for those between 13 and 18 years of age. The competition, which first took place in 2011, has been a place for global learners to share and develop their science initiatives, and possibly win exclusive prizes from Google and sponsors alike. The possibilities for African entrants are tangible too. The last grand prize winner, Kiara Nirghin, was born in South Africa. In a blog post about fair’s commencement, Google interviewed Nirghin, who designed a way to help alleviate the effect of drought on crops using fruit waste as water retaining polymers. Her...

  • Feed your wanderlust: 4 awesome ways foodies can use Google Maps

    Google Maps has become an essential for many commuters. The navigation tool has guided us through our daily travels, on both new and warn out routes, playing co-pilot wherever we go. Maps however, isn’t just a way to get from A to B anymore. In fact, the tool has evolved into much more, and is actually a pretty cool way to feed your inner explorer -- literally. This week Google outlined these new social features for Google Maps that are geared towards travellers and food lovers. Discover the bites around you Google Maps can suggest places for you to visit based on your...

  • Facebook’s Rosetta can understand the text in your advice animal memes

    Facebook has this week announced its machine-learning program that can read and understand text in images. This AI system, which Facebook calls Rosetta, will allow the company to read text from images on its social network, be it your advice animal memes, or road signs in photographs. “Understanding the text that appears on images is important for improving experiences, such as a more relevant photo search or the incorporation of text into screen readers that make Facebook more accessible for the visually impaired,” the company explained in the announcement. According to Facebook, Rosetta uses a two-step text extraction process. "In the first step,...

  • LG launches WhatsApp complaints service in SA

    Korean smartphone and applicance maker LG has today launched a WhatsApp service channel in South Africa, allowing users to log complaints or problems with appliances through the social messaging app. "LG’s objective in providing this service is to simplify customers’ lives," said LG South Africa in a press release. The company's WhatsApp service "will allow customers to chat directly with customer service experts when issues are reported". While consumers will be able to send the company your customer service requests via text, voice note, images and video, you will not be able to contact the company via WiFi-enabled calls or voice calls. Users...

  • Facebook Lite now comes with Community Help feature

    Last year, Facebook launched Community Help, a feature that allows people to communicate with, and help each other during times of crisis. Now the feature is coming to Facebook Lite, a lower data usage version of the Facebook app on Android. “In many areas around the world, networks can be slow and unreliable. This can be even more challenging after a crisis, when communication is critical,” the social network explains. The addition of Community Help to Facebook Lite now opens the service to countries with slower internet connection speeds and lower-specification smartphones. According to the social network, over 100 countries use its...

  • WhatsApp may soon be coming to your KaiOS feature phone

    WhatsApp has announced a new version of its app will be available on the JioPhone, a phone that runs on KaiOS. KaiOS, based on what was known as FirefoxOS at one point in time, runs on low-powered feature phones. A few of said phones are available in South Africa too, like the Nokia 8110. The chat application will soon terminate support for older Android smartphones, iOS and Windows devices. Notably, it's the first indication that the social messenger now supports the operating system, even though it does allow for some apps and internet connectivity. This too is an indication that the app may...

  • Cardi B hurls shoes at Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week party

    Nicki Minaj and Cardi B reportedly traded blows at a party during New York Fashion Week. The rappers, who have enjoyed an ongoing mutual dislike, were involved in a heated exchange on Friday night. "Cardi and Nicki both showed up at the Harper's Bazaar's bash. Nicki was with her crew at a table, when Cardi 'aggressively approached the table' ... this according to eyewitnesses," TMZ reported. "We're told Cardi said, 'Let me tell you something' ... as she lunged toward Nicki, but security stopped her inches from contact." If that wasn't enough, Cardi B also reportedly hurled her shoes at Nicki Minaj. Footage of...