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  • Go wireless with Snug [Sponsored]

    With Snug you can now go wireless in your car or your office.  No more irritation with tangled cables or trying to plug in your charger and finding that tiny charging port on your device. “Wireless charging is the way that technology is going for all devices.  Our Snug brand has come to the party with wireless charging that includes office chargers, car chargers and wireless charging power banks” says Zev Cherniak at Gammatek. With SNUG wireless charging, you can choose from: Desk fast wireless charger Charge your phone wirelessly with this SNUG cradle at your home or in your office.  The cradle...

  • Win a Solo Brooklyn bag with GammaTek and Memeburn this Father’s Day [CLOSED]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • Win with Memeburn and GammaTek’s Avengers: Infinity War competition [CLOSED]

    It's been a good few weeks now, but still we can't quite shake Avengers: Infinity War from our heads, or our hearts. And neither can you, it seems. The Marvel hit is still perched atop Southern Africa's box office charts, keeping the likes of Solo and Deadpool 2 at bay. But instead of watching the movie all over again (well, you totally can), there's a more permanent way to remember your favourite superheroes. GammaTek and Memeburn are joining forces, giving one reader the opportunity to win: 2 x Avengers Funko Pop figurines If you don't know, Gammatek is the leading distributor of branded...

  • Head-to-head: Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ [Sponsored]

    These are the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. They're two 2018 flagships from two of the world's biggest smartphone makers, but which should you take home? We take a look at each based on five particular categories that should be on your mind when purchasing your next smartphone: aesthetics, the internal components, the screen, that all important camera setup and finally, the price. Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ - Aesthetics The Huawei P20 Pro is unlike any phone you've ever seen before. It's offered in three distinct colours in South Africa: Twilight, Black and Midnight Blue, all...

  • How TV has evolved [Sponsored]

    Just what does a 21-year-old living without electricity have to do with what most people do in the evening? The very first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who lived in a home without electricity until the age of 14. The first image he transmitted was a line, but he later managed to transmit a dollar sign after a potential investor asked when he would begin to see some dollars. However, inventor John Logie Baird is touted as one of the major inventors of the television and was involved in mechanical as well as electronic television development...

  • How screen recording can be used in different ways [Sponsored]

    As its name suggests, screen recording refers to any video recording that is sourced directly from your screen – and is sometimes referred to as screen capture or screencast recording. Most people have a fairly linear idea of how screen recording can be used however, and do not fully appreciate its potential. The fact of the matter is that because screen recording will let you record any and all video footage from your screen – there are several ways in which you could choose to use it: Creating how-to guides or demonstrations of software and apps Generally how-to guides and demonstrations is...

  • Floods, Facebook and Floyd: what was hot in South Africa this past week

    Social media was last week awash by the #GautengFloods, according to analytics firm ROI Africa's latest report. According to stats siphoned from the web from the previous seven days, the rainfall in the country's smallest province became social media's most talked about event of the past week. Ironically, #DayZero also trended as Cape Town received minimal rainfall. Politics constituted the other share of the chatter, with Julius Malema and his EFF thrust firmly into the spotlight due to Floyd Shivambu's handling of a journalist outside Parliament. "#Malema told the media he is in charge of South Africa and he made several comments about...

  • 4 apps to download on Human Rights Day in South Africa

    Human Rights Day is nearly upon us, but do you know your rights fellow South African? If you don't, now is the perfect time to familiarise yourself with them all while planning for your holiday. Here are four nifty apps which will help you with both. South African law and Constitution You know the Constitution? The document that dictates South Africans' extensive list of rights? It might be a good idea to keep it handy, don't you think? There are a slew of apps on the Google Play Store and Apple iOS App Store, but we're picking this particular gem. It has advertisements --...

  • Google Play Instant lets you try games on Android without installing them

    When Google Play Instant launched on the Play Store last year, users could experience apps without installing them to their devices. It's a novel idea, and saves users the time and space usually needed when installing apps. But now, the feature just got even more useful. Google this week announced that Google Play Instant is now available for a select number of games listed on Google Plays. "With Google Play Instant, you can just tap and try a game without having to download it first -- whether you’re looking to storm a castle on Clash Royale or become a wordmaster with Words with Friends 2,"...

  • WhatsApp now lets you set descriptions for chat groups

    Have too many WhatsApp groups with arbitrary names? Well now you can add a "group description" to differentiate the one from the other. The feature was first spotted in WhatsApp's beta versions in late February, but is now rolling out to the app's stable channel. As the name of the feature suggests, it allows users to set a brief description for any group made within the chat app. The description will appear below the group's name on the group info page. While this is nice for differentiating the millions of hiking groups I've involuntarily been enrolled in, you may want to guard against...

  • SingularityU Cape Town Chapter to host ‘Space, Technology and the Future’ event [Sponsored]

    SingularityU Cape Town Chapter in collaboration with ReWild will host “Space, Technology and the Future” on 19 March 2018. The event will host assistant project scientist, Anne Verbiscer, who is the New Horizons space researcher for NASA mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Mike Alec-Kearney, from South Africa’s satellite startup CubeSpace; and Carla Sharpe from the Square Kilometer-Array (SKA) project. The three panelists will discuss the future of humankind's existence in space, the technology behind spacecraft, and the new space age. The event will take place at the V&A Waterfront’s Workshop 17 in Cape Town on Monday 19 March, beginning at...

  • Uber launches Incident Response Team ‘call-back’ in South Africa

    Uber South Africa now has its own Incident Response Team, the company announced Tuesday. This incident system has been operational as trial since December 2017, however the system is this week live for all riders in South Africa. Riders can also now submit safety concerns (along with phone number and description of the incident) through the Uber app. They will then receive a "call-back" from Uber's response team. "We have listened to the hundreds of thousands of riders using the Uber app in South Africa and they've expressed the need to be able to speak with our teams in the event of...

  • Infographic: Facebook celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with stats

    South Africa may celebrate National Women's Day on 8 August each year, but on 8 March the globe celebrates International Women's Day. "In 2017, International Women’s Day was the #1 most talked-about moment of the year," Facebook wrote in a post. "It was a moment that rallied the world around empowering women, and that was just the beginning of mounting energy for women’s movements that shows no signs of slowing down in 2018." Today, Facebook released some interesting stats about women on its social network and the impact International Women's Day has had on the site. According to the company, more than 40%...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn — it’s movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...

  • Here’s how SA’s dealing with its polony withdrawal on Twitter

    Forget avocado. Polony is now the most talked about food on social media in South Africa, this after the likely source of the country's listeriosis crisis was revealed. Listeriosis is a potentially deadly illness caused by the bacterium listeria, which can be found in uncooked and processed animal products. More than 180 people have died in South Africa during the current outbreak. Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi this week suggested that an Enterprise factory in Polokwane, Limpopo was earmarked as ground zero, in addition to a facility in Germiston and a Rainbow Chicken factory in the Free State. This caused a mild panic...