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  • TWR Podcast: Netflix SA event, #MeToo, and the latest South African Uber rival

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, host Hadlee Simons is joined by Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm. Kicking off the episode, Hadlee talks the Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November. The Mate 10 packs a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit for AI, but what does that mean for consumers? On the agenda: Huawei Mate 10, Netflix SA, a local startup looking to take on Uber, and #MeToo Over on Ventureburn, Stephen details the local startup Scoop a Cab, set to take on Uber....

  • MTN debuts ‘WOW’ voice bundles

    Dropping data prices is oh so trendy for mobile operators right now, but what about voice packages? MTN has announced its new "WOW" voice bundles, which aim to fill the gap for those who prefer calling contacts on their phone, or who still own feature phones. The packages are only applicable when calling another MTN number, but are available in daily, weekly and monthly bundles. Prices range between R3 -- for seven minutes within 24 hours -- and R300 -- which allows for 3000 minutes to be used in a month. That's more than enough for an hour-long conversation every day. "The WOW...

  • Watch astronauts goof off on the ISS with a fidget spinner

    The fidget spinner craze is all but over, but astronauts aboard the International Space Station are only now experiencing the joys of the toy. A video posted on Friday by astronaut Randy Bresnik demonstrates how much fun fidget spinners can be in a low-gravity environment. "A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I'm not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!" tweeted Bresnik. Not bound by Earth's atmosphere or air resistance that comes with it, the spinners just go on spinning, and spinning, suspended in the low-gravity environment of the ISS. The astronauts...

  • #Ophelia: Ireland prepares for storm by posting memes on Twitter

    The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia is currently battering the south-western coastline of Ireland, but much of the country doesn't seem to be taking it very seriously. #Ophelia is currently trending worldwide on Twitter at present, and obviously in Ireland. But while that hashtag does include updates on the storm, alerts and citizen reports, it also includes a healthy dosage of memes. The snarky comments emanating from the emerald isle is as humourous as it is worrying, considering that Ex-Ophelia (as the UK Met Office is calling her) is still packing wind gusts in excess of 170km/h. This must be a the strongest...

  • MiniMeme Podcast: Disaster Shark and other internet hoaxes

    Welcome to MiniMeme, Burn Media's podcast helmed by the junior staff where they talk about any topic that tickles their fancy. This week, it's all about internet hoaxes, big and small, that have shaped the way people use the internet (or just made us laugh, if we're honest). We talk: Disaster Shark, libertarian time traveller John Titor, Cole Sprouse's Tumblr experiment, and how "fake news" has made it all a lot less fun. Catch the full podcast here: Additional reading: GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online | Africa Check

  • Cape Town firefighters: don’t fly drones around the #12ApostlesFire

    Volunteer Wildfire Services, better known as VWS, has asked Cape Town residents and visitors to guard against flying drones near the 12 Apostles fire. The fire, which flared up on Wednesday, continues to burn behind the 12 Apostles Hotel between Llandudno and Camps Bay. "A #wildfire is a #NoDroneZone," it tweeted. "Do NOT fly drones near fires. There's already been drone spotted this morning which is a danger to choppers." A #wildfire is a #NoDroneZone. Do NOT fly drones near fires. There's already been drone spotted this morning which is a danger to choppers. pic.twitter.com/ta9AtaPjNd — VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) October 13, 2017 The organisations currently...

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in South Africa? We will share the findings...

  • Yes, Facebook and Instagram are down for some users

    Facebook and Instagram users across the world are today experiencing connectivity issues. Reports from users on Twitter and websites like DownDetector and Outage Report suggest that connection issues began around 5pm SAST. Facebook is having issues since 11:11 AM ESThttps://t.co/YbrNS7dpo9 RT if you're also affected #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/b5q3KqwkKs — Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017 On Facebook, users were unable to post status updates while Instagram users experienced a similar issue. The outage affected users across the world, including Japan, Brazil, India, the majority of Europe and the United States. In our tests, both Facebook and Instagram are seemingly up in South Africa. #FacebookDown began trending on Twitter...

  • #DurbanStorm: Durban floods as city is lashed by storm

    Update 3.20pm: The South African Weather Service has issued another update regarding the Durban storm on Twitter. "Cut-off low to the east of KZN. Heavy rain, flooding + strong winds will become less severe from the evening. Please be safe and take care," it wrote. Cut-off low to the east of KZN. Heavy rain, flooding + strong winds will become less severe from the evening. Please be safe and take care. pic.twitter.com/i0wJ3Wyqn6 — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) October 10, 2017 Update: 2.40pm: Two people have died after a storm lashed Durban early Tuesday morning. The cut-off low responsible for the unstable weather is now...

  • Pictures: Fierce hail storm lashes Johannesburg

    Areas in Johannesburg were this afternoon laced by a hail storm that pelted cars, and reportedly damaged a mall in Krugersdorp. The South African Weather Service issued a warning around 3pm, suggesting that a storm is moving across Randfontein and Krugersdorp bringing with it "damaging winds, large hail and heavy downpours". Warning:09 Oct 2017 Severe TS obs over S Magaliesberg move to Randfontein + Krugersdorp area, damaging winds, large hail and heavy downpours — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) October 9, 2017 Images of the storm began hitting social media channels -- including Twitter and Facebook -- around 3.30pm Many of the images showcased the...

  • AI, blockchain and fake news: the next decade according to Gartner

    The world is set to change drastically in the next decade as technologies like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain transform industries and lifestyles. Of course, that's if we as a species manage to make it to the next decade. Intelligence firm Gartner recently revealed how the aforementioned technologies will influence life on Earth, and the digital realm, beyond 2020. 2020 "Counterfeit reality" is set to become one of humans' and AI's biggest problems AI will begin to confuse itself Gartner doesn't think 2020 will be a good year. It mentions that artificial intelligence's ability to create content -- what it...

  • Relive OppiKoppi and Rocking The Daisies through these 30 Instagram snaps

    This weekend saw a festival double header at opposite ends of South Africa, with Rocking The Daisies in the Western Cape, and OppiKoppi in Limpopo. The four-day festivals, beginning on Thursday and drawing to a close on Sunday, hosted the likes of The Naked and Famous and Two Door Cinema Club, to name just a few. Naturally, social media users couldn't resist posting an artsy photograph or sneaky selfie to Instagram. Here's a quick sample of what South Africa got up to this weekend. Rocking The Daisies 2017 according to Instagram: Wander through the dead with you caught up in my head. #rtd2017 A post...

  • Siri thought ‘Despacito’ was Bulgaria’s national anthem

    For a brief moment on Wednesday, Apple's voice assistant Siri thought that the national anthem of Bulgaria was "Despacito". When asked "What is the national anthem of Bulgaria?" Siri responded with an info page for the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song, and the definitive answer: "The national anthem of Bulgaria is Despacito". The Verge's Tom Warren was among the first to notice the issue. Siri’s switch to Google went well then... pic.twitter.com/bbG5hI9hQA — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) October 4, 2017 While Siri wouldn't be far off judging by the song's viral popularity -- the video does boast over 3.9-billion views at the time of...

  • Kaspersky: manufacturing industry sees most cyber attacks in H1 2017

    Cybersecurity has been at the forefront of conversation for companies and individuals this year, especially in the wake of the Equifax hack, the Deloitte breach, and Yahoo's big revelation yesterday. But which industries are the most attacked? Kaspersky today issued its Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in H1 2017 report that revealed some notable worldwide internet security trends. Based on the company's findings, March was the most active month for cyber attacks so far. Kaspersky also claims its products blocked around 37.6% of attack attempts on ICS computers in the first half of 2017. "This figure was almost unchanged compared to the previous...

  • Afrihost adds budget option to Fixed Wireless LTE-A lineup

    South African ISP Afrihost has announced a budget option to its Fixed Wireless offering, running on the Rain Network backbone. "Afrihost is going all-in and now offering Free LTE-Advanced Modems with signups until the end of November," the company announced in a press release. "This is on top of the Double Data that users can lock in until the end of November 2018." Alongside its more expensive packages, like the 330+330GB Anytime Data offering at R1549pm, Afrihost is introducing a new entry level product to the lineup. "We are also launching a new 25+25GB Package today at R299pm to cater to users with...