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  • Watch: Casey Neistat’s latest vlog is a mini love letter to Cape Town

    We've seen a slew of celebrities hitting Cape Town's shores this holiday season, and vlog pioneer Casey Neistat was no exception. The New York-based YouTuber's latest video tells the story of his family's journey from New York to Cape Town, connecting through Doha and Johannesburg. And while watching Neistat's little one running around the plane untamed is entertaining, the video -- for Capetonians at least -- only really begins about four minutes in. "Travel is never easy. It was fun being together as a family. And now we are at our favourite place -- Cape Town," Neistat captions in the video, fronting...

  • Gartner: 2018 global IT spend set to top $3.7tn

    Companies have a lot more to spend on IT this year than last, according to the latest by research firm Gartner. The company's findings suggests that global IT expenditure will top US$3.7-trillion in 2018, up by 4.5% over 2017. This is largely thanks to a shift in spending patterns. "Projects in digital business, blockchain, Internet of Things, and progression from big data to algorithms to machine learning to artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to be main drivers of growth," explained John-David Lovelock, Gartner's research VP. Enterprise software will continue to see the largest increase over the previous year, with a forecast spend 9.5%...

  • 21 times Google Arts tried to match selfies with artwork (but kinda failed)

    Bless Google's little heart. It tries so hard to not be evil, but still develops AI that pretends it knows what it's doing (and gathers a slew of selfies in the process for its facial recognition savvy). What am I talking about? Google Arts & Culture, of course. The app is only available in parts of the United States for now, but has nonetheless seen something of a viral boom on Twitter this past weekend. Thanks everyone for sharing your awesome #GoogleArts #selfie matches!🤳 This mobile experiment (accessible at https://t.co/DUuzxlMKCd) is currently available in parts of the US. Stay tuned as...

  • A review of the most popular hashtags of 2017 [Sponsored]

    The end of the year approaches in warp speed, so it's time to review all that has happened in the past 12 months. And is there a better way to remember what happened in 2017 than go over our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds? The year was a glorious one, filled with happy moments and sad ones. Events that you will remember for years to come, and stories that won't be forgotten anytime soon. To help you remember what took place this year, we gathered all the popular hashtags and trends that appeared on social media. Every event and every post...

  • TWR #133: Netflix insights, Snapdragon plans & crowdfunding startups

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup where we talk the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Andy Walker hosts Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala. First, Andy talks everything he learned at Netflix's press junket in Berlin -- including its plans for Africa and the dope role of "tagger" that has everyone begging the company for a job. We then talk YouTube's year in review, and which videos had South Africans clicking for more. Over on Ventureburn, Daniel discusses how Startupbootcamp Cape Town is partnering with EasyEquities to crowdfund the 10 startups that last week graduated from the initiative’s inaugural programme. Finally, Andy talks the hard...

  • Bali volcano: Instagram documents Agung’s ferocious eruption

    In September 2017 we wrote about three volcanoes in various corners of the globe on the verge of eruption. Two months later, one of them has gone pop. Mount Agung, a 3142m peak on the Indonesian island of Bali, last erupted in earnest in 1963. Over 1500 people died. This weekend during Agung's latest episode, saw ash and debris thrown 4km into the atmosphere, forced local authorities on Sunday to raise the alert level, signalling the "possibility and imminent risk of disaster". While Agung and Bali are not trending worldwide on Twitter, Instagram is awash with pictures of Agung from a number...

  • Superbalist sees 143% spike in website traffic on Black Friday 2017

    Black Friday 2017 was fashion etailer Superbalist's "biggest trading day to date" the company announced. The South African company experienced sales growth of 118% when compared to Black Friday 2016, with a 143% spike in website traffic year-on-year also recorded Like its owner Takealot, Superbalist also experienced downtime in the early hours of Friday morning. This however seemingly had minimal effect on its numbers, according to Superbalist's head of brand Klyne Maharaj, "By 5:30am we’d achieved over 10% of the day’s target (more than a third of last year’s target) and we saw another spike in traffic later that afternoon as people...

  • Surge in black entrepreneurs, Gauteng challenges Silicon Cape as startup capital

    Gauteng is now home to 44% of tech startup founders -- behind the Western Cape's 47%. The percentage of black startups has risen from 26% in 2015, to 50% this year. Just three percent of black tech startups turn a profit, versus 16% of their white counterparts. Over a quarter of startups plan to raise angel or VC funding, but only eight percent receive such funding. Almost a third say they pay market-related salaries, but pay is the top reason for employees leaving. Successful startup founders are most likely to be white males from the Western Cape. The Western...

  • Check these 5 heavily discounted phones on Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Black Friday has arrived and Gearbest is also getting in on the discounted festivities, offering deals on a variety of gadgets. Gearbest offers a variety of eclectic brands, but what if you're looking for a big discount on popular smartphones? Here are some of the better discounts you should check out. Huawei Honor 6X (from $244 to $190) The Honor range is renowned for being cheaper than Huawei's standard phones anyway. But the brand new Honor 6X sees an even bigger discount. Opt for this phone and you're essentially getting a turbocharged version of the P8 Lite 2017. It's got the same Kirin...

  • #IdolsSA winner Paxton Fielies also wins Cape Town’s, Twitter’s heart

    17-year-old Paxton Fielies on Sunday won the 13th season of popular South African talent competition Idols at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Competing against fellow hopeful, 25-year-old Mthokozisi Ndaba, the duo received over 30-million votes in the final week. But with the majority, Fielies becomes the youngest ever winner of the competition. "I worked very hard to be where I am," Fielies said, reported TimesLIVE. "I celebrated every performance knowing how hard I worked. I did receive criticism sometimes but I didn't let it get me down." After a record-breaking, 30 MIILLION votes in the last week alone, your WINNER for #IdolsSA Season 13 is...

  • The Future of Manufacturing event: SingularityU to host SA’s makers and more [Sponsored]

    SingularityU Cape Town Chapter in collaboration with Kato will host "The Future of Manufacturing" on 6 December 2017. The event will feature some of South Africa's pioneering forces in the maker movement and additive manufacturing, including Rob Steltman (co-founder of Barracuda Holdings), Samuel Ginsberg (co-founder of Lumkani) and David Bullock (co-founder of Rapid 3D). The three panelists discuss how exponential technologies are disrupting and democratising global manufacturing, broadening the reach of the maker movement. The event will take place at the V&A Waterfront's Workshop 17 in Cape Town on 6 December, beginning at 6pm. Tickets are available from Quicket for R150. Memeburn is SingularityU...

  • 5 great smartphones under $200 from Gearbest [Sponsored]

    Gearbest is one of the world's most popular online retailers for smartphones, offering a wide variety of brands at affordable prices. Don't believe us? We've picked some of the best phones available from the website for under US$200. Blackview BV7000 Pro (US$166) Looking for a smartphone that can withstand a dunking in water? Then Blackview's BV7000 Pro is for you, coming in below US$200. For your money, you're getting an IP68 design, octacore processor (MT6750), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 5-inch full HD screen. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, 13MP main camera and 8MP front camera. Buy the BV7000 Pro here. Oukitel...

  • #ZimbabweCoup: follow the developing ‘bloodless transition’ on Twitter

    #Zimbabwe, #ZimbabweCoup and "Mugabe" were all trending topics on Twitter across the world this morning. And there's no real surprise as to why. The country's president Robert Mugabe has been overthrown by the military, with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly instated as temporary leader. It's a rapidly moving story, changing from minute to minute. And that's probably why social media is your best bet for keeping abreast of the ever-breaking news. Below you'll find a number of accounts live-tweeting news and opinion, owned by politicians, parties and news organisations, with their bios below. ZANU PF (@ZANUPF_Official) The #Official #ZANUPF Twitter handle. #ZANUPF is a product of the Unity...

  • Uber-rival Lyft goes international, expands to Toronto

    For the first time in its history, on-demand ride-hailing company Lyft will expand to a city beyond the United States. On Monday the firm announced plans to jump the northern border to Canada. It's first destination will be the country's largest city, Toronto. "We’ve been looking forward to taking our brand of ridesharing international for some time, and we’re super pumped to share this with our close friends up north," Lyft wrote in a statement. The company has partnered with other ride-hailing companies outside the US, namely China's DiDi Chuxing and India's Ola, but its name wasn't associated with that expansion. The move...

  • Uber’s wildly odd ad will resonate with Capetonians stuck in traffic daily

    Uber's first advertisement highlighting the plight of commuters in southeast Asia may just trigger a nerve for those stuck in traffic in Cape Town and Johannesburg daily. Filmed in Bangkok with 200-odd extras, the company's ad trades automobiles for Flintstone-inspired box cars. But that doesn't mean there's any less chaos. From drivers stealing parking spots, to others cutting in ahead of lanes, to those select few who believe one-ways are in fact safe for bidirectional traffic: the video is practically what every road user experiences every day. Perhaps with less cardboard. While the ad is undoubtedly stupid, remarkably silly and deliberately extra,...