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  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • How much free food can you get on your birthday?

    There are a number of restaurant chains worldwide that offer those celebrating their birthdays free food. And that's just great. And awful. Because you only get one birthday per year, you probably can't make it to every single restaurant. Or can you? One incredibly inspirational Imgurian AnotherAnotherJosh decided to test this theory. Heading out early on his birthday to embark on his "free birthday food odyssey", Josh hit 11 restaurants, getting free celebratory grub from each of them. Imgur's Josh hit 11 restaurants to collect his free birthday food at each establishment While some only gave him tiny ice cream cones, and others...

  • CNN’s Facebook accounts briefly breached by OurMine

    CNN's Facebook accounts were briefly compromised this weekend by hacking collective OurMine, Mashable reports. The group, now infamous for gaining access to accounts to peacock their security products, hit CNN's primary, International and Politics pages early morning in South Africa. This isn't the first time OurMine has been in the news in the past six months While the group didn't post anything incriminating or vile, it did flood the pages with its posters, and its usual message: "Hey, it's OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information." It seems that the group's chief motive was publicity. looks like @CNN...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #92: Cash Me Outside, UberEATS hits Cape Town & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition, we discuss the launch of UberEATS and its new, but old competition. We also discuss the origins and sudden explosion in the popularity of Cash Me Outside -- a meme of a 13-year old girl. Facebook and its Snapchat inspiration also comes under the spotlight. We also touch on former Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra's decision to leave the Chinese company for Facebook's Oculus, as well as former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's retirement...

  • Mozilla Firefox 51 now alerts users of dodgy HTTP logins

    Mozilla Firefox has been steadily losing ground to the likes of Google's Chrome n recent years, but the browser's creator is slowly starting to address the slide by focusing on security. Firefox 51.0 will now alert users who navigate to login pages that are not HTTPS enabled. The browser will display a larger, more noticeable "Connection is Not Secure" warning in the address bar and subsequent context bubble, alerting users of simple, non-encrypted HTTP connections. Any websites utilising passwords such as email services, or during your online banking will now indicate the security of the site in the URL bar. HTTP can...

  • Bad Lip Reading gives hilarious voice to Trump’s inauguration

    Bad Lip Reading is an iconic YouTube channel. The team of tricksters turn seemingly mundane pop culture clips into pure, utterly awkward hilarity. And it's latest victim is, unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump's inauguration. The channel isn't shy of spoofing inaugurations either, with Obama getting the treatment back in 2013 (how can we possibly forget that Beyonce performance). But largely thanks to the US's top political families' awkward chemistry, this clip is even more cringe-worthy. The Trumps, Bushs, Obamas and Clintons all awkwardly star in Bad Lip Reading's latest clip Taking a look at Trump's entire big day -- from the presidential...

  • Instagram piles on the FOMO with gorgeous Newlands cricket snaps

    Whether you like cricket or love it, few can deny that Cape Town's Newlands cricket stadium is pretty unique. Guarded by Table Mountain and lashed by the wind, the stadium is a visual feast for tourists and cricket connoisseurs a like. That is, even if South Africa does lose. Last night, our national team took to the field against Sri Lanka in a T20 international match. While the visitors won the match and took series honours, there's no denying that the real winners were the folks who were out snapping and supporting. And with that said, we take a look at what...

  • Crime-drama Sneaky Pete kicks off Amazon’s 2017 Originals roster

    We're pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to series this year. Along with Netflix's strong lineup and ShowMax's South African content, newcomer Amazon Prime is also starting to make in-roads. And it's latest shot, Sneaky Pete, brings with it the backing of Walter White himself. When not reciting Kanye West lyrics on James Corden's Late Late Show, Bryan Cranston also produced a good few shows. For Amazon and Sony, he teams up with Graham Yost and David Shore to launch the crime/drama Sneaky Pete. Sneaky Pete itself tells the story of con-man Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the...

  • Scientists can now ‘print’ functional human skin

    Scientists can now 3D print functioning human skin, this according to new research published by a Madrid-based research team. Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed technology -- effectively a prototype 3D bioprinter -- that can stitch together fully-functioning living tissue. According to the research, the skin is the first living organism to be created using a bioprinter. "This skin can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical products, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products in quantities and with timetables and prices that are compatible with these uses," notes researcher José Luis Jorcano in a press release. Jorcano also...

  • Are these the best Disney character impressions you’ve ever heard?

    We all have that one member of the family who believes that their Donald Duck impression is absolutely, undeniably accurate. But we also know that's not true. If anyone can lay claim to this, it's Brian Hull. The American impressionist decided to test his skills at the beating heart of Disney itself -- Disneyland Florida -- in front of the actual characters themselves. "I always wondered, how the Disney characters at the park would react to my impressions, and they didn't disappoint," Hull notes on the video description. Speaking like Disney's Donald Duck to the actual Donald Duck is a dream few...

  • ShowMax now has servers in Kenya, thanks to SEACOM

    Naspers-owned streaming platform ShowMax has announced a new partnership with pan-African data company SEACOM in a bid to improve response times of the service. SEACOM, primarily known for its submarine cable infrastructure spanning the length of Africa's southern and eastern coastlines, will allow ShowMax to host cache servers in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, East African users were required to fetch content from Johannesburg's servers, but a server based in Kenya drastically decreases the distance between clients and server. This, in turn, will improve the speed of downloads. explains ShowMax's head of distribution Mike Raath. "The net effect of placing caching servers...

  • Bidvest’s Snappdrive app will let you rent, drive its cars without keys

    South African car rental company Bidvest has announced the launch of its first keyless car rental service, Snappdrive. The app allows users to locate, gain access to, and even start Bidvest vehicles, negating the need for physical car keys. "Most often, car rental happens at the end of an arduous travel process," explains Bidvest CEO Paulette McGhee. "With Snappdrive, we eliminate any further hassle or waiting, with the traveller’s phone leading them straight to their waiting vehicle." Bidvest's Snappdrive eliminates the need for key collection or keys to start rental vehicles The company is also able to track its vehicles through the app system,...

  • LIVE: watch and follow Donald Trump’s inauguration here

    The day is finally here. After countless polls, a gruelling campaign and the eventual elections, Donald Trump will tonight be inaugurated in Washington DC, becoming the United States' 45th president. Sure, it's a massive event for the country, but people around the world will also be following the proceedings -- and the four years to come -- with bated breath. While the world gives outgoing President Barack Obama a final send off (using the hashtag #ThankYouObama on Twitter), tonight marks a new era in American politics. With that said, can you afford not to watch the big event? Thanks to social media...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #91: Ford Kuga, Google in SA, Chelsea Manning & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest news from the past few days. This week Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. In this edition, we Ford's and its decision to recall the troubled Kuga. We also touch on what the Kuga's issues mean for its other vehicles. Staying with Motorburn news, we also talk Formula 1, namely Valtteri Bottas' shift to Mercedes. The Ford Kuga has been one of the most controversial vehicles in SA motoring history Moving onto Memeburn news, we discuss Obama's commutation of data leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Netflix's quarterly earnings...

  • Is Cape Town the most beautiful city on Earth? This drone video answers all

    With the surge in popularity of drones this decade, photography has arguably also taken a step forward with it. And where better to strap a camera to a drone than Cape Town? Previously known for his Cape Town in 4K video, that garnered close to 200 000 views last year, Luke Maximo Bell is back with a new clip in his 4K series. Still documenting the Mother City, Bell this time adds a few more of the city's summer attractions, including the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and Chapman's Peak, to name but a few. Bell's work also includes a clip of...