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  • How to volunteer or donate to Cape Town’s water crisis online

    If you're one of the many Capetonians who recently bought all available five litre bottles of water at your local convenience store, perhaps this article will interest you. Besides using less than 50 litres of water per day, here's how else you can help the city overcome its water crisis challenge. WISA calls for volunteers The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA), a non-profit that aims to "promote professional excellence in the water sector", is calling for South Africans to donate their time, empty bottles or any other mode of support to the Cape Town water crisis. "South Africans are known as uniquely...

  • Namibia’s ‘shithole’ video campaign reaches 600m users online

    Earlier this month, we uncovered a novel advertising campaign subverting Donald Trump's "shithole countries" remark. We thought it was pretty damn funny. And it seems that the world largely agrees. Published on Namibian rapper EES's YouTube channel and commissioned by the Gondwana Collection, the video gives viewers a tour of Namibia's "shithole" attractions, including the country's host of wildlife and natural beauty. It has now been viewed over 89 000 times on EES's channel, and more than 476 000 times on Gondwana Collection's. In a press release analytics firm Meltwater explained that more than 1000 articles were penned about the video, with...

  • 3 apps to download before #DayZero strikes

    Remember when Eskom's load shedding was the worst of our worries? While working electronics were as rare in 2015 as a full dam is in 2018, there was one positive: apps were developed to help keep South Africans informed. Although Cape Town's current water crisis hasn't birthed too many apps in response, there are some examples. And these apps can be used to help bring your water consumption under control, or at least keep abreast of developing news. South African Water Levels (Android) Developed by Rhys Williams, this app does exactly what it says on the tin. It lists all provinces (including...

  • Facebook Marketplace is now live in South Africa

    Facebook Marketplace is now available in South Africa... for some. Taking on the likes of OLX and Gumtree, Marketplace will allow users to formally buy and sell goods on the social network. From today for a select number of users, Facebook will boast a Marketplace icon in its navigation bar. Clicking it will take users to a page where they can browse goods, or put goods up for sale. According to the company, around 550-million users purchase and sell products on the social network. Anyone with a Facebook account can used the service, and it will require the usual information: an image of...

  • WhatsApp Business app debuts, lets companies chat with users

    There's a brand new official version of WhatsApp, but it won't be replacing the current green-icon messenger you know and love. Instead, the Facebook-owned service has today launched WhatsApp Business -- an app that "will make it easier for companies to connect with customers" and can be installed alongside the default app. The reason for a distinct business app is simple. The messaging service claims in a blog post that the original app -- now harbouring over 1.3-billion users -- "was built for people" and not companies. WhatsApp Business largely addresses these issues, giving companies more room in their profiles to include...

  • [Update] Vodacom users ‘can’t make calls’ in Johannesburg due to network issue

    Update: The issue that affected a large number of Vodacom users across Johannesburg has been resolved, the company tweeted. We have resolved the issue where customers in Gauteng were unable to make calls earlier this morning. We apologise for the inconvenience this caused. — Vodacom (@Vodacom) January 19, 2018 Original article: If you're in and around Johannesburg this morning, on the Vodacom network and can't make or receive calls, you're not the only one. The service provider is today aware of and addressing connectivity issues around South Africa's economic hub. Users on Twitter reported issues early Friday, complaining that calls cannot be placed --...

  • 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...