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  • 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...

  • Watch: this drone clip captures Hermanus’ whales in 4K glory

    The late winter months see thousands of tourists flock to the Western Cape coastal town of Hermanus to catch a glimpse of its returning celebrities: the southern right whales. The mammals head back to the town's Walker Bay to mate and calve, and put on a bit of a show for the locals. Sometimes, this show is captured by a drone whirling away overhead. And in this case, photographer Luke Maximo Bell was at the controls. "I used a drone to capture these majestic creatures as best as I possibly could! It was an incredible experience to see them play and...

  • Reasons why a Mac is running slow [Sponsored]

    As much as Macs have a reputation for their long lifespans and high performance, as time goes by most will tend to slow down. Initially the difference in performance may not be all that noticeable, but eventually you may find that your apps take longer to open, your Mac boots up slower, or it seems to 'lag' a lot periodically. While you may take those as signs that your Mac is getting too old, it is important to note that just because a Mac is slowing down does not mean that it needs to be replaced. In most cases if...

  • Watch: Uganda’s politicians clash in Parliament in violent viral video

    If you thought the EFF being thrown out of Parliament was spectacular, this video of Uganda's Parliament this week will likely change those perceptions. The politicians gathered in Kampala to discuss an important amendment to the Constitution: adjusting the presidential age limit beyond 75-years of age. This would give current leader, 73-year-old Yoweri Museveni, another possible term in office. Museveni has been the Ugandan leader for over three-decades. To add to the mood, Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga requested that the opposition be removed from the chambers deeming their attire unacceptable. "I know sometimes people enjoy colours, but let me call on...

  • #CosatuStrike: here’s how Durban, Joburg and Cape Town could be affected

    Cosatu will today take to the streets of 13 South African cities to protest against state capture and corruption. "This strike is about sending a message to both government and private sector that as workers and citizens, we are tired of corruption. We are standing up tomorrow against the cancer of corruption that is eroding our gains and also undermining our democracy," the union wrote in a statement. Prior to the march, Cosatu published leaflets on Twitter of its proposed routes for each city, including the likes of Queenstown, Mafikeng and Nelspruit. Notice: #COSATUStrike tomorrow 27 September 2017 @_cosatu pic.twitter.com/QKy44pwKfZ— Netstar Traffic...

  • Funny Or Die hilariously mocks iPhone X with Silicon Valley snippets

    You probably have your own opinions regarding Apple's iPhone X, or what it claims to be the most advanced iPhone ever made. And make no qualms about it. On paper, the device is a powerhouse. But that doesn't mean the internet can't scrutinise the company's advancements. Leave Funny Or Die and the cast of HBO's Silicon Valley to do that for you. Savaging Apple's hard work in just over two-minutes, the video lays into Apple's new FaceID authentication gaffe and the awkward animoji demo complete with unicorn and flappy dog physics. The clip, which is spliced alongside footage of Apple's launch, has...