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  • Here’s how you can donate to Imizamo Yethu’s fire-affected residents

    Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay was this weekend ravaged by a fierce blaze which ripped through the settlement, displacing over 15 000 people in the process. But thankfully, you can do your bit to help those in need. We trawled through the various tweets, posts and status updates across social media to list all the ways that you can help Imizamo Yethu's victims. In no particular order, here are some of the options. RESPOND's GivenGain Help in responding to the #ImizamoYethuFire #HoutBayFire that destroyed 650 homes here, https://t.co/dI04OZiUzT pic.twitter.com/TyKkXRlH5l — GivenGain Foundation (@GivenGain) March 13, 2017 RESPOND is a "collaborative network of churches in Cape...

  • Weekly Round Up #97: YouTube TV, Xbox Game Pass, Google Launchpad & More

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. This time we discuss the possible effects of Trump's "travel ban" and how a Nigerian software engineer was forced to take a test when entering the US to prove he really was who he said he was. Over on Memeburn, we chat about YouTube TV and what it could mean for cable and other online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. We also discuss...

  • Boston Dynamics just can’t stop making awesome robots

    Boston Dynamics is remarkably adept at making scary robots. Handle is the company's latest, sporting two wheelies for feet, and a towering two metre-tall LeBron James body for presence. But it's real uniqueness is its simplicity. "Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex," the company writes referencing its previous Atlas and BigDog bots. "Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best...

  • Facebook digging the dirt to bring internet to Uganda

    Not content with launching satellites or unmanned solar-powered gliders, Facebook is taking a more based approach to bringing internet to Africa. According to a new Recode report, the company alongside Airtel and BCS, will be trenching Uganda to lay fibre cables. Around "500 miles" of cable is being planned, and will aim to be a backbone for wireless service providers and the country's telcos. Facebook, Airtel and BCS will lay fibre in Uganda to strengthen the country's internet infrastructure This isn't the first time Facebook has looked to Africa in its quest for global internet coverage. In 2015, the company launched its...

  • Instagram update adds user gallery uploads

    Instagram users can now upload multiple images within a single gallery, the company announced Wednesday. "With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember," Instagram wrote on its blog. Rather inconspicuous but massively practical, the new gallery update will let users upload up to ten images to a single post. Users can also arrange the order of the snaps, edit them individually or apply filters to them. Instagram's ten-image gallery update will please both commercial and casual Instagrammers Followers can then scroll horizontally between the various snaps. The number of...

  • Watch the 2017 Budget Speech livestream right here

    Okay, so it's not as flair-filled as the State of the Nation Address, nor does it carry the sheer social media clout. But the Budget Speech delivered by South Africa's finance minister every February is massively important. After today, you'll know how much you'll need to pay for beer, fuel, sugary drinks and even everyday household items. If that isn't important, we not sure what is. Our #Budget2017 coverage: - Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter Some have already taken to Twitter and the city streets across the country to voice their concerns, opinions and suggestions, and that'll...

  • Microsoft’s Skype Lite Android app launches in India

    An interesting counter-trend is emerging among the world's most popular apps. With Facebook launching the likes of Messenger Lite and Facebook Lite last year to cater for emerging markets, Microsoft is following suit debuting Skype Lite this week. Like its Facebook counterparts, Skype Lite will be available for low-cost Android devices, and cater exclusively (at least for now) to the Indian smartphone market. Overall the Hyderabad-developed app is said to be more usable on low-speed networks, use less battery and works with India's Aadhaar identification number system to streamline signups and identification. Skype Lite is a direct competitor to Facebook Messenger Lite...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #95: LG Innofest, Nintendo Switch, Cyclone Dineo & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. This time we discuss Hadlee's trip to LG's InnoFest 2017 in Barcelona, and his experience around its new product announcements. Graham also discusses his hands-on review of the Nintendo Switch to round off our Gearburn coverage. Dineo, LG and Nintendo dominate this week's coverage Over on Memeburn, we chat fake news circulating on social media about Cyclone Dineo. We also discuss Samsung's group chairman's recent arrest. On a lighter...

  • YouTube reportedly ditching long, unskippable ads

    YouTube's in-video advertising will undergo a transformation in the coming months, this according to a new report by Campaign. The report suggests that the Google-owned video powerhouse is looking at a new advertising strategy, and will ditch its 30-second unskippable ad format looking instead to more user-friendly, bite-sized ad snippets. The company has "decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," according to a Google spokesman quoted by Campaign. According to a new report, YouTube will be ditching longer advertisements on its platform in favour of more...

  • South Africa, you can now Shazam this fragrance using Bluetooth technology

    You can Shazam a song, sure, but what about a fragrance? The music recognition service has now partnered with fragrance brand Azzaro to let users do just that -- let fragrance-shoppers Shazam a scent. From tomorrow, South Africans will be able to use the service to detect Azzaro Wanted's scent using Bluetooth beacon technology. The press release claims that spraying the fragrance, and tapping the Shazam button will allow "their phone will automatically identity the fragrance and offer them a unique page of Azzaro ‘Wanted’ content". Unfortunately, the app doesn't detect the fragrance itself, but rather the Bluetooth beacon. Nevertheless, the spritz...

  • Google’s Sundar Pichai responds to the cutest job application ever

    If you were the CEO of Google, would you reply to a seven-year-old's job application? No? Then you're clearly not Sundar Pichai. He did exactly that, receiving an adorable but heartfelt plea from a little girl to join the company. According to her dad, Andy Bridgewater, it's the allure of the company's office decor that prompted her to write the letter. "After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go karts and slides my 7 year old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," he explains in a LinkedIn post. The letter itself...

  • Adele, Beyonce & more: 5 must-watch clips from last night’s Grammys

    In case you missed it (like much of sleeping South Africa), Los Angeles last night hosted the 59th edition of the Grammy Awards, or simply the Grammys. It was a landmark occasion, and not simply because it was the first one hosted in Trump's America. Beyonce had nine nominations, including one for best rock song. Adele had an equally impressive share herself. Tributes for George Michael and Prince would ring from the stage. But even with all this on the roster, we weren't quite expecting a Grammy Awards evening with such memorable moments. With the help of Twitter, take a look...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #94: UberEATS expansion, Android Wear updates & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. This time we discuss the PS4 Pro's so-called Boost Mode and how it will affect supported titles. Sticking with Gearburn, we also touch on Ubisoft's recent Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta. We also take a look at the latest Android Wear 2.0 update coming to smartwatches this year. Android Wear 2.0 will also see the introduction of new smartwatches to South Africa Moving onto Meme matters, we...

  • Julius Malema’s EFF, Parliament security throw punches at #SONA2017

    We knew President Jacob Zuma wouldn't have it easy tonight delivering his State of the Nation Address, but we weren't expecting the scuffles between the EFF and parliamentary security. While the President only began his speech around 8pm SAST, the hour prior was marred by violence, chants of strong language and silent walkouts. The DA left the house peacefully, but the EFF did anything but. The party, led by Julius Malema, were determined to delay the Address, and were eventually requested to leave the house by the National Council of Provinces' chair Thandi Modise, and Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete. However,...

  • Watch John Wick’s dog kick major ass in ‘Dog Wick’ trailer

    Okay, so John Wick is a pretty great flick about a man's deep, unyielding love for his dog. But what about Daisy's love for John? When the tables are turned and (spoilers) John is killed in the end, would Daisy hunt down the mobsters and avenge her fallen human? You damn right she would. In a spoof trailer created by YouTube's RocketJump team, the bad guys kill John Wick's dog's human, which in this universe is one thing you definitely don't want to do. Dog Wick is the movie all dog and action movie lovers know they want Featuring hand guns, high-explosives, and...