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All posts by Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter

  • Meet Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad

    If you're a fan of complex, multi-film cinematic universes, there's never been a better time to be alive really. With Marvel currently king of the format, Disney's Star Wars universe and DC's Justice League equivalent are doing everything they can to catch up. The latest news to come out of the DC camp comes in the shape of a couple of tweets from Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Having already revealed what Jared Leto's Joker will look like, Ayer today tweeted out photos of the rest of the Suicide Squad, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang. The film...

  • We know autonomous cars are coming, but what form will they arrive in?

    Autonomous cars are coming. Sure we’ve still got a long way to go, especially when it comes to the ethics and safety behind them, but there’s no changing the fact that they will go into mass production in the very near future. Heck, you only need to look at the fact that an autonomous car just crossed to the continental United States to see just how close we are. But how will market for self-driving cars evolve once they do arrive? Will human drivers eventually become illegal, as Elon Musk predicts? Or is Bosch’s vision of drivers switching between autonomous...

  • The internet and the earthquake: how the web reacted to Nepal’s killer shock

    The earthquake which struck Nepal over the weekend measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and the devastation it wrought has been immense. More than 3 600 people are now known to have died in Nepal, India and China. A further 6 500 have been injured and 200 climbers have had to be evacuated from Mount Everest. Perhaps the most remarkable thing however is how quickly we've received this information and how rapid the response of some of some of the world's biggest tech companies has been. Experiencing disasters in (near) real-time It's not all that long ago that it would...

  • BBC World Service, Connected studio look to SA for new ways of distributing audio content

    The BBC's World Service, together with the BBC’s digital innovations team -- BBC Connected Studio, today kicked off its Development Studio event in Cape Town, South Africa. The event, held in conjunction with community-based tech incubator RLabs, aims to identify news ways of distributing the broadcaster's audio content online. As part of the BBC’s Cape Town Development Studio brief, teams will consider existing technologies on offer -- such as Internet Protocol (IP) Raspberry Pi, audio streaming, software defined radio, podcasts -- to develop tools that deliver BBC content to communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Cost-efficiency will also be explored...

  • Google brings Street View, interactive tours to Robben Island

    Robben Island is one of the most important locations in South African history. It's loomed large in the country's political consciousness since the earliest days of European settlement and, in the years following the release of Nelson Mandela, has become a place of pilgrimage. The very fact of its geography does however mean that it's only accessible to a very small number of people at a time. That changed a little today with Google's launch of an immersive Street View tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The experience, which includes an audio-visual tour hosted on the Google Cultural...

  • The Citroen C4 Cactus: first impressions

    There was a very brief period in the early years of the new millennium when Citroen, always a benchmark for automotive innovation, produced boring cars. Thankfully that period seems to be behind it. The DS3 and DS5 showed that it could make small cars that were also design statements and now with the C4 Cactus, it's done the same in the crossover segment. I recently got to spend a little time in car, which we named one of our most innovative of 2014, and can confirm that it's even more fun to drive than it is to look...

  • New Fantastic Four trailer is dark, very dark

    Of all the properties in the Marvel universe, the Fantastic Four is probably the one that's had the hardest time getting into movie-goers into theaters. The latest reboot of the series aims to change that, starting with a much younger cast and a retooled origin story. And if the most recent trailer for the film is anything to go by, then the changes may well have worked. Read more: 25 geeky movies you can look forward to in 2015 Reed Richards as young prodigy undoubtedly works better than as a greying middle-aged man. It also means we get to see...

  • ZANews’ Game of Thrones parody is bang on the money

    With the latest season of Game of Thrones hitting screens around the world, it was almost inevitable that a fresh round of parodies would follow. One of the best we've seen so far comes from South African satire site ZANews. In the video, the puppet versions of South Africa's political elite play out the Game of Cronies. It's a game that plays out in the "Cape of no Hope", "Nkandlaville", and "Darknessfell" and in which "you win or you die". There is no middle ground. Unless you're Jacob Zuma, that is. In which case you keep on winning. Julius...

  • A new hope? Latest Star Wars trailer is what every fan was hoping for

    It's been a very long time since the world's geeks were this excited about a single thing. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it looks incredible. There's a dramatic monologue courtesy of Luke Skywalker, who also gets an intimate campfire scene with R2D2, Darth Vader's helmet and, most importantly, Han Solo and Chewbukka reuniting with the Millennium Falcon. At a special event celebrating the launch of the new trailer, director JJ Abrams and LucasFilm executive Kathleen Kennedy also revealed some details about a few of the new characters. That spherical droid from the first teaser...

  • Geek out on Twitter with new Star Wars emoji

    If you needed any further proof that everyone is excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check this out: Twitter has created a new set of emoji just for the film. For now, the three emoji which appear in the featured image for this article are the only ones to have been launched, although Twitter does say that it'll continue expanding the set as the film's opening weekend draws closer. Read more: A new hope? Latest Star Wars trailer is what every fan was hoping for The emoji character set was unveiled at the same Star Wars Celebration event which...

  • 4 cars to look out for at the Shanghai International Automobile Show

    The international car show scene is pretty crowded these days. And if you're a car maker, that means a fair bit of added pressure. At all the major shows, at least, car fanatics and the world's motoring press alike expect you to release something new and exciting. And don't try and get away with too many abstract concepts either. People might occasionally get excited by a vision of what might be possible one day want to see cars that they'll be able to drive in the near future. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Hilary Clinton’s 404 page is totally awesome

    It's only been a few days since Hilary Clinton announced that she would be contesting the 2016 US presidential election, but the news has already thrown up a couple of internet gems. One was her logo, which the internet has picked up and run with. The other, far more intentional gem, comes in the shape of her campaign site's 404 Error Page. Look at it and marvel at how awesome vintage Hilary, Bill and Chelsea look in their matching Donald Duck hats. Read more: How to unlock 3 hidden Google tricks on your mobile phone The photograph, taken in 1984,...

  • This company compares its investment strategy to the Rumble in the Jungle

    In the pantheon of great sporting occasions Mohammed Ali's epic 1974 fight against George Foreman stands tall. Known as "The Rumble in the Jungle", the fight saw Ali appear to take a beating from Foreman for several rounds. Once he'd worn Foreman out however, Ali began to fight back and knocked him out in the eighth round. And if financial group Sanlam is to be believed, that's the approach we should all be taking to investment too. In its latest ad, the company goes back to Kinshasa in the DRC, where the fight took place. Recounting its biggest moments...

  • New Avengers: Age of Ultron clip shows why The Hulk is smashing Iron Man

    If you're anything like us, you can't wait to see Avengers: Age of Ultron (South Africans appear especially keen to see Johannesburg getting smashed to pieces). One thing that's remained unclear so far however is why The Hulk is angry enough at Iron Man for Tony Stark to have to build the Hulkbuster suit. Well the latest clip from the for the blockbuster, which aired at the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend gives us a clue. Get More: 2015 MTV Movie Awards, 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News, Full Episodes From the clip it's evident that The Hulk...

  • Here’s how Africa’s mobile money players fit into the global landscape

    Think Africa and technology and chances are one of the first things that come to mind is mobile money. In conference talk after conference talk, you'll hear Africa referred to as "the mobile continent". There's a good reason for that too. This year for instance, the use of mobile financial services in sub-Saharan Africa to perform tasks like pay utility bills and send money to relatives could produce an estimated US$1.5-billion in fees for mobile-money providers by 2019. Even Bill Gates reckons that “digital banking will give the poor more control over their assets and help them transform their lives...