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Geek Culture

  • Win a Solo Brooklyn bag with GammaTek and Memeburn this Father’s Day [CLOSED]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.Β  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • Fanny pack searches are trending so hard in 2018 (but why?)

    Like movies and music, fashion is a cyclical internet culture phenomenon. As the online world influences it, fashion itself fuels sentiment online. And as more netizens focus on their physical attire on a daily basis thanks to the boom of image-heavy social media, trends are often made, or in this case, revived on the internet. The latest example is straight from the 1980s: fanny packs. And no, it doesn't seem to be an ironic Weird Al Yankovic style revival either. Google Trends data notes an uptick in search traffic for these waist-secured utilitarian satchels, spiking massively since the beginning of the year....

  • Win with Memeburn and GammaTek’s Avengers: Infinity War competition [CLOSED]

    It's been a good few weeks now, but still we can't quite shake Avengers: Infinity War from our heads, or our hearts. And neither can you, it seems. The Marvel hit is still perched atop Southern Africa's box office charts, keeping the likes of Solo and Deadpool 2 at bay. But instead of watching the movie all over again (well, you totally can), there's a more permanent way to remember your favourite superheroes. GammaTek and Memeburn are joining forces, giving one reader the opportunity to win: 2 x Avengers Funko Pop figurines If you don't know, Gammatek is the leading distributor of branded...

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 is Disney’s most ambitious crossover event of the year

    Stand back planet Earth, because Disney's about to release its own Emoji Movie. This is at least according to commenters on Wreck-It Ralph 2's second trailer. Officially known as Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the flick will see our eponymous large-handed but lovable brute and princess Vanellope von Schweetz venture beyond the confines of their arcade. Here they'll run into Twitter, Facebook, and a wad of other Disney intellectual properties on a mission to find a replacement part for the broken Sugar Rush arcade machine. Commentary on social hierarchies, self-memes and intelligent meta-jokes are all sneaked in thanks to Rich...

  • Deadpool 2 spends third week above Avengers: Infinity War in SA movie chart

    It looks like Marvel has a new hit movie series on its hands. If indications of the first Deadpool's success wasn't enough, the sequel has now topped the Southern African movie charts for the third weekend running. According to Ster-Kinekor data, Deadpool 2 hasn't yet usurped Avengers: Infinity War's local earnings just yet, even if it has made some US$600-million globally. The showpiece of the MCU has racked up just under R70-million locally since its debut on the chart nearly two months ago. It however remains Southern Africa's second most popular movie. Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline If you thought...

  • Weezer’s Twitter fans get their wish after the band covers Toto’s ‘Africa’

    Chances are, if you're a little kid and you ask your parents incessantly for a chocolate chip cookie, they'll give it to you. Now, imagine in this scenario that Weezer is the adult, Twitter the kid, and Toto's "Africa" the chocolate chip cookie. After one of the bands' fans on the social network urged it to remake the earworm and now cultural stalwart for kicks and giggles, the band obliged. And has arguably made the song even better. Sorry Toto. And thank you @weezerafrica. Although we did have to wait a while. @RiversCuomo it's about time you bless the rains down...

  • Viral video: 22-year-old ‘Spiderman’ saves dangling child in Paris high-rise rescue

    Some world leaders regard immigrants with the utmost disregard, but in Paris this past weekend, a 22-year-old Malian national did something pretty damn incredible. As a toddler hung from a fourth storey balcony just moments from death, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama leapt from the ground, pulled himself up floor by floor and scaled the balcony railings to save the kid. This sentence doesn't do his efforts justice, so just watch the clip. Les hΓ©ros ne portent pas de cap. πŸ‘πŸ‘ #Paris pic.twitter.com/QrOn3YB4Q7 β€” β€’NubiΔΠ‒ (@Adil__Brown) May 27, 2018 From another angle. Holy shit, this guy is amazing. What a hero. https://t.co/XVWbaULkFp pic.twitter.com/hHnF150XL5 β€” Hannah Jane Parkinson...

  • Here’s why Google thinks doubters will love YouTube Music

    Google's taking a big gamble with its new YouTube Music streaming project. The company's lumping Google Play Music with YouTube's wealth of music in a new product aimed at Spotify and Apple Music. But many aren't happy with the news. (As a Google Play Music user, I certainly am not.) The company's wholly aware of this sentiment though, and on Tuesday published a list of features that will hopefully win over doubters. For one, it suggests that the library -- thanks to YouTube's wealth of music videos -- will be enormous. Users will have access to "official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers...

  • Google’s YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now official

    If something's not broken and doesn't need fixing, trust Google to provide a solution. The firm did this with its messaging services -- now boasting more than five actual messaging apps -- and now, Google Play Music is seemingly suffering the same fate. The company on Thursday announced a new music service, the free-but-ad-supported YouTube Music that lumps in music streaming and YouTube's host of videos and bespoke audio tracks. There's also a paid tier, which costs US$9.99, and gives users access to ad-free YouTube Music. For US$2 more, you can add ad-free "YouTube Premium" on top of that too, for...

  • Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline

    If you thought 2016's Deadpool was a tad too short and lacked a stocky cast list, you'll smile wryly at its sequel. Deadpool 2 has seen some of the more annoying marketing antics in the lead up to a movie for quite some time, but thankfully the film lives up to its predecessor's hilarious hype. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role he was made for, bringing to life a character usually maligned for crass, sexual humour with deft moments of sweeping emotion. He remains a smart cracking wise ass loaded with pop culture quips and a love for Barbra Striesand, sure,...

  • Avengers bids Black Panther farewell from SA’s weekend movie chart

    After spending more than three months perched on its upper slopes, Black Panther has finally said its goodbyes to Southern Africa's movie charts. The film, after grossing more than R106-million at the box office, finally tumbled off the chart from last week's seventh spot. But don't fret Marvel fans; Avengers: Infinity War is spending its third weekend (11-13 May 2018) at the top of the charts. It has already grossed more than R60-million. Not only tasked with defending those infinity stones, the flick also guards the top spot from fart-joke laden animated comedy Sherlock Gnomes debuting in second place. It, in...

  • Cardi Bye: Instagram loses another celebrity after online spat

    Keen to catch up on Cardi B's weekend antics over on Instagram? You're in for a disappointing surprise. The female rapper of "Bodak Yellow" fame has deleted her Instagram account @iamcardib after her quarrel with fellow rapper Azealia Banks heated up again on Friday. Banks appeared on a US radio show Friday, reportedly labelling the rapper as an "untalented rat" and a "caricature of a black woman". She also pointed to Cardi B's success as a low point of female artistry, marking Beyonce's Lemonade as a peak. Cardi responded: "I’m from the hood I speak how I speak I am how I am.I...

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is cancelled, and I don’t feel so good

    This is proof that everything you'll ever love will die, at least when it's in the hands of Fox. The company on Thursday cancelled hit cop comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, after just five seasons. Not noice. Not smort. In fact, most of the internet is pretty upset too. Fans of the show took to Twitter lamenting the decision, and celebrating the show's values. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP!!!! #saveb99 β€” Elephant Lover 🐘🐘🐘 (@JillMorrison4) May 10, 2018 YOU'RE TELLING ME THEY CANCELLED ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS THAT HAD AN AMAZING DIVERSE CAST AMD INCLUDED SO MANY ACTUAL TOPICS GOT CANCELLED BUT TBBT STILL...

  • This is South Africa’s hottest music according to YouTube’s Music Charts

    YouTube this week announced its new music charts portal, which allows users -- and generally interested folk -- to gauge which tracks, videos and artists are most popular on the platform on a given week in 44 countries. It's awesome, and you should give it a gander at some point in the day. But if you don't have the time, and are looking for something hot to listen to right now, YouTube also has a few charts just for South Africa and the playlists to go along with them. These are the hottest tracks in South Africa this week: Trending in South...

  • YouTube now ranks the world’s hottest tracks in its ‘music charts’

    YouTube might be a video streaming service first and foremost, but it's also the world's most popular music distribution tool. So with that in mind, the company today announced new YouTube charts specifically to showcase popular music. "At YouTube, we understand the importance of showcasing and celebrating the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world," the company wrote in a release. "The new charts are based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world's most expansive music platform." The company claims that the charts will be the "new...