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Geek Culture

  • Stroomop shines on SA box office debut, The Meg dominates

    This week's Southern Africa box office chart is dominated by large bodies of water, a large prehistoric shark and Jason Statham. No surprises there, really. After South African audiences got tired of seeing The Rock jump across skyscrapers as if they were three-feet tall, The Meg has debuted in first place on the local chart. That's keep up with the international trend at present too. The film also stars Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing and a megalodon lurking in the deepest trench in the Earth's ocean. While critics have bashed the film, it has already opened to just shy of US$150-million internationally. !function(e,t,n,s){var...

  • As Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek, we look back at the franchise’s highlights

    Last week, Sir Patrick Stewart announced his return to Star Trek at the 2018 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. “Jean-Luc Piccard is back”, Stewart told an excited audience, getting somewhat emotional about their reaction. Stewart played Captain Piccard in Star Trek: The Next Generation back in the 1980s. The show went on to be a huge success, inspiring many popular memes in the 21st century. Since the announcement of an expanding Star Trek universe and the return of one of its much loved characters, Google search trends showed a 150% increase in Star Trek related searches online. If you’re one of...

  • Spotify may soon let users skip advertisements

    In an extremely brave and risky financial play, Spotify may soon allow free tier users to skip audio and video advertisements whenever they want. At present, free users are not allowed to skip ads at all, but that could soon change according to a report by AdAge. The Scandinavian streaming service is currently testing the tweak to its free tier in Australia. Users Down Under are allowed to skip ads whenever they like, getting back to their voracious music consumption sooner. Spotify is also making note of which ads users of skipping, building up a playlist of relevant ads, if you...

  • #WengerOut meme evolves to #EmeryOut as Arsenal loses to Man City

    Arsenal is a massive football club, but there's one thing even bigger than it: #WengerOut. The hashtag has become something of a global meme since it began as a way for fans to show displeasure towards their long standing manager's, Arsene Wenger, tactics. Hell, it even has a Know Your Meme page, and has been spotted at protests (including those against former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe last year). While Wenger finally left the club before the 2018/19 season began, he was replaced by Spanish manager Unai Emery. But it seems that Arsenal fans just can't find a manager they like. Because memes...

  • Undecided? Here’s how to find something to watch on Netflix

    If you ever visit Netflix and feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content, don't worry, we do too. In fact, just the other day, I took the best part of half an hour to find something to watch. After finishing The Good Place, I was saving the best of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for my sad nights, and didn't feel happy enough to watch BoJack Horseman. So what did I do? I just opened YouTube instead. But for those who have more will power than I do, how can you find something to watch without forcing yourself to find something else to...

  • Win a copy of Netflix’s first comic book, The Magic Order: Issue #1

    Back in May, Netflix released a trailer for a creative project. It wasn't a new original series, nor was it for a movie. Instead, it was for an upcoming comic book. Written by Millarworld's Mark Millar and illustrated by Marvel's Olivier Coipel, The Magic Order is a six-issue series which debuted in June and is the streaming media company's first foray into distributing content on paper. Notably, The Magic Order itself could make for a mean live action series too. "Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations must battle...

  • The #InMyFeelingsChallenge is getting people really, really hurt

    It seems that when the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, isn't investigating downed aircraft, it's begging people not to jump out of their cars while they're moving. Even if it is for the #InMyFeelingsChallenge. "Here’s a reminder we thought we’d never have to give: Don’t jump out of a moving vehicle to dance in the street," the board tells participants of the internet's latest dance challenge. Said challenge was started on Instagram by comedian @TheShiggyShow who published a clip of himself dancing along to Drake's latest hit "In My Feelings". While the song itself is a Drake cut -- one of...

  • Netflix’s ‘Man in a Van’ ad is really going to annoy satellite TV companies

    It's safe to say that Netflix South Africa has adopted the Wendy's brand of guerilla marketing, this after its latest ad dropped in the country this week. Dubbed "Man in a Van" and starring South African comedian Jason Goliath, the 97-second long short pokes fun at satellite options' often convoluted installation methods. Okay, mainly Multichoice's DStv, to be honest. XD. Although it was off to a slow start, the ad has now racked up more than 44 000 views on YouTube since it debuted two days ago. On Twitter, it has also accrued a further 3000 retweets with more than 5000 likes. It's not...

  • Netflix grows to 130m users worldwide, but share price plunges

    5.2-million more people are now subscribed to Netflix worldwide, but that number has fallen well short of the company's forecast. It's the first time Netflix has missed its user growth forecasts since Q1 2017. In Q2 2018 the streaming giant added just 670 000 US based subscribers -- less than its prediction of 1.2-million. "We had a strong but not stellar Q2, ending with 130-million memberships. Membership growth was 5.2-million, the same as Q2 last year, but lower than our 6.2-million forecast," the company writes in its investor letter. In Q1 2018, the company added 7.4-million subscribers, beating its predictions by a million...

  • ‘Gangnam Style’ celebrates its 6th birthday on YouTube

    On this day in 2012, the internet was blessed with "Gangnam Style". The song itself birthed that iconic horseriding jig, and a slew of other memes and parodies leeching off its popularity. But the video, and track by Korean artist Psy, may have also helped to catapult K-Pop into everyone's collective consciousness. Beyond that, it helped YouTube serve an additional 3.1-billion views to its users. No doubt the company's pretty happy about that. But "Gangnam Style" is ionic for a number of reasons: It became the most-liked YouTube video of all time in September 2012, but faded to fourth place It became the...

  • Friday the 13th: Notice any of these creepy online occurrences today?

    It’s Friday the 13th. It's an infamously creepy day and all I’ve been thinking about are the odd things I notice whenever I’m signed in to Facebook or Google. Can you relate? If you can, let us know which one of these occurrences you've experienced online today. Logging into Facebook and seeing an ad for something you Googled the previous day. Example: Curiously researching smoothie recipes and then seeing ads for juice blenders. Waiting for a flight and being notified of a delay via Google before the airline even has time to make an announcement (flight number included!) Facebook asks you to...

  • Neill Blomkamp to direct new ‘RoboCop’ sequel

    If you loved District 9 and Elysium, and also happen to be a fan of 1980s cyborg policemen, you're going to love today's news. South African born director Neill Blomkamp will be directing a new RoboCop film, according to an MGM Studios' tweet. "Very excited about this," tweeted Blomkamp, confirming the news on his own Twitter account late Wednesday. Very excited about this https://t.co/0R38DzSXp5— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) July 11, 2018 Terminator co-writer Justin Rhodes and original RoboCop creators Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are also working on the project. Speaking to Deadline in an exclusive, Blomkamp seems into it too, and is concentrated on...

  • SuperSport channels will be open to all on DStv for limited period

    DStv has today announced that all subscribers -- regardless of their selected package -- will receive the "full complement" of SuperSport channels to view from 13 July for no additional charge. The company announced Wednesday its plans to introduce "SuperSport open time" and open access to the 13 channels for a limited period. This includes SS1 through to SS12, as well as the 24-hour news channel Blitz. "Sport has a beautiful way of uniting friends and families, and sometimes even strangers. This is our way of thanking our customers for their support," said Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela. During this period, users can also stream...

  • #InMyFeelingsChallenge is Instagram’s latest dance fad inspired by Drake

    Drake's 25-track album Scorpion may not be as revolutionary as some of his earlier work, but there's no doubt its as popular as sliced bread. It's his eighth chart-topping album and racked up over a billion streams in its first week on the internet. But there's another reason why this album is so popular, and it's got to do with one song in particular. "In My Feelings" is typically Drake, meshing R&B and hip-hop seamlessly to create one head-bobbing summer banger. But it's also spurned an entirely new dance phenomenon. Initially dubbed the #DoTheShiggy challenge, the fad was created by Instagram comedian...

  • Avengers: Infinity War is now SA’s second highest grossing film

    Avengers: Infinity War is now the second highest grossing film in South Africa's history. According to Disney South Africa, the flick made R73-million locally, with more than 870 000 attendances at cinemas across the country. Notably, the film has also done extremely well in West and East, Disney South Africa states. "Avengers: Infinity War has also raked in a total of Kes 66.9m in East Africa, making it the 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind Black Panther," the company writes in a press release. "Similarly, in West Africa, the film hit N450m at the box office, making it the 2nd highest...