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Geek Culture

  • Beyonce, Jay Z will give you free concert tickets ‘for life’ if you go vegan

    In an Instagram post on Thursday, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay Z are offering life-time concert tickets to those who them in going vegan for The Greenprint Project. "What is your Greenprint? Click the link in my bio for a chance to win tickets to any JAY and/or my shows for life," she wrote in the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSNVwqAmXv/ If you follow the link in the star's bio, you'll be faced with the attractive, green landscape that is the Greenprint website. The site provides stats on how a plant based meal for yourself can help you save the world in various ways. "It...

  • Ben Affleck will hang up his Batman boots before the 2021 reboot

    The next Batman movie will not see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the Dark Knight, a report published on Thursday revealed. According to Deadline, the next Batman movie penned for June 2021 will not feature Affleck in his fourth starring appearance. Instead, the flick piloted by screenwriter and director Matt Reeves, will likely star a younger Bruce Wayne. https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 And with the news came messages of thanks for Affleck and his portrayal of Batman. "If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the...

  • Uber Lite should be the only Uber app you need

    There are many lite versions of popular apps today, all aiming to make our lives easier when we're struggling with data costs, low storage and terrible internet service providers. Now Uber has brought a lite version of its app to South Africa. I recently came across the Uber Lite via an email from the company, saying that it would help me "even with limited connectivity, mobile data or battery life". With my smartphone struggling with storage issues, the app being just 5MB, and data being considerably expensive, I decided to give it a try. It was almost (almost) better than the...

  • Netflix working on its own Resident Evil series, report suggests

    Netflix is working on a Resident Evil series, according to a report by entertainment publication Deadline. The site revealed that Netflix has plans to delve deeper into the Resident Evil universe, while keeping the original plot from the movie franchise in tact. Constantin Film, the same production studio that worked on the movies, will be working with Netflix. The zombie apocalypse franchise -- which was inspired by a 1996 game -- has been around since 2002, with six movies under its belt with an upcoming reboot also planned. It's unclear whether the movies and TV series will coincide. Feature image: Memeburn

  • Netflix lets users ‘share’ what they’re watching on Instagram Stories

    A new update to Netflix lets users share what they're watching to Instagram Stories, according to a report by TechCrunch. The update, which is available for iOS users only, can be accessed via the Netflix app's "share" button, where you will find the Instagram Stories option. Other options including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line and Twitter are also listed. "We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch," the company told the publication. Netflix has previously drawn inspiration from Instagram Stories for its...

  • ‘Leave Chris Brown alone’ rings across Twitter after Paris arrest

    Recording artist Chris Brown has been detained in Paris on the suspicion of rape, according to French officials. The 29-year-old singer, as well as two other men, on Monday were detained after a 24-year-old woman filed a rape complaint in the French capital. Within an hour since the news broke on Tuesday, the star's name began to trend on Twitter. The social network wasn't kind and was quick to point out Brown's history, and likened him to another recording artist currently in the press. https://twitter.com/jcsepjj/status/1087672950210351105 https://twitter.com/impishkerfuffle/status/1087685087901220867 https://twitter.com/East_from_Eden/status/1087669487325904896 https://twitter.com/EnosseMakinta/status/1087698482213933058 https://twitter.com/MissGinaDarling/status/1087691771872571392 https://twitter.com/barneyhw11/status/1087670425184886784 Though the singer has a well known history of violence, some are still on his side. "Leave Chris Brown alone"...

  • Spotify is testing an artist block feature

    Spotify will soon allow you to block certain artists on playlists. According to a report by Thurrott, the company is testing a feature that will let users block or avoid artists from gracing your playlists or albums on your Spotify app. The feature does not appear on web versions of Spotify at present, the report adds, and also won't block songs that feature your selected artists. It's not clear when the feature will roll out globally. Feature image: Memeburn

  • The original ‘Ghostbusters’ is getting a sequel 36 years later

    A sequel to the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie is officially in the works, according to a report. Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the movie in an interview with director Jason Reitman, who happens to be the son of the original movie director, Ivan. "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day," Reitman told the magazine. While there's not much information about the finer details just yet, a short teaser revealed that the movie is expected to premier in late 2020. Entertainment...

  • Netflix welcomes you to the Space Force in vague teaser trailer

    Netflix has announced a new comedy series called Space Force.  Based on US President Donald Trump's real-life proposed Space Force, the show will follow the US armed forces' space division, which is meant to defend satellites from attack, "or something". "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out", the trailer adds. Not much is known about the plot at present, but the show will star Steve Carrell, and will be produced by The Office showrunners. The date of release also remains a mystery. Feature image; screenshot, Netflix via YouTube

  • YouTube cracks down on ‘dangerous’ internet challenge videos

    This week, YouTube has highlighted its new community guidelines regarding internet challenge videos and pranks considered harmful and dangerous. The guidelines now allows the company to remove videos that depict dangerous challenges or pranks, like the recently popular Bird Box Challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, or 2018's In My Feelings Challenge. "Our Community Guidelines prohibit content that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm," the company said on its support website. Channels who violate these guidelines will receive strikes against their names as well. According to the company, any challenges that can or have caused death, or make victims believe they...

  • Netflix raises prices in the US, but South Africa remains unaffected

    Nearly half of Netflix's global user base will be paying a little bit more within the next three months, this after the streaming service announced a price increase in the US. Its 58-million users within the country will now pay $1 more for its basic package, and $2 more for its HD and UHD streaming plans. The cheapest package will now cost $9, with the other two priced at $13 and $16, respectively. The price increase will also affect countries which are billed in US dollars, AP reports. It's the first time since October 2017 that Netflix reviewed its pricing scheme in the...

  • This ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ teaser is turning Marvel fans into analysts

    Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures on Wednesday dropped a new teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, setting up fans for a European based adventure. The flick's teaser sees Peter Parker on a school trip that's abruptly commandeered by the likes of Nick Fury and nemesis Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). While the teaser seems fairly straight forward, it's got Twitter buzzing about where the movie fits within the MCU's timeline since the events of Avengers: Infinity War. https://twitter.com/wearevnm/status/1085238453011447810 https://twitter.com/zkstrr/status/1085368605577863169 Tony Stark's notable absence also has many fans worried too. https://twitter.com/domo__1300/status/1085272671263383554 https://twitter.com/MarvelNewz/status/1085431635913396224 But the concern isn't holding everyone back from being excited though. https://twitter.com/ToilesHeroiques/status/1085273514775597058 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1085249934146920450 https://twitter.com/DemonHunterRick/status/1085441955948048384 *SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T YET SEEN...

  • Gillette ad addressing toxic masculinity draws heavy criticism online

    On Tuesday, personal care company Gillette posted a short film titled "We Believe: The Best a Man Can Be" to YouTube, which has sent the internet into meltdown. The ad addresses issues of sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, bullying and abusive behaviour, calling for men to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. The video seemingly sends a message of respect and togetherness, addressing real issues in today's society. Despite this, the video has almost 250 000 dislikes on YouTube, while the hashtag #Gillette remains trending at number one on Twitter. And for all the wrong reasons. The brand is now facing...

  • Vodacom users can stream the FA Cup for R35 a match via Video Play

    Vodacom on Monday announced that its Video Play customers will be able to livestream the FA Cup, the English football competition, for its duration, ending in May 2019. "This means that football lovers, who are on the Vodacom network can register for Video Play and binge on the next five rounds of English football from January," the company explained in a press release. Customers can pay per match, or access the entire season without having to subscribe. "Vodacom customers will have access to live, delayed-live or catchup to all their favourite teams in the FA Cup, including highlights and clips from as...

  • Aquaman is now DC Comics’ biggest movie in South Africa, ever

    2016 was a dark year for DC movies. Suicide Squad was as riveting as a cold bowl of oats, and Batman v Superman is the reason why I now hate the name Martha. 2017 wasn't much better, with Justice League receiving a vaguely waggled hand by our reviewers. Later though, Wonder Woman presented an upward trend, and as December 2018 rolled around, the company's fortunes had changed. Massively. Aquaman is now South Africa's biggest DC Comics movie ever, eclipsing all but two Marvel movies -- Black Panther and Infinity War -- to now rank as the third biggest superhero movie in the...