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Geek Culture

  • Fans love the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but hate the ‘blurry’ shots

    The moment you've been waiting all October for is finally here, 90s kids: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is on Netflix, in its first season entirety. Starring Kiernan Shipka (as Sabrina), Ross Lynch (as her BF Harvey), Lucy Davis (as British Auntie Linda, and Miranda Otto (as the take-no-bullshit Auntie Zelda), the show has already received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, people are loving the darker, slightly camp version of 'Brina. But while there are modern themes, spooky moments an an enjoyable Stranger Things-like aesthetic, there is one thing that's seemingly pissing off everyone: the weird fish eye lens-like frame...

  • Rick and Morty producer takes on CBS Star Trek animated series

    American broadcaster CBS has announced that it will be releasing a new Star Trek-themed series called Star Trek: Lower Decks. This is just one of the new Star Trek universe shows the company promised earlier this year, after announcing that Sir Patrick Stewart would also be returning to the age old universe as Jean-Luc Picard. The series will be an adult animation produced by Mike McMahan, who wrote and produced the hit animated show Rick and Morty. “Lower Decks will focus on the support crew on one of Starfleet's least important ships,” said CBS News, quoting the television company’s press release. According to...

  • Music and lip syncing is coming to a Facebook profile near you

    This week Facebook is introducing a range of new music-related features to its platform. “Sometimes the right words to fit your mood, feeling, or personality can be hard to find,” the company stated in a blog post. To solve this apparent problem, Facebook will be implementing a Music feature in Stories, adding lyrics to Lip Sync Live and allow the use of songs in profiles. Music in Facebook Stories The Music feature for Facebook Stories is similar to Instagram's. With it you will be able to add songs to your Story updates from a library of music, and a sticker will be added...

  • Halloween’s favourite boy band, the Slashstreet Boys, are back

    Halloween is just a few days away, and if you were thinking of dressing as one of the Backstreet Boys, you might want to reconsider that decision. Don't get me wrong. The world's best boy band from the 1990s can still rock a karaoke bar like nothing else, but this parody may have just murdered them. "I'll Kill You That Way" is what happens when Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Ghostface, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface cover the boy band's "I Want It That Way". They're known in the industry as the Slashstreet Boys. Complete with autotune, the boy band music video tropes you'd expect,...

  • ‘A talent has been taken’: South Africa pays tribute to HHP on Twitter

    South African rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better know as Hip Hop Pantsula, and HHP, has died at the age of 38. The well-known musician was reportedly suffering from depression, and was on Wednesday found dead at his home in Johannesburg. The star’s death was confirmed by his wife on scene yesterday afternoon. Some of HHP most popular songs included "Music and Lights", "Jabba" and "Mptise". Friends and fans of the musician expressed their shock and sorrow at the news on Twitter. I'm GUTTED. I went to high school with Jabs. I listened to him sing in the choir. We went to rugby training. I...

  • Google brings 4K upgrades to Google Play Movies & TV

    Google has revealed upgrades for Google Play Movies & TV that will allow users in the US and Canada to watch content in 4K. According to the announcement, all movies you have already bought will now be streamed in 4K -- that is four times the resolution of Full HD -- while you can buy new titles in 4K at lower prices. “We think watching in 4K should be a no brainer, so we’re continuously...

  • DStv subscribers can stream JOOX music at no additional cost

    If you're a DStv subscriber, and just happen to be looking for a streaming music service, you can now stream local and international music for free via JOOX. In an announcement, DStv revealed the offer is open for up to four family members of Premium, Compact and Compact Plus customers at no extra cost. “JOOX is a music streaming app that gives you access to thousands of music libraries and playlists on your iOS or Android mobile device,” the company explained. To get your free access, all you have to do as a qualifying subscriber is download the JOOX app and enter...

  • This sometimes drunk, adorable pigeon is New Zealand’s bird of the year

    The country of New Zealand has crowned an overly-fluffy, drunk, and adorably clumsy species of pigeon its bird of the year. Known as the the kererū or wood pigeon, the bird received the most votes in the country's annual Forest & Bird's annual Bird of the Year competition. While it's as cute as it is tubby, the wood pigeon is also known for scoffing down fermented fruit, which often renders it slightly drunk. And yes, it makes for YouTube gold. The campaign, which also spawned a Twitter account dedicated to the bird's endearing qualities, took advantage of its sheer size, and drunk uncle...

  • Twitter’s new favourite Ariana Grande song is ‘pete davidson’

    Today on internet-famous-relationships-that-probably-moved-too-fast, recording artist Ariana Grande and SNL star Pete Davidson have called off their engagement. The news broke via TMZ late on Sunday, with the publication suggesting that the duo felt it "simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off". This comes after the two announced their shock engagement in May, which signaled the beginning of the internet's real love affair with the duo. But, now that the relationship is reportedly through, and the duo have matching tattoos, Twitter feels that Ariana Grande may have to deal with another problem: her song, titled "pete davidson". While Sweetener,...

  • Amy Winehouse will tour next year (as a hologram)

    Amy Winehouse will be making a comeback via hologram when Base Hologram takes her on tour with a live band next year. “Utilizing new state-of-the-art proprietary technology, the production will launch towards the end of 2019. Featuring digitally remastered arrangements of her classics,” the company announced on its website. The R&B jazz singer, who died back in 2011, will be the latest deceased star to perform on stage, with the likes of Tupac and Michael Jackson having appeared before. According to Base Holograms, the tour will raise funds towards The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity in the singer’s name that helps to...

  • Watch the first live action trailer for Disney’s Aladdin

    Hold onto your magic carpets, because another beloved childhood property is about to get its first live-action remake. Walt Disney Studios on Thursday published the first trailer for Aladdin, set to star Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Mena Massoud as the titular character. But the trailer doesn't spend too much time on any of these. Instead, the sweeping dunes of Arabia and the man-eating Cave of Wonders (more like the Cave of Hungers, amirite?) are explored briefly. What is clear from the trailer is the quality of the soundtrack. Prepare your ears for Harry Potter-esque sweeping strings and...

  • 8 must-know keyboard shortcuts while watching Netflix

    We get it, you're lazy. And so are we. Although nothing beats the simplicity of watching streaming video on a smartphone, keyboards can be pretty damn useful too. If you're watching Netflix on a bit screen with a wireless keyboard, or from a laptop on a plane, remember these simple but key keyboard shortcuts to make your binge-session much, much easier. Want to access full screen mode? Press F. If you wish to escape from full screen mode, press ESC. Want to pause your current series or movie? Press Page Down. Want to play the paused content again? Press Page Up. ...

  • Sabrina’s Salem is the only demon kitty we’d wanna snuggle

    If you can remember Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, you may envision a wise-cracking alley cat whose sass vastly outweighs his scare factor. But the new iteration of Sabrina's familiar is a bit, well, more haunting than before. In a new clip from Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we're introduced a darker, more sinister version of Salem, complete with echoey, exhasperated line delivery and a slender, demon-like form. Although he does transform into a "pretty kitty", said kitty doesn't actually talk, deviating from the 90s TV show once more. This will probably piss off a few fans of that era,...

  • Netflix to produce The Chronicles of Narnia series and films

    Netflix has announced that it will be developing both series and movies based on The Chronicles of Narnia. The streaming service entered into a deal with The C.S Lewis Company for the rights to produce content based on the children’s books. According to the official statement, “all series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions”. The company also confirmed Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber as executive producers. Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, said that "families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years...

  • Black Mirror’s getting a little more interactive next season

    According to a report by Bloomberg, Netflix will be bringing interactive TV to Black Mirror in its upcoming season. This means that, as a viewer, you will be able to choose your path and the eventual outcome of the episode right from the comfort of your couch. Bloomberg, which claims that the information comes from people “familiar with the matter”, said that Black Mirror won’t be the only interactive show coming to the streaming service either. Interactive TV has already been used by the company. In kid’s shows such as Puss In Book you, or your kids, can choose what characters do. How...