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  • 3 Improvements coming to Facebook’s Marketplace

    Facebook has revealed new features for its Marketplace as it celebrates being around for two years. “Marketplace was introduced in 2016 as a place for people to buy and sell within their local communities,” said the company on their website, which also notes that the space has evolved into a platform for users to discover products and services globally. Now Marketplace is receiving some updates and features to improve its service. Improved AI abilities According to Facebook, artificial intelligence is the key to making its Marketplace as efficient as possible. While currently AI helps personalise the quality of your user experience, new updates will...

  • Google launches new voice control app for Android

    Google has launched a new accessibility app for Android devices called Voice Access. The app “provides a hands-free experience for Android, letting people navigate through apps, compose and edit text, and talk to the Google Assistant,” Google said in the announcement. This means that you will now be able to use your voice to control and command your Android device. This accessibility does not only provide ease-of-access for all, but also helps those with physical disabilities have more autonomy when using their tech devices. In fact, Google’s Accessibility team includes impaired individuals who help test and develop products such as Voice Access. The company...

  • Cape Town dam report: wet September brings big improvements

    As the City of Cape Town relaxed water restrictions, and a wetter than normal September draws to an end, the city's dam levels have breached the three-quarter mark for the first time this year. Collectively, Cape Town's dams now hold 75.9% of their total capacity, increasing by 1.9% during the previous week. The Berg River Dam is again over the 100% full mark. The Voëlvlei Dam gained 4.6%, and is now just 5% of its total capacity, while the Wemmershoek too is at 95.8% full. The Steenbras Lower and Upper dams are both above the 91% mark, while the Theewaterskloof Dam gained 2%...

  • More than 45000 people attended Comic Con Africa 2018

    The continent's first Comic Con took place in Johannesburg in mid-September. And while chatter suggested that local fans were excited, no one really knew just how many feet on the ground we'd see. Now, the organisers have revealed the numbers. Throughout the event, which took place between 14 to 16 September, more than 45 000 visitors reportedly made their way through Comic Con Africa's gates. While Telkom's VS Gaming tournaments were one of the highlights, a number of cast members from American Gods, Vikings' Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Sussman from The Big Bang Theory were also in attendance. "Africa’s inaugural Comic Con has...

  • Kim Jong Un gifted two adorable puppies to South Korea’s president

    Say what you want about Kim Jong Un, but he may just be the world's best secret Santa. The North Korean leader has reportedly gifted his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In two Pungsan puppies as a sign of a growing peace between the two leaders and countries. This comes after a landmark summit held between the two leaders in September. A presser posted to The Blue House's website details the the nature of the two puppers -- named Songgang and Gomi -- who underwent "animal quarantine procedures" before being allowed into the country. "Adapted to the cold mountainous terrain, is...

  • South Africa’s petrol price breaks through R17 per litre

    You're about to pay a lot more for fuel, South Africa. From midnight on Tuesday, 93 ULP and 95 LRP will see price increases of 99 cents per litre and R1 per litre, respectively. That means that at the coast, prepare to pay R16.49 for a litre of go-juice. For inland provinces, you'll have to fork out R17.08 per litre. The reason for the increase is twofold, suggests South Africa's Department of Energy. "The average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin increased during the period under review," it expressed in a release. It also blamed the weakening rand, which lost more...

  • Viral video: Indonesia island hit by tsunami after strong earthquake

    Indonesia has a storied and frightening history with tsunamis, and on Friday, it was given a stark reminder. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the island of Sulawesi triggered a tsunami which lashed parts of Indonesia. Brave citizen journalists armed with their smartphones took to high land -- or a tall building -- and filmed the entire ordeal. In the case of the below haunting video doing the rounds on Twitter, the latter is true. Indonesia geophysics agency says Sulawesi quake caused a tsunami. This video is doing the rounds. We believe it is real. pic.twitter.com/7xDzzRuj5v — David Lipson (@davidlipson) September...

  • A train at Cape Town Station is on fire (once again)

    A train at Cape Town Station is reportedly on fire, according to a number of eyewitness reports. Twitter users on Friday afternoon uploaded pictures showing plumes of black smoke rising from within the station precinct. #capetown @CapeTownTrains on fire, again #trainfire #fixourtrains pic.twitter.com/GGtEkwiN4I — Jodi Allemeier (@urbanjodi) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains trains burning on Cape Town Station? pic.twitter.com/0dhVzVyale — Amgelica_Davids (@That_Amgelica) September 28, 2018 @CapeTownTrains train on fire 🔥 pic.twitter.com/k4s2IDt2wE — Shane Arm (@arm_armshane) September 28, 2018 Train set alight at the Cape Town Station. So irritating when people destroy public services pic.twitter.com/LALwBlxwQF — Scott Ortlepp (@SOrtlepp) September 28, 2018 Some reported scenes from within the station itself, suggesting...

  • SA government asks Twitter users to stop sharing videos of Dros rape

    The South African government has asked citizens to not share a video of the alleged rape of a little girl in a Dros in Gauteng. A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Saturday in the men's bathroom of Dros Silverton restaurant, a branch situated in Pretoria. The eatery's management confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday. Twitter conversation however peaked on Thursday as users discussed the identity of the suspect. A video of the incident was later that evening uploaded to the social network, depicting the naked perpetrator covered in blood. It was seemingly recorded from a cell phone. The 20-year-old...

  • More than a million people now use UberEats in South Africa

    UberEats is this week celebrating its second year of operation in South Africa, and with it provided a slew of factoids on our eating habits and SA user numbers. The food delivery service first came to Johannesburg in 2016, and launched in Cape Town in 2017. At present it operates in three additional South African cities. In a press release celebrating the milestone, the company said that in the past year user growth has doubled with over a million people now using the service in South Africa. It also revealed it lists more than 2000 South African restaurants are "providing over 50...

  • Julian Assange resigns as WikiLeaks editor because he can’t do his job

    Julian Assange has stepped down as editor of WikiLeaks... mainly because he can't actually connect to the internet. The Australian has been "held incommunicado" for more than six months in London's Ecuadorian embassy, which forbids him from contact with anyone from the outside world bar his lawyers. This also means that he cannot access the internet, and is therefore unable to continue his duty as WikiLeaks editor (or browse Memeburn for that matter). ANNOUNCEMENT: Assange appoints Hrafnsson Editor-in-Chief after six months of effective incommunicado detention, remains publisher pic.twitter.com/0Fwvf3SrkL — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 26, 2018 Assange has been at the helm of WikiLeaks...

  • An intense ‘medicane’ is posing a threat to southern Europe

    After Florence and Mangkhut, do you need any more proof that the weather is all sorts of crazy this year? If you answered yes, we may have just the thing. Actually, no, more specifically, it's the Mediterranean Sea that has the answer. A "medicane" is at present forming in the massive body of water that separates north Africa from southern Europe. Although bearing similar nomenclature to "hurricanes" which form in the Atlantic Ocean, medicanes are cyclonic storms that form within the confines of the Med. They're not as intense and don't live as long, but they can pack a punch. And their satellite...

  • Everyone’s wondering what happened to the ANC’s website

    If you've been wondering what happened to the ANC's official website, well, it's down. You can check for yourself here, but any attempts to visit the site are greeted with "no input file specified" error. When visiting specific pages, we were met with a "the server is currently undergoing maintenance" message. The website has been down for at least two days, users online report. According to a Business Live report, it's because the ruling party in South Africa hasn't paid its bills on time, service provider bills that amount to R32.5-million. Although the ANC denies these claims, suggesting that no money is owed...

  • Dros Silverton bombarded by negative reviews after child rape

    Dros' online reputation has been shattered this week after a seven-year-old girl was raped by a 20-year-old man in a Dros Silverton outlet. The incident occurred on Saturday, according to the chain's official statement, but social media conversation reached a peak on Thursday, after said statement was issued to the public. Those who haven't taken to Twitter to voice their opinions took to review platforms to state their thoughts on the restaurant. In particular, the Dros Silverton branch in Pretoria. A slew of users reviewed Dros on Facebook labelled the restaurant as "not child-friendly". "Sick to the core of how you handled the...

  • South Africa fumes online after girl was raped in Dros restaurant toilet

    South Africa's Dros restaurant chain has come under fire on social media this week after it confirmed a seven-year-old girl was raped in a bathroom in a Gauteng outlet. The incident, which took place on Saturday at the Silverton, Pretoria branch, first came to light on Facebook. The Citizen reported that the child was "snatched" from the female toilets and brought into the male toilets, where he raped her. On Tuesday, News24 reported that a case of rape was opened by Pretoria police. The suspect has also been arrested. Dros' statement However, conversation on social media rapidly escalated on Wednesday, after Dros issued...