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  • YouTube suffers global outage causing mass internet panic

    In the early hours of this morning YouTube, including its TV and Music services, went down around the world, preventing users from accessing content. The platform was fast to acknowledge the problem and tweeted that they was working on the issue. An hour later, it had been resolved. We're back! Thanks for all of your patience. If you continue to experience issues, please let us know. https://t.co/NVU5GP7Sy6 — Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018 Meanwhile many users showed off their panic, amusement and relief with a healthy influx of memes on Twitter under the hashtag #YouTubeDOWN. I survived the great #YouTubeDOWN of 2018 pic.twitter.com/0pGKsXjYMS —...

  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died after a long batter with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. Allen was a childhood friend of Bill Gates, and the two of them founded Microsoft back in 1975. Though Allen left Microsoft in 1983, his contributions to personal computer technology were revolutionary, and many consider him a great visionary for his investments and donations over the years. He founded multiple research companies for science, biology and technology, including Vulcan Inc. which confirmed Allen’s passing in an official statement. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and...

  • Updating: ‘Wildcat’ MyCiti strike brings Cape Town to a standstill

    Update, Tuesday 10am: The "wildcat" MyCiti bus strike continues into its second day, affecting a vast swathe of Cape Town. There are however more lines currently operating today than on Monday, when strike action began. "The following services are currently operating on routes: T02, X02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237," Cape Town's MyCiti bus service tweeted early on Tuesday. Update: #MyCiTiAlert: The following services are currently operating on routes: T02, X02, D01, D02, D03, D04, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237. Updates to follow — MYCITI bus (@MyCiTiBus) 16 October 2018 As of 6am on Tuesday, a slew of...

  • Cape Town’s dam levels drop as water consumption spikes

    For the first time this side of winter, Cape Town's dam levels have dropped. But it's not yet a cause for concern. Collectively, the City's six largest reservoirs still hold 76% of their total capacity, losing just 0.2% over the high water mark set the previous week. Some dams added to their reserves too, according to the City's latest report. As of Monday afternoon, the Voelvlei Dam was 96.6% full, gaining 0.4% over the previous week. This comes despite no rain recorded over the dam since the month began. The Berg River Dam also gained 0.1%, and is just 0.5% shy of its...

  • 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...

  • Video: This calm and tranquil place is the eye of Hurricane Michael

    If you ever wanted to know what it's like standing beneath the eye of a hurricane, now you know. Hurricane Michael, which just a few days ago was nothing but a cloud, struck the US Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. In fact, Hurricane Michael was the third most powerful storm to strike the US mainland. Ever. Even more intense than Maria last year and Katrina in 2005. Even though it packed winds of 250km/h, the eye of every cyclonic storm is almost always noticeably calmer. And that was the case with Michael too. Meteorologist Ed Russo published a video taken by...

  • Instagram is fighting bullying and spreading happiness with new tools

    Instagram this week introduced new features to help fight online bullying in its community of users. In an announcement yesterday, new man-in-charge Adam Mosseri revealed the anti-bullying tools, saying that “there is no place for bullying on Instagram”. “That’s why today we’re announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos,” he explained. By using machine learning Instagram will now be able to detect harmful content in pictures and captions so that they can be removed accordingly. “This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying — and it’s a crucial next step...

  • 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...