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  • This video explains exactly why the gold Apple watch costs $10k

    Ever since Apple announced the pricing for the top-of-the-range version of its smart watch, there's been one question on everyone's mind: why would anyone drop that much on a device that'll probably be defunct in two years' time? The obvious answer, as College Humor points out, is so that they can show people that they're wealthy enough to do so. Read more: Apple Watch: all you need to know about Apple’s digital ticker It makes sense too. After all, you won't get any more functionality out the gold US$10 000 watch than you will out of the ordinary US$349 one....

  • Watch as muggers clean out TV crew live on air

    An SABC TV crew was mugged tonight while filming outside Johannesburg's Millpark hospital. Contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko and several other SABC crew members were filming outside the hospital, where Zambian president Edgar Lungu is currently receiving treatment after collapsing at a Women's Day event. During a live crossing, the crew was approached by three or four armed men demanding their cellphones laptops and broadcast equipment. The SABC staffers handed over their cellphones at gunpoint before their assailants fled the scene. It seems the attackers weren't aware that the camera was recording at the time and that their faces...

  • Watch this solar-powered plane fly around the world for the first time, in real-time

    You can now follow this solar-powered airplane fly around the world via live video, chat and social media. In an attempt to demonstrate "concrete action for a clean future" and show off how damn awesome solar-powered planes can be, the just Solar Impulse 2 has today taken off from the United Arab Emirates in mission to fly around the globe. According to the BBC, the Solar Impulse was responsible for breaking the record for flying across the States in 2013. This was the first time the world saw a solar-powered plane fly day and night from San Fransisco to New York. The...

  • This video on the Cape Town fire will bring a tear to your eye

    Throughout the course of the past week, professional and volunteer firefighters have been battling a massive blaze across Cape Town's Southern peninsula. At one stage, driven by strong winds and high temperatures, the fire covered an area of more than 5 000ha. It took down everything in its wake. Along with social media, the scale and duration of the fire provided people with unparalleled insight into the work put in by those firefighters. Read more: Drones, maps and social networks: how SA’s media has used tech to report on the #CapeFire As a result of that, South...

  • New Santam ad shows what foreigners think of ‘one of a kind’ South Africa

    Ever wondered what foreign tourists talk about when they return home after a visit to South Africa? Is it the country's people, its wildlife or its stunning landscapes? Well, if a new advert from insurance provider Santam is to be believed, those aren't the things that make the country unique. Load shedding, baboon visits, car guards and traffic signs of hippos crossing are some of the quirky South Africanisms that are featured in the ad. According to the team behind it, "the commercial is filmed through the eyes of foreigners and gives an outsider's perspective on the uniqueness...

  • This time-lapse of the #MuizenbergFire shows how quickly it spread in just two hours

    The massive fire which has been raging across Cape Town's Southern peninsula since the early hours of Sunday morning has consumed massive tracts of vegetation, seen homes damaged and evacuated and some awe-inspiring photography. In order to truly appreciate how large the area affected by the blaze is and -- fanned by strong winds -- how quickly it has spread, it's worth watching this time-lapse video produced by Cape Town cameraman Jason Aldridge. The video covers the fire's spread from around 7:39 pm to 9:32 pm on Sunday Evening.

  • One Rand Man gets a documentary, will be used as educational aid

    Anyone who was paying the vaguest bit of attention to the media in mid 2014, you would have noticed plenty of coverage around Sanlam's 'One Rand Man' campaign. For the duration of the campaign, a middle-class South African man, with a solid job and in an apparently stable financial situation, was asked to give up his credit and debit cards for one month. It's caused waves and brought the agency behind it major industry Kudos. If things had stopped there, everyone would've probably walked away happy. But now the campaign has spawned a documentary aimed at growing the levels...

  • Science allows blind man to see wife for first time in 10 years, will give you serious feels

    This is bound to bring a tear to your eye. A new form of bionic eye has allowed a man to see his wife for the first time in more than a decade. As reported by The Guardian, 68-year-old Allen Zderad is able to see basic shapes and human forms again thanks to a prototype implant and prosthetic, known as Second Sight, put in place by physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Zderad, who suffers from a degenerative eye disease, started to lose his sight 20 years ago before it disappeared almost entirely. While the technology is still in...

  • This dark short film shows that Power Rangers is all about child soldiery

    A fresh yet dark take on the classic Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers saga features North Korea-punching, cussing, child soldiery and some other super controversial issues never really touched on in the original series. Heck, the opening scene involves a guy punching a woman chained to a chair. "We were children, asked to fight an inter-galactic war against an enemy we've never met. Let's stop pretending that our side stood on some moral high ground," says Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek who plays Red Ranger Rocky. He's got the actress, Katee Sackhoff, from Battlestar Galactica tied up to a...

  • Sesame Street teaches kids more than maths with ‘House of Cards’ parody

    We're not sure kids will fully understand Sesame Street's House of Cards parody -- unless they've managed to figure out their parents' Netflix account -- but chances are, watching it will teach them more than just basic subtraction. There's also plenty to be learned about using double entendres to make points about political excess: "Some people say there's too much pork in this town," says Frank Underwolf as he embarks on his journey into the 'White House of Bricks'. "I could not agree more." Other lessons, covering the perilous nature of power and how to use a dramatic...

  • Apple actually wants you to be that douchebag filming stuff on their iPad

    You're out at a concert, or festival, or any other kind of public event really, and then you see them: the person filming the whole thing on their iPad. Is there any more embarrassing a sight on the planet? Trouble is, they're only becoming increasingly ubiquitous and Apple's doing everything it can to make this kind of behaviour seem normal. The latest ad by the Cupertino-based giant, which lands at the height of movie awards season, aims to show off the iPad's capability as a film-making tool. Voiced by legendary director Martin Scorsese, the ad shows various groups of...

  • Google’s new Android ad is totally adorable

    Google has launched a new Android advert and it's designed to appeal to the kind of person who loves posting videos of unlikely animal friendships all over your timeline. The ridiculously cute video aims to put a positive spin on the fact that, unlike iOS, Android is available across a wide range of devices by mashing up a number of the clips of the kind described above. The tagline? “Be Together. Not the Same.” If you can forgive that level of cheese, watch the ad and enjoy the smile it puts on your face.

  • Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer shows Tyrion’s beard, Needle and a wedding [video]

    Game of Thrones Season 5 is nearly upon us. HBO's epic incarnation of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels will be hitting cable, torrent sites and the web in about two months' time. And until then, we can indulge in the trailer below. Apart from Tyrion Lannister's scruffy beard, Arya Stark's deadly Needle and yet another wedding, the short clip is filled to the brim with chilling quotes and scenes. Some include Little Finger's "There's no justice in this world. Not unless we make it." And Khaleesi vowing, "I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm...

  • New Jurassic World trailer features a total glut of dinosaurs

    Universal Pictures used this weekend's Super Bowl -- the biggest day in both American sport and advertising -- to launch a new trailer for Jurassic World. The upcoming film, which stars Chris Pratt, drew plenty of flak for including what appeared to be unfinished CGI in its first trailer. That's largely been resolved in the new trailer, although it doesn't really add too much in terms of plot. Read more: The ‘Jurassic World’ trailer gets unleashed, features scary hybrid dino That's not really the point of this kind of trailer though. It's more about focusing your attention on just how...

  • Coco-Cola thinks spilling Coke on a server can save the web from trolls

    Anyone who's ever spilled Coke on a piece of electronics knows that it's pretty much a death knell for that particular device. If the Coca-Cola company is to be believed however then spilling its sugar-fueled drink on a server can rid the web of trolls and all negativity in general. That's the message the beverage giant pushed out during Sunday's Super Bowl, an event which means as much to US advertisers as it does to the country's sports fans. Read more: SA’s Coca-Cola vending machines to dispense free Wi-Fi The ad ties into a wider #makeithappy campaign, which is...