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  • Last week in trailers: Diary of a Wimpy Week

    The Academy Awards -- Hollywood's proudest event -- took place last night, so it makes sense that there weren't that many trailers released in the past week. No one wants to compete with that attention. But the competition didn't deter some, and I desperately wish it had. If you're someone who enjoys objectively bad films (we're all human), then this week is going to blow your mind. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the fourth installment in the franchise, and is intended to be a sequel despite starring an entirely new cast. The plot? Greg reroutes the...

  • Facebook digging the dirt to bring internet to Uganda

    Not content with launching satellites or unmanned solar-powered gliders, Facebook is taking a more based approach to bringing internet to Africa. According to a new Recode report, the company alongside Airtel and BCS, will be trenching Uganda to lay fibre cables. Around "500 miles" of cable is being planned, and will aim to be a backbone for wireless service providers and the country's telcos. Facebook, Airtel and BCS will lay fibre in Uganda to strengthen the country's internet infrastructure This isn't the first time Facebook has looked to Africa in its quest for global internet coverage. In 2015, the company launched its...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Pretoria marred by violence after anti-foreigner protest

    Violence against foreign nationals, which began earlier this week, has today escalated in Tshwane. This after an anti-illegal immigrant march organised by Pretoria locals turned ugly. According to reports, some locals blame rising incidents of crime, prevalence of drugs and prostitution on foreign nationals living within the metropole. The demonstrators were to march to Pretoria's CBD to hand over a memorandum to the Department of Home Affairs. But that's not exactly what happened. The march quickly turned violent, with both locals and foreigners wielding makeshift weapons. The police was also called in, armed with rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Incidents have...

  • Hidden Figures movie review: a vibrant celebration of black women

    Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures tells the jubilant story of three African American women who made it possible for the US to put John Glenn into space.The film is unrelenting in its optimism, and its joy is so infectious it could creep into the coldest of hearts. Based on the book of the same name, Hidden Figures details how Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) defied the odds stacked against black women in 1960s America and became vital parts of NASA’s team. A major reason the film is so joyous is its cast. Taraji...

  • Nightwing to bring light to DC’s cinematic universe

    It's no secret that DC's films are struggling. Neither Suicide Squad nor Batman v Superman were able to crack the US$1 billion mark at the office -- while Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War both smashed it. Critical reception has not been great either -- Suicide Squad received a dismal 26% from Rotten Tomatoes, and Batman v Superman did exactly 1% better. A lot of the the criticism for the films stems from the fact that DC takes itself too seriously (and its writers seem to have no understanding what a plot is). The grimdark genre has worn itself thin and films like Deadpool are being embraced with furvor. So it comes with great...

  • Google Allo is coming to the desktop (kind of)

    Smart messaging app Google Allo is heading to the desktop, this according to a tweet from Google VP of communication products Nick Fox. The app, currently available on Android and iOS, will also be heading to desktop platforms in the near future in the form of a web app. Still in early development, but coming to a desktop near you... #GoogleAllo #SneakPeek pic.twitter.com/f7QNFH7IHO — Nick Fox (@RealNickFox) February 24, 2017 Judging by the attached screenshot, the app will be much like WhatsApp Web, running in-browser with two distinct sections: a contacts pane on the left, and a larger content section on the right. Google...

  • #BlackCoffeeftYoza: Twitter user scores collab with Black Coffee

    Yesterday was Yoza Mnyanda's crown birthday and she decided to shoot her shot. Mnyanda -- a recent University of Cape Town film grad and aspiring cinematographer with the voice of an angel -- seized the day and tweeted South African DJ and producer Black Coffee, asking how many retweets she'd need for him to make a song with her. @RealBlackCoffee how many RT's do I need for you to make a song with me? It's also my birthday today. 😊👑🙂https://t.co/tRidKs3Ger — needacameraplzhelp (@YozaMnyanda) February 23, 2017 Attached was a performance she did last year for UCT's Live Room. Black Coffee was so impressed he...

  • WhatsApp Status has landed in South Africa [Photos]

    True to co-founder Jan Koum's words, WhatsApp Status has landed on Friday (24 February), delivering Snapchat Stories-style functionality to the messaging platform. So what should you know then? Well, it's an overhaul of the text-based status feature ("I'm busy", "I'm at the gym" etc). The overhaul lets you post photos and videos as a general status update, much like Snapchat Stories. These updates all expire after 24 hours, again, like Snapchat's effort. It's worth noting though that WhatsApp does keep track of how many people viewed your update -- simply tap on the ellipsis next to "my status" to get a view-count...

  • Taking to the tweets: South Africa’s relationship with protests and Twitter

    Just recently EFF leader Julius Malema criticised South Africa’s Twitter activists for thinking the platform was enough to effect change. But South Africans are leaving their houses to protest -- they’re just taking their phones with them. South Africa's history of protests South Africa has the highest rates of public protest in the world, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. It only exists as the country it is today because of protests. The ruling party was created as a form of protest, and our leaders won the country’s freedom because of it. When apartheid ended, new issues of service delivery and education emerged...

  • Cloudflare bug leaks personal information to search engines

    US Internet giant Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its coding had put many users' sensitive information at risk. Google Zero engineer Travis Ormandy was the first to notice the mishap, and immediately tweeted a request to talk with someone from Cloudflare's security department. Could someone from cloudflare security urgently contact me. — Tavis Ormandy (@taviso) February 18, 2017 Ormandy had noticed that corrupted web pages were being returned from HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. When alerted, the company immediately noticed the problem was being caused by three minor features and shut them down before going about fixing the issue. At its peak, data...

  • Complaining about abusers at the Oscars won’t change anything [Opinion]

    I don’t remember a time the distinction between art and artist wasn't being argued. It’s a debate that seemingly has no end and it’s not because there’s no right answer. It’s because the ones with the power to end it don’t seem to care. The battle is one of ethics vs industry, and when it comes to money, industry always wins out. And this issue is all about money. Year after year, the Oscars honours artists who have been accused (and sometimes convicted) of heinous crimes. Woody Allen is a famous example. Even after being accused of sexually abusing his adoptive...

  • North West floods in pictures: Facebook, Twitter captures sodden destruction

    Well South Africa, Cyclone Dineo wasn't the weather system we should've been worried about. Although the tropical cyclone passed well north of Gauteng and the North West, floods have ravaged both provinces this week. We've covered the havoc the weather has played in Johannesburg this week, but in the North West, images and videos are now littering social media. Due to ongoing, pelting rain experienced across the North West this week, some municipalities in the province are underwater. Quite literally. Last night's flash floods, which ripped through areas in the province, killed three people. The North West destruction in pictures In Rustenburg -- one...

  • New Google Doodle honours NASA’s latest discovery

    It's not often mother Earth discovers long lost relatives in outer space, but that's largely what NASA has announced this week. The space exploration association shed some light on a new planetary system circulating a distant star called Trappist-1. It's a big discovery, especially since some of these planets are Earth-sized and could harbour life. But that's a bit of a hope more than a certainty for now. Nevertheless, internet giant Google just couldn't resist celebrating the achievement with a Doodle. Earth to #TRAPPIST1...we read you loud and clear. Thanks @NASA for this cosmic discovery! #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/EDh6sDjKIQ — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 23, 2017 On...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • NASA finds seven Earth-like exoplanets in one system

    In what is a landmark moment in the search for exoplanets and a possible future second home, NASA has announced the discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in one solar system. "Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water," NASA said on its website. The agency used the Spitzer space telescope to make the discovery, adding that it was the largest batch of habitable zone exoplanets it's ever found. "This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments,...