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  • US customers can now order food through Facebook

    If you're too lazy to visit a restaurant, or even open your favourite food ordering app, Facebook now lets you place orders for delivery or pick up directly from its app and website. The company's VP of local Alex Himel today announced the move in a press release. "Today, we’re taking the time out of finding what you want to eat by officially launching the ability to order food for pick-up or delivery, directly on Facebook," he writes. "People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about...

  • MiniMeme Podcast: Disaster Shark and other internet hoaxes

    Welcome to MiniMeme, Burn Media's podcast helmed by the junior staff where they talk about any topic that tickles their fancy. This week, it's all about internet hoaxes, big and small, that have shaped the way people use the internet (or just made us laugh, if we're honest). We talk: Disaster Shark, libertarian time traveller John Titor, Cole Sprouse's Tumblr experiment, and how "fake news" has made it all a lot less fun. Catch the full podcast here: Additional reading: GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online | Africa Check

  • Cape Town firefighters: don’t fly drones around the #12ApostlesFire

    Volunteer Wildfire Services, better known as VWS, has asked Cape Town residents and visitors to guard against flying drones near the 12 Apostles fire. The fire, which flared up on Wednesday, continues to burn behind the 12 Apostles Hotel between Llandudno and Camps Bay. "A #wildfire is a #NoDroneZone," it tweeted. "Do NOT fly drones near fires. There's already been drone spotted this morning which is a danger to choppers." A #wildfire is a #NoDroneZone. Do NOT fly drones near fires. There's already been drone spotted this morning which is a danger to choppers. pic.twitter.com/ta9AtaPjNd — VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) October 13, 2017 The organisations currently...

  • Twitter user figures out how to block Nazis from your feed

    Twitter users have been calling for the removal of Nazis on the platform for ages, but sometimes when the powers-that-be won't help, you have to find your own solutions. That's exactly what user @christopeterso did when she changed her country setting to Germany. One Weird Trick to get nazi imagery off twitter pic.twitter.com/pCDvRu5JwY — MicHELL🔥Spookcault (@christapeterso) October 12, 2017 Germany has strict laws about promoting Nazi imagery and ideology, and so have banned that kind of content online. To de-Nazify your own timeline today, head over to your settings, make sure you're on the account tab, and scroll down to "content" to change your country. Content...

  • Watch: Major Lazer’s ‘Particula’ video flaunts South Africa and Nigeria’s creative genius

    American recording trio Major Lazer may have been slammed in the past for making coin from cultural appropriation, but its latest track brings out the best in South Africa's and Nigeria's music and cinematography scene. Co-produced by South Africa's DJ Maphorisa, and starring SA rapper Nasty C, and Nigerian artists Ice Prince, and Pantoranking, "Particula" is a reggae banger that this week received the music video treatment. Said video was also directed by Cape Town-based Adriaan Louw. "Particula" does not feature Table Mountain however, but rather the Hillbrow Tower. Major Lazer's 'Particula' is filmed in Johannesburg, but features both Nigerian and South...

  • #WomenBoycottTwitter to protest Rose McGowan’s suspension

    Some women on Twitter are taking a leave of absence from the platform on Friday the 13th to protest actress Rose McGowan's suspension for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and his company's board. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter was adopted Thursday evening and was intended to take effect from midnight in New York. The intention is to limit Twitter's ad revenue for a day as fewer users log on. Many high-profile Twitter users have stood in solidarity with the boycott, and by Friday morning it was trending number one worldwide. #IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow. https://t.co/XTXtFMv2CM — Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 13,...

  • Updating: #12ApostlesFire trends in Cape Town as mountain slopes burn

    Update, 13 Oct, 9.30am: The fire between Camps Bay and Llandudno on Cape Town's 12 Apostles mountain range is still burning, this according to reports from firefighters and eyewitnesses. The blaze, fanned by strong winds, was at its most intense Thursday evening. #12ApostlesFire Crews working hard to contain the runaway flank. Good luck out there. @NCCwildfires @vwsfires @TableMountainNP @wo_fire pic.twitter.com/OG9CSwwW4T — Sullivan Photography (@Sullphotography) October 12, 2017 Friday morning paints a slightly different picture. As first aerial resources get to work, we get a better idea of the real #12ApostlesFire size and challenges. Photo from @wo_fire Spotter. pic.twitter.com/1k77Rd4e93 — VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) October 13, 2017 #CTFire...

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in South Africa? We will share the findings...

  • TWR #125: The Last Jedi trailer, Harvey Weinstein & RIP Windows 10 Mobile

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Julia Breakey, and Daniel Mpala in studio. Kicking off the agenda, the team talk the much-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Promising another technically beautiful film, the trailer also hints at themes yet to be explored in this generation of the franchise. We then move on to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which saw the powerful Hollywood producer outed for covering up decades of sexual harassment allegations. The story has a offered a dark look into the predatory...

  • 5 great space apps you should grab right now

    One of my favourite early Android experiences was using Google Sky Map for the first time, being a revelation for stargazers. Since those heady days, we've seen a variety of space-based apps being released on mobile devices. So we picked a few worth downloading. Google Sky Map (free - Android) Let's start with the original augmented reality app in many ways, Google Sky Map overlays a map of celestial objects on your phone. The app also relies on your phone's gyroscope and other sensors, so it'll accurately show you stars, planets and other objects, depending on where you're pointing your phone camera. Sky Map...

  • Facebook execs to get ‘candid’ about ‘hard questions’ in live interviews

    Facebook executives are gearing up to "push  toward even greater transparency" in a series of live interviews with digital news site Axios. As part of the company's Hard Questions series -- heretofore existing only in the form of blog posts -- the company is opening up to reporters and editors from multiple news outlets and independent groups. At least in the case of Axios, Facebook says that the reporters will "fully control the questions and resulting coverage". The company says that it looks to take on the "most crucial topics in social media" -- including terrorism, hate speech, and Russian propaganda. The first interview will see...

  • Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after speaking against Weinstein Co.

    Actress Rose McGowan, who has been using her Twitter account to speak out against Hollywood production studio The Weinstein Company, has had her account temporarily disabled. TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT Last week, The New York Times revealed that powerful producer Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual harassment accusers for decades. Rose McGowan was one of the first women to disclose that she had signed a settlement with Weinstein after an "episode in a hotel room" in 1997, and has been using...

  • Yes, Facebook and Instagram are down for some users

    Facebook and Instagram users across the world are today experiencing connectivity issues. Reports from users on Twitter and websites like DownDetector and Outage Report suggest that connection issues began around 5pm SAST. Facebook is having issues since 11:11 AM ESThttps://t.co/YbrNS7dpo9 RT if you're also affected #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/b5q3KqwkKs — Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017 On Facebook, users were unable to post status updates while Instagram users experienced a similar issue. The outage affected users across the world, including Japan, Brazil, India, the majority of Europe and the United States. In our tests, both Facebook and Instagram are seemingly up in South Africa. #FacebookDown began trending on Twitter...

  • Celebs use social media to speak out against Weinstein, sexual harassment

    After powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was outed by The New York Times for three decades of sexual harassment allegations, social media flooded with high-profile responses ranging from condemnations to confessions. While many women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, opened up to journalists, others found a more natural medium in the form of social media. This is how celebrities used their own platforms to speak out. Rose McGowan Actress Rose McGowan, best known for her roles in Scream and Charmed, has become the figurehead of the online movement as one of the first women to admit she signed a settlement after an "incident" in a hotel room. McGowan has...

  • Eminem disses Trump in freestyle verse, South Africa is split

    Rapper Eminem unleashed a four-minute-long freestyle criticising US President Donald Trump at Tuesday's BET Hip Hop Awards, and the South African responses have been split. In the freestyle, the rapper says that, among other issues, "racism's the only thing fantastic for". He also bashes his "distraction" tactics of focussing on the recent NFL protests rather than disaster-relief for Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico. Eminem goes so far as to tell any of his Trump-supporting fans that he's "drawing a line in the sand; you're either for or against". The FULL verse that EVERYBODY is talking about! @eminem BODIED THIS! #HipHopAwardspic.twitter.com/zoS0wEwjQF — BET (@BET) October 11, 2017 Former-NFL...