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  • SA’s box office: Blade Runner 2049 tops charts, but is it enough?

    Blade Runner 2049 has crashed into the top of South African box office charts this weekend, but it doesn't seem enough for the blockbuster. Despite raking in rave reviews -- Rolling Stone called it an "instant classic" -- the film has not pulled in the opening weekend it expected. Many predicted the long-awaited sequel would make around US$45-million in the US, but after a disappointing opening weekend, Blade Runner 2049 only managed US$31.5-million. Its production budget sits around US$150-million. But what about the rest of the chart this weekend? (6 - 8 October) The Emoji Movie has defied gravity (and Pennywise the Clown) to jump up from third spot to second, forcing last week's number...

  • Pictures: Fierce hail storm lashes Johannesburg

    Areas in Johannesburg were this afternoon laced by a hail storm that pelted cars, and reportedly damaged a mall in Krugersdorp. The South African Weather Service issued a warning around 3pm, suggesting that a storm is moving across Randfontein and Krugersdorp bringing with it "damaging winds, large hail and heavy downpours". Warning:09 Oct 2017 Severe TS obs over S Magaliesberg move to Randfontein + Krugersdorp area, damaging winds, large hail and heavy downpours — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) October 9, 2017 Images of the storm began hitting social media channels -- including Twitter and Facebook -- around 3.30pm Many of the images showcased the...

  • Stats SA: fuel, toasters and cell phones all cheaper in 2017

    If you love eating pineapples while browsing the internet on your smartphone, you'll love the latest batch of statistics from Stats SA. The latest Consumer Price Index report suggests that South Africans are paying less for fruit, telecommunications services and telecommunications equipment when comparing January 2017's prices to those from August 2017. "Postal and telecommunication services, recreational equipment, fuel (petrol and diesel), hotels and appliances all experienced slight price decreases," Stats SA wrote in a release. Stats SA: telecommunications equipment prices have fallen by 36% since January 2014 "If you prefer using 93 octane petrol and you live inland, filling a 45 litre...

  • Last week in trailers: Justice League, Pacific Rim & more

    There's a massive list of major films that were promoted last week: from super-hyped franchises and serious Oscar contenders to trashy movies that know exactly what they are. Here's the list. Justice League Justice League is still pretending that Superman is dead despite the fact that everyone saw the dust rise off his coffin in Batman v Superman. There are some theories as to why they're upholding the ruse, and my favourite is that Superman is the villain of this film. Scandalous, I know. Also revealed in the trailer is a super hunky Aquaman, a bantering The Flash, and a life-saving Cyborg -- all gearing up to save the...

  • ‘Ready for a Dove shower?’ Cosmetics brand angers the internet with ‘racist’ ad

    Cosmetics brand Dove has become the bane of the internet after it posted an advertisement considered to be racist. The ad, which was last week posted to Facebook, takes the form of a three-second long GIF. It depicts a black, dark-haired woman removing her shirt, to reveal a white red-haired woman. Screengrabs of the advertisement later appeared on social media. Lol did this even look right to y'all? I mean your whole team sat down and cleared this bullshit right here? How? pic.twitter.com/WzsZfpkxAr — Musimbwa (@UNcubeOthungayo) October 7, 2017 "Ready for a Dove shower? Sulfate Free with 100% gentle cleansers, our body wash gets...

  • AI, blockchain and fake news: the next decade according to Gartner

    The world is set to change drastically in the next decade as technologies like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain transform industries and lifestyles. Of course, that's if we as a species manage to make it to the next decade. Intelligence firm Gartner recently revealed how the aforementioned technologies will influence life on Earth, and the digital realm, beyond 2020. 2020 "Counterfeit reality" is set to become one of humans' and AI's biggest problems AI will begin to confuse itself Gartner doesn't think 2020 will be a good year. It mentions that artificial intelligence's ability to create content -- what it...

  • Relive OppiKoppi and Rocking The Daisies through these 30 Instagram snaps

    This weekend saw a festival double header at opposite ends of South Africa, with Rocking The Daisies in the Western Cape, and OppiKoppi in Limpopo. The four-day festivals, beginning on Thursday and drawing to a close on Sunday, hosted the likes of The Naked and Famous and Two Door Cinema Club, to name just a few. Naturally, social media users couldn't resist posting an artsy photograph or sneaky selfie to Instagram. Here's a quick sample of what South Africa got up to this weekend. Rocking The Daisies 2017 according to Instagram: Wander through the dead with you caught up in my head. #rtd2017 A post...

  • YouTube demonetised Casey Neistat’s fundraising video for Las Vegas shooting victims

    YouTube creators have been complaining for months that the platform's monetisation policies and practices are dysfunctional -- but now it's targeting those raising money for victims of tragedy. On Monday, super-vlogger Casey Neistat uploaded a video entitled "LET'S HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE LAS VEGAS ATTACK". In the four-minute-long video, Neistat outlines how he wants to use his platform to help the victims of the mass shooting that saw 59 killed and over 500 injured. He explained how he set up a GoFundMe -- which has raised over US$280 000 as of writing -- and how he would be adding all of the video's...

  • Netflix is raising its US prices, South Africa remains unscathed

    Netflix is raising two of its tiers' prices for US users, but that won't affect South Africans, a spokesperson has said. Though the prices in SA are hinged on the dollar, the fee hike is for US-users only. According to Mashable, come November Netflix's middle tier product will go from US$9.99 to US$10.99, while the premium will rise from US$11.99 to US$13.99. The company says the hike is to accommodate "more exclusive TV shows and movies", "new product features", and the improvement of the "overall Netflix experience". Facing more competition than ever, Netflix is racing to stay ahead in the streaming service game by producing more quality original content -- and...

  • Get the Google Assistant app in South Africa with this quick guide

    The Google Assistant app might not be listed on the South African Play Store just yet, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work here. With a few jukes and sidesteps, here's how you can get the new Google Assistant app running and functioning on your smartphone right now. 1. Check your smartphone for these apps and features Before we get started, I should point out one thing: Assistant won't be compatible with every smartphone. Your device will need to meet the below minimum hardware and software requirements: Google app version 6.13 or higher must be installed to your device You'll need Google Play...

  • Facebook to add info on news articles in the hopes you start re-trusting the media

    US President Donald Trump and his administration have made it their mission to sow a distrust for the media throughout the US -- and the prevalence of  "fake news" sites isn't helping -- but Facebook is looking to restore the broken relationship its users have with journalism. The company has begun a test to give users more information on the news articles that appear on their timelines. This information -- accessed by clicking a lower case "i" -- includes a background on the original publication, a look at related articles, and a map of where the article is being shared. It will also...

  • Microsoft Edge hits Android, iOS because people asked for it (lol)

    Microsoft Edge represents a big improvement over the much-maligned Internet Explorer, but it's still a long way from threatening the likes of Chrome and Firefox (both critically and commercially). So colour us surprised to hear that Microsoft is bringing Edge to Android and iOS. And they're apparently not just doing it to test the waters, but because people wanted it. "One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is 'we want our browser experience to move to our phones'. You spoke, we listened," read an excerpt from an official blog post. As for...

  • 5 things I’d like to see in the Bob’s Burgers movie

    The beloved cartoon Bob's Burgers is getting a movie in 2020 and it should prove as ridiculous as the eight-season-long show. It's too early to get an idea of the film's plot yet, but creator Loren Bouchard said: "We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show." He's right, but it got me thinking: what are the itches I want scratched with this movie? So I made a list. A musical number There is nothing more quintessential Bob's Burgers than a well-written, poorly-performed musical number...

  • TWR #124: ‘horrifying’ Oscar Pistorius movie, Google Pixel 2 & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the past week's news in all things tech and startups. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey in studio. Daniel kicks things off by detailing Ventureburn's currently-running Startup Survey. The survey aims to get a firmer grasp of the South African startup scene by examining its challenges, founders and funders. We then move on to Memeburn, where Julia tells us about the Lifetime Oscar Pistorius movie, which seemingly tells the prosecution's side of the story. The Steenkamps have issued a statement that they are horrified at the film, and the...

  • Tinder’s latest feature panders to fed-up women

    Tinder has released a fun new reactions feature, but has inexplicably marketed it as if it were going to solve one of the platform's biggest issues. In an effort to cull "doucheyness" from its platform, the company says its new reactions feature will drive a woman's message home -- but, really, it's just glorified emoji. The feature appears alongside GIFs in individual DMs, and functions in the same way as iMessage's full-screen animations. Essentially, they fill your and your match's screen with the likes of floating hearts, a giant eye-roll, or even an angrily-thrown drink -- and if you're wondering how this will make more of an...