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  • Pangolin love: Google’s Valentines Day Doodle is utterly adorable

    While you might be planning an intricate dinner, a beach getaway, or perhaps even a Netflix and chill session this Valentines Day, spare a thought for the poor endangered pangolin. That's at least what Google wants you to do. In its latest Google Doodle celebrating the 14th of February, the company has gone to impressive lengths to highlight the scaley mammalian's flight for survival using a novel mobile-like browser game. "On a sunny morning in Ghana, the ingredients for pangolin love are falling into place," Google explains its Doodle. "Don’t let its hard outer scales fool you: inside, our friend Pangolin is...

  • Last week in trailers: Avengers, a Defender and a talking baby

    Last week was a big one for Marvel, premiering first looks and trailers for The Avengers: Infinity Wars and Iron Fist. But macho superhero trailers weren't the only ones making waves, as a women-led psychological thriller and an animated talking baby made their debuts. Let's get right to it. Iron Fist  The last of the Defenders to get their own series before the merge, Iron Fist promises to have all of the same charm and action as its predecessors. Set to Apashe's 'I'm a Dragon', the trailer promises a season of discipline, success, and a healthy dose of sexual tension. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, a presumed-dead heir to his...

  • China’s Weibo is now worth more than Twitter

    Twitter is just not having a good end to the decade. After disappointing Q4 2016 financial results marred the platform's active role in the US Elections, a new report now suggests that Twitter is valued less than its Chinese rival Weibo. Weibo, now boasting a market capitalisation of US$11.13-billion, shades its American rival by just under a billion dollars. Twitter's cap is around US$10.57-billion at the time of writing. Although this isn't a huge blow to Twitter -- after all, it's blocked in China where Weibo is strongest -- it does put into perspective just how far the company has fallen. Image:...

  • Apple iTunes to debut James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series

    Apple revealed last night that it has finally picked up Carpool Karaoke as a stand-alone series. The Late Late Show with James Corden's segment has garnered around 1.2-billion views on YouTube, and the episode with Adele was the most watched YouTube video of 2016. The segment features the charismatic James Corden driving through the streets of Los Angeles with A-list musicians, belting out their greatest hits. It provides another side to major celebrities, away from the audiences and publicists that usually surround them. Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be produced by CBS but feature on Apple's iTunes Watching Adele rap Nicki Minaj's verse in 'Monster' or ordering...

  • Gamification 2.0: the future will be a virtual game

    Games for all of us, young and old, have formed a big part of our lives. This is true for gaming nerds like me who grew up on Mario Bros., obviously, but this is true even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a gamer. The biological imperative of “play” is hardwired into each of us. In fact, games, for a variety of species are used to learn new skills, create social bonds and for the forming of ideas through imagination. So really, fun is just a name we use for the release of the neurochemical dopamine to...

  • Facebook’s ad tracking system now updates in milliseconds

    Facebook announced Friday that it would be providing marketers with in-depth analysis on the ads they pay for. Over the course of the year, the company intends to detail to buyers the milliseconds an ad is on screen -- that is the milliseconds 50% of an ad was on screen, and the milliseconds 100% of an ad was on screen. The company also intends to offer buyers more choice in how they pay for ads. The three new options are completed-view buying, two-second buying and sound-on buying. Completed-view will allow advertisers to pay for video ads that have been viewed in...

  • Adele, Beyonce & more: 5 must-watch clips from last night’s Grammys

    In case you missed it (like much of sleeping South Africa), Los Angeles last night hosted the 59th edition of the Grammy Awards, or simply the Grammys. It was a landmark occasion, and not simply because it was the first one hosted in Trump's America. Beyonce had nine nominations, including one for best rock song. Adele had an equally impressive share herself. Tributes for George Michael and Prince would ring from the stage. But even with all this on the roster, we weren't quite expecting a Grammy Awards evening with such memorable moments. With the help of Twitter, take a look...

  • Beyonce sued for sampling Messy Mya: the YouTube legalities explained

    Both YouTube and Beyonce have had a busy start to the month. That trend is seemingly set to continue, at least for the latter. While just a few days ago she was celebrated on Instagram, Beyonce is reportedly being sued for using vocal samples from a deceased YouTuber in her track Formation without permission. Voice clips from social media celebrity Messy Mya's video, Booking The Hoes From New Wildin, is used within the first ten seconds of the Lemonade track by producer Mike WiLL and Queen B. Another sample of another Mya clip can be heard around the minute mark. The three-times...

  • The Circle: Hermione Granger, Finn FN-2187 star in creepy trailer

    Harry Potter's Emma Watson, Star Wars: The Force Awaken's John Boyega, Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and just straight-up Tom Hanks all star in James Ponsoldt's The Circle, and a trailer is finally here. The Circle, set for release on 28 April, is based on the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers that follows Mae (Emma Watson), a recent college graduate who gets offered a job at The Circle -- a leading tech company headed by Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks). As the company releases surveillance technology that would have George Orwell rolling in his grave, Mae is forced to choose between the values of her company, her...

  • A United Kingdom movie review: soft lighting, softer convictions

    There is no denying that extreme right movements are rising in popularity. Lines have been drawn in the sand and global bipartisanship is the order of the day. Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom finds a voice in this time, reflecting the politics of today against our history -- reminding and warning us of where we come from. The film tells the story of the interracial marriage between Sir Seretse Khama (a charming David Oyelowo) and his English wife Ruth (Rosamund Pike). Their love was forbidden, both by the British and by Khama’s uncle. Khama was to become a king in...

  • Watch: Twitter captures ugly Sundowns, Pirates fracas

    We've seen some violent scenes in South Africa this weekend largely thanks to the State of the Nation fracas on Thursday night. But when Mamelodi Sundowns took on Orlando Pirates in Tshwane today, no one thought it would end up like this. Sundowns put six goals past Pirates in the first 80 minutes of the game. Yes, six. This didn't seem to sit well with some in the stadium. With some Sundowns fans looking on from the stands, a number of other spectators flooded the pitch, overwhelming Premier Soccer League security, forcing the players back into the dressing room, and...

  • Deloitte outlines its 7 big tech trends for 2017 and beyond

    What does 2017 and beyond hold for the technology sector? Well, according to Deloitte, you can expect "dark analytics" and "everything-as-a-service" to join the likes of Blockchain. The multinational firm listed the aforementioned trends as part of its Tech Trends 2017 report. So what should you know, then? Dark Analytics Starting with this term, Deloitte expects previously unstructured and unanalysed archives of data to be a hefty resource in the next 12 to 24 months. The company cites examples such as image, audio and video files, machine and sensor information from the Internet of Things and data from the deep web as some...

  • WhatsApp’s two-step verification: here’s how to enable it

    Without much fanfare, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has rolled out its two-step verification system for users on both Android and iOS. But what does that mean? Well, for one, it brings WhatsApp's security in line with the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft -- three companies who already support the system on their services and devices. Moreover, it will also be a lot harder for baddies to gain access to your account. WhatsApp explains that it will remain an optional feature, that users can switch on if they so desire. But we recommend you do. How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification system It...

  • #Tsotsi and #ThePeoplesBae: Twitter’s highlights of #SONA2017

    If there's one thing South Africans can be proud of, it's our resilience. After last night's chaotic #SONA2017, or more formally the State of the Nation Address, it would have been easy to fixate on the dire state of the country. But true to form, South Africans did not let the negativity ruin their night. Armed only with their tweets, they made sure to have a little fun amid the chaos. Naturally, the first to come under direct fire was the country's #1 himself, President Jacob Zuma. EFF MPs did not relent in their criticism of the Commander in Chief, providing plenty...

  • Thought #SONA2017 was bad? Watch these international political brawls

    Viewers across South Africa endured what is quickly becoming an annual (yet dramatic) farce in the form of last night's #SONA2017 State of the Nation Address. From a heavy security presence by the ruling party to the EFF's hectoring of President Jacob Zuma, things only went downhill from there. The low point of the night was marked by the EFF's removal from the chamber, making for shocking scenes on television. But, believe it or not, this sort of violence takes place around the world as well -- we look at a few notable videos. Also, be sure to find the bulk...