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  • 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...

  • Netflix in South Africa: fastest ISPs revealed for September [Update]

    Netflix launched in South Africa more than a year ago, officially supporting the region with TV shows and movies. But the streaming service has also recently added South Africa to its monthly ISP Speed Index. Now, for the month of September, the service has revealed its top ten ISPs in the country. Fibre-based ISP CoolIdeas was in the top spot, at 3.80Mbps, followed by Vodacom and Vox Telecom (3.19Mbps each). MTN and Cell C rounded out the top five, at 3.18Mbps and 3.08Mbps respectively. Check out the full rundown below. "The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists the average prime time bitrate for...

  • Cape Town dam levels: the city’s water consumption woes continue

    The City of Cape Town has issued its second dam level report for October, but little improvement was observed over the previous week. Total dam storage in the City's six largest dams, in addition to its eight small reservoirs, increased a mere 0.2% overall. Said storage level now stands at 37.8% (pdf). The Theewaterskloof Dam remained at 28.3%, largely due to 4mm of rain which fell in the dam's catchment area, the City notes. Read more: Cape Town: calculate your daily water usage here The Berg River Dam continued to see gains, and is now at 66.6% full -- an increase of 1.6%....

  • Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

    Mark Zuckerberg has made some pretty tone-deaf moves in his time. Earlier this month, the Facebook CEO implied that people upset about Russian propaganda were as bad as those who wanted liberal content removed from Facebook. But just when you think he can't do worse, he goes and scores a personal best. This time, the Zuck appeared in a livestream promoting a Facebook VR tool as a cartoon version of himself in disaster-stricken Puerto Rico. Along with Facebook's head of social virtual reality Rachel Franklin, Zuckerberg toured the flooded areas as Puerto Ricans worked around his smiling, high-fiving avatar. Many citizens in the US-territory are...

  • #DurbanStorm: Durban floods as city is lashed by storm

    Update 3.20pm: The South African Weather Service has issued another update regarding the Durban storm on Twitter. "Cut-off low to the east of KZN. Heavy rain, flooding + strong winds will become less severe from the evening. Please be safe and take care," it wrote. Cut-off low to the east of KZN. Heavy rain, flooding + strong winds will become less severe from the evening. Please be safe and take care. pic.twitter.com/i0wJ3Wyqn6 — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) October 10, 2017 Update: 2.40pm: Two people have died after a storm lashed Durban early Tuesday morning. The cut-off low responsible for the unstable weather is now...

  • [Watch] Star Wars: The Last Jedi official trailer is here

    The Star Wars franchise may be going through some trials of will and creative differences, but it's time to brush that all aside so we can revel in the sheer coolness of the what is to be The Last Jedi. It's finally here: the much-anticipated trailer for the sequel to The Force Awakens -- the blockbuster that brought in over US$2-billion for Disney's Lucasfilms. It's currently the highest-grossing Star Wars film (and the third highest-grossing film of all time) -- but all that could change come December. Be warned: Director Rian Johnson has suggested that "if you want to in clean, absolutely avoid ". I a legitimately torn....

  • 6 of the internet’s most obnoxious fandoms

    Have you ever been ashamed to tell someone you enjoy something because of a fear they might associate you with the worst part of the fandom? The people who tweet death threats to anyone who dare disrespect their favourite show, or those who feel superior because of what they like? Almost every group of fans has a bad side -- but some groups are so obnoxious that it becomes difficult to find the casual viewers, the ones who could actually engage in productive conversation. These are, in my opinion, the internet's fandoms with the most obnoxious bad sides. Dates are taken from the...

  • Twitter working on a bookmarking tool for tweets

    We may not be getting that edit tool we all desperately crave, but Twitter is reportedly working on another feature that could be massively useful. According to Twitter's product head Keith Coleman, the company is working on a bookmarking feature that will allow users to pocket tweets. "Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon -- a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request," he tweeted. This addition will be independent of the "like" function, which many users previously used to keep track of tweets. However, liking a tweet about the rising death count after the Las Vegas...

  • 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...