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  • Uber Lite launches in India

    Uber Lite is now a thing, but it's not a new offering from the ride-hailing service. Instead, it's a new app, keeping up with tech companies' recent trend of developing low bandwidth, low footprint apps for emerging markets. "Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone," said Shirish Andhare, the company's head of product for emerging markets, in an announcement. Uber Lite weighs in at around 5MB, notably slimmer than the 40.4MB required to install the traditional Android app. Visually, it sheds the default initial map overlay on...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now healthier than they were in June 2016

    There's some more good news this week for thirsty Cape Town. As of 11 June 2018, the city's total dam storage levels stood at 31.8%, marking an increase of 2% over the previous week. Overall dam levels have seen a 10.9% increase since 7 May. At the same point in 2017, the city had just 20.9% stored within its six largest dams. In 2016, that figure stood at 29.6%. So currently, Cape Town has a larger amount of water stored than it did at the same point in June 2016. Individual dams continue their positive trend, albeit see smaller gains this...

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends Deadpool 2’s SA box office reign

    Say goodbye to Marvel's dominance of SA's box office charts in 2018, and usher in our new dinosaur overlords. Displacing Deadpool 2 from this past weekend's top spot (8 - 10 June) is the Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Although receiving a lukewarm response from critics, at least according to its prequel, the film has since made more than US$151-million globally. Ryan Reynolds is still fending off Breaking In from second spot, with Sherlock Gnomes climbing one spot to fourth place. Avengers: Infinity War is still the SA box office's biggest grosser, albeit in fifth. It has since made more than...

  • Trump, Merkel and other world leaders star in new G7 Summit meme

    You just can't keep US President Donald Trump out of the meme world for too long. Well, at least him and German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Friday, Merkel's social media team published the image to Instagram, where it received more than 65 000 likes and 4700 comments. From there, it found its way onto Twitter, where users highlighted the indifferent expressions of the world leaders. The scene itself is straight out of a baroque painting. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9,...

  • Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies shed even more value this weekend

    It must suck if you've bought Bitcoin any time this year. The cryptocurrency, along with a slew of its competitors and peers, crashed in value this past weekend. This comes after a cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea dubbed Coinrail was hacked. The hack only saw US$40-million in cryptocurrency lost -- around 30% of the exchange's value -- but the implications were far reaching. According to Coinmarketcap, the price of Bitcoin was hovering at the US$7400 mark late Saturday. By Monday morning, the price dropped to US$6700. Its market cap now stands at US$116-billion, but that itself is down from US$130-billion two days...

  • Win a Solo Brooklyn bag with GammaTek and Memeburn this Father’s Day [CLOSED]

    Dads can be tricky to buy gifts for. Golf balls, socks, hampers and CDs are grand. But, for something functional; something they will actually use and something to last longer than a hamper of biltong; think Solo. From New York to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, thanks to Gammatek, Solo is the go-to brand for cases and bags. For work and play, Solo bags are stylish, functional and packed with character. Produced with quality, durable materials, they have great features that will impress dad.  These include internal organizers and compartments for organizing documents; internal pockets for keeping iPads and tablet devices...

  • Instagram ‘@mention sharing’ lets you crosspost Stories with pals

    In a new update, Instagram will now let you include a story that you've been tagged in in your own Stories. According to the social network, this lets those "caught up in a soccer game" to relive and share moments. How nice. "When someone mentions you in their story, you receive a notification in your Direct message thread with that person — now, you’ll see an option to add that content to your own story," it adds. "Tap it to see that story as a sticker -- you can scale, rotate and position it and add creative tools like text or stickers...

  • Fb.gg: Facebook’s game streaming portal to rival Twitch is now live

    Facebook today debuted its own game streaming portal dubbed Fb.gg, in a bit to compete with Microsoft's Mixer, Google's YouTube Gaming and Amazon's Twitch. The service is baked into the Facebook experience. You'll need to be logged in to begin streaming, but others' streams can be watched sans account. Beyond that, it pretty much does what every other video streaming service does: allow gamers to live stream a title of choice. At the moment, it seems Fortnite, Mobile Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is among the top picks, appealing to the current battle royale and mobile gaming craze. For now, the experience is...

  • Getting GDPR-ready was painful, but PoPI compliance is yet to follow

    Businesses across South Africa have spent the past few weeks in a last minute scramble to finalise their compliance with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the 25 May deadline. With that deadline now past, many of those companies will again turn their attention to South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI). The good news is that any organisation that took its GDPR efforts seriously should be well on its way to PoPI compliance. Like GDPR, PoPI aims to give ordinary people more control over their personal data and ensure that companies are more transparent in...

  • Don’t be fooled: 2018 FIFA World Cup scams you should be weary of

    We're just a few weeks away from the global phenomenon of watching men kick an inflatable bladder around a patch of grass, and cyber criminals have never been more excited. The FIFA World Cup, taking place in Russia this year beginning on 14 June, is an event that brings together billions of humans online. And taking advantage of these humans through online scams is an attractive proposition for some. According to security firm ESET, a number of scams have already been spotted in the wild. A majority of these dupes have taken the form of emails with documents attached, while others are...

  • Burn Media to embark on aggressive growth after deal to go solo – Buckland

    The Burn Media Group, a media stable with publications that include Ventureburn and Memeburn, has broken away from M&C Saatchi Abel’s digital agency Creative Spark and has embarked upon a new “aggressive” growth curve, says Burn Media’s founder Matthew Buckland. Buckland, the former CEO and founder of Creative Spark, this week announced the conclusion of a deal with M&C Saatchi Abel and the formation of Burn Media Group — an independent digital media company. The deal with advertising company M&C Saatchi Abel was concluded on Monday (4 June). It follows Buckland’s exit in April from Creative Spark  — the company he founded in 2010 and which he subsequently sold...

  • Fanny pack searches are trending so hard in 2018 (but why?)

    Like movies and music, fashion is a cyclical internet culture phenomenon. As the online world influences it, fashion itself fuels sentiment online. And as more netizens focus on their physical attire on a daily basis thanks to the boom of image-heavy social media, trends are often made, or in this case, revived on the internet. The latest example is straight from the 1980s: fanny packs. And no, it doesn't seem to be an ironic Weird Al Yankovic style revival either. Google Trends data notes an uptick in search traffic for these waist-secured utilitarian satchels, spiking massively since the beginning of the year....

  • Win with Memeburn and GammaTek’s Avengers: Infinity War competition [CLOSED]

    It's been a good few weeks now, but still we can't quite shake Avengers: Infinity War from our heads, or our hearts. And neither can you, it seems. The Marvel hit is still perched atop Southern Africa's box office charts, keeping the likes of Solo and Deadpool 2 at bay. But instead of watching the movie all over again (well, you totally can), there's a more permanent way to remember your favourite superheroes. GammaTek and Memeburn are joining forces, giving one reader the opportunity to win: 2 x Avengers Funko Pop figurines If you don't know, Gammatek is the leading distributor of branded...

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 is Disney’s most ambitious crossover event of the year

    Stand back planet Earth, because Disney's about to release its own Emoji Movie. This is at least according to commenters on Wreck-It Ralph 2's second trailer. Officially known as Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the flick will see our eponymous large-handed but lovable brute and princess Vanellope von Schweetz venture beyond the confines of their arcade. Here they'll run into Twitter, Facebook, and a wad of other Disney intellectual properties on a mission to find a replacement part for the broken Sugar Rush arcade machine. Commentary on social hierarchies, self-memes and intelligent meta-jokes are all sneaked in thanks to Rich...

  • Deadpool 2 spends third week above Avengers: Infinity War in SA movie chart

    It looks like Marvel has a new hit movie series on its hands. If indications of the first Deadpool's success wasn't enough, the sequel has now topped the Southern African movie charts for the third weekend running. According to Ster-Kinekor data, Deadpool 2 hasn't yet usurped Avengers: Infinity War's local earnings just yet, even if it has made some US$600-million globally. The showpiece of the MCU has racked up just under R70-million locally since its debut on the chart nearly two months ago. It however remains Southern Africa's second most popular movie. Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline If you thought...