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  • 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...

  • 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...