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  • ‘Comedians of the World’ hits Netflix on New Years Day

    If you like stand up comedy and have no intention of going out on New Years Day, Netflix's latest announcement might tickle your funny bone. The streaming company's Comedians of the World series, which was first announced in July, finally has a launch date: 1 January 2019. The series is set to feature 47 comedians in 13 regions, including South Africa, each delivering a half-hour stand up routine. While many of the content has already been recorded at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy show in July, other sets have also been taped in São Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin, and Amsterdam thoughout...

  • South Africa’s out of recession after GDP grows by 2.2%

    South Africa is out of recession after the country's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.2% in the third quarter of the year. The new numbers were released by Statistics SA on Tuesday morning. The growth comes after two dull, depressing quarters for the South African economy which plunged it into a technical recession. The South African #economy is out of #recession, growing by 2,2% in Q3:2018 compared with Q2:2018 #StatsSA Access all available #GDP documents here until website has been restored: https://t.co/lr2ofjt7rN pic.twitter.com/pldYYaD1lQ — Stats SA (@StatsSA) 4 December 2018 Sectors responsible for growth in Q3 included manufacturing (7.5% growth quarter-over-quarter), agriculture (6.5%),...

  • Polokwane’s a more popular destination than Cape Town, new study suggests

    More people visited Polokwane in 2017 than Cape Town according to a study conducted by Mastercard. The company's Global Destination Cities Index, published on Tuesday, revealed that Johannesburg was once again the continent's most popular city. 4.05-million visitors stayed in the city for one night or more in 2017, which places it top of the African cities which made the list. "On average, international visitors stayed 10.9 nights and spent US$48 per day in Johannesburg, with shopping accounting for more than 50 percent of their total spend," the report added. Notably, Polokwane -- a city north of Johanensburg and the capital of Limpopo...

  • The new Captain Marvel trailer is out and everyone is excited

    Marvel has released the second trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and it’s got fans buzzing with excitement. The trailer, which shows us more of Brie Larson as the eponymous character in full superhero mode, was released on Tuesday morning and has already racked up over four million views on YouTube. After seeing her in action, fans have no doubt that Captain Marvel can defeat Thanos and save the Marvel universe, when she's done ending wars in her own movie of course. CAROL FREAKING DANVERS JUST DEFEATED THANOS RIGHT HERE #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/k1CxiWq822 — 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) December 4, 2018 Thanos watching the end of...

  • Video: Bicycle shop trashed, looted after Cape Town lights festival

    Cape Town's annual festive lights gathering is supposed to be a joyous occasion for families, but things turned ugly in the late hours after the event. On Monday around 5am, a bicycle shop in Long Street was trashed and looted. The store, known as Rook Cycles, uploaded a CCTV video to Instagram and Facebook documenting the incident. The 46-second long video shows more than 20 looters jump through the store's broken window, snatching bicycles and bags. At one point, a group of trespassers actually fight over a bicycle in the store. "We’re so optimistic about South Africa. We’ve had opportunities to open elsewhere,...

  • Sir David Attenborough: climate change threatens ‘collapse of civilisations’

    On Monday, legendary naturalist and the voice of your favourite animal doccies Sir David Attenborough gave a rousing and urgent plea for nations to address climate change. Speaking at the COP24 UN conference in Katowice, Poland, the 92-year-old man represented the "voice of the people" and spoke of future hardships, of the collapse of civilisations, and the extinction of species if climate change is not addressed. "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon," he told the delegation. The message was buoyed by a montage of people's...

  • Twitter recounts ‘horror movie’ aftermath of Global Citizen Festival

    This weekend, the highly anticipated Global Citizen Festival took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Though fans in their thousands enjoyed performances from both local and international artists such as Black Coffee, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, the festival was marred by incidents after the gates were closed. Many attendees were left complaining about the event’s lack of security. Said people took to Twitter to express their concern and recount their experiences of robbery outside the venue at a nearby Sasol garage. Some were also denied Uber rides. Within a few hours, "Uber", "Sasol" and the hashtag #GlobalCitzenFestival began trending. "Can we please...

  • Patricia de Lille announces GOOD, South Africa brings the puns

    Prepare for puns, people. Former Cape Town mayor and DA member Patricia de Lille this weekend announced the name of her new political party, set to run against her former employers, the ANC, and EFF in the 2019 elections. Its name is GOOD. No really, that's what it's called. "That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have enshrined in our movement’s constitution and our country’s constitution," the young party tweeted on Sunday morning. That name and identity arose from the hopeful and patriotic vision we hold and from the values we have...

  • Sabrina’s sassier and witchier than ever in this new season teaser

    This weekend, when everyone in South Africa was busy doing other things (like waiting eight hours to see Beyonce perform for 25 minutes), Netflix released its teaser trailer for the second part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. That's right. Seasons aren't cool anymore. "Parts" it is. If you're expecting high drama in this short, don't. The trailer runs a little over 40 seconds, and showcases the now bleach-haired full-witch (played by Kiernan Shipka) experimenting with her powers (and fashion sense), running from bats, and receiving encouragement from Satan. You know, usual teenage witch stuff. Although it's not clear how many episodes will constitite...

  • Instagram Stories’ Close Friends lists are now live

    You can now share you Instagram Stories with a specific list of friends and followers. “Starting today, you can make a Close Friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added,” Instagram revealed on its blog. This means that you can now further choose who will see your Story updates, specifically more personal ones. “Sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone,” Instagram notes. “With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.” You can add contacts to this new list by going to the Close Friends tab in...

  • Netflix’s Nailed It! gets a special Holiday-themed edition this December

    Nicole Byer is back, and bringing Jacques Torres along for another mini-season of the slightly disgusting and questionable cooking show Nailed It! The "Holiday!" edition of the Netflix's popular cooking show will still see three "chefs" pitted against one another, only this time they're recreating classic holiday munchies. The show is set to debut on 7 December 2018, but for a 100 second glimpse into the tummy-ache trials that is Nailed It! have a look at the teaser trailer below. Feature image: Netflix

  • The ins and outs of identity theft [Sponsored]

    Identity theft happens when one’s personal information is stolen and used to conduct transactions, usually online. Identity thieves often steal the personal information they need by accessing your online profiles or accounts, where they can see important information such as banking details, your name, address and ID number. The thieves take this information and use it to create credit cards, bank statements and IDs in your name. Then, whilst pretending to be you, they use your credit accounts or open new ones, sometimes taking loans as well. Identity theft results in the abuse of these credit accounts and loans. This can put you...

  • Microsoft Office is getting brand new icons

    Microsoft has redesigned its Office program icons five years after its previous update. The company believes that with the fast paced and diversified digital world in the present day, Office has evolved into a “collaborative suite”. “As a signal to our customers, we’ve evolved our Office icons to reflect these significant product changes,” said Microsoft in an announcement. While the colours remain true to their corresponding Office programmes, the hues are described as “bolder, lighter and friendlier”. “Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels,” the company explains. Indeed, the new icons feature a...

  • Google Translate on web gets UI refresh

    Google has refreshed the UI of Google Translate's web portal, giving it a brand new look and feel. “The site’s new look is now consistent with other Google products, and updated labeling and typography make it easier to navigate,” said Google in an announcement. The new look is still simple and clean like before, but with a more modern layout, making it easier to find certain features like saved documents and your history. “We’ve added labels to each saved translation, so if you speak multiple languages, you can sort and group your translations with a single click,” the company noted further. The update...

  • WhatsApp will soon let you listen to voice notes back to back

    Delving into the worlds of WhatsApp updates, WABetaInfo revealed that the app's latest beta has a new voice messaging feature. Beta version 2.18.362 includes “consecutive voice messages”, allowing users to listen to voice notes continuously if they have received more than one back to back. “When you start to play the first one, WhatsApp will automatically play all other consecutive voice messages as a sequence, so it won’t be necessary to press play on each message,” WABetaInfo explains. The website also provided a video example of the playback, noting that not all users will be able to see this feature in beta...