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  • Have no idea what ‘curling’ is? This YouTube video explains all

    You know the Winter Olympics is happening when "curling" is one of the most searched for sports in South Africa. Apart from the disappointing cricket yesterday, this week South Africans are trying to figure out what this sport involving a stone, an ice rink and a bunch of people with broom-like prods is all about. Thankfully, we've found a video that does just that. With 13 000 subscribers, Curling Canada is probably not a YouTube channel you'd subscribe to immediately, but it does a splendid job making the sport itself interesting. Who knew curling could be so fun to watch? And it's not...

  • SA’s box office: Fifty Shades Freed comes first

    Happy Valentine's Day, South Africa, and congrats on never being afraid to get your (missionary) freak on. This weekend, Fifty Shades Freed, the last of the trilogy, opened right at the top of the charts, knocking the ever strong Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle down to second. I think it's fair to say we love a good bush. Fifty Shades Freed topped the charts this week, pushing the successful Jumanji down to second But how did the other films fare this weekend? (9 - 11 February) Animation Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (the catchiest of film titles) opened in fourth, unable to take on...

  • How AI will put the ‘kapow’ back into marketing

    It seems like everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI) being a game changer, but how many marketers really understand how AI is changing marketing today? Albert Einstein famously remarked in conversation with Werner Heisenberg: "You know in the West, we’ve built a beautiful ship, and in it, it has all the comforts. But actually, the one thing it doesn’t have is a compass and that’s why it doesn’t know where it’s going". AI is the compass that steers our ship and keeps us as marketers on the journey. AI is sure to transform the universe and world in ways we...

  • ANC recalls Zuma: here’s how global news outlets reported it

    The ANC has finally taken the decision to recall President Jacob Zuma, following weeks of talks between the National Executive Committee, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president will resign, as he is not constitutionally required to accede to the party's demands. It suggests that a motion of no-confidence will be tabled if Zuma refuses to go. The press conference was also noteworthy as it was chaired by secretary general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, being two of Zuma's more notable supporters within the party. Here's how international publications reported on the news...

  • Watch: Casey Neistat interviews YouTube Head of Business

    Popular YouTuber Casey Neistat has been very vocal about the company's failings in cultivating a healthy platform for users and creators. He's made multiple videos addressing the unfair demonetisation of videos (dubbed the adpocalypse), as well as the Logan Paul scandal, which saw another popular YouTuber under fire for posting a video with a recent suicide victim. Neistat and YouTube's chief business officer talk removal protocols, trending algorithms, and more Now, Neistat has interviewed YouTube's chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, to discuss the way forward post-Paul. The interview, which took place twelve days pre-upload, does not address Paul's recent suspension for disturbing content...

  • 5 films on Netflix to watch alone this Valentine’s Day

    It's the season of love, and for some that means flowers and chocolates and romantic declarations. For others it means avoiding the shops at all costs. If you're sitting in the latter, then you're probably planning on staying home alone Wednesday night to avoid the amorous couples flaunting their togetherness. Question love, loneliness, and life on Netflix this Valentine's Day There's no shame in staying in, and to make your night even simpler I've compiled a list of films on Netflix South Africa you may want to check out to keep your mind off Valentine's day. Here they are. Unfaithful Unfaithful is a film for those looking...

  • Cape Town’s dams are just 29.4% full, but we’re using a lot less water

    Cape Town is getting drier, but you probably didn't need me to tell you that. Instead, let's look at the City's latest dam report. Dated 12 February, this report isn't steeped in positive information. In fact, you have to drill deep down to find some semblance of comfort. You will be happy to know, Cape Town, that average daily water consumption has plummeted yet again. Water drawn from the "Big Six" dams decreased once again, this time below the 500-million litres per day mark to 493-million. Overall, consumption from the City's 14 dams amounts to 526-million litres per day -- another new...

  • Cape Town sees weekend rainfall, but #DayZero continues to draw near

    Cape Town may as well be in the middle of the Sahara desert right now. Actually, probably not. Because even the Sahara has seen some precipitation this year. Many citizens rejoiced on social media upon hearing the news that a cold front -- usually the weather phenomenon that brings rain to the area -- was to brush through the Western Cape this past weekend. Even the BBC reported on the rainfall due to hit the city. And yes, it did rain. It's raining in Cape Town ☔🌧#DayZero #CapeTownWaterCrisis pic.twitter.com/kluYLuGiGt — Conscious Caracal (@ConCaracal) February 9, 2018 In a restaurant in Cape Town and suddenly the...

  • Twitter celebrates #YearOfTheDog with a shiba inu emoji

    As one of the integral parts of some of our favourite internet GIFs and a member of the Chinese Zodiac, its only fitting that the dog gets its own Twitter emoji to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog. If you're just waking up, don't worry, you hadn't just missed 1 January. And although the Chinese New Year doesn't coincide with the Gregorian calendar's idea of New Year, it is nonetheless special to the most populous nation on Earth, and a slew of others across the world. As a result, Twitter has seen it fit to craft...

  • Bobsleigh is South Africa’s favourite winter olympic sport

    South Africa isn't known for memorable performances in the Winter Olympics. You likely won't see Wayde van Niekerk take up curling in years to come either. But apparently, the country isn't opposed to winter sports entirely. According to Google Search data, which tallied the most popular sport by the number of YouTube videos viewed within the past 12 months, South Africa's favourite winter olympic sport is bobsleigh. SA does have one representative in the Winter Olympics 2018, but Connor Wilson will be competing in the slalom skiing events, and definitely won't be doing that while controlling an aerodynamic tube hurtling down...

  • Last week in trailers: Solo, Venom, Deadpool & more

    Need a gift for your significant other this Valentine's Day? Why not show them one of these week-old trailers? They'll say: "Why did you show me this week-old trailer?" and you'll say: "Some stranger who's never celebrated Valentine's Day told me to." And you'll both laugh and love will be real. You're welcome. Solo: A Star Wars Story Ready to feel underwhelmed? Solo: A Star Wars Story, which went through quite a rough production, finally has a first look and it's okay. The first teaser already has visible signs of tonal discord -- it doesn't quite seem to know how seriously it wants to...

  • Memeburn is looking for a brand new intern: apply here

    Do you follow the ebbs and flows of technology, social trends and internet culture? Do you boast the unique ability to craft letters into words, and words into factual works of art? Are you currently on the hunt for a job at a media institution in Cape Town? If you answered yes to all three questions, you might just be the intern Memeburn is looking for. Memeburn is seeking two talented and driven full time paid writing interns who are especially interested in social media, technology at large and other facets of the internet culture. You’ll also work for us between...

  • Twitter posts a profit for the first time, users remain at 330m

    Don't look now, but Twitter just made money. In its 12 year existence the microblogging social network had yet to record a green revenue figure, but this all changed drastically in the company's latest financial report. Its Q4 2017 highlights suggests that it made a profit of US$91-million, this coming after a loss of US$167-million in the same quarter last year. The gains stem from "strong engagement growth, improved revenue features, improved ROI, and better sales execution," it told investors in a report. But that's fluff really. Cost-cutting was the main driver of profit here. Expenses for "General and administrative, research and development,...

  • Netflix’s Queer Eye is soothing for the soul

    After an exhausting week filled with long days and short showers, I fell into my couch, ready to glue my eyes to any TV show mindless enough to put my brain on standby. Netflix quickly proffered its latest tribute: Queer Eye, the rebooted makeover show about a group of five gay men eager to turn other men's lives around. In it, I found much more than easy entertainment. Queer Eye is filled with love and good intentions. It's so soothing, in fact, it feels like a rejuvenating face mask for the soul -- in that it probably won't do as much it...

  • Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the "last pic" of his cherry-red Tesla roadster hurting towards the Asteroid Belt, after it was launched into space on Tuesday. The launch itself was historic, giving SpaceX claim to the most powerful operational rocket, the Falcon Heavy. "Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt," he wrote on Instagram. Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST And with the caption, he included an image taken looking down...