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  • The Weekend Social Trends Report: Dlamini Zuma, #MenIn4Words & more

    We know how much you enjoy living your life beyond the confines of your smartphone screen. But come Monday, you still want to hear about the social media highlights from the weekend, right? Well look no further than South Africa’s Weekend Social Trends Report, compiled for you by us, and fuelled by the country’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram community. Edition #2, 8-9 July 2017. Dlamini Zuma punts presidential prospects? It's not often we see a set of tweets propel an account into Twitter trending status, but Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma did just that Saturday. Speaking at a Catholic Women’s Union event in KwaZulu-Natal,...

  • 6+ news services using WhatsApp in useful ways

    WeChat is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world, in no small part due to its wide range of uses beyond mere messaging. The platform makes extensive use of bots, QR codes and other features, enabling everything from payments to alerts. What about WhatsApp though? The Facebook-owned service is much less complex in this regard, but that hasn't stopped news outlets from stepping up anyway. We take a look at a few publications that offer WhatsApp functionality. Eyewitness News South Africa's own Eyewitness News offers news stories via WhatsApp, giving you another avenue to consume articles. And the signup...

  • Google Home breaks up domestic abuse by calling police

    Smart speakers are arguably the hottest thing in consumer tech right now, as the likes of Amazon, Google and Apple all tussle it out. Now, Google Home has strengthened its case after it broke up a domestic violence incident. It seems like an amazing tech miracle, but it was more of a fluke than anything, upon closer inspection. According to ABC News, Eduardo Barros was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her child in New Mexico when they got into an argument that became physical. It's alleged that Barros had a gun and threatened to kill her. "Did you call the sheriffs?" he then asked her. The...

  • #MissSAChallenge: Miss South Africa subverts hashtag to issue her own challenge

    Yesterday #MissSAChallenge became South Africa's latest passing social media fad thanks to images of Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters wearing gloves at a soup kitchen in Soweto. Quizzing the pageant winner for her choice of attire, Twitter also grabbed hold of the hashtag to post ironic images of themselves preparing food, putting on makeup or handling household items wearing gloves. Sometimes candy wrappers too. But Miss South Africa wasn't having any of it. Late last night, Nel-Peters -- after explaining why she wore the gloves and issuing an apology for offending users -- once again took to the social network to post...

  • History of Japan’s Bill Wurtz creates ‘Steve’ and a viral video

    Bill Wurtz has a notoriously surreal internet presence, from his "History of" videos to his weird "notebook" which are basically tweets but not... on Twitter. He has a weird Twitter as well. Now he's racked up over 1.4-million views on a video in just one day, and that video simultaneously makes no sense and all the sense in the world. "Hi, I'm Steve" has a very 2007 "i'm so random xD!" feel to it, denoting the life of animated Steve (just kidding, his name's not Steve).  Steve goes on adventures like climbing mountains, filing tax extensions, and unemployment. Many commenters have revered the...

  • Girl photoshops Ryan Reynolds into prom photos and a meme is born

    Gabi Dunn broke up with her boyfriend a few days after prom, but instead of letting her pictures go to waste she saw an opportunity to make them even better. My boyfriend and I broke up a few days after prom, so I decided to "edit" the photos a little @VancityReynoldspic.twitter.com/Ecvn5Wkgb4 — Gabi Dunn (@gabidunn99) July 4, 2017 Photoshopping in Ryan Reynolds, Dunn posted the images to Twitter, tagging the actor (and husband to Blake Lively). Six hours later, she had an endorsement from Reynolds himself, encouraging her even further. "#DontMessWithGabi," he wrote. We should photoshop me over his yearbook picture next. #DontMessWithGabihttps://t.co/o0qFBXvSNi — Ryan Reynolds...

  • Social media is real life [Opinion]

    Social media is real. It feels strange to have to say it so often, but social media is real life. Everything we hate about it, everything we love: it's all curated by human beings. And we're real. And what we do and make and see is real. This idea of a "real life" separate from what happens online -- the fact that IRL is a popular acronym -- is dangerous it doesn't allow us to properly address or analyse the way people use it. "He's not like that in real life," people say of Rob Kardashian after posting revenge porn to social...

  • You can now tip your Uber driver in the US and Canada

    If you're an Uber or UberEATS user in North America, you can now tip your driver through the app. The new feature addition is part of Uber's 180 Days of Change campaign announced in late June, which outlined a number of key focus areas for the company. Adding driver tipping to the app was one. While tipping was initially available in three US cities, the company has now rolled out the feature to around 100 additional cities including a handful in Canada. Tipping is entirely optional, and can be done using the app after a delivery has been made or a trip has...

  • Instagram Stories adds unique feature, Snapchat is shook

    Did Instagram just add a feature that Snapchat doesn't have yet? And is it actually pretty cool? Is it raining? In Cape Town? Okay, probably not, but the first two definitely happened. The Facebook-owned social network has announced a new feature that allows users to reply to stories with photos, videos or even boomerangs. The feature is included in the latest update, and is simple and user-friendly. To use it, users need only tap on the camera icon at the bottom of a story to take a photo or video. The feature includes all the frills of a normal story snap, including face filters,...

  • Jay Z’s 4:44 no longer a Tidal exclusive as Kanye West ditches service

    Jay Z's first album in four years, 4:44, launched as a Tidal and Sprint exclusive earlier this week. Today though, the album is available to listen to on Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Music. Although many online suggested that the album would likely arrive on the other music streaming services before long, neither Roc Nation nor Jay Z confirmed this. Today though it is official. Jay Z's 4:44 is now available on Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Music... but not Spotify Incidentally, if you're a Spotify user, you'll still be left out in the cold. The album isn't yet available...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #113: Spider-Man, SA’s Crypto players & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Julia Breakey in studio. Julia opens the floor with her review for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which she expects superhero fans to love -- though she may be biased in her adoration of Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Hadlee then moves on to discuss South Africa's cryptocurrency leaders. Some of the names on the list are doing surprisingly well in the international scene including the likes of Llew Claasen and Riccardo Spagni. Spider-Man, cryptocurrency heroes in South Africa, and Samsung's...

  • Kesha’s ‘Praying’ music video gets all the praise on YouTube and Twitter

    After teasing her new album on Instagram earlier this week, singer-songwriter Kesha has finally released her new track to YouTube. And it's going viral. Dubbed "Praying", the track is the first off her upcoming album Rainbow, set to be her first released in close to five years. "Praying" might be a little slower and more melodic than Kesha's previous records, but the subject matter is markedly more serious than the likes of "Timber" or "Your Love is My Drug". In "Praying", Kesha sings: Well, you almost had me fooled Told me that I was nothing without you Oh, but after everything you've done I can thank you...

  • #MissSAChallenge: gloves, hygiene and angry tweets flood SA Twitter

    Yesterday Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was in Soweto serving soup and bread rolls to kids. Today, it's one of Twitter's top trending topics. Why? Three words: gloves, hygiene and #MissSAChallenge. On Wednesday afternoon, this tweet published by the official Miss South Africa Twitter account became viral. We're helping @TheMaslowHotel with the #MaslowSoupKitchen here at Ikageng in Soweto. pic.twitter.com/eM25SPl0tS — Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) July 5, 2017 Noticeably, Nel-Peters is wearing gloves in these pictures. And Twitter wanted to know why. Some users gave their opinions. Why are you wearing gloves? Scared of catching the Black or?? — Rosalia (@MsZondi06) July 5, 2017 What's unhygienic about touching black...

  • Rob Kardashian posts Blac Chyna revenge porn to Twitter, Instagram

    Rob Kardashian went on a Twitter tirade Wednesday night, posting nude pictures of ex Blac Chyna after she reportedly cheated on him in their family bed. Kardashian initially posted everything to Instagram, but moved to Twitter when his account was blocked presumably for posting nudity. Since Instagram shut me down everyone peep my twitter lol — ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) July 5, 2017 According to Kardashian, Chyna had sent him a video of her with another man in their bed "after just bought her 250k of jewelry ". He posted the video to Twitter. Along with the video were nudes that have since been...

  • Reinvented toothbrush crushes Kickstarter crowdfunding goal

    In 1498, the bristle toothbrush was invented by the Chinese. Back then, the bristles were hog's hair and the handles bone or bamboo. It took another 440 years for nylon to be introduced and the toothbrush as we know it to be born. Fast forward another 79 years, and European company Amabrush wants to change the way you clean your teeth yet again. Over on Kickstarter, the company is boasting a denture-like device that cleans your teeth in ten seconds -- and it's already pulled in €173 514 (R2.6-million) -- triple its goal -- with 29 days still to go. So how does...