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  • ShowMax secures streaming rights to The Young Pope

    It's Easter this weekend, and ShowMax's timing is seemingly impeccable. The streaming service has this week announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to The Young Pope, the HBO and Sky hit show that made quite a splash late last year. "In an African first, Showmax has secured the rights to the critically acclaimed joint HBO and Sky production The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton. The controversial series, which portrays the first American Pope as simultaneously hip, mysterious and ultra-conservative, was directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentinom," the company notes. The show's first season will hit the service on 13...

  • South Africa wishes Jacob Zuma a happy birthday with #WhyIHateZuma

    Oh South Africa. It's your President's birthday today and this is how you wish him? #WhyIHateZuma has been on our watchlist for much of the day, leading the charge alongside #NationalDayOfAction and #BusStrike as the country's big three trends this Wednesday. But it's notable that the hashtag should feature so prominently on Zuma's birthday. President Jacob Zuma turns 75 today, but some on Twitter weren't exactly wishing him a 'happy birthday' Turning 75 today, Jacob Zuma has had a tough beginning to 2017. After removing some screws on his cabinet for maintenance, the country has been about as wobbly as it's ever...

  • The most Instagram-famous world leader isn’t who you think

    When considering world leaders on social media, it's usually Twitter or Facebook that first comes to mind. US President Donald Trump has made waves with his sweeping tweets about foreign policy, and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English caused an uproar when he put spaghetti and pineapple on his pizza. But over the past five years, world leaders have increasingly decided that Instagram is as worthy a contender for politics as any other platform. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. A recent study by Burson-Marsteller looked at the way politicians around the world communicate via the photo- and video-sharing platform, and the results aren't as predictable...

  • Julius Malema looks cool as hell handing out pamphlets in Pretoria

    Once one of South Africa's most maligned politicians, EFF leader Julius Malema has seemingly reinvented himself in just a few short years. Since he was kicked out of the ANC Youth League in his younger years, which subsequently opened the doors for the birth of the EFF, Malema hasn't exactly remained on the periphery of popular culture. One of his most notable achievements is arguably his mastery of social media. This online fame is definitely notable on the streets too. Case in point? Malema took to Pretoria's streets this week to hand out pamphlets to citizens, and raising awareness for the #NationalDayOfAction...

  • #BusStrike: slew of commuters left stranded across South Africa

    If you logged in to Twitter or Facebook this morning, you probably would've noticed the hashtag #BusStrike trending across South Africa. Employees of the country's larger bus operators are partaking in strike action today, that is until demands for a 12% wage increase are met. The strike has left a number of commuters across the country's urban and rural hubs stranded or searching for alternative transport, as a slew of popular services were suspended. This includes Cape Town's MyCiti and Johannesburg's Rea Vaya. The #BusStrike affects a number of services across South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg's inner city networks As a...

  • Google AutoDraw is AI-powered autotune for your terrible doodles

    In November last year, Google launched its AI Experiments, a collection of simple AI software that allows anyone to play with the technology in hands-on ways. With the AIs that can emulate handwriting or even play the piano with you, Google has been encouraging coders and the average men alike to interact with AI software. And its latest may be the first to properly take off. AutoDraw is a piece of software from the technology that brought you QuickDraw (the AI that tries to be the best Pictionary partner in the world), and it is as fun as it is useful. Google Autodraw 'a new web-based tool that...

  • Why PewDiePie doesn’t care about free speech [Opinion]

    Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has made it his mission to fight The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The Swedish YouTuber is consistently posting videos for his 54.6-million subscribers attacking WSJ for reporting news. But nothing Kjellberg argues ever holds up, and it's a damning representation of where his priorities lie. For those blissfully unaware, back in January PewDiePie posted a video in which he paid Indian men to hold up a sign promoting Jewish genocide. WSJ wrote an article on it, and contacted Disney for a statement. Disney was producing Kjellberg's YouTube Red show Scare Pewdiepie at the time, and...

  • Remembering failures: 5 memes that companies wish didn’t exist

    Sometimes technology just goes wrong. These are many, many epic failures in the tech industry. It could be said that an epic fail happen every day in the Silicon Valley and around the world. As Thomas Edison famously said before inventing the light bulb, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Learning from mistakes is a critical step in moving forward and creating great products. But first, you have to get over your wounded pride. When things go wrong, what could be a better solution than to laugh? While that might not be easy for Pepsi or...

  • Zapiro’s controversial South Africa ‘rape’ cartoon debated on Twitter

    Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known professionally as Zapiro, has long been known for his unadulterated take on South African current affairs. But social media users have just about had enough following his latest sketch. Published on The Daily Maverick today, "She's all yours, Boss!" references his controversial 2008 sketch "Rape of Lady Justice". Only this time, Lady South Africa herself is the victim, being held down by minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini, The New Age's editor Moegsien Williams, and minister of state security David Mahlobo. Atul Gupta is also depicted with half-removed slacks, standing in front of South Africa, clad...

  • #ZumaMustGoChallenge: South Africa’s newest dance mocks protesting grannies

    South Africa has a rich history of struggle songs, with the likes of Siyaya, iYoh Solomon and Senzeni Na uniting protesters for decades. So when three white grannies tried to create their own, they should have realised the ridicule they'd be subjecting themselves to. Thus, the #ZumaMustGoChallenge was born. On 7 April, tens of thousands of South Africans took to the streets to protest President Jacob Zuma. But it's well known that South Africans know how to make light of a tense situation, and when journalist Mamaponya Motsai uploaded the video of three white grannies singing their own creation, she gave Twitter just...

  • Naspers ploughs R960m into Takealot, becomes majority shareholder

    Naspers has invested R960-million in Takealot, the online retailer announced today. It's not the first time Naspers has conducted a major deal with the online retailer either, having merged its Kalahari online store with Takealot back in 2015. The deal saw Naspers gain a 46.5% interest in the combined retail powerhouse. In a joint statement on the latest deal, the duo wrote that SA's online retail sector still accounts for "less than 2% of the non-grocery retail market and less than 1% of the total retail market". It added that, as a result, there was a lot of potential for the sector. "We...

  • Windows Vista: Microsoft’s hated but daring OS is shutting down for good

    It's finally here. Today is the final day that Microsoft will support Windows Vista. From 12 April, Windows Vista will effectively be disowned by Microsoft, thrown out of the house by its parents, and forced to get a job of its own. "After April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft," the company writes in an ultimatum. "Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners,...

  • Google Trends charts the UEFA Champions League teams ‘winning on search’

    The UEFA Champions League quarter finals kick off this week, with the first matches taking place tonight. But who's going to win the most coveted trophy in club football? Well, that's a question we'll leave for the sporting buffs. Our interest though lies in a nifty visualisation published by the Google Trends team. "The map shows normalised search interest in each of the eight teams qualified to the Champions League quarter finals in every country," the company writes. Collating the swathe of searches on Google, the team has made it easy to see which Champions League team is currently the most searched-for...

  • Beauty and the Beast movie review: even creepier in live action

    As if having to put up with the never-ending onslaught of superhero movies isn’t enough, Disney has just begun its 22-movie-long series of live action remakes. And in an age where big budget cinema is at a loss for original content, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is just another new release you can add to your list of already seen. The film is as entertaining as it is charming, but the story is one we all know -- and it struggles to hold up in live action. In case you’ve been hit by a sudden case of amnesia, here’s a...

  • This is what happens when a pelican strikes a Mango Boeing 737 mid-air

    What happens when a large bird strikes a commercial passenger plane? That's the question pilots and passengers onboard a Mango flight from Cape Town International answered this weekend. According to reports, a Mango-operated Boeing 737 passenger plane struck a pelican shortly after departure from the Western Cape's largest airport. The impact left a massive dent in the plane's left-hand side horizontal stabiliser. The stabiliser (part of the tail section) is largely employed to provide stability and tail lift as the plane travels through the air. #birdstrike on @FlyMangoSA flight out of @capetownint this afternoon. Poor pelican didn't make it pic.twitter.com/jGYKjWPRks — Derek Smith...