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  • YouTuber boxing match brings in 1.6m viewers

    A boxing match between YouTuber rivals KSI and Joe Weller, livestreamed Saturday night, was at its peak watched by 1.6-million viewers. Two days later, the recording has over 15.4-million views. In August last year, KSI challenged Weller to a fight after the latter beat another YouTuber, Theo Baker. I can confirm negotiations for the boxing match between myself vs KSI are underway. #WellerKSI ūü•ä ‚ÄĒ Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) August 14, 2017 The two had shared friendly banter and collaborated on YouTube prior to the declaration, but their relationship soured -- or they realised there was more money to be made in animosity. In the...

  • A graphical look at Cape Town’s water crisis: January 2018

    Congratulations, you've made it through 2018's first month unscathed. No, that wasn't me addressing you, but rather Cape Town's ailing water delivery system. Yes, yes, we know. You're probably sick of hearing about #DayZero now, but it's lurking in the Cape Town and South African cultural zeitgeist this year, and doesn't show any signs of abating. So with that said, we put together four graphs summarising just how Cape Town's dams fared during January, how much water we've consumed through this period, and the amount of rainfall some of the dams received. All information in these graphs have been sourced from the...

  • Last week in trailers: Mission: Impossible, Avengers TV spot, and more

    Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday -- and while that means nothing to 99.9% of South Africans, what it does mean is that the entertainment industry blessed us all with the most expensive TV spots and trailers they could promote. So grab yourself some popcorn and a beverage, because this was a week jam packed with trailers. Are you ready? Let's go. Mission: Impossible - Fallout Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, the action guy who has made it out of not one, not two, but five impossible missions. How much more impossible can it get? Apparently as impossible as losing plutonium and racing against the clock to...

  • And the SAFTA nominees are…

    The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) has announced its (very, very) long list of nominees, so buckle up, because here they are. Unsurprisingly taking the lead in the feature film category is Inxeba (The Wound), with eight nominations including Best Feature. The film was South Africa's submission to this year's Academy Awards but failed to pick up a nomination. Inxeba (The Wound) rallied eight nominations, the most in the film category Behind Inxeba is Kalushi, with seven nominations. In a weird twist, VAYA -- which scored six nods -- was not nominated for Best Feature, while Beyond the River -- nominated for only four -- was. Things...

  • YouTube CEO offers vague plans for 2018

    After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published a blog post highlighting the company's five priorities for 2018 -- but the post is littered with vague promises that don't tie the company down to tangible policy changes. The first priority, Wojcicki writes, is "transparency and communication". YouTube was met with criticism last year for its silence over issues like unexplained demonetisation and "Elsagate", which saw apparent kids videos depict violent imagery like suicides and self-harm. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has offered up vague promises for 2018 To fix it? YouTube will be doing much of the same. Wojcicki says that, along with blog...

  • Ecommerce conversion trends to watch in 2018

    Ecommerce marketing continues to evolve, each and every year. While there have been a number of interesting trends over the last year or two, from virtual reality to machine learning, chatbots and location-based marketing, some trends will impact on conversion more than others. Ideally, smart retail brands know that to bring in more sales, you first need to find and connect with your audience. Not all trends will add genuine value. Those that are focused on conversion, however, are far more likely to help you get results. Let’s take a look at a few of the most interesting trends that have been...

  • Video of man watering goose on Clifton Beach goes viral

    Cape Town's humans are eagerly seeking new, reliable water sources, but what of its animals? A video published to Facebook this week tells a rather adorable story of how an Egyptian goose found water... from the hand of a Clifton beachgoer. Published on Joel Graham's page, the clip isn't very long, but does show him cupping his hand, throwing water from a bottle into it, and allowing the goose to drink from the makeshift bowl. "An Egyptian Goose landed on Clifton beach. We calmly approached each other. I offered water for her to drink. She drank then she flew off," he wrote. The...

  • South African talent litters Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack

    Last night, Kendrick Lamar dropped the track list for the curated¬†Black Panther¬†soundtrack he produced and South Africans couldn't be more excited. Black Panther The Album 2/9 pic.twitter.com/MqhsEcj6iF ‚ÄĒ Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018 Local acts¬†Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi are all featured on the 14-track album that includes major international acts like The Weeknd, Khalid, SZA, Future, and Lamar himself. Early last month, Lamar dropped the first single from the album, an upbeat collaboration by him and up-and-coming R&B artist SZA. But the South Africans eager to hear tracks like "X", "Opps", "Seasons", and "Redemption" -- all of which feature homegrown...

  • Facebook lost daily active users in its most valuable markets

    Facebook rounded out a difficult 2017 by losing daily active users (DAUs) for the first time ever in the US and Canada, the company's most valuable markets. The number of DAUs in the region stood at 185 million in the third quarter and dropped just over 0.5% to 184 million by the fourth. Facebook lost daily active users in valuable markets, but the Zuck says it's all part of the plan It's unclear why the company took the hit. It may have to do with the way Russian actors targeted the platform to manipulate the 2016 US election, or Facebook may just have reached...

  • Pictures: the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ lights up social media

    There's something mythical about the Moon -- that little spherical ball roughly the size of Australia revolving around the Earth more or less once a month. Tonight, it's the centerpiece of a particularly storied event. 31 January 2018 sees the month's second full moon, commonly known as the "blue" moon. It coincides with the perigee of the Moon -- its closest point to Earth -- which is also known as the "supermoon". And finally, because of its positioning in relation to the Earth and the Sun, some will see a total lunar eclipse, and a reddish-tinted Moon as it passes through the Earth's...

  • MultiChoice drops ANN7 amid Icasa investigation

    MultiChoice announced today that it will not be renewing the contract of the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The contract expires in August. CEO Calvo Mawela said at a press briefing that "mistakes were made with regards to lobbying process and failure to do due diligence". MultiChoice says it will not review ANN7's contract amid investigations into alleged corruption The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is currently investigating MultiChoice after the DA lodged a complaint against it in November last year. Icasa will be looking into payments made by the company to ANN7 and the SABC, allegedly in exchange for political influence over digital...

  • Falcon Heavy: world’s most powerful rocket gets launch date

    The Falcon Heavy rocket launch has been long-awaited, but it's seen numerous delays. In fact, SpaceX initially planned for a first test flight as long ago as 2013. Now, the rocket, expected to be the most powerful since the Apollo programme's Saturn V, has received a firm launch date of 6 February. The date comes from SpaceX founder Elon Musk himself, via Twitter. Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy. Easy viewing from the public causeway. ‚ÄĒ Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2018 According to Space Flight Insider, the launch is expected to...

  • Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads

    Facebook has said it will ban ads related to financial products and services like cryptocurrency, binary options and initial coin offerings. The move is a bid to "improve the integrity and security of ads", as it believes that many companies promoting cryptocurrrency are scams and not operating "in good faith". Facebook has issued a ban on cryptocurrency ads for fear of scams With its technical jargon and complicated premise, cryptocurrency is a natural medium for scammers to lure in the uninformed. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) -- which offer buyers the chance to get in on a new cryptocurrency before launch -- provide a barely-regulated avenue...

  • Watch out for the latest OTP scam plaguing MTN’s network

    If excessive spam calls weren't enough, South Africans will now need need to guard against a new MTN scam plaguing the network. Using OTPs, or one-time PIN numbers, scammers can gain access to a users' MTN account, purchase airtime and data, and then transfer said purchases to another number. According to MTN, fraudsters gain the OTP from users directly, asking them to provide it during spam calls. "Unfortunately, fraudsters are everywhere and we want to be sure all our customers are protected at all times, across our entire business," explained Jacqui O'Sullivan, the company's corporate affairs executive. "Our systems are designed to safeguard...

  • You can now schedule Instagram posts (but not from the app)

    You can now schedule posts to automatically publish on Instagram, even when you're asleep or far, far away from your device. But there's a tiny catch. Instead of switching on the feature for its more than 700-million users, the Facebook-owned social network will only make the feature available through its "Partner" services, like Hootsuite. These services are paid-for platforms used by social media managers and serious social engineers, that support Instagram's Graph API. Basically, businesses. Along with scheduled posts, businesses using Insta can now also "view posts they've been tagged in and view other business profiles," the company explained in a blog post. So, no....