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  • Kempton Park school sparks new #racism debate over ‘inappropriate hair’

    In August 2016, we reported on an incident at Pretoria Girls High in which staff instructed a number of girls to straighten their hair. This week, another Gauteng school has come under fire for expelling a group of students on Monday for inappropriate hairstyles. Windsor House Academy, based in Kempton Park, deemed that the 20 pupils it expelled did not wear their hair in accordance with the school's code of conduct. #Racism These are the young black girls kicked out of Windsor House Academy because they braided their hair #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/jOaoazJGnD — Chriselda Lewis (@Chriseldalewis) July 25, 2017 The above tweet from senior...

  • Google implements SOS alerts for nearby crises

    Google has launched SOS Alert for search that provides information on ongoing emergencies. The SOS Alerts pop up whenever someone searches for the name of an event or location. It provides information like maps of the damage, top stories, and even statements from local authorities when available. If the user is close by, the Alert will provide emergency numbers. Users may even be sent a notification if their Google app is up-to-date and location is on. For those removed from the situation, information on where to donate might be provided. Google says that both natural and human-caused emergencies will be included The feature has also been implemented...

  • Unsure about fibre coverage in South Africa? This map will help

    Fibre-based service provider Otel is busy laying out its own infrastructure, but it also sells data packages on other open-access fibre networks. There are quite a few of these networks though, so the service provider has created a network-agnostic coverage map for end-users. The map, available at fibre2thehome.co.za, allows you to simply browse a map or search for your area to quickly find out whether your area has fibre coverage in general. There doesn't appear to be any differentiation between fibre networks though. Otel told Memeburn that this was an intentional approach as other coverage maps "confuse clients by giving 12 different...

  • Mandela’s Last Years: Twitter reacts to controversial book

    The controversial biography Mandela's Last Years has been pulled by publishers, but not before Twitter got to have their say about it. Written by Dr Vejay Ramlakan, who headed Madiba's medical team, the book details "the true story of Nelson Mandela's final journey". It most notably tells of how Winnie Madikizela-Mandela held his hand during his final breath, rather than widow Graca Machel. Machel was quick to "condemn the book in the strongest terms". She made it clear that she was considering legal action for Ramlakan's breach of doctor-patient confidentiality. A few days later, Penguin Random House South Africa "decided to immediately withdraw the book...

  • Those droplets though: Instagram gets artsy as rain falls in Cape Town

    If you hadn't yet stuck your head out of the window and simply checked any of the numerous social networks, you'd know the exact state of the weather above Cape Town this morning. Yes, it's raining. And when it does, it seems that social media users can't help but don those artist hats and snap off those lens caps. To get technical (and depressing) for a moment: Cape Town's dam levels are still critically low (pdf). Sitting this week at 27.4%, it does mark a 1% improvement over the previous week. But that's still a lot lower than the levels we...

  • South Africa’s box office: Valerian bombs as the kids have their say

    It was the last weekend of public school holidays, and South Africa's children were not going back to school until they had assured their faves' rightful places at the top of the charts. The box office has always been a top priority for today's youth, and kids across the country have been spending their breaks planning this like a coup. And they did it: they've got control. But what did this mean for our charts this weekend? (21 to 23 July) The school holidays closed with Despicable Me 3 still in top spot after being pushed to second two weeks ago. The animated classic that...

  • Alphabet shrugs off $2.7bn fine, still makes stacks of money this quarter

    Google's parent company Alphabet isn't having the smoothest year on record thus far, but that hasn't stopped it from making even more money this quarter. The company today revealed its latest quarterly financial figures for Q2 2017, a quarter that has seen another marked increase in numbers behind dollar signs. "With revenues of $26 billion, up 21% versus the second quarter of 2016 and 23% on a constant currency basis, we're delivering strong growth with great underlying momentum, while continuing to make focused investments in new revenue streams," the company's CFO Ruth Porat told investors in a letter. For comparison, the company...

  • Snopes: the web’s top debunking service needs your help

    Snopes has long been an institution on the internet, being used by many a web surfer to debunk phony chain emails and other hoaxes. More recently, it's become a way to debunk the scores of fake news stories that circulate on social media. In fact, here at Memeburn, we've recommended that you bookmark Snopes in order to fight fake news, along with several other tools and services. Now, the website, established in 1994, has announced that it needs financial help, owing to a dispute over advertising. "Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the...

  • Hurricane Hilary (seriously) has just formed off the US coast

    It's not often that tropical cyclone names coincide perfectly with political ongoings, but Hurricane Hilary is seemingly one such occasion. Twirling around at over 120km/h in the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Hilary doesn't pose any threat to the White House, or any other land for that matter. Instead, the storm is moving west away from the North American coastline. At present, it's around 550km south of Manzanillo, Mexico. It is however set to grow more powerful in the coming hours, possibly topping category 4 hurricane strength. *insert comment about current political power balance here* A few opinionated folk on Twitter had a few things to...

  • ‘Cruel’ clip of Amor Vittone and Joost van der Westhuizen goes viral

    YOU Magazine has released a sound clip that allegedly proves Amor Vittone was verbally abusive towards the late Joost van der Westhuizen when he was sick. The clip, which was trending in YouTube's top spot in South Africa Monday morning, sounds like a recorded phone call in which Vittone calls van der Westhuizen a "little boy" and "low life asshole". "I wish I didn't marry you," she taunts. Van der Westhuizen can allegedly be heard mumbling on the other side of the call. The video garnered over 61 000 views in two days on YouTube. Many have deemed the recording fake, and Vittone herself has...

  • Primedia apologises for Radio 702’s tweet comparing black babies to dogs

    Primedia CEO Omar Essack has apologised for a tweet published on Radio 702's Twitter account that compared two black babies to dogs. Here is the tweet that @Radio702 deleted without apologizing, they compared black babies to dogs. #MTN702WALK pic.twitter.com/bbmWRmQqSVRadio 702: 'We offended South Africans and are sorry' — ANC Defense Force (@ANC_LEADS) July 23, 2017 In the tweet, the account asked its followers which was was cuter, babies or dogs. "Go ahead and evoke those broody feelings," it wrote, promoting the Walk the Talk event that saw nearly 50 000 people walk for various causes. Essack said that the team was trying to draw people to...

  • South Africa, here’s what Twitter finds most annoying about you

    It's Monday. But instead of throwing that alarm clock out of the window and cowering beneath the covers, why not take some time to bitch about how short the weekend was? And where better to do just that than Twitter. Feeling the bone-chilling embrace of the new work week, South African Twitter is today talking about the little things that annoy them to no end. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying began trending countrywide late morning, thanks to an initial tweet by Twitter user Sheldon Cameron. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying Stores advertising things and when you get there dololo stock. pic.twitter.com/eYTDW39ngC — Sheldon Cameron (@Sheldon_Cameron) July 24, 2017 Soon enough, the rest of...

  • Last week in trailers: it’s Comic-Con Christmas, baby

    Some weeks, absolutely no interesting trailers get released and building this roundup feels futile. Other weeks, there are so many trailers I wonder if I'll even have time to watch them all (I'm kidding, I always do.) Comic-Con week is the latter, so let's jump straight in. Justice League Yes, they're still pretending Superman is dead. Yes, they did give Wonder Woman a big role in the trailer after her successful solo endeavour, and, yes, this is going to be so much fun. Justice League is out in South Africa 17 November. (As a side note: a 3-minute trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was leaked, but it's terrible...

  • Cape Town stars on Lonely Planet’s weekend Instagram takeover

    Travel company Lonely Planet has a good 1.4-million followers on Instagram, and this past weekend they all got a scrumptious taste of Cape Town thanks to an impromptu takeover. Piloted by travel blogger Monica Suma, Lonely Planet's Instagram photo log briefly turned into a carousel of Cape Town's landscapes and landmarks. Reception was positive too. The five uploaded images -- featuring Chapman's Peak Drive, Camps Bay's Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Long Street and the newly opened Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront -- racked up a combined 54 000 likes. 'Aside from being a landscape paradise, Cape Town is also one of the...

  • LinkedIn Lite joins the lite app bandwagon

    We've seen quite a few "Lite" versions of popular social networking apps in recent years, now it's time for LinkedIn to jump on the bandwagon with LinkedIn Lite. Yep, the professional network has released LinkedIn Lite for Android in India, TechCrunch reports. So what's actually "lite" about it? The publication says that the new app is 1MB in size, making it ideal for low-end smartphones that have a tiny amount of storage. It's also claimed that the app is optimised for slower connections, with pages loading in under five seconds, "even on a 2G network". That doesn't mean that you've got significantly...