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  • Update: Las Vegas shooting captured in dramatic Twitter, Facebook videos

    Update: 1.30pm SAST: US President Donald Trump has issued a statement on Twitter following the Las Vegas shooting. "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" he wrote. My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017 Update: 12.50opm SAST: Las Vegas Police have confirmed in "excess of 50 deceased", with more than 200 injured after the shooting. The suspect is believed to be 64-year-old American Stephen Paddock. At this time there is...

  • Last week in trailers: Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson, and is that John Travolta?

    If you were expecting an Avengers: Infinity War trailer this week, then you clearly don't follow TrailerTrack on Twitter, which was doing its utmost to let people know that Marvel was never going to let that happen. The account was right, and so I cannot offer you any Iron Man or Captain America goodness this week. But I can give you this list in the hopes that you give it the chance it deserves. Annihilation Annihilation is the latest work from the creator of Ex Machina (2015), and it seems like another eerie take on science fiction and horror. The film is based on Jeff VanderMeer's eponymous novel about a mysterious organisation...

  • Watch: this drone clip captures Hermanus’ whales in 4K glory

    The late winter months see thousands of tourists flock to the Western Cape coastal town of Hermanus to catch a glimpse of its returning celebrities: the southern right whales. The mammals head back to the town's Walker Bay to mate and calve, and put on a bit of a show for the locals. Sometimes, this show is captured by a drone whirling away overhead. And in this case, photographer Luke Maximo Bell was at the controls. "I used a drone to capture these majestic creatures as best as I possibly could! It was an incredible experience to see them play and...

  • SA YouTuber Kyle Olinsky’s ‘apology’ is insulting [Opinion]

    Back in July, a story broke about South African YouTuber Kyle Olinsky (better known as "BluRz") sending seemingly horrific messages to a strange woman on Instagram. These messages were both violently and sexually graphic, and in one Olinsky said that the woman couldn't say no -- pushing the messages into rape threat territory. If you're looking for any articles from July, though, you'll be hard-pressed. Most articles were taken down -- Memeburn's included -- after a legal notice claimed that the messages were posted without consent from either party involved. No one denied that they were real. Now, Olinsky is back on...

  • 3 ways employees can risk your firm’s cybersecurity (and what to do about it)

    Employees have been called the weakest link in a business's cybersecurity – a particularly notable problem in a time where high-profile hacks and ransomware attacks are on the rise. A favourite target of hackers is small-to-medium business – as they often have higher cash pools than individuals, but lack the cybersecurity of major institutions. But even if your cybersecurity is up to scratch, an employee who is unfamiliar with digital threats can cost you dearly. Here are three ways your employees can put your business cybersecurity at risk: Opening emails with malicious software While many people have wised up to the typical scams that...

  • Mistakes you are making with Google Analytics [Sponsored]

    Google Analytics has proven itself to be the most effective marketing tool. With its excellent and detailed reports, steady systems and user-friendly interface, it has indeed grown faster than ever to become the most trusted tool employed by organisations over the past years. If you are not seeing revolutionary results with Google Analytics, it is important to take a look at you actions. Here are some of the common mistakes which companies make. Not filtering out spam traffic Most users will recognise one thing, that quite a large part of internet traffic actually is generated from spam which can translate into a significant...

  • 4 reasons people are wary of JJ Abrams’ Your Name remake

    There are spoilers for Your Name in this article (though they are hinted at in the trailer). Proceed with caution. It was announced yesterday that JJ Abrams -- known for the likes of Lost, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- will be turning Your Name, the highest-grossing anime ever, into a live action film. The critically-acclaimed anime tells the story of two teenagers from separate parts of Japan who find they have the ability swap bodies -- and it is not only emotionally captivating, but visually spectacular to boot. There's no question to why Abrams -- with his fascination with complex narratives and an excessive amount of lens flares...

  • YouTube has made it harder for creators to use Patreon

    YouTube has made it more difficult to use crowdsourced-funding platforms like Patreon with a recent out-of-the-blue update. The update forces creators to become part of its partnership program -- which lets users monetise their videos -- if they want to embed external links like Patreon to videos. The update was not announced on YouTube's official creator blog, and has many users upset with the potential tampering of their revenue. Youtube has just withdrawn the ability to post links to Patreon unless you monetise? You are fucking kidding me! — chinnyhill10 (@chinnyhill10) September 28, 2017 The news creates a few stumbling blocks for creators. The first is...

  • Elon Musk’s BFR will fly from London to Cape Town in just 34 minutes

    Elon Musk may be nuts, but a remarkable number of the South African-born businessman's ventures have been successful. This week at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia, he announced another "really special" proposal. His space exploration company SpaceX is pondering a new method of transporting people from one corner of the Earth to the other. And it involves a space vehicle/rocket system called the BFR. "The BFR will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour," the company revealed. Elon Musk's SpaceX believes a journey from Johannesburg to Sydney could last just...

  • #Elphinstone: Mumbai railway stampede kills 22, Twitter users question govt

    At least 22 people have died after a rush hour stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road train station. The incident occurred as commuters traversed a foot bridge in heavy rains during the city's morning commute. More than 50 people were injured in the fracas. #Elphinstone became Twitter's top trending hashtag soon after the incident, as Indians took to social media to issue condolences to those affected, blame authorities for the incident, and share their struggles of travelling using the city's metro network. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi lead the sympathies. My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to...

  • Twitter addresses Russian bots as Zuck faces the web’s wrath

    Twitter has finally broken its silence on the role its platform played in enabling Russian interference in the 2016 US election, but it's staying tight-lipped on the nitty-gritty. In a blog post that mostly addresses bots in general, the company announced that yesterday its VP for public policy Colin Crowell had met up with staff from Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss the way Russian-owned accounts advertised on its platform. Twitter revealed that of the roughly 450 accounts Facebook removed earlier this year in relation to the debacle, 22 had related Twitter accounts -- all of which had "already been or immediately were...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa this October

    It's almost October, which means longer days, hayfever, and an existential dread at how quickly time passes. But it also means spooky scary series on Netflix, so, hey, at least there's that to look forward to. Here's just five of the exclusives heading our way this month. 6 October: The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson Kicking off the month on the first Friday is The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson -- a documentary about the legendary trans woman oft credited for igniting the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Johnson was an outspoken activist for many major LGBT+ issues before she was found dead in the Hudson River after...

  • Reasons why a Mac is running slow [Sponsored]

    As much as Macs have a reputation for their long lifespans and high performance, as time goes by most will tend to slow down. Initially the difference in performance may not be all that noticeable, but eventually you may find that your apps take longer to open, your Mac boots up slower, or it seems to 'lag' a lot periodically. While you may take those as signs that your Mac is getting too old, it is important to note that just because a Mac is slowing down does not mean that it needs to be replaced. In most cases if...

  • Watch: Uganda’s politicians clash in Parliament in violent viral video

    If you thought the EFF being thrown out of Parliament was spectacular, this video of Uganda's Parliament this week will likely change those perceptions. The politicians gathered in Kampala to discuss an important amendment to the Constitution: adjusting the presidential age limit beyond 75-years of age. This would give current leader, 73-year-old Yoweri Museveni, another possible term in office. Museveni has been the Ugandan leader for over three-decades. To add to the mood, Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga requested that the opposition be removed from the chambers deeming their attire unacceptable. "I know sometimes people enjoy colours, but let me call on...

  • Earth’s volcanoes are angry: Mexico, Bali and Vanuatu on alert

    The world was supposed to end on 23 September, but we're all still here. However, the planet wants to remind everyone that our existence is hinged on its mood. This week, volcanoes in Indonesia, Mexico and Vanuatu are all threatening eruptions, with some angry craters prompting evacuations. Ambae Island, Vanuatu Around 3000km north of New Zeland in the southwestern Pacific, over 10 000 people have been ordered to evacuate Vanuatu's Ambae Island, in the wake of a possible eruption of Manaro Voui. Citizens will be "evacuated by ship to the neighbouring islands of Maewo, Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Malakula," Vanuatu Digest reports. #Breaking:...