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  • Uber launches Incident Response Team ‘call-back’ in South Africa

    Uber South Africa now has its own Incident Response Team, the company announced Tuesday. This incident system has been operational as trial since December 2017, however the system is this week live for all riders in South Africa. Riders can also now submit safety concerns (along with phone number and description of the incident) through the Uber app. They will then receive a "call-back" from Uber's response team. "We have listened to the hundreds of thousands of riders using the Uber app in South Africa and they've expressed the need to be able to speak with our teams in the event of...

  • Here’s how Spotify hopes to take over South Africa’s ears

    The music geeks at Spotify on Tuesday officially switched on access to the service for South Africans, giving the country yet another streaming music platform to complicate their lives. But is this such a bad thing? Competition is healthy, especially when said competition has different selling points and business models. For Spotify, it's entered the market with (an initially small) focus on local content, its widely-used free-tier, and a relatively affordable monthly premium if you really like it. "We have had the continent in our sights for a while and are finally able to offer South African fans access to all...

  • Cape Town dams: #DayZero or not, the city remains worryingly dry

    Despite what politicians may say about Cape Town's water crisis and the potential aversion of Day Zero, there's no denying that the dam levels remain low. Hell, you don't need to have a fancy hashtag or hold a press conference to see that. While the reduction of water consumption within the city, water augmentation projects, the donation of water and change of mindset have contributed to a notable push-back of Day Zero, dam levels this week dropped a further 0.6%. The combined level of Cape Town's Big Six dams now stands a 23% -- now just 9.5% from the quoted Day Zero...

  • It’s official: Spotify is now live in South Africa [Update]

    The streaming music world's worst kept secret is finally confirmed to be true: Spotify will today launch in South Africa, the company's representatives confirmed in an email to Memeburn. The news comes after numerous taunts and hints, including a rumoured Vodacom partnership in 2014, an oh-so-revealing job posting last year, and an invitations to a media event in Johannesburg last week. South Africa will be the Swedish music streaming service's first foray into Africa, as it looks to bolster its 160-million user base. But gaining users may not be so easy. The South African streaming market is congested, with the likes of...

  • Enjoy (or don’t) A Series of Unfortunate Events’ season 2 trailer

    If you're into creepy surrealism, Neil Patrick Harris totally being himself, and crabs... lots and lots of crabs, the second season trailer of A Series of Unfortunate Events is for you. Not as weird as Count Olaf's fourth-wall breaking announcement trailer, this particular reel reminds everyone how terrible everyone in this universe is. Except Sunny, of course. She's delightful. The forthcoming airing follows the original ten episodes from the show's debut season, which tells the story of of the Baudelaire orphans and their toils with their evil uncle Olaf (the one with the good hair). Season one received notable critical acclaim, currently sitting...

  • Twitter kills a slew of popular accounts in ‘tweetdecking’ purge

    Twitter, after updating its automated tweeting rules in February, has taken a stance on forced memes, automated mass tweeting and accounts that "inflate the prominence of certain tweets." On Friday, the company suspended a number of popular accounts implicit in the above, including the likes of @dory, @girlposts and @ginah. The former had over two-million followers. According to Buzzfeed, a number of these accounts were implicit with a practice known as "tweetdecking". Named after the Twitter dashboard app, it's a method to artificially bloat the popularity of a particular tweet by posting them over a number of accounts. This is seemingly no...

  • 150k Cape Town households use less than 6000L per month

    It took a while, but finally the City of Cape Town knows just how much water its households used in January. Prior to Level 6A water shedding was implemented in February 2018, consumers were allocated 87 litres of water per day per person. As a result, households containing four occupants were urged to use less than 10 500 litres per day. The latest data reveals just how many households adhered to this figure. "uring January, a total of 314 000 households stepped up to the plate with their water-saving efforts and that 154 000 of these water heroes achieved the dark...

  • Polony, football and The Oscars: SA’s biggest Google searches this week

    According to internet giant Google, polony, football and The Oscars were the most searched-for subjects in South Africa this week. Taking a break from land reclamation and President Ramaphosa's fitness regime, netizens turned to sport. The Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates saw more than 100 000 searches on Saturday alone. Notably, that's more than five times the volume Google saw for any other term on the day. But football played second fiddle to polony as the week broke, and after the source of the listeriosis outbreak which has left more than 180 people in South Africa dead was...

  • Netflix could make ‘Keeping Up With The Obamas’ a reality

    Former US President Barack Obama is reportedly in talks with Netflix over a show production deal which could see one of the most influential figures on social media make his production bow on streaming media. According to the New York Times exclusive, "Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service." No one's quite sure what format these show(s) will take yet -- whether it'll be something akin to Keeping Up With The Obamas, or simply a documentary series about the Obama Administration and his Obama family during this...

  • Karabo Poppy’s Int’l Women’s Day Google Doodle is simply beautiful

    Google is celebrating International Women's Day with (you guessed it) Doodles, but not just any Doodles. "Last year Google celebrated the day with a Doodle honouring the female pioneers who’ve gotten us where we are today," it writes in a release. But this year, it's focussing on "the work of 12 extraordinary women artists". "Specifically, each story represents a moment, person, or event that has impacted their lives as women. While each artist tells a unique story, the themes are universal, reminding us of how much we often have in common," Google explains. "We hope that the combined power of words and...

  • Infographic: Facebook celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with stats

    South Africa may celebrate National Women's Day on 8 August each year, but on 8 March the globe celebrates International Women's Day. "In 2017, International Women’s Day was the #1 most talked-about moment of the year," Facebook wrote in a post. "It was a moment that rallied the world around empowering women, and that was just the beginning of mounting energy for women’s movements that shows no signs of slowing down in 2018." Today, Facebook released some interesting stats about women on its social network and the impact International Women's Day has had on the site. According to the company, more than 40%...

  • Facebook’s shifting algorithms and the importance of owning your own lists

    Over the last month, since Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s meaningful interactions update, brands have been trying to find a way to keep their stories in follower feeds. Although Facebook may not have intended to cause panic, the thought of losing hard-earned followers has had many marketers wondering how to avoid getting lost in a sea of family news and group updates. Those who have invested in cross channel marketing strategies will likely not have too much to worry about, but those that have not diversified traffic will definitely feel the pinch. One thing that the latest algorithm update has brought home,...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn — it’s movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...

  • Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite

    Facebook's Messenger Lite app -- a stripped down, bloat-free version of the eponymous chat app -- now has video calling. Messenger Lite is the social network's attempt to penetrate the low-network speed, budget smartphone bracket by stripping the Messenger experience to its core. Features like Facebook Stories (formerly Messenger Day) is not available in the app, but it also lacked other useful features like video calling when it launched last year. However, that's set to change. "In 2017, there were 17-billion video chats in Messenger, twice as many video chats compared to 2016," Facebook explains in an update, suggesting that video is one...

  • Google Lens now live on all Android phones through Photos

    Google's funky new camera party trick, Google Lens, is now available on all Android phones with the Google Photos app installed. Google Lens, which uses AI smarts to recognise features within photographs, was previously exclusive to Google's own Pixel devices. "Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark," Google Photos tweeted. Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark. To start, make...