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  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #102: Pepsi’s controversial ad, LG G6 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander in studio. The trio opens the floor with the newly launched LG G6, the Korean company's latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy fighter. Hadlee speaks about the launch, the device's prospects, and the launch price in South Africa. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus also receive shout outs, thanks to local launch price and availability information. The team chats about the two devices and their potential success in the country. Pepsi was forced to pull...

  • This website live streams animal shelters, helps you donate too

    When you're caught up in your daily life, it can be hard to find time to give back to your community. Things like grocery shopping will always feel more pressing than walking dogs at a faraway animal shelter. Animals Life NET is a website that understands this, and wants to make helping homeless animals easier so that you can give back quickly and simply. The site offers users free live streams from shelters all around the world, with links on the side to feed the animals, volunteer at the shelter, help a crowdfunding campaign or even adopt a pet. If...

  • GoPro video lauds Namibia as ‘beautifully powerful’ surfing paradise

    Stuck in the office again today? Wishing you could be hitting the surf instead? Don't worry, GoPro is ready to rub it in with a postcard from Namibia. "Get tubed even if you're getting cubed" is the hardware and content company's latest call to action, at least in this adventurous, slightly sodden clip. Filmed in Namibia by surfers Alex and Koa Smith, the video showcases something that the desert country isn't often associated with -- water. "Between the animal life, contrasting desert weather and massive swell, the place has a very intense energy and it’s beautifully powerful," said Hawaiian Alex Smith,...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...

  • Real-life Nathan Drakes turns Hong Kong’s past into playgrounds

    A self-proclaimed "band of visual creators and storytellers" have taken it upon themselves to tell the story of abandoned buildings and spaces in Hong Kong. HK Urbex is a group of urban explorers who seek to show a side to the densely populated territory that many don't realise exist. "The contrast is surreal," Ghost -- a pseudonym -- tells CNN. He's describing the disparity between an abandoned hospital and the non-stop financial district of Hong Kong. An anonymous member describes in a TedX talk how they were inspired by gaming. "Growing up in the nineties," he says, "I was a huge fan of...

  • Japanese slugger hits baseball (quite literally) through the roof

    Baseball is as big a sport in Japan as rugby is in South Africa, so when a player does something special, you're bound to hear all about it on Japanese social media. This was the case with Shohei Ohtani's piece of ridiculous skill and good-fortune. The Japanese slugger was facing fast balls from a tenacious and slightly wayward Dutch pitcher in the Tokyo Dome, when he decided to swing. And swing he did. Ohtani's remarkable baseball belter wasn't awarded a home run -- a grave injustice He caught the ball flush, it spiralled up into the air and into a 60cm gap in...

  • Kansas City Diaries: the 3 new rules for social video

    Kansas City Diaries is an exclusive article series by Natalie Pool as she goes undercover at VML’s global agency headquarters in Kansas City, USA, to find out how organic search, Snapchat and other technologies are changing the advertising and marketing industry. Just when you get comfortable with social video, the rules change. Here are three that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Don’t sacrifice quality for speed “There is an expectation of the quality of work a brand puts out,” says Director of Integrated Production, Scott Stone, who heads up VML’s internal production team, Vault. “Regardless of the channel it goes on, video should...

  • Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week

    Twitter, after shedding 9% of its company staff this week, is also shedding Vine. In a blog post published on Medium, "Vine and Twitter" explains that the former will be "discontinuing the mobile app" in a move that almost spells the end for the promising but ailing short video platform. We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS — Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016 The video creation and sharing service, that was bought by Twitter in 2012, was used by consumers and media alike to cover events like the Ferguson uprising of 2014, to the everyday lives of...

  • Mark the Rhino (and a tyre) become internet sensations

    If you thought you were having a bad Monday, consider Mark the rhino. Likely minding his business doing things rhinos traditionally do on the weekend, Mark somehow got his snout snagged in a car tyre. Images and videos of the unfortunate herbivore were published on Facebook by the Aware Trust Zimbabwe page and quickly gained momentum across the internet. At the time of writing, the video has garnered over 3700 views, with just under 200 reactions and 80 shares. "At first rangers thought he'd be able to dislodge it himself but as he continued to thrash around in frustration it became apparent...

  • 4 features Netflix needs to succeed in emerging markets

    Video streaming superstar Netflix has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, expanding dramatically and churning out top-notch original content. However, the company still has a long way to go in several emerging markets, as local services in Asia, Latin America and South Africa enjoy varying levels of success. These services also bring crucial lessons for Netflix - here are a few features it needs to bring to the table. User-adjustable video quality Automatic video quality adjustment is a welcome feature if you've got an unpredictable connection, dynamically adjusting quality based on available throughput. This only solves the issue of unstable internet speeds though, rather than...

  • Netflix library reportedly down 50% in four years

    Thought the South African version of Netflix was lacking in the content department? Well, it appears that American users are feeling the content squeeze as well. According to Exstreamist, there are currently 5302 titles on the US version of the streaming service, including TV shows and movies. However, this was down 50% compared to 2012, when the service apparently had almost 11 000 titles, insider sources told the publication. Exstreamist claims that this downward trend was due to content owners refusing to give Netflix distribution rights as well as due to the firm decreasing its spend on third-party titles. Netflix is increasingly emphasising original content over...

  • ShowMax continues data crusade with new ‘bandwidth calculator’

    Say what you want to about the ShowMax library but the company is absolutely killing it when it comes to data-saving features. With the ability to download content for offline viewing, the service is doing a great job of catering to bandwidth-starved users. Now, the Naspers-owned streaming service has announced the launch of a bandwidth calculator (accessible here), allowing users to figure out just how much data they need on a weekly and monthly basis. "Simply choose the required video quality/bandwidth capping level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage," ShowMax explained in...

  • We take a quick look at Instagram Stories (video)

    It is no secret that Instagram Stories looks a lot like Snapchat's Stories but what could the new feature do for Instagram? Having reached the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily in June, Instagram already has a user base that can make Instagram Stories a success. "With Instagram Stories, you don't have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear...

  • 5 bite-sized tips for using video in your marketing campaigns

    The art of digital story telling is constantly evolving, and 2016 is the year of the video. It makes the cut in almost every article you read, whether it’s trends to look out for or tips to improve your marketing mix. So what’s the big fuss all about? And how can you incorporate it in to your digital marketing strategy? The sheer volume of online content means that your story needs to be compelling, carefully crafted and strategically placed to even reach your target audience, let alone encourage them to engage with your brand or purchase your product. A well...

  • Viral Facebook video captures elephant wrecking bakkie in Maputo

    Human beings might be most frequently at the top of the food chain, but we're by no means a match for animals in the wild. Take elephants for instance. These gentle giants often grow to be four-metres tall, and weight nearly 6000kg. That's heftier than five family hatchbacks. With that in mind, a new video of an elephant wrecking a tourist's vehicle in Mozambique's Maputo Game Reserve shows just how puny human machinery really is. Related: Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo The video surfaced on Facebook on 4 July and captures the bakkie driver's perspective of a...