Oh awesome, this makes total sense. The UK’s Ministry of Defense is planning to install surface-to-air missiles on top of residential flats in east London for the duration of the Olympic Games. The bulk of the missile array is intended for the Lexington Building Water Tower, which has about 700 people living in and around it.
At the tender age of 18, photographer Shawn Reeder won a trip to Yosemite National Park and promptly fell in love with its “beauty and awe”. Since then he’s been compiling wonderful, high-definition footage which he has finally deemed ready to share with the world.
CISPA – the ugly cousin of other internet-crippling bills SOPA and PIPA, whether Facebook admits it or not – passed late last week in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Worse, the bill was amended before it passed to allow even more types of private information to be tapped and shared by government agencies in the US.
Nando’s didn’t hesitate accepting the challenge that Santam had set them this week. In fact, Nando’s delivered a day early, and then bettered it, showing they definitely weren’t chicken. Some might call it a very good example of symbiotic radvertising.
Last year, James Cameron called on filmmakers to start shooting film at 48 frames per second – twice the industry standard, and twice as smooth, visually. Peter Jackson was the first to respond, shooting The Hobbit at 48fps. And, according to people who saw a 10-minute preview at CinemaCon this year, it looks like a made-for-TV BBC movie.
So! Disney likes your money, and likes for you to dedicate that money to it in advance – which is why they’ve unveiled their animated movie lineup for 2013 to 2015, shedding some light on what will fill the release dates they’d previously reserved for new Pixar flicks. Because those guys take forever to make.
A new startup called Urthecast is in the process of putting together HD cameras to be fitted to the International Space Station, so that people can watch real-time video of the planet from space. Which is at once really cool, and sort of pointless. The footage is looking impressive, though – take a look.
Remember the auction of Khulubuse Zuma’s possessions we covered on Monday? Well, it appears Khulubuse Zuma has some more cars that the Sheriff of Verulam missed. Fifteen to be exact, hidden at a house owned by one of Zuma’s associates. We’ve got the details on the hidden luxury wheels, not to mention some more of Sarah Britten’s thoughts on the matter, after the jump!
Hey there, people who like free online storage. As expected, Google’s potential Dropbox-killer, Google Drive, has gone live – offering users 5GB of free online storage, with the potential to upgrade to 25GB for $2,50 per month. The service is available on PCs, Macs, Android phones – and is coming soon to iOS.
“Hit me presidential style!” croons Jimmy Fallon as The Roots ease into a beat smoother than a wet dolphin’s back and President Obama breaks into song. This isn’t a parody or a spoof, this the President of the United States slow jamming the news. Click through for the amazing footage.
Forbes.com released a list of Africa’s 20 most powerful business people yesterday (they do like a list over there at Forbes) and it wasn’t too hard to pick up a trend on the list of the continent’s commercial high flyers – no less than 12 of them are South African. Are we awesome, or what? We’ve got the full list, including our Mzansi business powerhouses, after the jump!
In traditional Nandos style, the nation’s favourite Portuguese fast food outlet recently spoofed an iconic ad, originally flighted by Santam. Check out the original Santam ad, here! Check out the spoof, here! In a fantastic display of advertorial sparring, Santam have hit back at Nandos, with this: That went down so well.
SABC Radio and The New Age newspaper have reported that Julius Malema’s expulsion from the ANC has been upheld. As from today, 24 April 2012, Julius Malema is no longer a card-carrying member of the ANC, and holds no office in the party, or any of it’s organs.
It’s Mount-Everest-climbing season, apparently – with the National Geographic team attempting to recreate the route used in the first American ascent of the mountain, the 1963 NG-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition. The team is live-updating their progress online, with a live stream of photos, blog posts, and twitter updates. I think one of them’s using Instagram, too.
The South African Post Office is celebrating the 18th anniversary of our transition to democracy this Friday with a set of eight gorgeous new stamps designed by Lize Marié Dreyer, a third-year student at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in Gauteng. We’ve got the full set of these philatelic fancies, after the jump!
In the modern times in which we find ourselves, the definition of a “real man” has become somewhat blurred. Male grooming, manscaping and metrosexuality have all but replaced rugged faces, calloused hands and auto-mechanical knowledge. As a result of this, a few brave men have set about creating a documentary that seeks to answer the question, what is a real man?
Downed mining magnate and Presidential nephew, Khulubuse Zuma’s belongings are on auction in Verulam, KZN. We’re following Sarah Britten (@anatinus) on Twitter to get the low down on the high price of Zuma’s luxury living. All our favourite tweets and pics, courtesy of Ms. Britten, after the jump!
Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel – among other companies – have been accused of restricting salary increases and restricting career development by agreeing not to poach each other’s staff; California District Judge Lucy Koh has found that there’s enough evidence to support trial for antitrust injury. Intuit, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are also involved.
Time-tested wisdom says the sky’s the limit. However, a group of billionaires are looking to change that as they launch the first ever venture to mine asteroids, in space. For real. Click through for the details.
Much like Jeb Corliss took BASE jumping to new heights, a group of adrenaline-thirsty snowboarders have taken their obsession to the next level. Who would’ve guessed that ditching snowy slopes for icy glaciers would make for such amazing pictures.
And you people wonder why they tried to switch the internet off. Khosrow Zarefarid, an Iranian software manager, warned Iran’s banks’ CEOs of a security flaw in the banking system. When nobody responded, Khosrow hacked 3 million accounts across 22 banks, then dropped these details — including card numbers and PINs — on his blog.
A group of scientists in South Korea has developed the world’s first completely autonomous prison guard. Far from being a glorified Roomba, the robo-guard was “designed to study human behavior, the robot is able to detect abnormal prisoner activity and report back to its controllers.” Click through for the video.
Signs suggest that Facebook is looking to have its initial public offering launch on on May 17th, assuming that the Securities & Exchange commission rubber-stamps all of the social network’s paperwork – including documents concerning Facebook’s recent billion-dollar acquisition of Instagram. Facebook is set to be initially valued at around $100 billion.
Earlier this week, space shuttle Discovery took its final flight, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to Dulles International Airport, on the back of a 747. That’s a space shuttle piggybacking on a jumbo jet, and it was awesome. Click through for the video.
Mitch Hurwitz, Arrested Development creator, has revealed that the long-mourned show will be premiering it’s 10-episode fourth season in one huge lump on Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature in 2013. You’ve got a year to come up with a plausible excuse to spend a day off from work to watch the entire season.
Are you a really good illustrator? Does your mind overflow with creativity? Not afraid to have your work judged by literally millions of people? Your dream job is waiting at Google, click through for details.
Yesterday NASA managed to capture the clearest-yet footage of a solar flare in process after magnetic fields on the Sun’s northeastern curve exploded in huge streams of plasma and sun stuff. The footage only accounts for about five seconds of explosion, but it’s very, very cool, both in and out of time-lapse.
UC San Diego physicist, Dmitri Krioukov got ticketed recently for running a stop sign – which isn’t unusual. What is unusual is the fact that, rather than pay the $400 fine and move on, Krioukov wrote a mathematical paper proving that the cop who ticketed him had a “perception of reality that did not properly reflect reality.”
Last Friday, we heard from Lyndi Lawson-Smith from Quirk Education on 2oceansvibe Radio’s Premier Show. Lyndi is the Head of Education at this fine digital teaching establishment. In this entertaining 15 minute chat, Lyndi explains Quirk Education’s accreditation, the length and format of the average course, and why staying abreast of the insights compiled by [...]
25-year-old South African serviceman, Private Jaco van Gass, lost his left arm to a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan three years ago. Now he’s testing a prosthetic ice-axe – an invention of his own design – in preparation for an attempt at Mount Everest in May, alongside five other injured servicemen.