News: Canon Suggests Giving Back With The Help Of An Anti-Selfie Campaign

You can do some good for animals this festive season by spreading the love and raising awareness with the help of Canon's #selfieless social-media campaign. Read on...
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How Uber Analyses Its Data To Discover Customer Needs
An AfricaCom session featured Uber's Tim Willis, who spoke about Uber's growth in Africa, how it's disrupting courier services, and what it discovered when it drilled down into the data from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2016  |  View Comments

Tim Willis, from Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, gave a presentation on the company during the Big Data track at this year's AfricaCom. AfricaCom is not a consumer show - it's for industry people from all over Africa (and, increasingly, China), as well as government representatives - but if you're an Uber user, which more and more people seem to be, you may find some of the stats he provided interesting.

After all, you are part of that data. Read on...


Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 November 2016  |  View Comments

MWEB recently hosted two game launches at its MCave in Cape Town, the first of which was for EA's Battlefield 1. The game is part of the long running Battlefield franchise of first-person shooters and is set during World War I. The single-player campaign features storylines set in six different international locations during the war, in which the player takes on the role of characters from a number of different nationalities and ethnic groups. Read on...





5 Zombie Questions: Jason Aaron
Jason Aaron is well known for his writing work on some of Marvel's top titles, as well as his award winning creator-owned series. He offers his perspective on the Wolverine fandom's zombie debate and contemplates whether brains or ribs would be most appealing to Southern zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 November 2016  |  View Comments

Comic-book writer Jason Aaron was an international guest at this year's inaugural FanCon Cape Town Comic Con. Through his current work on Doctor Strange, Star Wars, The Mighty Thor, and, now, The Unworthy Thor, as well as older work on other popular titles such as the previous Thor(s), Wolverine, Wolverine And The X-Men, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Ghost Rider, and Punisher, he has become one of the most recognisable names in contemporary comics writing. Read on...


Lenovo Launches The Moto Z Modular Phone In South Africa
The Moto Z's selling point is Moto Mods - hardware extras that you can snap onto the device to extend the battery, have a better camera, or, even, convert the phone to a projector. Is this a gimmick? Is this the future? Lenovo is betting on the latter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 October 2016  |  View Comments

There are those who love to claim than no one has any long-term memory anymore and Motorola is long forgotten but it was a well loved phone brand in South Africa due to some key devices that wormed their way into people's hearts and memories because of great battery life and features. You may be wondering what happened to it and why it is suddenly back. Read on...


Cappuccino Quest: Doughnut Hive At GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa, Reaches A New Low
The sorry tale of bad coffee at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World in Cape Town continues. This time two of us really took one (each) for the team in an experience that included revolting coffee and awful service as the cherry on the top.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 October 2016  |  View Comments

Since rAge is currently taking place in Johannesburg I thought I'd dig into the unwritten archives and tackle a "cappuccino" (I use that word lightly) experience two of us from brainwavez.org had during the Cape Town rAge earlier this year at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World. It's an important one for our collection as it is a new low point that we've experienced in coffee creation in Cape Town, which doesn't have a particularly good track record anyway. The thought of the experience still makes me feel a bit sick months later. In fact, it's unintended but quite suitable that I'm posting this in the run up to Halloween. Read on...


E-Sports Report: ESWC FIFA Qualifier, Cape Town
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2016  |  View Comments

Last weekend Zombiegamer Events and ACGL (African Cyber Gaming League) hosted the Cape Town qualifier for the ESWC FIFA e-sports event at Trenchtown in Observatory. The qualifier took the form of a double-elimination event on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the gamers competing in FIFA 16, as FIFA 17 hadn't been released yet. Read on...


Kay Carmichael Experiments With More Personal Storytelling In Kay's Comics
Comic creator Kay Carmichael is a fan favourite due to the sword-wielding, giant-slaying female protagonist in her speculative fiction series Sophie The Giantslayer but her new, more intimate, storytelling experiment, Kay's Comics, offers amusing observational commentary on real life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 September 2016  |  View Comments

Most South African comic creators are self taught. They come from fine arts, graphic design, or writing/publishing backgrounds and have been learning as they go along in a community in which there are few paid professionals and even fewer publishing opportunities from media houses, comics publishers, and book publishers. In the past few years, however, the work by certain creators has begun to mature. Kay Carmichael is one such example. Read on...


Watch As The Book Lounge's Comics-Inspired Window Comes To Life For Open Book Festival 2016
A group of South African comics creators transformed a window at The Book Lounge in Cape Town into a comics-inspired artwork in honour of Open Book Festival 2016. brainwavez.org tagged along to document the process: find out more about the project, view our behind-the-scenes photos, and watch a timelapse video of the art coming to life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 September 2016  |  View Comments

On the weekend of 13 and 14 August four South African comics creators, plus a street and graffiti artist, worked at The Book Lounge, an independent book store in Cape Town, South Africa, to transform its Roeland Street window into an art piece to celebrate and advertise this year's Open Book Festival. Doane Smuts and I joined them to capture the project on video and in photos so that something of the art, which is transient, will be preserved. Read on...


Introducing Lengau, The Fastest Computer In Africa
The CSIR has developed Africa's fastest supercomputer for the use of academics and industrial researchers. We got to go inside (twice) to find out more about the technology and how the supercomputer was planned and built. You can get a glimpse too with our quick video showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2016  |  View Comments

The fastest computer in Africa, a one petaflop (1000 teraflop) machine custom built by South African engineers, scientists, and students is installed in the CSIR offices in the tiny, largely nondescript suburb of Rosebank in Cape Town near the Liesbeek River, down the road from the large Southern Suburbs school cluster, and not too far from the University Of Cape Town. Read on...



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FNB's ConeXis Phones Continue The Bank's Charge Into 21st Century Banking
South African bank FNB has announced that it will be offering its clients two Android based handsets that are branded as FNB devices. Here's more about the smartphones, as well as some first impressions of both the initiative and one of the phones, to help you decide on whether you should get one.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2016  |  View Comments

This week FNB announced that it is launching two FNB-branded Android smartphones that both new and existing customers will be able to purchase. The flagship is the FNB ConeXis X1, a mid-range 5.2-inch device running Android 6, which journalists received at the launch to evaluate, while the FNB ConeXis A1 is an entry level device that's designed to help lower income customers move on to smartphones. Read on...


News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals

The creation of Volume 2 of Stray is under way and the team is looking for support to keep the series going without delays. The crowdfunding campaign has already reached its goal but the stretch goals and any additional funds, which you can help with, will assist with keeping the issues coming. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 August 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III At Trenchtown In June
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2016  |  View Comments

Call Of Duty is usually played as a 4v4 event so the regular teams couldn't participate as is and team members had to form new teams for the tournament, while other gamers who aren't in formal clans joined forces to enter, which resulted in some creative names, such as "Hottest Mixtape 2016 feat. DJ Drew", which comprised members of Hi5, "Lil Kids", which comprised Kyle Nortje/Frost from eN_F34R and Patrick Allott/PaTee (who, at the time was part of Vinco), and "Josh sucks at zombies", which included Jessica Maij who was, once again, the only woman in the tournament. Read on...



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Cappuccino Quest: Forries In Cape Town, South Africa, Surprises With Some Decent Coffee
There's a barista at Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar in Newlands who knows how to prepare a good cup of coffee so patrons have even more reason to visit beyond the weekend-sports-events camaraderie for which for the pub is famous. (The pizza is pretty good too.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 July 2016  |  View Comments

Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar, commonly known as Forries, is a pub in Newlands in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town that is an institution. It's commonly overflowing with people on the evenings and weekends but is quieter during the day so it's a good place to opt for if you want a laid-back breakfast or lunch in a central location with plenty of free parking. Read on...


E-Sports Report: FIFA 16 At Trenchtown In May
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 June 2016  |  View Comments

The monthly Zombiegamer-hosted e-sports events that grew out of the 2upGamers movement and which have been an institution at Trenchtown in Cape Town for years died down towards the end of last year as the establishment changed ownership (or management (or something)) and the place started being refurbished. As of last month, however, the tournaments are back, along with the monthly craft market, even though not all the renovations have been completed. Read on...





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