Trending this week

By: Leon Jamarie
Oct 07, 2016

It's been a mixed bag this week with social, gaming and Google basically trending. We round up some of the highlights:

Over the course of this weekend (7 to 9 October, 2016) tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans will descend on the Ticketpro Dome for three days of gaming, technology, gadgets, pop culture and geek lifestyle entertainment. Read more.

Google has just introduced a new Wi-Fi system that aims to bring a fast signal to every room of your flat or apartment, all the while monitoring your connection to make sure all your devices are receiving a strong and reliable connection. You can read more here.

Google has been busy this week with the launch of its new mobile device that will be a strong rival for all Android device makers as well as go head to head to compete for the same market as Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. Read more about Google Pixel here.

A rival for Google Pixel, Huawei, have seen it's brand inncrease in global rankings: Huawei has moved up to position 72 on Interbrand's 2016 Best Global Brands report, up from 88th spot achieved last year, an achievement the company says validates their R&D-focused strategy. Interbrand reports that the company's brand value has increased by 18% (approximately US$5,835 million), underpinned by increased visibility across key markets, including Africa. Read more here.

Uber, who have been getting a lot of slack lately due to security concerns of its users, has finally delivered what users have been asking for since the service app launched globally six years ago. Users wanting to arrange a pickup in advance can now use Scheduled rides so they can rest assured that an Uber will be available when they need it, even if it’s for a 4AM ride to the airport. With just a few taps on your app, Uber claims, you can schedule your ride 15 minutes to 30 days in advance. Still no word on how this will affect surge pricing. A quick reach out to Uber SA had this response: "Surge pricing may apply to scheduled trips if demand is high during your pick-up time" so be warned. Read more here.

The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them based on the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling was revealed. The film will be in theatres from 18 November plus you’ll be able to cast spells with Google’s new Virtual Reality Fantastic Beasts App.

Locally, Mumford & Sons have announced a new 'Live From South Africa' concert film. The band toured the country a while back and the film will document the band's gig in Pretoria in front of 50,000 fans. The band also collaborated with a number of local artist including Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. The film will be releasedon 8 November, check out the trailer here.