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Facebook’s Oculus forms in-house virtual-reality film studio

Oculus VR gets into movies with in-house studio, premiers first short piece at Sundance

Motoring

VIDEO: Custom Yamaha XV1600 motorcycle delight to see

1 day(s) ago

Arnold Aarons derives great pleasure from owning customised Yamaha XV1600 cruiser-style motorcycle that produces exhilarating bursts of speed without effort

Multimedia

VIDEO: Italian style with a serious sting in the tail

Ducati Panigale. Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
2 day(s) ago

We take a look at the Ducati Panigale with Shaun Wray from Ducati Johannesburg, to see what a motorcycle requires to get you to work safely but also be competitive on the racetrack

Motoring

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Unexpected pleasures

23 hour(s) ago

From the autobahn, where a Golf feels decidedly underpowered, to the slick skills of the City Bowl school run, driving kicks are to be found in the least likely places, writes Alexander Parker

Opinion

JAZZ: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

This year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival may yet have rabbit or two to reveal and add to list of massively popular performers

Opinion

No need to bin those old phones in the man drawer

good examples of recycling has-been cellphones — from exports to rest of Africa to effective e-waste disposal


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Motoring

NEW MODELS: Tasty treat on budget menu

The Suzuki Celerio is the company’s new entry-level model.
7 day(s) ago

Suzuki is bolstering its low-cost model line-up with the arrival of the Celerio

Motoring

ROAD TEST: Bull with a slightly softer side

The Huracan still has the dramatic looks typical of a Lambo.
7 day(s) ago

Lamborghini has added a dose of refinement to its latest bull but the Huracan is still a real supercar, writes Mark Smyth

Motoring

THE YEAR AHEAD: Technology to prevail in 2015

BMW will try to convince us that electric cars are feasible this year.
7 day(s) ago

2015 will see new trends and challenges for the industry and the motorist

Emergency services at the scene of an accident in Beaconhurst Drive, Beacon Bay where a bakkie and a Toyota Condor carrying schoolchildren collided head-on. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

HOLIDAY DRIVING: What cost good road manners?

Driving on some roads during the festive season was a pleasure, but there is still a lot to be done, writes Lerato Matebese

Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: Road safety is for life, not just for festive season

Mark Smyth reflects on some of the road safety issues that become headline news over the festive season


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Travel & Food

Menzies to open another arrivals lounge at OR Tambo

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7 day(s) ago

Menzies Aviation says Sesfikile Premium Arrivals Lounge will be open to any passenger, will provide access to private bathrooms, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi

Travel & Food

TRAVEL: Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites

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13 day(s) ago

Behind the region’s reputation for fine food and easy skiing lurks some of Europe’s best, and least crowded, off-piste, writes Tom Robbins

VIDEO: Adventure tourism in the Cape gets a zip line boost

A forest-top tour is one of the most exciting new tourist attractions the Cape is offering visitors

Music, theatre, art, dance & design


British director Marc Silver (C) in Park City, Utah with Ron Davis (L) and Lucy McBath (R) after the Sundance premiere of “3½ Minutes,” a film about the notorious November 2012 shooting death of the couple's 17-year-old son Jordan Davis. Picture: AFP

Sundance film tackles white-on-black deaths in US

Documentary — Three and a Half Minutes — shows recent spate of white-on-black killings is only tip of iceberg all-too familiar to African American community

Arts & Entertainment

An actor who wears many hats

David Kramer and Aubrey Poo, right.  Aubrey Poo’s current role is in David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa, which he says has been a journey of discovery. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES / ESA ALEXANDER
6 day(s) ago

Thriving as an actor means never wasting a second, Aubrey Poo tells Eugene Yiga

Opinion

JAZZ: Country music a broad church indeed

Often misunderstood, the music genre encompasses politically radical music of protest and solidarity, Native American music, and much African-American music

Arts & Entertainment

Nina Simone in spotlight at Sundance premiere

Cory Barker makes repairs to the neon sign at the Egyptian Theatre before the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Moving documentary about jazz icon, model for new generation of civil rights activists receives standing ovation at gala screening at Sundance Film Festival


Personal technology news & reviews


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Inroads made by Apple pay propel ‘mobile wallet’ idea

Apple’s payments service is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it

Gadgets & Gear

We probably won’t get a SA Serial any time soon — here’s why

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3 day(s) ago

Because SA radio is completely commercially driven, formatted up the yin yang and contains very little if any room for innovation of any kind, writes Jayne Morgan

Gadgets & Gear

The great podcast resurgence and the rebirth of radio

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7 day(s) ago

The thing about a podcast is that listeners can find their niche to consume relevant, targeted content, no matter how obtuse or popular, writes Matthew Buckland


Books news & reviews


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BOOKS: The war without end

Contrasting dispatches show the debate over how to combat the drugs trade taking a pragmatic turn, writes John Paul Rathbone

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The gentleman behind the gentle crime series

Author Alexander McCall Smith, whose output tops 100 books, says he still finds himself itching to write the next book. File picture: GRAHAM CLARK/PUBLICITY & THE PRINTED WORD via BLOOMBERG NEWS
8 day(s) ago

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith’s enthusiasm has not waned, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jodi Picoult speaks with authority

Writer Jodi Picoult, who is on her seventh or eighth visit to SA, has captured details from tidbits of bush lore to the quality of the light. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 day(s) ago

Sue Blaine talks to best-selling American author twist in latest tale — set in a South Africa writer gets just right

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Family tragedy in a harsh land is poetically handled

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1 day(s) ago

Dust is not another African novel distorted by an aesthetic of suffering, wallowing in a political morass, writes Rehana Rossouw

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Rebellious bandit’s life reveals an era

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1 day(s) ago

A life on the margins plays out during the pitiless Industrial Revolution, writes David Gorin


Health & lifestyle news


A man puts dishes on robots for delivery at a restaurant in Hefei, Anhui province, China.  Picture: REUTERS

On strong foundations, UK looks to raise its game in robotics

Oil and gas is one area where UK has long been leader in robotics, and this expertise is being transferred to other sectors as companies look to grab bigger share of global market

Health

Gym where it’s fine to fail

Confidence from mastering a move that is difficult for you at CrossFit follows one around the whole day. Pictures: MARK KOEKEMOER
14 day(s) ago

Healthy competition is good, but we need to accept our differences and respect our limits during exercise, writes Eugene Yiga

World

Specialised cancer treatments to expand as pharmaceuticals seek approvals

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16 day(s) ago

Immuno-oncology will be mainstreamed beyond melanoma in a market worth up to $30bn a year, writes

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