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The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Picture: REUTERS

BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

The BlackBerry Classic, for all intents and purposes, is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry ever made, writes Andy Walker

Books

Praesa becomes first African group to win Astrid Lindgren prize

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Cape Town-based Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA will in June receive a cheque for $581,000 in Stockholm

Arts & Entertainment

Comedian Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

South African comedian, relative newcomer to US television, is selected to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s parody newscast

Motoring

Mercedes’s self-driving car more like a cocoon

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, gestures as he speaks about the Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept vehicle at a news conference during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. Picture: BLOOMBERG

The vehicle might be perfect as a high-end taxi or a shared vehicle, writes Molly Wood

Science & Environment

Conservation efforts by wine industry lauded

Picture: BUSINESS DAY

World Wide Fund for Nature satisfied with wine estates’ environmental efforts and is endorsing the ‘Sustainable Wines South Africa’ seal found on wine bottles

Gadgets & Gear

Ten tips for keeping your data safe in the cloud

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Even though a credible provider will free you from doing backups and buying and installing new software, you still need to take steps to protect yourself, writes Steven Cohen

VIDEO: Eldorado Park commerce graduate takes Miss SA title

Business Day speaks to Liesl Laurie, a 23-year-old University of Johannesburg BCom graduate from Eldorado Park, who was crowned Miss South Africa on Sunday

Arts & Entertainment

Fan frenzy as ‘Mad Men’ nears end

Actor Jon Hamm, who plays the character 'Donald Draper' chats with Christina Hendricks, who plays the character 'Joan Harris' in 'Mad Men', during an event to present the Smithsonian National Museum of American History with objects from the TV series 'Mad Men' on Friday in Washington. Picture: AFP

Award-winning hit series about morally compromised New York advertising executives in 1960s Manhattan returns next month for its final seven episodes

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Top Gear affair more about elite’s need to impose itself

When Jeremy Clarkson lost his cool at the end of a long day my instinct is to condemn in the strongest terms his awful behaviour, but to sympathise with the exhaustion and frustration


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Arts & Entertainment

BBC will not renew suspended presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s contract

Jeremy Clarkson during the rehearsal of the popular TV show 'Top Gear Live' in Amsterdam on April 26 2013. The BBC announced on March 10 2015 that they have suspended Clarkson with immediate effect after an incident with a producer. The BBC said it also pulls the show from its broadcast schedule for the next two Sundays.  EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

BBC says it will not renew contract of lead presenter of popular motoring programme Top Gear who was suspended after ‘fracas’ with producer

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: New entrant in a busy sector

The Mokka is aiming to mix things up in the small crossover segment.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Opel has entered the compact crossover foray with its new Mokka

Motoring

SOUTH AFRICAN CAR OF THE YEAR: Three times a winner

The Porsche Macan emerged as the winner in this year’s competition.  Pictures: SAGMJ and MARK SMYTH

Porsche has made history by achieving a hat-trick of victories in the South African Car of the Year competition, writes Lerato Matebese

Motoring

TECHNOLOGY: I spy … even in the dark

Opel is testing lighting systems that car react to the driver’s line of sight and the geography ahead.  Picture: NEWSPRESS

Opel Europe is testing a new lighting system that reacts to a driver’s eye movements

Motoring

FOCUS ON TOYOTA: When it all changed

The first generation Corolla was launched in 1966.   Pictures: QUICKPIC, NEWSPRESS

The Toyota Corolla is still the best-selling nameplate in the local vehicle landscape

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Good for goods on the go

The Tourneo Connect can be more than just a people carrier.  Picture: FORD MOTOR COMPANY SA

Ford has launched the smaller Connect versions of its Transit range, writes Mark Smyth

Toyota has added more to its HIlux Legend 45 models with the Dakar edition.   Picture: QUICKPIC

NEW MODELS: Special edition a nod to Dakar

Toyota has added a Dakar edition to its Hilux line-up

Opinion

Study anthropology for your next car

Not surprisingly, Chinese consumers often have radically different ideas of what makes a great car, especially if they are female

Motoring

INDUSTRY NEWS: Assembling for the economy

The new Hyundai H100 coming off the assembly line.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Hyundai’s local assembly of the H100 bakkie bodes well for the economy, writes Lerato Matebese

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Company pledges its continued support

The electric Nissan e-NV200 (left) and the new NP300 bakkie will be amongst 80 Nissan vehicles used by the team this season.   Picture: NISSAN EUROPE

Nissan is again supplying a number of LCV’s to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 team


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Travel & Food

Africa ‘tricky’ over its many languages

Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang compares the Blue Train to the Orient Express in terms of luxury. Picture: LYNNE MCKENZIE & PARTNERS

Scripps Networks says the continent’s important but its 100 languages and diverse interests make it a challenge to entertain and inform

Europe

Chains make room for lifestyle hotels

InterContinental Davos.  File picture: REUTERS

New generation wants a more local feel, write Victoria Bryan and Neil Maidment

Travel & Food

‘Ravioli of Nepal’ packs energy you need for its mountains

Scenic Nepal offers a lot for the adrenaline junkies. Picture: BAS DE VOS

Nepal has the prefect answer for energy-starved adventurers — the momo, writes Bas de Vos

Book lovers browse through the stock of a bookseller in Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, in this file photo. The street is the centre of a vivacious literary scene that draws the city’s intellectuals. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED AMEEN

Street of books fuels Iraqi desire for ideas

Famous as the intellectual hub of Iraq and named after a 10th-century Iraqi poet, Mutanabbi Street draws artists, actors, writers and politicians on Fridays to look for books, writes Borzou Daragahi

Opinion

WINE: Why you should stick to the stickers on the bottles

Show results offer wine drinkers a way of making sense of the countless labels available in the market


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o in Kampala on Saturday to film 'Queen of Katwe', in which she plays the mother of Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, whose tale of triumph over adversity is being turned into a Hollywood epic. AFP

Nyong’o at home in Uganda for Disney production

After a film about a king of Scotland, Ugandans are getting excited over a new movie about a queen, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o

Arts & Entertainment

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu makes triumphant swoop into auction

Picture: SUPPLIED

Strauss & Co says auction proves great art, well presented, will always achieve great results after sale of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu sculpture

Arts & Entertainment

Tending to the scab covering humanity and its violence

Mikhael Subotzky hoped for a post as assistant to an artist when he left art school, but his work has quickly catapulted him into the prestigious exhibition halls of Venice, Berlin and London. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Johannesburg artist Mikhael Subotzky has a busy year as he takes his explorations beyond photography, writes Sue Blaine

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Mashed-up song a symbol of sanitisation

Thando Mama with Umhobe we Sizwe, a somewhat lopsided treatment of SA’s cobbled-together national anthem, weighted towards the Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika part of it. Picture: PALESA MOTSOMI/GOETHEONMAIN

Footage of apartheid-era violence is at odds and at the same time resonant with the song’s rich tones writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

Isibaya actors take top honours at Safta Awards

Actresses Nomzamo Mbatha and Jessica Nkosi pose for a photograph at last year's South African Film and Television Awards.  Picture: SOWETAN

South African actors and behind the scenes talent are honoured at South African Film and Television Awards as Marius Weyers wins the Life Time Achiever Award


Personal technology news & reviews


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CE. Picture: REUTERS

Facebook moves ahead with drone programme

Social network plans to test version of its solar-powered drone later this year as part of plan to beam internet access to billions of people without it

Gadgets & Gear

Tech fails: what annoys you the most?

Picture: BLOOMBERG

Readers share what they find most irritating about technology, ranging from pre-installed apps to auto correct functions that assume you have made a mistake

Motoring

Yokohama dreams of Leafy suburbs

Nissan Leaf goes for a test drive at International Electric Vehicle Expo in Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea, last year. The Leaf is part of Nissan’s zero-emission strategy. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SEONG JOON CHO

Nissan’s electrically propelled car, the Leaf, is just one solution towards achieving Yokohama’s green city goals, writes Lerato Matebese

Gadgets & Gear

Apple’s latest gizmo clocks in — but does your heart skip a beat?

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco, California, on March 9. Picture: REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH

Empathic media will feel our reactions. If companies can understand moods, emotions or arousal, they have access to information that may sway our decisions, writes Andrew McStay

Gadgets & Gear

Israeli startup can turn your smartphone camera into hyperspectral sensor

A new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone is pictured at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin in this file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Company says it’s developed an optical lens and image processing software that can allow cameras to break down chemical components of objects from a distance


Books news & reviews


Janice Warman. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

BOOK REVIEW: The Class of ‘79

A tale of torture tinged by unease over its worth, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

Long Walk to Freedom sequel ‘will fulfil Madiba’s wish’

The late Nelson Mandela and his great-grandson Ziyanda Manaway, reading the official children's version of his best-selling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Picture: DEBBIE YAZBEK/NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION

Nelson Mandela’s reflections on his years as SA’s first democratically elected president to be published next year, based on his manuscript and archive material

Books

SA author Marlene van Niekerk shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

Marlene Van Niekerk. Picture: Simone Schotlz

South African author, poet and university professor says being nominated for this year’s Man Booker Prize is ‘complete surprise’

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Green Kitchen

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Greening the planet can begin right on your stove, writes Madeleine Morrow

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Resilience is more than just mental toughness

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Overcoming adversity requires preparedness and recovery skills that reap huge long-term rewards, writes Eugene Goddard


Health & lifestyle news


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Top beer brands soon to list calories

Nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks could become norm after four of world’s biggest brewers back plans to add calorie counts to products in Europe

Health

Hurdle for bionics: one size does not fit all

Hugh Herr, a professor and double amputee who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, stands amid mannequins displaying various bionic limbs. File picture: REUTERS

Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need a bionic exoskeleton, suggests Jonathan Rossiter

Health

Antibiotic surge brings age of superbug closer

Antibiotic use in animals is expected to surge by two thirds globally between 2010 and 2030. Picture: BLOOMBER/BRENDON O'HAGAN

Antibiotic use in animals is pushing humans closer to a time when common infections could become a death sentence, writes Chris Arsenault

Health

Race is on for not-so-nasty liver tests

A radiologist studies an image from a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. New techniques for determining whether drugs are working make greater use of such technology. File picture: REUTERS

Liver disease epidemic spawns research into alternatives to biopsies, writes Bill Berkrot

Health

Get sick — with a little help from your friends

A family eats their lunch as they sit on a bench outside a fish and chip shop in Towyn, north Wales. Friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese individuals are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves, according to new studies. File picture: REUTERS

A growing body of evidence shows lifestyles that include smoking, physical inactivity and obesity are actually socially contagious, writes Sarah Jackson

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