Computing Technology

Google Launches Maps for South Africa [Officially]

“As of today, new detailed maps of many South African cities and towns, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and East London, are accessible on Google Maps through any web browser or via Google Maps for Mobile on dataZAmaps_logo_lg enabled handsets.  Although already available in South Africa, the map data has been improved dramatically and is now available with additional features.  In addition to searching online Maps, Google Maps users will now be able to find businesses and check driving directions.  Businesses will be able to add their own business listings for free via Google Maps Local Business Centre.

The map data includes a substantial amount of user generated content provided via Google Map Maker as well as thousands of business listings for South African cities.” Blah blah blah….

What the hell, let’s go check out the

Oh, and they have a “Google Maps stalker mode” too…

Entertainment Music

The Warm Up to R.E.M in Joburg

Yes, R.E.M. mania has hit South Africa hard and the pace is not letting up. I’m starting to get real excited about the concert on Thursday. The venue is sold-out and the crowd is hungry. The media has been pushing R.E.M. down our throats from all angles.

Judging by the shows in Cape Town last weekend the South African audience is a force to be reckoned with. Here’s an excerpt from

“…Two tremendous shows in front of some of the most enthusiastic, raucous crowds R.E.M. has ever seen (and heard); On Saturday night, the staccato clapping part during the bridge, where the audience mimics the sounds on stage, literally was louder than the amplified sounds coming from the stage…pretty wild!…”

That Cape Town show (a more independent review here) only had an eight thousand strong audience. The Dome in Northgate can handle around eighteen thousand people. With a close to two hour strong set lined up it is going to rock.