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  • 5 things to know about Netflix’s offline downloads

    Streaming colossus Netflix has finally revealed download functionality for Netflix, allowing users to store videos on their devices for offline viewing. It's been a long-overdue feature, allowing people to watch while on planes, overseas and in other places where fast, bountiful internet isn't readily available. But what should you know about the feature then? We've got five things to keep in mind. MicroSD card support is weird Netflix doesn't let you choose where to store downloaded video clips, making for a rather weird omission. But according to the streaming service's help page, Netflix will save videos to wherever the app is installed. In...

  • Uber’s #UberSUMMER Cape Town promo is now live

    If you travel from point to point fairly frequently within the Cape Town CBD, the latest Uber summer campaign could be for you. The company has announced #UberSUMMER, which in partnership with DStv, allows users up to 16 free rides within the city centre and surrounds, provided these rides are below R100. Using the code "DStv" in the Uber app will activate the promotion, but there are a few terms and conditions to diarise. Notably, rides are only free between 8am and 8pm -- so no late night club hopping will be allowed with this promotion. Additionally, the supported area leaves out...

  • South Africa’s Orange Store is shutting down online

    Update #2, 1 December, 9.11am: Orange also noted that its brick and mortar stores will also be shuttered, and will be "utilized for other purposes by the owner of the property". Update #1, 1 December, 7.30am: The Orange Store has issued a statement on the SA version of its storefront, adding that CTDI will step in for service-related issues. "We leave you in the good hands of our trusted partner CTDI (formerly Regenersis) who will assist with any warranty and/or return queries from the 1st of December 2016. CTDI is one of the largest repair providers with over 70 locations around...

  • Mars: European orbiter takes its first close-up snaps

    Europe and Russia's ExoMars mission hasn't had a trouble-free journey to the Red Planet, after the Schiaparelli lander smashed into the planet. Still, the Trace Gas Orbiter, forming part of the mission, has been working just fine, orbiting Mars and gathering loads of information. Now, the European Space Agency has released an image of Mars taken by the orbiter (featured image), giving us a detailed look at the planet's surface. The ESA noted that the picture was taken near the Mars equator, showing a large unnamed crater north of a crater called Da Vinci. "A smaller, 1.4 km-diameter crater is seen in the rim...

  • Apple Music student discounts now available in South Africa

    Apple Music's student additions are now available in 30 more countries, including South Africa, the Cupertino company announced. The student membership, which gives those attending tertiary institutions a discount for up to four years. Users will be required to log-in through the "school's Wi-Fi network when you join Apple Music to validate your student eligibility". Apple will also enroll the aid of UNiDays -- a student discount company used by the likes of Spotify. Apple Music users enrolled at university will receive sizeable discounts The countries added to this list now include Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Hong Kong,...

  • Netflix movies, series are now available as offline downloads

    Netflix users can now download films and movies to their mobile devices via the app, the streaming service announced. Eddy Wu, the company's director of product innovation, explains that it was numerous user suggestions that prompted the feature's inclusion. "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited," he explains. Netflix users in the States can now download series and movies for offline viewing As for the feature itself, it's reminiscent of ShowMax's offline downloading service. Simply head to your favourite series or...

  • After Trump win, internet to get Canadian mirror (kind of)

    The US election has forced tech companies and other entities to look closely at their operations, owing to the imminent Trump administration coming into power. At least one pivotal entity, the non-profit Internet Archive, has taken to creating an insurance policy in Canada, in the form of a mirror. The Internet Archive is behind the landmark Wayback Machine, a service which charts the internet's history and has already saved billions of URLs. The Wayback Machine sees between 300 million and 750 million webpages being saved every week, capturing old articles and forgotten websites. In other words, creating a mirror won't be a trivial task...

  • Google Trips: how does it fare against its competition?

    When Google Trips launched in September to little fanfare we covered it here at Memeburn, noting that it arrives as a big upgrade to their previous app, Google Now. But things have been oddly silent in the media since the launch. If you missed our original article, then, it’s entirely possible that Google Trips has slipped beneath your radar, leaving you wondering what this whole thing even is. You certainly wouldn’t be alone in your confusion. Compared to the fanfare that accompanied the launch of Google+, Google Trips, which culls information from your emails to help assemble trip itineraries, didn’t receive...

  • Digital publishing and the world’s largest education company

    As an arm of a 172-year- old publishing company, Pearson Education has experienced the digital revolution first-hand. Many saw the seismic shift toward digital as a klaxon sounding the imminent death of the publishing industry, but Pearson has managed to adapt and has remoulded itself into as much a digital publisher as a print publisher. Subsequently, it is the largest education company in the world. Stacy Treco is VP and director of digital strategy at Pearson Education, as the latest role in a three-decade career at the company. Her focus has been on the pursuit of innovative excellence. This characteristic helped...

  • Forget Trump: your cat can now own an eco-friendly White House

    Although we do love technology here at Memeburn, we can't turn our heads when a clever piece of simple design walks by. Especially if said design is a range of eco-friendly cardboard houses for cats. Poopy Cat, a pet accessory company based in Amsterdam, began life 2013 and crafts sustainable play houses for our furry friends. And the company's latest line takes inspiration from a few of the political happenings the world has endured in 2016. The White House is now available in sustainable cardboard form for your cats The company first began retailing biodegradable litter boxes, but took to Kickstarter a...

  • Zuckerberg’s posts mistakenly stripped from Facebook

    What is it with companies taking down their CEO's social media messages this month? First Twitter's Jack Dorsey, and now Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg The latter reportedly removed several posts published by the Facebook CEO in what it's calling a "mistake". Eagle-eyed reporters at The Verge noticed that Zuckerberg's posts about fake news on the social media site, as well as commentary on the US elections, were stripped from his timeline Tuesday, only to later be restored just before 8pm SAST. Facebook's fake news problem One of these posts included a statement made by Zuckerberg on 18 November, regarding misinformation on Facebook. "The bottom line...

  • Vodacom reportedly down in north Johannesburg [Update]

    Update #2, 30 November, 12pm: Vodacom has confirmed that the issue "has been resolved". Update #1, 29 November, 5.30pm: Lexi Ball, Vodacom media relations specialist, in an email to Memeburn explains that the company is currently "aware of the outage". "Vodacom is aware of the outage that some of our customers are experiencing in the northern parts of Johannesburg. Our technicians are working on resolving the matter as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconveinence that this may have caused," she adds. Vodacom has yet to provide an approximate time of repair, or when the network will be fully functional. Original article:...

  • NASA Cassini probe to ‘graze’ Saturn’s rings

    NASA's long-running Cassini space probe is set for a major manoeuvre on Wednesday when it comes within spitting distance of Saturn's rings. The probe will receive gravitational assistance from one of Saturn's moons, Titan, thereafter making multiple close orbits of the planet. "Between 30 November and 22 April, Cassini will circle high over and under the poles of Saturn, diving every seven days -- a total of 20 times -- through the unexplored region at the outer edge of the main rings," NASA wrote in a blog post. Cassini will use instruments to sample gases and particles emanating from the rings. "On many of...

  • Ransomware: 9 best security practices your company should apply

    Ransomware. Today, one of the most wide-spread and damaging threats that internet users and organisations face. In short, it is a type of malware (malicious software) designed by cyber criminals to block access to a computer or system until a sum of money is paid. In true cyber war talk, it keeps the computer ransom. How does it happen? There are two main ways that a ransomware attack starts: it either happens via an email with a malicious attachment, or by visiting a compromised (often a legitimate, mainstream) website. Malicious email: Today’s cyber criminals are crafting emails that are indistinguishable from genuine...

  • Here’s how Raru, Wootware handled South Africa’s Black Friday rush

    This year's Black Friday was a massive occasion. Besides the number of deals that were spread across a range of SA's ecommerce stores and retailers, there were some interesting stats as well. Memeburn had the chance to speak to both Raru and Wootware about their Black Friday experiences. While neither online retailer gave customer or sales numbers, they were able to provide some interesting technical information. The preparation In preparation for the increase in traffic Raru techie Renier Crause said the site's "mid-range" server was updated to the latest version of Ubuntu, which gave the system 130% increase in performance under load. This was...