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  • Africa’s mobile growth: Opera publishes its State of Mobile report

    Norwegian internet company Opera isn't quite as well known in the desktop browser space, at least in terms of usage figures. Globally, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer still command the lion's share of users' internet tabs. When it comes to mobile browsers though, the firm has historically had a huge following in Africa. The company this week published its State of Mobile Web Report for Africa 2016, and with it, a slew of insights into Africa's voracious mobile device and web usage using its software and services as a lens. So, what are some of the key takeaways? More...

  • Instagram Stories: Boomerang now included, but is live video next?

    Facebook-owned social network Instagram is reportedly trialing live video on its Instagram Stories feature, similar to Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live. The company also officially announced that the likes of Boomerang, mentions and links are all coming to Instagram Stories, which aims to "make your story even more fun". What's confirmed Firstly, Boomerang can be used in Instagram Stories much like with traditional posted images. "Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. Tap record and the camera will stitch together a burst of photos into a mini...

  • US Elections helps Twitter, Facebook to big traffic spikes

    Although Donald Trump won the electoral vote Wednesday, it seems that Twitter and Facebook were the real winners. The two social networks saw a massive spike in traffic thanks to US Elections coverage, this according to a new report by Sandvine's Internet Phenomena blog. The social elections According to Twitter, the social network saw a billion tweets about the elections since August 2015, with tweets about Clinton and Trump gradually growing and spiking more often since. Image: Twitter Top tweeted policy issues also included "Foreign Affairs" with 50-million tweets, "Terrorism" with just under 30-million and the "US Economy" at 25-million. But those stats were...

  • Johannesburg floods: here’s what Twitter and Instagram captured

    South Africa plays victim to comparatively few natural disasters, but when they do strike, they make their presence known. This was the case in Eastern Johannesburg this week, as heavy rains resulted in flash floods. The floods, which struck on Wednesday, flooded the basement of OR Tambo International Airport subsequently delaying flights, and left many of the city's motorways also under water. This included the heavily-trafficked N3, N12 and R24 freeways. According to News24, at least seven people are also currently missing. Flash floods hit Johannesburg Wednesday, plunging the city's motorways into chaos On Twitter, the hashtag #Floods is trending in South Africa...

  • Block (or improve) US Elections coverage with these tips

    If you don't have an internet connection at home, a TV that hasn't worked since 2004, and a mobile phone that's even older than that, it might be easy to escape the 2016 US Elections. Well, that is, if you don't switch on the radio. But what if you're forced to use the net, watch television or communicate with people in the outside world? Although we can't control the latter, we can give you tips on how to block Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the seemingly excessive coverage of this year's US Elections. And here's how to do just that. Do you...

  • Google Search shows how much SA cares about ‘Donald Trump’

    Google News Labs' US Elections hub is about as interesting as the elections itself. Graphing its slew of data garnered from daily search habits, the Mountain View company is giving users another way to explore the gravity of the ballot they're about to cast -- whether its for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Or well, even if you're just an onlooker. Speaking of onlookers... although taking a look at search habits on a state-by-state basis is interesting enough, what about the rest of the world? Who is searching for what? South Africa's Google Search habits centre around racism, Black Lives Matter and...

  • Here’s how South Africans use Facebook during the holidays

    It's becoming more and more difficult to ignore Facebook's influence on our daily lives. With around 1.7-billion active users globally, the social network would be the world's most populous country if Mark Zuckerberg decided to, I don't know, buy Mars perhaps. This popularity is also true in South Africa. Of the country's 53-million strong population, around 14-million use the social network each month, with about 50% of those logging in each day. Clearly, the social network has a massive effect on the online world in the country. And according to a new survey, it's also slowly morphing into a social...

  • Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: who’s the next US president of social media?

    It's the big day tomorrow. The day when millions of the United States' citizens will take to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (oh, and a few others too). And while the people at the polls will decide the country's fate, social media has also played a huge role in this year's US presidential race. That's right. Twitter and Facebook have both been integral to Clinton and Trump's campaigns thus far. With help from social media analytics firm Quintly, we take a look at key takeaways that shed some light on how Donald Trump and Hilary...

  • Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa’s hilarious new meme

    Forget the med- and edtech industries. You know what's a real disruptive force on the internet at the moment? Shebeens. Specifically, shebeens in Saxonwold. After the State Capture report revealed that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe spent quite a few nights in close proximity to the Gupta's residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Molefe suggested he may or may not have been visiting a nearby shebeen. Eskom, in a tweet to Memeburn, explained that it was in fact one of Molefe's colleagues who mentioned this. Regardless though, Twitter quickly latched onto the notion of a shebeen, and did not let go. Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa's...

  • Groupon South Africa is dead: here’s what will happen to your orders

    Back in September 2015, Memeburn reported that ecommerce platform Groupon began shedding global offices in an effort to "make the business more efficient". And while South Africa wasn't a country affected back then, it is now. Groupon South Africa today announced that it will shutter its operations in the country, in a bid to further streamline its global business operations. Groupon launched in South Africa in 2010 after it bought local startup Twangoo. Groupon South Africa will effectively shutter on 30 November "We are sorry to inform you that as of 4 November 2016, Groupon has wound down its operations in South Africa...

  • Mark Zuckerberg loses $3-billion in a single day

    If you're having a bad week, do spare a thought for poor Mark Zuckerberg. The founder and CEO of social media giant Facebook lost US$3-billion in personal net wealth on Thursday, after Facebook's growth forecast was given a dim outlook. Facebook claims that it will hit the limit of how many ads can be shown in its app's primary news feed in 2017 -- a big, big problem for the advertising-reliant firm. As a result, the company's share price also tanked 8% in late Wednesday trading. That, of course, lost Zuckerberg a good 6% of his personal wealth. It's an extremely odd...

  • Microsoft Teams: Redmond joins the funky workplace collab party

    Microsoft has today launched its answer to workplace collaboration tool Slack in the form of Microsoft Teams. The company's announcement comes just weeks after social giant Facebook launched its Slack competitor, Workplace. Like Slack, the chat-based workspace allows groups to collaborate on projects through persistent chat threads and rooms, but also supports video calling by plugging into Skype, and group task completion by using Microsoft's Office program suite. Teams will also boast apps for MacOS, Android and iOS, including the web. "At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the mission of helping people and organizations achieve more—and reinventing productivity for the cloud and...

  • ‘Harambe’ lives on as emoji in Apple’s iOS 10.2 update

    Good news, internet. Harambe might be making a triumphant return to your Apple mobile device in the form of an emoji. Although many Apple mobile users currently run iOS 10.1, version 10.2 is just around the corner. And with it, comes a slew of new emoji. 72 emoji are included in Apple's latest developer preview build of iOS, with male and female counterparts providing the bulk of the new items. But one particular emoji is causing a bit of a stir on the internet. If iOS 10 doesn't have a Harambe emoji I'm going to be so disappointed. — Harambe (@_The_Harambe) September 12,...

  • No Apple, this iPhone 7 owner is not Saddam Hussein

    Okay Apple, we understand that you aren't too interested in giving out refunds to iPhone buyers, but do you really need them to prove that they're not dead dictators? The Cupertino company and maker of the iPhone 7 landed itself in hot water this week after it asked a Birmingham customer, Sharakat Hussain, to prove that he is not Saddam Hussein (note the spellings). According to a report by The Sun (aptly named "Saddam Insane"), Hussain returned an iPhone 7 that he bought for his sister to his local Apple store, and was told he'd receive the phone in exchange for...

  • South Africa’s Quirk rebrands as Mirum

    One of South Africa's largest digital agencies, WPP-owned Quirk, has today announced that it is rebranding to Mirum. The move comes after the company joined the New York-based J. Walter Thompson Company chain, alongside Lebanese agency Cleartag and UK agency HeathWallace. These three companies will form the base of Mirum's Middle East and African operations. The rebrand also sees a shuffle in management. Quirk founder and long-term CEO Rob Stokes -- who Memeburn understands resigned from Quirk two months ago* -- takes on a role as chairperson in the newly-branded agency. Current Quirk MD James McKay will operate as Mirum's local CEO,...