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  • Webfluential: influencer firm to shutter agency operations

    Influencer marketing company Webfluential has confirmed that it will be shutting down its local agency operations, Memeburn has learnt. The news comes after Webfluential announced that it would be "increasing its local partnerships" in 2017. The company said that it would be offering a self-service platform for brands to manage campaigns. It added that for more complex campaigns, it has recruited "strategic partners". Webfluential also said that its existing account managers would be working from within these partners. However, a source has contacted Memeburn to dispute the claims. "As for their account managers that will be 'working from within the partners', they have told their whole...

  • Watch: part one of FailArmy’s best fails of 2016

    YouTube was pretty much designed for fail videos, with FailArmy being one of the most popular channels around. Now, the channel has uploaded part one of its "ultimate" fails of the year, showcasing some of the funniest and most ridiculous fails of 2016. Check out the full, 17-minute video below, which has already garnered over six million views. FailArmy says part two will be released on Friday (24 December).

  • A face(book) for radio: social network gets Live Audio

    Live video streams have been something of a hit on Facebook since its introduction earlier this year, but the network isn't stopping there. Now, it's introduced live audio streaming functionality as well. Facebook's Live Audio functionality is pretty self-explanatory, allowing streamers who prefer audio to ditch bandwidth-intensive video. "We know that sometimes publishers want to tell a story on Facebook with words and not video. We’ve even seen some Pages find creative ways to go live and reach audiences with audio only by using the Facebook Live API or by adding a still image to accompany their audio broadcast," the social...

  • Sewage documentary: blue flag rep objected to City

    The City of Cape Town has disputed claims made in a documentary on its sewage disposal processes. However, a South African environmental body and local blue flag operator expressed its concerns to the municipality over a year ago, it has emerged. In a letter obtained and verified by Memeburn and addressed to the City of Cape Town in July 2015, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) expressed concerns over the city's practice. The city makes use of three major marine outfall systems to pump sewage into the ocean. "WESSA is deeply concerned about the continuing impact of the discharge of...

  • Gboard: Google’s new keyboard finally hits Android

    Earlier this year, Google revealed Gboard, being a rather cool virtual keyboard for smartphones. In a rather bizarre twist, the keyboard was released as an iOS-exclusive. Fortunately, Google has come to its senses, releasing the app on Android over the weekend. Or rather, it's updated the existing Google Keyboard to become Gboard. "Gboard has all the things you love about your old Google Keyboard -- speed and accuracy, Glide Typing and voice typing..." the company wrote in a blog post. What makes the keyboard stand out though, is its support for integrated Google search functionality. This allows you to search and send results...

  • Watch video ads to get train ticket in Dusseldorf

    Mobile gamers are accustomed to the experience of watching video ads in exchange for lives. Now, a new app in a German city allows people to earn a train or bus ticket by watching video ads. According to The Local, the Welect app in Dusseldorf allows users to watch four promotional videos, each being 20 seconds long. Users can choose their desired ads as well. The app's team predicted that only 1000 tickets would be redeemed by the end of the year, but over 20 000 people have downloaded the app already. In fact, a test run of the app saw...

  • Donald Trump tweets get browser add-on for accuracy

    We all know that US president-elect Donald Trump isn't exactly a beacon of truth, having won Politifact's lie of the year in 2015. So it's no surprise to hear there's a browser add-on to warn people about his statements. The Washington Post has issued the RealDonaldContext extension for Chrome, which adds clarity and fact-checking to selected tweets. "The Washington Post's Fix team has decided to help ensure that the public receives the most accurate possible information by creating this extension, which will add more context or corrections to things that Trump tweets," read an excerpt of the extension's description. Once you've installed the...

  • Sewage documentary: City of Cape Town hits back

    The City of Cape Town has responded after a documentary, uploaded to YouTube, went viral. The video, titled Bay of Sewage, examines the city's practice of pumping effluent into the sea. The documentary alleges that the practice is creating "serious and growing problems" for marine life and humans. However, the city has hit back against the documentary, saying it showcases "evidence in a selective and sensationalised" fashion. "The city is confident that effluent from the outfall is not affecting inshore water quality. All available evidence contradicts the video's assertions," it wrote in a press release. How does it work? The City of Cape Town claims that the...

  • The 10 biggest tech deals and acquisitions of 2016

    It wasn't just a crazy year for prominent people dying, as 2016 played host to some rather noteworthy tech deals and acquisitions as well. We take a look at some of the notable acquisitions to be announced in 2016. Have we missed any big tech acquisitions announced in 2016? Let us know in the comments below. AT&T set for Time Warner acquisition (US$85-billion) One of the most high-profile announcements of 2016 was the news that AT&T would be acquiring fellow telecommunications giant Time Warner. The figure? A cool US$85-billion. There has been widespread opposition to the acquisition, so it's not quite a certainty that the...

  • Tinder hits Apple TV: get gran to find matches for you

    Tinder is a rather private experience for many people, but the hookup/dating app is now available on Apple TV, if you can believe that. What's the logic behind this move, though? "We decided that the goal of our Apple TV integration should be two-fold: 1) to serve our end users by providing a new use case -- the 'party' swipe, a fun activity with friends and 2) to create a lightweight, modern app that would serve as an experiment field for new architecture proposals," the developer wrote on their blog. Apple TV users will need to use their remote's touchpad to swipe, but...

  • Netflix: this tool tracks which VPNs are blocked

    Many Netflix users are familiar with hopping through VPNs and DNS tools in a bid to access foreign versions of the service. But it can be a rather infuriating process, as Netflix and VPN/DNS providers play 'whack a mole' with each other. Fortunately, a new tool has popped up recently, showing users which VPNs are able to access the US version of Netflix. Dubbed CheckFlix, the tool attempts to keep an up-to-date list of working and blocked VPNs. "Our proprietary software does a complete check of each VPN every hour; giving you up-to-date, accurate information on which VPN you should use to get...

  • Amazon Prime Video is officially in South Africa

    The Amazon Prime Video streaming service has officially gone global, launching in South Africa as well. "Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe," the company announced in a press statement. "Customers can sign up for a Prime Video membership at PrimeVideo.com and watch on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets and popular LG and Samsung smart TVs," the company explained. The service is available to new regions at an "introductory price" of US$2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months. Thereafter, users can...

  • Google South Africa reveals top searches for 2016

    From the US elections and Donald Trump to Pokemon Go and the Olympics, 2016 has been another crazy year for Google searches. Now, the Mountain View firm has revealed South Africa's top queries for the year, ranging from overall searches to celebrities and more. "This year's overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel. Where last year's top searches -- loadshedding and xenophobia -- were distinctly local issues, this year's top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large, not just at home," the company explained in a statement. Check out the results below... Top trending overall...

  • Project Murphy: a bot that answers ‘what if’ questions

    2016 has truly been a year for bots, as AI and machine learning combine to do some astounding things. Now, Microsoft has revealed a new bot, dubbed Project Murphy. The purpose of the bot though? Well, it's akin to Futurama's "what if" machine, coming up with imaginative image-based answers to your hypothetical "what if" question. For instance, asking "what if Donald Trump wore a dress?" yielded this result. You can even ask questions like "what if Barack Obama was Bernie Sanders?", with the bot spitting out a relevant image. Like what you see? Then you can reply with a smiley face to get...

  • Donald Trump to cancel F-35 fighter programme?

    US president-elect Donald Trump has slammed numerous companies and people, but defense firms haven't been in his crosshairs too often. However, this week saw Trump slam Lockheed-Martin for the horribly expensive, much delayed F-35 fighter jet programme. "The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," the president-elect tweeted on Monday. The tweet saw Lockheed-Martin's shares dip by over 4% before closing down by 2.47%. The F-35 programme has courted a ton of negative publicity Lockheed Martin's fighter jet has been hit with numerous cost overruns and delays. In...