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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • SpaceX set for return to launch on Sunday?

    SpaceX has been hard at work following the explosion of one of its rockets on the launchpad late last year. Now, the company has revealed the final cause of the explosion, as well as plans to launch on Sunday. The final cause relates to "composite overwrapped pressure vessels" (COPVs) inside the second stage oxygen tank, falling in line with the preliminary findings. These vessels are used to store helium, the private space company noted. "Specifically, the investigation team concluded the failure was likely due to the accumulation of oxygen between the COPV liner and overwrap in a void or a buckle...

  • Amazon Prime Video: originals to watch in SA?

    Let's be honest for a second... Amazon knows that many people are only tuning into Prime Video for The Grand Tour. After all, the trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May are pop culture icons thanks to their escapades. But what if you don't care for the motoring stuff? Or do you need a bit more justification to subscribe to the service? Here are a few more notable original shows that are available in South Africa. It's worth noting that a few Amazon Originals are still missing from the SA selection though... The Man In The High Castle One of the more popular Amazon...

  • Carrie Fisher: Twitter reacts to death of an icon

    Carrie Fisher is the latest death in a tumultuous year for celebrities, having died as a result of a heart attack suffered earlier this month. There have been loads of tweets as a result, with Fisher still trending two days after her death. We take a look at some of the more prominent Twitter reactions. Her Star Wars brethren paid tribute to her no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 #AFewWords pic.twitter.com/rOKiPr7gP9 — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 28, 2016 Harrison Ford issues statement after the death of "Star Wars" co-star Carrie Fisher https://t.co/DB3nuIjXnb pic.twitter.com/O8miieefuV — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 27, 2016 "She was Princess...

  • Now Ukraine’s artillery is affected by malware

    We've already seen malware being used to disrupt power stations and other infrastructure. But a new form of malware has been affecting Ukraine's artillery pieces. According to security firm CrowdStrike, hackers crafted the X-Agent malware into an Android app used by Ukrainian artillery operators. The legitimate version of the app allows operators of the D-30 howitzer to quickly process targeting data, reducing processing time from minutes to "under 15 seconds". And it's seen quite a lot of downloads, with roughly 9000 users, it's been claimed. The malware should be a big concern for militaries around the world The security firm found that X-Agent was able to...

  • Superbalist accused of ‘large-scale design theft’ [Update]

    Update: In an emailed response to Memeburn, Superbalist said it had a "zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism or copyright infringement" of items. "On immediate inspection, it appears that we may have some issues in this regard. The items in question have been pulled from the site and we will deal with any substantiated claims arising therefrom swiftly and fairly," it concluded. Original article: E-commerce website Superbalist has been accused of stealing scores of designs from artists and creative types. The platform's actions came to light after Twitter user Karmen Wessels (@spotfishy) accused Superbalist of copying a mug design from British artist Gemma Correll. The e-commerce...

  • Snow in Sahara: satellite image shows beautiful landscape

    The last time it snowed in the Sahara Desert was in 1979, but the desert has seen another rare dusting this week. The snow fell on the Algerian town of Aïn Séfra, sitting on the edges of the desert and with a population of over 30 000 people. It only lasted a day before melting though, so tourists wanting to see it in person are out of luck. Fortunately, the Landsat-7 satellite acquired a rather striking image of the snow, showing dunes covered in the stuff. The snow was even captured by local citizen Karim Bouchetata, being uploaded to his Facebook account. Featured image: Landsat-7/NASA...

  • Not over yet: Nokia in new patent fight against Apple

    Nokia has announced that it is restarting its patent battle against Apple, covering several continents in the process. The Finnish telecommunications icon first took Apple to court several years ago, with the Cupertino company agreeing to license some patents in 2011. But Nokia says that Apple has refused subsequent offers to license other patents. "Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today's mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action...

  • Going to the beach? Download these apps first

    We're pretty much in the thick of it as far as summer holiday madness goes. And if you live on the coast, chances are good that you'll be visiting the beach at least once. But before you make your way to Clifton or Muizenberg, you might want to download a few of these apps... Shark Spotters (free - Android, iOS) Sure, there is a flag system in place at major beaches, courtesy of the Shark Spotters team, but they have an app as well. The Shark Spotters app delivers updates on shark sightings (as well as a recent history of shark sightings) for a number of...

  • Russia tests ‘anti-satellite’ missile

    Russia has conducted a successful test of an anti-satellite missile, it has been reported. According to the Washington Free Beacon, it was the third successful test of the PL-19 Nudol missile out of five tests in total. The missile was launched from a base in central Russia on 16 December and was monitored by the USA, the publication added. According to CNN, US intelligence didn't track any debris, suggesting that a target wasn't destroyed during the test. Russia purportedly says that the missile is intended for defence against ballistic missiles. An anti-satellite missile could wreak havoc on a military's capabilities, targeting communications and spy satellites as well...

  • 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...