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Jeremy Daniel
Jeremy Daniel is an online media specialist, as well as an author and musician. He runs Bassline Media & Content Marketing, writes songs as part of The Touch and is the author of My Forever Friend, published by Tafelberg NB. Jeremy was also an early editor of Memeburn.com.
  • Facebook looks to breathe new life into events with innovative ride-sharing features

    One of Facebook’s most underused and disappointing features, the Events function, might be getting a makeover that will bring it a whole new lease of life and possibly even set it up as a competitor to Uber. That’s the news from tech blog Business Insider, who did some cunning detective work and spotted some patent drawings which seem to indicate that Events were in for an overhaul. As you’ll notice in the attached drawing, the Events page will feature a drop down menu where you can indicate whether you are going, going and driving or going but not driving....

  • GoPro and Periscope integrate and extreme sports fans are now in heaven

    So you thought that things couldn’t get more intense than watching GoPro footage of a base jumper soaring through canyons before landing in the snow? Turns out you were wrong. Soon, you can watch it live as well, with all the added tension of a live unfolding drama. In a mouth-watering move, live-streaming app Periscope and action-camera maker GoPro have announced a partnership which means that GoPro users “can now broadcast their daring adventures live through Twitter’s Periscope app, opening the door to a whole new dimension of real-time video sharing”, according to the Guardian newspaper. This collaboration...

  • Apple raises the price of apps in seven territories, including South Africa

    Have you already adjusted your budget for the year ahead to include your new Netflix subscription and the ever-rising price of a loaf of bread? If so, then there’s one more thing you need to tick upwards – Apple just announced an increase in the cost of apps on its App Store for seven territories, including South Africa. Tech blog The Next Web reports that “following fluctuations in exchange rates, Apple has informed developers today that it’s planning to change the App Store pricing in a number of countries within the next 72 hours.” The territories affected by the price...

  • Uber reveals the next phase in its quest for global domination — and it’s pretty damn cool

    The scale of Uber’s ambitions became a little clearer this week as the company announced a new feature “Trip Experiences” for users who are riding in an Uber. According to tech blog The Verge, Trip Experiences “will allow third-party apps the ability to serve up notifications, content, or ads to its users during their trips.” What does this mean? Essentially, customers in the backseat of an Uber become a captive audience during their ride. If they are looking for entertainment, they can be served some music, or some short viral videos; on a way to a meeting they can receive...

  • Anonymous vs ISIS: the war is now truly underway

    Last week on Memeburn we reported to you that shadowy internet collective Anonymous had declared cyber-war on terrorist group ISIS following the horrific Paris attacks. Writing on its blog, Anonymous announced #OpParis, "an operation that’s focused in identifying the perpetrators of the Paris Terror Attacks, collecting intel from all who have involvement of the said tragedy, dig out the roots of the terrorist organization called ISIL, and finally getting our foothold in the battle against terrorism." A week later and it’s safe to say that the war is now truly underway and like most wars, it’s already getting messy. The...

  • Internet, be prepared to be broken again: here comes Adele’s second single ‘When We Were Young’

    Although Adele’s new album 25 is still a few days away from launching, she’s teased out the second single today. It’s called When We Were Young and the version now hitting the interwebs is recorded “Live at the Church”’. The video sees Adele relaxed and in total control, performing with the band and ending with her delightful sense of laid-back, self-deprecating humour. The song was written with Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr, a former bassist for the band The Sessions, who released his first solo album Goon this year. He’s a relative newcomer and not a well established writer but...

  • Teenage Instagram star quits it all, claims social media made her miserable

    Essena O’Neil, a 19-year old social media celebrity has turned her back on the life that she says was a lie, and explained to her legion of followers that ‘’there is nothing cool about about spending all your time taking edited pictures of yourself to prove to the world 'you are enough'. The young Australian has spent the past few years amassing a massive following. She has 570 000+ followers on Instagram, 250 000+ subscribes on YouTube, 250 000+ on tumblr and 60 000+ average views on Snapchat and a solid income from companies looking to reach out to...

  • 4 things we learned about BuzzFeed from CEO Jonah Peretti’s memo to staff

    If you’ve spent any time on the Internet during the last few years, it would be almost impossible to avoid the content juggernaut by the name of BuzzFeed. Its influence over what we share and the way we share it has seeped into all aspects of online culture. And the numbers prove it: in a new memo to the company founder and CEO Jonah Perretti declares that “Today we are a global, cross-platform, tech-driven network generating FIVE BILLION monthly content views from our site, multiple BuzzFeed apps, and over 30 other platforms including Facebook video, YouTube, and Snapchat.” Those...

  • New Star Wars trailer debuts, internet goes into frenzied meltdown

    After months of teasers and gifs and endless speculation from Fanboys all over the world, the full trailer for the new Star Wars movie dropped on Monday night and, quite literally, broke the internet. Or at least, the ticketing part of the internet. There’s been a lot of talk about this next clip; maybe too much talk. Let’s just watch it first so we can all calm down. Feeling better? Good, us too. This trailer hits the mark on all scores and ramps up our movie lust into overdrive. All the enigmatic trailers, the dropped hints and...

  • ‘Son, we live in a world what has walls’: the comic genius of Afrikaans4Dummies

    Tom Cruise stands proud in his Navy uniform, hair immaculate, righteous anger flowing through his veins and turns to Jack Nicholson who is sitting in the witness box. Then in a voice straight out of Joburg’s Southern Suburbs or a Joule Street second-hand car dealership asks: “Colonel Jessop, did you order the Code Red?” All illusions are shattered and I challenge you not to burst out laughing. Welcome to the wonderful world of Afrikaans4Dummies, a YouTube channel that is dedicated to proving to the world “Why South Africans can’t do drama”. The channel has been up and running for over...

  • Can Apple Music crack China’s fragmented streaming market?

    On September 30, Apple sent out a Press Release that is likely to have profound implications for the Music Industry. "Apple today announced that Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks are now available to customers in China." Just like that, the world’s largest company opened up to the revolutionary new music service and cemented Apple’s place as a key player in the emerging landscape of the music industry. "Launching with millions of songs in its catalog, Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a...

  • What role will tech play in the changing face of urban mobility?

    Parisians awoke to the sound of birds tweeting, children laughing and an unfamiliar smell in the air on Sunday as the city implemented its first ever car-free day. The event was a hit on social media and a window into an alternative future, with Parisians sharing thousands of images and stories about how different their city felt. The event came a day before the release of a groundbreaking report entitled "Urban Mobility at a tipping point" from global consulting firm McKinsey & Company which spoke about the new technologies and business models contributing to the quest for better, more...

  • #AskTrump: how The Donald’s Twitter session went catastrophically wrong

    The Internet rubbed its collective hands in glee and disbelief last night as Republican joker and serial offender Donald Trump embarked on an ill-considered visit to Twitter HQ in New York and took part in an #AskTrump session live on Twitter. Not since Daniel took an afternoon stroll into the Lions Den has one man been so mercilessly ravaged in front of a large audience. It was karmic retribution of the most gratifying kind. Ironically, politicians never seem to learn from history. These kind of attempts at being cool and switched on and accessible have a nasty habit of...

  • The incredible disappearing HTC: what its SA strategy reveals about its global woes

    Two of the most incredible Android phones ever created were both launched in the last few weeks, by global manufacturers Samsung and HTC. Both phones, the Galaxy S5 and the One M8, will be available in South Africa and both will reinforce the case that Apple is no longer streets ahead when it comes to the synthesis of hardware and OS. Yet only one of those phones is likely to capture the imagination of consumers in that country. Because it seems that only one brand is trying to. With all the potential inherent in the HTC brand internationally,...

  • Does Facebook, like, have a like problem?

    A heart-wrenching photo of a Syrian orphan appears in your Facebook News Feed, having been shared by one of your friends. The status update challenges you to like and share as a show of support and love for this child who feels unloved. With 1-million likes then that child will finally know that he or she is cherished. Are you in or are you out? We’ve all encountered that moment and we’ve all clicked like. Remember the old saying that ‘if you are not the customer, then you are the product.’ Congratulations, you were just commoditised (again). The game of Facebook...