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Lauren Granger: Staff Reporter
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in New Media in her final year. She now works as a reporter for Memeburn, where she enjoys writing about piracy and online censorship, questioning the methodology of infographics and playing snake on YouTube for research purposes. She's also a Masters in Media Theory and Practice graduate, after battling a dissertation focusing on Twitter and journalism at the University of Cape Town.
You know the feeling: you curl up to watch a nice video on YouTube, and you're met with that annoying swirling circle. Chances are, in between griping about how this is 2014 and you should be able to watch HD video without buffering (darn it), you're probably feeling some not-so-pleasant feelings towards YouTube. But it may not be YouTube's fault.
In a bid to explain why your videos take so long to load, Google has introduced a new pop up which ...
What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you'll become numb to what's going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you're in?
Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading "KILL ...
Do your fingers ache when composing a Facebook status update? Dream of a version of Twitter free of clutter? Not ready to reduce the full range of your emotions to 'Yo'? You may be interested in Emojili.
Emojili, like the name suggests, is an emoji-only social network. It claims to give you a way to communicate with your friends without the hassle of troll-dodging or scrolling through a stream of memes, hashtags and spam -- after all, emoji are hardly offensive ...
So you did it -- you wandered into the Newsstand section and fell face-first into the glorious world of digital magazines. Oh, how beautiful! Look at that clever transition! That embedded how-to video! That stunning, full page photo story! You want to make one too, right?
You're not alone. The rise of tablets has brought with it a new avenue for publishing: digital magazines. Many existing print publications are looking for the best route to keep existing readers interested and find ...
Imagine there was an app called Yo, which existed for the sole purpose of sending your friends one-word messages, saying 'Yo'. Now pretend that someone created a parody app, using Game of Thrones' signature catchphrase ("Hodor") to allow you to send your friends a greeting of 'Hodor'. The craziest part of this all? That all really happened.
Building on the viral success of messaging app Yo, Medium iOS developer Tyler Hedrick used his spare time to build 'Yo, Hodor', a nod ...
In the latest edition of 'what Facebook did to my Newsfeed today', we have the story of how researchers manipulated the posts seen by 689 003 users to judge how updates with positive and negative words altered their emotions.
The study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was interested in figuring out if a stream of positive (or negative) status updates in the Newsfeed could have a noticeable affect on the emotional state ...
Let's face it: given the tendency to flock to Twitter to discuss real time events, the fact that so many major players have their own account and the social network's custom team-tracking features, the World Cup was always going to be a big thing on Twitter. But just how big?
The team over at Twitter has shared some insight on the group stage of the Fifa World Cup -- and there has been a lot of cause for chatter. Major teams ...
It's almost time: the massive annual event where Google gives us a glimpse into what it's working on (and occasionally lets us watch its co-founder skydive). Yes, Google I/O starts today in San Francisco.
While we don't know the specifics of what will be unveiled at the two day event, we can make some educated guesses. We'll probably see a demo and find out more about the new version of Android, the successor to last year's KitKat, which is rumoured to ...
Let's face it: it's over. We will not be catching up with the dragons, the know-nothing Jon Snow and everyone's favourite Lannister (hint: not Cersei) until 2015. So what can you do to get your Game of Thrones fix? Read the books? Yeah, or look at pugs!
In what may be the cutest adaptation of the mystical land of Westeros, video-on-demand service Blinkbox has put together a pug-filled promo to celebrate the release of the fourth season of Game of Thrones ...
Internet, sometimes you are just too much. Not only is there an app called Yo, which exists solely for the purpose of sending your friends messages saying 'Yo', but it has been hacked.
Yep, the single-purpose app that has been climbing the app store rankings on the back of US$1-million in funding, succumbed to a security breach today. This comes after a wave of media attention that saw the app pass 700 000 users and 3.6-million 'Yo's sent in a ...