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All posts by Myolisi Sikupela: Staff Reporter

  • Periscope introduces new features, broadcast search and drone integration

    Periscope today upped its rivalry with Facebook Live Video by introducing a host of new features. The new features follow last week's release of a beta version that include a feature that allows users to save broadcasts for longer than 24 hours. The new features include broadcast search and an integration with DJI drones. Users can now search for broadcasts by title or topic by using the Global list search button. Users will then be able to see a list of recommended topics with topics like travel, music, food, and others. Searching for titles also work in the same...

  • Weekly Round Up #61: Uncharted 4, Samsung vs Apple, Uber and more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Reporter Graham van der Made plays host and is joined by Gearburn Editor, Andy Walker. The team discusses this week's biggest gaming story in Uncharted 4, Samsung's incredible month compared to Apple's, and Uber's electric car programme in Johannesburg. Seedstars' new South African competition also gets a mention, along with an upcoming horror movie filmed through the lens of Snapchat. Finally, we talk about the small matter of a 10-year-old hacking Instagram. The team also talks about what they...

  • Banned WhatsApp unblocked early in Brazil, Zuckerberg is thrilled

    For 24 hours, WhatsApp was banned in Brazil after Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão seeking user data from the service for a criminal investigation issued a court order to telecom providers to ban WhatsApp for 72 hours. The outcry against the ban was immediate and spread from Brazil to the rest of the world. Today Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, announced that the service has been unbanned in Brazil. The ban came after Diego Dzodan, a Facebook executive, was taken into custody in March for not complying with orders to turn over WhatsApp data. It...

  • Weekly Round Up #60: Facebook Q1 results, Nintendo NX, Movies, MoveThisStuff

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Reporters Graham van der Made and Hadlee Simons. The team discusses Facebook's impressive Q1 results, Nintendo NX and the company's other future plans, and a new moving startup called MoveThisStuff. In 'Weird News of the week', the BBC and Netflix are teaming up for a remake of Watership Down. The team also talks about what they are currently watching, reading, playing and eating. And the tweet of the week comes the only man who tweets...

  • Weekly Round Up #59: Cell C CEO, YouTube 360° live stream, Dark Souls board game, Xbox 360 is dead

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Reporters Graham van der Made and Hadlee Simons. The team discusses Cell CEO sexist statements, YouTube launching 360 % live video streaming functionality, Dark Souls board game smashing Kickstarter records and the death of the Xbox 360. In a new feature 'Weird News of the week', the ever the misbehaving child, internet, names a research vessel "Boaty McBoatface" and the authorities won't have none of the silliness. The team also talks about what...

  • Weekly Round Up #58: smartphone launches, mobile games, Facebook F8 and geeky cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Gearburn editor Andy Walker plays host and talks to Reporter Graham van der Made and the new guy Reporter Hadlee Simons. The team discusses all the phone launches, from Huawei to HTC, the arrival of the iPhone SE in South Africa, Facebook F8, mobile games, geeky car races, and Dark Souls 3. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, a man is whacked in his head by a drone that smashed through his window. The team also talks...

  • Facebook announces new systems to improve the quality of internet connectivity around the world

    Cost effective and fast internet access is still a dream for many even as it becomes increasingly ubiquitous for many living in cities. At its F8 developer conference, the tech company announced two new terrestrial systems that are focused on improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of internet connectivity around the world. The two projects are Terragraph and Project Aries (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum). Facebook reckons that WiFi and LTE infrastructure is unable to keep up with the fast increase in the consumption of photos and videos and the high resolutions like 4K and 8K at...

  • Weekly Round Up #57: Tesla Model 3, WhatsApp encryption, Huawei P9, Panama Papers, Cake ban

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas is back from his honeymoon and for this week's Weekly Round Up he hosts Gearburn editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team discusses Tesla's Model 3, the Panama Papers, WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, and Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, the team discusses Instagram banning a cake after mistaking it for a breast. The team also talks about what they are currently watching,...

  • Google provides seed funding to Taiwanese renewable energy program

    Google is concerned about the well being of the environment and has provided seed funding to a renewable energy company based in Taiwan. This is not the first investment in a green company either. To date, Google has acquired about two gigawatts of renewable energy, an equivalent of taking nearly one million cars off the road, making it the world's largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Google has provided seed funding to the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) in a bid to provide all of its data centers around the world with renewable energy, a commitment the company has made in which...

  • Facebook Live Video gets an update, support for groups, events, filters

    Facebook has updated Live video, its attempt at live video streaming, and the new updates overhauls the feature in a big way. The new updates include support for Groups, events, live reactions on Android, replaying comments, creative tools like live filters, ability to invite friends, video destination on mobile, and live Map. Read more: Facebook News feed will now show you Live Video first, then everything else Fidji Simo, Product Management Director at Facebook, highlighted how users have been using Live Video since it launched in 2015, stating that users are talking to family members and athletes are sharing their training...

  • WhatsApp rolls out full end-to-end encryption to its billion users

    WhatsApp, the Facebook owned instant chat platform, is rolling out its full end-to-end encryption, ensuring that each message, photo, video, file, voice message, group chats and voice calls user's send are encrypted. The encryption is by default, given the users chatting are using the latest version of the app. WhatsApp states that in the years to come, people's digital information and communication will be far more vulnerable to attacks and the only way to protect users is end-to-end encryption. Read more: Always put the user at the centre of your security strategy The company has been working on the encryption...

  • Facebook now lets the visually impaired consume images using audio descriptions

    Today Facebook launched a product that aims to make the Facebook experience better for the visually impaired. It's called automatic alternative text, and is now available on iOS. Engineered by the Facebook Accessibility Team, a division that works on new products specifically for people with disabilities, automatic alt text generates a description of a photo using advancements in object recognition technology. Worldwide, more than 39-million people are blind, and over 246-million have a severe visual impairment, claims Facebook. Facebook notes that the blind and visually impaired may feel frustrated that they cannot appreciate and consume the visual content on Facebook, and...

  • Introducing Privil: the app to help you keep your privilege in check [April Fools article]

    Privil, a new app for iOS and Android devices, promises to keep user's privilege in check. Grandt Sham, founder, notes in a press release that the number of people who either do not know or deny their privilege is proportionally high, and that as a social entrepreneur, he felt compelled to do something about it. The app has two functionalities: it measures the user's privilege and that of someone else's, ensuring that you and your circle of friends are not suffering from excessive amounts of privilege. The app uses a minimalist design, sporting camera, text input and rewards features. But how does...

  • YouTube: brands and South African YouTubers should cozy up

    Last night, YouTube hosted an event in Cape Town in which it played matchmaker between South African YouTubers and brands. The event saw some of South Africa's most popular YouTubers including the likes of Grant Hinds, Anne Hirsch, Quentin Watt, Theodora Lee, Maya & Kahlil, Simply Refilwe, Lindi, Mark Fitzgibbons, DJ Arch Jr. (the youngest ever winner of SA’s Got Talent) and social commentator Sibu Mpanza, were present to talk about their channels. Teju Ajani, YouTube head of content partnerships for Sub–Saharan Africa, is adamant that YouTubers and brands belong together. In an interview with Memeburn, Ajani said that with YouTubers getting...

  • Instagram increases video length to 60 seconds on iOS, Android

    Instagram wants its users to post more videos, a trend that its parent company Facebook, has been focusing on lately. To enable this, the platform has increased the running time for videos, from 15 seconds to 60 seconds, both for Android and iOS. Video consumption on mobile has been seeing a growth spurt recently, with platforms like YouTube experiencing spikes in mobile and tablet consumption. In 2014, the platform revealed that about 50% of its views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets, a 40% growth from the year before, 2013. iOS users will also be able to make...