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  • WhatsApp will no longer support BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Windows 7.1, earlier Android versions

    By end of this year, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, will no longer be able to use the instant messaging sevice.In addition to cutting support for the BB OS, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1 and earlier versions of Android, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2. The Facebook owned IM announced that these devices and platforms will soon be incompatible with the platform, owing to their inability to offer the kind of capabilities that WhatsApp needs to expand its app's features in the future. The company, which recently turned...

  • Weekly Round #53: Facebook Reactions, Boston Dynamics’ Robot, MWC, Far Cry

    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 Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team talks about the Facebook reactions, Boston Dynamics engineering a robot, abusing it and risking a robot takeover, Mobile World Conference developments, smartphones disabling app installs onto the micro SD cards, and Far Cry. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. As for the Tweet of the week, Kanye West takes it and we hope he...

  • WordPress now supports Google’s AMP, enabling its sites to load faster on mobile

    Wordpress has announced that it now supports Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google's ambitious project that wants to make the web load faster on mobile. Introduced in October 2015, the project, AMP, uses an open source HTML code framework to enable sites to load faster on mobile, an idea that is similar to Facebook's Instant Articles. The Automattic owned Wordpress.com is one of the first companies to support AMP. In a blog post, the company said users will now start to see their sites loading faster on mobile. WordPress users will not have to set up AMP, it will be automatic. On...

  • Twitter introduces Fabric mobile app for developers, with real time updates

    Twitter has released its newest app, aimed at developers. The Fabric app allows developers to monitor various analytics and diagnostics about their applications, beyond the usual download number and reported faults, all in real time. The app has been adopted from its web based variant, where up to now, developers could only access on a web. What is vastly different about the app is that developers can get real time updates with push notifications on the go and do not have to wait for when they go to the web. Twitter says that the push notifications will focus on...

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on Android gets in-app camera, RAW format image support

    It is clear that smartphone users enjoy taking pictures. That in turn means that the ability to process images on the fly has become incredibly important. After all, nobody wants a saturated picture of their breakfast or lunch roaming the internet. When the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app launched in December 2015, processing images gained a new player that could make things interesting for seasoned players like Snapseed, VSCO and others. Now with its new update, introducing new features, it is looking to cement its place and lure new users. Most of the smartphones that have been showcased at Mobile World...

  • Animation students win big at Cape Town International Animation Festival

    If anything is to be taken away from the Cape Town International Animation Festival, which ran from 18-21 February 2016, at the River Club, Observatory, with screening all over Cape Town, it's that the South African animation industry has come of age and can compete with international films. While there's still some way to go when it comes to matching international budgets, the stories are just as good. The festival featured an incredible list of renowned animation players from around the world, including the likes of Nedy Acet of Dreamworks Animator, Mark Shapiro of Laika Studios and Shahin Toosi...

  • Weekly Round Up #52: Bookmarks shortlist, Google Play Movies, Twitter, Hisense

    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 Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team talks about the Bookmarks Awards shortlist, Google Play Movies, Twitter launching GIF search and video support in DMs and Hisense's life-proof smartphone. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. As for the Tweet of the week? There are too many to choose from, so simply search for #SonaDebate on Twitter and you will find plenty...

  • Facebook to extend Instant Articles programme to publishers big and small

    Facebook has announced that it will extend its Instant Articles programme to all publishers from 12 April 2016 at its F8 conference. Facebook launched Instant Articles -- its attempt at being a publishing platform -- back in May 2015, with just a few publishers. During the launch, Facebook chief product manager Chris Cox said that “Fundamentally, this is a tool that enables publishers to provide a better experience for their readers on Facebook.” The Instant Articles programme will be available to all publishers, big and small, all around the world, allowing more publishers to create fast and immersive reading experience for...

  • Google Translate now supports over 100 languages

    Google Translate is turning ten this year and to celebrate coming of age it has added 13 new languages to its translating capabilities. When the service launched in 2016, it could only translate between English and Arabic, Chinese and Russian. From today, 103 languages will be covered which includes 99% of the online population, according to Google. The 13 new languages add 120-million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world, Googles notes. Late last year, Google announced that more than one million people speaking 117 languages had made 50-million contributions through the Google Translate...

  • Uber plans to create 75k jobs in India’s Maharashtra state

    When Uber entered South Africa, it experienced difficulties with meter taxi associations and the government. With almost each city Uber has launched in, its problems appear to be following it around, but thus far the company has been innovative about how it deals with these problems. The latest Uber initiative in India might change the way the ride-hailing service is perceived. News coming from India is that Uber has entered into a partnership with the government of Maharashtra through its Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department (SDED). In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Uber commits to creating 75 000 jobs...

  • Tidal app shoots to number one, malfunctions after Kanye West album launch

    Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming service, is experiencing a meltdown. And it has something to do with Kanye West, the king of meltdowns. By virtue of being owned by Jay-Z, Tidal is positioned to have exclusive rights to music by artists that are friends and associates of Jay-Z, Beyonce and their extended circle, however, Tidal appears to not be taking advantage of this. The Life of Pablo, Kanye West's anticipated album, was released on Tidal on the weekend. The release was no small affair with Kanye building up momentum by releasing a song every Friday in the months before and then...

  • Weekly Round Up #51: SONA, Twitter Q4 results, French giant AXA buys stake at AIG, Quantum Break

    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 Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporters Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made. The team talks about the SONA hitting all the right notes on social media whilst Jacob Zuma hit all the wrong ones in his speech, Twitter's Q4 2015 earnings, French insurance giant AXA buying an eight percent stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest ecommerce players, for over €75-million (over US$83-million) and Quantum Break PC...

  • Twitter Q4 results: revenue on the up even as user growth stagnates

    There is a joke that goes, a Russian ship is on the ocean, a voice comes over the radio to the controller room "Help, help, I am sinking", the operator mistakes the man for a heavily inebriated Russian man, who is not sinking but thinking but struggling to pronounce it and he too responds in his equally heavily Russian accent, "Hello, hello, what are you sinking about?". This is how things are crumbling around Twitter and will soon crumble underneath it. The experts, users, and journalists keep suggesting what Twitter needs to do and the stagnant user growth proves...

  • When it rains, it pours: Facebook faces sanctions in France for illegal data mining

    When Facebook reports record revenue numbers and staggering active monthly user growth, being Mark Zuckerberg must feel pretty damn good. Right now though being Zuckerberg must feel a little unpleasant. In a space of less than 48 hours, Facebook has seen its Free Basics programme banned in India and the threat of possible sanctions in France. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) has issued a notice to Facebook and Facebook Ireland Limited, warning against what it calls unfair collecting of data from the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a Facebook account. The...

  • Instagram rolls out multiple accounts for Android and iOS

    In the latter part of 2015, we reported that Instagram had been testing multiple account support with Android users and last week the beta testing became available for some iOS users. The Facebook owned photo and video sharing platform has finally added support for multiple account for up to five accounts for all users. The process to set up multiple accounts is simple. The option to add accounts is available from the settings menu, after setting up an account, users can seamlessly switch between the accounts without the need to log out. Users can simply switch between the accounts...