• BURN MEDIA
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • Should South African loyalty programmes reward social media engagement?

    There are plenty of loyalty programmes in South Africa. Most big retailers have them, as do health and insurance providers, and a growing number of restaurants and food chains. But here's the thing: around a third of South Africans don't actually use loyalty programmes, and those that do often don't use them to their full potential. Those are some of the key findings from the 2016 Truth Loyalty Whitepaper, compiled as a collaboration between Truth, a South African loyalty and CRM consultancy and WhyFive, an online research company. According to the whitepaper, 26% of economically active South Africans are...

  • This new ttrumpet feature aims to make communities safer

    Whilte-label over the top (OTT) app ttrumpet on Monday announced the launch of a new services aimed at improving safety in communities and around businesses. According to ttrumpet co-founder Grant Theis, this new "Community Channels" feature is designed to be the second part of its security ecosystem. The first part of that ecosystem involved the launch of Tag Me, which allows users' family and friends to follow each other’s journey remotely (in real-time) and raise the alarm if they go off-route or don’t reach their destination when expected. Community Channels means that users can now also report suspicious activity in...

  • You can now safely Uber with small kids

    If you're of a certain age, you might only think of Uber as a safe way to get around after a raucous night out, but there's clearly a demand for the service among people with small kids. That much is evident from the launch of UberFamily, a new service aimed at riders travelling with children under the age of three years old. Launched in Johannesburg on Friday, UberFamily trial aims to cater for families travelling with a child of this age by equipping experienced partner drivers with car seats. "We’re excited to be able to respond to the many queries...

  • Visa opens up payment tech to devs around the globe

    Visa this week announced that the launch of Visa Developer, a platform which it says makes its payment technologies freely available to developers as it looks to accelerate its presence in the ecommerce space. According to a press release issued by Visa, the platform is aimed specifically at financial institutions, merchants, and technology companies. The idea, the financial services giant says, is to help these companies "meet the demands of consumers and merchants, who increasingly rely on connected devices to shop, pay and get paid". The platform offers access to some of Visa payment technologies and services including account holder...

  • You can now play a 360 degree game on YouTube

    It looks as if 360 degree videos could be one of the big trends of 2016. Spurred by the consumerisation of virtual reality, these videos are changing the face of film-making as we know it. But the format could also change the face of gaming. Evidence of this potential shift can be found in a video called "Follow the Blue Ball" , which bills itself as YouTube's first interactive 360 game. Read more: Bjork releases a 360-degree music video Utilising YouTube’s 360 degree playback, the video prompts the viewer to follow one of three balls as it...

  • WorldRemit users can now send money to MTN mobile money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia

    International remittance service WorldRemit on Thursday announced that it had inked a deal with the MTN Group, allowing its customers to send money to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the launch follows the signing of a global partnership agreement earlier this year, to enable WorldRemit customers all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. “This partnership makes sense for both companies, as WorldRemit and MTN share a disruptive approach to innovation and bring impactful services to our customers. Together, we are now providing an...

  • SA ranks 30th globally in fostering innovation

    Attend enough South African tech events and you'll inevitably hear someone say that South Africa needs to do more to foster innovation. As it turns out though, the country could be doing a lot worse. According to a new report from The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which shows ranks South Africa 30th out 56 countries in how its domestic policies support worldwide innovation. These countries, it says, make up more than 90% of the global economy. "Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice president for global...

  • 9 things you need to know about online security in 2016

    Given the large number of high profile breaches in 2015, it seems likely that internet security will be a bigger topic in 2016 than ever before. But which direction is the industry set to take this year? Well, if the results of the latest Annual Security Report from Cisco are anything to go by, it's almost certain that most big organisations will seriously look to bolster their cyber defences this year. According to the report, only 45% of organizations worldwide are confident in their security posture. While executives may be uncertain about their security strength, 92% of them agree...

  • Gartner: government more likely to embrace cloud for security reasons than convenience

    Governments are moving the cloud faster than ever but, according to Gartner, they're not doing so for the sake of convenience, cost saving, or agility. Instead, the technology research house says, increased security will displace cost savings and agility as the primary driver for government agencies to move to public cloud within their jurisdictions. "Many cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, invest heavily in incorporating higher levels of security into their products to continue building confidence that their data is more secure," said Neville Cannon, research director at Gartner. "Many of these providers can invest...

  • Rising US dollar sees IT spend stagnate

    Global IT spending is forecast to total US$3.54-trillion dollars in 2016. That's a big number, but it's only 0.6% larger than it was in 2015 and is actually significantly smaller (by around US$216-billion dollars) than the amount spent in 2014. That's according to technology research house Gartner, which notes that a large reason for the decline in spending is a rising US dollar. As a consequence, IT spend isn't expected to hit 2014 levels until at least 2019. "The rising US dollar is the villain behind 2015 results," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "US multinationals' revenue...

  • impactAFRICA: $500k African data journalism fund launches

    Code for Africa on Monday announced the launch of impactAFRICA, a US$500 000 fund aimed at providing grants and technical support for impactful data journalism projects across the continent. The initiative comes from a partnership between Code for Africa and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and is funded by a consortium of donors led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and including the World Bank and CFI Media Cooperation (CFI). The fund, which is already open for submissions, claims to be the first data-driven investigative journalism on the continent. According to a press release sent to Memeburn,...

  • Yup, data breaches do really affect customer loyalty

    In 2015, there were plenty of big, headline-making data breaches with Sony and Ashley Madison two of the biggest names hit. And as it turns out, those breaches can do a lot more harm than a couple of weeks of negative media coverage. According to a new global survey by digital security company Gemalto, nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers surveyed worldwide say they are unlikely to shop or do business again with a company that had experienced a breach where financial information was stolen, and almost half (49%) had the same opinion when it came to data breaches...

  • New MWeb users to get 3 months free ADSL, ShowMax access

    If you're looking to change ADSL service providers this year, you might want to have a look at MWeb's latest offering. New users signing up to the ISP will receive three months free ADSL. Alongside that access, they'll also receive three months access to Naspers-owned video-on-demand service ShowMax. The offer is available until 31 March to customers who sign up for a 12-month subscription to one of MWEB’s ADSL service products (excluding 1GB, 2GB, 5GB Capped and Uncapped 1Mbps services). Customers who sign up before then will receive three months of free MWEB ADSL services as well as a complimentary...

  • Red & Yellow increases bursary numbers to aid ad industry transformation

    Advertising school Red & Yellow has announced an increased number of bursaries for its full and part time programmes in Marketing and Advertising in 2016 as it looks to help address a lack of transformation in the South African ad industry. "The 2015 Fees-Must-Fall campaign once again highlighted the lack of tertiary opportunities for deserving previously disadvantaged candidates, especially in our industry,” says Red & Yellow’s CEO Lynette Oelschig. "In addition to the desperate need for free education in our country, our industry struggles to reflect the markets it intends to connect with." According to the Quirk-owned educational institute, the bursaries...

  • Smirnoff tries to lure people to app with free Uber rides

    Smirnoff on Tuesday announced a partnership with Uber which will allow people to use the ride-hailing service for free. The free rides come as part of a bid to promote the vodka brand's Explore the Night app, which now comes with Uber integration. Launched in November 2014, the app allows people to find out what's going on in their city on any given night. "While all rides are free," Smirnoff says in a press release, "some rides are special!" Read more: Memeburn gets the full story behind one man’s crazy Uber ride Users who request an Uber via the Smirnoff...