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  • SuperSport to trial Facebook for live broadcast

    Popular South African sports channel family SuperSport has announced that it will Thursday broadcast its first live TV event on Facebook. This will be the broadcast of the Varsity Football final between TUT and UJ taking place in Pretoria. This move aims to encourage more people to discover the tournament, and perhaps appeal to younger audiences who don't have access to DStv. The move also depicts SuperSport's renewed interest in social media as an alternative broadcast scheme. The channel also recently began broadcasting eSports tournaments on its bouquet as well. According to the press release, "this is a first for SuperSport, making...

  • Twitter’s 140 character stretch begins today

    Great news, Twitter users. From today, the social network will no longer count certain types of content towards the arbitrary 140-character limit. First announced in May 2016, the move will allow tweeters to get more written content into their tweets, regardless of how many images or @names they have included. Previously, these were counted towards the limit. Twitter did ponder pushing that limit to 10 000 characters back in January Polls, videos, GIFs, images, @names and practically any other embedded media won't be counted as one of the 140 characters. Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (16 September – 18 September). South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa's first double-medal winner of the games thus far. All the Glory 2 God!!! #TeamSArise! #Rio2016 #Paralympics Photo credit: Zimbio...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #78: the Daily Maverick, OnePlus 3 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. The team discusses the Daily Maverick's R12m funding round, the announcement that Takealot will bring the OnePlus 3 to South Africa, and two games released this week: ReCore and Dragon Quest VII. This week's podcast is all about Daily Maverick, OnePlus and two games Graham absolutely loves What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy is ten-hours deep into The Tomorrow Children, Graham is watching game reviews on YouTube, and...

  • Instagram adds word filter for comments moderation

    Instagram's latest play in the battle against comment spam and abuse is a rather simple one. According to a new blog post published on the company's Blog, the new feature takes the form of a keyword blocklist. "Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided," the company's CEO Kevin Systrom explains on the blog. Instagram hopes that the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Twitter remembers September 11, SA racks up the medals

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (9 September – 11 September). Twitter was a flood Saturday with messages, memories and images remembering the World Trade Centre attacks on 11 September 2011. Celebrities, New Yorkers and Americans elsewhere who were affected, came together to share thoughts on the social network. My skyline out of my window at 12:01am Sept 11th, 2016 #MyNYC #September11 pic.twitter.com/LlxXOCqpAi — Iman...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #77: Facebook celebrates, Ventureburn awards & PS4 Pro launches

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Matthew Alexander, Graham van de Made and Andy Walker. We're all about Apple, Facebook and entrepreneurship this week, with some Sony dolloped on the side We tackle some interesting topics this week, including Facebook News Feed's latest milestone and the launch and imminent South African arrival of the LG V20. We also touch on Ventureburn's latest Digital All Stars article, celebrating entrepreneurship in South Africa, and finally, we spend the latter chunk of the show...

  • Update: Google Analytics’ real time updates down worldwide

    Update: 9 September, 10.00am: Google Analytics' real time web feature, at least for us, is still down. Although the workaround does in fact provide a temporary solution to the bug, the company's Analytics app on Android also seems to work well. Google has yet to incidicate when a fix will be implemented, but based on comments it made yesterday, it seems that the fix is delayed. Original article: If you've just risen from bed to lazily check your site's viewer numbers, don't worry, it's not just you. Some features of Google Analytics is down for many worldwide today. Most notably causing issue...

  • Twitter: DMs now feature ‘read receipts, typing indicators’

    Twitter is slowly morphing into an instant messaging platform, thanks to a gaggle of new features in its Direct Messages feature added this week. Taking, rather obviously, to Twitter, the company announced that users' sent Direct Messages now boast read receipts, web link previews and typing indicators. These are feature that are part and parcel of instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj — Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016 It's an odd addition to a feature that always remained backstage of Twitter's often ever-changing...

  • TFG advertises sale using Mario-inspired game

    The Foshini Group (TFG) is using a Mario Bros. inspired game to encourage users to shop on its platform, as part of its site-wide Shop Hop promotion. The company earlier this week debuted Super Stan, a browser-playable game in which the titular character hops over shopping trolleys and collects items from various stores. The title takes a few liberties with Super Mario Bros' first level, but remains pretty fun to play. "Super Stan, inspired by the Nintendo megahit Super Mario Bros, was created to educate customers around the breadth and depth of the TFG eMall, in the run up to its Shop Hop...

  • 7 key numbers from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    And just like that, the annual September Apple event has come and gone. We have new products -- from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, to the Apple Watch Series 2 -- and new games to look forward to. But what about some of the key numbers announced on the night by the likes of Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Tim Schiller? 17-million Tim Cook kicked off with an Apple Music announcement, revealing artists for the company's 10th Apple Music Festival, and a number of other milestones from the company's music stable. Apple's iPhone is the 'best selling device of its kind in...

  • Top 31 entrepreneurs under 40 making waves in South Africa [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The All Stars listed in the articles are compiled using a combination of our editorial team’s own knowledge, that of experts in the fields covered by each article, as well as public vote. In this article, we feature some of the best SA entrepreneurs under 40 who are doing big things*, whether they’re gaining traction, have several companies...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: South Africa murders rise & Mother Teresa canonized

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (2 September – 4 September). Pope Francis Sunday declared Mother Teresa a saint, at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, also known as Saint of the Gutters, served as a nun in Kolkata, India. She was declared a saint just 19 years after her death. After the service, a number of Mother Teresa's followers declared...

  • Watch: Hadlee talks WhatsApp privacy on SABC Network

    News that WhatsApp would be sharing data with Facebook has been greeted with concern by quite a few people. The arrangement will see your phone number number, contact list and usage data being shared with the world's biggest social network. WhatsApp to swap personal info with Facebook, here’s how to disable it WhatsApp has announced a change of terms of service that will allow it to share your personal information with Facebook. It’s the first change in terms since it was bought by Facebook in 2014, and for one, it’s a pretty big one. Read more... But what exactly is being shared...