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  • 5 Memeburn posts you loved this week

    Plenty can happen in a week, and keeping up with it all can be terrifyingly difficult. In between the piles of work sitting in your inbox, the demands of modern life, and other cliches around being busy, trying to keep up with what's going on the world can seem overwhelming. We don't doubt that you do everything in your power to read your favourite technology news site (that would be us), but we totally understand if things have been particularly busy at work -- or if you've been relaxing on island with no internet connectivity. In fact, we're here...

  • Windows 10, ‘No Man’s Sky’ and ‘Life Is Strange': the TGIF Video Roundup

    Welcome to the TGIF Video Roundup, a weekly series where we explore, highlight and poke fun at some of the videos, trailers and clips that have made the internet a fun place to be this week. If you missed our last roundup, catch it below. Read more: Windows 10 updates, ‘Mad Max’ mayhem and ‘GTA V’ wildlife: the TGIF Video Roundup The second last week of July is nearly over, which means we're entering the business end of the technology launch cycle. With the Windows 10 reveal, Gamescom, and IFA all coming up, we're seeing some great teasers especially when it...

  • Google Street View catches South African robbery in progress

    We've seen a lot of weird and wonderful things hidden inside Google's Street View. From the highest mountain peaks to Robben Island and now a couple of guys holding a security guard up at gunpoint in Johannesburg, South Africa. The images, taken in February 2015 in Junction Road, are of two men pointing a gun at an ADT private security guard, in plain sight of the Google Street View car driving past. Following the Street View car, one can see a white BMW pulling up behind the private security car. The two armed men then ran up to the passenger seat...

  • Next Einstein Forum on the search for 54 of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors

    If you're a young African with with a passion for community engagement and a strong track record in the science and technology spaces, then this might pique your interest. The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for fifty-four of Africa's top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa. The NEF is an African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and aims to unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and...

  • Virtual Reality event to tap into South Africa’s creative community 29 July

    The virtual reality (VR) space is heating up fast. Around the globe, developers and animators alike are putting their heads together (and into things) to experiment with this exciting, immersive medium. Come 29 July, the South African Virtual Reality Event plans to vitalise the local community. Taking place at Cape Town's Bandwidth Barn, the event will allow attendees to immerse themselves in some of the VR projects first-hand, for free. Coupled with a lineup of expert speakers from the VR industry, the event looks promising. "The key to the event is connecting people who want to create Virtual Reality projects...

  • Here’s who’ll be speaking at Digital Edge Live 2015

    Digital Edge Live, the annual digital marketing trends event, has revealed its list of speakers for 2015. Now in its seventh year, the event will be headlined by Spike Lee, who will be joined by the likes of Dr Michael Wu, the Chief Scientist at Lithium Technologies, Musa Kalenga, Client Partner at Facebook, Brent Shahim, Aqua Founder and CEO, John Gevisser, CEO Gamma Fly, Lucia Maseko Nestlé EMENA Regional Digital Champion and Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE VML. “Themed Making Stories, the event seeks to understand how to win the hearts and minds of diverse audiences in the digital...

  • Weekly Round Up #28: Comic-Con, Pluto, Windows 10, and Donald Trump’s Twitter gaffe

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made speak about the long-awaited launch of Windows 10, Comic Con, Pluto and Donald Trump Twitter fail. The wait for Windows 10 has been long and now it is time for it to come out. Not a moment too soon either, considering that there has not been an update since Windows 8.1, which in itself was not well received. Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been...

  • Dion Chang to headline 2015 SA Innovation Summit

    Corporate trend analyst and design consultant Dion Chang will headline the 2015 SA Innovation Summit, set to take place between 26 and 29 August at the Cape Town Stadium. The summit will include debates, discussions, workshops, competitions, talks, presentations and demonstrations. The conference is meant to celebrate local ideas and innovations that are going into the market. Among the speakers, Chang will discus trends that cause disruptive innovation, and Gijs van Wulven will present his Forth Innovation Methodology, a method that is said to double the effectiveness of the innovation process. Read more: Want to see real...

  • Weekly Round Up #27: Apple Music launch and Uber petition against the city of Cape Town

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Myolisi Sikupela and Graham Van Der Made speak about the long-awaited launch of Apple Music. They also chat about Uber, which seems to be facing trouble in every city it launches in. Following Apple's announcement of Apple Music, the world has, eagerly awaited its actual launch. On Tuesday afternoon an update of iOS was made available and its major feature was Apple Music. After using it we wrote about our first impressions of it. Though...

  • Google’s image recognition tool lands it in hot water

    Google engineers have had to scramble to fix a flaw in its recently released Photos app, which saw black people labeled as gorillas. The bug was first brought to public attention by programmer Jacky Alciné, who noticed that the app kept labeling photos of him and his friend as gorillas. The feature at fault is one that automatically tags and arranges users photos according to objects in the photos. So if it recognises a mountain, then it will place the photo in the "mountains" category. It's supposed to learn as it goes along, as Alciné's experience shows there are...

  • Special Podcast: Ventureburn survey, are startups thriving or struggling?

    This week we bring you yet another special podcast edition, as the Burn team delve into the results of the recent Ventureburn Startup Survey. Stuart Thomas together with Jacques Coetzee, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker chat about some of the interesting findings, from most founders being based in the Western Cape to service-orientated startups more likely turing profits and little benefits offering to employees. The Ventureburn Startup Survey partnered with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony and analytics company Qurio to poll just under 200 tech startups from South Africa. Each of the startups were asked...

  • Spike Lee to headline Digital Edge Live 2015

    Renowned film director Spike Lee will be the headline speaker at this year's Digital Edge Live event, set to take place on 9 September. The theme for this year's event, which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, is "Making Stories" and is all about winning the hearts and minds of audiences in the digital age. Now in its seventh year, Digital Edge Live aims to bring advertisers, agencies, technologists and innovators together to look at the most important digital trends in marketing. “The digital revolution has given rise to a new age of storytelling in which marketers have...

  • Weekly Round Up #26: E3 Special — bland or totes amazing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made chat brings you another podcast special, focusing on E3 2015 Throughout the podcast, they dissect what outraged, tickled and annoyed them about this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The team already live blogged the event, with announcements from Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. The event took place from 14-18 June. Gearburn, our gadget and gaming site, followed it, analysed all the announcements and got conversations going. It has been an...

  • Weekly Round Up #25: Apple special, is Apple innovating or stealing from others?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Christopher Wilton chat about Apple’s WWDC 2015 event. Today’s podcast is a special, focusing on a single event, dissecting and weighing the software that Apple launched. The event was, as all Apple events are, highly anticipated. A day before the event a Sony executives let slip that Apple Music was going to be launched. And launch it did, roping in some of the most experienced music deejays around the world. The team...

  • Weekly Round Up #24: Pinterest ecommerce play, Africa the new China, synthetic fuel, budget phones

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Christopher Wilton speak about Pinterest's new features, Buyable Pins, budget phones, Africa is the new China and synthetic fuel. Pinterest has made a move towards being an ecommerce site. This makes sense as people have been sharing things they like and driving traffic away from Pinterest to stores that sell the items. This move is not at all shocking but it does signal a new path for social media platforms...