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  • It’s official: Twitter announces character count and @reply changes

    Twitter made a pretty big announcement Wednesday, and it's something that many users have requested. The company has officially announced that it will soon neglect to count image links and @replies towards the 140 character limit. This effectively means that users can now dedicate all of those 140 characters to actual written content within tweets. "In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters," the company's senior product manager Todd Sherman...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

    As much as Instagram's a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it's also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we'll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. And which better city to begin with than Cape Town? It's Gearburn's home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don't take our word for it. Have a look at...

  • Weekly Round Up #63: Google I/O 2016, Nokia, Mango R1 sale & Max Verstappen

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas talks to Andy and Hadlee. This week the team discusses the announcements at Google I/O 2016, Foxconn and HMD Global purchase of Microsoft's feature phone unit for US$350-million (which signals Nokia's return to tablets and smartphones), Mango's R1 glitch sale and Max Verstappen, an 18-year-old Dutch driver, who has won the Spanish Formula 1 GP. On the 'What are you...?' segment, the team discusses the TV series they're currently watching, the games they're addicted to and,...

  • Twitter will soon let users broadcast video within tweets via Periscope

    Twitter (like its plethora of rivals in the social space) is in constant flux, in terms of user base and app design. And it's the latter that's really trying to create a stable based for the former. Speaking of which, Twitter has now added a button within the app that lets users broadcast live video using Periscope. Spotted by The Verge, the little addition is only available to a handful of users, but it's nevertheless interesting for all. The company's calling it the "Go Live" button, and suggests that "all users will have the ability to start a Periscope broadcast from...

  • Telegram now lets users edit messages after they’ve been sent

    Messaging app Telegram might be upstaged by WhatsApp in South Africa, but worldwide, it has amassed over 100-million users in its relatively short existence. Now the company has released an updated version of its app, which allows users to edit messages after they've been sent. "Simply tap and hold on a message, then press ‘Edit’. If you're on desktop, press the up arrow button to edit your last message. The messages will display a small ‘edited’ label so that it's easy to tell which were altered," the company explains in its blog. This will work in both private and group chats. Other new...

  • ShowMax expands to 36 new African countries

    Naspers-owned streaming media service ShowMax is rapidly expanding across the continent, and can now count 36 new sub-Saharan countries to its service list. The expansion comes just 10 months after the service's launch, which now boasts "approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and movies, totaling almost ten thousand hours of viewing." "We’ve been busy testing the service in key locations across the continent and optimising our delivery network," company CPO Barron Ernst explains. "Perhaps more importantly, we’ve adapted our apps to address the needs of consumers in Africa, introducing features like downloads for viewing TV shows and movies when not connected." Ernst also notes...

  • Weekly Round Up #62: Instagram’s new look, Assassin’s Creed, WhatsApp & Xiaomi Mi Max

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas returns as he talks to Andy, Hadlee, and Graham. The team discusses this week's biggest news: the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, Instagram's washing machine-like logo and monochrome interface, WhatsApp's desktop app, and the new giant Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone, that perhaps should be called a tablet. We also discuss the latest study focusing on mobile phones and the prevalence of brain cancer in Australia. As usual, the team mentions their current watching, reading, playing and eating lists,...

  • Burson-Marsteller’s A-Generation Study sheds light on Africa’s youth

    Burson-Marsteller Africa, a strategic communications and PR firm, has today unveiled an interesting list of what it believes are the six key trends that "reflect the mind set and changing priorities of African youth in 2016." The company explains that the study is "result of intensive workshops facilitated by Burson-Marsteller Africa’s partners in north, west, central, east and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands," with participants mostly featuring in the Millennials age category. Namely, the countries included in this study are South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Mauritius. Robyn de Villiers, the company's CEO and...

  • Real-time horror movie ‘Sickhouse’ scares on mobile using Snapchat, Vimeo

    Snapchat's a platform hosting a swathe of diverse content on the daily, so it seems fitting that a movie is made using it, right? Well, that's what Indigenous Media believes. The company's producing the "first-ever scripted film, shot in real time, designed for mobile viewing" called Sickhouse. And by that title alone, we're sure you can surmise that it's a horror. The film will also make its way onto Vimeo, where users can currently preorder it. The film is "about a group of friends obsessed with social media whose excursion into the woods to explore the lore of Sickhouse turns deadly,...

  • Opera Mini now features a built-in ad-blocker

    Opera Mini, the mobile browser that many use on Android devices (and some other platforms), now boasts a built-in ad-blocker. This new move comes on the back of its free VPN service on desktop browsers it launched earlier this year. The ad-blocker on Opera Mini though suggests that the company's looking at the lower end smartphone market, those users strapped for processing power and data. The blocker therefore saves around 14% on data, and nearly halves page load times, the company claims. While you could theoretically download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for mobile (these are available on other platforms too), they...

  • Afeni Shakur dies: Twitter pays tribute to hip-hop’s godmother

    Mother of lauded legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, activist and generally inspirational human being Afeni Shakur has died aged 69. According to reports, Shakur suffered what seems to be cardiac arrest in the late hours of 2 May 2016. The investigation is currently ongoing. Deps responded to report of poss cardiac arrest @ 9:34PM last night @ her home in Sausalto, trans to hospital where she died @ 10:28PM. — Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) May 3, 2016 Afeni Shakur, who oversaw her son's meteoric posthumous rise to hip-hop stardom, was herself an activist against racial prejudice and an active political figure in the US. Soon...

  • Met Gala 2016: 11 Instagram snaps of celebs in their snazziest dress

    The Met Gala is a pretty big event for high fashion, charity, and the stars. It's one night that celebrities really get to look the part for the sake of looking the part. They don't exactly walk home with a Grammy or an Oscar, but the night is no less important. Being a top trend on Twitter worldwide this weekend, image-heavy social portal Instagram also had its fair share of posts shared by celebrities and the general populace alike. So, if you fancy taking a look at what the stars decided to don, have a look at our selection of Instagram...

  • 5 nifty tips that make the LG G5 easier to live with

    The LG G5, like every other phone, has its share of problems. Although some of them are game-breakers, most of them can be fixed with a few savvy pointers, changes, and tweaks. Here's a list of the five most annoying things about the LG G5, and how you can fix them in a jiffy. Problem: There's no app tray and it's driving me nuts Solution: Download a new launcher Read more on Gearburn.

  • AlwaysOn Wi-Fi will be free on Freedom Day

    For anyone who has been caught at an airport or mall without data probably knows about AlwaysOn. The company that provides many Wi-Fi hotspots in the country has announced that it will allow users free access to said hotspots on 27 April, or Freedom Day. Usually only the first 30 minutes or 50MB of data is free while connected to its platform, but it's now opening up the service to all users for the entire day. "We believe that everyone should have access to fast, affordable WiFi. Why? Because, quite frankly, the Internet is awesome and everyone deserves a piece of...

  • Swearjar is the Slack bot that turns vulgarities into charity

    Slack is a service that we use quite a bit at Memeburn. It's organised our business lives incredibly, but it also allows us to vent without shouting bad words across the office floor (although that doesn't stop us). If you work in an office that uses profanities more often than not and happen to be on Slack as well, you could very easily contribute to charity, according to a new Slack bot. Yep, those bad words that yo' momma hates can now do a whole lot of good. The bot, appropriately dubbed SwearJar, claims to convert "colourful language and buzzword-speak to...