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  • Windows 10 updates, ‘Mad Max’ mayhem and ‘GTA V’ wildlife: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 bendgate and ‘Game of Hyrule’ trailer: the TGIF Video Roundup We’ve been shirking our Friday duties of bringing you the best videos from around the web, and you know what, we’re bad. Bad Gearburn! Read more on Gearburn.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 bendgate and ‘Game of Hyrule’ trailer: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed our previous roundup, catch it below. It has been a brilliantly short week and an extraordinarily long weekend, but that doesn’t mean that this work week has been reduced in stress, or suffering at the hands of the mouse, keyboard and the almighty monitor. The past fortnight has seen some awesome videos grace the internet, with a few people destroying phones, others crafting epic trailers and others totally winning this “cosplay”...

  • Weekly Round Up #20: Facebook Messenger, Opel hipster cars, Huawei mystery, and Samsung S6 price

    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, Lethabo Mokgatle and Andy Walker speak about Facebook Messenger’s arrival the web, Huawei’s hint that it will launch a device that captures the wonder of the sun, Jottr’s promise to tailor content according to one’s reading patterns, Opel launching cars for hipsters, and the fact that the Samsung S6 and S6 edge will cost you an arm and a leg. Facebook has been making changes to Messenger, making it in the process one platform...

  • Bitcoin Africa conference confirms Erik Wilgenhof Plante as guest speaker

    Internationally recognised speaker Erik Wilgenhof Plante has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at the Bitcoin Africa Conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 16 to 17 April. Michael Bouchier, who’s the master of ceremonies, said in a press release: “I am extremely satisfied with the quality and selection of speakers. Mr Wilgenhof Plante will cover a very important topic, namely, Earning trust; how rules and regulation can help development of virtual currencies. We feel that with so many big corporates, banks and government departments attending that this is an important topic to cover at...

  • Digital marketing event Online Tuesday set to make its SA debut

    Online Tuesday, the monthly digital marketing event pioneered in Amsterdam, is set to make its South African debut on 14 April. Opening proceedings will be Michael Ossendrijver, VP media & technology of DQ&A Media Group. In his presentation, Ossendrijver will address the challenges modern digital marketers face, including how to reach the consumer in a cross-channel and cross-screen world. The evening will be hosted by Schalk Bezuidenhout. Bezuidenhout is a comedian as well as a drama student at the University of Cape Town. He is known for his hilarious comedy material and quirky dress sense. Online Tuesday South Africa is organized by...

  • Weekly Round Up #9: Trevor Noah’s Twitter fracas, April Fools’, iFix and Mercedes-Benz pick up

    Today is the last day of work, before we take to the Easter Holiday. As usual though we’ve rounding up the week in tech for your listening pleasure. This week was always going to be one with good laughs, given that it included 1 April. The internet did not disappoint, dishing up funny and made up stories. Memeburn wrote its own and Gearburn rounded up the best April Fools’ articles in the technology space. The biggest news this week however came on Monday, when Trevor Noah was announced as the next host of The Daily Show. Not long after, people...

  • Memeburn goes back to the future with Y2K – Cyber rebrand [Update]

    Memeburn is set to undergo a strategic rebrand, which will see it ditch the name and logo that has helped make it one of South Africa’s most respected and popular technology news sites. The new name, Y2K — Cyber, take its cue from the halcyon days of the dotcom boom as does the retro feel of the branding. Fun fonts, a space-inspired background and an assertive tagline all come together to reflect an online publisher that knows where its future lies. “It all makes sense when you think about,” says Memeburn senior reporter Stuart Thomas. “Instagram was inspired by...

  • Weekly Roundup #18: Facebook Messenger, Spartan, Sami Inkinen and the final Bugatti Veyron

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker tackle topics as diverse as Facebook Messenger’s transition to a platform, the latest updates to Microsoft’s Project Spartan, an entrepreneur who’s also an extreme athlete, and the final Bugatti Veyron. As a company, Facebook is 11 years old now. If it had remained the social network it was back then, it might still be around but it probably wouldn’t have nearly the same levels of success it now does. Its latest effort to...

  • BurnCast podcast special: tales from SXSW

    Our Managing Editor, André-Pierre du Plessis, went to Texas to attend the annual tech, music and design festival, SXSW. While he wrote about the most of the interesting stories on Memeburn, he recently sat down with senior reporter Stuart Thomas and brand manager Jason Bechervaise to talk about his experience. Lend your ears: If your ears are too tired, you can read about what he’s chatting about in the articles below: SXSW Day 1: New media challenges in a world (still) dominated by traditional media Do’s and don’ts in Austin: why the internet loves to hate SXSW SXSW Highlight: Biz Stone admits defeat in...

  • Weekly Roundup #17: Sapa, Tag Heuer smartwatch, Elon Musk, WeChat’s Picup and Nintendo

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This edition is once again pared down, with Jacques Coetzee and Andy Walker joining Stuart Thomas talking Elon Musk, Sapa, the latest from Nintendo, and the latest South African startup to take on the on-demand delivery space. No stranger to headlines, Musk once again got the tech press talking with his prediction that driving your own car would be illegal once autonomous cars become the norm. Equally controversial, but more focused in the present was the directive from news wire agency...

  • iPhone 6s rumour roundup: yep, it’s nearly that time again

    iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, whatever. All we know is that an upgraded iPhone is coming later this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn’t small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan’s squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likened to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Vinny Lingham to keynote Bitcoin Africa Conference

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Vinny Lingham will be the keynote speaker at Bitcoin Africa Conference which will be taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 16 to 17 April 2015. A first of its kind for the country, the conference will focus on educating both individuals and business on what Bitcoin is as well as its different applications and associated trends. Thus, some of the speakers will include Brock Pierce: co-founder of Tether and board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, CEO and co-founder of BitPesa Elizabeth Rossiello, and many more. Read more: How bitcoin is fixing some of the web’s...

  • Weekly Round Up #16: the Apple Watch edition

    The most anticipated event in tech this week was the launch of the Apple watch on Monday. Apple, late in entering the wearable space, has been rumoured to be building a wearable that will make all the others bow down to it. Days later the debate about whether it has succeeded on doing so rages on, with views split right in the middle. The Apple watch was not the only thing that Apple launched on Monday, it also launched a new MacBook, a thinner MacBook. This week’s podcast is an Apple Watch and MacBook special, a collector’s item, as they...

  • HTC Vive, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. With MWC 2015 and GDC 2015 both taking up too much of our time here at the Gearburn office this week, we haven’t exactly been procrastinating as much as we should’ve been. Nevertheless, we’ve put together a sound and solid batch of flicks to help you get over the final hurdle of the week. Read more on Gearburn.

  • MWC 2015 live blog: Microsoft announces Lumia 640 and 640 XL

    It’s pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona’s mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they’ll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. Read more on Gearburn.