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  • 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...

  • Google derps, thinks own Google.com domain is dodgy

    Here's a strange story. Google has a little tool for internet users to check the good standing of websites across the web. Its known as the Safe Browsing Site Checker, and aims to keep netizens out of trouble. But while you can definitely use it to check if thissiteistotallydangerous.com is a place you just shouldn't visit, some crafty Redditor thought it would be fun to check google.com instead. And the result? Well, Google thinks that Google.com is partially dangerous. The resultant warning is a bag of laughs: "Attackers on this site might try to trick you to download software or steal your information," and...

  • Boaty McBoatface is the perfect name for a $300m ship, says internet

    The internet really wants to call a US$300-million boat Boaty McBoatface. If you read that line without laughing, you did a whole lot better than me. Nevertheless, it's all true. British-based Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently opened up an online poll to help the organisation choose a new name for its massively expensive polar expedition vessel. Of course, this being the internet, the winner of the poll with an enormous 120 000 votes was Boaty McBoatface. Hell, we like the name, but NERC doesn't quite believe that it encapsulates the mission's values. "You won’t be surprised to know that we want something...

  • Table Mountain Cableway now boasts a WiFi Lounge at the summit of Cape Town

    Table Mountain undoubtedly has an unrivaled view from its summit, but now visitors to the top of the Cableway will soon be able to access the internet too. The new Table Mountain Cableway Wifi Lounge now allows users to "get connected in the clouds above the Mother City," providing internet access to those who just can't not post a Cape Town selfie on their adventure. Situated on the Upper Cableway Station, the Lounge features plug and USB ports for device charging, comfortable chairs and of course, wireless internet. "Through the launch of the Wi-Fi Lounge the Cableway is able to remain a...

  • Special Podcast #15: Attila Narin, Amazon Web Services, talks cloud, startups, data centres

    When Amazon launched way back in 1994, it was a way for Jeff Bezos to sell books online. And while you can still get all the best-sellers you want through the ecommerce giant, there's so much more to it than that. In fact, one of the company's fastest-growing divisions is Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- its collection of cloud computing services. In Q4 of 2015, it brought in US$2.4-billion in revenue. One of the major players ensuring that it maintains that kind of importance is Attila Narin, Head of Technology and Solutions Architecture at AWS EMEA. What many people...

  • Reddit improves ‘block user’ feature to help deal with trolls

    Reddit, and almost every other message board on the net, has an issue with trolls. You know, those few internet users who enjoy aggressively smashing any scintilla of common sense or order for the lulz. Well, today the company has announced a new set of tools to address trolls on its message boards, and first and foremost is a more widely active private user blocking system. Redditors can now filter and block trolls from within their own inboxes and beyond. The company notes that this system will now also apply to comment replies. "Simply click the “Block User” button while viewing the...

  • Instagram suspends British user’s account for uploading a cake

    Instagram is a strange social network. Built on a pile of images from across the world, there are instances when the company feels that some snaps are just too damn tasty for public viewing. And by tasty, I don't just mean worthy of censorship. Worthy is an interesting word here, and tasty even more so. Why? Well, because Instagram this week thought that a baked good was just too provocative to be hosted on its network. A British mom Sue Moseley, uploaded an image of an Easter simnel cake her daughter Fiona baked, but was greeted by an account suspended notice...

  • Keep up to date with Panama Papers leak through Reddit

    Reddit is a pretty incredible source of cat photos, but it can also be used to keep current with some of the world's biggest stories. And there's no bigger story this week than the Panama Papers. The world's biggest data leak, consisting of over 2.6TB of sensitive legal data, is currently causing massive waves online, but it's fairly esoteric. While we rounded up the top ten things to know about the leak, if you're looking for up to the absolute minute current information, Reddit is your best friend. The message board site boasts a Reddit Live update thread, in which it's using...

  • 12 awesome Instagram snaps from Of Monsters And Men’s Cape Town gig

    This week, Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters And Men made its live debut in South Africa, choosing Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to kick things off. Naturally, this meant that the city's Instagram gang was out in full force to capture the spectacle. With the sun setting, the sky tinged with clouds and the crowd a reported 5000-strong, there were some rather brilliant snaps taken. After trawling through Instagram, we've picked our 12 favourite stills for those who missed the concert, and for those who just appreciate some stunning photography. Either way, have a gander through the gallery below. There could...

  • Weekly Round Up #56: SA YouTubers, business lessons, Final Fantasy XV and superhero cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Gearburn editor Andy Walker talks to reporter Graham van der Made and reporter Myolisi Sikupela about YouTube's recent Cape Town event in which it played match-maker between YouTubers and brands. Final Fantasy XV also gets a mention, alongside superheroes' cars of choice, and Graham talks about his Ventureburn piece on closing businesses, and the takeaways of the process. Have a listen to the podcast in full below, and be sure to catch the Recommended Reading list at the foot...

  • Search traffic spikes in South Africa after Nkandla #ConCourt ruling

    South Africa's Constitutional Court -- the highest court in the land -- has today ruled that President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly acted against the Constitution, and has thus been ordered to pay back some of the public money spent on his Nkandla homestead. President Zuma's Nkandla homestead has been under considerable scrutiny by opposition parties and the public protector after it was revealed that R246-million of the national budget was used for upgrades -- some of which Zuma will have to pay back within 45 days of today's judgement. Following the ruling, South Africans are taking to search engines...

  • Here’s what Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman drive on the weekend [Gallery]

    You’re Bruce Wayne: a man with a penchant for thrills and a wallet larger than Gotham itself. You have the Tumbler in your possession, but what do you drive on the weekend when, you know, the Joker’s locked up and chained to Arkham’s steeple and you have a track day scheduled? That’s precisely the question the guys at CarWow wanted answered. So, they tasked their design team with crafting what they think superheroes, like Batman, would drive on their days off. And here are their lavish and down right ludicrous answers.

  • ‘Turn On Notifications’ posts flood Instagram ahead of timeline revamp

    Instagram users weren't all too happy with the company this weekend, as countless users took to the image sharing platform to voice their concerns over the implementation of the algorithmic feed, and to beg users to switch on notifications for their posts. Earlier this month, Instagram announced that its dropping the logical chronological layout for a system that displays posts that the user will likely find important. This is effectively the method used by Facebook to display posts. As a result, a swathe of users have asked followers to "turn on notifications" fearing that their posts will be dropped from...