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  • MWC 2016 preview: the numbers, the launches, the rumours

    It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So what's in store this year? Well, we like to have our readers covered for all eventualities, so welcome to our MWC 2016 cheat sheet, where all you need to know about the conference is covered, explained and then covered again.

  • Weekly Round Up #50: Alphabet beats Apple, Travelstart’s $40m, Uber’s new logo, smartphone rumours

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee. The team talks about Alphabet becoming the most valuable company in the world, Travelstart raising a cool US$40-million from Amadeus Capital Partners and MTN, Uber's new rather bizarre looking logo and the new round of rumours when it comes to smartphones. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. And the Tweet of the week has something to do with South...

  • 8 reasons why your app isn’t making it onto the App Store [Infographic]

    So you've built an app that you're sure is going to change the world. You've put in the hard work, coding until the early hours of the morning, cajoling designer and content friends into lending you their expertise. But after you submit it to the App Store, it comes back rejected. "What the hell Apple?", you find yourself exclaiming in frustration, wondering what you could possibly have done wrong. Well as it turns out, there are any number of reasons for Apple rejecting an app. As the infographic below explains, apps can be rejected for everything from incomplete information...

  • Blockchain, brick and mortar, Deloitte Digital: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    I am breathing in. I am breathing out. Sometimes you just need to forget everything else and concentrate on those two things. That doesn't really have anything to do with the most popular articles on Memeburn this week, but it's something useful to hold onto as you go into the weekend. Anyway, a variety of stories piqued your interest this week, including a Bitcoin and blockchain conference, setting realistic social media goals, and Deloitte Digital's acquisition of fintech agency Jinja Interactive. 5. Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 reveals speaker list The 12 official speakers for Blockchain...

  • Twitter slowly returns to life after worldwide downtime [Update]

    Update #6: : Twitter.com is now accessible. nearly two full hours after it first went down. If it's still down in your area, drop us a comment in the section below. Update #4: It seems that Twitter is slowly creeping back into life. The Twitter mobile app on Android seems to be working for us at the...

  • 5 tiny programs that make Windows even better

    Microsoft's Windows is a great operating system in almost any guise (let's not talk about Vista or 8 right now), but even it can be improved. Generally developers are tasked with smoothing out kinks and user-interface features that make said users throw their PCs from fourth floor windows, but even they can't find and remedy them all. That's where freeware developers and their gaggle of apps come in. These five little programs are essential for making the Windows user experience a little more streamlined and user friendly. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn’t quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone — the DynaTAC — in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 10 Memeburn articles you went crazy for in 2015

    With just a few days left to go in 2015, it's time to sit back and reflect on a year which has seen rapid evolution in the roles technology and social media play in our daily lives. Perhaps the biggest shift to happen this year is the rate at which people in previously underserved markets are coming online. With more than 3-billion internet users around the globe, every event now happens online as well as in the real world. That this is increasingly true of South Africa where around half the population has internet access, is evident when you...

  • 7 essential gadgets for the always-on-the-go traveller

    If you happen to be a travel junkie, or are forced to trot across the globe for work, chances are you either have an arsenal of gadgets that accompany you on journeys, or you require an arsenal of gadgets to accompany you on journeys. If you’re one of the latter, this piece is for you. The Gearburn crew is often found 30 000 feet in the air, flying from A to B to cover events across South Africa and when we’re lucky, the world. It sounds great, but it’s awful if you don’t bundle along what we deem as essential...

  • Memeburn chats to IAB CEO Josephine Buys about Bookmarks, 2016 plans

    Ever since its 2014 rebrand -- the organisation was previously the DMMA -- Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) South Africa, has seen a significant increase in visibility. In part that's down to the benefits afforded to the non profit association by being part of a global organisation. Founded in New York in 1996, the IAB is an advertising business organization that develops industry standards, conducts research, and provides legal support for the online advertising industry around the globe. But in part it's also down to increasingly visible work in a number of fields affecting the local digital industry ranging from law...

  • IAB UK CEO, Vinny Lingham to headline IAB SA Digital Summit

    IAB SA has announced South African-born Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Vinny Lingham and Guy Phillipson, the CEO of IAB UK, as the headline speakers for its second annual IAB Digital Summit. The summit -- which takes place on 3 March 2016 at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg -- will focus on some of the most important topics relating to the current digital landscape, including native advertising, ad blocking, diversity and transformation in SA media, measurement and media planning, and the possible effects of impending legislation. According to a press release issued by IAB SA, Lingham (co-founder of the...

  • WorldRemit, Zazoo team up for instant money transfers to SA

    Global remittance service has announced a partnership with mobile payments company Zazoo which it says will better enable instant money transfers to South Africa. WorldRemit’s online service lets people send money to friends and family using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, anytime, anywhere. Headquartered in London, WorldRemit is currently available for people in 52 countries, sending to more than 125 destinations around the world. "For many South Africans, sending money home used to come at a substantial cost – excessive fees, queuing in line at high-street transfer agents, and waiting for days for a transfer to arrive," says Richard Meseko,...

  • Gearburn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015: the best tech gifts under R500

    Christmas shopping is a torrid chore, but it doesn't have to be, especially if you happen to read Gearburn regularly. Our staff have put their brilliant collective minds together to bring you a list of devices for those looking for techy gifts at convenient price points. Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide 2015. If you're looking for gifts under R150, check out our dedicated list here. If your budget is a little bit more than R500, stay tuned for an upcoming piece. Read more on Gearburn.

  • The Tech Behind #2: How Viva is disrupting the SA gym space

    The South African health and wellness space is experiencing a massive shake-up. Independent gyms, training groups and Crossfit boxes are cropping up all over the place. Despite those changes, there are still just a couple of players who account for the vast majority of the country's gym memberships. These big health clubs generally offer their members everything, but also make them pay for everything. Enter Viva Gyms. A UK import currently making its way into South Africa, this franchise is looking to disrupt the traditional gym space and is using tech to do so. Read more: The Tech Behind...

  • #UFOSA, disrupting banks, and 2001: A Space Odyssey: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    It's been a long week, close to the end of a very long year, and you're probably completely wrecked from trying to wrap all your projects up before the end of the year. It's understandable then that you might not have been able to spend as much time on Memeburn as you would've liked. That's cool, we've got your back. Here are the five most popular stories published on Memeburn this week. 5. Is your bank really about to experience Uber-style disruption? To the average person on the street, Uber is amazing and has done more to change the face...