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  • Weekly Round Up #71: Nintendo NX leaks, Apple financials, Verizon buys Yahoo & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host, chatting with Ventureburn and Gearburn staffers Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team discusses the recent Nintendo NX leaks, Apple's mixed-bag Q3 financial report, Yahoo's sale to Verizon and the new Blackberry DTEK50 Android-based smartphone. What are we watching, reading, playing: Both Andy and Hadlee are still playing the same games they were last week (notice the trend here?). Matthew's currently on a Ghostbusters binge, watching the first movie before he braves the latest. Tweet of the Week:...

  • 20+ essential USSD codes to remember for Vodacom, MTN & beyond

    If you're a prepaid user on one of South Africa's mobile phone networks, chances are that you use a USSD code every day. Whenever you check your airtime, load more airtime or request a call from someone who has more airtime than you, you're using a USSD code. Often, you'll remember these as some of the most used codes, but there are a few you might not know exist. Below, we take a look at some of the USSD codes you really should remember, as well as their functions, for the biggest networks in South Africa. Note: we'll be sure to...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: terror in Germany, Froome wins Tour de France & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (21 July – 23 July 2016) More than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured Saturday in a suicide bombing during a protest in Afghanistan capital Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which seemed to target Harazas -- the third largest population group in the country, the BBC suggests. .@StateDeptSpox on #KabulAttack: The killers responsible for this...

  • 20+ epic Instagram snaps of people living life at Tomorrowland 2016

    Held in the aptly named town of Boom, Belgium each summer, Tomorrowland is arguably the biggest electronic music festival on the planet. With huge sets, over-the-top production, and over 120 000 visitorsit's a highlight for anyone who loves electronic music. This year, the festival saw a slew of international acts too, including the likes of likes of Fedde Le Grand, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, and Alesso. But that, it seems, was just an appetizer. Have a look at some of the best Instagram snaps of the festival from the perspective of some of the artists below. Still buzzing from #tomorrowland Hope to...

  • Tinder Social wants to make group dating cool again

    Tinder's new feature is just perfect for those (understandably) too chicken to playing the dating game alone. Dubbed Tinder Social, the company has now added the ability for groups to accept dates, creating the perfect night out to a concert or movie. Tinder now allows users to swipe right on groups, allowing entire bunches of people to hit the town together. Tinder claims this to be a much better experience for some, who often find comfort being about people they're familiar with. "Often your best nights are when you’re hanging with friends, someone makes an unexpected connection with someone in another...

  • WWF’s new interactive map visualises South Africa’s current water crisis

    South Africa's experiencing one of its worst droughts this side of the millennium, with water levels in storage systems across the country down around 20% over last year. While crop and livestock farmers are struggling in some areas, municipalities are also facing difficulties keeping growing communities hydrated. With that said, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week launched its Water Risk Filter interactive data set for South Africa -- an interactive map that allows users to visualize various municipalities' water management situations and risks within South Africa. ICYMI We launched the high resolution #waterrisk maps for South Africa today. Check 'em...

  • Game of Thrones meets Pokemon in epic, artistic mashup

    You're probably sick of Pokemon Go by now... aren't you? Well then, sit back for some inspired news. Massively talented Deviantart user Sketch BGI (Kaleb Raleigh) has taken the recent Pokemon craze to the next level. Drawing inspiration from Game Of Thrones' house banners, the artist has created bespoke, and rather epic-looking Pokemon for each. For House Stark, we have a wolf-based Pokemon, while Targaryen has a three-headed dragon as its monster, and Tully, a pretty badass fish. You get the point. Sketch BGI has a number of other Pokemon inspired designs, so be sure to check out their page. For now though,...

  • Liverpool to livestream friendly football match on YouTube in 360 degrees

    Liverpool might not've had a stellar campaign in the last Premier League football season, but the club is at least spending time on new technologies to entertain its fans. In its latest exploits, the club will broadcast its friendly match tonight against Huddersfield Town in full 360 degrees on YouTube. Accoring to a press release, the camera "will allow users to control the view of the camera from the halfway line and look around the field of view or behind at the fans." It'll also be accompanied by commentary from LFCTV. Related: 7 gorgeous 360 degree videos that will ignite your wanderlust "We...

  • #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes takes Twitter by hilarious, misquoted storm

    The unfortunate truth for celebrities or the US presidency's presumptive nominees' wives is that practically any instance of folly will be outlined, dissected and laughed at excessively on the internet. The latest case of this -- after the Kanye vs. Taylor fight earlier this week -- is none other than Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump. At Monday's Republican National Convention, Melania Trump made a speech that, rather ironically, used an almost identical portion of Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention address from 2008. Whoops. Trump released a statement on Twitter suggesting that her "team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations". Statement...

  • Twitter remembers Gugu Zulu as an inspiration, South African role model

    South African racing driver, Gugu Zulu, died early Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimajaro, the continent's tallest peak. Zulu, who was taking part in the Trek4Mandela charity challenge (which aimed to raise money for girls in Africa) with his wife and around 40 others, reportedly "experienced problems breathing" while on the mountain. More details: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip News of his death broke on major South African news channels around 10am SAST. Twitter has since been inundated with words of comfort for Zulu's family and messages of disbelief. His last tweet is also rather chilling. Acclimatization day3 -...

  • South African race car driver Gugu Zulu has died climbing Kilimanjaro

    South African race driver Gugu Zulu has died before the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and wife Letshego were taking part in Trek4Mandela, an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that sees several people climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro," the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced in a statement. The foundation added that not much was known about the circumstances surrounding his death just yet. For the complete story and more info on the tragedy,...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey coup, Taylor Swift vs Kanye West & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (15 July – 17 July 2016). After a failed military takeoever in Turkey that began late Friday led to an estimated 265 deaths, 1440 injured, around 2800 arrested military members and 2745 detained judges and prosecutors, the country swiftly moved to throttle internet traffic to social media networks. We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked...

  • Cheapflights lets users search flights using emoji, because World Emoji Day

    Emojis are everywhere, aren't they? Don't believe us? Well, now internet users can search for flights using them. Cheapflights, a flight search and deals website, has announced that in celebration of World Emoji Day (17 July), the company has allowed users to input emoji instead of text in the site's search function. Why? According to Cheapflights' marketing director Samantha Otter, the company wanted to make search as "intuitive as possible". "Personalisation is the future of travel search, and this is a further step in that direction, allowing our users to communicate with us in a way they’re comfortable. It encourages frictionless...

  • Weekly Round Up #69: Pokemon Go, Snapchat, Steam gambling & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons talks to Graham, Andy and Burn Media's new guy Matthew Alexander. The team discusses the sensational Pokemon Go, the rapid growth of Snapchat, Valve's crackdown on Steam gambling sites, and Warner Bros' PewDiePie controversy. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy's still playing his personal game of the year, Graham bought a PlayStation TV for R100 and thinks 80s movies are cool, Matthew has just started Mr Robot season two and Hadlee is all about X-Files at the moment. Tweet...

  • Google Search improves for holiday makers, simplifies online shopping

    Google wants to make searching, booking and paying for your December holiday an easier affair, according to its new additions to Google Search. The company this week announced that it will "make travel planning and mobile shopping easier" thanks to a few new ad-centric features. Firstly, the company's beefing up its search algorithm to give users more acute holiday-making results tuned to specific queries. For instance, Google notes that it'll "now give people the option to filter Hotel search results based on specific needs". Google's simplifying jet-setting "For example, travelers can filter based on rating or price with one tap on their...