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  • Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon

    Sure, Windows 10 is a fairly stable desktop OS that just happens to run on everything else -- phones, tablets, even elevators in some cases -- but it has a major lack-of-apps problem. According to a new tweet by the Spanish division of Lumia Support, it's about to get a little better for selfie-enthusiasts; a Snapchat app for Windows 10 is in the works. The Spanish tweet is in reply to a customer query regarding the lack of a Snapchat app on Windows 10, and suggests Microsoft is "already working with our friends to bring Snapchat as soon as possible." The...

  • #Brexit: Imgur reacts to the EU referendum in 15 witty images

    The conclusion to the #Brexit referendum and the United Kingdom's move to leave the European Union, has sent shockwaves through world economies, politics and of course, the internet. The pound sterling has since taken a tumble against the dollar, current UK prime minister David Cameron has announced his resignation in October, and #Brexit has been a long-standing trending topic on Twitter for the past two days now. But on some of the lesser-visited social sharing sites, users are reacting to the news the only way they really know how: images laced with sardonic humour. Related: #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story...

  • me&you mobile: SIM-only contracts are the future [SPONSORED]

    Selling SIM cards isn't a new, brave business venture. Hell, your local corner shop probably sells spade-loads of them, and perhaps even allows you to RICA them as well. But moving this business entirely online is an interesting step that me&you mobile has undertaken. The company, now just over a year old, believes that SIM-only contracts are the future for consumers. But how exactly does me&you describe itself? "me&you mobile is a month-to-month, SIM-only mobile network offering the lowest call rates on the market," company brand manager Dean Ormsby explains. Currently servicing around 15 000 customers, me&you buys voice and data from...

  • Twitter makes Vine (and video) relevant again with 140-second videos

    With Instagram's latest video improvements -- allowing users to record bursts of 60-second videos -- it's Twitter's turn to play its hand. This week, the social network announced that its users will be able to record videos of up to 140-seconds (for obvious reasons). This improvement is also heading to Vine. "Where previously, uploaded videos were limited to 30 seconds, now anyone can create video Tweets up to – you guessed it – 140 seconds long," it explains on its blog. Select publishers can soon look forward to 10-minute long videos as well. Twitter believes that the new ability turns both Vine...

  • Competition: win a frightfully horrifying Conjuring 2 hamper worth R900 [closed]

    You may have heard there's a new Conjuring movie heading to SA cinemas soon. In order to celebrate its release, Memeburn is giving away a prize of Conjuring 2-themed goodies. The Conjuring 2 follows the case files of husband and wife Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farminga) Warren once again. This time, the pair are investigating a poltergeist activity at a council house in Enfield, England. Judging from the trailers, the movie looks to be another well-crafted horror movie from director James Wan and Warner Brothers Pictures. The movie will be released in SA on 10 June so look out...

  • Weekly Round Up #67: E3 2016, Microsoft buys LinkedIn & Apple’s WWDC 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. The Weekly Round Up is a day late this week due to some demons lurking in our SoundCloud account. But, we've hired resident DOOM expert Graham to slay them. Speaking of Graham, he plays host this week, and talks to Hadlee and Andy. While most of the podcast is dedicated to E3 2016 and all the news from this year's expo, they also discuss Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn, and the news from Apple's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco. Tweet of the Week: ...

  • 8 ways you can leverage Snapchat to boost your brand [infographic]

    Snapchat is a formidable and ever-growing social network, but it remains a fairly misunderstood one for brands and companies. Hell, even individuals who are new to the platform are often bewildered by the odd UI and strange layout. But while it might seem daunting, with its over 100-million users, Snapchat is a platform that can be used to great effect for your personal and company's brand. Related: Snapchat’s now more popular than Twitter, according to report While Snapchat Discover plays host to a rather select and elite set of companies willing to pay huge fees for space (and in some cases, receive...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • ShowMax coming to DStv Explora this week, console apps in the works

    ShowMax, Naspers' streaming service, will soon be available on the DStv Explora. The move "extends access to subscription video services to an even wider audience," according to the company, and will allow those with an internet-connected DStv Explora decoders to access content. "In South Africa, interest in internet TV is entering a new phase," explains ShowMax CPO Barrron Ernst. "In addition to early adopters, we’re now seeing a more mainstream customer base wanting to try the service out. For Explora owners this is a risk-free proposition – binge entire box sets from the very beginning without having to buy any new equipment." Using...

  • E3 2016 live blog: all the news and analysis as it happens

    Welcome to our E3 2016 live blog, a place where Gearburn staff will keep you up to date with all the happenings from Los Angeles’, and the world’s biggest gaming convention. This year, the usual suspects of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Bethesda will be setting the stage alight with announcements of new games, projects and (likely) some new hardware too. And although the expo officially kicks off on Monday, the usual Sunday day-zero mayhem will ensue. But would we have it any other way?

  • Are you the intern Memeburn’s been looking for?

    Memeburn is seeking two talented and driven writing interns who are especially passionate about social media, the digital industry and technology in general. We’re looking for someone dynamic and dedicated to become part of our growing editorial team in Cape Town for a three-to-six month paid internship. Job Detail Writing tech-savvy news and feature stories, including reviews, on emerging web and application technologies. Subbing, headline writing. You’ll be writing for all four websites, covering various sectors of the tech industry: Memeburn, Gearburn, Ventureburn and Motorburn. The requirements: We'd love someone with a real passion for technology, gadgets, the internet in general,...

  • Weekly Round Up #66: Tencent’s Supercell plans, UberGreen in Cape Town, E3 2016 & The Conjuring 2

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas plays host and talks to Hadlee, Graham and Andy. The team discusses the recent Mitsubishi Outlander hack, Tencent's possible move to acquiring Clash Of Clan's developer Supercell, and UberGreen's recent launch in Cape Town. E3 2016 and The Conjuring 2 are also on this week's menu. What are we playing and watching?: The team discusses what they are currently playing. Stuart has played all the games Google Store can offer and is yet to find anything worth his time. Tweet(s)...

  • Tinder’s minimum age requirement jumps from 13 to 18 next week

    A few days ago, your 13-year-old could open dating app Tinder on their phone and scroll through the service's slew of users. If you were opposed to that idea all along (or had no idea that Tinder's minimum age was so low), good news. The company is now upping is minimum age requirements to 18. Beginning next week, users will need to be 18 or older to use the service, according to TechCrunch's quote of Tinder's communications VR Rosette Pambakian. Previously, users as young as 13 could "swipe right" and begin chatting to potential matches. Although these age categories could only...

  • Help us find the most influential people under 30 in digital marketing [Digital All Stars]

    The South African digital marketing space is exploding, with online adspend (excluding spend on Google and Facebook) going past the R1.5-billion mark in 2015. It's got to that stage on the backs of a group of pioneers, many of whom continue to do incredibly innovative work. But who are the people who'll take the industry even further forward? Who are the ones who are lighting up the industry, or are about to take off in a big way? That's where our Digital All Stars series comes in. For Memeburn's next Digital All Stars piece, we will be focusing on...

  • The IAB wants to know how much digital adspend there is in SA

    Getting a realistic gauge on how much money is spent on digital advertising in South Africa is no easy task. Aside from some people on both client and agency side occasionally refusing to share numbers, digital's encroachment into every sphere of advertising means it's become increasingly difficult to know where to draw the line. But it's also an important one. It allows the local industry to gauge its growth against the rest of the world. It's worth noting then that IAB SA, in collaboration with PwC, has launched its third study on digital adspend in South Africa. “As the...