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  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #87: Netflix, Uber, Orange Store, Battlefield 1, Zebra Cabs

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about Netflix's offline downloads as well as Uber's summer promotion and the Orange store shutting down in SA. The team also banters about the fact that Battlefield 1 servers are coming to SA, and Graham takes us through the recent R300-million injection into Zebra Cabs. What are we watching, reading, playing: Hadlee is busy completing his second run...

  • Apple Music student discounts now available in South Africa

    Apple Music's student additions are now available in 30 more countries, including South Africa, the Cupertino company announced. The student membership, which gives those attending tertiary institutions a discount for up to four years. Users will be required to log-in through the "school's Wi-Fi network when you join Apple Music to validate your student eligibility". Apple will also enroll the aid of UNiDays -- a student discount company used by the likes of Spotify. Apple Music users enrolled at university will receive sizeable discounts The countries added to this list now include Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Hong Kong,...

  • Zuckerberg’s posts mistakenly stripped from Facebook

    What is it with companies taking down their CEO's social media messages this month? First Twitter's Jack Dorsey, and now Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg The latter reportedly removed several posts published by the Facebook CEO in what it's calling a "mistake". Eagle-eyed reporters at The Verge noticed that Zuckerberg's posts about fake news on the social media site, as well as commentary on the US elections, were stripped from his timeline Tuesday, only to later be restored just before 8pm SAST. Facebook's fake news problem One of these posts included a statement made by Zuckerberg on 18 November, regarding misinformation on Facebook. "The bottom line...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #86: Axl Rose, ZTE, naughty Reddit & Black Friday

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks about Axl Rose's meme, that has left his lawyers a little unhappy with us. We also touch on some great ZTE and Huawei news for South Africa, straight out of AfricaCom. In more political news, we chat about Reddit CEO Steve Huffman's comment tampering. And to conclude the team talks Black Friday, the good and the...

  • Google wants to make annoying mobile interstitials a thing of the past

    Google has announced that it will soon revamp its mobile search functionality to better aid users on their journey through the web. This improvement comes in two major forms. Firstly, the company announced that it will shed its "mobile-friendly" label from websites altogether, thanks to the steady growth of mobile web traffic. The company notes that it found "85% of all pages in the mobile search results now meet this criteria". The removal of the label serves to reduce clutter, but will remain as a ranking signal. Secondly, and perhaps the change with the the biggest update, is its treatment of websites...

  • Twitter goofs, temporarily suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account

    There are a few key things to remember when working at a large company. One, at least at Twitter, is to not suspend your boss's Twitter account. But it seems that yesterday someone forgot that very important rule. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was suspended from the website he founded earlier today, in what has been labeled by him an "internal mistake". Around 6pm SAST on Monday, tweeters discovered that the famous @Jack Twitter account was no longer active. Dorsey's account is also famous for posting the very first tweet on the network back in 2006. At the time of writing, Dorsey's account...

  • Uber riders can now ‘Compliment’ drivers for memorable journeys

    Uber is constantly adding new content to its apps for both drivers and drivers, but this time its the former that's getting some much needed love. Quite literally. The ridesharing company has announced that riders in North America can now give drivers compliments in the form of badges. The system is akin to Facebook's reactions system, and allows riders to award both five stars and, well, something a little extra. "When a rider leaves a complimentㄧsay for expertly navigating winding city streets or striking up a conversation that brightened their moodㄧa notification will show up on the driver’s home screen letting them...

  • This Airbnb experience reveals Cape Town’s hidden arts scene

    Capetonians do enjoy bragging about their city. And why shouldn't we? Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. But while the city centre and surrounds get all the attention, there's a plethora of alternative, enriching experiences just a little south of Table Mountain. Airbnb invited Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to experience on of its new Airbnb Trips experience. The company has moved on from offering simple hostels for travellers, to full-blown experiences hosted by locals. Cape Town is one of the first cities in Africa to get an Airbnb Trips experience, and one of 12...

  • Memeburn is looking for two new interns: apply here

    Do you follow the ebbs and flows of technology, social trends and internet culture? Do you boast the unique ability to craft letters into words, and words into factual works of art? Are you currently on the hunt for a job at a media institution in Cape Town? If you answered yes to all three questions, you might just be the intern Memeburn is looking for. Memeburn is seeking two talented and driven full time paid writing interns who are especially interested in social media, technology at large and other facets of the internet culture. You'll also work for us between...

  • Drone racing could be South Africa’s next big sport

    Drone racing might be South Africa's latest national sport, that's at least if Drone Racing Africa has anything to say about it. DRA is the " first fully funded drone racing league and series in Africa" geared toward promoting and growing the popular sport among all ages and genders Internationally, drone competitions and drone culture has become more prevalent an ingrained in society. Events such as Dubai's World Drone Grand Prix, and Hawaii's Drone World Championships are all pushing the awareness and intrigue of the sport. Now, Africa will be getting a taste of that action. Drone racing, and consumer drones, have been slowly...

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast breaks online viewing records

    How do you make a movie trailer that seemingly breaks all records before it? Records that were set by Fifty Shades Darker, no less? Well, ask Disney. The company's latest live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has racked up a claimed 127.6-million online views in its first 24 hours. This number doesn't just include YouTube, but Facebook too -- notably Emma Watson's (starring as Beauty) personal fan page. In total, Facebook was responsible for over 50-million views alone. The official YouTube trailer has garnered over 12.3-million views at the time of writing. According to Disney, the Beauty and the Beast trailer...

  • 12+ Instagram snaps of last night’s supermoon from around the world

    In case you missed it, last night's supermoon was a pretty big deal. Although the phenomenon is fairly common, this particular example was a tad more special than most. It appeared around 14% larger and 30% brighter than this year's smallest full moon back in April. That's largely because the moon last night was much, much closer to earth. In fact, NASA suggests that it's the closest full moon to Earth so far this century. According to NASA, the term "supermoon" is a bit more scientific than the common it's just a larger full moon notion suggests. Supermoon is actually "a term...

  • Japanese slugger hits baseball (quite literally) through the roof

    Baseball is as big a sport in Japan as rugby is in South Africa, so when a player does something special, you're bound to hear all about it on Japanese social media. This was the case with Shohei Ohtani's piece of ridiculous skill and good-fortune. The Japanese slugger was facing fast balls from a tenacious and slightly wayward Dutch pitcher in the Tokyo Dome, when he decided to swing. And swing he did. Ohtani's remarkable baseball belter wasn't awarded a home run -- a grave injustice He caught the ball flush, it spiralled up into the air and into a 60cm gap in...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #85: US Elections, Samsung Gear Fit 2 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks the newly-reviewed Samsung Gear Fit 2, and WWE 2K17. In light of the US Elections, we also talk the social impact of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Twitter, Facebook and Netflix. The US Elections caused massive traffic spikes for Facebook and Twitter, but overall bandwidth usage drops in North America With the Supermoon due on Monday, we also mentioned...

  • Twitter’s chief operating officer resigns

    Twitter just can't seem to catch a break right now. After struggling to find a buyer, sacking 8% of its workforce, and shedding its Vine short video platform, the company's COO has now announced that he will be stepping down. "After 6 years and a once-in-a-lifetime run, I let Jack know that I am ready to change gears and do something new outside the company," Bain announced on the social network. "It’s been a privilege to have played a role in helping build something so special." Adam Bain had been a mainstay at Twitter since 2010 Bain's...