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  • Facebook Messenger beta arrives with data saver

    Future versions of Facebook Messenger will boast a data saving feature, this according to new beta builds of the app. In the same vein as Opera Max or Google Chrome's built-in browser data saver, Facebook Messenger's addition will attempt to lessen the impact data-heavy messages will have on your phone bill. Facebook Messenger will likely receive a data saving feature in its very near future Details are scant on just how the service works, but we speculate it works much the same as Opera Max. Opera uses its own servers to filter and compress traffic, resulting in some pretty impressive savings in...

  • Google now lets you ‘Fact Check’ News articles

    Mountain View's Google has announced that its News portal will now include "Fact Check" tags to "help readers find fact checking in large news stories". Joining the other tags which include In-Depth, Opinion, and Wikipedia, the Fact Check tag will be located in the expanded story section of articles in Google News. Stories that "that follow the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks" will be listed under the tag. The tags will effectively reward websites and publications that perform rigorous scrutiny of their sources and claims, based on required markup and their own fact check systems. Google's Fact Check tags could be...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #81: Samsung’s woes, SA’s media landscape & Netflix’s growth

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons and Graham van der Made are the co-conspirators in the studio. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes continue, while Netflix, Bioshock and SA's media landscape also get a mention We discuss the ongoing and seemingly never-ending Samsung Note 7 disaster. We also talk about Hadlee's four step gameplan for Netflix's growth in emerging markets. Sticking with media, we touch on South Africa's media landscape, and how it will likely evolve into a completely different beast by 2020. And finally,...

  • Google buys branded content platform FameBit

    Marketing and branded content platform FameBit has this week been acquired by Google. This is in an attempt to bring brands and creators, especially YouTube content creators, closer to realising the potential for collaboration. The financial details of the deal is unknown. Santa Monica- based FameBit, now three years old, has over 45 000 creators under its belt. Those creators have a combined reach of 3.3-billion individuals. They've generated more than 406-million views as well as 1.5-billion minutes in watch-time. Famebit will bolster Google's YouTube platform, making it easier for creators and brands to partner "Every day we see more brands grow, transform and...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Haiti recovers after Hurricane Matthew & #Khwezi dies

    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 (7 October – 10 October 2016). African news Ethiopia's crisis deepened this weekend after the government decreed a six-month state of emergency. The country, which has been experiencing ongoing civil uprisings and protests against the government. According to reports, over 500 people have died since the unrest began in early August 2016. "A state of emergency has been declared...

  • Rocking The Daisies 2016: an Instagram photo story

    This year's edition of Rocking The Daisies has come and gone. Was it the best ever? That's up for you to decide. But either way, you'll have to wait until October 2017 to get your Darling fix again. But for us who didn't have a chance to hit the festival this weekend, at least Instagram is a great way to see what we've missed. And it seems that we've missed quite a lot. Supported by the photo sharing app's fairly frequent usage at Rocking The Daisies this weekend, we've put together a little photo story, detailing the highlights from Darling. Rocking The Daisies...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #80: Google Pixel, PlayStation VR, Mxit & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days covered on the Burn Media network's four sites. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made, Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In a week that saw a slew of hardware announcements, reviews and news, we discuss Microsoft's first Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive game ReCore. While Graham might have some choice comments towards ReCore, he's also currently playing Gears of War 4. We talk a little bit about that as well. PlayStation VR's first reviews are finally filtering...

  • Google Pixel is a physical search bar, according to ad

    Google doesn't do subtle any more. Sure, Google Tricks weren't exactly marks of elegance, nor are the coy names for its Google Pixel smartphones' colours. But the company sure knows how to make an advertisement, regardless of how obvious the metaphor is. Published shortly after the Pixels' launch on 4 October, and airing on US television a few hours after, Google's new advertisement shows the progression of the company, from a humble internet search engine to the behemoth it is today. Google is evolving to keep its core business fresh, and Google Pixel is evidence of that And the metaphor? A literal...

  • My Vodacom app now supports Mastercard’s Masterpass

    South African telecoms giant Vodacom has announced that its customers can now "buy airtime, data bundles and SMS bundles through the My Vodacom mobile application" using Mastercard's mobile payment gateway Masterpass. Previously, purchasing airtime required users to leave the My Vodacom app, but this change now allows Vodacom users to purchase these items and services directly from the network's app. Masterpass, according to a press release, aims to "support all forms of commerce in order to address the widest range of merchant experiences and consumer needs". The service requires a single payment card capture -- which means consumers needn't continually re-register the card...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Colombia votes no, South Africa defeats Australia

    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 (30 September – 2 October). Colombia is in disarray after the country Sunday voted against a referendum that would've ensured government peace against the FARC rebel forces. Likened to Colombia's version of Brexit, the country voted 50.22% vs 49.78% in disfavour of the peace deal. The referendum asked voters: "Do you support the final agreement to end the...

  • Allo: Google’s latest app demystified [Video]

    It was earlier this year that Google revealed Duo and Allo. at its I/O developer conference. Duo is meant to be a video chat service and Allo a messaging platform with artificial assistance capabilities. Duo launched to very little fanfare and the app has, since launch, attracted a fair share of attention. The reviews have been mixed, with some applauding Google's efforts and others questioning its purpose and how it separates itself from rival apps. Hadlee Simons, who was an early adopter of Allo, downloading it before it even launched in South Africa, takes a look at the app. Having been using it...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #79: Blackberry, Motorola, Ventureburn’s Pitching Den & Twitter

    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 Graham van der Made and Matthew Alexander. We discuss the death of Blackberry's smartphone division and the news that Lenovo's Moto-branded devices are finally coming to South Africa next month. On the Ventureburn front, we talk about the Ventureburn Pitching Den at this past weekend's Innovation Summit. For Memeburn lovers, we talk Disney's thoughts about buying Twitter and, finally, the FIA World Rallycross Championships is coming to South Africa in 2017 for Motorburn fans. What...

  • TasteMonster uses AI to recommend movies and series you’ll like

    Often, the biggest issue with binge-watching series or movie sequels is finding content you'll actually enjoy. That's the problem local service TasteMonster is trying to solve. Developed in Cape Town by FuzzyLogic founder Rick De Villiers, TasteMonster is a "unique intuitive system for streaming sites enables users to access tailored predictions and match shows and movies in real time for you and your friends". Although the service launched back in October 2015, it has only recently come of age, with the addition of more TV shows. According to the press release, the service processes more than 25-million ratings and generates 16 000...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Brad Binder, Temba Bavuma make SA history

    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 (23 September – 25 September). American gun violence continues Gun violence has rocked the city of Chicago this weekend, resulting in seven deaths, and at least 36 injuries. Update: Three of four surviving victims in Champaign shootings discharged from hospital, police say https://t.co/fWNiOzNUwn pic.twitter.com/BuBSvB4kOu — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 26, 2016 A shooting also rocked Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Seven people...

  • SuperSport to trial Facebook for live broadcast

    Popular South African sports channel family SuperSport has announced that it will Thursday broadcast its first live TV event on Facebook. This will be the broadcast of the Varsity Football final between TUT and UJ taking place in Pretoria. This move aims to encourage more people to discover the tournament, and perhaps appeal to younger audiences who don't have access to DStv. The move also depicts SuperSport's renewed interest in social media as an alternative broadcast scheme. The channel also recently began broadcasting eSports tournaments on its bouquet as well. According to the press release, "this is a first for SuperSport, making...