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Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find him running the streets and off road trails in and around Cape Town. He is yet to go viral.
  • This London shoe shop worker wants to crowdfund Greece’s financial bailout

    We've seen crowdfunding used to bring together the required cash for albums, movies, and even museums but could it be used to bail out an entire country? If a new, and startlingly ambitious Indiegogo campaign is to be believed then the answer is very much in the affirmative. The campaign, called Greek Bailout Fund, is an attempt to rescue the ailing Greek economy using nothing but the power of the crowd. It aims to raise €1.6-billion and has so far raised €86 784. With just seven days left to achieve its goal, it would be a sever understatement to...

  • This Samurai Jack fan tribute will get devotees seriously excited

    It's been 11 years since there was last a new Samurai Jack episode. And there's no clear sense of when, or even if, the film adaption (in the works since 2002) will make it onto theater screens. So for now, the best fans can do is read the comics, or watch this fan tribute to the time-travelling swordsman over and over again. Created by YouTube user avemagnadude, the video is short but neatly encapsulates the spirit of the series. There's are a few other geeky treasures too, including the decision to use “Know they Enemy” by Creative Assembly &...

  • TomTom Runner Cardio review: it’s all in the wrist

    The TomTom Runner Cardio came to me at exactly the wrong time. You see, I usually run around four times a week, with a race frequently thrown into the mix. A combination of overseas travel and a chest infection (brought on by said overseas travel) meant that's how many times in total I was able to run during the review period. Still, I put it through its paces as best I could and, for the most part, the future looks pretty bright for performance wearables. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Visa denies Fundamo shut down, some operations to move to Bangalore

    Visa denies that it is about to shutdown Fundamo, the mobile payments company it bought for US$110-million in cash five years ago. That's contrary to what a number of Memeburn sources have said, with some reporting that key senior staff had left the company to work elsewhere or found their own ventures in recent months. In answer to Memeburn inquiries, Visa said that it was "keeping the Cape Town office open" and that both Fundamo and Africa are "still incredibly important for Visa". The payments giant did however confirm that it will be moving some of Fundamo's operations to...

  • Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explode in mid-air

    Space X's Falcon 9 programme has had its first ever failure. Two minutes and 19 seconds after taking off on Sunday, a Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station exploded in mid-air. The rocket was carrying cargo and no humans were aboard. As The Verge notes, this is the first time a Falcon 9 has failed in 18 missions. According to the US-based tech news site, the launch was also intended to serve as a third test in SpaceX's quest to make a reusable rocket. Three minutes into the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9...

  • English-language version of ‘social petwork’ launches first in SA

    YummyPets, a self-styled "social petwork" which originates in France has chosen South Africa for the launch of its English-language offering. There are some pretty niche and offbeat social networks out there. But going by the number of cats, puppies, and other creatures filling up our Instagram feeds, it's surprising that there haven't been more high-profile pet-based ones. Yummypets allows you to set up a Facebook-style profile for your animals and upload photos, videos and news about them. From there, people can follow them and receive updates on what they've been up to. If that was all it did...

  • Facebook to partner with Cell C for free internet in SA

    It was only a matter of time before Facebook launched its free internet service in South Africa, but it can now be confirmed that its launch partner for the service will be Cell C, the country's third-largest mobile operator. The service, aimed primarily at emerging markets, was first announced as far back as 2013 and has already been rolled out in a number of other African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana. According to technology news site TechCentral, the deal is an extension of Cell C's strategy of reaching out to over the top (OTT) players. The company...

  • Suffer from vertigo? You’ll hate Google’s El Capitan Street View

    Apple may have laid claim to Yosemite and El Capitan when it came to naming versions of its operating system, but Google may just have one-upped it with its latest Street View project. The technology giant's mapping team has not only added Street View to Yosemite National Park, it's also scaled El Capitan -- a rock formation within the park -- to create the world's first vertical Street View collection. In order to produce the collection, Google partnered with high profile climbers including Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell. Even with all that expertise, there were some serious...

  • Snapchat wants you to know it’s very, very serious about ads

    This has an air of inevitability about it. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel has released an infomercial aimed at showing advertisers just how serious it is about advertising. The ephemeral social network first started dabbling with advertising late last year, causing some fairly some of its users to freak out. Since then, it's made a number of strides in appealing to advertisers. And now Spiegel wants you to know that Snapchat's ads are better than everyone else's. Why? Well, for the most part it seems to boil down to the fact that they fill up the entire screen. In all...

  • Social media, messaging apps driving global mobile money adoption

    It's hardly news that mobile is important to emerging economies. Stories of those countries lepfrogging older technologies have been told so many times that they can sometimes seem tired. But when you stop and think about it, even the rise of mobile money and marketing in these markets has been nothing short of remarkable. For instance, the latest report from global trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), shows that 69% of mobile...

  • Want to race a drone? This Cape Town company will teach you how

    While new legislation may have been a blow to South Africa's burgeoning drone scene, there are still people doing interesting things in the space. You can now, for instance, learn to build and fly your own racing drone. Cape Town-based maker hub Curiosity Campus is set to launch its first drone academy this July. The aim of the course is to allow students to build their own drone, learn to fly it, and then race it (we're guessing the ultimate goal is to get as good as these guys). Once the course is done, participants will be able to...

  • Your Twitter feed will start autoplaying videos in the near future

    Your Twitter timeline is about to hog a lot more data. The social network is rolling out video autoplay as a standard feature. First to get the new feature are Twitter for the web and iOS. And the way it works is pretty simple: as soon as you scroll down to a tweet with a native video, Vine and GIF embedded, the content will begin to play back automatically. Fortunately, for your ears at least, there won't be any sound when that content starts playing. Once you tap the video, sound will turn on and the video will continue...

  • Our mobile future will be driven by WiFi

    If you live in a place where mobile data is at a premium, then you'll know all too well how important WiFi access is. It should come as a relief then to learn that WiFi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching over 115 000PB (Petabytes) by 2019. That's compared with under 30 000PB this year -- representing almost a four-fold increase. That's according to new insights from Juniper Research. The research also found that global mobile data traffic generated from devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets forecast to exceed 197...

  • Google takes on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

    Despite the fact that gaming's had dedicated TV channels in some Asian countries for years now, it took the advent of Twitch.tv for live-streams of games to really take off in the rest of the world. Since then though, it's entered the mainstream in a big way. Heck, even Google's getting in on the action. The internet giant recently announced the upcoming launch of YouTube Gaming, a new app and website that aims to bring together various gaming channels, communities, and livestreams. According to product manager Alan Joyce, "YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games...

  • HTC One M9 review: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most...