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  • Pangolin love: Google’s Valentines Day Doodle is utterly adorable

    While you might be planning an intricate dinner, a beach getaway, or perhaps even a Netflix and chill session this Valentines Day, spare a thought for the poor endangered pangolin. That's at least what Google wants you to do. In its latest Google Doodle celebrating the 14th of February, the company has gone to impressive lengths to highlight the scaley mammalian's flight for survival using a novel mobile-like browser game. "On a sunny morning in Ghana, the ingredients for pangolin love are falling into place," Google explains its Doodle. "Don’t let its hard outer scales fool you: inside, our friend Pangolin is...

  • Google, H&M wants your phone to design your next dress

    While our favourite garments aren't as unique as we believe them to be, how we combine these pieces defines our individual style. But can style be determined by the likes of technology? That's what Google and H&M hope to discover. The Android app, designed by both Mountain View and H&M's Ivyrevel fashion house, wants to use your daily habits to design a bespoke dress for your needs. At the heart of the app is Google's Awareness API, which "enables apps to be aware of all aspects of a user's environment" through a device's available sensors. Google and H&M's new Android app will...

  • Google Maps for Android has just become a lot more useful

    Google Maps' latest Android update is introducing a little context and information tab at the bottom of the app's screen. The app, which still displays what its name suggests, now also serves users context-rich information. Thanks to the update, Google Maps will now display a number of places you can possibly visit, from restaurants to petrol stations. Frequent tasks and locations are now just a tap away. Your destination? As close to a tap away as we can get you. https://t.co/pHtEJGXq3b pic.twitter.com/2lUxATZwAo — Google Maps (@googlemaps) February 6, 2017 Google will also prompt users with the traffic conditions and calculated travel time to...

  • Apple sells 78m iPhones in quarter, record revenue in tow

    Apple didn't have the greatest fourth quarter results last year, but the new iPhone has done massive business for the brand. "The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4-billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9-billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter," read an excerpt of the Q1 fiscal year earnings report. The firm added that 64% of their revenue came from international markets. "We're thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way....

  • Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week – report

    Microsoft is expected to cut 700 jobs this week, being part of a group of 2850 cuts announced last year, it has been reported. According to Business Insider, citing "someone familiar with the matter", Microsoft will conduct the layoffs when it reports its quarterly results on 26 January. The website's source said that most of the 2850 cuts have already been made, adding that it won't be limited to any specific group. Cuts are apparently set to affect divisions such as human resources, engineering, finance, marketing and more. Business Insider also reports that the cuts were made to "update skills" rather than with the...

  • Is Vitality’s Apple Watch deal worth it? Cape Town blogger finds out

    Discovery Vitality's Apple Watch deal is undeniably tempting. You buy Cupertino's latest wearable packed with swanky tech, and exercise to drop the eventual price. It sounds like a complete steal in many ways, but is it really? That's what Capetonian and SwimGeek author Joe Botha set out to discover. While he does note that the offering itself is a mixed bag -- the deal will be beneficial and cheaper to different people -- it's definitely not as clear-cut as it seems on paper. "It seems you just have to assume you will get to a 900 points per week goal very soon...

  • Ookla debuts Speedtest desktop app for Windows, Mac OS

    Great news for those of you too lazy to open a web page. Ookla, the company behind popular internet benchmarking tool Speedtest, has this week announced a new Desktop app for Windows and Mac OS users. The company explains that the app's existence is thanks to today's modern world of "text expanders, ordering buttons and digital assistants". The app simply aims to make checking your internet connection speed as quick and easy as this. "By embedding Speedtest on your desktop (and skipping all that typing), we can save you almost all the effort of figuring out your download and upload speeds,"...

  • Marissa Mayer to step down from Yahoo board

    Yahoo is shaking up its board and name several months after Verizon agreed to buy parts of it. The company is selling off much of its operations to Verizon, but the sale won't include its cash pile, Yahoo Japan operations, Alibaba or its 3000 patents. Now, a regulatory filing has revealed that the remaining company will be called Altaba Inc. Yahoo CEO and president Marissa Mayer will be among several people stepping down from the board, the filing also revealed. A name change and board shakeup is set for Yahoo, following its deal with Verizon "In light of the fact that following the closing...

  • The 10 biggest tech deals and acquisitions of 2016

    It wasn't just a crazy year for prominent people dying, as 2016 played host to some rather noteworthy tech deals and acquisitions as well. We take a look at some of the notable acquisitions to be announced in 2016. Have we missed any big tech acquisitions announced in 2016? Let us know in the comments below. AT&T set for Time Warner acquisition (US$85-billion) One of the most high-profile announcements of 2016 was the news that AT&T would be acquiring fellow telecommunications giant Time Warner. The figure? A cool US$85-billion. There has been widespread opposition to the acquisition, so it's not quite a certainty that the...

  • Google South Africa reveals top searches for 2016

    From the US elections and Donald Trump to Pokemon Go and the Olympics, 2016 has been another crazy year for Google searches. Now, the Mountain View firm has revealed South Africa's top queries for the year, ranging from overall searches to celebrities and more. "This year's overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel. Where last year's top searches -- loadshedding and xenophobia -- were distinctly local issues, this year's top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large, not just at home," the company explained in a statement. Check out the results below... Top trending overall...

  • Microsoft enjoyed ‘best month ever’ for Surface line

    Microsoft made quite a splash when it revealed its Surface Studio desktop a few months ago. But the Surface line in general has been doing fantastic numbers for the firm, the company says. In fact, November was the best month ever for Surface sales, Microsoft wrote on its blog. "November was our best month ever for consumer Surface sales. The Best Buy-exclusive Surface bundle sold out on the first day. The momentum was seen worldwide. In the UK, we had the best single week for Surface ever and in Germany the Surface Pen became the best seller in PC Accessories on Amazon.com...

  • Here’s what Microsoft Zo thinks about Cape Town, social media and Pokemon

    Microsoft is old hat at this artificial intelligence chat bot thing. Remember the drama its teenage bot Tay caused on Twitter? Well, the company has now taken to the less-traversed Kik for some more interesting results. Its new bot on the platform, dubbed Zo, is a little more reserved than her curious, parrot-like sibling, and responds to politics and politically incorrect content and questions with a bat of the eyelids. This makes Zo a less impressionable bot. But is she fun to chat with? And what can she actually do? Taking a few minutes out of my day to talk to an...

  • Google’s Trusted Contacts is the app parents will love

    Once upon a time, you could keep track of your friends' and family's whereabouts using Google Plus. But that was the complicated past. Today, Google debuted a new Android app that aims to simplify keeping tabs on loved ones. Called Google Trusted Contacts, the app lets the most important people in your life request your location data from the app. If you fail to respond to the request, the app will automatically ping your loved one with your last recorded location. It's effectively Google's emergency location app. Trusted Contacts seems to pose a boat load of security problems. For one, your...

  • 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,...

  • Google Trips: how does it fare against its competition?

    When Google Trips launched in September to little fanfare we covered it here at Memeburn, noting that it arrives as a big upgrade to their previous app, Google Now. But things have been oddly silent in the media since the launch. If you missed our original article, then, it’s entirely possible that Google Trips has slipped beneath your radar, leaving you wondering what this whole thing even is. You certainly wouldn’t be alone in your confusion. Compared to the fanfare that accompanied the launch of Google+, Google Trips, which culls information from your emails to help assemble trip itineraries, didn’t receive...