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  • Embracing digital transformation to become always-on

    The climate today demands more from IT services. Being Always-On means more services are driven from the data centre. And with many lines of business applications providing rich data options, this drastically increases demand for storage. In order to achieve the requirement for improved service levels, businesses must ensure they have a modern data centre in place. This will be anchored by the key technologies provided by the likes of virtualisation, modern storage systems, and the cloud. Already, additional projects are gravitating towards these technologies but organisations still have a burden to meet their business requirements. Despite the influx of new technology,...

  • Is App-athy towards slow IT having a detrimental impact on business productivity?

    Improving productivity continues to be a priority for many organisations and as such, IT transformation is top of the agenda when it comes to boosting business performance. A recent study commissioned by Riverbed Technology found that companies are increasingly leveraging cloud computing, with 96% of executives using cloud-based enterprise apps at work today. However, moving to this environment is simultaneously causing a growing number of issues. The underlying concern comes down to poor application performance, ultimately brought about by organisations’ migration to the cloud. Eighty-nine percent say the poor performance of enterprise applications has negatively impacted their work on...

  • The shortage of cybersecurity workers: a boom for women and career changers?

    With news of more cybersecurity threats reported every day, it should come as no surprise that the cybersecurity job market is booming. Companies of all sizes, in all sectors, are desperate to hire people who can protect their valuable data and networks from hackers and other dangers. Consider some of these recent statistics: Currently, there are more than 200 000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. Cybersecurity job listings have increased 74% since 2011. Cisco reports that the number of cybersecurity job openings globally has topped 1 million,...

  • Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: get your dad on

    I am, at the time of this article going live, 28-years-old and have no children. I do, however, listen to talk radio and tell incredibly lame jokes. And that means I'm reasonably qualified to review the Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: a dad car with an impressive sting in the tail. Make no mistake, no one's going to think you're the coolest dad in the school-yard if you pull up in this mini-people carrier. Once you've explained to everyone why it's such a "sensible" choice though, Ford's clever 1.0l EcoBoost engine means you'll be able to burn them as...

  • Malvertising: when advertising becomes dangerous

    Over the last several months, the BBC, the New York Times, and other major news and commercial websites became victims of Malvertising attacks. What exactly is Malvertising? To understand this type of attack, we must go back to the malware basics. One of the most prominent ways malware spreads is by infecting websites and delivering drive-by attacks. When a user visits an infected site an exploit kit is activated. Once activated, the kit checks to see if the machine is vulnerable to one or more of the exploits it contains. If so, it leverages the vulnerability to install malicious...

  • You aren’t good enough: what I learned from defying average

    “You aren’t good enough”. That’s the message that’s been drilled into the majority of our heads from the day we started school. Every report card, every teacher instilling the fear of failure, and every student number doing exactly that - stating that you’re just a number. At school every report I received confirmed that I was average. I was always two percent above or below the grade average. Without fail, my teachers would put how average I am into writing: “Jacques can do better… I’m disappointed in him”. I even had teachers tell me how much I’m not like...

  • Weekly Round Up #58: smartphone launches, mobile games, Facebook F8 and geeky cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Gearburn editor Andy Walker plays host and talks to Reporter Graham van der Made and the new guy Reporter Hadlee Simons. The team discusses all the phone launches, from Huawei to HTC, the arrival of the iPhone SE in South Africa, Facebook F8, mobile games, geeky car races, and Dark Souls 3. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, a man is whacked in his head by a drone that smashed through his window. The team also talks...

  • Autonomous weapons a real concern says ‘Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’

    Killer robots and their ability to think have been a staple of science fiction for decades now. Discussions around HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Skynet from the Terminator franchise are often on everybody's lips when joking about the subject. These science fiction stories may be closer to reality than you think. On 11 April, the subject has once again been brought up at the United Nations discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, one of the aims of these talks is to start negotiating a pre-emptive ban on...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    We're back for a second running of our mobile gaming picks feature, where we choose some of the more notable and entertaining mobile titles of the week. It's a healthy variety of games in this edition, with something for almost everyone, so check them all out below! Space Marshals (free as part of promotion) It's been out for a fair while now, but isometric cover-shooter Space Marshals has gone free on iOS, from its original $5 price. And it's worth a download, it must be said. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Twitter lauds SpaceX after historic landing

    After several agonising failures, SpaceX finally managed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship. The company achieved the feat during a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday afternoon, landing the rocket on a drone-ship. It wasn't a piece of cake either, as visibly choppy seas made for quite a hair-raising landing. SpaceX and NASA were quick to share astounding footage of the moment. Onboard view of landing in high winds pic.twitter.com/FedRzjYYyQ — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 9, 2016 Congrats to the @SpaceX team & @ElonMusk! Way to stick the landing & send #Dragon to @Space_Station. https://t.co/TCJCQljJBZ — NASA...

  • Wikipedia iOS app gets update with 3D Touch, personalisation

    Old players like Wikipedia are learning new tricks. Wikipedia today updated its Wikipedia iOS app and the 15-year-old fact-checking company is adding some nifty features. The two notable additions are the inclusion of 3D Touch features and the app's improved personalisation capabilities. The 3D Touch feature was introduced in 2015 with Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s smartphones. From now on, Wikipedia app users on these devices will be able to utilise the peek and pop functionality of 3D Touch. They can also utilise multi-touch gestures like swipe and tap to navigate within the app. Another uniquely iOS feature included in the...

  • Founder of 4Chan joins Google+ team to build communities

    Christopher Poole, founder of the image-based bulletin board 4Chan has announced his new position at Google. Poole made the announcement in a post on Tumblr. Poole's responsibilities have not been explicitly laid out, but the post hints at that he will be involved in building communities. "I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company," writes Poole. In September last year, on the verge of its 12th birthday, Poole sold 4Chan to the founder of Japanese site 2channel, Hiroyuki Nishimura. Poole founded 4Chan in 2003 when...