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  • Jack Dorsey gives a pep talk to keep the fire burning at Twitter

    Things appear pretty salty over at Twitter right now, no thanks to the recent exodus of high-ranking executives. This was the second round of Twitter employees leaving the company in the space of six months. It comes as no surprise then that Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, gave a pep talk to fire up the troops at Twitter headquarters. During the biweekly meeting at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Jack Dorsey gave a talk that inspired, or terrified, employees to tweet about how much they love -- and are committed to -- the company using the #oneteam hashtag. While the content of his address is...

  • Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 reveals speaker list

    The 12 official speakers for Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 have been announced. The conference will take place on 3-4 March in Sandton, Johannesburg. Amoungst the speakers are technology entrepreneur, VC, and Dragons' Den investor Vinny Lingham; Federal Prosecutor at the United State's Attorney's Office, William Frentzen; co-founder and CEO of BitX, Marcus Swanepoel; and Verengai Mabika who is the lead business developer at BitFinance. The event looks to showcase some of the best local and internal talent in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Over the two-day conference speakers will share their experiences with the technologies, talk about issues facing digital...

  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World trailer, a Werner Herzog film on technology

    Werner Herzog's latest film is a documentary called Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. The doccie is about the internet and runs for about 98 minutes on screen. It is divided into 10 sub narrative parts, each with its own storyline, all exploring the people who conceive, create, protect, advance, those who fear the unattainable capabilities of the internet and those who exist in spite of it. There is no filmmaker who commands to be listened to as much as Herzog does. Not only is it his distinct voice, accent and articulation but the manner in which he...

  • South Africans are scarily happy to give out their passwords

    The people of South Africa have a long way to go when it comes to being truly cyber-savvy. That much is made obvious by a new report from Kaspersky which suggest that South Africans are far more willing to give out their passwords than they should be. According to Kaspersky, 42% of internet users in South Africa admit having shared their passwords with somebody or left them visible for people to see. The data, which comes from the most recent round of consumer surveys conducted by the Russian security giant also shows that respondents were more likely to think...

  • MTN acquires Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications for undisclosed amount

    With a US$3.9 billion fine -- imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission -- looming in the background, MTN Nigeria has reportedly acquired Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications. News coming out of Nigeria, reported by the Nigeria based publication, Leadership, is that the deal has been completed with the two parties due to make statements to this fact before the end of this week. This move is a firm statement by MTN that even with the US$3.9-billion fine circling above its head it has no intentions of exiting the Nigerian market. Founded in 2007, Visafone Communications is owned...

  • Huawei Mate S review: touch made irrelevant

    As far as 2015 flagship releases go, we've seen a great many excellent additions. The Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, the iPhone 6S and Huawei's own P8 have all left a marked impression on the space in one way or another. The Huawei P8 especially so, thanks to its stellar build quality and comparatively cheap price. But the Huawei P8 wasn't the company's only 2015 addition. At IFA 2015, the company unveiled its next flagship; a phone that makes "touch powerful" according to its marketing material, a line that creeps me out somewhat too. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: the spoiler free review

    We respect our readers and anticipation around Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Any plots points discussed have already been revealed in trailers for the film. Since its initial release, Star Wars became a cultural phenomenon. The science fiction space opera has gained an abundance of new fans since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. After a less than stellar prequel series, does The Force Awakens have what it takes to continue this legendary saga? Taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it seems the Rebels' efforts were somewhat in vein. A new sect, The First Order, has risen in place of...

  • 5 of the best 2016 Collector’s Edition games

    For most consumers, the standard version of a video game is perfectly fine. For fangirls and fanboys alike it’s the special editions, the products with exclusive and elusive content, that they’re after. Next year will be another bumper year for video games. We’ll be seeing the release of Far Cry Primal, Final Fantasy XV, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and The Division. That also means a wealth of Collector’s and Limited edition version of these games will be available. They’re editions not only containing the game, but figures, special in-game content, books, and more.

  • Google Calendar gets Reminders, enables tracking to-dos in app

    The Google Calendar app, both for Android and iOS, is getting a new Reminders feature. According to Google, this feature will allow users to create reminders in Google Calendar, enabling the user to track all scheduled events and appointments. Google says that Reminders will stick around on users' calendars until they have been completed. Instead of going away when the set date passes, like normal events, Reminders will sit on top of the calendar, making it easy to see them, ensuring that users do not miss an important appointment. Once a task is completed, a user can swipe the...

  • Mark Zuckerberg explains $45b pledge following skepticism

    Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and co-founder, and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced that Zuckerberg was going to donate 99% of his personal Facebook shares (US$45-billion) over the course of his lifetime to a newly formed entity called Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The donation, he said, was to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation”. The reception to the news was -- contrary to what the two might have hoped for -- less than flattering. Two days after making this announcement, the Facebook CEO was forced to clarify the many confused and...

  • Zuckerbaby parody open letter is all kinds of awesome

    This week, the world has been celebrating the birth of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's daughter Max. The couple also achieved massive kudos from people around the world when his hoodiedness posted an open letter to Max promising to give away 99% of his Facebook shares to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation". “We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about US$45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission,” Zuckerberg writes in the letter, adding "We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and...

  • Spotify’s king of the music streaming world according to App Annie

    In a new report by App Annie, Spotify, is wearing the crown as the king of music streaming. Before Apple Music entered the music streaming ecosystem, things were somewhat stale, its introduction certainly shook things up. This was evident in Spotify introducing new features right after Apple Music launched. The competition has continued to be stronger, Google Music made major adjustments and the recent news of YouTube Music entering the scene is making things interesting. According to the report, Spotify is the top music streaming service when it comes to active users, downloads and revenue. In its own report, Spotify claims it...

  • Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of his Facebook shares to ‘advance human potential’

    Facebook CEO an co-founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to cash in 99% of his Facebook shares to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation". This announcement comes after the birth of his daughter, Max, yesterday. Writing on behalf of his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, the founder revealed this enormous commitment in an open letter to their newborn daughter. "We will give 99% of our Facebook shares -- currently about US$45 billion -- during our lives to advance this mission," Zuckerberg writes. Specifically, Zuckerberg and Chan will seek to further personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building...

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, others join to fast track clean energy innovation

    Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates -- alongside a group of 26 other powerful business leaders -- have launched an initiative which seeks to fast track innovation around clean energy. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is made up of wealthy investors and tech influencers, including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Virgin Group's Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and many more. It also includes South Africa's Patrice Motsepe from African Rainbow Minerals and Nigeria's Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group. "Solving the clean energy problem is an essential part of building a better world," Zuckerberg writes in an announcement. Read more: Following criticism,...

  • Weekly Round Up #44: WeChat wallet, Rush, Huawei Mate 8, ShowMax and the new 007 Spectre movie

    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 is joined by staff reporters, Jacques Coetzee and Graham Van De Made. The team discusses WeChat Wallet, Rush Courier, Huawei Mate 8, ShowMax and the new 007 Spectre movie. In What are you watching or playing, our weekly feature, the team talks about what they are watching and what games they are playing. And for Tweet of the Week, two of the biggest entrepreneurs in the tech industry throw shade at each other. Read more...