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  • 5 super serious digital trends to look out for in 2015

    Without fail, around November we start to see “Marketing Analysts” provide the top trends they predict for the coming year. I see these “Analysts” using this platform for speaking gigs, further writing opportunities and general fame, so I thought I would take some time out on a rainy Sunday and look into my crystal ball of future knowledge in order to tell you what to expect. 1. 2015 Will be the year of the mobile I know, I know we hear this every year but I’m telling you that 2015 is the year that mobile adoption is going to hit the...

  • Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Northcliff Hill spark SA’s latest Twitter war

    Twitter‘s a cavalcade of strange people with even stranger opinions. Take the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence trending hashtag yesterday after the Oscar Pistorious verdict if you need a yardstick. But perhaps even more strange are inanimate yet famous natural monuments that have garnered their own voices on the social network. I’m talking about Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and the Signal Hill noon gun — part of Cape Town’s distinguished silhouette. For those not familiar with the city’s skyline, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head flank the flat facade of Table Mountain, while Signal Hill’s noon gun is famous for firing a shot at noon daily. These...

  • 5 ways Seinfeld has squeezed its way back into our lives

    Hands up anyone doesn’t love Jerry Seinfeld? Yup, we all love Seinfeld. We watch him and his band of misfits on reruns and laugh to our hearts content. Truth be told the show is kinda dated and we have new comedians trying to make us laugh on a daily basis. Yet, Seinfeld seems to be squeezing past the noise to grab our attention. Seinfeld is popping up everywhere, on social media and in our news streams; it’s all over the place, it needs unity. So here goes. So here are some of the ways Seinfeld has used the web and...

  • YouTube is opening a school and it has an easy curriculum: listen, laugh and give

    YouTube is opening a school and wants you to listen, laugh and give. The School of YouTube will open from 8 to 12 September. Though YouTube has, since its inception, been a school for many things, it is now taking advantage of its use as a learning portal and they are doing it for a good cause. Who hasn’t gone to YouTube to find a video on how to install a program or how to set up a game? Ever thought that is a form of learning. After the ice bucket challenge, it appears that ways to raise funds are...

  • Could Mumford and Sons be to blame for all those baby pics polluting your Facebook feed?

    If you’re in your mid to late 20s, chances are your Facebook news feed is increasingly filled with pictures of babies, oh so many babies. Now, you could just put it down to the fact that you’re getting older, or you could do the obvious thing and blame Mumford & Sons. Yup, that’s right: South African music comedy duo Derek Watts and the Sunday Blues, reckon British folk rock superstars are the root cause of all those baby pictures. Why? Well, it seems the combination of unusual stringed instruments, kick drum beats and slightly off key melodies just puts...

  • 12 Honest trailers you have to watch, trust us

    We love trailers. Trailers are how studios get us interested in an otherwise not-so-interesting movie. A good trailer leaves us wanting to see a move immediately, even if you know it will be bad. However, what we really love is Honest Trailers, a very cool YouTube show by Screen Junkies that gives you an honest look at what to expect from some of your favourite movies. As the channel puts it: “In a world full of movies and television, only one channel is keeping them honest — SCREEN JUNKIES! A channel so shameless, we’ll show you this trailer so you...

  • Sad Footballers tumblr shows just how awesome the internet is

    Every now and again a seriously amazing tumblr account emerges, restoring not only our faith in the internet, but our faith in the world as a whole. In order to be successful, a great tumblr needs to be the perfect combination of subtle satire, real life emotion, and current popular culture. Humanitarians of Tinder showed us how it’s done a few months back with their witty commentary, ridiculous visuals, and sheer brilliant concept. Now a new player in the game for tumblr satirical glory has materialized, and football fans everywhere are taking note. Earlier this week the Guardian launched Sad...

  • Stephen Hawking shows he’s awesome while trolling John Oliver [Video]

    “You’ve stated that you believe there could be an infinite number of parallel universes. Does that mean that there is a universe out there where I am smarter than you?” “Yes. And also a universe where you’re funny.” As if it wasn’t clear enough that Stephen Hawking is quite an interesting guy (from the theoretical physics to his character on The Simpsons), this video sorts out the confusion. It’s the new segment of John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ where he interviews some of the world’s smartest people — starting with the famous author and cosmologist. During the interview, the two discuss...

  • 11 Burns that got left bloody and battered on the cutting room floor

    Every so often (that one time we were all too lazy to work) the Burn team get together to brainstorm what interesting, innovative sites we can add to our Burn family. We don’t just wake up with great ideas like Ventureburn and Motorburn you know. Thoughts and research, lots of coffee and beer go into our strategy sessions. After much discussion we decided to let you have a look at all the Burns that didn’t quite make the cut, were we wrong to not launch these? Tell in the comments HeartBurn: because our Miss Granger would love us to...

  • FIFA is the devil, but we worship it anyway coz football [Video]

    If you are like me and love football then this week is possibly more exciting for you than any other. The World Cup is here and the internet will soon lose its mind. But first, this viral video from John Oliver will get you in stitches. Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, explains why he is excited about the upcoming tournament and South America’s obsession with the beautiful game. Brazil is one of the world’s most football fanatic countries and has produced some of the world’s best players, yet the tournament has been marred...

  • Crazy inventor creates X-men Pyro inspired wrist mounted flamethrowers

    Modern day Victor Frankenstein, Colin Furze, is at it again, inventing a storm of X-men gadgets. The latest in his series of seriously dangerous toys is an ode to Pyro: a wrist mounted flamethrower. Furze is evidently an absolute genius with a death-wish. In addition to looking simultaneously terrifying and AWESOME, the flamethrowers double as a toaster, making them the perfect accessory for every superhero in the making. Because everyone knows that toast-on-the-go is an absolute must for any villain looking to capitalise on morning mischief. The police, on the other hand, might be burning with fury. Four years ago, Furze garnered a...

  • Use this browser extension to replace Julius Malema’s face with photos of rescue pets

    Tired of looking at shots of Jacob Zuma? Perhaps the numerous photos of Helen Zille on the campaign trail are getting too much for you poor eyes. Shame. How about some fluffies? It’s possible, thanks to a nifty browser extension called Vote for Pets, which swaps out images of South African politicians with snapshots of rescue animals from Barking Mad. Released in the run up to the country’s presidential elections, the tool aims to identify shots of politicians on everything from Facebook pages to Wikipedia and news sites, and seamlessly switch them with photos of adoptable cats and dogs from...

  • Facebook’s Oculus buyout has resulted in some brilliant memes: here are our favourites

    Ah the internet… always making jokes and finding the humour in every billion dollar acquisition. While Kickstarter backers of the Oculus Rift are losing their minds over the fact that the Virtual Reality startup just sold them down the Facebook river, the other side of the internet is finding humour in it. When you think about it, the Oatmeal pretty much called this acquisition a while ago and it seems that Hitler is not having it either. It’s all just one big disaster really. We picked some of the choice memes that we feel express how the internet is...

  • 7 quick lessons you can learn from Phil, the guy screwing up your social presence

    As they both crossed the left leg over the right, Bob and Phil looked at each other knowingly: they were entrepreneurs, because it said so in their bios. “We’re going to have to go into social media, Phil. Everyone is talking about it.” “You couldn’t be more right, it is the logical next step for a music production company.” “Do we know anything about social media?” “It’s online, Bob!” He giggled. Bob hated when Phil knew everything, but that was almost all the time. Phil got online and had a good look and Phil found a wealth of information about...

  • #Biosdecoded: the best Twitter hashtag you’ll see today

    Ever wondered what someone means when they include the words “passionate about social media”, “free spirit” or “views are my own” in their Twitter bio? Well a whole load of people, using the hashtag #biosdecoded think they have the answers. While the effort is admirable, and the people engaging in the task undoubtedly selfless, their translations haven’t exactly been what you’d call consistent. For instance, “Model” could mean, “A mate once took some pics of me in a bikini” or “an ex took some nudie photos of me” (both could be true, we guess). Blogger meanwhile could mean...