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  • From Yelling Goats to Doge: the top memes of 2013

    2013 marked a strong year for memes, mostly thanks to the antics of Miley Cyrus and the internet’s healthy sense of humour. Below we’ve compiled what we consider to be the best of the best of 2013, but feel free to tell us what you would add to the list in the comments. Fake Interpreter Probably the boldest man of the year award goes to “sign language interpreter” Thami Jantjie, the man who stood next to the world’s most powerful people at Nelson Mandela’s funeral for hours on end and signed absolute gibberish. He might have offended deaf communities the world...

  • Fish rabbit car park: dubious Mandela memorial signer has a Twitter account

    Nothing is sacred on the internet, especially when there are 140 characters to go all Tourette syndrome with. Things get even more dodgy when the official sign language interpreter at a state memorial turns out be fake — you know where this is going. Here is the gist: the signer at Nelson Mandela’s official memorial service is apparently fake, so now there is a Twitter account (@MemorialSigner) tweeting unintelligible things, because we live in a world of parody. The internet is exploding with official and anecdotal reports about the incident and the Deaf Federation of South Africa is not impressed....

  • 11 extensions designed to make your web experience less annoying

    Spend long enough on the web and you’ll find yourself regularly getting worked up into a frothed up rage. Sometimes it’s over things we should be genuinely angry about, like injustices, horrific crimes and insane levels of corruption. A lot of the time though it’s over a fairly trivial issue that you wouldn’t even blink at if someone told you about on the street. It’s not necessarily your fault that the web makes you so angry either (although we’re not psychologists here, so it might well be). There are some that think the web might be changing us neurologically....

  • An open letter to social media managers: the Sinead/Miley edition

    This is a parody of the open letter musician Sinead O’Conner sent to Miley Cyrus in response to the starlet’s video for ‘Wrecking Ball’. Dear Social Media Manager, I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today I’ve been dodging phone calls from various industry blogs who wished me to remark upon your having said on Memeburn your career was designed to be similar to mine… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of fatherliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or...

  • BraaiPhone: the thinnest and lightest app ever made

    For South Africans, there seems to be nothing more cherished than the “braai” (barbecue). This week while the country was celebrating its Heritage Day (a good a occasion for a braai), beer maker Castle Lager got to work to bring technology along with the launch of its BraaiNation app. The app is introduced in an interesting video that takes on Apple’s new device introduction style. According to Castle, the app “effectively transforms your Apple or Mandroid smartphone into the much-anticipated BraaiPhone”. The app is apparently everything you would want in an app and it is “the thinnest and lightest app...

  • Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon show how stupid ridiculous hashtags are

    How many times have you used a hashtag today? Probably a lot. Hashtags have penetrated almost every social network, even Facebook has them and they have fast become one of the easiest ways to track a conversation online. People even use hastags in emails and text messages now. When will the madness end? Truth be told though they can get quite out of hand and some hashtags are just plane ridiculous (#havingthebesttimeonasofabedrightnow) and pointless. When you think about how many hashtags are used in a day, do you ever wonder what you would sound like if you had a conversation...

  • Petition aims to make definition of Geek more positive in dictionaries

    Here at Burn Media, we love geeks. They’re our bread and butter. Heck, most of us count ourselves as geeks and even got into the jobs we’re in based partly on our geeky obsessions. It’s fair to say, therefore, that we view the term geek as positive thing. According to a group of concerned geeks however, a number of dictionaries still don’t. In a bid to remedy that, they’ve put up an online petition urging all dictionaries to change their definition of the word geek to something a little more positive. Despite being a front for an advertising agency,...

  • The secret’s out: Samsung admits its gadgets are made by aliens

    ‘Designed for humans’ maybe, but by humans? Not so much. The latest word to usher forth from Samsung HQ is that it all its innovation comes from an extraterrestrial source: specifically, it employs aliens. In the run up to electronics trade show IFA 2013 in Berlin, the electronics giant has issued a statement in response to a conspiracy theory spouted by a group called RESPECT (‘Really Extra Secret People of Engineering Community of Technology’) which alleges that Samsung has abducted aliens and put them to work designing its products. There’s no word yet if they’re the masterminds behind ideas like...

  • Creatives and product shots: parody targets every tech commercial ever

    Working up to the launch of a new smartphone/tablet/laptop and wondering how you can convince potential customers that something cold and shiny will make their life better? College Humor has some tips for you. The comedy website’s latest parody video is all about tech ads, pointing out whatever you’re promoting doesn’t matter that much, as the formula is pretty much the same. Take some indie music, add some young, attractive people with creative professions, throw in a handful of shots that only last a few seconds and maybe a quick glimpse of the actual device, and you’re done. If...

  • New SA 24 hour news station ANN7 launches to online ridicule

    Look, it’s not easy starting a news channel. You need time, effort and a crack production team if you’re going to make a proper go of it. Clearly though, ANN7, South Africa’s latest 24 hour news channel, is trying get those elements to sync. The station, owned by media moguls the Gupta family — who have close ties to president Jacob Zuma and also own the New Age newspaper — and Duduzane Zuma (the president’s 29-year-old son) got off to a rocky start when it launched earlier this week. Actually, calling it rocky would be kind. Not sure what...

  • 9 huge investments Koos Bekker could make if he cashed in his Naspers shares

    Here at Memeburn we have massive respect for Naspers CEO Koos Bekker. Aside from the fact that he heads up a multi-billion dollar media company with investments around the globe, he clearly understands the value of tech. Under Bekker, Naspers has made seriously clever investments in the likes of Russia’s Mail.ru, China’s Tencent and Argentinian online classifieds platform OLX. While other companies would’ve stuck with what they know — in Naspers’ case publishing and television — Bekker’s made sure his company is always looking toward the next big thing. It’s paid off too. The company’s combined internet properties made...

  • Divas spoofed: meet off-Broadway’s latest viral sensation

    Christina Bianco is getting pretty popular on YouTube and for good reason. The off-Broadway actress is enticing audiences with spot-on impressions of some of the world’s most popular musical divas and more. Her latest video on YouTube, which was added three days ago, has been viewed more than 800 000 times. The video shows Bianco singing Bonnie Tyler’s pop classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as Adele and 18 more musical divas, including Celine Dion, Cher, Christina Aguilera and Shakira. Blanco is masterful at swapping from diva to diva, not just to their singing voice but also their stage...

  • 5 signs you might be getting too old for the internet

    I’m starting to think I may be getting too old for the internet. I got my first computer in 1991. It was a 286 running DOS 3.1 and had a 20MB Hard Disk and an amber monitor. Playing on it made me feel like I was running the NASA space station. It felt awesome. A lot has changed since then. Not only are computers interconnected but so are we. With a smartphone in our pockets we have access to the total knowledge of the human race, at the tip of our fingers. Just pause and think about that for a minute....

  • Forget ‘Breaking Bad’, this is ‘Making Pad’ [video]

    What do you get when you combine a geek god with a TV series that the web has almost universal adoration for? The answer, apparently, is Making Pad. A parody of AMC’s Breaking Bad, it features Steve Jobs in what its makers (the same folks who brought you the ‘Steve Jobs: Resurrection video) call “the role of a lifetime”, as a cancer-stricken man on a mission. In the video, Jobs partners with Jony Ive to make the most addictive substance to man: the tablet. Along the way he goes Walter White — goatee and everything — on his various...

  • Check out John McAfee’s boss video on how to uninstall his anti-virus

    This man is a legend. Really, he is. Hot on the heels of murder accusations, a continent-wide manhunt and finally landing in the United States safe and (kinda) sound, John McAfee is making waves again. McAfee is the colourful founder of McAfee Software, arguably one of the world’s best known anti-virus providers. McAfee, the man, says that even though he hasn’t been involved with the company for more than 15 years he still receives countless requests from users asking him how to uninstall the software. So in what can be only be described as the world’s most concerning instructional video,...