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  • Don’t want to support Uber? Another cab service has (re)launched in SA

    Looking for an alternative to the likes of Uber and Unicab? Well, Taxify has become the latest smart cab service to launch in South Africa. Or is that "relaunch"? As the service already had a South African launch on February 1... Anyway, the Europe-based service, which relaunches on Friday 29 April, will be available in Johannesburg at first, the company announced in a press statement. As for platforms, Taxify is available on Android, iOS and Windows devices. How does the service differ from that of Uber's then? For starters, Taxify users can pay with cash (in addition to credit/debit cards), while users can also...

  • AlwaysOn Wi-Fi will be free on Freedom Day

    For anyone who has been caught at an airport or mall without data probably knows about AlwaysOn. The company that provides many Wi-Fi hotspots in the country has announced that it will allow users free access to said hotspots on 27 April, or Freedom Day. Usually only the first 30 minutes or 50MB of data is free while connected to its platform, but it's now opening up the service to all users for the entire day. "We believe that everyone should have access to fast, affordable WiFi. Why? Because, quite frankly, the Internet is awesome and everyone deserves a piece of...

  • CERN gives away 300TB of sweet research data

    Last week, the European Organization for nuclear Research (CERN) released 300TB worth of data to the public. The data includes over 100TB of proton collisions alone from 7 TeV (the Large Hadron Collider). This release is over half of the data collected during tests in 2011. The data has been released in two different variations: the 'primary datasets,' which is the same format used by CMS Collaboration (CERN researchers) to perform research, and the 'derived datasets,' which is available in a limited number, but is accessible to high school and university students for analysis. According to a CMS physicist at CERN, Kati Lassila-Perini,...

  • Microsoft Q3 results see Surface continue climb, WP fall

    Microsoft has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year. And it's more of the same for the Redmond company. The tech firm recorded revenue of US$20.5-billion for the quarter ending 31 March 2016, with operating income and net income standing at US$5.3-billion and US$3.8-billion respectively. While its cloud revenue grew three percent to US$6.1-billion, its personal computing segments saw more modest growth of 1%. "Windows OEM revenue declined two percent in constant currency, outperforming the PC market, driven by higher consumer premium device mix," the company revealed in its earnings report. Surface, mobile and Xbox? Its Surface lineup continues to perform well, seeing...

  • Need a free, unlimited VPN service? Download Opera browser

    Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox rule the roost when it comes to desktop browsing, but Opera's latest browser update might lead you to switch... The Norwegian company has pulled a fast one by integrating a free VPN service into its browser - albeit in the developer version of the browser for now. "All other VPNs for the major desktop browsers are extensions, with most of them based on a paid-subscription model or offering limited data usage," the company explained on its website. "Everyone deserves to be private online if they want to be. By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no...

  • Intel announces ‘restructuring’, 12 000 jobs to be cut

    Intel has announced a restructuring plan to "speed its transition to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices". Unfortunately, this plan will result in roughly 11% of the global workforce, or 12 000 employees, being laid off by the middle of 2017. "The majority of these actions will be communicated to affected employees over the next 60 days with some actions spanning in to 2017," the company said in a press release. "Intel expects the program to deliver US$750-million in savings this year and annual run rate savings of US$1.4-billion by mid-2017. The company will record a...

  • YouTube now supports 360 live video. Is this VR’s killer app?

    Between the Gear VR and PC-based headsets, virtual reality is slowly gaining steam. But the technology needs all the content it can get to have staying power. So we're glad to see YouTube step up its VR offering, announcing support for live 360 video streams this week. "We first launched support for 360-degree videos back in March 2015. From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now, they'll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live streaming. And after years of live streaming Coachella for fans around...

  • Swearjar is the Slack bot that turns vulgarities into charity

    Slack is a service that we use quite a bit at Memeburn. It's organised our business lives incredibly, but it also allows us to vent without shouting bad words across the office floor (although that doesn't stop us). If you work in an office that uses profanities more often than not and happen to be on Slack as well, you could very easily contribute to charity, according to a new Slack bot. Yep, those bad words that yo' momma hates can now do a whole lot of good. The bot, appropriately dubbed SwearJar, claims to convert "colourful language and buzzword-speak to...

  • Cell C CEO in hot water over ‘bitch switch’ comments

    Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has come under fire for his remarks on women in the workplace. The Cell C CEO explained that roughly 42 percent of staff were female when he started. "Today, we're just over 60 ," he said during an interview on CliffCentral, citing female empowerment policies at the network. "We have good-looking women, we have clever women, we have smart women, and that's created a different environment," Dos Santos continued. The network head said that he hopes for a female CEO to replace him when he steps down. "We no longer live in the society of, you know, the woman stays at home...

  • Vumatel gets big backing, to spend R3bn on home fibre

    Vumatel is one of the most prominent players in South Africa's fibre internet market. Now, it's received some significant financial muscle courtesy of a deal with Standard Bank. The service provider has announced a deal with the bank which is "likely to be one of the largest debt capital raising-based deals of its kind in the fibre-to-household industry", it said in a statement. The move comes after it launched its first residential fibre network to residents of Parkhurst, Johannesburg in August 2014. "Since its launch less than 18 months ago, Vumatel, as a supplier of high-speed fibre connectivity to homes, has become one of...

  • The world is finally learning not to trust the internet

    For most of the internet's recent history, people have been more than happy to share their personal information online. But thanks to numerous hacks, breaches, and government spy scandals, that's all starting to change. According to the results of a new survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, people are increasingly worried about their online privacy and security, especially when it comes to ‎how their personal data is handled by private corporations and governments. Conducted across 24 countries around the globe, the survey found that a majority...

  • ‘Pepper spray’ university spent fortune trying to hide search results

    American university UC Davis spent US$175 000 on trying to alter search results related to a controversial pepper-spray incident, only for the Streisand Effect to kick in. Footage and images of a police officer pepper-spraying peaceful protesters made headlines around the world in 2011. Last week however, the Sacramento Bee reported that the university spent a fortune on trying to "scrub the internet" of "venomous rhetoric". UC Davis has responded to the report, denying that it tried to "scrub" the negative press from the internet. "We recognise that it is not even possible to remove content from the internet, and that was not our intention," the...

  • Table Mountain Cableway now boasts a WiFi Lounge at the summit of Cape Town

    Table Mountain undoubtedly has an unrivaled view from its summit, but now visitors to the top of the Cableway will soon be able to access the internet too. The new Table Mountain Cableway Wifi Lounge now allows users to "get connected in the clouds above the Mother City," providing internet access to those who just can't not post a Cape Town selfie on their adventure. Situated on the Upper Cableway Station, the Lounge features plug and USB ports for device charging, comfortable chairs and of course, wireless internet. "Through the launch of the Wi-Fi Lounge the Cableway is able to remain a...

  • Shuttleworth Foundation on the hunt for social innovators

    The Shuttleworth Foundation is on the hunt for social innovators to join its 2016 Fellowship intake. This year, the foundation says, it's particularly interested in "ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement". Founded by South African tech icon Mark Shuttleworth, the Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. Since 2000, it has promoted African education in Maths, Science and Technology, as well as innovative ideas for social change. The aim of the fellowship grant is to multiply the money they put into their own...

  • Can a CV builder help fix South Africa’s unemployment problem?

    If you've ever been involved in processing job applications, you'll know that it can be a pretty dire process. Every time you open up a position, you'll be hit with a litany of badly-written CVs with spelling and grammar errors, awkward fonts, and completely irrelevant information. In a bid to help fix that, skincare brand Clere for Men has launched a CV builder to at least give job applicants a better chance at getting a foot in the door. The CV builder, as well as the revamped Clere for Men site, is a collaboration between Retroviral and boutique...