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  • Microsoft reckons it can create 100k job opportunities in Middle East, Africa

    Microsoft has got some big job creation plans for the Middle East and Africa. According to a release sent to Memeburn, the Redmond-based giant is aiming to create more than 100 000 job opportunities and reach over seven million people across the region through its Employability Platforms, in partnership with organisations from public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Launched in 2012, the YouthSpark Employability Platform aims to provide job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, upskilling, job-matching and mentorship. The platform is centred on an online hub which Microsoft says will bring together the best resources together in "a...

  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Airbnb announces plans for accelerated SA growth

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky today announced plans to accelerate its growth in South African and the continent as a whole. Speaking at an event Johannesburg Chesky officially launched the platform in South Africa and announced that the country is officialy the company's largest African market. "South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, with so much to offer visitors,” Chesky said. “We have a vibrant and welcoming community here, which we look forward to expanding so that even more visitors can benefit from the unique and local experiences our hosts provide.” The Airbnb CEO also announced the appointment...

  • YouTube refreshes mobile app, makes it easier to find your favourite channels

    YouTube has refreshed its mobile app, rolling out a series of features which it claims will make things easier for both users and creators. According to an official blog post from the updates are a recognition by the video service that more than half of its views now come from mobile. Available now on Android, mobile web, and in the near future on iOSm the update introduces three new tabs to the app: Home, Subscriptions, and Account. Read more: Are Facebook’s video views closing in on YouTube’s? Here's how YouTube describes what they do: Home: Easily explore and discover videos you'll...

  • Slack integrates with Google calendar to remind you of events

    As of today office communication tool Slack will come with Google calendar integrations, allowing events to automatically post reminders inside Slack channels. At any given time here at Memeburn, one will find multiple conversations on Slack about article ideas, deadlines and more deadlines. It is hard to keep up with all of it and sometimes one can miss the multiple deadlines for meetings, interviews, brainstorming etc. Google Calendar is one of the more popular services used by businesses and this integration with Slack will make Slack that much more sexy to companies. Slack’s new integration with Google Calendar allows for any...

  • Xiaomi partners with Uber, allowing consumers to purchase Mi Note on Uber

    Two of the biggest disruptors in the world are coming together to deliver phones in Singapore and Malaysia to buyers within minutes. Uber and Xiaomi have come together to offer what could be the most exciting partnership in some time, an on-demand delivery of the new Mi Note handsets. Announcing the promotion on Facebook, Xiaomi international chief Hugo Barra said that the partnership is exciting in that it is between “two of the most innovative tech startups in the world”. Uber also announced the partnership on its website, saying that: “Singapore, we know just how long you’ve been waiting...

  • Google Street View catches South African robbery in progress

    We've seen a lot of weird and wonderful things hidden inside Google's Street View. From the highest mountain peaks to Robben Island and now a couple of guys holding a security guard up at gunpoint in Johannesburg, South Africa. The images, taken in February 2015 in Junction Road, are of two men pointing a gun at an ADT private security guard, in plain sight of the Google Street View car driving past. Following the Street View car, one can see a white BMW pulling up behind the private security car. The two armed men then ran up to the passenger seat...

  • Microsoft introduces Send: an in-and-out email app

    There can never be enough email apps, it seems. Microsoft has introduced Send, an app designed for in and out email. Microsoft says that the app is optimised to enable users to send a short quick note to co-workers. Send, the company says, gives you a simple, quick text message like experience while allowing you to reach all co-workers. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The company goes on to point out that one can easily use Outlook for this but then also justifies the existence of Send by saying that the app is better. The Redmond-based giant says...

  • Google acquires mobile app prototyping tool Pixate to boost its design team

    Google has acquired Pixate, a visual prototyping platform that allows designers to create sophisticated, fluid mobile prototypes that run natively on iOS and Android devices. The deal has already yielded fruits for users with Google and Pixate making Pixate Studio, the desktop editor for creating Pixate prototypes, free and reducing the cost of the Pixate cloud service, to only US$5 per designer per month, orUS $50 per designer per year. The trend of big companies acquiring small companies will continue for the unseeable future. What will be important going forward as this becomes common would be what pressure startups cave...

  • Jimmy Wales wants to save the world…with a mobile network

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is on a mission to save the world. This time his tool of choice isn't based on democratising knowledge but on connecting people looking to good. Wales has launched a new mobile network, called The People's Operator (TPO), which describes itself as a "community of people that are raising money for causes just by being part of it". To describe TPO as a mobile network only would be inaccurate, as there's also a heavy social component. And in what will come as a welcome relief to anyone who feels like social networks have sold their...

  • Google Maps’ Your Timeline knows where you have been

    After a wild night out, retracing one's steps can feel almost impossible. But Google Maps may now have a solution. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” which is available on desktop and as an update on Google Maps on Android mobile devices. Your Timeline lets users to view the places they have been to on a given day, month or year. The feaure allows users to visualise their real world routines, making it easy to the trips they have taken and the places where they spent their time. The feature works if a user has chosen...

  • Virtual Reality event to tap into South Africa’s creative community 29 July

    The virtual reality (VR) space is heating up fast. Around the globe, developers and animators alike are putting their heads together (and into things) to experiment with this exciting, immersive medium. Come 29 July, the South African Virtual Reality Event plans to vitalise the local community. Taking place at Cape Town's Bandwidth Barn, the event will allow attendees to immerse themselves in some of the VR projects first-hand, for free. Coupled with a lineup of expert speakers from the VR industry, the event looks promising. "The key to the event is connecting people who want to create Virtual Reality projects...

  • Hackers threaten to release details of adultery site Ashley Madison users

    Hackers are threatening to release the details of millions of Ashley Madison users unless their demands are met. The site, which geared at bringing together people looking for an extra-marital affair, prides itself on facilitating discreet encounters. All of that could however be blown out of the water if the hackers release the user databases, financial records, and private details of the service's owners and 37 million users they are believed to have obtained. The leak, first reported by security researcher Brian Krebs, now appears to have been confirmed by Noel Biderman, the CEO of Avid Life Media (ALM), the...

  • How are you spending your #67minutes this Mandela Day? Here are a few savvy pointers

    Mandela Day is a call for South Africans and people around the globe to honour the legacy of former president and statesmen Nelson by giving 67 minutes of their time to worthy causes. If you're still looking for something to do, we've compiled a list of tech-based resources that should help. Technology -- coupled with some ingenuity -- is connecting specific, mutually beneficial parties with each other more than ever before. From seamless payments to forming communities, these tools are making real differences on the ground. Donate While you probably won't be sharing 67 minutes, a few bucks to any charity could...

  • Publicis to acquire The Creative Counsel for ‘R1bn’ in biggest ever SA agency deal

    Memeburn has it on good authority that French mega agency Publicis is on the verge of securing a deal that will see it acquire The Creative Counsel for a rumored R1-billion. The deal is understood to be the biggest in South African agency history. According to a number of industry sources, the deal has been in the works for some time now. Despite rumours that there were a number of rocky patches during negotiations, Memeburn now understands that the Competition Commission is sending out emails to people within the industry to sound out their views on the potential...