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  • Google brings My Maps to Google Drive

    Today, Google Drive is even getting better. Google announced that My Maps is coming to Google Drive. My Maps, though not hugely popular with most users, makes it possible for individuals to put their world on a custom map. Google says that people can create multiple maps and these will be searchable on the drive. There is nothing better than Google Drive, writing documents in one device and then having the ability to work on them on multiple device is perfect. Gone are the days of forgetting important documents at home or having to carry devices or transfer...

  • Google’s image recognition tool lands it in hot water

    Google engineers have had to scramble to fix a flaw in its recently released Photos app, which saw black people labeled as gorillas. The bug was first brought to public attention by programmer Jacky Alciné, who noticed that the app kept labeling photos of him and his friend as gorillas. The feature at fault is one that automatically tags and arranges users photos according to objects in the photos. So if it recognises a mountain, then it will place the photo in the "mountains" category. It's supposed to learn as it goes along, as Alciné's experience shows there are...

  • GoPro films massive Great White shark trying to munch its way into a cage

    Never will you be more petrified than when a three-meter shark tries to munch its way into your little underwater cage all the way out in the ocean. Think about it. A couple of tourists off the coast of South Africa's Mossel Bay recently captured a very hungry -- perhaps teething Great White shark -- on video, doing just that. Shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle, the animal attacks the metal shark cage's buoy as if a pork chop, or in his case perhaps a juicy, salty seal. As terrifying it may be, we're almost sure that the shark's...

  • Facebook hopes to implement AI services ‘within next 10 years’

    Facebook and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds very creepy yet exciting sitting in the same sentence, but that's exactly where the world's largest social network is heading. Moreover, it wants you to share your thoughts with your online friends in the near future. There's a lot of buzz around the subject of AI, from industry influencers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates sharing their predictions to blockbusters like Her, Transcendence or Ex Machina portraying extreme but plausible outcomes. It's to little surprise then when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Q&A on Facebook recently questions around this subject were raised. " working...

  • This London shoe shop worker wants to crowdfund Greece’s financial bailout

    We've seen crowdfunding used to bring together the required cash for albums, movies, and even museums but could it be used to bail out an entire country? If a new, and startlingly ambitious Indiegogo campaign is to be believed then the answer is very much in the affirmative. The campaign, called Greek Bailout Fund, is an attempt to rescue the ailing Greek economy using nothing but the power of the crowd. It aims to raise €1.6-billion and has so far raised €86 784. With just seven days left to achieve its goal, it would be a sever understatement to...

  • MTN Swaziland partners with Ericsson to offer Ericsson Converged Wallet

    In a new step forward for mobile money, Ericson, the Swedish multinational provider of communication technology and services, has announced that MTN Swaziland has deployed Ericsson Converged Wallet. This will enable the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services. Mobile money is big business and it is now though still at its early stages no longer the novelty it was a few years back. The move will see MTN introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services to more than 275 000 existing MTN Swaziland mobile wallet users and 3,000 agents. The new platform also serves...

  • Visa denies Fundamo shut down, some operations to move to Bangalore

    Visa denies that it is about to shutdown Fundamo, the mobile payments company it bought for US$110-million in cash five years ago. That's contrary to what a number of Memeburn sources have said, with some reporting that key senior staff had left the company to work elsewhere or found their own ventures in recent months. In answer to Memeburn inquiries, Visa said that it was "keeping the Cape Town office open" and that both Fundamo and Africa are "still incredibly important for Visa". The payments giant did however confirm that it will be moving some of Fundamo's operations to...

  • CNN faces trolls after ‘unnerving’ ISIS flag coverage turns out to be just dildos

    This weekend was a rather colourful one: from Facebook profiles to Uber car requests overlaid with rainbow colours. But it was on the streets where most of the action happened with the recent US Supreme Court's legalisation of gay marriage now in all 50 states spurring Gay Pride marches around the globe. While people around the were celebrating, CNN however wasn't that colourful. The news giant ran a seven-minute news segment of an apparent ISIS flag waving around through the Gay Pride march in London, UK. Only it wasn't a black Islamic State flag with Arabic symbols, but one filled...

  • English-language version of ‘social petwork’ launches first in SA

    YummyPets, a self-styled "social petwork" which originates in France has chosen South Africa for the launch of its English-language offering. There are some pretty niche and offbeat social networks out there. But going by the number of cats, puppies, and other creatures filling up our Instagram feeds, it's surprising that there haven't been more high-profile pet-based ones. Yummypets allows you to set up a Facebook-style profile for your animals and upload photos, videos and news about them. From there, people can follow them and receive updates on what they've been up to. If that was all it did...

  • Microsoft officially launches Office for Android

    Microsoft has announced that Office, PowerPoint and Excel are finally available for Android devices. These apps are not the first Microsoft apps to come to Android as the company has proven that it is committed to expanding its apps to smartphones that are on other operating systems. This is what has come to define the company, it strategy to be across different operating systems. Read more: 3 ways a freelance designer can freshen up your website Office launches on Android after only five weeks of being available on preview. During this short period, Microsoft says that it was able to test...

  • Leaving the nest: it’s now possible to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account

    Facebook has announced that users do not need to have a Facebook account to sign up to Messenger. Up until now, one could not sign up to Messenger without a Facebook account but that has now changed, allowing users to sign up with their phone numbers, giving Messenger more power. The company has been building Messenger, giving it photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, and stickers features. With 700-million monthly users, Messenger has already lay claim to a huge chunk of the messaging market. This move is significant. It establishes more than ever before Messenger as a...

  • Suffer from vertigo? You’ll hate Google’s El Capitan Street View

    Apple may have laid claim to Yosemite and El Capitan when it came to naming versions of its operating system, but Google may just have one-upped it with its latest Street View project. The technology giant's mapping team has not only added Street View to Yosemite National Park, it's also scaled El Capitan -- a rock formation within the park -- to create the world's first vertical Street View collection. In order to produce the collection, Google partnered with high profile climbers including Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell. Even with all that expertise, there were some serious...

  • Google introduces News Lab, a project to birth journalists on steroids

    Google has announced a new project called News Lab, designed to give journalism more power. The site is a new effort by the company to empower innovation in which technology and media work far more closely and efficiently together. The site, the company explains, will feature different tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and advice for journalists on how to use the numerous Google products in their reporting. And when Google develops new products it will continue to update these resources. “From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use...

  • Taylor Swift takes on Apple Music, stays winning against music streaming services

    Taylor Swift is on a roll. After winning a victory against Spotify, Swift's taken on another big music streaming service in the shape of Apple Music. And by the looks of things, she's won again, for now. Here's what Swift said in an interview with Yahoo when she was taking on Spotify: “The landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists,...

  • Medo launches a programme to empower young women in science, technology, engineering and maths

    Last night, Medo hosted a discussion and presentation of its Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme. The event took place in Cape Town, with the young school girls telling the guests about their experiences and even brainstorming ideas on how the city can solve the problem of cable theft that affects the running of trains. Across industries, gender inequality is a white elephant that comfortably and has always sat right in the middle of these industries. Science and technology is one of these industries. Companies like Uber and Microsoft and others have had to address this...