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  • Panama Papers: Find implicated SA firms around you with this tool

    The largest data leak in history revealed that a massive number of companies and people were using Panama to keep their financial details private. Although using Panama in this manner isn't illegal, some of the implicated firms have been less than honest in their financial dealings, to say the least. South African companies are also featured in the leak, and consultancy firm Eighty20 has delivered a slick web-based tool to find these firms around you. The tool allows you to enter a location and specify the radius (two kilometres, five kilometres and ten kilometres), then spitting out relevant addresses. Read more: Panama Papers...

  • Florida shooting: Solidarity and (some) opportunism

    The USA's deadliest shooting occurred over the weekend at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 50 dead and scores wounded. The shooting was apparently perpetrated by a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS. But the incident has seen scores of people stepping up to assist the victims, from blood drives to messages of support. Many helped in the wake of the incident or made moves in solidarity... Here's the line at a local blood bank for Pulse Shooting victims. One man said, "This is the real Orlando." @bn9 pic.twitter.com/KmX8EU9Ld7 — Erin Maloney (@ErinOnTV) June 12, 2016 The line to give blood down the street...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • Disney to air Triggerfish Story Lab short

    Just under a year ago, we told you about the Story Lab, an initiative from Triggerfish Animation Studio, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Walt Disney Company to uncover emerging South African animators. Now it looks as though the continent-wide talent search is starting to bear fruit. On Monday, Triggerfish announced that it is releasing A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short that has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company. A Dogshow with Cat is a teaser for Mike Scott’s series of the same name, which is set in the South African...

  • SABC suffers weekend cyber attack from Anonymous Africa

    The SABC isn't having a very good month. After announcing a broadcast ban on protests, and its recent decision to ban newspaper reading on broadcasts too, the broadcaster has felt the wrath of a few on the internet. An Anonymous Africa hacker going by the Twitter handle @zim4thewin, brought a number of the SABC's web sites to a halt on Sunday. This included the SABC's primary website, and sub-sites of radio broadcasters 5FM and SAFM. At the time of writing, we still received timeout errors while trying to access SABC's primary website. The hacker claimed that the attack was made in response...

  • Gawker files for bankruptcy after $140m Hogan leg drop

    Online publishing powerhouse Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of its court loss to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan. The media firm will also be put up for auction, with fellow US media corporation Ziff Davis making an initial bid, Gawker reported. It added that "several additional buyers" were also expected to join the bidding process. The news comes a few months after a jury awarded Hogan US$140-million in damages. The pro wrestler and reality TV star took Gawker to court after it published a sex tape featuring him. In an interesting turn of events, Hogan was funded by billionaire and PayPal co-founder...

  • Make panoramas great again: Facebook 360 photos roll out

    We've covered it last month, but Facebook has finally started a worldwide rollout of its 360 Photos feature. The feature allows users to upload their panoramas or 360 photos to the social network as if it were a normal photo, with users then able to tilt their phone around to view the shot. Of course, those with an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset can simply look around to view the 360 snaps. "360 photos are easy to identify in News Feed: just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360 photo on mobile by...

  • Get an electric ride with UberGreen promo in Cape Town

    Several months after its Johannesburg promotion, Uber has announced the launch of UberGreen in Cape Town. The Cape Town initiative will last from 13 June to 18 July and will feature BMW i3 vehicles being operated at uberX prices, the company explained in a statement. Johannesburg's UberGreen initiative in April saw Nissan and BMW electric vehicles being used by over 15 000 riders, covering 5300 kilometres, Uber added. Woolworths WRewards members would be the first to have access to the electric vehicles before it opens to the public at large. "UberGreen was a great success in Johannesburg and we are delighted to announce the pilot project will now be available to Cape Town riders....

  • Tencent in talks to acquire Clash of Clans developer – report

    Chinese firm Tencent is reportedly in talks to acquire a majority stake in mobile game studio Supercell, creators of the mega-popular Clash of Clans franchise. According to TechCentral, citing people familiar with the matter, the deal could value Supercell at a rather significant $9-billion. The publication's sources said that talks were still in the early ages and a deal might not be reached. They added that Supercell's valuation could change as talks continue. If successful, the acquisition could make South Africa's Naspers an even wealthier company, as it has a minority stake in Tencent. Tencent already plays host to successful mobile offerings, such as WeChat, while also having a minority stake in veteran mobile gaming...

  • Google Play Music gets contextually active with Concierge in SA

    Google Play Music has officially launched its Concierge service in South Africa, bringing automatically generated, contextual playlists to the country. Play Music subscribers will receive playlists based on the time of day, mood or activity when they update the app on their Android or iOS device. "Choose an activity to get options for several music stations to make whatever you're doing even better -- whether it's a station for a morning workout, songs to relieve stress during traffic, or the right mix for cooking with friends," the company said in a press statement. Other possible contextual playlists include one for Monday morning, a...

  • Uber launches in Accra, Ghana, its 13th city in Africa

    Uber's march across the African continent continues at a serious pace, with the ride-sharing app officially launching in Accra, Ghana's capital and largest city. Accra has an estimated urban population of 2.27-million as of 2012. Accra takes Uber's footprint in Africa to 13 cities . The service will be officially operational from 11 June 2016. “We see Accra as a natural fit, because its people are willing to embrace innovation and technology and love products that are cool, exclusive and offer a new experience," said Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa at a press conference. "We are able...

  • Are you Memeburn’s next managing editor?

    Multi award-winning online publisher Memeburn is seeking a talented and driven editor for all of its properties, including Ventureburn, Gearburn, and Motorburn. We’re looking for someone dynamic and dedicated; someone who is keen to become a key part of our fast-growing start-up company in Cape Town on a full-time basis. You must be passionate about online media and all things digital. You need to be a geek as well as a journalist. Technology, digital media and innovation subjects must be your passion and obsession. In addition, you need to have a keen interest in the tech startup ecosystem in South...

  • Uber introduces waiting fees, instant payments and more

    Uber has detailed new features that it's introducing for drivers. The changes include paying drivers for waiting over two minutes, showing ride requests going in the same direction as you are when changing shifts, instant pay, pausing requests and a new website dedicated to drivers. The company says that its reasons for introducing the changes include improving the driver's trip experience. Uber is introducing in-person assistance in over 250 locations around the world, making its communication process with drivers a lot more immediate. Read more: Smirnoff tries to lure people to app with free Uber rides One of the new features will enable...

  • CSIR’s new supercomputer is Africa’s fastest, aptly named Lengau

    South Africa's fastest computer was today launched at the CSIR Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town. Dubbed Lengau (the Setswana name for Cheetah), the supercomputer will provide research institutions and private industries the required processing power for modelling, big data processing and research. Related: 5 geeky ways CSIR’s Lengau supercomputer will aid researchers CSIR's stakeholders relationship manager Kagiso Chikane explained that the Lengau supercomputer cluster was an excellent feat for "an emerging country." The cluster itself was built in South Africa by CSIR staff, with additional input from Dell and Eclipse. "Dell is proud to collaborate with South Africa’s CSIR on the...

  • Facebook teams up with Blizzard for streaming on Facebook Live

    Facebook has teamed up with mega-popular gaming studio Blizzard to stream games via the Facebook Live platform, the two announced. The partnership will first see Facebook Login being implemented for Blizzard's titles such as World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo III, StarCraft II, and Overwatch., allowing gamers to register and sign in with their Facebook accounts. "Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook's capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook's Live API in order to...