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  • Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account is brilliant at converting trolls into followers

    By now we know that a good online presence can do a lot for a brand. It doesn't matter if it's two decades old or not. Just asks Sonic. The nineties Sega classic, Sonic the Hedgehog, is one of the biggest icons in the gaming world. And while the quick, blue little mammal still holds true to a much-loved character, its reputation as a game has been very controversial among fans to say the least. There's recently been an outcry from fans on social media following the announcement of the games, Sonic Dash and Angry Birds mashup alongside Sonic Boom:...

  • Pornhub is crowdfunding its bid to shoot a space porno

    As the Wikipedia page on the topic notes, sex in space would be difficult at best and incredibly dangerous at worst. None of that however was enough of a deterrent to stop Pornhub, one of the internet's largest adult content sites, from setting up a crowdfunding campaign to shoot a porno in space. The Indiegogo campaign, which aims to send actors Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins to space, is looking to raise US$3.4-million. The campaign doesn't provide much in the way of details when it comes to logistics (we're guessing the company knows its audience better than that), although...

  • Weekly Round Up #25: Apple special, is Apple innovating or stealing from others?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Christopher Wilton chat about Apple’s WWDC 2015 event. Today’s podcast is a special, focusing on a single event, dissecting and weighing the software that Apple launched. The event was, as all Apple events are, highly anticipated. A day before the event a Sony executives let slip that Apple Music was going to be launched. And launch it did, roping in some of the most experienced music deejays around the world. The team...

  • Facebook takes on Pinterest’s buyable pins, expands beta test for ‘buy’ button on Shopify

    Today, Facebook announced that it is inviting Shopify merchants to a beta test of its ‘buy’ feature. The feature allows users to buy things within Facebook without having to leave to click on another site. Over the last year, Facebook has been working on a solution for Shopify merchants to advertise and sell their products from within Facebook. The company explains that the ‘buy’ feature will enable consumers to purchase products they discover in their News Feed or on Pages without having to leave Facebook. Shopify merchants have in fact been posting products with buy buttons but Facebook is...

  • Spotify now has more than 20m subscribers, 75m active users

    Spotify has released its monthly user and subscriber stats, shortly after the news of it closing a funding round came out. Though the stats release happens every now and then, Spotify's release days after Apple Music launch, is a lot more than just stats release. During Apple Music launch, Spotify CEO and Founder Daniel Elk respondent to the news with what has been viewed as the most important two worded tweet in history. He simply said ‘Oh ok’. Classic. Today Spotify has announced that it has reached more than 20-million subscribers and more than 75-million active users. At the end of...

  • All the facts, figures you need to know about Apple’s WWDC 2015

    Apart from WWDC 2015 being longer than the Avengers 2 movie, over a 1 000 Apple engineers from 70 countries attended the Cupertino tech giant's 26th developer conference. As ever, Apple is taking a swing at competitors on all fronts -- from desktop to mobile, payments and music. Unfortunately, we no new hardware products were revealed last night, but we did see Apple's new Mac OS X, its latest mobile operating system iOS 9 and a new streaming service, called Apple Music, among some other things. Above all its introductions, Apple CEO Tim Cook together with senior VP Craig Federighi, were...

  • Uber is testing a cash payment option in Nairobi

    Uber has launched a cash payment system in Nairobi, Kenya. Uber has been operating with a credit card-based system, a strategy that made sense in the US and other mature markets. But the moment the private driver hailing app started operating in emerging markets, it needed to adopt a different strategy. It is for this reason that the company has adjusted it payment options. Uber’s cash payment began in India and now has branched into Kenya. Launching in Nairobi is a move into the unbankable African market. Last week, Uber announced its plans about its cash payment option, stating that...

  • Twitter bot corrects users referring to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘He’

    It's been a little over a week since Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, introduced herself to the world, but people don't seem to be able to get to grips with using the correct pronoun. An automated Twitter feed stared correcting users who mis-identified Caitlyn Jenner as 'he'. So when a twitter user refers to Jenner using the wrong pronoun, the bot automatically corrects the tweet with the reminder of using Jenner's preferred female pronoun. The account was dubbed @she_not_he. The athlete and TV star 'Bruce Jenner' began transitioning to Caitlyn earlier in the year. She's went through breast augmentation...

  • YouTube’s new ‘Music Insights’ tells artist in which city they are most popular

    YouTube has introduced a new tool for artists. Called Music insights, its function is to give artists data about where their music is being viewed the most. YouTube says this data can help artists create opportunities for both themselves and fans. Music insights is part of the recently launched YouTube for Artists site. The company says that the new tool will not only help artist grow their community on YouTube but can also help them grow it offline. The kind of data that artist can obtain from music insights includes data on which cities around the world is the artist...

  • Hisense opens new headquarters in Cape Town, strengthens ties in SA

    Chinese device manufacturer Hisense has been leading something of a charge into the South African market of late. Back in 2013, it opened its new manufacturing plant in Atlantis, a 40km journey outside Cape Town which will see the production of televisions and smartphones, to name but a few devices. Now, the company is looking to further sink its roots in African soil and has opened its African headquarters in the city. The new office will be located in Century City, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, and will also host the company's showroom, which will display hardware from...

  • Microsoft acquires Wunderlist for around $200m

    Microsoft has acquired Wunderlist, a to-do list app based in Berlin. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has not only made more inroads towards being more mobile friendly but also has begun making acquisitions that makes the company a major player in mobile apps. The other thing the company has done well is to make its apps work across platforms and devices and not confine them to mobile devices that run Windows. This has led many to refer to Microsoft as the company that is beginning to be cool. There has been rumours of this for sometime but no statements from both...

  • Pinterest introduces ‘buyable pins’, making it possible to make purchases within the app

    Pinterest has revealed a new feature that will see users buying things from without leaving the platform. The feature, ‘buyable pins’, will launch in the coming weeks in the US, and to Android in the future. The feature works by showing a blue pin button next to the normal option to pin. This buyable pin allows users to make purchases of items they like. Furthermore, users have the option to search for buyable pins and make use of the price filter to choose a specific price range for items. Users can choose to see what they want to buy in...

  • Caitlyn Jenner breaks internet, is fastest to 1m Twitter followers

    Caitlyn Jenner has broken the record for the fastest person to reach one-million Twitter followers, cementing her status as a trans-gender icon in the process. It took Jenner, already renowned for her sporting feats and involvement in reality TV's most famous family, just four hours to reach the one-million follower mark. In the process, she beat out US president Barack Obama, who took five hours to reach the mark when he joined Twitter just a couple of weeks ago. Jenner made her public debut yesterday both on social media and on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by the...

  • Google refreshes, reinforces its user privacy and security settings

    Google has rolled out two improvements to its privacy and security tools in a bid to give users more flexible options. There's now a new hub for managing Google settings called My Account and a new site that answers important questions about privacy and security on Google. My Account also works for those who may not have a Google account. The company says that people feel that they are not in charge of the privacy settings. “Everyday, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online. Most people, however, don’t feel they have the right level of control to make these...

  • Uber updates app for deaf drivers

    Uber is at it again - behaving like a company which got way too big way too fast and now needs to cover too many bases. Uber is now working with the National association for the Deaf, once again pushing the boundaries of transportation and now going further for drivers with impaired hearing. If this doesn't make your heart swell, then I am sure the private driver service can add something to its app for that too, otherwise this has got to be one of the best Corporate Social Responsibility products I have seen all year. Limitless should be Uber's...