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  • 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...

  • SA developers, creatives invited to take part in NASA Space Apps Challenge

    Space is cool. That's a simple statement of fact. And even though we can't all be astronauts, we can all play a part in fostering innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. At least that's the message behind NASA's Space Apps Challenge, a 48 hour global hackathon aimed at bringing together engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers to connect over mission-related challenges. While there is capacity to work on the challenge remotely, Cape Town-based participants can come together at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront to collaborate and work on their ideas. Hosted by MLab South Africa,...

  • Reddit improves ‘block user’ feature to help deal with trolls

    Reddit, and almost every other message board on the net, has an issue with trolls. You know, those few internet users who enjoy aggressively smashing any scintilla of common sense or order for the lulz. Well, today the company has announced a new set of tools to address trolls on its message boards, and first and foremost is a more widely active private user blocking system. Redditors can now filter and block trolls from within their own inboxes and beyond. The company notes that this system will now also apply to comment replies. "Simply click the “Block User” button while viewing the...

  • This free workshop will help you get to grips with social video

    When it comes to social video, there are people doing it incredibly well, and others doing it incredibly badly. In the case of the latter, it's largely because the people running the accounts know they need to have a presence, but aren't exactly sure what to do with it. In a bid to remedy that, the Red and Yellow school of advertising is hosting a free workshop on 20 April 2016 in Cape Town aimed at developing participants' social video skills. The school has partnered with cinematographer Stephan Hambsch for the event, which it says will address the fundamentals...

  • AP Styleguide strips the ‘internet’ of its proper noun status

    The AP Stylebook -- an influential media style guide that shaped online writing styles the world over -- has announced on Twitter that it will no longer refer to the internet as a proper noun, using a lower case I instead. The change will come into effect when the 2016 version of the Stylebook launches, and also marks a change in the way the world sees the internet. As the internet grows, it becomes a more "decentralised", ubiquitous web of communication and information, Thus referring to it as a proper noun, or a single, defined entity, doesn't quite make sense. Oh, and...

  • Search traffic spikes in South Africa after Nkandla #ConCourt ruling

    South Africa's Constitutional Court -- the highest court in the land -- has today ruled that President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly acted against the Constitution, and has thus been ordered to pay back some of the public money spent on his Nkandla homestead. President Zuma's Nkandla homestead has been under considerable scrutiny by opposition parties and the public protector after it was revealed that R246-million of the national budget was used for upgrades -- some of which Zuma will have to pay back within 45 days of today's judgement. Following the ruling, South Africans are taking to search engines...