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  • Bookmarks announce judges for 2016 awards

    The IAB SA has announced the judging panels for the 2016 edition of its annual Bookmarks Awards. The awards, which aim to reward the best in digital publishing, advertising, and marketing, have been in existence 2008 and have seen consistent growth in entry numbers. In a bid to ensure that the best quality work is rewarded, the awards organisers made a number of changes to the categories and entry criteria for this year's edition. There also seem to have been concessions to the judging process, with entry mechanisms altered for the sake of brevity. Heading up the jury is...

  • New MWeb users to get 3 months free ADSL, ShowMax access

    If you're looking to change ADSL service providers this year, you might want to have a look at MWeb's latest offering. New users signing up to the ISP will receive three months free ADSL. Alongside that access, they'll also receive three months access to Naspers-owned video-on-demand service ShowMax. The offer is available until 31 March to customers who sign up for a 12-month subscription to one of MWEB’s ADSL service products (excluding 1GB, 2GB, 5GB Capped and Uncapped 1Mbps services). Customers who sign up before then will receive three months of free MWEB ADSL services as well as a complimentary...

  • No plans for SA Gigafactory: Tesla confirms

    As much as South Africans would like to see their electricity woes disappear with the construction of a lithium-ion battery factory, it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. In fact, contrary to recent reports, Tesla Motors has confirmed to Memeburn that it is not planning to build a Gigafactory in the Western Cape. The speculation-turned-fact comes after it was revealed that the major US-based electricity car and battery manufacturer has appointed South African Evan Rice as the regional business development manager. Tesla is rapidly scaling its operations with hundreds of vacancies available around the world. Rice, who is ex-CEO of non-profit GreenCape,...

  • Google Maps could soon figure out where you’re driving all by itself

    This is interesting. Google is reportedly working on a feature that will allow its Maps product to figure out where you're going without you having to input a destination first. Called Driving Mode, the feature uses your location history and web searches to make educated guesses as to where you might be going when you're driving around. Using that information, the service can provide you with information about traffic, your estimated time of arrival, and road closures. According to a report by Android Police, the new feature is pretty similar to Maps' already existing Commute option -- which feeds...

  • MEDO gives young women the chance to build a satellite payload

    On 18 June 2015, MEDO hosted a discussion and presentation for its Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme. The idea with the programme is very simple, get more women to get involved in those fields. And earlier this month, 05 January to 11 January 2016, the programme culminated with SpaceTrek, a week long bootcamp held at High Africa Conference Center in Worcester. On Monday night, at the end of SpaceTreck, the young girls, all of whom are between 14 and 17 years old, presented their findings to their parents, friends and the media at the Metropolitan...

  • Red & Yellow increases bursary numbers to aid ad industry transformation

    Advertising school Red & Yellow has announced an increased number of bursaries for its full and part time programmes in Marketing and Advertising in 2016 as it looks to help address a lack of transformation in the South African ad industry. "The 2015 Fees-Must-Fall campaign once again highlighted the lack of tertiary opportunities for deserving previously disadvantaged candidates, especially in our industry,” says Red & Yellow’s CEO Lynette Oelschig. "In addition to the desperate need for free education in our country, our industry struggles to reflect the markets it intends to connect with." According to the Quirk-owned educational institute, the bursaries...

  • Smirnoff tries to lure people to app with free Uber rides

    Smirnoff on Tuesday announced a partnership with Uber which will allow people to use the ride-hailing service for free. The free rides come as part of a bid to promote the vodka brand's Explore the Night app, which now comes with Uber integration. Launched in November 2014, the app allows people to find out what's going on in their city on any given night. "While all rides are free," Smirnoff says in a press release, "some rides are special!" Read more: Memeburn gets the full story behind one man’s crazy Uber ride Users who request an Uber via the Smirnoff...

  • Social media racism, Netflix, Star Wars: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    In a week where South African social media users seemed determined to vent forth racially charged spew, there appeared to be precious little for people in the country to celebrate. Old wounds were opened up and, under the scabs, appeared to have festered. Even the arrival of Netflix in the country wasn't met with universal claim, thanks to catalogue much reduced from what's available in the US. Heck, even Star Wars: The Force Awakens seems to be coming in for increasing flack. These were the five most read stories on Memeburn this week. 5. The Force awakens to Star...

  • Webfluential hit by phishing scam, users targeted with fake mail

    Online influencer platform Webfluential has been hit by a phishing attack, which saw scam emails sent out to multiple influencers. The scam email, which is the result of one of its accounts being compromised, comes with the subject line: "Global Influencer Contract Follow Up". Once opened, the email asserts that the sender has sent you info to preview and sign, along with a call-to-action linking recipients to a Google Sheet. Shortly after the email was sent out, Webfluential sent out a mail urging users not to open it. Read more: Webfluential, Retromedia join forces to accelerate global...

  • Netflix arrives in SA: should you make the switch from the US version?

    On Wednesday evening South African internet users were greeted with news that they, along with people around 130 other countries, would be able to access Netflix for the first time. That's neat. Except it's not entirely true. A fair number of South Africans have been accessing the VoD service for some time now, using a semi-legal system of VPNs and IP masking services. You'd think that these users would be happy to switch to the local version, if only because they'd no longer have to bother with all those add-ons, but it's actually not that simple. Here are the...

  • Pinterest just hired its first-ever Head of Diversity

    Pinterest has hired its first ever Head of Diversity, Candice Morgan. The appointment, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is symbolic, as diversity has long plagued the technology industry. Companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, Intel, Twitter have released diversity reports that have all pointed towards an industry that has a long way to go when it comes to transformation. The appointment falls in line with Pinterest's 2016 goals: the company announced on 30 July 2015 that it would increase its hiring rates for full time engineering roles to 30% female, full time engineers to eight percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds...

  • Netflix officially live in SA at $7.99 a month

    South African internet users can now access Netflix without having to resort to the semi-legal methods they've used to date. The world's biggest video-on-demand service officially became available to South Africans on Wednesday, with prices starting at US$7.99 (+/-R126) a month. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), currently underway in Las Vegas. "Today, I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix in Azerbaijan, in Vietnam, in India, in Nigeria, in Poland, in Russia, in Saudi Arabia, in Singapore, in South Korea, in...

  • Prominent tech ed Duncan McLeod caught up in racist social media row, charges laid [Update]

    Crimen injuria charges laid against tech journalist over social media racism saga involving Chris Hart, Penny Sparrow McLeod had defended Hart's tweets on the basis of free speech "I find it highly objectionable that I’m being lumped with vile racists" says McLeod Tech journo dismisses charges as “spurious", will not take up legal representation TechCentral founder and publisher Duncan McLeod has reportedly had crimen injuria charges laid against him following remarks he made on social media. The charges laid against McLeod were also leveled against the likes of Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart, and Justin Van Vuuren -- all of whom have come under fire...

  • Estate agent calls black people ‘monkeys’ in racist Facebook post

    Penny Sparrow, a white estate agent, has raised the ire of South African social media with a Facebook post comparing black people to monkeys. In her post, Sparrow claims that "these monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Years Eve and new years day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever and to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and discomfort to others." "From now," she adds, "I. Shall address the blacks of South Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same...

  • Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors to set up office in South Africa

    Major US automotive and energy storage company Tesla Motors plans to set up shop in South Africa, the birthplace of its CEO Elon Musk. According to a report by Htxt, Tesla will open an office early next year to bring industrial-scale energy storage solutions to the country. This would be a welcome addition to South Africa's unreliable energy grid, which is prone to load shedding. Read more: Is Elon Musk’s Tesla Energy just what Africa’s energy grid needs? The office will be run by Evan Rice, who's the CEO of not-for-profit GreenCape. "Tesla will have one employee here from mid-January. But if we...