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  • 5 great services and ways to help quell your weekly music craving

    Marilyn Manson once called music "the strongest form of magic", and he's right you know. After all, how else can we possibly survive the week's trials and tribulations? We all have our favourite genres, our beloved artists and our prized playlists, but listening to music often means purchasing a service, or downloading tracks illegally. We don't condone the latter, of course, but there are ways to get your music fix in a fair and free way. Here are some stellar examples. HypeMachine Thanks to its apps (as well as its website), the HypeMachine will keep your feet tapping all day. It trawls the...

  • WWF’s new interactive map visualises South Africa’s current water crisis

    South Africa's experiencing one of its worst droughts this side of the millennium, with water levels in storage systems across the country down around 20% over last year. While crop and livestock farmers are struggling in some areas, municipalities are also facing difficulties keeping growing communities hydrated. With that said, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week launched its Water Risk Filter interactive data set for South Africa -- an interactive map that allows users to visualize various municipalities' water management situations and risks within South Africa. ICYMI We launched the high resolution #waterrisk maps for South Africa today. Check 'em...

  • Game of Thrones meets Pokemon in epic, artistic mashup

    You're probably sick of Pokemon Go by now... aren't you? Well then, sit back for some inspired news. Massively talented Deviantart user Sketch BGI (Kaleb Raleigh) has taken the recent Pokemon craze to the next level. Drawing inspiration from Game Of Thrones' house banners, the artist has created bespoke, and rather epic-looking Pokemon for each. For House Stark, we have a wolf-based Pokemon, while Targaryen has a three-headed dragon as its monster, and Tully, a pretty badass fish. You get the point. Sketch BGI has a number of other Pokemon inspired designs, so be sure to check out their page. For now though,...

  • First Person podcast’s latest episode explores BDSM, sexual empowerment

    Human interest podcasts have really taken off since the likes of NPR's Serial captured listeners back in early 2015. But while Serial focused on a specific person's predicament for an entire season, South Africa's First Person podcast is reworking this format to a more acute and local degree. First Person podcast is the brainchild of Kagiso Media, journalist Marianne Thamm and producer Jayne Morgan. The half-an-hour weekly cast focuses on seemingly ordinary South Africans who harbour curious, tabooed and captivating secrets. And I mean captivating. The podcast's first episode is a good example. Launched late June, it tells the story of...

  • TV is dead…at least as we know it

    Digital has changed everything. Complex algorithms have, whether consumers are aware of it or not, changed the way we consume and engage with content. In an online tango between publishers and consumers, the personalisation of content streams has become so finely honed that the same platform offers hugely divergent content from one user to the next. Consumers have become so used to this new normal that consumption demands are extending beyond the online world into other media. On-demand television is a clear illustration of users losing patience with the old “broadcast to” paradigm, and should provide an early warning system to...

  • Tips for creating great content on a tight budget

    Search 'how to create content that gets results' (or something along those lines) and you’ll be presented with an unending stream of blogs and articles that, in essence, will tell you that ‘your content has to be emotive, information rich and industry relevant’. This is all well and true but most of these blogs and articles neglect to tell you how to do this from a practical perspective, especially when you are a small-to-medium size business with a small-to-medium size marketing budget. Does this mean that content marketing is a game that is reserved exclusively for big brands with big budgets?...

  • 7 online streaming technologies which have improved our TV viewing experience

    Technologies in online streaming have come a long way over the past few years. With the birth of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites we have watched as a wave of television viewing alternatives have vastly improved the way in which we enjoy the tube. From sports streaming apps to virtual reality streaming apps and everything in between, when it comes to TV viewing today there is no shortage of exciting and satisfying means by which we can fill our entertainment void. Here are seven streaming technology that have virtually redefined how we enjoy television today. Not only...

  • ShowMax finally comes to Apple TV, Chromecast

    After more than six months, and the entry of the world's leading incumbent into the South African market, ShowMax is finally available to Apple TV and Chromecast users. The Naspers-owned video streaming service announced the long-awaited updates through a couple of press releases. While some may question why the features weren't baked into the service from day one, the team at ShowMax will be hoping that, together with a crackdown on VPNs such as UnoTelly, they help convince people to move across from Netflix. Apple TV users can access ShowMax by searching for it in the Apple TV App...

  • Ros Atkins: how digital has changed the BBC’s approach to news

    The best news presenters are their authentic selves, no matter which platform they're working on. That was the message from BBC presenter Ros Atkins, who on Thursday addressed the IAB Digital Summit in Johannesburg about the impact digital is having on TV programming, news gathering and reporting. Here goes. About to speak at #DigitalSummit2016 in Joburg. Full house... pic.twitter.com/k9AGR6vySg— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) March 3, 2016 Atkins began his talk with the truism that "we are all digital" now. He suggests that ignoring the influence of digital on news gathering and reporting is a recipe for failure. Acknowledging digital, he said, goes...

  • MailOnline to enter SA market, appoints ad partner

    The world's most visited English-language newspaper website, the Mail Online, is set to enter the South African market as it looks to leverage the large readership it already enjoys in the country. The popular, and frequently controversial, site sits just outside the country's top 50 sites above the likes of Supersport and the BBC. There is plenty, then, for some of South Africa's biggest online pubishers to be scared of. As the publisher looks to expand it's African focus, it's appointed AddSuite -- the Ole Media-owned digital advertising services company offering ad-serving solutions, real-time-bidding, programmatic buying and...

  • You can help turn this Cape Town-made animated trailer into a graphic novel

    A little under a year ago, an animated teaser trailer surfaced on Vimeo. The video, for a project called Kariba, quickly racked up over 250 000 views and made it to the front page of Reddit. This online success led to features in Variety, Animation and the respected industry website Cartoon Brew. Now, with the goal of raising funding for a full-length feature film, the team behind Kariba, Blue Forest Collective, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a graphic novel expanding the story. Set in Zimbabwe, Kariba interweaves history and mythology through an imaginative retelling of the...

  • BBC Click to air 360 degree video episode

    This is pretty cool. BBC World News' flagshsip technology programme CLICK is set to launch its its first ever 360 degree programme on Saturday 12 March. The episode, which is set to feature never before broadcast views of CERN’s famous Large Hadron Collider, will also include a number of other 360 degree firsts. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, viewers will also be privy to the world's first 360 degree magic trick -- created in concert with Derren Brown’s trick designer Anthony Owen -- and the world's first 360° game review. They will also explore a remote Swiss glacier...

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that tech has killed PR

    Late last year, a man who once ran the largest public relations firm in the world released a controversial book entitled Trust Me, PR Is Dead. The sentiments in this book are nothing new, really. For the past few decades, the role and importance of traditional PR have continuously been called into question. There’s no denying that today’s practice of public relations looks quite different than it did 20 years ago. Staples such as physical press kits and fax machines have given way to tweets, emails, and other forms of digital and real-time communication — but in no way...

  • Should DStv just embrace Netflix?

    Make no mistake, DStv sees Netflix as a threat. Or, more specifically, its parent company Naspers does. It wouldn't have launched ShowMax, its own video-streaming service, if it didn't. But is there an argument to be made that the pay-TV operator should actually embrace Netflix? As it turns out, there might be. According to a new report from IHS Technology, a number of international operators have baked Netflix into their offerings. Many of these, including Virgin Media and BT TV, say that doing so has had a largely positive impact on their offerings. According to IHS, Netflix currently has...

  • Al Jazeera launches audio-streaming app aimed at low bandwidth markets

    The market for providing news to areas starved of bandwidth appears to be growing. Al Jazeera this week announced a new audio web app that will give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of the Al Jazeera TV broadcast on their devices. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the service will help Al Jazeera reach new audiences where low internet speeds limit access to video. The primary markets being targeted are Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia. It's not the first broadcasting house to take this approach. In 2015, the BBC World Service...