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  • Got a monster connection? YouTube now has 4K live streams

    4K video streaming is still a significant obstacle for many internet users, requiring fast speeds and loads of data to take advantage of it. But 4K live streaming is an even bigger obstacle though, owing to the real-time nature of it all. Still, that hasn't stopped YouTube from supporting the standard, the company announced earlier this week. "Today, we're proud to say that we're taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos," YouTube explained. The first high-profile use for the standard came last night at The Game Awards, which saw...

  • Zuckerberg’s posts mistakenly stripped from Facebook

    What is it with companies taking down their CEO's social media messages this month? First Twitter's Jack Dorsey, and now Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg The latter reportedly removed several posts published by the Facebook CEO in what it's calling a "mistake". Eagle-eyed reporters at The Verge noticed that Zuckerberg's posts about fake news on the social media site, as well as commentary on the US elections, were stripped from his timeline Tuesday, only to later be restored just before 8pm SAST. Facebook's fake news problem One of these posts included a statement made by Zuckerberg on 18 November, regarding misinformation on Facebook. "The bottom line...

  • 20 of South Africa’s biggest YouTube personalities by the numbers [Digital All-Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Sure, data might be expensive and smartphones haven't reached everyone just yet, but that hasn't stopped South Africans from taking to video in a massive way over the past several years. We aren't just a nation of YouTube viewers though, because we also play host to a fascinating variety of South African YouTubers. So who are the biggest players in South...

  • Reddit CEO tampered with comments on Donald Trump subreddit

    Social aggregation site Reddit is known as a democratic platform. There are moderators, but they're generally called into action only when subreddit rules are broken. But the latest revelation from Reddit CEO Steve Huffman goes against this wholeheartedly. Huffman, under the Reddit name of /u/spez, has admitted to changing users' comments, replacing mentions of his username with those of mods from the 300 000-strong Donald Trump subreddit. "Yep. I messed with the 'fuck u/spez' comments, replacing 'spez' with r/the_donald mods for about an hour," he admitted on a thread. "It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff," Huffman adds. Comment...

  • Twitter goofs, temporarily suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account

    There are a few key things to remember when working at a large company. One, at least at Twitter, is to not suspend your boss's Twitter account. But it seems that yesterday someone forgot that very important rule. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was suspended from the website he founded earlier today, in what has been labeled by him an "internal mistake". Around 6pm SAST on Monday, tweeters discovered that the famous @Jack Twitter account was no longer active. Dorsey's account is also famous for posting the very first tweet on the network back in 2006. At the time of writing, Dorsey's account...

  • Instagram gets live videos, disappearing photos

    Facebook-owned Instagram continues its quest to take on Snapchat with two new features this week. The first new feature is live video for Instagram Stories, which is pretty self-explanatory. "Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime," Instagram says on its blog. The two features are a big addition to Instagram, although they're definitely inspired by Snapchat "It's easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the 'Start Live Video'...

  • WhatsApp video calls: yes, it’s finally official

    Facetime and Skype still rule the roost when it comes to video calling, but if any company could take them on, it's WhatsApp. And the Facebook-owned service has done just that, allowing users to seamlessly call its contacts. "Today we're excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people -- WhatsApp video calling. In the coming days, WhatsApp's more than one billion users can make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices," the company wrote in a blog post. WhatsApp could take the fight to Skype and Facetime with video calling The company explained the move, saying that sometimes voice...

  • 12+ Instagram snaps of last night’s supermoon from around the world

    In case you missed it, last night's supermoon was a pretty big deal. Although the phenomenon is fairly common, this particular example was a tad more special than most. It appeared around 14% larger and 30% brighter than this year's smallest full moon back in April. That's largely because the moon last night was much, much closer to earth. In fact, NASA suggests that it's the closest full moon to Earth so far this century. According to NASA, the term "supermoon" is a bit more scientific than the common it's just a larger full moon notion suggests. Supermoon is actually "a term...

  • Did fake news on Facebook contribute to US election?

    Some have questioned whether fake news and hoax articles have contributed to Donald Trump emerging victorious in the US elections last week. After all, the social network has seemingly seen a rise in fake news trending after it fired human editors. However, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied that these stories influenced results, taking to (surprise!) Facebook over the weekend to share his thoughts. "After the election, many people are asking whether fake news contributed to the result, and what our responsibility is to prevent fake news from spreading. These are very important questions and I care deeply about getting them right. I...

  • WTF are Snapchat Spectacles?

    If you haven't a clue what Snapchat Spectacles are, don't worry. We had a similar debate in the office whether to publish this piece on Gearburn or Memeburn. But luckily, the social outweighed the gadgetry. We also imagine that this is exactly what Snapchat (or its parent company, now known as Snap) wanted too. Debuting on 10 November 2016 (just in time for people to get over the US Elections), Snapchat Spectacles is the company's jovial answer to smart wearables like Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens. But it's much simpler than those devices. In fact, these US$130 sunglasses do two things...

  • Instagram Stories: Boomerang now included, but is live video next?

    Facebook-owned social network Instagram is reportedly trialing live video on its Instagram Stories feature, similar to Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live. The company also officially announced that the likes of Boomerang, mentions and links are all coming to Instagram Stories, which aims to "make your story even more fun". What's confirmed Firstly, Boomerang can be used in Instagram Stories much like with traditional posted images. "Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. Tap record and the camera will stitch together a burst of photos into a mini...

  • US Elections helps Twitter, Facebook to big traffic spikes

    Although Donald Trump won the electoral vote Wednesday, it seems that Twitter and Facebook were the real winners. The two social networks saw a massive spike in traffic thanks to US Elections coverage, this according to a new report by Sandvine's Internet Phenomena blog. The social elections According to Twitter, the social network saw a billion tweets about the elections since August 2015, with tweets about Clinton and Trump gradually growing and spiking more often since. Image: Twitter Top tweeted policy issues also included "Foreign Affairs" with 50-million tweets, "Terrorism" with just under 30-million and the "US Economy" at 25-million. But those stats were...

  • Johannesburg floods: here’s what Twitter and Instagram captured

    South Africa plays victim to comparatively few natural disasters, but when they do strike, they make their presence known. This was the case in Eastern Johannesburg this week, as heavy rains resulted in flash floods. The floods, which struck on Wednesday, flooded the basement of OR Tambo International Airport subsequently delaying flights, and left many of the city's motorways also under water. This included the heavily-trafficked N3, N12 and R24 freeways. According to News24, at least seven people are also currently missing. Flash floods hit Johannesburg Wednesday, plunging the city's motorways into chaos On Twitter, the hashtag #Floods is trending in South Africa...

  • Twitter’s chief operating officer resigns

    Twitter just can't seem to catch a break right now. After struggling to find a buyer, sacking 8% of its workforce, and shedding its Vine short video platform, the company's COO has now announced that he will be stepping down. "After 6 years and a once-in-a-lifetime run, I let Jack know that I am ready to change gears and do something new outside the company," Bain announced on the social network. "It’s been a privilege to have played a role in helping build something so special." Adam Bain had been a mainstay at Twitter since 2010 Bain's...

  • #Elections2016: Twitter reacts to Donald Trump win

    The last few states are still trickling in, but Donald Trump has won the 2016 US Elections, as Hillary Clinton called him to concede defeat. There's no doubting that this may have been the most dramatic US election in recent memory, surpassing the infamous 2000 elections between George W Bush and Al Gore. But what did Twitter make of the results? Dear Americans, Canadian immigration web site is not crashing we shut it down. Sysadmin/IT team, Canada. #Elections2016 — nixCraft # (@nixcraft) November 9, 2016 That moment when 9/11 and 11/9 are the greatest disasters for America! #ElectionNight #USElection2016 #Elections2016 #electionday — TWylie (@TWylie_) November 9, 2016 BREAKING:...