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  • Weekly Round Up #69: Pokemon Go, Snapchat, Steam gambling & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons talks to Graham, Andy and Burn Media's new guy Matthew Alexander. The team discusses the sensational Pokemon Go, the rapid growth of Snapchat, Valve's crackdown on Steam gambling sites, and Warner Bros' PewDiePie controversy. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy's still playing his personal game of the year, Graham bought a PlayStation TV for R100 and thinks 80s movies are cool, Matthew has just started Mr Robot season two and Hadlee is all about X-Files at the moment. Tweet...

  • More than a fad: the numbers behind Snapchat’s remarkable growth

    Snapchat is a social media monster. From its relatively humble beginnings in 2012, to its current almost-super massive status among millennials, the app is fast becoming a must-have for both casual consumers and determined marketing minds. But what can be said of Snapchat that hasn't been said already? Well, quite a lot actually, according to new numbers released by analytics company Go Fish Digital. Initially spotted by Inverse, the report sheds some light on Snapchat's rip-roaring journey past Twitter and its contemporaries to become one of the most important apps on a smartphone today. Snapchat is pretty damn big According to the numbers,...

  • 10 examples of Pokemon Go going way too far on Twitter

    We're starting to get a little Drowzee tired of Pokemon Go news in the office this week, as people go to ridiculous lengths to play the game and make non-stop posts. Just how ridiculous can it get though? Well, Twitter users have done a good job capturing the world's obsession with the mobile title. So this Just happened... #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/PWZRxXHtcv — Ismail Amen (@bigish41) July 14, 2016 The world in 2016 #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vEYMx0gpTA — Geoff D. ⭐ (@Geoffdx) July 13, 2016 Pokémon Go user playing while driving successfully catches a tree https://t.co/iFnyuzeGhN pic.twitter.com/TbjhubdCWy — Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) July 13, 2016 Ha! Just saw this over I-43 in Milwaukee. #PokemonGO...

  • Adobe Lightroom app updates: RAW editing on iOS, pro-camera on Android

    American software company Adobe has announced major updates to its Adobe Lightroom app for both Android and iOS. Users on iOS are finally getting RAW photo editing support, while Android users will receive a new camera mode. Back in February 2015, Android users first received RAW photo editing which marked an important change for the app. Smartphones are being built to take more detailed images, and retaining this quality after editing has become important. This is where the RAW format comes into play. The Adobe Lightroom app also supports the same RAW files on Lightroom for desktop, which means that users can...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 9 scenic snaps of Knysna

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. While most won't consider Knysna a city, it sure is a beautiful town. Nestled on the southern coast of the Western Cape, more than 50 000 people find their home between the Outeniqua mountains to the north-west and the Indian Ocean to...

  • CRISPR could help scientists rewrite human DNA, develop perfect ‘being’

    "Human beings are fairly close to being perfect," correct? After all, there's plenty to lay claim to that. We've developed flight without biological wings, ways to travel faster than the speed of sound, and even methods of cloning our genes. That may be so, but in each endeavour, we've had many failures before we've seen a success. And even then, our scientific creations and alterations are still not perfect. But what if they could be? CRISPR or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat is a new way for scientists to extract selected sections of a living organism's DNA and replace it...

  • Selena Gomez now owns Instagram’s most-liked post ever, remains most-followed

    A few weeks ago, we reported that Selena Gomez toppled Taylor Swift's reign as Instagram's most followed. Well, now the 23-year-old recording artist has yet another social media accolade to her name: she now boasts Instagram's most favourited post, ever. The songstress's star selfie, featuring a bottle of Coca-Cola parading lyrics to her 2015 track Me and the Rhythm, garnered a ridiculous 4.2-million likes and just under 100 000 comments. The post has been live on Instagram for around two weeks at the time of writing, so this number will likely grow. "When your lyrics are on the bottle," reads Selena...

  • Brexit, volatile markets should not affect customer experience investments

    The global economy entered 2016 under a cloud of uncertainty that has been further exacerbated by the Brexit shockwave. Now more than ever, company leadership will need to develop meaningful strategies to win new business, despite the growing global volatility. But businesses should be cautioned that now is not the time to cut back on customer experience improvement programmes. Companies are sitting on more than US$7-trillion worth of cash -- double that of just a decade ago. In an effort to garner returns in a low interest rate global economy, companies will look for investments. Venture capital and hedge funds now...

  • More celestial goodness as Juno delivers landmark Jupiter snap

    NASA marked a rather huge milestone a few weeks ago when it's Juno probe successfully entered into orbit around Jupiter on 4 July. The probe also carries a tiny camera, for the main purpose of letting the public go for a "ride" to the Jovian system. Now, the first photo has been beamed back to Earth, showing the gas giant from orbit. The photo was taken six days after Juno's rendezvous, being roughly 4.3-million kilometres away from the planet, on the outbound leg of its initial orbit, NASA explained. The space agency added that better quality snaps were still a few weeks away, with the...

  • Get 4 Magnums (the ice cream) delivered via Uber for R100

    Just when you thought you were getting some respite from Uber promotions, the company has announced a partnership with Magnum. The partnership will see Uber customers able to order four Magnum ice creams for R100 via the smart cab service on Friday 15 July. The offer takes place between 11am and 3pm and is available to users in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. How to take part It's by no means a local-only deal though, as the company confirmed that South Africa is one of 30 nations taking part in this promotion. Other participating countries include the UK, India, New Zealand,...

  • Google Search improves for holiday makers, simplifies online shopping

    Google wants to make searching, booking and paying for your December holiday an easier affair, according to its new additions to Google Search. The company this week announced that it will "make travel planning and mobile shopping easier" thanks to a few new ad-centric features. Firstly, the company's beefing up its search algorithm to give users more acute holiday-making results tuned to specific queries. For instance, Google notes that it'll "now give people the option to filter Hotel search results based on specific needs". Google's simplifying jet-setting "For example, travelers can filter based on rating or price with one tap on their...

  • Buffer now lets users schedule Instagram posts (kind of)

    If you wanted to schedule images on Instagram ahead of time, you'd have to employ a night-watchman and feed him copious amounts of caffeine to look after your profile. Now, Buffer -- a social media scheduling service -- has announced that it now supports Instagram scheduling. This is great news for those who do use Buffer and Instagram, but thanks to the latter's inner workings, users can't automatically upload posts to the service. "With Buffer’s Instagram support, you can create an Instagram reminder in the web or mobile app, and when it’s time to post, Buffer will send a notification to...

  • 6 takeaways from Dr Werner Vogels’ Amazon Summit keynote

    Amazon held its Amazon Web Service (AWS) Summit in Cape Town this week, aimed squarely at developers and enterprises looking to learn more about their cloud offerings. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be something to pique my interest, but the presence of Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon and cloud pioneer, made for an interesting keynote. Amazon's cloud efforts have an SA link It might not come as news to some, but did you know that Amazon's EC2 cloud computing offering was actually developed in South Africa for the most part. An Amazon executive said that EC2 effectively started at "a small office in Constantia"...

  • Google Hangouts for Android gains video messaging, loses SMS merging

    Google vehemently denied at its I/O 2016 conference that it would be ditching Hangouts in favour of its two new chat apps. And good news, because it doesn't seem that it was lying. The company has now added video messaging to Google Hangouts, which puts it in line with some of the other major chats apps. And speaking of major chat apps, the iOS version of Hangouts has had this feature since 2014. According to 9to5 Google, a non-official APK is currently available for those brave enough to dally with video messaging. The feature works similarly to sending a voice note...

  • Facebook: 950m interactions from 195m users during Euro 2016

    Data from Facebook reveals that Euro 2016 in France was one of the most talked about sporting events in history. The tournament which began on 10 June and ended on 10 July 2016 saw 195-million users involved in 950-million interactions. During the final, which was played on 10 July 2016, Facebook saw about 45-million users taking part in 146-million interactions. Globally, the key moments included Ronaldo lifting the trophy at the end of the match, the winning goal scored by Eder, the final whistle, and Ronaldo's injury. Read more: Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat The top five most discussed players around the...