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  • Elon Musk’s latest tweet will hurt your brain, make you a No Man’s Sky believer

    Space exploration pioneer and tech wizard Elon Musk has dropped some serious philosophical knowledge on the world and its inner workings after Hello Games' No Man's Sky launched this week. The latest PlayStation 4 and PC game -- which lets players explore over 18-quintillion planets -- was the subject of Musk's latest tweet, taking inspiration from the game's procedurally-generated universe. "Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend," he tweets. "Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down." Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend. Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down ... https://t.co/DCMr1TVOdL—...

  • Pokemon Go gets childhood-ruining NSFW parody, continues odd trend

    If Pokemon Go hasn't yet ruined your childhood memories of the boy wonder Ash Ketchum and his troop of merry monsters, this surely will. Thanks to a few crafty comedians, a new Pokemon Go parody will be debuting on the internet soon, but it's absolutely, completely and utterly NSFW. If playing Pokemon Go at work hasn't got you suspended yet, this almost definitely will. Created by Brazzers, the video dubbed Pornstar Go: A XXX Parody, debuted on Monday and has been throwing a few meowths among the pidgeys, so to speak. The protagonist of the video (according to the NSFW trailer)...

  • YouTube Live: 4 ways businesses can use Google’s streaming app

    Faced with stiff competition from Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of upstarts, Google-owned YouTube has announced it will be adding a live mobile streaming option to its own native app. This is according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and other company officials. Introducing YouTube Live: Google's mobile streaming app Over the past 15-odd months, such platforms as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat have risen from obscurity and quickly become some of the hottest social networking platforms on the internet. And though YouTube has had live streaming features on its desktop platform for years, the company has been noticeably absent in terms...

  • Facebook to circumvent ad-blocking software on desktop, because ‘choice’

    Whether it's due to aesthetics, data usage or horrible ads in general, ad-blocking software is only gaining steam these days. The trend has however seen loads of websites ask their users to disable ad-blockers. Now, Facebook is taking a somewhat drastic approach to the software. In a blog post, the social media juggernaut said that ads can be useful if they're relevant and well-made. "But because ads don't always work this way, many people have started avoiding certain websites or apps, or using ad blocking software, to stop seeing bad ads. These have been the best options to date," the blog post read. "We've...

  • Google wants to project holograms of super famous people using drones

    It seems Google's mad scientists have been playing a little Killzone: Shadow Fall recently. The Mountain View tech giant wants to build smart drones that will output images onto screens, or virtual people onto stages. "A mobile teleprescence system," remarks Google's patent application, "may include a frame, a propulsion system operable couples to the frame to propel the frame through a designated space". This frame will also include an "image output device" while it will be propelled by "rotors at opposite end portions". But why on earth would anyone or any company want to use something like this? Other than it being...

  • South Africa’s weekend box office: Suicide Squad explodes into theatres [2016/08/08]

    It looks like super hero-type movies will continue to attract audiences as Suicide Squad (our review) debuts in first place in SA. What else did SA love this past weekend (5 to 7 August)? Apart from DC Comics's latest film, two other films -- Jason Bourne and Ghostbusters -- are sitting in top SA box office positions. Then there's Ice Age 5: Collision Course and Legend of Tarzan, which are occupying the fourth and fifth spaces respectively. The movies that's grossed the highest on this list so far, Finding Dory, isn't even in the top five. In fact, the movie is struggling to keep...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: #RememberKhwezi, Oscar in hospital, Rio Olympics & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (5 August - 7 August). President Jacob Zuma was given a stark reminder of his past at the IEC National Elections centre this weekend. While revealing the final results of the local general elections, four women stood up in front of the stage and held up placards urging viewers to "#RememberKhwezi". Khwezi is the name given to...

  • Security vs productivity: the mobile device management conundrum

    Given the significant productivity benefits delivered by mobility, it is unsurprising to note that it is fast becoming a way of life in many organisations. In fact, Gartner predicts that as many as half of all employers will have instituted mandatory bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies within the next year. There are many reasons why mobility, and therefore BYOD, is taking off within enterprises. While employees can clearly be more productive in an office environment when using a laptop or PC, being able to utilise a mobile device for the same tasks means they are able to work from anywhere, and at...

  • Quadrooter: 900m Qualcomm Android phones vulnerable to security flaw

    The latest set of smartphone nasties floating around the internet has a pretty cool name, but could very well leave your own phone at risk. Dubbed Quadrooter, the set of four flaws affect all Qualcomm-powered smartphones running Android, which means around 65% of the LTE smartphone market, or 900-million smartphones in total. According to CheckPoiunt, the vulnerabilities could leave users' devices rooted, and open to remote access. These vulnerabilities can be targeted through the installation of a malicious app. But only one vulnerability needs to be exploited. In that event, an "attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of...

  • SA Twitter suggests the perfect ANC, DA & EFF #CoalitionLoveSongs

    Another day, another snarky hashtag on South Africa's Twittersphere. This edition of the Local General Elections has been quite a rollercoaster ride on the social network, with #VotingPickupLines trending earlier this week, highlighting the cute and often creepy things fellow voters say to one another, and the more serious #RememberKhwezi, reminding the nation that rape culture should be discussed and never ignored. But while our thumbs are stained, and our votes now fully counted, it's the political parties' turn to look one another in the eye. Thanks to the few parties who managed to secure majorities in major metros (the DA...

  • Dunkirk and an epic ramen ad: this week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. Put your feet up, because we've got six entertaining and/or popular videos lined up for you this week. An epic ramen ad, a new Christopher Nolan movie and Pokemon's theme song sung in 20 styles are some of the better picks in this edition. Who knew ramen ads were this epic? A guy accidentally gets shot with an arrow on America's Got Talent (1min50secs) A wind turbine catches fire and creates cool...

  • 5 amazing technologies that are yet to find their killer apps

    The history of innovation is essentially a love story. For any new technology to be embraced and find mainstream success, it first must find its soulmate, that one killer app that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts, and eventually makes its existence seem as if it were always inevitable. Think of long-vaunted, and long-stalled, augmented reality (AR) and the overnight impact of Pokemon Go, though there are hundreds of examples -- from the marriage of smartphones and apps to the mix of greater data availability and better computing power that has given a huge boost to...

  • Are you vetting Internet of Things platforms? Your competitors might be

    As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in size and influence, many businesses are seeking to harness its potential to innovate and boost revenue. To do so requires connecting all these different types of devices, systems, and more through one unified platform. Indeed, IoT platforms represent a growing market, one which is expected to reach US$1.6-billion by the beginning of the next decade. Despite the growth of the Internet of Things and the need to use an IoT platform, many organizations are not responding to the trend. IoT platforms are often overlooked. Perhaps it comes from a general misunderstanding...