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  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained.

  • Drone smashes through CT entrepreneur’s window, hits him in the head

    Cape Town has a reputation for bad drivers, but if this video is anything to go by, the city's drone pilots might not be much better. The video was posted by internet entrepreneur David Perel, who was the unfortunate victim of the rogue drone. According to Perel, the drone smashed through his fifth floor window and hit him in the head. "While sitting at my desk I head what sounded like a missile followed by a huge bang and glass all over me," he writes in the video's YouTube description. Fortunately, Perel was uninjured but it's pretty clear...

  • Weekly Round Up #57: Tesla Model 3, WhatsApp encryption, Huawei P9, Panama Papers, Cake ban

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas is back from his honeymoon and for this week's Weekly Round Up he hosts Gearburn editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team discusses Tesla's Model 3, the Panama Papers, WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, and Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, the team discusses Instagram banning a cake after mistaking it for a breast. The team also talks about what they are currently watching,...

  • Knott-Craig’s secret plan to fix Mxit, and why it failed

    When serial tech entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr took to the NetProphet stage on Thursday, it was ostensibly to talk about Project Isizwe -- the non-profit WiFi initiative he now runs. But there was also a tasty tit-bit for anyone who's kept an eye on Mxit over the past five years. While describing his journey to Project Isizwe, Knott-Craig revealed what his grand vision for Mxit actually was after he acquired it in 2011 and why his investors turned their backs on him. According to Knott-Craig, the mobile social network had been in discussions with South Africa's mobile operators to become a...

  • Feast your eyes on the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    After the critical success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it's time for the next big screen Rebels vs. The Empire cinematic. This time, it's a darker, grittier version of the Star Wars universe. The movie that nobody asked for, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place between Episode III and IV and chronicles how the Rebels stole the plans for the original Death Star. We know the succeed, we know many of them die, but we don't know their personal stories. Watch the full trailer below.

  • What you need to know about WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption

    Users of the instant messaging service WhatsApp will now benefit from more secure conversations after the company announced it has turned on full end-to-end encryption. The Facebook-owned company announced that all messages, including texts, calls, videos, voice messages and files, will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning that anyone other than the sender and recipient(s) will not be able to access them – not even Whatsapp employees. WhatsApp said in a statement, “Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us.” The news comes after it was revealed that companies such as Google, Snapchat and Facebook are...

  • Big-name activist throws weight behind WEF internet initiative

    Education activist and co-founder of the academic support non-profit Olico, Andrew Barrett has thrown his weight behind an initiative from the World Economic Forum's global shpers programme to bring internet access to all in Africa. Called #internet4all, the campaign was announced on Thursday and will officially launch at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 that takes place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. The campaign follows a call from Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee for the World Economic Forum, for the internet to become a basic right in Africa. “Technology...

  • Why legacy software represents a major business risk

    All too often with local companies, and particularly large and established corporates, there is a risky over-reliance on the use of legacy software and systems. The same software that was put in place some 20 or 30 years back, still underpins key business processes and daily operations. And instead of integrating new software and adopting more innovative IT solutions, companies tend to stick to their tried and trusted ways. In most instances, it is simply because they have invested both time and money into their existing software solutions – and at first glance, it appears to be the most...

  • Here’s how big data is being used to fix traffic congestion

    Big data is used for a lot of things. Most of the time, the focus is on what big data analytics can do for businesses, helping them improve sales, reach more customers, and create more efficient operations. In fact, big data is often used for the sake of greater efficiency, so the idea of using it for more efficient traffic flow hasn’t been lost on data scientists. Researchers have spent years looking at various ways to make traffic flow more smoothly. This has become especially important as major metropolitan areas continue to grow and the number of vehicles on...

  • B2B social media: Is your brand engaging with future tech buyers?

    “For most B2B companies out there, social media tends to be an awkward part of the marketing equation. On the one hand, companies feel obligated to be on social media, because almost everyone else is these days, but on the other hand, many downplay its importance to their marketing strategy, because they don’t feel like their B2B industry has a large or active social following.” These words from DUO Marketing + Communications’ digital manager, Anish Abraham, hits the nail on the head for me. I am constantly fascinated by how some (not all) businesses steer away from social media...

  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 3DS review: as forgettable as the Olympics

    For a fifth time, Mario and Sonic are heading off to the Olympic Games to see who’s the best at running, jumping, and wearing medals. Yes, it’s Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which means another bout of minigames for your Nintendo 3DS. Question is, should you go for gold and score this tie-in title, or dash at the first sight of it? Off the bat, Rio 2016 is a mixed bag of sweets and sours for all players. This particular offering contains chocolates and raisins, pizzas and stale bread, and puddings with parsley instead of mint....

  • Tesla Model 3 vs Chevrolet Bolt: here’s what we know so far

    Yes, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has finally been revealed. And what an astounding reception it has received, with nearly 300 000 interested parties putting down deposits in the first three days alone. But, despite absolutely dominating the automotive headlines – and it really has – the Model 3 won’t be the first available relatively affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle with a range exceeding 320km. Indeed, the folks over at General Motors say that the new Chevrolet Bolt (not be confused with the Volt hybrid) will be available at dealerships in the United States before the end of 2016. The Model 3,...

  • Reddit improves ‘block user’ feature to help deal with trolls

    Reddit, and almost every other message board on the net, has an issue with trolls. You know, those few internet users who enjoy aggressively smashing any scintilla of common sense or order for the lulz. Well, today the company has announced a new set of tools to address trolls on its message boards, and first and foremost is a more widely active private user blocking system. Redditors can now filter and block trolls from within their own inboxes and beyond. The company notes that this system will now also apply to comment replies. "Simply click the “Block User” button while viewing the...

  • Google provides seed funding to Taiwanese renewable energy program

    Google is concerned about the well being of the environment and has provided seed funding to a renewable energy company based in Taiwan. This is not the first investment in a green company either. To date, Google has acquired about two gigawatts of renewable energy, an equivalent of taking nearly one million cars off the road, making it the world's largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Google has provided seed funding to the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) in a bid to provide all of its data centers around the world with renewable energy, a commitment the company has made in which...

  • Facebook Live Video gets an update, support for groups, events, filters

    Facebook has updated Live video, its attempt at live video streaming, and the new updates overhauls the feature in a big way. The new updates include support for Groups, events, live reactions on Android, replaying comments, creative tools like live filters, ability to invite friends, video destination on mobile, and live Map. Read more: Facebook News feed will now show you Live Video first, then everything else Fidji Simo, Product Management Director at Facebook, highlighted how users have been using Live Video since it launched in 2015, stating that users are talking to family members and athletes are sharing their training...