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  • Mr Robot wins big at the Golden Globe Awards

    At the Golden Globes last night, Mr Robot won the prestigious Best TV Series -- Drama award and Christian Slater, who plays Mr Robot on the show, won Best performance by an actor in a supporting role for Television. Mr Robot is about a cyber security engineer, Elliot Alderson, who works for a firm called Allsafe during the day, and at night is a vigilante hacker working on behalf of a secret group called fsociety whose main goal is to take down a conglomerate called E Corp. Since debuting on 24 June 2015 on USA Network, Mr Robot, portrayed...

  • New online tool claims it can teach you a new language 1.5X faster than Duolingo

    So how are your New Year's Resolutions going? Have you reached the stage where you panic because you have no idea how you're going achieve them? Well if learning a new language was one of your resolutions, then you might want to have a look at LanguageZen. The tool, which is still coming out of Beta claims to "adapt to every learner and is scientifically proven to be the fastest way to learn a new language". Right now the only language available on LanguageZen is Spanish, although it promises that more languages are coming in the near future. Within those...

  • International websites: what you need to know for SEO

    How do you open new markets with an international website? Create a localized experience with your website. Garnering a strong search engine ranking and creating a good customer experience requires far more than just duplicating your site for different countries. Companies create international sites to increase international business, but critical SEO mistakes in that process have the opposite effect: not ranking at all. 1. Don’t have more than one version of your site for each language A common mistake companies make with their international website is creating multiple versions of their sites for each language. For example, companies we work...

  • Social media racism, Netflix, Star Wars: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    In a week where South African social media users seemed determined to vent forth racially charged spew, there appeared to be precious little for people in the country to celebrate. Old wounds were opened up and, under the scabs, appeared to have festered. Even the arrival of Netflix in the country wasn't met with universal claim, thanks to catalogue much reduced from what's available in the US. Heck, even Star Wars: The Force Awakens seems to be coming in for increasing flack. These were the five most read stories on Memeburn this week. 5. The Force awakens to Star...

  • From banks to microlenders, Fincheck wants to help you find the best loans

    Financial service comparison websites have been around for a while in South Africa with the likes of Hippo, Click n Compare and many more, assisting people with probably one of the most stressful undertakings out there. Now, two young entrepreneurs are trying to help South Africans with a more in-depth finance comparison website, called Fincheck, which helps people find loan options. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 5 things to know before your affiliate marketing programmes go international

    If your affiliate marketing programmes have taken off domestically, chances are you’re considering international expansion as a natural next step. After all, a global presence provides an additional source of revenue, the opportunity for diversification among affiliates, more profitable customers (if your product offerings are viewed as premiums in overseas markets), and the opportunity to learn from other international companies. However, while global expansion seems like a logical -- and profitable -- next phase, it’s important to understand how affiliate marketing differs on an international level before you dive in. Keep these five ideas in mind before launching your programme: 1. Your...

  • Webfluential hit by phishing scam, users targeted with fake mail

    Online influencer platform Webfluential has been hit by a phishing attack, which saw scam emails sent out to multiple influencers. The scam email, which is the result of one of its accounts being compromised, comes with the subject line: "Global Influencer Contract Follow Up". Once opened, the email asserts that the sender has sent you info to preview and sign, along with a call-to-action linking recipients to a Google Sheet. Shortly after the email was sent out, Webfluential sent out a mail urging users not to open it. Read more: Webfluential, Retromedia join forces to accelerate global...

  • #ZumaMustFall movement urges SA digital players to donate 30 mins a day to cause

    While the ugly wounds of South African race politics have been picked open this week, there are still some determined to make the country's president Jacob Zuma pay for his mid-December axing of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene -- an action which sent the Rand into freefall. Memeburn has received an email from someone claiming to be "one of the people behind the #ZumaMustFall campaigns" urging South African companies with a social media presence to donate 30 minutes to an hour of their time every day to what it says will be "THE biggest Social Media campaign this country has...

  • Weekly Round Up #46: Racism on social media, Netflix in Africa, CES and Twitter’s 10K characters

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, in our very first podcast for the year 2016, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about the recent racism rows on the South African Twitter streets, Netflix coming to South Africa and other 130 African countries, CES and Twitter's 10K characters. Read more below: Estate agent calls black people ‘monkeys’ in racist Facebook post This viral Facebook post is the perfect shutdown to SA’s beach racists #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology Standard Bank economist in...

  • MTN acquires Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications for undisclosed amount

    With a US$3.9 billion fine -- imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission -- looming in the background, MTN Nigeria has reportedly acquired Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications. News coming out of Nigeria, reported by the Nigeria based publication, Leadership, is that the deal has been completed with the two parties due to make statements to this fact before the end of this week. This move is a firm statement by MTN that even with the US$3.9-billion fine circling above its head it has no intentions of exiting the Nigerian market. Founded in 2007, Visafone Communications is owned...

  • Facebook Messenger out to kill the phone number

    Facebook Messenger, which passed the 800-million user mark in 2015, is out to kill the phone number. That's according to post from the social network's Vice President of Messaging David Marcus, in which he outlines what the messaging platform is out do in 2016. Looking back, Marcus says 2015 was a year "when we made significant improvements to how we enable people to communicate". "Among other things, he writes, "we made Messenger blazing fast, we introduced video calling, the ability to customize conversations with colors, nicknames and emojis, and with Businesses on Messenger, we introduced a new way for...

  • Deep VR is the startup bridging videography and virtual reality

    Virtual reality (VR) startups are rare companies, even with the technology gaining more traction. Deep VR is one such company -- specialising in 3D and 2D 360 degree video production -- that came together while in a pinch. Founded and self-funded by Ulrico Grech-Cumbo and Telmo dos Reis, in October 2015, the South African-based company started off as something of a necessity. Its sister company, Ambrosia Brand Experience Agency over-sold itself to on a project. The client required a jazz club to be filmed in 360 degrees, but the agency didn't know how to achieve this. Fortunately, the pair stepped up to...

  • The Force awakens to Star Wars backlash, harsh criticism

    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opened with almost universal praise while smashing box office records. Unfortunately, it hasn't all been lightsaber battles and heroics for the new movie. After the onslaught of praise settled, some began to question the movie's plot, its merchandise marketing, and even those involved with the previous six films spoke out against it. Everyone needs to say their piece and here are a few examples. This article will include mild spoilers. You have been warned. Read more: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': what the world thinks so far The old club speaks out One of the more shocking criticisms...

  • Thanks to the Moto X, we’re in the middle of a budget device revolution

    When Motorola launched the original Moto X in 2013 the mobile world changed forever. It was compact, running the latest version of Android and added a number of extremely useful features to the OS without any of the much-dreaded bloat. Sure, the camera wasn’t great, neither was the battery life, or its eventual upgrade path, but it’s safe to say that the Moto X changed the mobile landscape. It’s also important to note that while all this innovation was happening, Google still owned Motorola. When the Moto X launched it brought a premium experience to a budget driven customer,...