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  • CERN gives away 300TB of sweet research data

    Last week, the European Organization for nuclear Research (CERN) released 300TB worth of data to the public. The data includes over 100TB of proton collisions alone from 7 TeV (the Large Hadron Collider). This release is over half of the data collected during tests in 2011. The data has been released in two different variations: the 'primary datasets,' which is the same format used by CMS Collaboration (CERN researchers) to perform research, and the 'derived datasets,' which is available in a limited number, but is accessible to high school and university students for analysis. According to a CMS physicist at CERN, Kati Lassila-Perini,...

  • New Doctor Who companion coming in 2017, is West End stage actress

    The long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who will be receiving a new 'companion' actor. West End stage actress Pearl Mackie will join the series for its run in 2017. Not much has been said about the Doctor's new companion, other than that her name will be Bill. In 2014, Mackie played Anne-Marie Frasier on the TV series Doctors. She is currently performing in the National Theater's West End stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Mackie replaces Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) who joined the shown in 2012 and officially left in 2015. Coleman's character...

  • Geeks: are you ready for the return of Silicon Valley this weekend?

    There is a slight chance that you thought the big tech news of the week was the impending sale of Yahoo, or the pivot by Intel towards cloud computing, maybe even the news that bio-tech startup Theranos was facing a federal shutdown of its labs for two years. But you would be wrong. The big news of the week has to be the impending return of beloved startup TV series, Silicon Valley, premieres on HBO on Sunday 24 April. Naturally, it’s not going to be on any local channels right off the bat (or ever) but we know that...

  • Comic books and Comic-Con: Memeburn interviews Readers Den co-owner Nizar Abrahams

    Many comic book fans dream of owning their own store; the idea of sitting behind a desk, reading the latest graphic novels and playing with merchandise. It's a profession that shows like The Big Bang Theory have romanticised, but like any business, it's not all fun and games. Over the past 24 years, Readers Den has become an integral part of the Cape Town comic book scene. The store has sold geek products to almost anyone even remotely interested in geek culture. Memeburn recently had a chance to catch up with co-founder and co-owner, Nizar Abrahams, and chatted about the stores,...

  • Once upon a time… business leaders thought stories were for entertainment only

    We’ve all grown up with stories –we’re told fairy tales when we’re very little, then the stories continue through school – and especially when we reach adulthood. Stories are all around us. Whether that’s getting engrossed in the latest crime fiction novel, religiously following our favourite soap -- or even a night out at the theatre, stories are generally seen as a device to amuse, entertain and provide a distraction from the real world. And these kinds of stories do just that. But, just because stories are often equated to flights of fantasy and the majestic, it doesn’t mean...

  • 5 steps to creating the customer data platform your business needs

    For most companies, storing, accessing, and using customer data is a massive headache. Duplication of efforts is almost inevitable, and people rarely feel confident that their data is accurate. Even worse, when one department creates a new source for customer data, other departments often aren’t aware or may be unable to rely on it because it lacks critical data. To combat these challenges, many companies are turning to a customer data platform. A customer data platform is a single repository that houses information about customer identity, behavior, purchase history, and more. Just storing logfiles of this data has limited utility,...

  • Why chatbots won’t replace humans

    Fear-mongering is everywhere, in every industry. And most recently, the contact centre has experienced its own dose of this with the announcement that Facebook will be making use of chatbots via Messenger to deal with customer queries. The concern, of course, is that the development and inclusion of intelligent tech will replace humans in a contact centre. There are many opinions on the matter, but many industry experts maintain that while the advancements of technology are remarkable, for the foreseeable future there will remain an important place for people, with the help of automation, in a contact centre. The reality is...

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power review: colourful puzzling

    I've been through a load of "serious" games of late, which left me sweaty running from zombies, shooting things in the face while skydiving through space and time, and picking up as many radioactive coffee mugs as I can find. So when developer Frozenbyte decided to bring Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power to the PlayStation 4, I took damn good notice, and sighed at the thought of playing a light-hearted puzzler for a change. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 5 free and innovative games worth more than their pricetag

    Free games have become increasingly common, especially on mobile devices, and thanks to many free-to-play microtransaction practices the whole concept of free games has become tainted in the eyes of many. If it isn't mobile games riddled with in-app purchases then people think of the shovel ware garbage that is thrown up on the majority of indie game sites such as itchi.io or Game Jolt. However, there are exceptions to these two types of free games, and some such games can be some of the best games available to play. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Microsoft Q3 results see Surface continue climb, WP fall

    Microsoft has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year. And it's more of the same for the Redmond company. The tech firm recorded revenue of US$20.5-billion for the quarter ending 31 March 2016, with operating income and net income standing at US$5.3-billion and US$3.8-billion respectively. While its cloud revenue grew three percent to US$6.1-billion, its personal computing segments saw more modest growth of 1%. "Windows OEM revenue declined two percent in constant currency, outperforming the PC market, driven by higher consumer premium device mix," the company revealed in its earnings report. Surface, mobile and Xbox? Its Surface lineup continues to perform well, seeing...

  • What a Rwandan motorcycle taxi startup can teach Uber

    With its relentless expansion, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Uber is an indomitable force. But there's another transport market, African motorcycle taxis ('motos'), where Uber will have to go a long way to beat the leaders in the field -- Safemotos -- a fast moving startup based in Kigali, who were recognised in the 2015 NT100. I was lucky enough to meet with Nash and Peter, a passionate and dynamic founder team, while visiting Kigali. Other than the obvious financial potential of the SafeMotos, they explained how it's addressing a clear social need for improving motorcycle...

  • #IAmMuslim: powerful social campaign aims a blow at Islamaphobia

    Every week seems to bring with it new incidences of Islamaphobia. Spurred by a growing migrant crisis and the recent terror attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, intolerance directed at the Muslim community is higher than ever. In response to this, Native VML and People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) have teamed up for a social media campaign that aims to address this situation by confronting people's prejudices. It does so by posting photos of Muslim women wearing a traditional Islamic hijab, fashioned after the flag of their home country. “Juxtaposing these two symbols...

  • Prince is dead: the social media numbers behind the grief

    Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is dead aged 57. The singer, producer, actor, and all-round entertainer passed away on Thursday after being hospitalised with flu last week. Unsurprisingly, fans around the world took to social media to express their grief at the loss of the global mega star. And they have done so in incredible numbers. “In the hours since the announcement there has been an outpouring of support, respect and heartbreak over the news - totalling over 3.5-million social media responses. Or, said otherwise, 60 a second," said Kelvin Jonck, MD of YouKnow Digital....

  • Weekly Round Up #59: Cell C CEO, YouTube 360° live stream, Dark Souls board game, Xbox 360 is dead

    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 talks to Reporters Graham van der Made and Hadlee Simons. The team discusses Cell CEO sexist statements, YouTube launching 360 % live video streaming functionality, Dark Souls board game smashing Kickstarter records and the death of the Xbox 360. In a new feature 'Weird News of the week', the ever the misbehaving child, internet, names a research vessel "Boaty McBoatface" and the authorities won't have none of the silliness. The team also talks about what...

  • Need a free, unlimited VPN service? Download Opera browser

    Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox rule the roost when it comes to desktop browsing, but Opera's latest browser update might lead you to switch... The Norwegian company has pulled a fast one by integrating a free VPN service into its browser - albeit in the developer version of the browser for now. "All other VPNs for the major desktop browsers are extensions, with most of them based on a paid-subscription model or offering limited data usage," the company explained on its website. "Everyone deserves to be private online if they want to be. By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no...