What’s in a traffic cone? An abridged biography of VLC Media Player

VLC-image We often get carried away with our gadgets here at Gearburn, but we also believe that the software running on these brilliant little things also deserve recognition now and then. VLC Media Player has been around for nearly 17 years now, back when people were using Windows 95 as their primary operating system and 16MB RAM was enough. Now it's one of the first programs I download on Windows, and the first app for video playback on Android. It has come ...


Is video interviewing actually good for your startup’s diversity?

SkypeVideoCall_Web You may have heard about the recent Dunkin’ Donuts discrimination scandal, where a man was denied employment because his religion requires him to take certain times off. Or last month’s Food Lion case where a change in position interfered with a worker’s religious schedule. No, it’s not 1941 or even the year of discrimination, but discriminatory practices in employment and hiring are still a problem. Read more on Ventureburn.


NASCAR drivers trade fists of fury: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

AAA Texas 500 There are just too many motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Another truly international weekend of motorsport laid in wait for eager fans this weekend, and none of the series disappointed. The United States was spoiled for choice this weekend, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup series heading into its final Eliminator ...


Steve Jobs’ original Apple-1 computer expected to fetch $500k at auction

Apple-1 computer In 1976 at the age of 21, Steve Jobs sold an Apple-1 computer to Charles Ricketts from his parents' garage in California. This is the only known surviving Apple-1 computer with a direct link to Jobs and now it will be sold at an auction later this year on 11 December. As a result of its pedigree, its expected to fetch around US$500 000. Jobs originally sold the computer for US$600. The computer is reported to be still fully operational. An ...


South African city domain names now open to the public

Internet connection Starting today, companies have an opportunity to gain effective branding by having a domain of the city their business is based in. This of course is a lot more effective for companies that are based in local cities and not so much for national and international companies. The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has opened the three new domains to registration by the general public. The domains are .joburg, .durban or .capetown. Registration of names begins today 4 November 2014. Applicants are ...

News, Social media

#Loadshedding by the social media numbers

Candles Load shedding is back – this time with damage to the Majuba power station coal storage silo. What does this mean for South Africa? Load shedding that could last for the rest of the week. What does this mean for social media? More mentions! Here are the stats: Top 10 tweeters: Top tweeters are determined by on topic posts, comment counts, likes and votes and engagement in general. *Competition is tight between Helen Zille, Gareth Cliff and Rich Simmonds. Top 10 tweeters. Mentions on Eskom, load ...

Advertising & Marketing

In digital marketing? Smile, ’cause your budget is only going to keep growing

Growth chart If you're rooted in the traditional advertising space, now might be a good time to avert your eyes. If however you're in digital, then we suggest you read on because things are only going to get better. According a survey by technology research house Gartner, digital marketing spending averaged one-quarter of the marketing budget in 2014. The survey found that of the 51% of companies who plan to increase their digital marketing budget in 2015, the average increase will be ...

Social media

Facebook becomes first social network to have same number of South African males as females

Toilet door This is interesting. Barring a few obvious examples, we don't tend to think of social networks as being used predominantly by males or females. But, as it turns out, Facebook is the first social network in South Africa that has seen exactly equal take-up by males and females. That particular insight comes from A Social Media Landscape 2015 report, released today by World Wide Worx and Fuseware. Facebook's male, female parity is particularly interesting given that there are still a small ...


Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope without harness or net

Tightrope Nik Wallenda, an extreme sportsman, walked between three skyscrapers on a high-wire hundreds of feet off the ground in downtown Chicago on Sunday night. In two separate legs, Wallenda crossed between the buildings without a harness or net. The first tightrope walk was on a 19 degrees incline and took six minutes and 50 seconds. The wire dangled 588 storey Marina Tower West to the top of the 671 storey Leo Burnet building, crossing over the Chicago river and spanning ...

Innovation, News

This Dutch student is building an ambulance drone

Drone1 Drones have a bad reputation, an almost irredeemable bad reputation even when proposed to be put to good use. The bad boy reputation is not uncalled for. Drones, though not on its own doing, have been responsible for some gruesome attacks. One student in Netherlands at the Delft University of Technology is attempting to put drones to good use. Alec Momont needed to complete a final project at university and he set out to find a positive use for drones. ...






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