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  • Facebook Workplace now available worldwide

    Facebook has taken a break from algorithms and bots this week, and announced that Facebook Workplace is now open to all teams and organisations across the world. What was once Facebook for Work, Workplace will be separated from users' primary and embarrassing personal accounts. It will also look and function a lot like traditional Facebook, while compatible with the web and mobile devices. Facebook begins testing ‘At Work’ enterprise product Facebook today confirmed that it has begun testing on Facebook at Work. The app, which blends elements of the Facebook experience into an enterprise level product, will be visible in iOS and...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Haiti recovers after Hurricane Matthew & #Khwezi dies

    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 (7 October – 10 October 2016). African news Ethiopia's crisis deepened this weekend after the government decreed a six-month state of emergency. The country, which has been experiencing ongoing civil uprisings and protests against the government. According to reports, over 500 people have died since the unrest began in early August 2016. "A state of emergency has been declared...

  • Rocking The Daisies 2016: an Instagram photo story

    This year's edition of Rocking The Daisies has come and gone. Was it the best ever? That's up for you to decide. But either way, you'll have to wait until October 2017 to get your Darling fix again. But for us who didn't have a chance to hit the festival this weekend, at least Instagram is a great way to see what we've missed. And it seems that we've missed quite a lot. Supported by the photo sharing app's fairly frequent usage at Rocking The Daisies this weekend, we've put together a little photo story, detailing the highlights from Darling. Rocking The Daisies...

  • 10 highlights from Pikotaro’s 9GAG AMA

    Make what you will of Japan's latest online sensation, but Pikotaro is a name you'll probably hear a lot this year. Singer and songwriter of the now-infamous Pen Pineapple Apple Pen (which you're singing in your head right this instant), Pikotaro recently took to 9GAG to conduct an Ask Me Anything session with his slew of fans. So what did we find out about Pikotaro from his chat with the internet? Here are some of the highlights. 1. Why was PPAP made in the first place? 2. How does it feel to "become a meme"? 3. Are there more songs heading the internet's way? 4....

  • Fighter pilots to soon have drone wingmen

    The USA's heavy use of drone strikes serves as more evidence of the technology's increased involvement in conflicts around the world. But unmanned aircraft are set to be more than just a standalone solution for "surgical" strikes. At least if the USA and Japan's new programmes are anything to go by. Both countries have announced drone wingmen to partner up with traditional manned aircraft. In other words, they're preparing for a future where manned and unmanned aircraft operate side-by-side. USA's more conventional approach The USA's Loyal Wingman Initiative is expected to see last-generation unmanned F16 fighters paired up with the latest F35 fighter jets. According...

  • We can beat SpaceX to Mars – Boeing

    SpaceX has made a few big Mars-related announcements, but at least one firm believes it can beat Elon Musk's company to the Red Planet. Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, told a conference (h/t: ScienceAlert) that he believes the first humans on Mars will get there using Boeing's spaceships. "I'm convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket," Muilenburg was quoted as saying. Boeing thinks it can beat SpaceX to the Mars punch It wouldn't be the first time that the aerospace colossus got involved in space matters either, building key parts for the Saturn V rocket that...

  • 5 videos that capture Hurricane Matthew’s deadly fury

    There's a small matter of a Category 3 storm currently rolling up the USA's west coast. Its name is Hurricane Matthew, and it has already laid waste to Haiti (killing over 300) and much of the Bahamas. It's a devastating storm, and one of the few to bring Florida to a standstill. As a result, Hurricane Matthew's passing is an event that the likes of Facebook, Instagram and especially Twitter is capturing in near real time. While Twitter is usually one social network that privileges text over visuals, some videos just provide all the content you need. On that note, have a look...

  • Are South African brands ready for augmented reality?

    Although augmented reality (AR) technology is not new, it is only now beginning to gain the attention of media and marketing professionals. The big question remains: Are South African CMOs ready to include AR into their brand strategies? AR has moved away from its early days when it was reliant on expensive, specialised hardware. The rapid adoption of smartphones and even faster evolution of their AR capabilities means that AR is now well within reach of the average South African. However, CMOs who choose to go the AR route without integrating it into their holistic brand delivery strategy will miss out...

  • Snapchat mulls IPO, with huge valuation – report

    Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is reportedly considering plans to issue an IPO. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", the IPO could value the company at US$25-billion "or more". The publication added that the offering could occur as early as late March 2017. Snapchat joins Twitter in the financial fray It's not the only social player engaging in serious financial talks either, as Twitter is expected to field acquisition bids this week. According to the publication, Salesforce is emerging as one of the more prominent potential buyers. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is seeking Twitter's treasure chest of data and its brand,...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #80: Google Pixel, PlayStation VR, Mxit & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days covered on the Burn Media network's four sites. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Graham van der Made, Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In a week that saw a slew of hardware announcements, reviews and news, we discuss Microsoft's first Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive game ReCore. While Graham might have some choice comments towards ReCore, he's also currently playing Gears of War 4. We talk a little bit about that as well. PlayStation VR's first reviews are finally filtering...

  • The power of big data in retail earns the spotlight at MAPIC 2016 [SPONSORED]

    When the potential of the internet as an e-commerce platform was first realized, futurologists predicted that one day all shopping would be done online and remotely. Products would be delivered by drone and the personal aspects of the retail experience would no longer be relevant. How times have changed! Today the global retail space is more vibrant and sophisticated than ever before, online retailers are setting up offline retail spaces, and forward-thinking retailers are using the power of Big Data and the cloud to gather vital insights into how well their offline spaces are working and what can be done...

  • South Africa’s Mxit is now finally, officially dead

    Once prolific South African chat app Mxit has officially died a quiet and lonely death, taking the likes of Joebanker, Info and Tradepost with it. The Stellenbosch-based company announced in October 2015 that it was to shut its doors to users spending their days on its instant messaging service. On 1 October 2016, the company finally pulled the plug. First spotted by BusinessTech, those who have a Mxit account will now be unable to log in, let alone access or send messages. Visiting the company's long-standing website also produces 404 errors. Although Mxit's demise is fairly unconcerning for most, it's safe to...

  • Samsung to buy artificial intelligence startup Viv

    This is big. In light of Google Assistant's move to its new home, Apple's Siri finding refuge on the iPhone 7 and Microsoft's Cortana slowly breaking its PC chains, Samsung is also in the market for an intelligent voice assistant. And it seems that it has found the perfect candidate. The company has announced that it has acquired artificial intelligence platform and startup Viv, a company that has Siri's co-creator -- Dag Kittlaus -- at the helm. "Viv has developed a unique, open artificial intelligence (AI) platform that gives third-party developers the power to use and build conversational assistants and...

  • PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

    Like it or loathe it: it's damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That's perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro. PPAP, and the video behind it, isn't everyone's cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black's Friday, and Ylvis's What Does The Fox Say? you'll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad. Surprisingly, it's not that simple. After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It's only now...

  • Google Pixel is a physical search bar, according to ad

    Google doesn't do subtle any more. Sure, Google Tricks weren't exactly marks of elegance, nor are the coy names for its Google Pixel smartphones' colours. But the company sure knows how to make an advertisement, regardless of how obvious the metaphor is. Published shortly after the Pixels' launch on 4 October, and airing on US television a few hours after, Google's new advertisement shows the progression of the company, from a humble internet search engine to the behemoth it is today. Google is evolving to keep its core business fresh, and Google Pixel is evidence of that And the metaphor? A literal...