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  • Facebook videos will now autoplay on your phone with sound

    Facebook announced yesterday that it will roll out a feature that plays sound on videos whenever a phone's sound is on. "People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we’re focused on continuously improving the video experience," the statement read. In the future, when a user is scrolling their feed with sound on, the sound for videos will fade in and out. They do not specify how long the video will be on screen before the sound will play. To keep sound off, users will have to keep their phones on silent, or disable the setting within the...

  • Someone turned Donald Trump’s tweets into a beautiful emo song

    From YouTube channel Super Deluxe comes your new favourite emo song for when you're feeling that presidential teen angst. Picking up on the number of complaints Trump has tweeted post-election despite winning, the team "noticed that @realdonaldtrump's tweets are basically the lyrics to an early 2000s emo song." Super Deluxe posts everything from makeup tutorials to compilations of politicians avoiding questions, but this time they've likened Trump's tweets to the angry teenager who stomps into their room, slams their door and flips their fringe after a long day of no one understanding them. Donald Trump as an angst-filled teenager is the hilarious vision of Super Deluxe YouTube channel The channel...

  • Update: Now YouTube scares PewDiePie by dropping his show

    Hours after Disney announced they would no longer be affiliated with PewDiePie (AKA Felix Kjellberg), YouTube announced that they had cancelled his show and removed him from its premium advertising program. Last month, Kjellberg released a video that was both antisemitic and abusive. Paying for young Indian men to hold a sign reading "Death to All Jews", the millionaire claimed he meant to highlight how far people will go for US$5. Disney's Maker Studios were involved in the production of his YouTube Red show Scare PewDiePie, in which Kjellberg is placed in game-like situations meant to frighten him. The second season had been...

  • Amazon wants to take over the boardroom, silence Skype with Chime

    Internet behemoth Amazon has announced a new workplace messaging and conferencing facility. Dubbed Chime, the product is billed as a "communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust". According to the company, the Skype-rival works across multiple devices, much like the service its going up against. "You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization," Amazon adds. The company claims that a number of features makes its offering unique, including a meeting facility that calls you when a meeting begins. There's also...

  • Julius Malema criticises South Africa’s Twitter activists

    At an EFF press conference this afternoon, party leader Julius Malema denounced the actions of South Africans who see Twitter as the highest form of protest. Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for activism in South Africa recently, mainly because of users' ability to get information out quickly. During last year's #FeesMustFall protests, the platform gave protesters a voice to counter what universities were touting as the truth. In the party's first briefing after the State of the Nation address last week, the EFF outlined their version of the chaotic evening. While accusing President Jacob Zuma of not abiding by...

  • 15 must-have Android apps under 15MB [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aim to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. Mobile data isn't super cheap in South Africa, but that doesn't mean you should skimp out on quality app downloads though. We've sifted through the Google Play Store, delivering 15 useful Android apps that weigh in at 15MBs or under. Pocket Weighing in at roughly 12MBs, Pocket (formerly Read It later) is arguably the best solution of its kind on the Google Play Store. The app allows users to save articles for later reading, delivering offline reading functionality in the process....

  • Disney ditches YouTube star PewDiePie over antisemitic videos

    Disney announced yesterday that they would no longer be working with Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie -- real name Felix Kjellberg -- after it was revealed that he had paid two men to pose with hateful imagery in the name of a joke. In mid-January, Kjellberg used an app called Fiverr that allows users to pay five dollars for anything to pay two Indian men to hold up a sign reading "Death to All Jews". The men claimed that they did not understand the term "Jews" and so were ignorant as to what they were promoting. Kjellberg was not able to make the same...

  • Kale Salad: the Twitter account honouring meme creators

    Tired of seeing the Dory accounts and Common White Girls of the world get thousands of retweets for stolen content? You're not alone! Plenty of Twitter users have had their relatable content taken and posted on accounts with millions of followers without credit. If you've been on Twitter for a while, you'll understand the dilemma. Accounts like @Dory and @CommonWhiteGirl both have over a million followers. @KardashianReact has over 800 000. But the people they take content from have at most tens of thousands -- though it averages at around 5000. While this may seem inconsequential, many of the original creators...

  • South Africa’s box office chart: Fifty Shades Darker likes it on top

    Ignoring the film critics, South Africans embraced their sexy side this weekend and Fifty Shades Darker proved number one in their hearts and other body parts. But how did the other films fare after its debut at the top this weekend? (10 to 12 February 2017) The Lego Batman Movie debuted at number three, unable to pass last week's number one xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. La La Land dropped down two places to fifth, and the musical in which people can actually sing Sing tragically saw itself tumbling down four spots to eighth. Denial and Rings debuted at ninth and tenth respectively, kicking out Why Him? and Ballerina. Failing martian hearts proved too...

  • LEGO Batman Movie review: colourful, frantic, hilarious

    The LEGO Batman Movie follows the success of The LEGO Movie quite well, so much so that it surpasses it. Will Arnette's comedic delivery combined with the methodical and humorous script writing kept the entire audience in hysterical laughter. In this new offering, Batman is forced to come to terms with his greatest enemy -- his family. The LEGO Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay who's known for his work on Robot Chicken, created a great way of not only visually telling a compelling story but also an emotional one. After Arnette's performance in the first LEGO movie, I was curious...

  • Donald Trump to call Jacob Zuma today? Here’s what Twitter thinks

    Donald Trump just can't stay out of world news. Jacob Zuma just can't stay out of South African news. A match made in heaven? It seems like it, especially in light of new details that emerged Monday. According to the South African Government's official Twitter account, President Trump wants to ring President Zuma today, continuing the American president's diplomatic olive-branching spanning his first 100 days. The Presidency confirms a request from the White House for a telecon between President Zuma and President Trump this afternoon, 13/2/17 — PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 13, 2017 While it's not exactly out of the ordinary for a president...

  • Pangolin love: Google’s Valentines Day Doodle is utterly adorable

    While you might be planning an intricate dinner, a beach getaway, or perhaps even a Netflix and chill session this Valentines Day, spare a thought for the poor endangered pangolin. That's at least what Google wants you to do. In its latest Google Doodle celebrating the 14th of February, the company has gone to impressive lengths to highlight the scaley mammalian's flight for survival using a novel mobile-like browser game. "On a sunny morning in Ghana, the ingredients for pangolin love are falling into place," Google explains its Doodle. "Don’t let its hard outer scales fool you: inside, our friend Pangolin is...

  • Last week in trailers: Avengers, a Defender and a talking baby

    Last week was a big one for Marvel, premiering first looks and trailers for The Avengers: Infinity Wars and Iron Fist. But macho superhero trailers weren't the only ones making waves, as a women-led psychological thriller and an animated talking baby made their debuts. Let's get right to it. Iron Fist  The last of the Defenders to get their own series before the merge, Iron Fist promises to have all of the same charm and action as its predecessors. Set to Apashe's 'I'm a Dragon', the trailer promises a season of discipline, success, and a healthy dose of sexual tension. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, a presumed-dead heir to his...

  • China’s Weibo is now worth more than Twitter

    Twitter is just not having a good end to the decade. After disappointing Q4 2016 financial results marred the platform's active role in the US Elections, a new report now suggests that Twitter is valued less than its Chinese rival Weibo. Weibo, now boasting a market capitalisation of US$11.13-billion, shades its American rival by just under a billion dollars. Twitter's cap is around US$10.57-billion at the time of writing. Although this isn't a huge blow to Twitter -- after all, it's blocked in China where Weibo is strongest -- it does put into perspective just how far the company has fallen. Image:...

  • Apple iTunes to debut James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series

    Apple revealed last night that it has finally picked up Carpool Karaoke as a stand-alone series. The Late Late Show with James Corden's segment has garnered around 1.2-billion views on YouTube, and the episode with Adele was the most watched YouTube video of 2016. The segment features the charismatic James Corden driving through the streets of Los Angeles with A-list musicians, belting out their greatest hits. It provides another side to major celebrities, away from the audiences and publicists that usually surround them. Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be produced by CBS but feature on Apple's iTunes Watching Adele rap Nicki Minaj's verse in 'Monster' or ordering...