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  • Showmax celebrates 10 million views – what about user figures?

    The streaming video landscape has been heating up over the past year, as several services battle it out for supremacy in South Africa. Global king Netflix and SA's own Showmax are atop of the pile though, and now, the Naspers-backed service has revealed some interesting news. In a blog post early today, Showmax announced that it passed the ten million view mark. "Earlier this month, the cumulative number of TV shows and movies watched by ShowMax customers exceeded 10 million. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back," the...

  • What Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn means for social recruitment

    The recent acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft has put social recruitment in the spotlight. The purchase, seen as a means for the software giant to get in on the social media boom, had many speculating what its plans are for LinkedIn. The acquisition gives Microsoft a business-orientated social networking tool and access to high net worth individuals. Add to this its current applications such as contacts and calendars in the cloud, and it opens the door for it to offer the social business community many more integrated tools. The partnership may also innovate the business of recruitment. Social recruitment, also referred...

  • Twitter remembers Gugu Zulu as an inspiration, South African role model

    South African racing driver, Gugu Zulu, died early Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimajaro, the continent's tallest peak. Zulu, who was taking part in the Trek4Mandela charity challenge (which aimed to raise money for girls in Africa) with his wife and around 40 others, reportedly "experienced problems breathing" while on the mountain. More details: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip News of his death broke on major South African news channels around 10am SAST. Twitter has since been inundated with words of comfort for Zulu's family and messages of disbelief. His last tweet is also rather chilling. Acclimatization day3 -...

  • South African race car driver Gugu Zulu has died climbing Kilimanjaro

    South African race driver Gugu Zulu has died before the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and wife Letshego were taking part in Trek4Mandela, an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that sees several people climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro," the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced in a statement. The foundation added that not much was known about the circumstances surrounding his death just yet. For the complete story and more info on the tragedy,...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey coup, Taylor Swift vs Kanye West & more

    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 (15 July – 17 July 2016). After a failed military takeoever in Turkey that began late Friday led to an estimated 265 deaths, 1440 injured, around 2800 arrested military members and 2745 detained judges and prosecutors, the country swiftly moved to throttle internet traffic to social media networks. We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked...

  • Facebook’s latest diversity report shows intent, little transformation

    Facebook has released its latest batch of diversity data to shed light on the race and gender demographic of its workforce. Facebook has been avidly driving diversity in the tech space with the likes of its TechPrep programme launched in 2015. Diversity in the technology space has seen a more acute focus of late, especially since Pinterest hired a head of diversity in January 2016. The move signalled a new era for diversity in tech where companies were taking diversity seriously and initiating programs to address it. Even with these programmes in place and the notable focus of inclusivity in the tech...

  • T-Mobile giving free data for Pokemon Go, but is this a good thing?

    US mobile network T-Mobile has also decided to jump on the Pokemon bandwagon. The network has announced that from tomorrow 19 July, it'll be zero-rating Pokemon Go mobile data usage for a full year (until August 2017). This offer is available to both new and existing users, redeemable by downloading the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. The promotion will also see T-Mobile subscribers getting US$15 in Lyft credit and free Wendy's goodies to fuel their hunts. However, as good as it sounds, the promotion might be seen by some experts as a slap in the face to net neutrality. That is, having all...

  • MEERKAT discovers 1300 galaxies in one patch of sky [Image]

    South Africa's own MEERKAT radio telescope system has made headlines in the astronomy world thanks to its landmark First Light image. The radio telescope focused on a small section of sky that represented 0.01% of the "entire celestial sphere", the SKA team said in a media statement. Prior to MEERKAT, only 70 known galaxies were found in this area. The discovery is made even more notable due to the fact that only 16 of the eventual 64 dishes were used to make the discovery. All 64 dishes are expected to be online by the end of 2017. "Based on the results being shown...

  • Japan’s SoftBank to acquire chip designer ARM in $31bn deal

    Fresh off its spin-off of game developer Supercell, SoftBank Group (SBG) has announced plans to buy chip designer ARM Holdings for a gargantuan US$31-billion (R443-billion). ARM is responsible for the chip designs used in a variety of smartphones, as its designs are licensed out to the likes of Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm, LG, Sony and a host of other companies. In fact, Apple used to license out ARM's designs for its iPhones too, up until it launched a custom design for the iPhone 5. SoftBank's acquisition is set to be an all-cash deal, buying ARM's shares at a premium of 43%. The deal...

  • 5 awesome things about emoji you might not have known

    17 July is World Emoji Day, a day that practically everyone who's ever sent a winky-face should know. It's a day that the internet earmarks to celebrate the now indispensable custom of sending smiley faces, I love you hearts and two hands up in celebration to people you love and, people you don't love as much. But emoji are more than just smiley faces and zap signs. Here are five pretty awesome facts about these little digital icons that you may not have known. Emoji were invented in the East They originated in Japan through the country's cellular networks around 1998. The...

  • Cheapflights lets users search flights using emoji, because World Emoji Day

    Emojis are everywhere, aren't they? Don't believe us? Well, now internet users can search for flights using them. Cheapflights, a flight search and deals website, has announced that in celebration of World Emoji Day (17 July), the company has allowed users to input emoji instead of text in the site's search function. Why? According to Cheapflights' marketing director Samantha Otter, the company wanted to make search as "intuitive as possible". "Personalisation is the future of travel search, and this is a further step in that direction, allowing our users to communicate with us in a way they’re comfortable. It encourages frictionless...

  • Nice Attack: world politicians use Twitter to condemn Bastille Day attack

    In the late hours of 14 July 2016, during France's Bastille Day celebrations, a gunman drove a truck through a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people. It's France's second major terror attack in less than a year, after last November's attacks in Paris. According to reports, the driver of the truck ploughed through the crowd for at least two kilometres before police shot the attacker dead. After the incident, #PrayForNice and #NiceAttack became Twitter's top trends worldwide, with #NousSommesUnis ("we are united") taking off in France in the past hour. But while Twitter users across the...

  • 11 Google Now voice commands worth remembering

    Voice assistants are all the rage now but, alongside Siri, Google Now has played a major role in the current trend of smart, voice-enabled apps. There are loads of commands, queries and questions you can pose Google's effort, but which ones are worth noting? We already know commands like texting/calling contacts, weather forecasts and trivia answers, but here are some more interesting ones. Find sports scores Google doesn't care about the sports I like (MMA, Formula 1), but did you know you can ask it about scores/results for more traditional fare? "Who won Euro 2016?" or "what's the score between England and Pakistan?" will serve up...

  • Weekly Round Up #69: Pokemon Go, Snapchat, Steam gambling & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons talks to Graham, Andy and Burn Media's new guy Matthew Alexander. The team discusses the sensational Pokemon Go, the rapid growth of Snapchat, Valve's crackdown on Steam gambling sites, and Warner Bros' PewDiePie controversy. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy's still playing his personal game of the year, Graham bought a PlayStation TV for R100 and thinks 80s movies are cool, Matthew has just started Mr Robot season two and Hadlee is all about X-Files at the moment. Tweet...

  • More than a fad: the numbers behind Snapchat’s remarkable growth

    Snapchat is a social media monster. From its relatively humble beginnings in 2012, to its current almost-super massive status among millennials, the app is fast becoming a must-have for both casual consumers and determined marketing minds. But what can be said of Snapchat that hasn't been said already? Well, quite a lot actually, according to new numbers released by analytics company Go Fish Digital. Initially spotted by Inverse, the report sheds some light on Snapchat's rip-roaring journey past Twitter and its contemporaries to become one of the most important apps on a smartphone today. Snapchat is pretty damn big According to the numbers,...