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  • Twitter: DMs now feature ‘read receipts, typing indicators’

    Twitter is slowly morphing into an instant messaging platform, thanks to a gaggle of new features in its Direct Messages feature added this week. Taking, rather obviously, to Twitter, the company announced that users' sent Direct Messages now boast read receipts, web link previews and typing indicators. These are feature that are part and parcel of instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj — Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016 It's an odd addition to a feature that always remained backstage of Twitter's often ever-changing...

  • TFG advertises sale using Mario-inspired game

    The Foshini Group (TFG) is using a Mario Bros. inspired game to encourage users to shop on its platform, as part of its site-wide Shop Hop promotion. The company earlier this week debuted Super Stan, a browser-playable game in which the titular character hops over shopping trolleys and collects items from various stores. The title takes a few liberties with Super Mario Bros' first level, but remains pretty fun to play. "Super Stan, inspired by the Nintendo megahit Super Mario Bros, was created to educate customers around the breadth and depth of the TFG eMall, in the run up to its Shop Hop...

  • 7 key numbers from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    And just like that, the annual September Apple event has come and gone. We have new products -- from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, to the Apple Watch Series 2 -- and new games to look forward to. But what about some of the key numbers announced on the night by the likes of Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Tim Schiller? 17-million Tim Cook kicked off with an Apple Music announcement, revealing artists for the company's 10th Apple Music Festival, and a number of other milestones from the company's music stable. Apple's iPhone is the 'best selling device of its kind in...

  • De-extinction: Revive & Restore aims to resurrect lost animals

    Revive & Restore is a scientific project that not only aims to protect endangered animals from extinction, but is also actively trying to resurrect extinct species by means of cloning and genetic engineering. This process is referred to as resurrection biology or de-extinction. The project is run by the California-based research institute, The Long Now Foundation, which was established in “01996”. The zero is added to solve something known as the "deca-millenium bug" (who are these people?). Among the species they intend to resurrect are the woolly mammoth, Tasmanian tiger and the passenger pigeon. In their latest attempt they managed to “birth”...

  • Top 31 entrepreneurs under 40 making waves in South Africa [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. The All Stars listed in the articles are compiled using a combination of our editorial team’s own knowledge, that of experts in the fields covered by each article, as well as public vote. In this article, we feature some of the best SA entrepreneurs under 40 who are doing big things*, whether they’re gaining traction, have several companies...

  • Here’s what Twitter thought of the Apple iPhone event

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news on Gearburn here and here. From James Corden and Tim Cook opening the show with a terrible rendition of Carpool Karaoke, to the slew of usual Apple bingo shots consumed around the world, there was a lot to talk about at the Apple iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco. And of course, Twitter both laid into and praised the tech giant's products and performance on the night. How often do you think you'll lose your Apple AirPods? Twitter thinks daily #AppleEvent and "iPhone 7" began trending worldwide around...

  • Apple dropping 3.5mm audio jack a ‘revenue move’

    To the surprise of almost no-one, Apple revealed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would ditch earphone jacks in favour of the Lightning connector and wireless functionality. The company revealed wired earphones that connect via Lightning as well as "AirPod" wireless earphones that implement their new Apple W1 wireless chip. This new bit of silicon facilitates easy pairing with Apple devices. However, IHS Technology senior analyst Paul Erickson says Apple is merely trying to migrate users from established standards to their own standard, for the sake of revenue. Apple is trying to muscle in on the accessories market by opting for...

  • Instant EFT could help overcome South Africa’s online retail challenges

    While online retail still only accounts for 1% of retail revenue in South Africa, the growth rate of more than 20% year-on-year since 2000 speaks volumes about the need for every business to seriously plan for an online presence. The 2016 numbers from World Wide Worx released in April this year, not only show good growth for the year, but forecasts for 2020 show the figures doubling from their current baseline. While this is great news for the economy, there remain many obstacles for the general business community when it comes to taking the leap in creating a virtual channel to market. First...

  • YouTube censorship: what’s all the big fuss about?

    If you haven't heard by now, YouTube content creators have been up in arms this week as their old videos will no longer gain revenue through YouTube's advertising. The move on YouTube's part is the result of non-compliance with the video-sharing website's old but "new" advertising policies. YouTube's advertising policies state that content containing the below are "not advertiser friendly". This was posted by well-known YouTuber and one of the loudest voices hitting back at YouTube for their actions, Phillip DeFranco. Many creators, like Franco, have been hit with notices about their older content being demonetised by the site's "improved" notification system. Update:...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • Rosetta space probe spots Philae lander on comet

    November 2014 saw the Rosetta space probe orbiting a comet, dubbed Comet 67P Churmukov Gerasimenko, then dropping a tiny lander on it in a landmark moment. The lander, dubbed Philae, endured a tough landing, bouncing several times before finally coming to rest on the celestial object. Now, Rosetta has managed to snap another image of the comet and, if you look very closely in the shadow on the right-hand side, you'll find the Philae lander resting on it. Still don't see it? The European Space Agency (ESA) zoomed in on the snap... "The images were taken on 2 September by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera as the...

  • Online brand identity: 12 questions to ask before creating one

    Creating an offline or online brand identity is one of the biggest challenges for present day startups, regardless of their size or funding corpus, as it gets increasingly difficult for them to differentiate their products or services (which more often than not suffer from the me-too syndrome). While things like your logo, office stationery and website colours don’t matter a lot at the initial stage, if the going gets good, things could quickly start to get complicated. Before creating your online brand identity, here are some essential questions you should ask Nevertheless, a lot of people tend to waste precious hours on...

  • Instagram, LinkedIn strong performers in SA – survey

    Instagram and LinkedIn are showing strong growth in South Africa, despite claims of "social media fatigue" by some, a new survey has revealed. The Social Media Landscape 2017 Survey has revealed some interesting preliminary insights ahead of its full reveal later this month, starting with Instagram. The Facebook-owned platform "Instagram has experienced a massive increase in SA users, although not quite in the triple digits like the year before," said Ornico research consultant Michal Wronski. The survey suggested that the network was growing up as well. "The top 25 most followed people are similar to the year before, indicating a maturing of the network as audiences have consolidated." LinkedIn taking the...

  • South African box office chart: Suicide Squad no longer top

    For the first time in several weeks, DC Comics' Suicide Squad (review) has been knocked out of its first place position, being replaced by Mechanic Resurrection. Suicide Squad still has the current highest ticket sales, coming in at over R31.5-million in SA alone. What other movies were making waves at the South Africa box office in this weekend (2 to 4 September 2016)? Comedy Bad Moms has gained a position from fourth to third place. Star Trek: Beyond dropped from third to fourth, which isn't bad for a film that only had one 2D screening in SA on its opening weekend. Suicide Squad still has the current...

  • Facebook News Feed turns 10 today

    In one way or another, Facebook users had to deal with News Feed. Be it a scorned or a pleasant interaction, one doesn't have much choice in the matter. It seems like yesterday that the News Feed was a contentious issue amongst Facebook users but time flies and the feature is now 10 years old. One cannot, at least now, think of the social network and not think of News Feed but the feature hasn't always been there. For more than two years in fact, Facebook had no News Feed, just friends' profiles. Zuckerberg admitted on his Facebook profile that the feature wasn't...