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  • 20 of South Africa’s biggest YouTube personalities by the numbers [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. Sure, data might be expensive and smartphones haven't reached everyone just yet, but that hasn't stopped South Africans from taking to video in a massive way over the past several years. We aren't just a nation of YouTube viewers though, because we also play host to a fascinating variety of South African YouTubers. So who are the biggest players in South...

  • Reddit CEO tampered with comments on Donald Trump subreddit

    Social aggregation site Reddit is known as a democratic platform. There are moderators, but they're generally called into action only when subreddit rules are broken. But the latest revelation from Reddit CEO Steve Huffman goes against this wholeheartedly. Huffman, under the Reddit name of /u/spez, has admitted to changing users' comments, replacing mentions of his username with those of mods from the 300 000-strong Donald Trump subreddit. "Yep. I messed with the 'fuck u/spez' comments, replacing 'spez' with r/the_donald mods for about an hour," he admitted on a thread. "It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff," Huffman adds. Comment...

  • Trump offers Apple ‘large’ tax cuts for US manufacturing return

    US president-elect Donald Trump held a phone call with Apple CEO Tim Cook, offering the tech firm "very large" tax cuts to return manufacturing to the USA. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said that he received calls from Bill Gates and Tim Cook. "I was honoured yesterday, I got a call from Bill Gates, great call, we had a great conversation, I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, 'Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big...

  • Axl Rose sends legal letter to Memeburn over ‘fat’ pics [Update]

    Update 2: Legal representatives for Memeburn have called on the site's hosting provider, Hetzner, to back down. "Use of the images of Axl Rose in the news article at URL http://memeburn.com/2016/06/axl-rose- tries-remove-unflattering-photo-web/ is considered fair dealing as contemplated in section 12(1)(c) read with section 15(4) of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 in that the images were reproduced '...for the purpose of reporting current events in a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical...'" read an excerpt of the email to Hetzner. "The article in question examined the actions of Axl Rose in attempting to prevent publication of the images in question, with particular...

  • Here’s what’s possible with Tesla, SolarCity technology

    Is it possible to power an entire island using nothing but the sun? Well, yes. Just ask Tesla and SolarCity. After the two companies' fresh union, SolarCity has detailed a rather ambitious project involving a slew of batteries, solar panels and an island in American Samoa. The project, funded by the American Samoa Economic and Development Authority, the EPA and the Department of Interior, has allowed the entire island of Ta'u to be powered almost entirely by solar rays. The island previously used diesel generators to provide electricity to its hospital, schools and government institutions. But the solar array has largely made these...

  • Netflix 4K streams are now exclusive to Windows 10, Edge

    Netflix has had a 4K streaming option for a while now, being part of its highest pricing tier. In fact, the company was one of the first major services to roll out 4K support. But in a rather surprising move, the streaming colossus and Microsoft have announced that 4K content will be exclusive to Windows 10 machines. "4K content from Netflix is now available exclusively for compatible PCs and 2-in-1 devices with Windows 10, including the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th," the Redmond company announced on its blog. Have a Windows 10 device and want to...

  • Chargebacks: how they can affect your online business

    Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes. While fraud is well documented, chargebacks as a result of a dispute can be just as debilitating. The financial services industry has made strides in card fraud protection with the implementation of 3D Secure for card transactions. However, what many merchants aren’t aware of is that Instant EFT significantly reduces the chargeback risk. According to statistics from the South African...

  • Cockroach-like ‘biobots’, UAVs may help future disaster relief efforts

    Researchers at the North Carolina State University have developed a way to map areas using a combination of both smart hardware and software, which could effectively help with relief efforts in disaster areas. With a little help from wirelessly-controlled UAVs (effectively drones) and robots that mimic the shape and movement of insects (called biobots), large unfamiliar areas can be surveyed and recorded. "The idea would be to release a swarm of sensor-equipped biobots -- such as remotely controlled cockroaches -- into a collapsed building or other dangerous, unmapped area," explained assistant professor and co-author of the research paper, Edgar Lobaton in a...

  • Twitter goofs, temporarily suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account

    There are a few key things to remember when working at a large company. One, at least at Twitter, is to not suspend your boss's Twitter account. But it seems that yesterday someone forgot that very important rule. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was suspended from the website he founded earlier today, in what has been labeled by him an "internal mistake". Around 6pm SAST on Monday, tweeters discovered that the famous @Jack Twitter account was no longer active. Dorsey's account is also famous for posting the very first tweet on the network back in 2006. At the time of writing, Dorsey's account...

  • Instagram gets live videos, disappearing photos

    Facebook-owned Instagram continues its quest to take on Snapchat with two new features this week. The first new feature is live video for Instagram Stories, which is pretty self-explanatory. "Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime," Instagram says on its blog. The two features are a big addition to Instagram, although they're definitely inspired by Snapchat "It's easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the 'Start Live Video'...

  • Fake news in South Africa: 5 websites you should definitely avoid

    Whether it's to simply hoodwink people or to generate ad revenue, fake news websites have received mainstream attention in recent months. Now, we've already written a guide to spotting fake news, but what about the websites themselves? Here are five websites you should be avoiding. T1mesLive "Before you read our disclaimer, we wish to state that, we are not connected to or  linked to 'TIMES LIVE' in any way. Take note of the number '1' in our 'T1MESLIVE'. Please do not be deceived! Leave the website immediately if you have found yourself in the wrong place," reads the disclaimer. The website hides behind...

  • Oracle buys DNS services provider Dyn

    Enterprise services company Oracle has purchased DNS and internet services provider Dyn. The financial details of the purchase was not made public, but former Fortune writer Dan Primack believes it could be "north of US$600-million." According to Oracle's product development president, Thomas Kurian, Dyn is "the leading cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction." Among internet users though, Dyn has become a bit of an infamous name this year. Last month's DDoS on its services left sites and services like Twitter,...

  • Uber riders can now ‘Compliment’ drivers for memorable journeys

    Uber is constantly adding new content to its apps for both drivers and drivers, but this time its the former that's getting some much needed love. Quite literally. The ridesharing company has announced that riders in North America can now give drivers compliments in the form of badges. The system is akin to Facebook's reactions system, and allows riders to award both five stars and, well, something a little extra. "When a rider leaves a complimentㄧsay for expertly navigating winding city streets or striking up a conversation that brightened their moodㄧa notification will show up on the driver’s home screen letting them...

  • Engines: Is bigger always better? [Sponsored]

    Which should you choose - petrol or diesel? Is bigger always better and how does it affect you? We can't ignore engine size and fuel type as an important part of deciding what type of car to buy. There's more to this decision than which is cheaper at the pump -- you’re not just considering the effects on your pocket, but also the environmental impact. Here's a quick look at engine size and diesel vs petrol to help you decide: Engine size The price you'll be paying for your car is largely affected by the size of what's beneath the bonnet -- so think carefully before...

  • EMDrive: NASA paper says ‘impossible drive’ seems to work

    Several years ago, a controversial propulsion method was devised by Roger Shawyer, dubbed EMDrive. This "impossible" form of propulsion claimed to bounce microwaves to generate a small amount of thrust. Now, NASA's paper on the matter has been peer-reviewed and published - so what did the space agency make of the technology? Well, it seems like the EMDrive is the real deal to them. "Thrust data from forward, reverse, and null suggested that the system was consistently performing at 1.2±0.1  mN/kW1.2±0.1  mN/kW, which was very close to the average impulsive performance measured in air," the paper noted. The EMDrive has been the subject of...