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  • Shazam now allows users to see what their favourite artists are listening to

    Shazam has released a new update to its app that allows fans to discover music from about 30 famous artists. Starting today, Shazam users can follow artists like Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Coldplay and others to see what “they are Shazaming”. Each artist will have a page with their Shazam discoveries, featuring their top tracks on, music videos, and more. “The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” said...

  • Apple Music is finally launching tomorrow

    Way before Apple even confirmed the news Apple Music, it had been worldwide rumour. After hiring music DJs and signing artists, Apple Music is finally here. Tomorrow morning at 11am ET/8am PT, Apple users will have access to a three-month period of the service. To get the update users will have to upgrade to iOS 8.4. An hour after, Beats 1 will launch, with the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast presented by DJ Zane Lowe. Apple Senior Director and former beats CEO Ian Rogers has laid out the details of the roll out. Apple had announced a few weeks ago...

  • Facebook Africa office officially opens its doors

    Facebook has officially opened its Africa office in Johannesburg, six months after Memeburn first reported it would be doing so. Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook's newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila, the company's new Head of Africa. According to Facebook, the office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook. The social network says that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones. “We are inspired by the...

  • SleekGeek Elan Lohmann chats about fitness tech, online communities

    Since the birth of social media, individuals are constantly finding ways to use these platforms to their full advantage. One of these creatives, Elan Lohmann, used Twitter and Facebook to found SleekGeek, a community initiative to promote healthy living. Lohmann's "previous life" consisted of corporate jobs, a workaholic attitude, and being a self-confessed chain-smoker. He eventually decided to give up that life in order to pursue SleekGeek, which has been a resounding success on Mark Zuckerberg's social media platform. Lohmann recently visited our offices to give us a talk about his journey. Afterwards, we sat down for a quick one-on-one...

  • 5 tips for boosting SharePoint hybrid adoption with analytics

    Your organization has implemented SharePoint, or perhaps a hybrid version including deployments across various environments. But, are you well equipped to thoroughly monitor your adoption rates, to see whether your users are benefitting from the portal? Recently, there has been a significant shift from On-Premises deployments of SharePoint to SharePoint on the cloud, resulting in multiple deployments that can be challenging to consistently track and monitor. It’s important to ask yourself, what does this mean for your organisation? This recent phenomena is causing a lot of concern in the SharePoint community with respect to which direction organizations should go, to...

  • 7 renewable energy startups trying to revolutionise the way Africa keeps its lights on

    Africa has a serious energy problem. This is ironic considering the abundance of natural resources available, from coal in South Africa to oil in Nigeria. It just so happens that both of these powerful economies rely on limited, environmentally-unfriendly resources, struggling to keep up with economic growth. This might start to change. Earlier this year, billionaire futurist Elon Musk geared the world's attention on the real potential of renewable energy with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall -- the battery set to revolutionise the way people use electricity grids around the globe. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • TomTom Runner Cardio review: it’s all in the wrist

    The TomTom Runner Cardio came to me at exactly the wrong time. You see, I usually run around four times a week, with a race frequently thrown into the mix. A combination of overseas travel and a chest infection (brought on by said overseas travel) meant that's how many times in total I was able to run during the review period. Still, I put it through its paces as best I could and, for the most part, the future looks pretty bright for performance wearables. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Visa denies Fundamo shut down, some operations to move to Bangalore

    Visa denies that it is about to shutdown Fundamo, the mobile payments company it bought for US$110-million in cash five years ago. That's contrary to what a number of Memeburn sources have said, with some reporting that key senior staff had left the company to work elsewhere or found their own ventures in recent months. In answer to Memeburn inquiries, Visa said that it was "keeping the Cape Town office open" and that both Fundamo and Africa are "still incredibly important for Visa". The payments giant did however confirm that it will be moving some of Fundamo's operations to...

  • Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explode in mid-air

    Space X's Falcon 9 programme has had its first ever failure. Two minutes and 19 seconds after taking off on Sunday, a Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station exploded in mid-air. The rocket was carrying cargo and no humans were aboard. As The Verge notes, this is the first time a Falcon 9 has failed in 18 missions. According to the US-based tech news site, the launch was also intended to serve as a third test in SpaceX's quest to make a reusable rocket. Three minutes into the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9...

  • CNN faces trolls after ‘unnerving’ ISIS flag coverage turns out to be just dildos

    This weekend was a rather colourful one: from Facebook profiles to Uber car requests overlaid with rainbow colours. But it was on the streets where most of the action happened with the recent US Supreme Court's legalisation of gay marriage now in all 50 states spurring Gay Pride marches around the globe. While people around the were celebrating, CNN however wasn't that colourful. The news giant ran a seven-minute news segment of an apparent ISIS flag waving around through the Gay Pride march in London, UK. Only it wasn't a black Islamic State flag with Arabic symbols, but one filled...

  • What is click fraud and how can you prevent it?

    With the rise of programmatic buying in South Africa, the click fraud threat has been raised by publishers and advertisers alike. While click fraud is a reality if left unmonitored, there are ways to maximise brand safety in private exchanges by ensuring that the correct validation processes are in place. Below, we discuss the various types of click fraud, their implications and the ways in which ad exchanges can protect advertisers and publishers. What is click fraud? In the simplest terms, click fraud is a method of generating illegitimate clicks on digital advertising. This can either be done manually through...

  • Dream a little VR dream: Lucid Trips announces Whateverland

    Lucid Trips is a virtual reality (VR) game that, as its name suggests, is inspired by the mysterious and magical practice of lucid dreaming. It places you in a bodiless avatar that allows you to explore various vibrant and surrealistic planets in a large "VR dream universe". The creators (all members of the German VR Collective) describe it as a "Virtual Reality geo-caching experience". A few days ago (19 June) they announced their new art exploration game concept that takes place on their first dream planet dubbed Whateverland, an ethereal fusion that brings the world of art and lucid dreaming together. Read...

  • 7 productivity apps South African small business should know about

    The head of products at MWEB, Rihana Hoosain, gives small business owners the low-down on some of the latest and greatest tech solutions to transform their businesses. Embracing great online tools and apps can really transform your small business in many ways -- from getting your staff in sync, increasing productivity, business intelligence and profitability to improving, simplifying and revolutionising the way your customers shop and pay. Here are a couple of interesting tools that could increase your business productivity. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Could Ruby on Rails be a godsend for manufacturing?

    Optimizing processes using technology is common across business segments, and in manufacturing, this becomes important to ensure the full potential of a production set-up. Today, manufacturing is moving towards an era of a full-scale automation and effectively monitoring and managing the production process is key to an efficient and effective manufacturing set up. Globalization has enabled companies to set up manufacturing units around the world to aid in effective distribution, cost advantages, optimum resource allocation, and most importantly, increase production. The existence of manufacturing set ups across the world has made it even more difficult to effectively administer their...

  • Special Podcast: Ventureburn survey, are startups thriving or struggling?

    This week we bring you yet another special podcast edition, as the Burn team delve into the results of the recent Ventureburn Startup Survey. Stuart Thomas together with Jacques Coetzee, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker chat about some of the interesting findings, from most founders being based in the Western Cape to service-orientated startups more likely turing profits and little benefits offering to employees. The Ventureburn Startup Survey partnered with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony and analytics company Qurio to poll just under 200 tech startups from South Africa. Each of the startups were asked...