• BURN MEDIA
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • Buffer now lets users schedule Instagram posts (kind of)

    If you wanted to schedule images on Instagram ahead of time, you'd have to employ a night-watchman and feed him copious amounts of caffeine to look after your profile. Now, Buffer -- a social media scheduling service -- has announced that it now supports Instagram scheduling. This is great news for those who do use Buffer and Instagram, but thanks to the latter's inner workings, users can't automatically upload posts to the service. "With Buffer’s Instagram support, you can create an Instagram reminder in the web or mobile app, and when it’s time to post, Buffer will send a notification to...

  • 6 takeaways from Dr Werner Vogels’ Amazon Summit keynote

    Amazon held its Amazon Web Service (AWS) Summit in Cape Town this week, aimed squarely at developers and enterprises looking to learn more about their cloud offerings. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be something to pique my interest, but the presence of Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon and cloud pioneer, made for an interesting keynote. Amazon's cloud efforts have an SA link It might not come as news to some, but did you know that Amazon's EC2 cloud computing offering was actually developed in South Africa for the most part. An Amazon executive said that EC2 effectively started at "a small office in Constantia"...

  • Google Hangouts for Android gains video messaging, loses SMS merging

    Google vehemently denied at its I/O 2016 conference that it would be ditching Hangouts in favour of its two new chat apps. And good news, because it doesn't seem that it was lying. The company has now added video messaging to Google Hangouts, which puts it in line with some of the other major chats apps. And speaking of major chat apps, the iOS version of Hangouts has had this feature since 2014. According to 9to5 Google, a non-official APK is currently available for those brave enough to dally with video messaging. The feature works similarly to sending a voice note...

  • Facebook: 950m interactions from 195m users during Euro 2016

    Data from Facebook reveals that Euro 2016 in France was one of the most talked about sporting events in history. The tournament which began on 10 June and ended on 10 July 2016 saw 195-million users involved in 950-million interactions. During the final, which was played on 10 July 2016, Facebook saw about 45-million users taking part in 146-million interactions. Globally, the key moments included Ronaldo lifting the trophy at the end of the match, the winning goal scored by Eder, the final whistle, and Ronaldo's injury. Read more: Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat The top five most discussed players around the...

  • What more can be done to deliver fibre connectivity across South Africa?

    It seems like we hear news of fibre developments every other week, as the likes of MTN, Vodacom, Vumatel and Telkom announce suburbs and projects. There's no denying that many projects take place in affluent suburbs, but even living in a well-off suburb isn't a guarantee of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. What can be done to ensure that fibre connectivity reaches more areas though? We interviewed Dominic Cull, regulatory advisor for the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), and asked for his thoughts on the matter. This is why fibre isn't available in more suburbs First of all, Cull outlined a host of reasons for fibre connectivity not being available...

  • Twitter expands GIF size limit to 15MB for web users

    Today Twitter has announced that it's increasing the size of GIFs users can embed in tweets. Previously the size was 5MB, but Twitter's expanding it to three times that. The 15MB-sized GIFs are not available on the Twitter app for now and Twitter has not mentioned when this addition will happen. This should at least alleviate some concern for users with limited mobile data plans. In 2015, the company claimed that over 100-million GIFs are shared on the platform. The new change appears to be in line with those numbers. Read more: Twitter introduces GIF search and video support in DMs Earlier this...

  • South African travellers connect to unsecured WiFi at any cost – study

    A new study by Kaspersky has found that many South African travellers connect to unsecured WiFi networks in no time flat, shedding light on their reasons for doing so. The study saw 11 850 people around the world polled, but when focusing on local results, Kaspersky found that over half of all South Africans (55%) are already online when they leave the airport. Additionally, 81% of SA travellers hopped online to notify loved ones of their safe arrival, while 38% used the internet access to download travel information. "Pressure from work (42%) is also a strong factor, as is the desire to get up to...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Ronaldo moth, Serena Williams, South Sudan & 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 (8 July - 10 July 2016) Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown and 22nd Grand Slam trophy Saturday, putting her level with German great Steffi Graf. Williams beat German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final in London. Scotland's Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men's singles crown Sunday too, beating Canadian Milos Raonic in...

  • John Oliver shows everyone how to deal with YouTube comment trolls

    We all love laying down a few scathing words beneath YouTube videos now and again. Oh, just me on Mondays? Okay. Nevertheless, one chap who suffers from online jibes and abuse more than most is John Oliver. As current host of Last Week Tonight, the comedian takes a lot of flack on the platform for the content covered in the show, and beyond. Even so, instead of taking these personally, Oliver occasionally digs through what he calls "fan mail" to see just how bad things can really get. And with comments like "John Oliver looks like a mix of a Pokemon...

  • Cell C now services 24-million subscribers, one million from MVNOs

    Cell C might be South Africa's third largest cellular network, but the company today announced a big milestone. Thanks to partnerships with its various mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), the network now supports one million customers using its network through an MVNO. "The rise of MVNOs and their success is also testament to the confidence that business and consumers have in Cell C’s network, following significant investments to upgrade, expand, and introduce new technologies like LTE and LTE-Advanced, over the last few years," Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos notes. The MVNOs serviced include the likes of FNB Mobile and me&you Mobile. Beyond...

  • Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat

    Online privacy and protection of sensitive content is in the fore this week on social media, especially in the wake of the livestreamed shooting of Philando Castile last week. Using Facebook Live video streaming service, Castile's girlfriend broadcast his ordeal after he was shot by police. Facebook has since published a statement, suggesting that if an incident like the above was streamed using its service "to raise awareness or find the shooter," it would "allow it". The video also raised issues about communicating to others over social media with sensitive information. On that note, Facebook just a few hours after its...

  • Call to action 101: here’s how to use them on your blog

    Using optimised calls to action in your digital marketing campaign can be a game changer. It can also be used in every blog post that you publish so that your readers can take an action if they find your content interesting. In a perfect campaign, a call to action should be included in everything that you publish and write online, but it's not always possible to get your readers and audience to act on what you write. Most online writers and publishers use calls to action on a regular basis. They add them to their emails, website content, and sales letters, but for some...

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account briefly hijacked by OurMine

    The latest high-profile CEO to wake up to a social media account breach is none other than Twitter head Jack Dorsey. The world's first tweeter and founder of Square rather ironically this weekend found his Twitter account hijacked by Robin Hood security collective OurMine. While the collective didn't post anything incriminating or embarrassing, OurMine was sure to use Dorsey's account to advertise its own security business, a trend that we've seen from the group's previous attacks. This year, the collective has targeted Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Other celebrities including musician Deadmau5 and actor Channing Tatum, have also...

  • Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & Dallas shootings: celebrities weigh-in on America’s violent week

    It has been a destructive, divisive week for America. In less than 72-hours, three incidents of gun violence -- two by police officers and one against -- have erupted across America's Midwest, Deep South and Lone Star state respectively. In the first incident on 5 July, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling succumbed to gunshot wounds after two police officers opened fire on him at point-blank range. Videos soon emerged of the incident on social media, and has since become one of the biggest news stories of the week. Less than 36-hours later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota,...

  • Magic tricks gone wrong and awkward Jonah Hill: this week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. We're looking at some of the more entertaining web videos again, featuring a ridiculously awkward and low-budget Jonah Hill commercial, CD players in space and a magic trick gone painfully wrong. Someone decided to kayak down dunes in Namibia. CD players do weird things in space. A Kruger tourist almost crashes into a baby elephant. A magic trick goes horribly wrong for this TV presenter (slightly NSFW). We've heard these tired business terms...