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  • SpaceX is getting pretty good at this rocket landing thing

    Private space firm SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, delivering a commercial satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. But, as usual, it was the company's Earth-based endeavours that attracted more attention... The company managed to successfully land the rocket's first stage on a drone barge, marking the fourth successful landing at sea. However, the landing was even tougher than normal due to the orbit needed, resulting in the first stage being subjected to "extreme velocities and re-entry heating", SpaceX wrote. Geostationary orbit occurs at an altitude of over 30 000 kilometres, being the preferred orbit for many satellites. On the other hand, missions to the International Space Station take...

  • Premier League 2016: follow all 20 clubs on social media right here

    With the Premier League season kicking off today, there are a fair few things to note beforehand. With the League's new branding scheme focusing more on the football than ever before, we'll likely see an even bigger push from clubs, promoting themselves on social media. Premier League clubs are social media marketing powerhouses (as well as being fairly good at kicking plastic air-filled bladders around too) with a combined 40-million Twitter followers; and that's not even mentioning reach through hashtags and other platforms. But while watching football sure is fun, we live in the age of social media. Have a look at...

  • Rogue One trailer and No Man’s Sky: 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've scoured the internet for some of the most entertaining and viral videos of the week, coming up with six gems in the process. As for standout picks? I'm partial to the Chinese lady reprimanding Chinese tourists, as well as that Rogue One trailer... A slightly NSFW No Man's Sky review Prominent YouTuber videogamedunkey gives us his take on No Man's Sky. A rant against Chinese tourists A Chinese woman in Thailand rails against...

  • 10 things #HighSchoolTaughtMe according to Twitter

    Do you remember wearing tartan ties, knee-high socks, your locker combination, the faint whiff of baked pies at lunch time, the screams of kids playing football on the field, or the clip-clops of teachers' heels as they enter class? If you do, then you'll likely remember your days as a high school student. You do remember it, right? If not, Twitter's latest trend will surely help you out. For some, it would've been a good while since you last set foot in a classroom as a student, but that doesn't stop Twitter from remembering the good ol' days. The hashtag #HighSchoolTaughtMe began...

  • Weekly Round Up #73: Domestly wins big, Facebook blocks AdBlock, No Man’s Sky

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. The team discusses Domestly's big win at the MTN app awards, Facebook blocking AdBlock, PlayStation Vita firmware and No Man's Sky. What are we watching, reading, playing: Andy cannot say because the game he is playing is under embargo, Graham is hoping to get his hands on an embargoed title too, Hadlee is watching pro wrestling and Matthew is watching Suits and playing No Man's Sky. Tweet of...

  • That was fast! Adblock Plus gets one over Facebook again

    Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would sidestep ad-blocking software in order to serve ads to users. The social network justified the move by claiming it now offered better ad designs and more advanced ad controls. "We've designed our ad formats, ad performance and controls to address the underlying reasons people have turned to ad blocking software. When we asked people about why they used ad blocking software, the primary reason we heard was to stop annoying, disruptive ads. As we offer people more powerful controls, we’ll also begin showing ads on Facebook desktop for people who currently use ad blocking software,"...

  • How organisations can address the cultural shifts inherent in digital transformation

    In business, the purpose of digital transformation is to create a culture of innovation thereby enabling revenue growth in the new digital world. Many established companies are engaging in transformation strategies in an attempt to reach online buyers and the almost 19-million smartphone users in South Africa. However, not all digital transformation programmes that businesses launch are successful. Cloud technologies have the potential to enable rapid startup business growth at low cost. Startups are often better positioned to capitalise on this new digital market because they can begin with a clean sheet. Conversely, established businesses may be constrained by legacy technologies...

  • 5 great services and ways to help quell your weekly music craving

    Marilyn Manson once called music "the strongest form of magic", and he's right you know. After all, how else can we possibly survive the week's trials and tribulations? We all have our favourite genres, our beloved artists and our prized playlists, but listening to music often means purchasing a service, or downloading tracks illegally. We don't condone the latter, of course, but there are ways to get your music fix in a fair and free way. Here are some stellar examples. HypeMachine Thanks to its apps (as well as its website), the HypeMachine will keep your feet tapping all day. It trawls the...

  • Space mining a step closer: private firm announces mission to asteroid

    Private space mining firm Deep Space Industries has announced the first commercial mission to an asteroid. The Prospector-1 mission is expected to launch before the end of the decade, with the aim of landing on a near-Earth asteroid, the company wrote in a press statement. "DSI is developing Prospector-1 both for its own asteroid mining ambitions, as well as to bring an extremely low-cost, yet high-performance exploration capability to the market. We hope to enable both existing and new public and private organisations to explore the inner solar system using this affordable platform," said DSI's chief engineer Grant Bonin. Weighing just 50-kilograms when fully...

  • AdBlock Plus: Facebook’s ad-block sidestep is ‘anti-user’

    Popular advertising filtering service AdBlock Plus has criticised Facebook after the social media firm announced plans to sidestep ad-blocking software. In a blog post earlier this week, Facebook said that its new ad controls and designs "address the underlying reasons" for people turning to ad-blockers. "As we offer people more powerful controls, we’ll also begin showing ads on Facebook desktop for people who currently use ad blocking software," Facebook elaborated. Now, AdBlock Plus has reacted, calling it an "unfortunate move, because it takes a dark path against user choice". The ad-blocker said there was no reason to overreact however, as "cat-and-mouse" games have existed in...

  • Elon Musk’s latest tweet will hurt your brain, make you a No Man’s Sky believer

    Space exploration pioneer and tech wizard Elon Musk has dropped some serious philosophical knowledge on the world and its inner workings after Hello Games' No Man's Sky launched this week. The latest PlayStation 4 and PC game -- which lets players explore over 18-quintillion planets -- was the subject of Musk's latest tweet, taking inspiration from the game's procedurally-generated universe. "Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend," he tweets. "Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down." Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend. Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down ... https://t.co/DCMr1TVOdL—...

  • Pokemon Go gets childhood-ruining NSFW parody, continues odd trend

    If Pokemon Go hasn't yet ruined your childhood memories of the boy wonder Ash Ketchum and his troop of merry monsters, this surely will. Thanks to a few crafty comedians, a new Pokemon Go parody will be debuting on the internet soon, but it's absolutely, completely and utterly NSFW. If playing Pokemon Go at work hasn't got you suspended yet, this almost definitely will. Created by Brazzers, the video dubbed Pornstar Go: A XXX Parody, debuted on Monday and has been throwing a few meowths among the pidgeys, so to speak. The protagonist of the video (according to the NSFW trailer)...

  • YouTube Live: 4 ways businesses can use Google’s streaming app

    Faced with stiff competition from Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of upstarts, Google-owned YouTube has announced it will be adding a live mobile streaming option to its own native app. This is according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and other company officials. Introducing YouTube Live: Google's mobile streaming app Over the past 15-odd months, such platforms as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat have risen from obscurity and quickly become some of the hottest social networking platforms on the internet. And though YouTube has had live streaming features on its desktop platform for years, the company has been noticeably absent in terms...

  • Facebook to circumvent ad-blocking software on desktop, because ‘choice’

    Whether it's due to aesthetics, data usage or horrible ads in general, ad-blocking software is only gaining steam these days. The trend has however seen loads of websites ask their users to disable ad-blockers. Now, Facebook is taking a somewhat drastic approach to the software. In a blog post, the social media juggernaut said that ads can be useful if they're relevant and well-made. "But because ads don't always work this way, many people have started avoiding certain websites or apps, or using ad blocking software, to stop seeing bad ads. These have been the best options to date," the blog post read. "We've...

  • Google wants to project holograms of super famous people using drones

    It seems Google's mad scientists have been playing a little Killzone: Shadow Fall recently. The Mountain View tech giant wants to build smart drones that will output images onto screens, or virtual people onto stages. "A mobile teleprescence system," remarks Google's patent application, "may include a frame, a propulsion system operable couples to the frame to propel the frame through a designated space". This frame will also include an "image output device" while it will be propelled by "rotors at opposite end portions". But why on earth would anyone or any company want to use something like this? Other than it being...