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  • Dunkirk and an epic ramen ad: 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. Put your feet up, because we've got six entertaining and/or popular videos lined up for you this week. An epic ramen ad, a new Christopher Nolan movie and Pokemon's theme song sung in 20 styles are some of the better picks in this edition. Who knew ramen ads were this epic? A guy accidentally gets shot with an arrow on America's Got Talent (1min50secs) A wind turbine catches fire and creates cool...

  • 5 amazing technologies that are yet to find their killer apps

    The history of innovation is essentially a love story. For any new technology to be embraced and find mainstream success, it first must find its soulmate, that one killer app that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts, and eventually makes its existence seem as if it were always inevitable. Think of long-vaunted, and long-stalled, augmented reality (AR) and the overnight impact of Pokemon Go, though there are hundreds of examples -- from the marriage of smartphones and apps to the mix of greater data availability and better computing power that has given a huge boost to...

  • Are you vetting Internet of Things platforms? Your competitors might be

    As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in size and influence, many businesses are seeking to harness its potential to innovate and boost revenue. To do so requires connecting all these different types of devices, systems, and more through one unified platform. Indeed, IoT platforms represent a growing market, one which is expected to reach US$1.6-billion by the beginning of the next decade. Despite the growth of the Internet of Things and the need to use an IoT platform, many organizations are not responding to the trend. IoT platforms are often overlooked. Perhaps it comes from a general misunderstanding...

  • Weekly Round Up #72: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Suicide Squad review, Instagram Stories & more

    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 the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch, the reviews for Suicide Squad, the latest PlayStation Vita hack and Instagram's new Stories feature. What are we watching, reading, playing: Matthew is playing Furi, Graham has trouble remembering what he's watching, Andy recently picked up (and literally threw) Mirror's Edge Catalyst once again, and Hadlee has been entertaining himself watching old Formula 1...

  • 5 bite-sized tips for using video in your marketing campaigns

    The art of digital story telling is constantly evolving, and 2016 is the year of the video. It makes the cut in almost every article you read, whether it’s trends to look out for or tips to improve your marketing mix. So what’s the big fuss all about? And how can you incorporate it in to your digital marketing strategy? The sheer volume of online content means that your story needs to be compelling, carefully crafted and strategically placed to even reach your target audience, let alone encourage them to engage with your brand or purchase your product. A well...

  • Suicide Squad movie review: it’s not bad, but it’s definitely flawed

    If you're looking for an action-packed movie with a ragtag crew of anti-heroes, plenty of action, a gripping story, and soundtrack you'll be YouTubing for weeks, then you should probably rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy. If, however, you’re bored of that masterpiece, then you could do worse than DC's latest big screen offering: Suicide Squad. That’s not to say Suicide Squad is a bad movie, but it is a flawed one. For those of you already remembering the Swiss cheese that is Batman v Superman (our review), you'll be happy to hear that Suicide Squad is already a better offering that that. DC and Warner...

  • #VotingPickupLines bring awkward chuckles to Twitter, SA voting stations

    Among the slew of different hashtags appearing on South Africa's Twitter today -- including the likes of #GetInked, #LocalElections, #ivoted, and #LGE2016 -- there's one that stands out. #VotingPickUpLines is currently trending in South Africa presumably by people passing time standing in queues, or simply throwing some hilarious shade post-ballot. It's a pretty interesting hashtag too. It made an appearance when Britain voted in the EU referendum back in June 2016, and prior to that, US citizens voting in the country's 2012 national election. But back to South Africa. For those who have tried, are trying, or are yet to try, here...

  • Microsoft’s new alerts encourage users to ditch Google Chrome

    The browser wars are hotting up again, largely thanks to Microsoft. According to a number of user reports, the company is once again issuing tips in its Windows 10 notifications system alerting users to Google Chrome's battery usage. "Chrome is draining your battery faster. Switch to Microsoft Edge for up to 36 percent more browsing time," it suggests. Remember when I spoke about the anti-@googlechrome pop up? It's come back, here is a screenshot! #windows10 pic.twitter.com/FpOjL27srK — Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) July 18, 2016 The latest move follows Microsoft's published YouTube video and extensive article, highlighting the differences in battery life between Chrome, Mozilla Firefox,...

  • Is your organisation digitising the workplace in a healthy manner?

    Smartphones, 4G and cloud technologies have done wonders for our productivity and freed us from being desk-bound. We can now work from anywhere, at any time. These technologies have also unleashed a trove of information, and given us the capacity to process and analyse huge amounts of data to generate more information. But these blessings can also be a curse. Left unchecked, the ability to work from anywhere can, and has, blurred the important line between work and personal time. More and more people are also finding themselves overwhelmed by the deluge of new information coming their way daily. The result of...

  • Simplicity is the key to generating leads on your website

    You might have the best looking website, the most innovative product or service and even the best digital marketing strategy, but it won't generate any leads if the process of obtaining information of interested people is difficult and cumbersome. The web is a crowded and noisy place and people will most likely visit the next result on Google if you can't help them instantly. People will only spend a couple of seconds on your website and if they have a difficult time finding what they want or it's difficult to make a purchase or requesting more information, they will leave....

  • Apple replaces revolver with water gun, highlights new emoji coming to iOS 10

    While Google may have been leading the charge for more inclusive emoji in its operating systems, it's Apple that has beat everyone to actually including them. The company this week announced that "more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10". "This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options," the company adds. Related: Facepalm, shrug and selfie emojis could be on their way soon But something it didn't mention...

  • How successful is Apple every second? This website breaks it down

    We all know that Apple is swimming in an embarrassment of riches, as evident by numerous reports and their most recent earnings. How do you better illustrate their success though? How about a pie chart? Or what about a breakdown of all their devices sold to date? Nah, those won't do... The Every Second website shows you just how successful they are every single second. The website illustrates how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and more the company is selling each second, complete with a live ticker keeping track. For instance, leaving the website open for just ten seconds shows the following stats... The website also outlines several...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Rio is ready, Fikile Mbalula on the decks & 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 (29 July – 31 July 2016). Host city of the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro is putting the finishing touches on some of its infrastructure upgrades, starting with the dedicated Metro line 4. The line, which cost the city US$3.1-billion, is the final piece of the transport puzzle upgrades, linking Ipanema to Barra (the Olympic village...

  • Uber China to merge with Didi, creating $35bn business – report

    Uber's Chinese operations will merge with Chinese smart cab service Didi Chuxing, it has been reported. The deal will result in a company worth US$35-billion and also sees Uber China investors get 20% of Didi, Bloomberg claimed. However, Uber China will continue to operate as its own separate business for now. Didi will also invest US$1-billion in Uber China, the publication reports, citing "people familiar with the matter". "As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, in a blog post obtained by Bloomberg. "I have no doubt that...

  • Don’t lose yourself: avoid identity theft on social media

    More than three-quarters of American adults are active on social media, and the numbers total approximately 2.3-billion people worldwide. By living with and through our technology, it is easier than ever before to reconnect with friends, stay in touch with family and meet new people across previously unassailable physical distances. But this also means that the likes of identity theft is becoming a bigger problem. Unfortunately, in stark contrast to real-world interactions, there are few reliable ways to be sure a person is who they purport to be on the internet. The proliferation of social media tools has created new space...