• 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!
  • Black Mesa: Half-Life reborn

    Gabe Newell must be smiling. He is a man who has always placed community before commerce. Having made his millions at Microsoft he left to found Valve Software, a company that would make games without compromise. His Half-Life series prioritized quality over time constraints and financial concessions. The series protagonist, like Newell, truly was a free man. Indeed Newell is conceivably videogaming’s auteur -- a creative soul who has no patience for publishing houses that assume dogmatic rule. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Meet the new, ‘cool’ Myspace

    The once wildly popular Myspace has released a teaser video showing the new direction its owners are looking to take it in. Best put a jersey on, because it's pretty damn cool. According to the company, which now includes pop superstar Justin Timberlake as one of its heads, the service has been rebuilt “entirely from scratch.” Gone are the messages from Tom, the insane backgrounds and, it seems, the music that starts blaring as soon as you enter a page. In its place is something much more minimal. Instead of the old clutter, imagery is emphasised, there's a static footer...

  • Eric Schmidt: no Google Maps for iOS… yet

    If you're an Apple user who's pissed off with the Cupertino-based giant's new maps offering don't hold your breath for an alternative from Google just yet. Speaking to a small batch of reporters in Tokyo, Japan Google chief Eric Schmidt said, "We have not done anything yet." "We've been talking with (Apple) for a long time. We talk to them every day," he added. The important part of that statement is the word "yet". It signals that the internet giant hasn't given up on iOS users. It's also more or less in line with Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering...

  • Iran’s government starts censoring Google search and Gmail

    In the wake of the anti-Islam YouTube video that has led to widespread protests in the Muslim world, Iran has announced that it intends to restrict access to Google products like search and Gmail indefinitely. Iranian citizens were informed of the government's decision via a message on state television and SMS over the weekend. According to the BBC, Abdul Samad Khoramabadi, an adviser to Iran's public prosecutor's office, said that "Google and Gmail will be filtered nationwide, and will remain filtered until further notice." Google-owned YouTube has been blocked in the country for some time. The country's Mehr news agency...

  • iPhone 5 opening weekend: 5m sold, factory workers riot

    Apple announced that it sold five-million iPhone 5s on its opening weekend in retail stores, signalling its most successful iPhone launch ever. The announcement was tainted however by news that workers in one of the Chinese factories building the device had rioted, leaving 40 injured. Demand for the thinner, slightly taller new device was so great that some orders have been pushed back a couple of weeks. “Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,”...

  • Does wearable tech like Google Glass signal the age of ‘leaning in’?

    Tablet computers aren't the first piece of technology to disrupt the industry: since the 1980s we've seen considerable advancement from computers the size of rooms to the one I'm clutching and writing an article with, on the train home from work. Twenty years ago we could never have envisioned that mobile phones would shrink to the size they did, and then elongate to the size they’re currently at. Companies that have faced this disruption have either evolved or become extinct while whole industries have formed in the wake of new ones. Human beings should be more intelligent thanks to the...

  • Truth in real-time and the end of Apple: the week’s top tech stories

    Last week, it was all about the iPhone 5... the hype hasn't quite died down, as the first round of reviews were published, the mocking ads hit YouTube and the queues started forming in front of iStores ahead of today's release. But it was also a week for comical iOS 6 Maps problems, discussions around #muslimrage and envy about the free smartphone programme at Yahoo! Here are our picks for the best of the week. Everyone shoots first: reality in the age of Instagram Written by Maria Bustillos, this thoughtful piece discusses how the immediacy of smartphone photography has influenced...

  • Moving beyond touch interfaces to perceptual computing

    Humans can typically understand spoken words, hand gestures and facial expressions at an early age. Yet computers, even after decades of evolution, still struggle to interpret them. That's about to change, according to tech industry experts who see so-called perceptual computing as the next step in controlling computer devices. Touch interfaces are changing the way people interact with computing devices, but hand gestures and voice recognition will make interactions even more human. "Touch is dramatically changing the way we interact with our devices, but using voice, gestures and other human expressions will bring this to a whole other level," said John Bergquist,...

  • Sony Xperia U: a tiny kaleidoscope with personality

    Are you the type of person who walks down the street, head down, sliding your nondescript phone out of your pocket as you go, trying not to draw attention to yourself? Or perhaps you’re more into minimalism and despise anything even slightly flashy or attention seeking? Yeah, the Xperia U probably isn’t the phone for you. It glows seven different colours. Tiny LED lights in the base of the phone shine to reflect the main shades in the images in your photo album or the album art in your music player. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • US parents relying on mobile devices to entertain their kids [Survey]

    It's official, not only are mobile devices part of our every day lifestyle they are helping raising America's children, according to a new survey by Ipsos, a global market research company. According to the national survey, parents are leveraging the power of mobile in the way they interact with their kids. With more than 330 million wireless connections in the United States, consumers are using their mobile devices to do nearly everything -- from watching their favorite movie, to purchasing airline tickets to leveraging GPS technology to obtain driving directions. Snapdragon processors are at the heart of today’s leading...

  • How mobile apps are disrupting retailers: the PriceCheck example

    Did you know that you can now compare prices of goods between supermarkets, while standing in one of them? Imagine, walking through Woolworths, thinking about buying a two litre bottle of cola, but by scanning it’s barcode, you find that it costs R5 less in a Pick ‘n Pay nearby. This is now totally possible, and a bit scary for retailers. A great example of this comes from Price comparison service PriceCheck. The company has launched the latest version of its app, which now allows you to scan bar codes of almost any supermarket product and see comparative prices at...

  • 5 reasons your next digital campaign should include an infographic

    Infographics are more than just pretty pictures. They're also a great way of visually conveying data and making sure it sticks in people's minds. So for those of you wanting to brush up your knowledge, or if you share the love for these awesome data visualizations that have become an overnight sensation, here is a quick overview of a few of the reasons why visualization is important. 1. People have really short attention spans A lot of companies with huge amounts of research or statistical data struggle to get people to engage with, or in some cases, even read...

  • BlackBerry confirms EMEA outages, restores services

    Jeez, RIM can't catch a break. The beleaguered Canadian manufacturer earlier today confirmed that the servers running its BBM messaging service and BES enterprise offering were experiencing issues and had become unresponsive. The confirmation after people across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region began noticing issues with the services. Rim acknowledged the issue on its UK Twitter feed, although the general sentiment on the social network seemed to suggest that it had been slow to respond: Some users in Europe, Middle East & Africa are experiencing issues with their BlackBerry service.— BlackBerry UK (@UK_BlackBerry) September 21,...

  • LEGO Play time: Geeks be geeking out [Video]

    It's Friday afternoon, you're counting down the clock 'til home time, yes you are. So what do you do? YouTube. While researching stuff on the popular video site we came across this incredible Lego contraption that is part of Great Ball Contraption (GBC). The point of GBC, if you must give it one, is to get Lego enthusiasts from all around the world who get a kick out of creating Great Ball Contraptions -- a large, modular machine that does nothing but move balls around in a never-ending route -- to build some. So there is really no point...

  • Facebook launches ‘Share Activity’ plugin: allows you to control app privacy

    Facebook has launched a new Shared Activity plug-in, a tool that allows users to manage who sees what they are doing on Facebook-connected apps. "The plugin provides a simple solution for implementing the user controls required when working with Open Graph built-in actions," says Facebook's Andrew Chen. The cool thing about this is that Facebook users control the activity they share on the social network from apps, without having to leave the app and go to Facebook to manage who sees what. Imagine surfing a site for Hello Kitty memorabilia and you're a 30-something year old man and you logged...