• 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!
  • FC Barcelona, Worldreader to send one million e-books to African children

    Footballing giant FC Barcelona is teaming up with non-profit company Worldreader in a campaign aimed at getting people to send one-million e-books to school children in Sub-Saharan Africa. The non-profit claims that it is already one-tenth of the way to achieving its goal, having delivered 100 000 e-books into the hands of 1 000 African children since it started operating in 2010. WorldReader claims that "digital technology sharply lowers the cost and complexity of delivering books everywhere. As we make reading easier and less expensive, the world will read more". While some are sceptical about getting books to countries...

  • 13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few...

  • 5 seriously underrated aspects of social media

    Like you, I once naively thought that social media was used for sharing your life experiences and bonding with close family, friends, and the random people who send friendship requests that you accept for no apparent good reason. But there is so much more to social media, and here are five of the most underrated things that you can experience in-between tweeting about what you just had for lunch and poking people you only vaguely know... 1. Twoogle Twoogle is the great new practice of certain Twitter users taking the word Google and the word Twitter, combining them with an added...

  • The future role of digital media and technology in retail

    Digital is fusing into our daily lives more and more. As a concept, it will soon disappear in a future where we reminisce about the good old days of offline and online. This fusion is already underway. The mobile evolution continues to provide increasing interaction with richer digital content. While enabling technologies (like NFC) let us to go one-step further and interact with real word objects. These new interactions are fueling not just a mobile, but also a digital revolution. As this fusion matures, our social profiles will become our passport to interact with the world, with digital media providing the...

  • Press X to hump — when will sex in games grow up?

    Hi. This article is intended for mature readers. There are constant references to sex and because it’s me, I won’t be holding back and, as such, the article is most definitely NSFW. Onto the digital titillation. The idea for this article struck me after I battled the Kayran in The Witcher 2. Geralt and his on-and-off lover Trish celebrate this victory by having vigorous sex in an enchanted elven rose pool. It was pretty much the most graphic, mature and honest bit of digital intercourse I’d ever seen. Here’s the rub: I’ve been gaming for close to three decades now...

  • 80% of new phones ship with Android or iOS [Report]

    We’ve written about how large Android and iOS’ combined slice of the smartphone market is before. It doesn't look like that situation's about to change any time soon. Even in a shrinking mobile phone market, the two operating systems have managed to carve out a considerable lead for themselves. In fact, new research from tech analysis company IDC suggests that over 80% of smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2011 rocked one of the two OS’. The company’s figures give Android slightly larger share of the market than a similar study recently conducted by fellow research company Gartner. IDC...

  • Yahoo! Axis is actually pretty cool

    Yahoo!'s newly launched Axis web exploration and search tool isn't what you'd expect from a company that's been in corporate turmoil over the past few months. In fact, it's pretty damn impressive. Axis is both a mobile browser and a desktop plugin that gives people visual search results as they type. In the desktop version, Axis comes in the form of a little black pill that nestles in the bottom left corner of your browser. Hover over it and extends across your screen. If you then click on the extended bar, you'll get all the visual representations related to...

  • John Malkovich uses Siri and it’s kinda creepy [Video]

    If there's one thing that John Malkovich excels at, it's playing John Malkovich. He reprises that role in two ads for Apple's voice assistant app Siri. The first features the logo of US carrier Verizon, and features the actor using Siri to find out about the weather, search for restaurants, and to tell a joke. Malkovich appears to find the joke hilarious, which is worrying. The second ad, which has AT&T's logo on it, shows Malkovich asking Siri for advice and then complementing her in what appears to be an awkward attempt at flirtation. We're...

  • 8 of our favourite ‘Spear of the Nation’ memes

    The media has been obsessed with the developments in South African president Jacob Zuma's Lenin-esque nude portrait saga. Brands and consumers alike have meanwhile taken to social media with offerings of their Spear of the Nation memes. Below is a selection of our favourites. 1. Gabriel's image is hard to absorb Gabriel employs shock tactics. 2. John Terry A meme within a meme. 3. Helen Zille Tit for tat: the leader of the opposition is unknowingly pulled into the paint-slinging affair. 4. Spear Spies Sports meets politics. Springbok rugby star Pierre Spies' surname coincidentally translates to 'spear'. 5. Britney The celebrity pun meme is one of our favourites...

  • The Great Gatsby gets Twitter all abuzz

    Proof that good literature still matters! Or that Leo DiCaprio is still an A Lister. Either way Twitter is abuzz with the trailer for the Great Gatsby. If you are a fan of the brilliant Baz Luhrman and have read and loved F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby then you have been waiting for this movie since Warner Bros. announced it. Luhrman’s interpretation of the novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway takes us back to roaring twenties where the "buildings were higher, the parties were bigger and liquor...

  • Things get worse for Facebook post IPO as shareholders sue

    Looking back, the technical glitches that delayed Facebook's IPO are starting to seem like an omen. After seeing its shares plummet more than 10% on its second day of trading, the social network -- along with its financial underwriters -- is being sued by its shareholders. According to Reuters, the shareholders claim that Facebook, along with banks like Morgan Stanley hid the social network's weakened growth forecasts ahead of the IPO. The suit was filed today in a New York Court and comes hot on the heels of a similar suit which was filed in California on Tuesday. The...

  • Social gambling to be worth $100bn by 2017

    There's a very fine line between social gaming and social gambling. Think about it. All you have to do is add a wager and one becomes the other. Given that the former is already massive business (It's no accident that Zynga accounts for 12% of Facebook's revenue) it's hardly surprising that the latter is set to follow suit. In fact, tech analysis company Juniper Research reckons that social gambling could be a US$100-billion industry by 2017. It says the surge in social gambling activity is being driven, at least in part, by the introduction of intrastate casino and lottery...

  • The future of shopping is mobile

    People are swapping shopping malls for online and virtual stores at a faster rate than ever before. Combine this shift with our increasingly compulsive and indecisive nature, and you can see why online retailers are frantically coming up with new ways to entice people, so they can linger on their sites longer. One way they are doing so this is by focusing on our closest companions: our mobile phones. This echoes one of my favourite lines from Irish comedian Dylan Moran: "I don’t know what I want, but I know that I want it now." Mobile apps: having a shop...

  • mmMule: Deliver things and have an adventure, do some good

    "For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience." That quote from the cult movie, The Beach embodies the whimsical spirit of mmMule, a startup that rewards you for delivering things to people on your travels. mmMule is essentially a crowdsourced courier service. As it depends on a healthy helping of chance and serendipity, it’s not a real replacement for postal and courier services,...

  • 8 facts about mobile life in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Mobile phone penetration continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and that growth means new users, new experiences, new uses and a new world of opportunity. Anyone interacting with this evolving ecosystem needs to understand mobile behaviour and trends. Mobile Life is an annual investigation into the behaviours, motivations and priorities of the world’s mobile phone users, covering 48 000 interviews in 58 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the study includes Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The most recent results revealed the following about the region's mobile phone users: 1. Smartphones are on...