• 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!
  • $1.5bn Undersea cable to link BRICS by 2014

    Investors including the likes of Google are reportedly mulling a massive undersea cable that will link all of the BRICS countries. The US$1.5-billion cable will reportedly link Brazil, India, China, Russia, and South Africa to each other as well the US. According to Andrew Mthembu, chairman of technology group i3 Africa which is promoting the project, it could be online as soon as 2014. "I'm hoping within the coming six months we will all be in a position to get all the consortium members into some sort of agreement, and then from there it's then a 24 month period...

  • AFP claims first with Arabic iPad app

    Global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) has launched an Arabic version of its iPad app. It claims it is the first of the major global news agencies to do so. The new offering is a free app from the App Store allowing access to a selection of news stories, photographs, video and graphics produced by the agency’s Arabic editorial desk backed by a global network of AFP journalists. “Thanks to its 16 offices in the Near and Middle East, AFP is the leading news agency in the Arab-speaking world. We bolstered our presence in the field in 2011. The launch...

  • Naspers shutters Indian online classifieds in OLX consolidation move

    Naspers has dumped its Indian classifieds platform TradusAds in favour of the internationally renowned OLX, the world’s largest free classified site with over 130 million unique visitors per month. The move appears to be part of an effort on the part of the emerging markets internet and media giant to consolidate its online classified properties. In the latter part of 2012, it scuppered its South African Kalahari classifieds property. According to Indian online news site Medinama, Naspers' Indian ecommerce site Tradus.in will continue operating as usual, which would match what happened in South Africa. Speaking to Medianama, Amarjit Singh...

  • New daily deals site promises ‘clever twist’, less emails

    Yawn. Another daily deals site. That's so 2011. Promisingly however, the latest entrant into the market SaveMeDeals.com claims that it won't clog up your inbox. The site, which will be operated in South Africa by the MIH-owned online price comparison service PriceCheck, is a deal portal aggregator. This means that instead of offering its own deals, the site displays all the advertised deals from group buying sites in one place. Its entry into the South African market is part of an attempt to globalise the platform, which was previously only present in Latin America. PriceCheck CEO Andre De Wet...

  • Is Facebook about to let the kiddies in?

    Facebook is reportedly developing new technology that would allow children under the age of 13 to use it. According to The Wall Street Journal, the massively popular social network is looking at ways to let children use the site under parental supervision. The newspaper reports that the measures would allow parents to determine who their children are allowed to "friend" and what applications they are allowed to use. According to Mashable, Facebook says it is investigating the possibility of options for younger users, but could neither confirm nor deny that it was working on anything concrete: “Many...

  • Crowdfunding: It’s more than just having an idea and collecting the money

    Thousands of great ideas flounder at the point where they need to become reality; when great thinkers and idea generators turn to the age-old problem of raising funds to kickstart their new ventures….too often they fail and give up. Getting investment is a whole different ball game to developing products and services. So when the idea of crowdfunding first emerged, (crowdsourced fund-raising) it was embraced by entrepreneurs like sweet words of love from Juliet to her Romeo. Surely this was it, the easy answer to getting enough capital to fund your idea from like-minded individuals, without having to do...

  • The 24 hour work day, disruptors and the quest for quality journalism

    Henry Blodget, the founder and chief editor of Business Insider, an online news company based in New York City, is notorious for his role in Wall Street's dotcom saga. Now he is becoming equally notorious for his shakeup of news reporting and traditional roles in journalism. Blodget's poster boy for the new age of new media is his deputy editor Joe Weisenthal, recently profiled in the New York Times' "Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle". The article describes a day in the life of Mr Weisenthal, which starts at 4am and runs to almost 9pm. During that day he will...

  • 10 famous novels transformed into tweets

    Way, way back before the internet was invented, there was a crude and ancient way that people used to share information on a primitive form of parchment made out of crushed trees. The parchment was called 'paper', and on the parchment words would be printed, forming what people would refer to as a 'book'. As a youngster, I remember that, before bed, my father would tell me of wondrous things from times long ago. As well as other things, such as penny-farthing bicycles, horse-drawn carriages and 'the plague', he told me about these quaint and loveable things called 'books'....

  • How Google and its partners are making the web safer for SA kids

    Google South Africa recently launched an initiative to co-ordinate the efforts of government, industry and civil society to make the internet a safer place for children in South Africa. The launch coincided with Child Protection Week and International Children's Day on 1 June. It was applauded by a range of stakeholders, including the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities; the Department of Communications; the Film and Publications Board and Childline SA. As well as the co-ordination effort, the search giant also launched the South African version of its Family Safety Centre which is available in English, Afrikaans and...

  • Reviewed: A real life thriller in The Dream Machine

    With an unusual art style of clay and cardboard, people might be put off The Dream Machine. What a shame that would be, because between the oddball visuals and the rough-around-the-edges gameplay lies an engrossing story that is both dark and surreal. Dr. Who? Not unlike the popular Machinarium, The Dream Machine (Cockroach Inc.) has the guise of a straightforward point-and-click adventure, yet it has startling aspects that make it well worth your gaming while. Coming out episodically in five chapters of which three are already available, the game’s unusual claymation aesthetic, its eerie atmosphere, not to mention its dark and...

  • Salesforce goes social with Buddy Media buy

    Business software company Salesforce has confirmed that it will buy Buddy Media for nearly US$700-million in cash and shares. According to The Next Web, that means it'll be forking as much as it generated in sales in the first quarter of this year for the social media campaign specialist. It's also a little lower than the US$800-million AllThingsD predicted Salesforce would pay towards the end of May. Founded in 2007 by serial entrepreneur Michael Lazerow, Buddy Media helps 1 000 plus companies -- including big names like HP, Mattel and Ford -- maintain their social presences. Salesforce reckons that...

  • Sina Weibo drives censorship on Tiananmen Square anniversary

    Twenty three years ago today, the Tienanmen Square Protests were put down in bloody fashion by Chinese authorities. Given that the government refuses to acknowledge that the event happened, it's hardly surprising that users on Sina Weibo -- the country's immensely popular microblogging network -- have found their opinions on the event quietened. As well as user accounts being banned, Chinese news site The Shanghaiist reports that a number of emoticons have been banned. The candle emoticon, which is often used by Sina Weibo users to mourn deaths reported in the news, was withdrawn late on Sunday. After discovering...

  • Nando’s ad banned by SA national broadcaster

    A Nando's ad which seeks to remind South Africans that they're all foreigners has been pulled by South Africa's national broadcaster. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) claims that it pulled the ad because it contravenes broadcasting regulations, adding that it had "xenophobic undertones". In the advert, a narrator says, "you know what's wrong with South Africa? All you foreigners". Various population groups from Zimbabweans, and Nigerians, to Indians and Chinese are shown disappearing in puffs of smoke. Eventually Afrikaners, Zulus, and various other language groupings are shown disappearing until only a Khoi San man is...

  • Innovative #CloseTheTap campaign ends 10k tweets later

    Only 2.5% of all the water on Earth is fresh and only half of that is available for us to drink. It's a scarce resource that needs to protected. That's precisely the message South African-based digital agency Native spread with its #CloseTheTap campaign. The innovative social media campaign opened in March, and only closed after achieving its stated goal of 10 000 tweets. In order to give the campaign a visual element, Native created a live FlowCam connected to Twitter that monitored a flowing tap, rigged to a rotational water supply, everyday since its launch in March. With every...

  • Win a snazzy Hugo watch with Gearburn and Kalahari.com

    To celebrate the DVD release of Martin Scorsese's epic, Hugo, Gearburn is giving away a Hugo branded watch courtesy of our friends over at Kalahari.com. Here's how you can win it. How to enter: Having a decent watch means never being late again. Tell us about a time when you were late. The funniest story wins the watch. Leave your answer in the comments below. The competition runs from 4 till 11 June 2012. 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");