• 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!
  • Yahoo sale to Verizon confirmed, but is it doomed to fail?

    After reports earlier today, Verizon has confirmed that it's acquiring ailing internet company Yahoo in a deal worth US$4.8-billion. The joint statement confirms that the sale won't include Yahoo's cash, Yahoo Japan, Alibaba and 3000 patents. "These assets will continue to be held by Yahoo, which will change its name at closing and become a registered, publicly traded investment company," Yahoo confirmed. Verizon says that the move will help contribute to its goal of becoming a top media operation, as Yahoo will be integrated into AOL. "Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection...

  • IAB salary survey reveals highest-earning roles in SA’s digital agencies

    IAB SA today revealed South Africa's "first-ever" digital industry salary survey, which itself revealed some interesting statistics about payrolls in the country's agency scene. The survey, completed in partnership with Millward Brown, "benchmarks the salaries of specialist skills in a way that is relevant to the South African digital marketing and communication industry". "This is the first time that the IAB SA has conducted a survey that focuses solely on the dynamic roles in the South African digital industry and their compensation," explains IAB SA's head of agencies Fred Roed. As for the results, there are some interesting findings. If your key driving...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: terror in Germany, Froome wins Tour de France & 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 (21 July – 23 July 2016) More than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured Saturday in a suicide bombing during a protest in Afghanistan capital Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which seemed to target Harazas -- the third largest population group in the country, the BBC suggests. .@StateDeptSpox on #KabulAttack: The killers responsible for this...

  • Verizon to buy Yahoo core business for $4.8bn – report

    Yahoo's publishing and advertising business has seen much better days, being viewed as an ailing internet icon by many. Now, the New York Times has reported that US network Verizon is stepping in to acquire the core business for roughly US$4.8-billion. The publication, citing "people briefed on the matter", said that Yahoo's shareholders would retain over US$41-billion in investments. These investments include the company's Japanese operations, 3000 patents and the Alibaba internet conglomerate. The sale announcement is expected to take place later today (Monday). Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer won't be retaining the helm, the publication reported, and will most likely receive a severance...

  • Apple still gets it first, but Prisma app gets Android port

    Android and iOS apps tend to get released at the same time these days, but there are still a few notable exceptions. Whether it's because there are fewer devices to target or a perception that Apple fans are more likely to pay for in-app purchases, the practice of releasing an app on iOS first is nothing new. One of these high-profile apps is Prisma, a popular photo tool that turns your snaps into works of art. It's been exclusively available on iPhones for a few weeks -- until now, that is. The team behind the arty app have released Prisma on Android, allowing the...

  • 20+ epic Instagram snaps of people living life at Tomorrowland 2016

    Held in the aptly named town of Boom, Belgium each summer, Tomorrowland is arguably the biggest electronic music festival on the planet. With huge sets, over-the-top production, and over 120 000 visitorsit's a highlight for anyone who loves electronic music. This year, the festival saw a slew of international acts too, including the likes of likes of Fedde Le Grand, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, and Alesso. But that, it seems, was just an appetizer. Have a look at some of the best Instagram snaps of the festival from the perspective of some of the artists below. Still buzzing from #tomorrowland Hope to...

  • Funny magicians and crazy graphics: last 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 searched the web and found some of the more entertaining videos of the week. Let's get on with it, then. Standout clips this time include a charming magician and classic videogame deaths in stop-motion. Popular YouTuber videogamedunkey with his take on Pokemon Go A socially awkward magician tries to fool Penn and Teller Stephen Colbert heads to the Republican National Convention The Unreal Engine 4 was used to make this life-like video A...

  • Edward Snowden working on spy-proof smartphone case for cyber-sleuths

    Notorious public whistleblower Edward Snowden and famous hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang are co-developing a smartphone case that aims to protect users from wireless device snooping. According to the duo's paper "Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance", the device will prevent journalists falling foul to their "own tools". "Front-line journalists are high-value targets, and their enemies will spare no expense to silence them. Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools. Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device," they add. The device, called the introspection engine, will clip onto a device, and checks if a phone is transmitting radio signals....

  • Tinder Social wants to make group dating cool again

    Tinder's new feature is just perfect for those (understandably) too chicken to playing the dating game alone. Dubbed Tinder Social, the company has now added the ability for groups to accept dates, creating the perfect night out to a concert or movie. Tinder now allows users to swipe right on groups, allowing entire bunches of people to hit the town together. Tinder claims this to be a much better experience for some, who often find comfort being about people they're familiar with. "Often your best nights are when you’re hanging with friends, someone makes an unexpected connection with someone in another...

  • User experience and the IoT: tech should be all about humans

    I remember reading about the Twittering Ferries a few years ago. This story captured my imagination and I started to explore the Internet of Things (IoT) in more detail. IoT, in essence, allows ‘Machines to speak to Machines’ (M2M), provide instruction, feedback on status, and even process artificial intelligence. The reason the Twittering Ferries intrigued me, however, was not the M2M relationship, but rather the fact that the code behind Twittering Ferries created a means where machines were now talking to people. They used social media to facilitate communication to human beings. This has been my interest point over the...

  • Arizona State University finds a way to control drones using brainwaves

    The brain is a complex processing unit which contains approximately 200-billion neutrons. These neutrons fire thousands of electrical signals per second. As complex as the brain is, we still can't telepathically move things with our minds, until today. Director of Human-Orientated Robotics and Control Lab, Panagiotis Artemiadis who's also the assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter has found a way to successfully control drones using a wireless interface. The controller uses a skull-cap connected to a computer, which is outfitted with 128 electrodes. The cap reads the brainwaves you produce when instructing parts of...

  • Weekly Round Up #70: iPhone Pro dual camera, Xbox One S launch & Pokemon Go

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk all things Gear. The two discuss the rumours about an iPhone Pro with a dual camera, a Xiaomi with a dual camera, Apple dropping its 16GB storage version on its smartphones, Xbox One S launch, Pokemon Go's altruistic and selfish side-effects. What are we watching, reading, playing: Both Andy and Hadlee are still playing the same games they were last week. Hadlee has also been on a hunt for podcasts. Tweet of the Week: Melania Trump's...

  • Telkom reveals FreeMe: 6 rather attractive mobile data plans

    Telkom Mobile has announced the launch of its FreeMe mobile plan, offering six tiers of pricing. The pricing itself seems reasonable, but there are a number of surprising perks as well. All plans include free SMS messages (limited to 50 per day), zero-rated WhatsApp/Viber/BBM calls (2GB fair usage policy) and free access to over 6000 WiFi hotspots. The two most expensive plans (20GB and unlimited data) also include free calls to any network - albeit limited to only 1500 and 3000 minutes respectively. The other plans feature free on-network calls only, with a fair usage policy of 3000 minutes. Interestingly enough, the plans...

  • WWF’s new interactive map visualises South Africa’s current water crisis

    South Africa's experiencing one of its worst droughts this side of the millennium, with water levels in storage systems across the country down around 20% over last year. While crop and livestock farmers are struggling in some areas, municipalities are also facing difficulties keeping growing communities hydrated. With that said, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week launched its Water Risk Filter interactive data set for South Africa -- an interactive map that allows users to visualize various municipalities' water management situations and risks within South Africa. ICYMI We launched the high resolution #waterrisk maps for South Africa today. Check 'em...

  • 4 viral marketing lessons from the Pokemon Go craze

    If by now you don’t know what Pokemon Go is, you are truly out of touch with digital reality. Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. In less than a month it has more daily users than Twitter, longer daily time usage than Facebook and more people flicking their fingers through phone screen than Tinder. The game is undoubtedly the most popular mobile phone activity at the moment. But how did Niantic, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company do it? What can we learn about going viral from Pokemon Go? I have discovered four things that have been key to Pokemon...