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  • Snapchat IPO: 6 more things you should know

    Snap Inc's IPO filing was made public overnight, revealing a variety of details surrounding Snapchat's operations. For one, we know that the firm hasn't made a profit in 2015 and 2016 (although it's quickly catching up), then there's the claim of 158 million daily active users. But what else do the documents tell us? Yes, Snapchat's prioritising iOS Many Android users have long held that Snapchat didn't pay enough attention to the Google platform -- something the company admitted in the filing. "The majority of our user engagement is on smartphones with iOS operating systems. As a result, although our products work with...

  • This patriotic chicken can play the keyboard, inspire a nation

    Remember Keyboard Cat? Well, he might finally have a spiritual successor, but it's not a fellow feline. A video posted by YouTube channel Two Creative Chicks features a chicken, a chicken with a very particular talent. She can play America The Beautiful on the keyboard. Okay, so perhaps the chicken is better than Keyboard Cat. For one, she is actually deeply patriotic. And two, she clearly doesn't actually need its owners' help. While it all seems to be a rather cruel joke when the clip begins, the fowl soon gains its composure, and pecks the relevant keys almost acceptable time with remarkable...

  • 10 people more popular on Twitter than Donald Trump

    Yes, US President Donald Trump is a master Twitter user, but believe it or not he's not the social network's most popular person. In fact, Trump is fairly mid-pack in terms of Twitter's most-followed first page. So, with that said, who has more clout on the social network based solely on the number of followers they command? For reference's sake, Donald Trump commands around 23.39-million followers on the social network. Just yesterday, rapper Pitbull had command of more people, but since then, Donald Trump has largely overtaken him. It's likely that we'll see Trump overtake many of these accounts this year, but...

  • Snapchat IPO: the key figures revealed

    Snap Inc. filed a confidential initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year, leaving many to wonder about the details. But now, the house of Snapchat has raised the curtain on aspects of the deal. The IPO could value the company at up to US$25-billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. "Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate," read an excerpt of founder Evan Spiegel's letter in the filing. "Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about...

  • 5 impressive numbers from Facebook’s latest earnings report

    Facebook is an internet colossus in the same way we viewed Google a few years ago. The company is riding a remarkable growth curve, a trend that it has again cemented with the release of their Q4 2016 earnings report. The report, published at the turn of the month, sheds some light into the company's manic growth, clear focus areas and user statistics. Here are some of the tastier numbers and factoids lurking within the report. 1.23-billion The number of daily active users on the 'Book in December 2016 Yes, you read that correctly. Daily. Nearly a sixth of the world accesses Facebook...

  • innovateAFRICA: 22 media projects get share of $1m

    Twenty-two projects in the field of journalism have been selected by innovateAFRICA.fund to receive a share of US$1-million in funding and support. "The world is facing challenging political and socio-economic realities. We need the media and other civic watchdogs to provide the checks and balances needed to help us navigate an uncertain future," says juror and director of investments for Africa at Omidyar Networks, Ory Okolloh, in a press release to Memeburn. "It has therefore been fantastic to see not just the superb quality and range of entries, but also the diversity of ideas and collaboration that innovateAFRICA has fostered across the region." The 22 projects were...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • Beyonce’s preggy picture is now Instagram’s most-liked snap ever

    We've only recently said goodbye to the first month of 2017, and already Instagram has a new record-breaking image. The post in question comes from none other than Queen B herself, Beyonce. The performing artist took to Instagram late last night South African time to announce that she's expecting twins. Yes, TWINS! "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over," she posted on Instagram, signed The Carters. "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes." Beyonce trails Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana...

  • Zenimax wins $500m in Oculus VR verdict

    A Dallas jury has awarded US$500-million to Zenimax Media after it took legal action against Facebook-owned Oculus. The gaming publisher claimed that it was responsible for the key technology used in the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The case focused on former Zenimax employee and game development icon John Carmack, who joined Oculus in 2013. Carmack told the court that he took email records, including VR-related code, when he left, Bloomberg reported. The jury found against Zenimax's claims of trade secret theft. However, it ordered Oculus to pay US$200-million for a non-disclosure agreement violation, US$50-million for improper use of Zenimax trademarks and...

  • 7 must-see movie trailers from January

    So you want to know more about some of the movies debuting this month? Well, you've come to the right place. In this new monthly series, we take a look back at some of the biggest trailers to debut in the previous month. And well, obviously, it's January's turn. Power Rangers The announcement of a new Power Rangers movie was met with mixed feelings. Some thought it best to leave the franchise be, while others undoubtedly rejoiced. Since the trailer has dropped though, its view count has skyrocketed to over 22-million and over 120 000 likes. Power Rangers will follow the lives of...

  • Personal information in the age of social media

    The global reaction to WhatsApp’s August 2016 announcement, in which the “updating” of its terms and privacy policy was revealed, has been interesting. This update, essentially, allows for the sharing of user information between WhatsApp and its owner of roughly two years, Facebook. The reaction has been largely alarmist. The Guardian, Independent, and The Telegraph warn users to opt out of the sharing of information between the two platforms. TechCrunch takes a more balanced approach, outlining the European legislative response to the announcement, and quoting the UK’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham. According to Denham: “There’s a lot of anger out there....

  • Apple sells 78m iPhones in quarter, record revenue in tow

    Apple didn't have the greatest fourth quarter results last year, but the new iPhone has done massive business for the brand. "The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4-billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9-billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter," read an excerpt of the Q1 fiscal year earnings report. The firm added that 64% of their revenue came from international markets. "We're thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way....

  • Jon Stewart compares ‘pathological’ Donald Trump to Emperor Palpatine

    Late night shows have had plenty of material since Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president. Hell, even prior to that, to be fair. But one commenter we haven't heard of much is Jon Stewart. Since retiring from The Daily Show, leaving Trevor Noah at the helm, Stewart has been rather scarce. That is until now. Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance during last night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to read out some executive orders from Donald Trump himself. By Trump himself, we mean Stewart with a dead weasel on his head and a ridiculously long tie. Memes, obviously. Jon Stewart,...

  • Cassini beams back unprecedented views of Saturn’s rings

    NASA's venerable Cassini spacecraft is currently grazing Saturn's rings, beaming some astounding images back to Earth in the process. The images, published on NASA's website, effectively show twice the level of detail as previous imagery of the area. "The new images resolve details as small as 0.3 miles (550 metres), which is on the scale of Earth's tallest buildings," the agency added, giving you a sense of how close Cassini is to the gas giant. Saturn's outer B ring. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute "As the person who planned those initial orbit-insertion ring images -- which remained our most detailed...

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter movie review

    It's been almost 24 hours since I watched the last instalment in the Resident Evil live action film series, The Final Chapter, and I still cannot stop rolling my eyes. I'm really glad it's the final chapter. The movie picks up after 2012's Retribution. If you haven't seen the previous entries, then you're going to be a bit lost. Our heroine, Alice (played by Milla Jovovich), emerges from the remnants of a destroyed White House and starts fighting infected and monsters as she stumbles around. Thereafter she's contacted by the Red Queen, an AI that controls Umbrella's secret Raccoon City facility (The Hive), and is tasked...