Ventureburn

The Western Cape Taxi Council is not loving Uber and its tech savvy ways

Uber App It's the end of the work day, I get into my Uber and settle in for contemplative ride home. The driver begins the trip and starts a meter as well. I am not sure why he has done the latter but I say nothing and we begin. Half way through the ride as I direct him toward the turn into my neighbourhood, he says to me: "don't worry about the meter, it is just a precaution." My first thought is ...

Innovation

How bitcoin is fixing some of the web’s biggest problems

tools The web has changed how we communicate, entertain, learn, make money... the list goes on and on. Still, there are so many people who take advantage of the system due to traditional limitations. To name just a few areas in need of remedy, cyber crimes such as fraud, piracy, censorship, and monopolies are all hungry for innovation. Luckily, the web has managed to give birth to new technologies that can help it fix itself. Very notably, bitcoin is one of those. ...

Motorburn

8 concept-to-production cars that got lost in translation

Concept cars that got lost in translation You know how it works. A car manufacturer dramatically whips the covers off a stunning new concept vehicle, leaving the automotive world with its collective jaw pinned to the floor. And sometimes, once said automaker has established that it’s created enough buzz around the potential new model, it proudly announces that, yes, a production version will indeed see the light of day. We all cheer heartily, since, well, that’s exactly what we wanted all along. Read more on Motorburn.

Gearburn

7 mythical heroes who defined gaming

gaming heroes Throughout gaming's history we have been blessed with many heroes. These characters have inspired us to excel in our gaming sagas and helped us to immerse ourselves ever deeper into the narratives we love so much. These 7 have secured their place in our hearts but some have not only shaped the way we see games but the very landscape of gaming itself. This list is a testament to their prominence in the gaming world. Read more on Gearburn.

Social media

Inaction in the face of fear: what an anti-semitic Facebook post tell us about ourselves

Pro Palestine jew Over the weekend, there was a lot of noise on social media. Aside from the World Cup, there was the small matter of an Israeli/Palestine conflict that is in danger of escalating into a full-scale ground war. In the midst of all this, someone purporting to be the social media manager for the ANC (South Africa's ruling party) posted an image of Adolf Hitler to Facebook, containing the following text: "Yes man you were right...I could have killed all the ...

Video

Weird Al’s ‘Happy’ parody is fueled by celeb cameos, tacky awesomeness

Weird Al Tacky Unless you've been hiding in a sealed underground bunker, Pharrell Williams' ridiculously catchy song "Happy" has probably wormed its way into your brain at some point over the past few months. Once it does so however, there are only two real courses of action you can take: accept it and walk around grinning until you drop dead from sheer exhaustion or listen to the hours of Swedish Black Metal it takes to dislodge it. Fortunately there is now a third ...

Motorburn

Bon appétit: 7 of the greatest French cars ever made

citroen-ds The automotive world is quite indebted to the French's brilliance. Without their ingenuity, the car would probably still be rolling around on wooden wheels with sticks acting as primitive steering. From breakthrough concepts like drum brakes, catalytic converters, rubber tyres and the original steam-engined tricycle, the French have also produced some stellar cars in their time. Although many don't see it that way. All auto manufacturers are ashamed of that one ugly ducking that left the production line when heads were turned. ...

Twitter

South Africans mourn Nadine Gordimer on Twitter

Nadine Gordimer Celebrated South African author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer died today at the age of 90. Gordimer was not just a writer but a political activist whose works were banned during Apartheid. According to reports, the author died in her sleep last night. "She was 90 years old, will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends and literary colleagues," her family said in a statement. Since the new broke, South Africans have flocked to social media to express their thoughts and ...

Twitter

IOL gets hacked, posts streams of random retweets

IOL Things went very badly wrong for South African media outlet IOL on Twitter today. Without warning, the group started retweeting from an apparently random selection of accounts, suggesting that it had either been deliberately hacked or had fallen prey to a malicious bot. Fortunately for the online publisher, the hack appeared not to allow posters to post directly from its account, but the kind of stuff it was retweeting was hardly going to help its reputation. Indeed, it didn't ...

General Tech

Few options, bad habits: legitimate video streaming in SA’s uphill battle

Pirates All habits are difficult to break, but the bad ones especially so. Once we get used to doing something, it’s hard to change our behaviour, even when alternatives come along, and even if they’re better. This is one of the challenges streaming video services will have to contend with when they eventually land in South Africa – savvy South Africans have long since found workarounds to access legitimate international services, or illegal, free alternatives. That’s not to say there won’t be ...

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