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  • Weekly Round Up #50: Alphabet beats Apple, Travelstart’s $40m, Uber’s new logo, smartphone rumours

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee. The team talks about Alphabet becoming the most valuable company in the world, Travelstart raising a cool US$40-million from Amadeus Capital Partners and MTN, Uber's new rather bizarre looking logo and the new round of rumours when it comes to smartphones. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. And the Tweet of the week has something to do with South...

  • Google Photos gets collaborative shared albums feature

    Google today announced its new Google Photos feature dubbed Shared Albums, which allows users to share their Google Photos with friends and family. The feature helps in assisting users build new memories of an event. Instead of only looking at your own photos of that family gathering that took years to organise, people can now share the photos and videos right from within Google Photos. Shared Albums builds a link of the selected photos and videos and users can share it on Facebook, Whatsapp, Hangouts, and other platforms. Read more: Google Photos update lets you free up space, downgrade photos "With...

  • Google Calendar gets Reminders, enables tracking to-dos in app

    The Google Calendar app, both for Android and iOS, is getting a new Reminders feature. According to Google, this feature will allow users to create reminders in Google Calendar, enabling the user to track all scheduled events and appointments. Google says that Reminders will stick around on users' calendars until they have been completed. Instead of going away when the set date passes, like normal events, Reminders will sit on top of the calendar, making it easy to see them, ensuring that users do not miss an important appointment. Once a task is completed, a user can swipe the...

  • Google Search now allows you to star, bookmark images

    Google Search is receiving a new feature. As it matures, it can only get better, and Google appears to be committed to seeing this happen. In the latest update, Google has introduced a new feature to mobile searches that allows users to bookmark images from their mobile browser. It's basically a Pinterest for Google Search. For the feature to work, users need to be logged into a Google account. The process of doing so is seamless too. When a user finds an image they want to save, all they have to do is to select and star it and the image will...

  • YouTube finally launches offline video feature in South Africa

    The world's largest online video platform boasts over a billion users watching hundreds of millions of hours everyday. Countries with limited data connectivity however are still largely untapped markets. To help remedy this, YouTube launched its offline feature in South Africa today at AfricaCom 2015. Using the YouTube app, this would enable people to save clips of cats getting vacuumed or epic documentaries onto their mobile devices. Saved videos can then be played back without an internet connection for up to 48 hours. The feature has been available in India, Indonesia and the Philippines since last year and was introduced in...

  • Google Photos update lets you free up space, downgrade photos

    Out of Google’s annual event this year, Google Photos, bundled out of the underwhelming Google+ was an impressive innovation. Over the months since its launch it has served users well. To follow up on that success, Google Photos is today receiving an update. The latest update to Google Photos brings features to the Google Photos app, SD-card enabled devices and the web. Google Photos users on the web will now be able to downgrade photos from original quality to high quality. This feature downgrades already uploaded photos from original quality to high quality. This can be done by visiting the Google...

  • Google to launch hundreds of internet-enabled balloons in 2016

    Google's Project Loon never seizes to impress. Though the initiative started testing about two years ago, the US internet giant's moonshot of sending internet-beaming balloons into our stratospheres have just gone up a notch. According to the BBC, the internet giant is planning to launch a string of 300 balloons, enough to create continuous on-the-ground coverage of a section of the world's Southern Hemisphere. Each balloon will cover around 40km in diameter, with speeds of up to 10 megabits a second. The longest a balloon has remained afloat has been 744 days. "We hope next year to build our first continuous ring...

  • Google launches Beta test for the Google app

    Google has opened its Google app to beta testers, bumping it from version 5.3 to 5.4. It is not clear yet what the plan is from Google, but one can speculate that it has something up its sleeve. The Google app is a significant part of the Android ecosystem. With the app, users can perform voice commands, and access Google Now, Now on Tap (if running Marshmallow), traffic updates, sport updates, news alerts, etc. There is no indication of a major overhaul of the current app, but a beta test usually hints at an ambition to introduce new capabilities for...

  • Google introduces Accelerated Mobile Pages for rich, faster content on mobile

    Google has announced a project called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) which is an open source HTML code framework that publishers and developers can adopt into their websites and apps. The AMP code will work across multiple browsers, apps and devices. AMP HTML is a new open framework that is built from existing web technologies, which allows websites to build light-weight webpages. Google, with this initiative, wants not only to bring rich content like video, animation, smart ads and other graphics to mobile web but to optimise it so that it can load faster on mobile web. This appears a lot like Facebook’s...

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...

  • Tech brands dominate the top 10 spots in Interbrand global brands list

    Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy firm, puts together an annual best global brands report, in which it details the 100 most valuable brands in the world. The 2015 list is out and tech brands are dominating the top ten, occupying more than half of the top ten spots. Apple and Google continue to dominate the top spots in the list. Apple is the most valued brand at $170.276 billion, a brand value increase of 43 percent from the previous year, whilst Google is estimated to be worth US$120.314-billion, with 12% brand value increase. The other tech brands in...

  • Weekly Round Up #37: Google event, Takealot raising 1bn, Tesla Model X and Edward Snowden on Twitter

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Graham van de Made and Andy Walker discuss the Google event, Takealot, Edward Snowden and the Tesla Model X. Earlier this week, Google laid out the red carpet and announced new devices. You can watch the event here. Amongst the exciting announcements Google made were new Nexus devices: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and its Google Pixel C. The team discusses the possibility of the Nexus devices coming to South Africa, the similarities of...

  • Google acquires Jibe Mobile, a leading provider of Rich Communication Services

    Google has acquired Jibe Mobile, a startup that is a leading provider in Rich Communication Services. Google is in the process of implementing RCS on Android and Jibe Mobile's expertise will be useful. “Deploying RCS to create an even better messaging experience on Android will take time and collaboration throughout the wireless industry, but we’re excited to get started” wrote Mike Dodd, Android RCS Software Engineer and Minister of Messaging. Read more: Android is now used by 1.4 billion people worldwide Though instant messaging services have had much innovation, SMS has been left behind over the last little while. RCS is...

  • Android is now used by 1.4 billion people worldwide

    At last night’s Google Nexus event, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Android now has more than 1.4-billion active users. That's 400-million up from the one-billion it had at the same time last year. Speaking at the event, Pichai said "The scale at which everything is working is pretty breath taking to see" Pichai also highlighted the growth of Android in developing markets like Indonesia and Vietman. The number of Android users in those two countries has doubled in a year, he said. Pichai suggested that increasingly affordable Android devices and the launch of Android One are at the heart of...

  • Google plans to roll-out WiFi to 400 train stations across India

    It comes as little surprise that Google plans to provide public WiFi in 400 train stations across India. Right now, India is a fast-growing market that tech companies are taking advantage of. The news comes at the same time Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring the US. As part of his trip, Modi visited Google's headquarters and also made a stop at Facebook for a Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg. The roll-out for the project, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai -- an Indian native -- will see 400 train stations across India receive WiFi. The plan is to have 100 of...