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  • Google for Nonprofits will see NPOs get up to $10k in free Google advertising

    Google South Africa has launched Google for Nonprofits, an initiative aimed at assisting NPOs in making use of Google’s products and tools. The initiative was launched in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana and will see NPOs get amongst other benefits Free AdWords advertising worth up to $10 000 per month. Some of the problems that NPOs face is access to internet and technology tools. The Google for Nonprofits is targeted at dealing with problems like these. Read more: How technology is changing the way we do business travel This initiative like Google Academy for NGOs, which Google launched earlier this year...

  • Weekly Round Up #32: ShowMax, Ashley Madison, Android One, Android Marshmallow and Tesla’s Autopilot

    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, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made discuss Naspers' launch of ShowMax, Android One coming to Africa, Android Marshmallow, the Ashley Madison hack, and Tesla allowing drivers to Beta test its Autopilot software. Rumours had been doing the rounds for sometime but the announcement of ShowMax by Naspers' was still exciting. The launch itself revealed little new, the rumours had been spot on. The news is exciting for the South African audience. With the launch...

  • Google is opening a YouTube Space studio in Mumbai

    Google has announced that its YouTube Space is coming to Mumbai, India soon, continuing its forceful entry in the country. Ask a video creator anywhere in the world and the common challenges are access to quality camera, audio, editing equipment and professional studios. YouTube creators and aspiring creators in India will now have a space to create their videos and will not have to be plagued by the everyday struggles of video creators. In Asia, India is one now amongst the top contributors when it comes to driving time spent on YouTube watching videos. India has a thriving film industry and...

  • Weekly Round Up #31: Alphabet, Bic’s fail, Naspers’ Netflix, M4JAM buys Pondering Panda

    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 and Graham Van Der Made discuss Google's new parent company Alphabet, Bic SA's Women's Day fail, Naspers' attempt at opening a Netflix competition, and M4JAM acquisition of digital market research company Pondering Panda. This week started with a bang as Google announced that it was starting a parent company called Alphabet. The news caught the world unawares and as a result a lot of confusion ensued. Some people thought Google had changed its name but...

  • Google launches Android Experiments to showcase app creativity

    If nothing else, it appears that apps are going to make us magicians who can flatten landscapes with a tap on our device screens. This is only seems like a far-fetched idea if you have not seen what the new Android Experiments launched by Google yesterday look like. The apps feature are not at all new but they are a blueprint of what apps can become. Android Experiments is a platform to celebrate the creative, experimental Android work of developers everywhere. It is also a way to inspire more developers to get creative with technology and code. Read more: Wits...

  • Google easter egg pays homage to Silicon Valley TV show

    After yesterday's Alphabet announcement, an umbrella group to all Google-owned companies, it began to emerge that the internet giant had hidden something in the press release. Silicon Valley is a hugely popular popular TV show on HBO about... well... Silicon Valley. The show follows the exploits of Pied Piper, a startup specialising in a unique compression algorithm. The show chronicles the fictional company and founder, Richard Hendricks, as they journey from a small incubator, a fight over the IP to the Pied Piper name, their attendance at a TechCrunch event, and becoming one of the most sought over properties in the Valley. That's just a...

  • Google: Android Lollipop adoption hits 18.1%, KitKat 39.3%

    Google did not disclose Android adoption numbers for June. There was no explanation as to why that was, but now it has released new numbers for the period ending 3 August 2015. Since the last time these adoption numbers were released, there has bee a 5.7 % increase in Lollipop adoption. In June, Lollipop was sitting at 12.40 % and now it has jumped to 18.1 %. Android Lollipop 5.0 is present on 15.5 % devices whilst 5.1 is only present 2.6 %. Google’s Android Lollipop roll out was quite slow in the beginning and even though it has been...

  • Google Translate adds 20 more languages, makes voice translation faster and smoother

    Google Translate has received an update, adding 20 more languages. Now users can instantly translate up to 27 languages, making the program available to a wider audience. The update also makes real-time voice translation a lot faster and smoother. These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. The new languages that users can now translate to are Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. These can also be translated from English. You can also do one-way translations from English to...

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...

  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Slack integrates with Google calendar to remind you of events

    As of today office communication tool Slack will come with Google calendar integrations, allowing events to automatically post reminders inside Slack channels. At any given time here at Memeburn, one will find multiple conversations on Slack about article ideas, deadlines and more deadlines. It is hard to keep up with all of it and sometimes one can miss the multiple deadlines for meetings, interviews, brainstorming etc. Google Calendar is one of the more popular services used by businesses and this integration with Slack will make Slack that much more sexy to companies. Slack’s new integration with Google Calendar allows for any...

  • Google brings My Maps to Google Drive

    Today, Google Drive is even getting better. Google announced that My Maps is coming to Google Drive. My Maps, though not hugely popular with most users, makes it possible for individuals to put their world on a custom map. Google says that people can create multiple maps and these will be searchable on the drive. There is nothing better than Google Drive, writing documents in one device and then having the ability to work on them on multiple device is perfect. Gone are the days of forgetting important documents at home or having to carry devices or transfer...

  • Google introduces News Lab, a project to birth journalists on steroids

    Google has announced a new project called News Lab, designed to give journalism more power. The site is a new effort by the company to empower innovation in which technology and media work far more closely and efficiently together. The site, the company explains, will feature different tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and advice for journalists on how to use the numerous Google products in their reporting. And when Google develops new products it will continue to update these resources. “From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use...

  • Google’s Project Soli is an innovation from the distant future brought to the present

    Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) department has been working on something very special. Called Project Soli, the technology could completely change how we interact with devices, from smartphones, music systems, heaters, ovens, TVs and tablets. The fitting way to describe this project is that it has taken a leap into the distant future, a future that is currently out of sight. Project Soli is an interaction sensor using radar technology that can track movement. This is similar to that which is used by security cameras. The technology behind this is quite sophisticated but it has been built into a...

  • YouTube’s new ‘Music Insights’ tells artist in which city they are most popular

    YouTube has introduced a new tool for artists. Called Music insights, its function is to give artists data about where their music is being viewed the most. YouTube says this data can help artists create opportunities for both themselves and fans. Music insights is part of the recently launched YouTube for Artists site. The company says that the new tool will not only help artist grow their community on YouTube but can also help them grow it offline. The kind of data that artist can obtain from music insights includes data on which cities around the world is the artist...