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  • Weekly Round Up #47: Rickman, Bowie, Tesla factory, The Star’s awks moment, regulating OTTs

    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 about the deaths of actor Alan Rickman, star of Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually, and David Bowie, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor and also part time soothsayer. The team also talks about The Star newspaper falling hard for Twitter fiction and forgetting basic Journalism rules, government and service providers' plan to regulate OTT's like Whatsapp and Tesla's gigafactory that...

  • Instagram introduces multiple accounts feature, then takes it down

    We here at Memeburn are always having this conversation, about how it is time for Instagram to support multiple accounts. This conversation is always categorised by angry rants every time we have to upload a photo or video on Instagram and have to go through the inconvenience of diving into the dustbin to retrieve passwords and usernames. It appears that we will never have to go through such trauma. According to Android Police, Instagram has introduced multiple account support. This is great for Instagram users who run more than one account -- say, the one professional and the other social. Instagram has...

  • 10 of our favourite snaps from the blood-red #SuperMoon eclipse

    Stargazers from the Americas, Europe and Africa were over moon this weekend, as they stared through their phones' screens to capture and share a very special astronomical event. Not only did the lunar eclipse make the moon appear red, the moon also passed closest to the Earth's surface -- appearing 14% larger than usual. The so-called supermoon or bloodmoon event is a rare celestial occurrence which was last observed in 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. Of course, the early 1980's lacked today's advanced telescopic and photographic equipment, meaning that this is the first time the Instagram and Twitter...

  • Instagram community grows to more than 400m, sharing 80m photos daily

    Instagram, the photo and video sharing app, has announced that its community has grown to more than 400 million users with more than 80 million photos per day shared on the platform. That means that it's grown by 100-million users in just nine months. For an app that is not new, the growth is significant as maturity is the enemy of all apps. Instagram was launched about five years ago and was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for approximately US$1-billion in cash and stock. The company did not give numbers based on operating system but said that about 75% of Instagram...

  • Instagram scandal: Grove on ‘unpaid leave’, Cape Town Partnership boss speaks out

    In the wake of the Skye Grove Instagram scandal, the CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Wednesday issued a statement in support of Grove in her capacity as head of communications of the organisation. In an email circular to the Cape Town Partnership community Makalima-Ngewana writes: “I believe that Skye’s actions in her private life have not detracted from the value she adds to our organisation. Nor do I have reason to believe that she’s been responsible for any misdemeanors in the course of her work at the Cape Town Partnership.” The Cape Town partnership is a public-private-NGO, formed...

  • Instagram plagiarism scandal: Skye Grove apologises, deletes herself off internet

    Amid a barrage of criticism and a bit of support on social media on Tuesday, top South African Instagrammer Skye Grove has literally deleted herself off the internet, after "owning up" to a plagiarism scandal as reported by Memeburn on Monday. Posting on her official Instagram account to her 40 000-something followers, she wrote: "I would like to unreservedly apologize to the Instagram community as much as to the artists whose photos I used. I am sorry that I disappointed you. I have learned and will continue to learn. I would like to thank the countless of people who sent...

  • Top South African Instagrammer accused of plagiarism, fraud

    South Africa has its own collection of "celebrity Instagrammers". Skye Grove is among this group. She has more than 40 000 followers on Instagram and has had her photographs featured in exhibitions and on television. Grove also sells her images online. The Expresso Show, a popular daily morning show, featured Grove on 29 June 2015 on its Social Media Trend segment as "Someone to follow on Instagram". However, Memeburn was approached by a “concerned member” of the South African Instagram community, alleging that Grove has posted other people’s photographs on her Instagram feed, claiming them as her own,...

  • Instagram beefs up messaging capabilities, adds emojis

    Instagram has announced changes to its direct message capabilities. Yes, one can now message people directly on Instagram as an alternative to WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat or SnapChat. Though Instagram Direct was launched in 2013, it's remained a mystery to most users. Whether the world needs anymore messaging apps is an interesting discussion to have, what is however clear that the company is simply exploiting its user base with Instagram Direct. The company claims that the direct messaging feature is being used by 85 million users every month. Read more: Instagram ditches square-only photo format The new features include threaded messages, in which users...

  • Instagram announces explore page, with trending tags and places, and more powerful search

    Instagram has announced two major updates. One is to its explore feature, adding trending tags and places, and the other is making its search more powerful and easier to find people, places, and tags. According to Instagram, 70-million photos and videos are posted to the platform every day. It is clear from this that seeing all of them is impossible and even tracking back to see all of them is like navigating a minefield. With the new changes, things are about to get better. “We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless.”...

  • Instagram introduces email digest feature dubbed ‘Highlights’

    Some people think emails are dying or even dead. Google revamped its email and introduced Inbox to give email a new life. Now Instagram appears to be gearing up to get into that space. TechCrunch has reported that Instagram has begun sending emails to users with content from the people they follow. Twitter has long emailed people with all kinds of content, about tweets you missed or about people tweeting about a particular subject. It is the first for Instagram to get into space. Instagram has long, however, been posting on its blogs users whose accounts it finds interesting. Sending...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • Instagram launches official community called @Music

    Instagram has launched a new official community called @music. The community is aimed at music lovers, dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from both the musicians and the listeners. The tech company says that the community is a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. The service appears to be a pseudo-publishing platform more than anything else. Instagram is a publisher of narratives in photos and videos but with the new community layout it wishes to transcend this and embrace text. There has already been such moves...

  • Instagram gets strict on spam, nude photos, posting other users’ content

    Instagram has released new community guidelines. The platform wants its users to follow the law, post only their own photos, videos, respect everyone on Instagram and don’t spam people or post nudity. Arriving at the new community guidelines, the company says it considered its diverse community, all its different cultures, ages, beliefs, and tried to guidelines that suit all parties. The issue with guidelines, across platforms, is not their existence or lack thereof...

  • 2015 African Blogger Awards deadline extended

    The 2015 African Blogger Awards is extending its deadline and will now accept entries until 16 April 2015. The competition is aimed at African YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitter and Facebook influencers. The awards aim to expose “truly exceptional African content creators and their unique story-telling approaches”. “Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform,” the organisers say. The top five categories in these awards are for Africa’s Top Instagrammer, Top Twitter Profile, Top YouTuber, Top Blogger and Best Facebook Page will be awarded to entrants...

  • Instagram launches Layout, its own photo collage app

    Instagram has launched a standalone app that allows users to combine multiple photos into a single image, dubbed Layout. Instagram described the app as fun, simple and it offers a new way for users to flex their creativity, allowing users to remix up to nine photos at a time. “From imagining mirrored landscapes to sharing multiple moments from an entire adventure, we’ve seen these kinds of visual storytelling happening on Instagram and we’re inspired by it. With Layout, it’s easier than ever to unlock your creativity — and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make next,” the company said...