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  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 12 stunning snaps of Johannesburg

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we're in the thriving South African metropolis of Johannesburg. Jozi. eGoli. JHB. With an estimated 8-million inhabitants, Johannesburg is the country's biggest city, but it's not often regarded as a destination with rich physical beauty. With that said though, you just...

  • Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show: 12 snaps that’ll make you very hungry

    This weekend, Cape Town played host to its leg of the Good Food & Wine Show, one of South Africa's premier foodie events on the calendar. Taking place at the Cape Town international Convention Centre, the expo often sees its fair share of celebrities, television personalities and those who really just go for the food and wine. And that's exactly what were looking at today. If you were unable to attend the event, at least social media can go a long way to documenting the event tweet by tweet, and snap by snap. Although, we regret that licking the screen will...

  • Reddit, Facebook & Twitter leading social media news sites, study suggests

    Social media is a lot more than simple message, image and status sharing, a new study from Pew Research suggests. In said study, the institution discovered that 62% of Americans use social media to read news, and more incredibly, 66% of those users use Facebook to do just that. According to the report, "Pew Research Center analyzed the scope and characteristics of social media news consumers across nine social networking sites." The results were conducted with 4654 "members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel." The results make for interesting reading too. Among the nine networks studied, Reddit, Facebook and Twitter were...

  • 15+ cats and kittens you should be following on Instagram

    Say what you want about business to business, the internet of things or the mysterious force in data recovery dubbed "the cloud". The internet exists for one reason and one reason alone: cats. These fluffy creatures have infiltrated humankind's daily rituals since time immemorial, hunting by our side and keeping our laps sufficiently warm. But now, these resourceful balls of fur have infiltrated social media too. They'll probably be our overlords in the future, and to remain in their good books, we have to pay homage to them before it's too late. Our cat overlords are however no more scary than...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

    As much as Instagram's a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it's also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we'll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. And which better city to begin with than Cape Town? It's Gearburn's home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don't take our word for it. Have a look at...

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...

  • Weekly Round Up #62: Instagram’s new look, Assassin’s Creed, WhatsApp & Xiaomi Mi Max

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas returns as he talks to Andy, Hadlee, and Graham. The team discusses this week's biggest news: the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, Instagram's washing machine-like logo and monochrome interface, WhatsApp's desktop app, and the new giant Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone, that perhaps should be called a tablet. We also discuss the latest study focusing on mobile phones and the prevalence of brain cancer in Australia. As usual, the team mentions their current watching, reading, playing and eating lists,...

  • Instagram’s new icon isn’t getting much love on Twitter

    In case you're too busy using Snapchat, or don't bother with all this social media nonsense, Instagram has done the one thing social media users absolutely hate: change its app. The company today launched a revised Instagram app, with monochrome buttons and a new icon that now boasts the full sunset gradient treatment. While the app remains the same in terms of navigable menus, button placements and overall mechanics, Instagram does note that the change aims to "puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app." But even so, people are rather, rather annoyed, and took...

  • Instagram awards $10k to 10-year-old for not deleting Justin Bieber’s comments

    Parents of Nineties' children didn't enjoy them constantly starting at computer screens, but that's probably because not many of them were able to find security-threatening bugs in the code of one of the most popular apps in the world. A ten-year-old boy has done just that, and the app in question? Well, just that app Facebook bought for US$1-billion -- Instagram. Related: Instagram to ditch chronological feeds for algorithms After discovering the bug and reporting it to Facebook, the company rewarded the Finnish kid with US$10 000, which seems a bit slim considering what the bug could've meant for the likes of...

  • Met Gala 2016: 11 Instagram snaps of celebs in their snazziest dress

    The Met Gala is a pretty big event for high fashion, charity, and the stars. It's one night that celebrities really get to look the part for the sake of looking the part. They don't exactly walk home with a Grammy or an Oscar, but the night is no less important. Being a top trend on Twitter worldwide this weekend, image-heavy social portal Instagram also had its fair share of posts shared by celebrities and the general populace alike. So, if you fancy taking a look at what the stars decided to don, have a look at our selection of Instagram...

  • Weekly Round Up #57: Tesla Model 3, WhatsApp encryption, Huawei P9, Panama Papers, Cake ban

    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 is back from his honeymoon and for this week's Weekly Round Up he hosts Gearburn editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team discusses Tesla's Model 3, the Panama Papers, WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, and Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, the team discusses Instagram banning a cake after mistaking it for a breast. The team also talks about what they are currently watching,...

  • Instagram suspends British user’s account for uploading a cake

    Instagram is a strange social network. Built on a pile of images from across the world, there are instances when the company feels that some snaps are just too damn tasty for public viewing. And by tasty, I don't just mean worthy of censorship. Worthy is an interesting word here, and tasty even more so. Why? Well, because Instagram this week thought that a baked good was just too provocative to be hosted on its network. A British mom Sue Moseley, uploaded an image of an Easter simnel cake her daughter Fiona baked, but was greeted by an account suspended notice...

  • 12 awesome Instagram snaps from Of Monsters And Men’s Cape Town gig

    This week, Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters And Men made its live debut in South Africa, choosing Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to kick things off. Naturally, this meant that the city's Instagram gang was out in full force to capture the spectacle. With the sun setting, the sky tinged with clouds and the crowd a reported 5000-strong, there were some rather brilliant snaps taken. After trawling through Instagram, we've picked our 12 favourite stills for those who missed the concert, and for those who just appreciate some stunning photography. Either way, have a gander through the gallery below. There could...

  • Instagram increases video length to 60 seconds on iOS, Android

    Instagram wants its users to post more videos, a trend that its parent company Facebook, has been focusing on lately. To enable this, the platform has increased the running time for videos, from 15 seconds to 60 seconds, both for Android and iOS. Video consumption on mobile has been seeing a growth spurt recently, with platforms like YouTube experiencing spikes in mobile and tablet consumption. In 2014, the platform revealed that about 50% of its views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets, a 40% growth from the year before, 2013. iOS users will also be able to make...

  • ‘Turn On Notifications’ posts flood Instagram ahead of timeline revamp

    Instagram users weren't all too happy with the company this weekend, as countless users took to the image sharing platform to voice their concerns over the implementation of the algorithmic feed, and to beg users to switch on notifications for their posts. Earlier this month, Instagram announced that its dropping the logical chronological layout for a system that displays posts that the user will likely find important. This is effectively the method used by Facebook to display posts. As a result, a swathe of users have asked followers to "turn on notifications" fearing that their posts will be dropped from...