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  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • Zuma faces backlash on Twitter after addressing South Africa

    President Jacob Zuma hastily took to the airwaves on Friday to announce his thoughts on this week's Constitutional Court judgement. The court found that Zuma had indeed violated the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report. "It puts an end to any other interpretation of this matter," Zuma said, adding that there was "no deliberate intention" to violate the Constitution. Zuma said he would pay back the money -- the amount has yet to be determined. Expected a call for resignation? Politicians and ordinary citizens wasted no time in expressing themselves, hammering their "tweet" buttons in the wake of the...

  • Periscope celebrates first birthday, 200m broadcasts to date

    Periscope, the Twitter owned live video streaming service, celebrated its first year online this past weekend. Compared to Twitter, which turned 10 recently, Periscope is by far still an infant but the live video streaming has achieved a lot according to the company's blog post. Periscope claims that over 200-million broadcasts have been made on its platform, and over 110 years of live video are watched every day on its iOS and Android apps. Periscope's stats however do not give a full picture of its reach. Last year in August, the company claimed that it had two million daily active users...

  • Special Podcast #14: Tom Fox, partner manager for EMEA at Twitter, talks to Memeburn

    Twitter's partner manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Tom Fox recently visited South Africa and Memeburn had a chance to catch up with him. Stuart Thomas and Graham van der Made interview Fox about Periscope, advert engagement, and how Twitter encourages companies to advertise on the social media platform. A self-proclaimed sports fan, Fox has been at Twitter since 2012. He originally worked in sales, specialising in mobile and sport at the social network before being promoted to his current position. One of the interesting tidbits from the interview includes the number of tweets during the Oscars. According to Fox, "When Leonardo...

  • Twitter introduces Fabric mobile app for developers, with real time updates

    Twitter has released its newest app, aimed at developers. The Fabric app allows developers to monitor various analytics and diagnostics about their applications, beyond the usual download number and reported faults, all in real time. The app has been adopted from its web based variant, where up to now, developers could only access on a web. What is vastly different about the app is that developers can get real time updates with push notifications on the go and do not have to wait for when they go to the web. Twitter says that the push notifications will focus on...

  • Weekly Round Up #52: Bookmarks shortlist, Google Play Movies, Twitter, Hisense

    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 Graham van der Made. The team talks about the Bookmarks Awards shortlist, Google Play Movies, Twitter launching GIF search and video support in DMs and Hisense's life-proof smartphone. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. As for the Tweet of the week? There are too many to choose from, so simply search for #SonaDebate on Twitter and you will find plenty...

  • Twitter introduces GIF search and video support in DMs

    Twitter has today introduced two new features to its platform, GIFs search and video support within DMs. According to a statement, the introduction is reflective of its users' habits. In 2015, the company says, over 100-million GIFs are shared on the platform. Read more: Livening things up — can Twitter stay afloat through new innovations? “So much can be expressed with GIFs, and the key is to find just the right one in the moment that quickly and efficiently expresses your emotions,” says David McIntosh, CEO and co-founder of Riffsy. “We’re excited to explore this partnership with Twitter and watch Twitter users discover...

  • Weekly Round Up #51: SONA, Twitter Q4 results, French giant AXA buys stake at AIG, Quantum Break

    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 Reporters Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made. The team talks about the SONA hitting all the right notes on social media whilst Jacob Zuma hit all the wrong ones in his speech, Twitter's Q4 2015 earnings, French insurance giant AXA buying an eight percent stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest ecommerce players, for over €75-million (over US$83-million) and Quantum Break PC...

  • Twitter Q4 results: revenue on the up even as user growth stagnates

    There is a joke that goes, a Russian ship is on the ocean, a voice comes over the radio to the controller room "Help, help, I am sinking", the operator mistakes the man for a heavily inebriated Russian man, who is not sinking but thinking but struggling to pronounce it and he too responds in his equally heavily Russian accent, "Hello, hello, what are you sinking about?". This is how things are crumbling around Twitter and will soon crumble underneath it. The experts, users, and journalists keep suggesting what Twitter needs to do and the stagnant user growth proves...

  • Jack Dorsey gives a pep talk to keep the fire burning at Twitter

    Things appear pretty salty over at Twitter right now, no thanks to the recent exodus of high-ranking executives. This was the second round of Twitter employees leaving the company in the space of six months. It comes as no surprise then that Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, gave a pep talk to fire up the troops at Twitter headquarters. During the biweekly meeting at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Jack Dorsey gave a talk that inspired, or terrified, employees to tweet about how much they love -- and are committed to -- the company using the #oneteam hashtag. While the content of his address is...

  • Four top executives leave Twitter, Jack Dorsey announces

    Jack Dorsey might be doing his utmost to rescue Twitter and make it a viable business, but that hasn't stopped people jumping ship. In a post published on Twitter, Dorsey announced the departures of executives who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams. The executives include Vice President of Human Resources, Katie Jacobs Stanton, the company’s VP of global media; Kevin Weil, SVP of product; and SVP of engineering Alex Roetter. Also departing Twitter is Jason Joff, GM of Vine. This is not the first time that Twitter that employees have departed the company since Dorsey's return. A...

  • Twitter slowly returns to life after worldwide downtime [Update]

    Update #6: : Twitter.com is now accessible. nearly two full hours after it first went down. If it's still down in your area, drop us a comment in the section below. Update #4: It seems that Twitter is slowly creeping back into life. The Twitter mobile app on Android seems to be working for us at the...

  • 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...

  • The Star newspaper falls for a fictional brutal death story told on Twitter

    On 8 January 2016, a Twitter user by the name of January 21st (@JustKhuthi) began tweeting a 70-tweet long story about a gruesome killing of a girl named Kamogelo Peterson (Kamo). The first tweet was on 8 January 2016 and the rest followed on 10 January 2016. Twitter users were aghast and offered their sympathies. The handle @JustKhuthi retweeted some of the reactions using the hashtag #RIPKamo. The Star newspaper picked up on the story and published it as news. It has now emerged that the story is a work of fiction. According to the story, Kamogelo Peterson had...

  • Weekly Round Up #46: Racism on social media, Netflix in Africa, CES and Twitter’s 10K characters

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, in our very first podcast for the year 2016, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about the recent racism rows on the South African Twitter streets, Netflix coming to South Africa and other 130 African countries, CES and Twitter's 10K characters. Read more below: Estate agent calls black people ‘monkeys’ in racist Facebook post This viral Facebook post is the perfect shutdown to SA’s beach racists #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology Standard Bank economist in...