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  • Weekly Round Up #54: Tesla Model 3 launch, Samsung S7, S7 edge and is M4JAM closing down?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, host of the Weekly Round Up and Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team talks about the launch of Samsung S7 and S7 edge that happened in Johannesburg where Andy got to play with the devices. Other topics covered include the launch of Telsa Model 3 and M4JAM surprising turn of events. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. And for the Tweet...

  • Weekly Round Up #45: UFOSA, Zuckerberg’s $45bn charity, WeChat Wallet, Black Friday

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and staff reporters, Jacques Coetzee and Graham Van De Made. The team discusses UFOs that were spotted in South Africa, Mark Zuckerberg's US$45-billion commitment towards philanthropy, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Stuart talks about his time using WeChat Wallet. The Tweet of the Week: Read more below: Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of his Facebook shares to ‘advance human potential’ Zuckerbaby parody open letter is all kinds of awesome #UFOSA sighting, crash site...

  • Users can now order, pay, track OrderIn orders within WeChat

    A few weeks ago, OrderIn, the popular online food ordering service, ran a promotion on WeChat where users could order three meals and get R50 discount with each order. Today, that has been revealed to have been a prelude to a bigger partnership between the two platforms. It was announced today that OrderIn has become an official channel within WeChat. Users can now easily and securely order and pay for food from their favourite OrderIn’s more than 650 restaurants, fast food outlets and corner café’s in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. “Partnering with OrderIn is just another...

  • 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...

  • WeChat cannot succeed in Africa if it holds tight to its Chinese legacy

    WeChat is blazing around the globe caring very little of what is in its path. In the last year, the platform's global launch has seen it begin to weave itself into the fabric of Africa's tech ecosystem and platforms of choice. I recently started using the platform. Before now, it held no real appeal for me -- none of the people I would ordinarily IM with are on the platform and sharing seemed futile if my crowd wasn't there to share with. That said, the platform has managed to attract a fair number of users, but what are they doing...

  • WeChat partners with Castle Lite in upcoming hip hop music fest

    Social media company, WeChat, has recently partnered with the popular South African beer brand Castle Lite for the upcoming Castle Lite Extra Cold Music Festival. This is the first of many big sponsors WeChat have achieved since it launched in South Africa. The music festival will take place in Gauteng where WeChat hopes to grow its current user base and will feature renowned hip hop artists in its line-up like Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Reason and Micasa. Many of the songs performed will later be made available using the WeChat app. Those who join the Castle Lite SA official WeChat...

  • Can features like Chat Cards and Newsfeed make Mxit cool again?

    Not so long ago, Mxit appeared to be caught in something of a malaise. Alan Knott Craig Jr, the man who promised to change the company from the ground up had parted ways with it, the board appeared reluctant to appoint a new CEO and its product was stuck in pretty much the same place it had been in for years. No one can accuse it of that now. In the space of a few months and under new CEO Francois Swart, it has launched brand new smartphone and feature phone versions, launched in India and rolled out a host...

  • News via chat app: BBC uses WhatsApp, WeChat to report Indian elections

    When India last held a general election in 2009, the country had fewer than 50-million internet users – a mere four percent of the population at the time. But as voting begins this week in India’s newest general election – a marathon that runs through to the counting of the votes on May 16 – things have changed. And that means, as the country now grows closer to a quarter of a billion web users, the way people access the news is evolving as well. For this election, the BBC is reaching out to readers and the public via...

  • Shock jock Gareth Cliff looks set to start new show, including WeChat streaming

    South African shock jock Gareth Cliff is set to make a return to broadcasting, but he won't be on radio, or TV for that matter. Instead, it appears that the controversial DJ, who recently left terrestrial radio station 5FM after 10 years, will instead make his return on WeChat. While there have recently been whispers that Cliff could be hosting a show on the instant messaging platform, his new site CliffCentral.com appears to confirm it. The site lets visitors know that they will be able to "Join Gareth Cliff – live from 1 May" and promises an "unscripted. uncensored....

  • Facebook Messenger joins the free phonecall brigade

    If you're a Facebook Messenger fan, then you'll probably be relieved to find out that the social network hasn't stopped work on the app just because it's bought WhatsApp. The latest update to Messenger has seen it add free phone calls to its list of features. Anyone observing the various moves between the world's various mobile instant messaging apps will know that Facebook's messaging apps aren't the first to include this feature. WeChat and Viber for instance both allow users to make phone calls. Like Facebook, they require both users to have a Wi-Fi connection for the calls to be...

  • Tencent set to take on Alibaba with 15% stake in ecommerce group JD.com

    Tencent, the tech giant behind China’s QQ and WeChat messaging apps, is radically shaking up its ecommerce operations by forming a strategic partnership with JD (a.k.a. Jingdong), China’s second-largest online shopping firm. Rumors of a collaboration between the two firms had been circulating for months. What’s the deal about? To put it as straightforward as possible, Tencent will give JD the money and visibility necessary to run Tencent’s ecommerce operations successfully. Following the completion of the deal, JD will fully acquire the business, personnel, and logistics of Tencent’s estores QQ Wanggou and Paipai. It will also acquire a minority stake in Tencent’s...

  • 5 reasons WeChat is way more innovative than you might think

    We has been covering WeChat, China’s most popular mobile message app, before it even had an English name. Meanwhile, international tech media outlets have also been following the evolution of other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Line, Facebook Messenger, and many, many others. Over the past year or so there’s been lots of talk about how these messengers are maturing into “platforms” – or, apps that users will use to buy things, and that business and organizations can use to reach an audience. However, as others have correctly pointed out, it’s not appropriate to lump China’s WeChat alongside these other...

  • Top 10 messaging apps in the world [Infographic]

    "Hey, why don't you send me a text?" said no one ever in 2013. That might not be an accurate, or even true statement, but it's just a matter of time before it is, if you go by the prevalence of instant messaging apps. That's right, text is dead (or dying very quickly), and instant messaging apps are the killer. In 2012 alone, it's purported that mobile operators lost US$23-billion because teens used instant messaging apps rather than text messages. For the user, it's a no-brainer, why pay to send a text message (at hiked prices too) when you can...

  • WeChat set to launch banking venture by mid December

    WeChat's upcoming financial services platform will be launched in mid-December this year, according to Yicai (article in Chinese). Tencent is working with four Chinese fund companies to create a financial product in which users can invest their savings, similar to Baidu’s Baifa and Alibaba’s Yuebao. Users can store their savings straight from their smartphones through China’s most popular messaging app WeChat via TenPay, Tencent’s very own third-party payment system. Their money will be accessible at any time and there will be no limit to the amount of money they can deposit (unlike Baidu’s product). Tencent has not announced the interest rate...

  • Social messaging apps to go past the 2 billion user mark in 2014

    Look, we already know social messaging apss are big. WhatsApp now has 350-million active monthly users and WeChat, its biggest rival, went past the 270-million active user mark earlier this month. Other Asian apps like Line and KakaoTalk meanwhile are also claiming user number numbers in the hundreds of millions. Thing is, it looks like we're only at the start of the social messaging app explosion. According to research house Ovum, the space will seriously take off in 2014, more than doubling its user base to around the 2-billion mark. The number of messages being sent across these apps meanwhile...