• BURN MEDIA
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!
  • 5 South African podcasts you should be listening to

    Podcasts are an incredible storytelling medium. They're intimate, they're accessible, and they make chores go by in a hurry. The issue with them, though, is that most popular podcasts are American. It's difficult to find South African podcasts of quality that are equally as entertaining. But just because they're hidden doesn't mean they don’t exist. Memeburn spoke to the creators of some of South Africa's best podcasts about their shows and the medium itself. Here's what they had to say. Alibi Meet Alibi: South Africa's answer to Serial. Journalist and author Paul McNally produces this long-form investigative podcast that follows the story of Anthony...

  • #EFFSoldOut: Twitter blames Guptas for hashtag

    There's no denying that in South African politics, Twitter is the EFF's platform. Its leader Julius Malema has 1.3-million followers and engages with them on a regular basis -- compared to President Jacob Zuma of the ANC, who hasn't tweeted since 2013. Exactly, the liberation of the mind is very important pic.twitter.com/9XrxGGeCze — Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) March 21, 2017 And when it comes to popular hashtags, the party's supporters come out in troves to support its politics, often drowning out dissenting voices. This weekend, Black First Land First, the Pan-Africanist party founded by ex-EFF member Andile Mngxitama, started the hashtag #EFFSoldOut. #EFFSoldOut Former...

  • Cape Town water crisis: the City’s current and future plans revealed

    City of Cape Town's water and energy efficiency strategist Sarah Rushmere today revealed just how stressed the greater Cape Town water supply system is. Speaking at a water-themed hackathon event at Woodstock's Rise Cape Town, Rushmere revealed that even with the City's current water restrictions, system maintenance and other measure in place, Cape Town still isn't saving enough. "People are using a third less water than they would a few summers ago. But it's not enough," she explained. The city, which is currently under the blanket of Level 3B water restrictions, has just 28% capacity remaining in its 15 dams at the...

  • TweetDeck might not be free for much longer

    Struggling to nail down a reliable revenue stream while controlling its often-irate user base, Twitter may soon charge you to use some elements of its currently-free service TweetDeck. Outed by The Verge, the social networking company is engaging with users through a survey to "assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version" of the web app. "We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people's Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals," a company spokesperson told the site. This "advanced Tweetdeck experience", as Twitter...

  • Oh no, baby! What is with this brand new meme?

    If you haven't seen this meme yet: what are you doing, baby? Every now and then a meme is formed out of pure joy and love, and this may just be the first of 2017. College student Nick Joseph and his friend Dan Rue have a knack for getting in trouble and dancing their way through it -- and it's delightful to watch on screen. On 4 March, the duo posted the first vlog of their #ThatsTheOne series on YouTube. The series follows them as they crash weddings, steal primates and 'trespass' on basketball players' mansions. My personal favourite sees the two stealing...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #100: 22Seven, Super Mario Run & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the past few days. This time, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker only, as Graham van der Made and Matthew Alexander are away. The team discuss the personal finance app 22seven's absorption into Old Mutual, resulting in the founders' departures. We ponder how long the deal has been in place, and what South Africans should expect with the change. We also discuss the #CupBlowingChallenge, in which teenagers are partaking in a strange science trick involving cups and the sheer force of their breath. We marvel at the...

  • Facebook’s new feature will turn it into a digital shopping mall

    In its never-ending quest to connect the world and make loads of cash doing it, Facebook has today announced a new shopping advertising format dubbed Collection that will helps brands showcase products on mobile. And yes, only mobile. "Mobile has reshaped how people discover, learn and ultimately buy from businesses," the company writes in an update. "People are also watching more videos on mobile, and shoppers want to see products as they exist in the real world—but they also expect fast-loading, seamless experiences when they discover and buy on mobile." The company's solution to this is to allow brands to tell their own...

  • Two-factor authentication is now live on Instagram

    Keeping pace with its contemporaries, Instagram now supports two-factor authentication. The system "adds an extra layer of security to your Instagram account by requiring a code every time you log in", announced company CEO Kevin Systrom in a blog post. "Tap the gear icon on your profile and choose Two-Factor Authentication to turn it on." This effectively means that those looking to infiltrate your account (and post pictures of dirty dishes, or unkempt gardens) can't simply use your password. Two-factor authentication, in essence, makes it damn difficult to crack users' accounts. The system has been adopted by a number of other services, including...

  • Get Out movie review: an impeccable horror with a social twist

    Have you ever had something reaffirm your passion? When you’ve gotten into a groove of taking the same hikes, reading similar books, drinking the same coffee -- and then suddenly one view takes your breath away, one book makes you sob, one cup of coffee reminds you this is why you love it. This is what Get Out feels like for someone who loves film. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut moves from strength to strength over the course of two hours, and by the end of it you’re left with the wind knocked out of you, simultaneously panicked and rejuvenated. The pounding...

  • Mars Curiosity Rover is injured with no one around to fix it

    It's a sad lonely world for a space craft. You're sent deep into space beyond foreign worlds and forced to survive with little to no human assistance at all. For the Mars Curiosity Rover, it has lived on the Red Planet like this for nearly five years. And the little thing's still plodding along. But it's finally beginning to show its age. A routine check of the Rover's exterior performed earlier this month revealed that the left-middle wheel is taking quite a beating. Images were beamed back from the explorer this week, and tweeted via the Rover's personal Twitter account. These are...

  • #CupBlowingChallenge: The newest viral teen fad

    First we lay flat on random surfaces. Then we choked on cinnamon. We created chemical burns on our hands. We flipped bottles skillfully. And now we're blowing cups. And all things considered, it's definitely an improvement. The new fad taking the internet by storm does not put anyone in harm's way -- yet -- and, much like bottle flipping, it's all about focus and determination. It all started when one talented young man used magic and the speed of his own breath to cause one cup to fly perfectly into another. Im a magician. 🐐 A post shared by Pablo 🤙🏽💥 (@deandre__6) on Mar 15,...

  • NASA used AI to capture lava lakes from orbit

    AI might be all the rage now, but NASA has been using an AI system for over a decade to quickly direct satellites to capture disasters. In a post on NASA's website, the space agency detailed how its Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (ASE) AI system was able to quickly capture a volcano's changing lava lake. "On 21 January, a fissure opened at the top of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano -- one of the few in the world with an active lava lake in its caldera. Volcanologists sent out requests for NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft to image the eruption, which was large...

  • Black Cat and Silver Sable to star in latest Spider-Man movie

    If there's anything that gets me more hyped than women superheroes, its multiple women superheroes starring in the same film. In a move that looks set to directly compete with DC, Sony have decided its next film in the Spider-Man universe will be centred on Black Cat and Silver Sable. Black Cat (or Felicia Hardy) is known to fans as the Catwoman to Spider-Man's Batman. The acrobatic cat burglar and Spider-Man have had a long on-off romance in the comics, despite her mistrust of men that stems from a traumatic past. This film will be Black Cat's first proper introduction to the cinematic universe...

  • You can now use Facebook Live from your computer

    As of yesterday, friends around the world can use their poor quality in-built webcams to Facebook livestream themselves sitting at home doing nothing. Just what the platform needed. Before, the feature was only available on mobile -- which made sense as the things you actually want to watch live are often on the move -- but Facebook has announced that this week all desktops and laptops are able to broadcast live. According to the platform, "computers provide a stable camera setup that can be beneficial to many types of Facebook Live broadcasts — from Q&As to vlogs to tutorials to any...

  • Large electronics banned on some Middle East, African flights to US

    The US has banned all passengers travelling from eight Muslim-majority countries from bringing carry-on devices larger than a smartphone. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and portable gaming devices. Passengers who wish to travel with their electronics would need to put them in their checked baggage -- putting the devices at risk of theft or even snooping from the US government. Selected airports in Jordan , Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have been affected. None of these countries were affected by Trump's proposed travel ban. According to The Verge, no rationale was given for the ban. Neither the US Transportation Security...