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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Today at Memeburn: why the site was temporarily down

    On 20 September, you may have noticed that Memeburn was inaccessible. On Monday, you also may have noticed a spike in CPU usage when visiting any of the site's pages. Upon deeper inspection by our developers, we discovered a script that used our visitor’s CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. The script was injected into a segment of our website's source code. Said script was from Coinhive -- a service that allows site admins to embed a line of Javascript in their websites to secretly mine a cryptocurrency called Monero. The Pirate Bay also sported a similar line of code in a covert test...

  • Taxify user ‘almost got raped’ in Johannesburg, recounts events on Twitter

    Update: Taxify has responded to our request for comment, and issued the following statement. It told Memeburn that it takes these incidents "very seriously". "Safety of both our riders and driver-partners is our priority. Our team has contacted both parties involved in the incident. Unfortunately, it is a complicated word against word situation as the driver's part of the story is very different." The company also revealed the driver's side of the argument: Rider requested a ride, inserted Braamfontein as a destination in the app (this is not a specific address and Taxify team can confirm it was so from the system). They...

  • CCleaner came bundled with malware for a month and nobody noticed

    CCleaner -- a program usually used to clean Windows, Android and MacOS of errant software and data -- has itself been infected by a trojan. A new report by Talos suggests that for nearly a month the program's installer didn't just install Piriform's file cleaner, but rather additional malware. "For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner," the Talos team explains in a blog post. This malware was reportedly bundled with the program's install files located within Piriform's legitimate...

  • Hurricane Maria is following in Irma’s footsteps (and she’s strengthening)

    As if the Caribbean islands haven't had enough wind and rain from Hurricane Irma, there's a new storm about to batter the region. Dubbed Hurricane Maria, the storm formed on 16 September and is currently a category 2 hurricane. Moving NNW and churning just east of the Leeward Islands, she's expected to strengthen into a category 4 storm before directly striking Puerto Rico. At present, Maria is one of five named cyclones currently churning in the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic. Hurricane Jose continues to survive just East of the United States' eastern coastline. Tropical Depression Lee is set to fizzle out during...

  • #TaxiStrike: violence erupts across Cape Town as taxi operators strike

    Update: The taxi strike has reportedly been suspended. BREAKING: Taxi operations to resume by 1pm lunch time. Strike has been suspended #TaxiStrike pic.twitter.com/dGIL0IQ4Wf — Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) September 18, 2017 Original article: #TaxiStrike has usurped #MondayMotivation as today's the top trending hashtag as taxi violence erupted across the Cape Town metropole. Taxi operators are reportedly requesting assistance from the Western Cape MEC of transport to address the recent increase in impounded taxis and the region's taxi associations' leadership structures. MUST READ: Cape Town Taxi Strike: get realtime traffic data with this nifty map News of the strike first surfaced on Sunday, but the hashtag #TaxiStrike...

  • Cape Town Taxi Strike: get realtime traffic data with this nifty map

    Today's taxi strike is currently affecting Cape Town's already stressed transportation network, and is set to continue throughout the week. With the likes of the N1, N2 and N7 shuttered at select intersections, traffic flow is largely affected leading into the city and beyond. While Google Maps is a great way to keep abreast of traffic flow, and Google-owned Waze is an app that deserves another honourable mention, there's another local and free service that delves deeper into Cape Town's arterial routes. Cape Town's taxi strike is currently affecting traffic across the city Dubbed i-Traffic, the resource is a joint venture between SANRAL,...

  • ‘Thanks for the science’: NASA leads emotional Twitter farewell to Cassini

    After nearly 20 years in space, and 13 years studying Saturn and its host of moons, Cassini has plunged headfirst into the gas giant, ending its mission. Cassini-Huygens was one of the most daring missions undertaken by three space agencies -- NASA, the ESA and Italian Space Agency -- and in the process gathered invaluable information about Saturn, its two possibly habitable moons -- Titan and Enceladus -- and its gorgeous rings. But as the world waited for Cassini's final radio messages to reach Earth, the planet's Twitter users could hardly stand it. #GrandFinale and #GoodbyeCassini were two hashtags used to...

  • Cell C lumps voice, SMSes and data into new ‘Social Bundles’

    Cell C today revealed its latest stab at solving the #DataMustFall crisis in the form of seven new prepaid package offerings. Dubbed Social Bundles, these packages don't simply include data but "additional data for Facebook and WhatsApp, local any network voice minutes and SMS and free games," Cell C explains in a press release. It claims that the bundles allow users to communicate across a number of different channels, and not simply social media. "The value created within these new bundles are unique, and we know our customers will instantly feel the benefits of all that the Social Bundles offers," adds Jose...

  • South Africa’s ‘first’ data science academy launched in Cape Town

    South Africa's "first" academy specifically focussing on data science has today launched in Cape Town. Dubbed the Explore Data Science Academy, the institution will aim "to meet the burgeoning demand for data analytics in the digital economy – a demand that far exceeds current supply". The Academy was founded by data scientists Shaun Dippnall, Dave Strugnell and Aidan Helmbold. "Ours is a unique, one-of-a-kind course in that it is free, practical, has real-world relevance and provides work experience. We also like the fact that it is open to anyone with aptitude," Dippnall explained in a press release. Explore Data Science Academy is believed...

  • ETA 2 days: Cassini begins its daring death dive towards Saturn

    Nearly 20 years ago a spacecraft named Cassini-Huygens began its journey to the Solar System's second largest gas giant Saturn to study the planet and its numerous moons. On 15 September 2017, its mission will be terminated in the most triumphant way possible: a deep dive and eventual crash into the surface of Saturn. It'll be a sad moment for those vested in the craft, but Cassini has nonetheless been an invaluable tool to astronomers, scientists, and little boys hosting Goodbye Cassini parties in their back gardens. We're approaching #Saturn over the northern hemisphere in advance of first #GrandFinale dive through gap...

  • Ted Cruz inadvertently helps Twitter porn account to 19000 more followers

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz might've been the joke of Twitter yesterday when his account liked a pornographic video, but he has been a boon for business for one particular Twitter account. Call it the Barbra Streisand effect, or call it inadvertent social marketing, but after Cruz's account slapped @SexuallPosts' like button, an influx of followers followed. Analytics firm SocialBlade noted this rise on the 12 September as 11 770 users. That's around 9000 more followers per day than the porn account's general daily follow count. This wasn't a once off either. Today (13 September), SocialBlade saw an additional boom of 7400 users...

  • Is Spotify finally coming to South Africa? This job listing suggests yes

    Swedish export Spotify is one music streaming service that's infamously not available in South Africa, but that might be about to change. A job advertisement on Spotify's listings portal suggests that the company is seeking an employee vested in the South African music scene. Said employee will become the titular senior editor and music programmer who will "join Spotify Shows and Editorial team, responsible for South Africa". "You will identify and curate first rate music playlist listening- and programming experiences for a multitude of our moods, moments, and genres, demonstrate a passion for performance-oriented analytics, and will have your ear to...

  • #AppleEvent: the highs, the lows and the memes from Apple’s iPhone X launch

    Today at its headquarters in Cupertino, Apple announced a refreshed product lineup including a number of new iPhones, a new Apple TV and a shiny new Apple Watch, and Twitter users were (sure enough) reporting live from their armchairs. For all the technical specifications and more, you might want to visit our sister site Gearburn. But over here, we took a deeper, introspective look at social media's reaction to Apple's launch event, from start to finish. Sit back, and enjoy the memes, joy and jibes from the bleachers. The buildup... The hype pre-event was palpable, with many readying getting those stacks of dollars. #AppleEvent Tim...

  • Ted Cruz likes porn video on Twitter, trends worldwide

    Republican senator Ted Cruz was the laughing stock of Twitter on Tuesday, after the politician's Twitter account liked a pornographic video from another account. The account in question, the aptly-named @SexuallPosts, posted a video to the social network featuring two women and a man engaging in sexual activities. While over 520 people liked the post, Cruz was among the most influential with over three-million followers. "Thanks for watching ted," @SexuallPosts tweeted, taking full advantage of the blunder. It also changed its bio to this gem: "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches." Twitter users soon noticed the unashamed like, which remained on Cruz's...

  • Cape Town dam report: we’re at 37% full, but massively overusing water

    It's been a while since we've published an updated Cape Town dam level report, but rest assured, the situation hasn't exactly seen a marked improvement. Although August was among the wettest months of the year, the second weekend in September saw the city's combined dam storage tip the 37% mark (pdf). That's a 2.1% increase over the previous week. Star performers include the Berg River Dam -- at 61.1% full -- which is now just over 9% emptier than at the same point last year. The upper Steenbras Dam is 102.3% full -- around 5% more than at the same point last...