• 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!

All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Video: Rassie Erasmus makes a mockery of ‘that’ England tackle

    Tackles are a pretty important element of any rugby match, and if you get it wrong, you could injure your opponent pretty badly. This weekend, in a narrow victory for England over the Spingboks in London, the former's Owen Farrell landed a controversial tackle on the Springbok's André Esterhuizen in the dying minutes of the game. Esterhuizen was knocked to the ground, England recovered the ball, and then kicked it into touch, ending the match 12-11 in its favour. And while the Springboks asked the Australian referee Angus Gardner to review his decision, he found no fault. So of course it would be hilarious...

  • Rihanna wants Trump to stop the music at his rallies

    Rihanna is really, really not okay with the US President Donald Trump using her music at political rallies. The recording artist on Sunday responded to a tweet by WaPo political journalist Philip Rucker who this weekend attended a rally in Tennessee. "Currently, Rihanna’s 'Don’t Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it," he tweeted. But one person wasn't loving it. "Not for much longer," Rihanna replied, "me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies." Not for much longer...me nor my people would...

  • Cape Town’s dams continue drying trend into November

    Cape Town's dam levels dropped 0.6% this past week, according to the latest report by the City. Overall, dam levels remain just below three-quarters full, at 74.1%. The decrease comes despite rainfall in the final week of October. The Wemmershoek Dam, which received around 15mm of rain last week, fell from 92.1% full, to 91.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam dropped from 58% full, to 57.4%. The Voelvlei Dam fell from 96.2% to 95.5%. The Steenbras Lower Dam dropped from 86.9% full, to 85.1%. Steenbras Lower Dam is now 71.2% full, falling from 73%. The Berg River Dam gained 0.1%, and is now...

  • Pick n Pay launches ‘early’ online Black Friday deals

    Pick n Pay has announced its first wave of Black Friday deals, more than two weeks before the actual day itself. In a smart marketing play, the retailer's offering visitors to its online site a number of deals on groceries and household products. Deals will be refreshed once every week from today until 25 November 2018 -- two days after Black Friday. To purchase deals, users will need to create a Pick n Pay account online, including delivery details. Shoppers will also need to book a delivery slot, arrange for a "Click n Collect" which allows users to grab the items from...

  • This Halloween, Twitter’s ‘like’ button turns into a pumpkin

    In case you forgot, it's Halloween today. And Twitter's celebrating in a subtle but adorable way. When the like button is hit on special tweet posted to its timeline, the heart briefly turns into a pumpkin. It's small, and really wouldn't be noticeable if Twitter didn't overtly tell you, but it's cute. ♥️ this Tweet for a #Halloween treat.pic.twitter.com/7uOn1V73Cc — Twitter (@Twitter) October 31, 2018 We've tried liking the tweet on Firefox and Android's Twitter app, but only the latter seemed to work. Others are experiencing similar issues. Overall, more than 33 000 people have liked the tweet, and we can't help but think how...

  • NASA’s JPL takes its Halloween pumpkin carving competition very seriously

    You'd think building robots that explore other planets would be a fulfilling job, but employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory take carving Halloween pumpkins just as seriously. For the past seven years, the JPL crew -- which include bright minds working on the company's rover mission to Mars in 2020 -- have held an "unofficial" pumpkin carving contest that lets engineers demonstrate their creative muscle. And you think building spacecraft was flexing. According to co-organiser and engineer Mike Meacham -- whose team won bronze in 2017 for a "green Frankenstein gourd that hovered in mid-air, suspended by a mini-parachute and an air...

  • Durban’s King Shaka Int’l lands its first direct flight from London

    The first direct flight between London's Heathrow and Durban's King Shaka International Airport has touched down in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Arriving at 5.20am, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was the first direct flight between the two hubs after the route announcement was made in May. Flight BA41 lasted a little over 11 hours. A warm welcome to @British_Airways as they touched down @kingshakaint for the very first time. We are pleased to have you be part of the KSIA family. pic.twitter.com/SDxKis8QZT — King Shaka Int (@kingshakaint) 30 October 2018 "A warm welcome to @British_Airways as they touched down @kingshakaint for the very...

  • Malusi Gigaba’s sex tape hack is South Africa’s version of Celebgate

    Malusi Gigaba was using an iPhone during the period he suggested his phone was hacked and a sex tape was obtained, evidence from his Twitter timeline suggests. Said sex tape, which you can read about in more detail here, has sent shock waves through South Africa's social media circles when the minister of home affairs himself confirmed its validity on Sunday. Interestingly though, during that same confession in which he apologised to the nation and his family, he revealed that the video was "illegally intercepted/my phone got hacked" between 2016 and 2017, or around 18 months ago. Gigaba doesn't say what phone...

  • George fire: Southern Cape city faces huge veldfire disaster

    As of Monday afternoon, a large swathe of the mountains surrounding the Southern Cape city of George is engulfed in flames. The blaze, which started near the settlement of Harold at the crux of last week's heatwave on Thursday, has grown ever larger due to hot, dry and windy weather. #GeorgeFires The public is requested to stay clear of the Montagu pass and to avoid stopping on the Outeniqua Pass to watch the fire. Such actions may be high risk to vehicles and passengers. The Montagu Pass remains closed and the Outeniqua Pass is open but is being monitored. pic.twitter.com/NdcSLPzUcX — Snazo...

  • Cape Town’s dams end October on a negative note

    After a week of extremely hot weather, Cape Town's overall water consumption has spiked to a new high, while its dam levels have dropped. According to the City's Dam Report published on Monday, the city's reserves lost 0.9% of their combined storage. The dams now sit at 74.8% full. The Berg River Dam suffered the least, dropping just 0.1% from 99.3% to 99.2%. Its neighbour, the Wemmershoek Dam, decreased by 0.9%, and now holds 92.1% of its designed storage capacity. The Voëlvlei Dam is 96.2% full, dropping 0.5% over the previous week. And the Steenbras Lower and Upper dams decreased by 0.4% and 8.5%...

  • Mpumalanga is not a good place to take a deep breath, Greenpeace reveals

    Mpumalanga is known as a beautiful, green province in South Africa that contains part of the world renowned Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. But Greenpeace Africa claims the coal-powered area is hiding a far darker secret in thin air. According to the organisation, the South African province is the world's biggest hotspot for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2), outranking Germany, India, and China This is according to analysed data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 5P satellite, which highlights air pollution in the atmosphere, between June and August 2018. "The EDGAR global emissions inventory was overlaid with the satellite data to...

  • SASSA warns South Africans of new grocery voucher scam

    A new scam parading as an official voucher programme from SASSA is making the rounds, according to the agency. "SASSA would like to warn its beneficiary about the recent scam circulating. The below information is untrue and misleading," the South Africa Social Security Agency tweeted from its official account on Monday. SASSA would like to warn its beneficiary about the recent scam circulating. The below information is untrue and misleading pic.twitter.com/0c8nvlh8Pk — SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) 29 October 2018 According to the attached pamphlet which is adorned with UNICEF, Shoprite and Pick n Pay logos, the scam asks would-be victims to send identification documents, proof...

  • Malusi Gigaba’s spokesperson: sex tape was leaked by ‘an opposition leader’

    Malusi Gigaba's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize has confirmed that the sex tape which sent social media into a frenzy on Sunday was "leaked by an opposition leader". Mkhize, who has been asked by Gigaba to handle queries regarding the now infamous video, published the statement to Twitter on Monday morning, just a few hours after Gigaba himself issued a national apology. "The @mgigaba video was leaked by an opposition leader who obtained it from an mp of his party from umzimkhulu who, in turn, obtained it from a guy who was previously implicated in the failed attempt to blackmail the minister... all...

  • Dude Perfect nails the festive season shopping experience

    Black Friday is just a few weeks away, and if you haven't even started shopping your your Christmas gifts, you're probably too late we wish you all the best. But for those brave few who hit physical stores during this period just to snag a few essential grocery items, Dude Perfect feels your pain. The bros who are usually nailing impossible trick shots, have nailed the holiday shopping experience in a six minute clip. Titled "Grocery Store Stereotypes", the video highlights practically every kind of shopper and experience you've likely had in a store. From aisle traffic jams, to those who don't...

  • LiFi could light up your internet connection within the next 10 years

    An internet connection has become a basic requirement for billions of people across the world. But what happens when a wireless connection isn't available, either because it's unfeasible or constrained by other factors? Researchers from the UK's UCL and Northumbria University are turning their eyes, and data transmission hopes, to the light. And quite literally too. Dubbed LiFi, the successor to radiowave-based WiFi will use light produced by special LEDs that will send and receive data to and from devices. "The LEDs we are developing are plastic, flexible devices which are cheap to make and which are already appearing in high-end mobile phones,...