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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • 10 simple Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts worth remembering

    Windows 10 has been out for a while now, but there are still quite a few things to like about the new Microsoft update (although I want my WiFi to work without disconnecting every few hours). The update brings some convenient keyboard shortcuts too, but which ones are worth remembering? We list some of the more useful combinations. Activate task view (Windows + Tab) The task view feature is new in Windows 10, giving you an overview of all your open windows - be it programs, games or file explorer windows. Launching this is a simple case of hitting Windows and Tab, so you don't need to endlessly Alt+Tab...

  • Facebook reveals OpenCellular platform: cheaper connectivity soon?

    It's easy to forget that there are loads of people that don't have access to the internet, owing to their remote locations and the price of connectivity and infrastructure. In fact, Facebook claims that over four billion people are unconnected and that 10 percent of the global population lives outside cellular range. It added that the cost of traditional cellular infrastructure was prohibitively expensive in many areas. "In many cellular network deployments, the cost of the civil and supporting infrastructure (land, tower, security, power, and backhaul) is often much greater than the cost of the cellular access point itself," it explained. The social network hopes...

  • Uber drivers share the ‘deepest’ passenger secrets they’ve heard

    Social news site Reddit frequently serves up some lovely content, with AskReddit in particular making for some entertaining reading. So when user IamHaiseSasaki asked Uber drivers about the deepest secrets they overheard, you just know it's going to be interesting. Of course, the internet being what it is, you have to take some of the stories with a pinch of salt. But I want to believe... User westport76 claimed that they picked up an "absolutely hammered" girl who asked to simply be driven around for a while and apologised for being drunk. The girl then said she had terminal brain cancer and chemotherapy wasn't an option. "She told...

  • Voyage of Time and System Shock: this (past) week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. We scoured YouTube's charts and the rest of the internet for some of the coolest videos this week. So what did we find? Our highlights in this edition include a visually arresting documentary, getting a baby to clean the house and the System Shock reboot. A trailer for the Voyage of Time documentary is getting a ton of views. June's news bloopers are here, courtesy of News Be Funny. A new System...

  • NASA’s Juno probe is now orbiting Jupiter, sends time-lapse too

    Sending a probe millions of kilometres away to orbit around a gas giant is no easy feat, but NASA has managed to do just that. The space agency received confirmation of Juno's orbit around Jupiter at 5.53am SAST (11.53pm EDT). In a rather fitting note, the orbit was confirmed on the USA's Independence Day. "Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America's birthday another reason to cheer -- Juno is at Jupiter," said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden in a statement. "And what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With...

  • Facebook Messenger’s bots are mostly shit, but they’ll get better

    Bots are the new cloud, it has to be said. They're the latest trendy thing in the world of tech, as the likes of Google and Microsoft get in on the action over the past few months. Another name to add to the list is Facebook, actually beating its rivals to the punch by launching an army of bots worldwide (for the most part). In fact, Facebook claims that there are 11 000 bots available for its Messenger platform at present. Unfortunately, its bot efforts, while still in the early stages, are rather poor right now. It's like a robot phone call (and not in...

  • Orange Is The New Black premiere sees lesbian porn search spike

    Set in a women's prison, Orange Is The New Black is a wildly popular series. But did you know that the latest season, which dropped on Friday 17 June, also affected porn statistics? According to the ever-reliable Pornhub Insights blog, the new season resulted in a spike in lesbian- and prison-related search terms in the 48 hours after its release. Searches for 'lesbian' and 'prison' topped out at 59% on the Saturday, while searches for 'prison' or 'jail' peaked on Sunday (hitting 21%). Of all the searches containing 'lesbian' and 'prison', what were the most popular specific searches though? Related: Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches,...

  • NASA’s Juno probe is just a week away from historic Jupiter visit

    We saw some amazing shots after the Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, delivering panoramas, detailed composite shots and much more Martian goodness. Last year saw NASA's New Horizons space probe fly past Pluto, delivering and continuing to deliver photos in unprecedented detail. The space agency isn't stopping there with the discoveries though, as its next big event will take place at Jupiter on 4 July. Yep, NASA's Juno probe is just five days away from visiting the gas giant in what will be the closest orbit yet. How close though? Well, it'll be flying roughly 5000km above Jupiter's clouds at its closest approach. In fact, Juno has already sent a...

  • Google uses 700 trillion pixels to update Maps, Earth

    We often take Google Maps and Google Earth for granted, but the Mountain View company has updated its cloud-free mosaic with some wonderfully sharp images this week. Yep, the company has taken advantage of new processing techniques and the Landsat 8 satellite to deliver an updated global mosaic - and the results are rather impressive. Google said it sifted through over a petabyte of data to deliver this new mosaic, coming three years after its original Earth mosaic. It added that the petabyte of information was made up of 700 trillion individual pixels. "To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7000 times more pixels than the...

  • User takes Microsoft to court over Windows 10 upgrade, wins $10 000

    Scores of people have been complaining about the questionable ways Microsoft imposes Windows 10 on them. Now, one woman has won a court battle against the Redmond corporation. According to the Seattle Times, Terri Goldstein's computer tried downloading Windows 10 without her authorisation, but the process failed. Goldstein, who runs a travel agency with the aid of her computer, found that it would crash and "be unusable for days" at a stretch. "I had never heard of Windows 10," she said, claiming that no one asked her to upgrade. Read more: 10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know She initially contacted Microsoft's...

  • Snapchat-inspired Stickers coming to Twitter photos

    Between longer videos, Twitter Engage and targeted advertising for emojis, Twitter has been very busy over the past few weeks. Now, the company has unveiled another new feature in the form of Stickers. Twitter's implementation of Stickers lets you simply place one of hundreds of stickers onto your photo, being a "fun new way to add creativity" to your pictures, the service said. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun. Use them to share what you’re doing or...

  • South African students win supercomputing competition in Germany

    Six South African students have won a major supercomputing competition in Germany this week, beating 11 other teams to claim top honours. The team was made up of four Wits students and two Stellenbosch University students, Wits University said in an emailed statement. The six students are Craig Bester, Sabeehah Ismail, Andries Bingani, Avi Bank, Ashley Naúde and Leanne Johnson. "The South African team is the only team that enters a brand new team each year. This is done to give as many students as possible exposure to the international HPC community," the CHPC said in a statement. The team, put together by the Centre for...

  • Smile Vector bot adds creepy grins, frowns to Twitter celebs

    Neural networks to manipulate photos are all the rage these days, such as Google's Deep Dream initiative. While Google's effort creates trippy art out of your images, the latest neural network-enabled project is rather silly. Twitter bot Smile Vector was created to merely add or remove smiles to photos, using a neural network for help. Created by lecturer Tom White, the bot uses a "generative neural net" to smartly edit photos it finds in the wild, posting the end-result in the form of a video. The results have been refined over time as the neural network receives more data, but it's still rather creepy. Some celebs given digital plastic surgery...

  • Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews announces resignation on Twitter

    Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews has taken to Twitter to publicly announce his resignation, uploading the letter in question as well. Matthews posted the resignation letter to Twitter, along with a brief message saying "I have quit the SABC". In the letter, directed to the chair of the broadcasting corportation's board, Matthews said it was with "great sadness" that he has to tender his resignation. "For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the side-lines," he elaborated. "In the process, the prevailing...

  • Confirmed: Tencent acquires majority stake in Supercell

    Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Supercell, creator of the popular Clash of Clans mobile title, in a deal valuing the studio at US$10.2-billion. The deal will see Tencent acquire up to 84% of the company, a press release stated. "Following the transaction, Supercell will be owned by the consortium (led by Tencent) and by Supercell's employees," it added. "Every employee will take part in a new long-term incentive plan, and will be able to sell their vested shares annually to Tencent." The agreement will also see Supercell continuing to operate independently, retaining their Helsinki headquarters and existing team. The deal is expected...