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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • I had fuck-you money and didn’t care – Minecraft creator

    Marcus 'Notch' Persson has been in hot water recently over various comments made on Twitter. Last month, the Minecraft creator took umbrage (to say the least) with the term "mansplaining" and called a fellow user the C-word. Now, in a Reddit post titled "what's up with Notch on Twitter?", Persson himself popped up to give a quick rundown. "Once I realised I had fuck-you money and didn't care about my public image any more because it didn't affect my day to day life in any way, I started speaking out against things I personally thing (sic) are wrong," Persson wrote. Notch said that people privately thanked him but told...

  • Scared policemen, Irish songbirds and virtual coasters: this 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. As for our first week's favourites? Well, a South African cop's reaction to a snake, and a VR-enabled rollercoaster are just two picks worth watching -- scroll down for all of them. A police officer lets out a huge scream when he discovers what the dog found... Irish football fans softly sing lullabies to a baby on the train. What happens when you combine rollercoasters and VR? Arguably the fastest F1 pit stop in history...

  • Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg covers up MacBook webcam with tape?

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the US government has sophisticated ways of spying on people through their gadgets. We also know that Facebook is no stranger to veering on the wrong side of the privacy line. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to celebrate Instagram's 500 million user milestone, people were rather surprised to see what was done to a nearby MacBook... In case you can't make it out, the MacBook's web camera is taped up, as Twitter user Chris Olson first pointed out. 3 things about this photo of Zuck: Camera covered with tape Mic jack covered with tape Email client is...

  • High IQ equals low piracy rate, study finds, but SA bucks trend

    A new study has found "strong support" that a high national IQ often results in low piracy rates. The study, titled 'Intelligence and Crime: A novel evidence for software piracy', used IQ and piracy data from 2011 for 102 countries. So what did the researchers find? "Our findings offer strong support for the assertion that intelligence is inversely related to the software piracy rates," read an excerpt of the paper. "After controlling for the potential effect of outlier nations in the sample, software piracy rate declines by about 5.3 percentage points if national IQ increases by 10 points." Who are these "outlier" nations though?...

  • Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video

    Instagram has just crossed the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily, the Facebook-owned service announced. "Our community also continues to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States," Instagram said in a blog post. "Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can't wait to see what you create next." Instagram hit the 400-million mark in September 2015, crossed 300-million users in December 2014 and hit 200-million users in March 2014. Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than...

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • African VOD landscape heats up as TRACE buys Buni.tv

    Local content is a big plus for many video platforms, with pan-African video-on-demand (VOD) service Buni.tv being one of the more notable offerings on the continent. Now, as it prepares for the launch of its own video platform later this year, French broadcaster TRACE TV has announced that it acquired Buni.tv. Buni.tv was launched in 2012 and stands out as one of the three largest VOD platforms in Africa, along with Iroko TV and ShowMax, TRACE claimed in a press statement. "TRACE and Buni.tv share the same strategic vision in that we believe that VOD is the future of television," said TRACE CEO Olivier Laouchez. "We...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches, Pornhub finds

    Where there's a need for adult entertainment, Pornhub is there to virtually deliver it. And where there's a need for some fascinating insights, the company's Insights blog delivers it as well. And for Father's Day 2016, Pornhub Insights shed light on viewer habits for last year's Father's Day. Interestingly enough, the adult network found that searches for "dad" or "daddy" spiked by an impressive 1361%. What were the most popular dad-related searches though? "The most popular search is 'step dad and daughter', followed by simply 'daddy'. We also found confirmation that 'dad bod' is indeed sexy, along with 'black daddy', 'big daddy' and 'hairy daddy'. Even 'DILF'...

  • 10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know

    There are more people using a touchscreen to surf the web than those using a traditional keyboard and mouse setup. But that doesn't mean that the older combination is useless -- far from it. For one, here are some cool shortcuts for Google Chrome that will improve your desktop browsing experience with a keyboard and mouse. 1. Quickly go Incognito with Ctrl+Shift+N Need to "buy some gifts online" and don't want the next computer user to see? Well, you could either right-click on the Google Chrome taskbar shortcut and choose "new incognito window" or you can use the aforementioned keyboard shortcut. Don't have anything...

  • Telkom teams up with Vumatel to expand fibre footprint

    In areas where Telkom connectivity is lacking, Vumatel has often stepped in to deliver the goods. Now, the fixed-line incumbent has announced a rather surprising partnership with the upstart service provider. Telkom's Openserve has announced that it would be "leveraging" Vumatel's open-access fibre network to launch products in over 20 new suburbs in Gauteng. Vumatel has made a name for itself by launching so-called fibrehoods, offering connectivity in selected suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town. "The fibre industry is highly competitive and we have seen an accelerated rollout of fibre networks across the country. While Openserve holds the lion share of the national fibre footprint --...

  • 4 weird Parlotones marketing mashups through the years

    Whether you like the band's music or not, you can't deny that South African rockers The Parlotones are marketing powerhouses, owing to its partnerships with a ton of brands over the years. Let's be frank though: some of these endorsements are just strange fits. So we picked a few standout cases. The Parlotones had their own range of wine I'm not a wine person, so I can't tell you whether The Parlotones-branded range is delicate on the palate or scalding to the throat. Anyway, the band teamed up with Hands on Wine and Woolworths for this interesting initiative. The first wine was a red, their second...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident

    Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the last two Star Trek movies, has died after being crushed by his own car. Yelchin (27), was found pinned between his car and a brick pillar by friends, TMZ reported. The concerned friends visited his home at 1am and made the discovery after he missed a rehearsal several hours before. Authorities told TMZ that the engine was still on and the car was in neutral. Jalopnik speculated that the car, believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee, may have been one of a million models recalled due to a confusing gear shifter. The motoring...

  • Illegally streaming sport? There’s a 50% chance of malware in ads

    A new study has found that as much as 50% of ads on free live-streaming websites lead to malware. Security researchers at Stony Brook University and KU Leuven-iMinds said that up until now, most of these services have only been analysed from a legal perspective. "In addition to exposing numerous copyright and trademark infringements, we found that clicking on video overlay ads leads users to malware-hosting webpages in 50% of the cases. Most of these pages are made to look like the actual free live-streaming websites," the researchers said in a press statement. These ads trick users into believing they need special software to watch the...