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  • How TV has evolved [Sponsored]

    Just what does a 21-year-old living without electricity have to do with what most people do in the evening? The very first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who lived in a home without electricity until the age of 14. The first image he transmitted was a line, but he later managed to transmit a dollar sign after a potential investor asked when he would begin to see some dollars. However, inventor John Logie Baird is touted as one of the major inventors of the television and was involved in mechanical as well as electronic television development...

  • How screen recording can be used in different ways [Sponsored]

    As its name suggests, screen recording refers to any video recording that is sourced directly from your screen – and is sometimes referred to as screen capture or screencast recording. Most people have a fairly linear idea of how screen recording can be used however, and do not fully appreciate its potential. The fact of the matter is that because screen recording will let you record any and all video footage from your screen – there are several ways in which you could choose to use it: Creating how-to guides or demonstrations of software and apps Generally how-to guides and demonstrations is...

  • Floods, Facebook and Floyd: what was hot in South Africa this past week

    Social media was last week awash by the #GautengFloods, according to analytics firm ROI Africa's latest report. According to stats siphoned from the web from the previous seven days, the rainfall in the country's smallest province became social media's most talked about event of the past week. Ironically, #DayZero also trended as Cape Town received minimal rainfall. Politics constituted the other share of the chatter, with Julius Malema and his EFF thrust firmly into the spotlight due to Floyd Shivambu's handling of a journalist outside Parliament. "#Malema told the media he is in charge of South Africa and he made several comments about...

  • 4 apps to download on Human Rights Day in South Africa

    Human Rights Day is nearly upon us, but do you know your rights fellow South African? If you don't, now is the perfect time to familiarise yourself with them all while planning for your holiday. Here are four nifty apps which will help you with both. South African law and Constitution You know the Constitution? The document that dictates South Africans' extensive list of rights? It might be a good idea to keep it handy, don't you think? There are a slew of apps on the Google Play Store and Apple iOS App Store, but we're picking this particular gem. It has advertisements --...

  • Google Play Instant lets you try games on Android without installing them

    When Google Play Instant launched on the Play Store last year, users could experience apps without installing them to their devices. It's a novel idea, and saves users the time and space usually needed when installing apps. But now, the feature just got even more useful. Google this week announced that Google Play Instant is now available for a select number of games listed on Google Plays. "With Google Play Instant, you can just tap and try a game without having to download it first -- whether you’re looking to storm a castle on Clash Royale or become a wordmaster with Words with Friends 2,"...

  • WhatsApp now lets you set descriptions for chat groups

    Have too many WhatsApp groups with arbitrary names? Well now you can add a "group description" to differentiate the one from the other. The feature was first spotted in WhatsApp's beta versions in late February, but is now rolling out to the app's stable channel. As the name of the feature suggests, it allows users to set a brief description for any group made within the chat app. The description will appear below the group's name on the group info page. While this is nice for differentiating the millions of hiking groups I've involuntarily been enrolled in, you may want to guard against...

  • SingularityU Cape Town Chapter to host ‘Space, Technology and the Future’ event [Sponsored]

    SingularityU Cape Town Chapter in collaboration with ReWild will host “Space, Technology and the Future” on 19 March 2018. The event will host assistant project scientist, Anne Verbiscer, who is the New Horizons space researcher for NASA mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Mike Alec-Kearney, from South Africa’s satellite startup CubeSpace; and Carla Sharpe from the Square Kilometer-Array (SKA) project. The three panelists will discuss the future of humankind's existence in space, the technology behind spacecraft, and the new space age. The event will take place at the V&A Waterfront’s Workshop 17 in Cape Town on Monday 19 March, beginning at...

  • Uber launches Incident Response Team ‘call-back’ in South Africa

    Uber South Africa now has its own Incident Response Team, the company announced Tuesday. This incident system has been operational as trial since December 2017, however the system is this week live for all riders in South Africa. Riders can also now submit safety concerns (along with phone number and description of the incident) through the Uber app. They will then receive a "call-back" from Uber's response team. "We have listened to the hundreds of thousands of riders using the Uber app in South Africa and they've expressed the need to be able to speak with our teams in the event of...

  • Infographic: Facebook celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with stats

    South Africa may celebrate National Women's Day on 8 August each year, but on 8 March the globe celebrates International Women's Day. "In 2017, International Women’s Day was the #1 most talked-about moment of the year," Facebook wrote in a post. "It was a moment that rallied the world around empowering women, and that was just the beginning of mounting energy for women’s movements that shows no signs of slowing down in 2018." Today, Facebook released some interesting stats about women on its social network and the impact International Women's Day has had on the site. According to the company, more than 40%...

  • How to have a movie night to remember [Sponsored]

    As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. Going out is becoming a hassle and you want nothing more than to curl up by the fire and soak up the warmth. At the same time, you want a little more excitement during these cozy nights in. Well, we have the answer. Time to turn on your QLED TV, turn down the lights and grab some popcorn — it’s movie night! And what better way to get lost in the movie world than with the immersive experience of 4K HDR, HDR 1500, and HDR10+ in one screen? 4K HDR takes you...

  • Here’s how SA’s dealing with its polony withdrawal on Twitter

    Forget avocado. Polony is now the most talked about food on social media in South Africa, this after the likely source of the country's listeriosis crisis was revealed. Listeriosis is a potentially deadly illness caused by the bacterium listeria, which can be found in uncooked and processed animal products. More than 180 people have died in South Africa during the current outbreak. Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi this week suggested that an Enterprise factory in Polokwane, Limpopo was earmarked as ground zero, in addition to a facility in Germiston and a Rainbow Chicken factory in the Free State. This caused a mild panic...

  • Google adds ‘jobs search experience’ to its Search pages

    Google wants to make it easier for those unemployed in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to find a job online. This at least according to its "new job search experience" will it suggests will simplify the process of researching local job listings on Google when using mobile and desktop. Similar to searching for flights and products, when users search for jobs an additional box with more granular information will be displayed on the results page. Tapping on this box will provide users with more details on the listings, from the job title, location, duration and requirements. Google Maps data will also...

  • MiniMeme podcast: How to thrive as a South African YouTuber

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast run by Burn Media's junior staff where we talk any topic that tickles our fancy! This week, Julia Breakey chats to prominent South African YouTubers to find out what it takes to make YouTube a career, from content to monetisation to engaging with the community. If you're looking to make your way onto the platform but are struggling to find your stride, let the wisdom of the experienced push you in the right direction: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/south-african-youtubers-talk-ma/s-4AIY9 Find the creators featured in this episode here: Gareth Mason Hayls World Michael Cost Naledi Mallela Sandhira Chetty Sibu Mpanza Pap Culture

  • Watch Malusi Gigaba deliver the 2018 Budget Speech live on YouTube

    Settle down, tune into Parliament's livestream, and clutch your bank balances tightly as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden budget speech. The budget speech lays out the government's expenditure road map for the year ahead, and is definitely as important as the State of the Nation Address. And judging by media chatter prior to the speech, this one likely won't go without drama. The 2018 Budget Speech begins at 2pm today The EFF have threatened to boycott the speech if President Cyril Ramaphosa does not sack Gigaba. Additionally, Gigaba -- who enjoyed a wonderful game of Candy Crush while the new SA...

  • South Africa’s social media was surprisingly positive last week

    The good feels are back in South Africa's social and news media spheres according to stats from analytics firm ROI Africa. It suggests that South Africa had just enjoyed one of its more positive weeks in recent memory. The firm's data -- which encompassed the past week ending 18 February -- suggests that Twitter went from its usually extremely nihilistic self to Cloud Cuckoo Land in a matter of hours. Jacob Zuma's resignation last Wednesday, together with Cyril Ramaphosa's rise contributed to more than 55% of local online news, ROIAfrica stated. "On the day of #Zuma’s resignation, 80% of our reporting and social...