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  • This nifty infographic shows you everything you need to know about WhatsApp

    This infographic by ShopOnLess sheds some 47 facts and figures on WhatsApp that will keep you in the know about the world's most popular instant messenger. Started in 2009, WhatsApp has around 800 million active users to date. You probably knew that already, heh? But did you know though that an estimated 27% of the internet's selfies are shared via the instant messaging platform or that India is the company's most active demographic, representing 10% of its users. Oh, and it only has 55 employees. Read more: WhatsApp continues to surge, gaining 100 million new users in just four months Last year, WhatsApp...

  • Weekly Round Up #23: Spotify, Oculus Rift, Merc meets Apple Watch and WooThemes acquired

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Andy Walker, Graham van der Made, and Christopher Wilton speak about Spotify's new features which include Spotify Running, Oculus Rift PC requirements, Mercedes-Benz's Apple Watch app and Automattic's acquisition of WooThemes. Gone are the days when Spotify ruled the music streaming space with little competition. It is now facing serious competition from a number of services. Tidal, not much a threat yet, is in that space now, Apple is looking to get into it, and putting pressure...

  • Weekly Round Up #22: #AskMmusi, Instacart, Gaming villains and humans crash into self driving cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Christopher Wilton speak about Mmusi Maimane's #AskMeAnything hour on Twitter, Instacart for South Africa, history's greatest gaming villains, and Google car crashes. Politicians have embraced social media platforms but unlike the propaganda that they can spread on their newsletters, social media platforms are a space that is hard to police. When Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter, tossing himself into the war of tweet, shortly after his election as the new DA leader,...

  • Weekly Round Up #21: Elon Musk has battery power, &Threads, Autonomous trucks and Microsoft Build

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Christopher Wilton speak about Microsoft Build, Elon Musk's amazing battery power announcement, &Threads, a new boutique startup, and Autonomous trucks, a safer way to move goods arrival the web. After a keynote address in which Elon Musk sounded like poet with an audience eating out of the palm of his hand, the entire world was speaking about Tesla Energy. Tesla Energy offers possibilities for third world countries but is it affordable. The greater...

  • Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens, Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and more

    Build is almost always Microsoft's most important event of the year, not only for developers but consumers too and in an operating system launch year, its especially important as the company woos the public, showing off new features and upcoming technologies based on Windows 10 and other wares, like HoloLens. The only problem? It's extremely hard for consumers to slice the news into legible chunks (hell, even we have a hard time), especially since making heads and tails of it all is pretty important. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Microsoft is shutting down support for Windows Server 2003, urges SA to migrate

    After over a decade since the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will now finally seize support come 14 July. Leon Wright from Microsoft SA says that 11.9 million physical servers around the world are still running Windows Server 2003. This means that two out of every five computer systems running Windows Server are out-dated, and could thus become a security risk if not acted accordingly. "The shock value of this statistic resides in the fact that this is the case despite IT managers worldwide being aware that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, automatic fixes, or online technical assistance...

  • Windows 10 updates, ‘Mad Max’ mayhem and ‘GTA V’ wildlife: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 bendgate and ‘Game of Hyrule’ trailer: the TGIF Video Roundup We've been shirking our Friday duties of bringing you the best videos from around the web, and you know what, we're bad. Bad Gearburn! Read more on Gearburn.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 bendgate and ‘Game of Hyrule’ trailer: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed our previous roundup, catch it below. It has been a brilliantly short week and an extraordinarily long weekend, but that doesn't mean that this work week has been reduced in stress, or suffering at the hands of the mouse, keyboard and the almighty monitor. The past fortnight has seen some awesome videos grace the internet, with a few people destroying phones, others crafting epic trailers and others totally winning this "cosplay"...

  • Weekly Round Up #20: Facebook Messenger, Opel hipster cars, Huawei mystery, and Samsung S6 price

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Andy Walker speak about Facebook Messenger’s arrival the web, Huawei's hint that it will launch a device that captures the wonder of the sun, Jottr's promise to tailor content according to one's reading patterns, Opel launching cars for hipsters, and the fact that the Samsung S6 and S6 edge will cost you an arm and a leg. Facebook has been making changes to Messenger, making it in the process one platform...

  • Bitcoin Africa conference confirms Erik Wilgenhof Plante as guest speaker

    Internationally recognised speaker Erik Wilgenhof Plante has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at the Bitcoin Africa Conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 16 to 17 April. Michael Bouchier, who's the master of ceremonies, said in a press release: "I am extremely satisfied with the quality and selection of speakers. Mr Wilgenhof Plante will cover a very important topic, namely, Earning trust; how rules and regulation can help development of virtual currencies. We feel that with so many big corporates, banks and government departments attending that this is an important topic to cover at...

  • Digital marketing event Online Tuesday set to make its SA debut

    Online Tuesday, the monthly digital marketing event pioneered in Amsterdam, is set to make its South African debut on 14 April. Opening proceedings will be Michael Ossendrijver, VP media & technology of DQ&A Media Group. In his presentation, Ossendrijver will address the challenges modern digital marketers face, including how to reach the consumer in a cross-channel and cross-screen world. The evening will be hosted by Schalk Bezuidenhout. Bezuidenhout is a comedian as well as a drama student at the University of Cape Town. He is known for his hilarious comedy material and quirky dress sense. Online Tuesday South Africa is organized by...

  • Weekly Round Up #9: Trevor Noah’s Twitter fracas, April Fools’, iFix and Mercedes-Benz pick up

    Today is the last day of work, before we take to the Easter Holiday. As usual though we've rounding up the week in tech for your listening pleasure. This week was always going to be one with good laughs, given that it included 1 April. The internet did not disappoint, dishing up funny and made up stories. Memeburn wrote its own and Gearburn rounded up the best April Fools' articles in the technology space. The biggest news this week however came on Monday, when Trevor Noah was announced as the next host of The Daily Show. Not long after, people...

  • Memeburn goes back to the future with Y2K – Cyber rebrand [Update]

    Memeburn is set to undergo a strategic rebrand, which will see it ditch the name and logo that has helped make it one of South Africa's most respected and popular technology news sites. The new name, Y2K -- Cyber, take its cue from the halcyon days of the dotcom boom as does the retro feel of the branding. Fun fonts, a space-inspired background and an assertive tagline all come together to reflect an online publisher that knows where its future lies. "It all makes sense when you think about," says Memeburn senior reporter Stuart Thomas. "Instagram was inspired by...

  • Weekly Roundup #18: Facebook Messenger, Spartan, Sami Inkinen and the final Bugatti Veyron

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker tackle topics as diverse as Facebook Messenger's transition to a platform, the latest updates to Microsoft's Project Spartan, an entrepreneur who's also an extreme athlete, and the final Bugatti Veyron. As a company, Facebook is 11 years old now. If it had remained the social network it was back then, it might still be around but it probably wouldn't have nearly the same levels of success it now does. Its latest effort to...

  • BurnCast podcast special: tales from SXSW

    Our Managing Editor, André-Pierre du Plessis, went to Texas to attend the annual tech, music and design festival, SXSW. While he wrote about the most of the interesting stories on Memeburn, he recently sat down with senior reporter Stuart Thomas and brand manager Jason Bechervaise to talk about his experience. Lend your ears: If your ears are too tired, you can read about what he's chatting about in the articles below: SXSW Day 1: New media challenges in a world (still) dominated by traditional media Do’s and don’ts in Austin: why the internet loves to hate SXSW SXSW Highlight: Biz Stone admits defeat in...