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  • China’s Great Firewall now censors WhatsApp and Winnie The Pooh

    China has had a particularly interesting week in digital thus far. In the run up to the country's Communist party reshuffle taking place later this year, it seems that instant messaging service WhatsApp has been crippled within the country. While WhatsApp isn't the most widely used chat app in China -- that honour goes to WeChat with just under a billion users -- it is a notable target. It is the last bastion for Facebook in China and one of the last popular chat apps still functioning within the country. According to the New York Times, Chinese citizens are unable to send or...

  • Video of snowfall on Table Mountain goes viral on YouTube

    It hardly ever snows on Cape Town's fabled Table Mountain, but when it does in the internet era, it's definitely going to get caught on tape. The courtesy comes from YouTuber Justin Hawthorne, who this past weekend experienced the fluffy precipitation from near the summit of the mesa. Snowfall began around midday on Sunday 16 July, and lasted for around two minutes, Hawthorne notes in a comment. The weekend cold front brought rain to Cape Town, but also a flurry of snow to Table Mountain "There had been a few lighter flurries over 15min or so prior. There were only a few spots on...

  • WhatsApp may soon let you watch YouTube videos in its app

    You might soon be able to view YouTube videos within WhatsApp. According to WhatsApp feature watcher WaBetaInfo, the new feature is currently being tested in the latest build on iOS, numbered 2.17.40. The build also addresses a number of other issues on iOS, including numerous UI improvements and tweaks to the calls list and media management tools. But most interesting of all its the mention of YouTube. Users can view videos in a picture-in-picture mode, with added controls such as pinch-to-zoom and the ability to continue reading messages while video playback continues in the background. This means that users needn't leave the chat app...

  • 50.1% of Netflix’s users are now beyond US borders

    Netflix has had a remarkable week, nay, a remarkable past three months. The company has unveiled its financial report for Q2 2017, and it's markedly better than analysts' forecasts. And that pushed the streaming firm's stock price up by 10.7% after hours. As for the hard numbers, the most positive gain can be seen in its increased user base. Netflix's streaming membership base now stands at 104-million, up from 99-million in the previous quarter. This is largely thanks to massive gains internationally. The company added 4.14-million subscribers in Q2 2017 beyond the United States' borders -- that's nearly double the estimates analysts provided...

  • These new Apple emoji will hit the iPhone before 2018

    In honour of World Emoji Day, Apple has announced a bunch of new emoji coming to its major operating systems before 2018 makes its presence felt. These operating systems include the iPhone and iPad's iOS, Apple Watch's watchOS and macOS, running on its laptops and workstations. "With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message," the Cupertino company notes in a press release. As for the new emoji, there are over 15 heading for users' devices, including a number of completely new icons. A breastfeeding emoji, a woman with headscarf...

  • Google Maps gives you the best time to leave for your destination

    Google Maps now helps you pick the best time to leave your your destination, thanks to a nifty new feature. Previously Google Maps would direct, and estimate the time of travel based on route and traffic along said route. But now the app (at least on Android) provides users with a graph on estimated travel times throughout the day. Google will also highlight the best time to leave -- which is ironically well before the time most companies let their employees go. Go figure. The feature is currently available on Android, but not yet available on the web or the iOS version of...

  • 14 gorgeous Instagram snaps of South Africa’s weekend snow

    The latest cold front that scurried across South Africa this weekend brought more than just rainfall to the Western Cape. The province, along with parts of the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, were blanketed in healthy layers of snow. Thanks to the perfect timing of the front, much of the snow fell over the weekend in these provinces. That gave social media users and adventurers an excuse to pack those puffer jackets, smartphones and head out to document the weather. Below are just some of the snaps of South Africa's latest snowfalls taken by Instagrammers. Table Mountain might not get snow often, but...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #114: New YouTube #1, Netflix for indie games & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Stephen Timm and the newest Burn Media staffer, Daniel Mpala. First on the agenda is Psy's "Gangnam Style" losing its coveted most watched spot to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again". The new leader is on its way to cracking three-billion views, but that means little for the artists who have earned more streaming on Spotify than on the video platform. Next up, Hadlee talks of an incident in the US that saw Google...

  • #BeyonceTwins: Bey breaks Instagram with first picture of Sir and Rumi

    Beyonce might've been in the news recently courtesy of her husband's new album, but the singer-songwriter-mega social media star today unveiled her one-month-old twins to the world. And yes, they are utterly adorable. The post hit the social network around 5am Friday in South Africa, and subsequently garnered 3.1-million likes, with 137 000 comments to boot. It's on its way to becoming the most-liked post on the network ever, a title held by Beyonce's pregnancy reveal posted in February 2017. "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today," reads the post. Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾 A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on...

  • See You Again Gangnam Style: YouTube’s most watched video now belongs to Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth

    Psy's "Gangnam Style" is no longer YouTube's most watched video after Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" on Tuesday took the honour. K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" has had a remarkable run. Debuting in July 2012, the track was the first YouTube video to hit a billion views just six months later. It also became YouTube's most viewed video in November 2012, overtaking then-benchmark Justin Bieber's "Baby". The track hasn't had a formidable challenger, but that all changed on Tuesday. "See You Again" now has 2.902-billion views compared to "Gangnam Style" with 2.896-billion. 'See You Again' is set to become the first...

  • #LionEscape: four more lions escape Kruger National Park

    The lions of the Kruger National Park are seemingly fed up with roaming the fenced expanse. Following May 2017's edition of feline prison break, rangers have today reported that four more male lions have escaped from the park. "We are not completely sure about the whereabouts of the lions," explains SANParks' spokesperson William Mabasa "and as soon as we have concrete information we will share this". The lions had however been seen wandering near the Matsulu, Mpumalanga area. Soon after the news broke around 1pm SAST, the hashtag #LionsEscape began trending on Twitter. This was also propelled by SANParks' tweets alerting residents of the...

  • The Weekend Social Trends Report: Dlamini Zuma, #MenIn4Words & more

    We know how much you enjoy living your life beyond the confines of your smartphone screen. But come Monday, you still want to hear about the social media highlights from the weekend, right? Well look no further than South Africa’s Weekend Social Trends Report, compiled for you by us, and fuelled by the country’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram community. Edition #2, 8-9 July 2017. Dlamini Zuma punts presidential prospects? It's not often we see a set of tweets propel an account into Twitter trending status, but Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma did just that Saturday. Speaking at a Catholic Women’s Union event in KwaZulu-Natal,...

  • You can now tip your Uber driver in the US and Canada

    If you're an Uber or UberEATS user in North America, you can now tip your driver through the app. The new feature addition is part of Uber's 180 Days of Change campaign announced in late June, which outlined a number of key focus areas for the company. Adding driver tipping to the app was one. While tipping was initially available in three US cities, the company has now rolled out the feature to around 100 additional cities including a handful in Canada. Tipping is entirely optional, and can be done using the app after a delivery has been made or a trip has...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #113: Spider-Man, SA’s Crypto players & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Julia Breakey in studio. Julia opens the floor with her review for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which she expects superhero fans to love -- though she may be biased in her adoration of Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Hadlee then moves on to discuss South Africa's cryptocurrency leaders. Some of the names on the list are doing surprisingly well in the international scene including the likes of Llew Claasen and Riccardo Spagni. Spider-Man, cryptocurrency heroes in South Africa, and Samsung's...

  • Kesha’s ‘Praying’ music video gets all the praise on YouTube and Twitter

    After teasing her new album on Instagram earlier this week, singer-songwriter Kesha has finally released her new track to YouTube. And it's going viral. Dubbed "Praying", the track is the first off her upcoming album Rainbow, set to be her first released in close to five years. "Praying" might be a little slower and more melodic than Kesha's previous records, but the subject matter is markedly more serious than the likes of "Timber" or "Your Love is My Drug". In "Praying", Kesha sings: Well, you almost had me fooled Told me that I was nothing without you Oh, but after everything you've done I can thank you...