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  • #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

    Social media is abuzz with hashtags and images from the marches across South Africa today. Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Tshwane metro and Durban are hosting some of the largest demonstrations, but a number of other townsfolk are also joining the country's citizens. As more people take to the streets today, the images and videos continue to stream in. We'll be sure to update this piece as the demonstrations develop across South Africa today. For now, have a look at just some of the media filtering through on Twitter from today's protest participants and journalists on the ground. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: Everything...

  • Updating: Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches

    Today is a big day for South Africa. Whether you support the protests against President Jacob Zuma or not, many across the country will partake in a number of demonstrations. We've put together a list of essential information, from where these protests will take place, the social media accounts and hashtags you should follow on Twitter and other networks, and the apps you should download if you're interested in joining the demonstrations. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today's anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #102: Pepsi’s controversial ad, LG G6 & 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 and Matthew Alexander in studio. The trio opens the floor with the newly launched LG G6, the Korean company's latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy fighter. Hadlee speaks about the launch, the device's prospects, and the launch price in South Africa. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus also receive shout outs, thanks to local launch price and availability information. The team chats about the two devices and their potential success in the country. Pepsi was forced to pull...

  • Instagram for Windows 10 just got a small, but welcome feature buff

    Oh, Instagram users. You still can't upload images directly from your PC to the social network, but at least you can now send images to others as direct messages. Yay! The universal Windows 10 app allows anyone with an Instagram account to log into the social network and engage with it on PC. And although you can't quite upload snaps just yet, you can treat the social network like a messenger. According to Windows Central, the Windows 10 app now lets users add images from their hard drive to a direct message. Whether you actually use Instagram to send direct messages, let alone...

  • Boeing’s Deep Space Gateway will be our high-tech taxi to Mars

    There's a slim chance that us human beings will be populating both the Moon and Mars in the next few decades. Boeing, alongside NASA, is leading that charge. The company has today revealed concepts of its "deep space gateway and transport systems" that it hopes will help NASA and its astronauts explore our two closest celestial neighbours more intricately. And by more intricately, we mean actually walking their surfaces. "Known as the Deep Space Gateway," Boeing writes in a press release, "the habitat could support critical research and help open opportunities for global government or commercial partnerships in deep space, including...

  • 9 depressingly beautiful pictures of Cape Town’s biggest dam

    It's getting desperate, Cape Town. The City of Cape Town announced the latest dam levels, and it's not positive. As it stands, the Western Cape dam storage system has just over 25% capacity left. The largest dam in the system, the Theewaterskloof, is just 21% full. Calling this situation a "glass half empty" is being generous. We've seen a number of videos from vloggers and drone pilots in the past few weeks documenting the drought from the air, but sometimes, a still image from the ground is so much more shocking than a moving picture. With that in mind, we took to Instagram...

  • The Future of Health event: SingularityU to host SA changemakers [Sponsored]

    Are you interested in learning more about the Future of Health? Well, you're in luck. SingularityU's Cape Town and Johannesburg Chapters will this week host the first events in its Future Of Series, focussing on the wellbeing of humankind. SingularityU Cape Town and Johannesburg Chapters are a non-profit organisation, run by South African-based alumni, that strive to build a community in South Africa. The Future of Health Cape Town event will see Discovery's deputy CEO Dr Ryan Noach, synthetic biologist Dr Musa Mhlanga, and CEO of Next Biosciences Kim Hulett talk about the phenomenal power of exponential technologies in the health industry, and how...

  • Weekly Round Up #101: Top SA edtech startups, Telefunken TV scandal & more

    Hadlee Simons plays host to a full team today as he is joined by Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Matthew Alexander to round up the news of the week. Graham discusses some of South Africa's best edtech startups and how Ventureburn decided on which to feature. We then move on to the Telefunken scandal, in which retailer Game advertised non-HD TVs as HD. In a statement issued to MyBroadband, Game suggested that the issue lay with the consumer and that it was not at fault. Andy and Hadlee then touch on the newly launched Samsung S8, which you can hear more about over at...

  • Move aside .com: Africa will soon have its own top-level domain

    Africa will soon have its very own top-level domain on the internet. ICANN, a non-profit better known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, has this week finalised dates and the launch schedule for the newly-approved .africa (or dotAfrica) domain. .africa will be a brand new top-level domain for the entire continent, and will aim to "forge a unique online identity which will associate your products, services and/or information with the continent and people of Africa", a press release reads. This is great news for the likes of startups, the African Union (who also endorses the move), and other African...

  • ShowMax wants to give you free Vodacom data, but…

    South African streaming video service ShowMax is now giving out free data, thanks to a new partnership with Vodacom. The company has announced that users who subscribe to the service from 27 March, will be given 1GB of data for three months. "In addition, existing customers who have already signed up through Vodacom will also receive this data," the company states in a press release. The ShowMax-Vodacom data will be awarded as 1GB chunks across three months "Internet TV is taking off -- it makes so much sense if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet to stream and download TV shows and movies...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #100: 22Seven, Super Mario Run & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the past few days. This time, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker only, as Graham van der Made and Matthew Alexander are away. The team discuss the personal finance app 22seven's absorption into Old Mutual, resulting in the founders' departures. We ponder how long the deal has been in place, and what South Africans should expect with the change. We also discuss the #CupBlowingChallenge, in which teenagers are partaking in a strange science trick involving cups and the sheer force of their breath. We marvel at the...

  • Snapping Dublin’s city lights from space is how NASA celebrated St Patrick’s Day

    Everyone feels just a little bit Irish when St. Patrick's Day comes around. This year, the feast fell on Friday with millions of human beings across the world enjoying festivities with families and friends. But it seems that even NASA's off-world astronauts were getting in on the fun. Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, who is currently residing on the ISS, shared the below snap of Dublin from the space station at night, detailing the city's ring roads, harbour and buzzing city centre. Happy #StPatricksDay Spectacular #Dublin, Ireland captured by @thom_astro from @Space_Station. Enjoy the #StPatricksFest Parade down there! pic.twitter.com/5yKuFyoOUc — Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) March 17,...

  • The Bookmarks 2017: here are the winners

    In case you weren't anywhere near Twitter or Sandton last night, the 2017 and ninth edition of The Bookmarks took place last night. The IAB Bookmark Awards (as it is more formally known) is known in the digital industry for "rewarding excellence in digital and recognising the powerful impact interactive has on the overall marketing mix". You could call it the SAMAs of the digital industry. "South Africa’s top talent and most memorable campaigns were recognised, illustrating how far the digital industry has come and laying the path for future innovation," IAB writes in a press release. So, who won? Memeburn and Creative Spark...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #99: social media rage, Nintendo Switch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This time, the Hadlee Simons once again plays host to the full team: Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. The team discuss the numerous instances of social media rage this week, including a number of tweets from Western Cape premier Helen Zille, and a recent hacking scandal involving Twitter, Turkey, the Netherlands and swastikas. We also discuss the booming Nintendo Switch sales figures, and we also take a look at the new PlayStation 4 system software update and how it...

  • Cape Town’s Berg River Dam is now one giant puddle

    I'm not sure how many more articles I can kick off with the words "Cape Town's in the midst of a water crisis", but I think I can squeeze it one last time. Cape Town is in the midst of a water crisis. Dams are drying up, and there's no genuine winter rainfall forecast until mid-July -- much later than what the region is used to. And with our reservoirs languishing at the low 30% full mark, everyone is about to get a lot thirstier . But numbers don't tell the real story. Cape Town vlogger Dean Tucker (better known...