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  • Watch: NASA captures Hurricane Irma’s conception and demise in stunning GIF

    Hurricane Irma is now no more, but the data gained from the storm is only just being collated and studied. This week, NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (or SPoRT) compiled 10 days of imagery taken by the  GOES-16 weather satellite into a 96 second GIF. And yes, it's as incredible as it sounds. Although the video is a bit slower than its first attempt, NASA SPoRT's GIF nonetheless tells the story of Irma -- from her birth from a tropical wave, to her final hours as a tropical depression over the southeastern United States. As Category 5 Irma churns away...

  • From Barbuda to Miami: social media captures Irma’s path of destruction

    Hurricane Irma is a storm that the world probably won't forget. The storm is among the most intense for a number of reasons, and has slashed a number of long-standing records for cyclones and hurricanes alike. But it has also carved a furrow of destruction through some of the Caribbean's poorest, most vulnerable countries, and the Florida peninsula. The like of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter users have witnessed this destruction first hand, with many broadcasting the storm's arrival live, or tweeting about the destruction after it passes. Read more: catch Memeburn's additional Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia coverage More than 13...

  • Apple Watch Series 3 brings Apple Music streaming to the wrist

    At its first product launch event at the new Steve Jobs Theatre, Apple debuted a slew of new devices. One of them was the Apple Watch Series 3. But while you can catch all the technical specs of the Watch over on Gearburn, on Memeburn we're more concerned by one particular detail: Apple Music will be available on the device. Apple punted its music service's 40-million tracks, which will all be streamable from the wrist, thanks to the Watch's new electronic SIM system, that can connect to cellular networks. While the electronic SIM was only demoed using an AT&T network, this is...

  • This is the PriceCheck eCommerce Awards shortlist for 2017

    The second edition of the PriceCheck Tech and eCommerce Awards is set to take place next week in Cape Town, but this week, the shortlist for the nominees have been announced. Sourced from a "record 44 500 votes" the nominees stem from technology and ecommerce space in South Africa. "The response from the voting public was phenomenal – we've never seen so many votes for an industry event. The contenders this year have really upped their game and there are bound to be a few surprises," noted PriceCheck's founder Kevin Tucker. As for the shortlist, please find it in full below: Best...

  • #HappyBirthdayBeyonce trends worldwide as internet celebrates Queen B

    Beyonce Knowles today celebrates her 36th birthday and the internet just can't help but celebrate one of its most famous members. The singer-songwriter is one of the more remarkable Twitter users. She's only ever tweeted 10 times, but has over 15.1-million users. Today, across the world, her name was among the most mentioned terms on the social network. #HappyBirthdayBeyonce began trending across the world on Monday, with fans and admirers of Beyonce finding their voices. "Happy birthday to my biggest inspiration in the world. Thank you for everything, love you so much," one user wrote. Happy bday angel thank u for making such...

  • The Weekly Roundup #119: iPhone 8 rumours, R14m NSFAS bonanza & 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 Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey in studio. Hadlee opens the floor talking iPhone 8 rumours. Some sources have said it will do away with physical home buttons entirely, there's been talk of an OLED screen and others claim it will cost nearly US$1000. Over on Memeburn, we talk Burger King Russia's new cryptocurrency Whoppercoin. The currency "will be used to reward customers for their purchases", and can be used to buy burgers in return when enough have been accrued --...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #7: Young entrepreneur Shivad Singh on what it takes to make it

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast in which Burn Media's junior staff talk whatever is tickling their fancy this week. This week, the team welcomes its first ever guest in the form of young entrepreneur Shivad Singh. Singh is a social entrepreneur who co-founded education startup Presto Academy in 2014. Singh chats about the challenges he has faced in his entrepreneurial journey, his new show Head Start and the philosophies and influencers that drive him. Singh's startup, Presto Academy sells study guides written by South Africa's top matric students. Since launch, the startup has sold over 2 000 books, generated over R100 000 in revenue and has...

  • Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ breaks YouTube lyric video record

    You just can't keep Taylor Swift out of the news, even if she's been relatively quiet for much of 2017. With the debut of the new track "Look What You Made Me Do", Swift has broke yet another record even if said record is a slightly odd one. According to Variety, the lyric video for "Look What You Made Me Do" racked up over 12-million views in its first 24 hours, becoming the first lyric video on the platform to crack the 10-million mark in its first day. At present, the clip has totalled over 41-million views, with over a million likes,...

  • This video shows how quickly Hurricane Harvey became a monster

    Hurricane Harvey is a name you've probably heard a lot of this weekend, and for good reason. It's the strongest storm to make landfall on the continental United States in over a decade. It's also currently dumping street-sign-high levels of water across southern Texas. The resultant flooding has also left at least five people dead with countless others homeless. Harvey is remarkable for another reason too: its rapid intensification. The storm was stripped of its tropical depression status on 20 August, after it lost its tropical characteristics over Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. But that changed within a week. On 26 August, Harvey was...

  • The Weekly Roundup #118: Vodacom ‘steals’ data, Galaxy Note 8 & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the past week. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey in studio. We kick off the week by discussing the Vodacom scandal that saw many users lose their data due to a "billing issue". The debacle got so heated it even caught the eye of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, with Police minister Fikile Mbalula also affected. In another Memeburn story, we celebrate the hashtag's tenth anniversary. The popular Twitter feature was first suggested by Chris Messina in 2007 and has inspired wonderful trends...

  • Solar Eclipse 2017: America’s doggos prepare on Instagram

    In a few minutes, the Earth's Moon will begin its rude obstruction of the Sun, covering much of the central United States in darkness for just a few seconds. Yes, today's the day of the first total solar eclipse to affect the US mainland in over a century, with the next expected in 2024. And the hype is real. It's a big occasion, for scientists wishing to study the Sun's atmosphere, and the common astronomer just wishing to snap a picture or two or to simply say that "they were there". Among the latter, it seems, are America's dogs. In preparation of the...

  • 4 tweets that explain South Africa’s current weather situation

    While Cape Town received a healthy dose of rain on Tuesday and this morning, it isn't the only weather phenomenon occurring in South Africa this week. Thanks to the cold front that's currently sweeping across the nation, snow, hot winds and bountiful rainfall is in the forecast for many districts for today and the rest of the week. Here are four tweets that explain exactly what weather you can expect this week in South Africa. Mega snowfalls Check out the #snowfall expected tomorrow 17 August 2017. Heavy snowfall expected in places in the Eastern Cape and KZN. pic.twitter.com/S9LHzhT6Dp — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August...

  • Chelsea Handler’s Instagram is currently all about Cape Town

    The latest in a long list of celebrities to grace Cape Town is American comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler. The 42-year-old's Instagram timeline has this week been adorned by pictures of the sights and sounds of the Mother City. While she hasn't mentioned exactly why she's in the city -- it isn't quite tourist season yet, after all -- it does seem as though she's enjoying herself. Got moving today when I needed to remind myself that you do no good sitting around and getting angrier. I fucking hate hiking. I don't anymore. #lionshead #capetown A post shared by Chelsea Handler...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #117: Cape Town water calculator & SnapnSave scores big

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. After a week's sabbatical from warming your ears, the Weekly Round Up is back. This week, Hadlee Simons is on engineering duties as Andy Walker and Stephen Timm chat all things Memeburn, Gearburn and Ventureburn. Covering the latter first this time around, Stephen and Andy discuss SnapnSave's latest big investment of R14-million from Kalon Venture Partners (formerly Grotech) and retail solutions company Smollan Group SA. It's a massive wad of cash for a company that has been riding the wave of the South...

  • Here’s how to follow South Africa’s No Confidence Day online

    It's a big day for South Africa (and not just because it's a public holiday tomorrow). It's No Confidence Day, as some political parties are labelling it, and that could signal a shift in political power in the country. But you might not be able to follow proceedings from the comfort of your television or AM/FM radio. Instead, you're probably at work slaving away over a hot keyboard. If that's the case, don't worry. This article aims to highlight the various ways to follow the No Confidence motion as it happens in Parliament, and beyond. Some must-bookmark information first: The voting procedure...