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  • 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...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #5: Should Dunkirk have been more diverse?

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast brought to you by Burn Media’s junior staff as they tackle the topics that tickle their fancy. This week, Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala talk representation in the media, looking specifically at Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. The war film has sparked many a debate about casting and historical accuracy -- and the team attempt to break down these arguments and question why they're important. We also take a quick look at HBO's recently announced show Confederate and the rampant queerbaiting in television. In our final segment The Rant Page, we discover we're not big fans of capitalism.

  • Weekly Roundup Podcast #116: New phones for SA, tech giants’ Q2 results

    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 Stephen Timm in studio. We start off on Memeburn's side as Andy talks tech giants' financial quarters. Facebook beat Alphabet for the first time ever, but only because the latter was slapped with a US$2.7-billion fine by the EU. Running far behind them is Twitter, which saw no increase in users this quarter. Stephen then talks about how a tax exemption for grants to small businesses has yet to take off two years after taking effect. Sars spokesperson...

  • Kempton Park school sparks new #racism debate over ‘inappropriate hair’

    In August 2016, we reported on an incident at Pretoria Girls High in which staff instructed a number of girls to straighten their hair. This week, another Gauteng school has come under fire for expelling a group of students on Monday for inappropriate hairstyles. Windsor House Academy, based in Kempton Park, deemed that the 20 pupils it expelled did not wear their hair in accordance with the school's code of conduct. #Racism These are the young black girls kicked out of Windsor House Academy because they braided their hair #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/jOaoazJGnD — Chriselda Lewis (@Chriseldalewis) July 25, 2017 The above tweet from senior...

  • Hurricane Hilary (seriously) has just formed off the US coast

    It's not often that tropical cyclone names coincide perfectly with political ongoings, but Hurricane Hilary is seemingly one such occasion. Twirling around at over 120km/h in the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Hilary doesn't pose any threat to the White House, or any other land for that matter. Instead, the storm is moving west away from the North American coastline. At present, it's around 550km south of Manzanillo, Mexico. It is however set to grow more powerful in the coming hours, possibly topping category 4 hurricane strength. *insert comment about current political power balance here* A few opinionated folk on Twitter had a few things to...

  • South Africa, here’s what Twitter finds most annoying about you

    It's Monday. But instead of throwing that alarm clock out of the window and cowering beneath the covers, why not take some time to bitch about how short the weekend was? And where better to do just that than Twitter. Feeling the bone-chilling embrace of the new work week, South African Twitter is today talking about the little things that annoy them to no end. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying began trending countrywide late morning, thanks to an initial tweet by Twitter user Sheldon Cameron. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying Stores advertising things and when you get there dololo stock. pic.twitter.com/eYTDW39ngC — Sheldon Cameron (@Sheldon_Cameron) July 24, 2017 Soon enough, the rest of...

  • Telegram adds self-destructing media, swanky CDN system

    Chat app Telegram has added a number of new features to its latest version, including self-destructing photographs and videos. "If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent," the company reveals in a blog post. "After the time runs out, the photo/video will disappear forever, just like in Secret Chats." If the recipient attempts to screenshot your self-destructing media, you'll receive a notification. Other quality of life improvements include the ability to set a biography for your profile, post and receive larger obnoxious stickers and quicker downloads thanks to an improved content delivery...

  • Avast buys CCleaner maker Piriform

    Online security company Avast has announced its acquisition of Piriform, the makers of PC maintenance software CCleaner. "We see many commonalities between CCleaner and Avast, allowing for great new products for our user bases," CEO of Avast Vince Steckler explains in a press release. "Avast and CCleaner are the top two downloaded products on popular download sites. They are both known by advanced users as focused on performance, so we believe there will be a great interest from our CCleaner customers in using Avast security products and vice versa." CCleaner alone boasts around 130-million users, with a suggested 15-million of those using...

  • 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...