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  • Antarctica’s about to give the world one of its biggest ever icebergs

    Ships sailing near northern Antarctica may soon have to navigate around one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). The organisation issued an update on a bulky chunk of ice it's monitoring from space, a chunk that could easily be the size of a small country once it breaks free. Once the 200km-long crack travels its final five kilometres, the iceberg will be released into the Southern Ocean from the Larsen C shelf, off the continent's jutting northern peninsula. After it sets sail, the berg will be between 190m and 210m deep, carrying around 1155...

  • #JHBFire reappears as another Johannesburg fire kills at least seven

    A fire that broke out today in a Johannesburg CBD building has killed at least seven people, according to the city's EMS. The number of fatalities from this morning building fire in the Joburg CBD has increased to seven. Pics by @MarykeVermaak pic.twitter.com/PypG0rCXjI — City of Joburg EMS (@CityofJoburgEMS) July 5, 2017 Fire at Cape York building in Joburg CBD has been extinguished, sadly 1 person has died trying to escape the fire. Pics by @moses_moyo pic.twitter.com/piDETyZoc1 — City of Joburg EMS (@CityofJoburgEMS) July 5, 2017 The fire, which burnt through the Cape York building on the corner of Jeppe and Nugget Streets in...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #3: TV writers, let’s fight

    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 Matthew Alexander pick a bone with TV writers who make promises in first seasons that they just can't keep. Shows like Lost, Orange is the New Black, and Gilmore Girls had (or are in the midst of) really terrible endings, and we're not mad; we're just disappointed. Let us know if you agree, disagree, or want to punch us in the face here or over on Twitter.

  • US laptop ban lifted for Turkish, Etihad and Emirates Airlines flights

    For frequent fliers darting between the United States and Dubai or Istanbul, there’s some good news regarding that particular laptop ban. The laptop-in-cabin ban has been lifted for those traveling from Dubai International Airport and Instanbul Ataturk Airports on Emirates and Turkish Airlines. Dear Passengers, #WelcomeOnBoard to our US-bound flight. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy your own electronic devices. pic.twitter.com/WbcZwNPhrf — Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) July 4, 2017 The news also comes after Etihad Airways flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport became exempt from the laptop ban. Flights leaving the airport operated by the carrier now adhere to new measures outlined by the United...

  • Lady Gaga is the coolest substitute teacher you’ll ever have

    Getting a pleasant substitute teacher in for the day is one of primary school's greatest moments. But what if that substitute teacher was in fact Lady Gaga? The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter popped into a classroom in the States to bring some joy to a few kids, and to plug supplies company Staples's new student programme. "We’re donating $2 million to DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation to promote kindness in schools and ensure teachers and students have the resources they need for successful learning in classrooms," the company writes on the video. But come on, you aren't here for that. What you are here...

  • The Weekend Social Trends Report: #MTNIsTrash, the Durban July and 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 #1, 1-2 July 2017. Jaden Smith tweets some wisdom on Jay Z's lyrics We've heard plenty said about Jay Z's new album from Twitter's unverified accounts and celebs alike. But one always ready to educate the world one tweet at a time...

  • Weekly Round Up: Petya ‘ransomware’, SNES Classic & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week sees Hadlee Simons hosting Andy Walker and Stephen Timm. Kicking off the podcast, Andy talks through the world's latest cyber-attack. Petya, or NotPetya, reappeared in Ukraine this week after dying down last year. The attack targeted machines running Windows, and spread as far as Chernobyl, Mumbai and a chocolate factory in Tasmania. Next up, Stephen talks of the Savca report revealing that South African private equity capital returns to investors were up 123.2% last year to R18.3-billion — up from R8.2-billion in 2015. We...

  • Wayde van Niekerk makes smashing a 17-year-old world record look easy

    The remarkable rise of Wayde van Niekerk is far, far from over. Setting the 400m World Record at the Rio Olympics last year, some doubters perhaps thought that the South African sprinter's career had peaked. That is until tonight. At the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic, where non-standard distances are commonly run, van Niekerk became the fastest human being over 300 metres breaking the previous record set by American Michael Johnson in 2000 by 0.04 seconds. Sure, that might seem like a narrow margin, but this additional stat makes the performance -- and van Niekerk's overall recent form --...

  • Google will no longer scan your Gmail emails

    Great news for those vested in Google products. The company has announced it will no longer be creepy and scan consumers' Gmail email account content for its advertising purposes. "G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalisation, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service," Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud confirmed in a blog post. "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalisation after this change." This move is to better align the consumer Gmail offering with the already scan-free business offering and other...

  • WannaCry ransomware now affecting Australia’s traffic cameras

    Remember WannaCry? The fearsome ransomware package that infected over 250 000 computers in 150 countries earlier this year? Well, it's back, but not in the way you might've been expecting. According to a report by The Guardian, around 55 traffic cameras in the Australian state of Victoria have been affected by the virus. While the cameras have been operating normally, notes the Victorian department of justice, those found to have been handed incorrect fines, they will be scratched from the system. How nice. In May 2017, WannaCry ripped through the world's unpatched Windows machines, locking users out of their devices and forcing them to...

  • Google’s adorable Doodle celebrates the summer (and winter) solstice

    Google's doodlers really know how to capture a moment in an adorable GIF. And what might the latest moment be, you ask? The summer and winter solstice, of course. Depending on which side of the equator you're on, you'll today experience the longest day of the year (north) or the longest night of the year (south). Much like these two mice in Google's GIF. Celebrating the new season—in both hemispheres!—with a #GoogleDoodle for summer and winter solstices. https://t.co/ioInwGI6Fv pic.twitter.com/cZvjSOE0os — Google (@Google) June 21, 2017 "Today’s Doodle celebrates the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere," Google explains. "As the longest day of the year, solstice...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #110: E3, young millionaires & SuzelleDIY

    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 Stephen Timm as they detail the week's top news from the Burn Media family of sites. Hadlee opens the floor with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3). All the major gaming studios like Sony, Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft gathered to talk about their upcoming projects, but what stood out to Andy was the Xbox One X. Over on Venturburn, Stephen talks about a young man from Pretoria who became a millionaire at 22. Albert Van...

  • #TaxiStrike: Johannesburg, Pretoria traffic disrupted by striking taxi operators

    If you're in Johannesburg, Pretoria or surrounds today, you might want to stay at home. Or at the very least, avoid major highways. Santaco (South African National Taxi Council) members have hit the roads with strike action in mind. From as early as 3.30am Thursday morning, members parked their vehicles in key intersections on major arterial routes across the province. The strike's reportedly in response to high interest rates and steep repayments taxi operators are required to pay to the SA Taxi Finance company. Some of the routes most affected includes the N1 in Midrand and the R21 in Kempton Park leading...

  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes indefinite leave of absence

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has announced that he will take an indefinite leave of absence after the company's tumultuous past year. The announcement comes after a slew of issues regarding policy, leadership and prejudice plaguing the transport company in 2017. "For the last eight years my life has always been about Uber," Kalanick wrote in a letter to employees, announcing his move. "Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on...

  • SuzelleDIY creators, ShowMax team up for service’s first original show

    Julia Anastasopoulos of SuzelleDIY fame is joining forces with ShowMax in its first original production, the company today announced. The streaming service revealed that filming for the show, dubbed Tali's Wedding Diary, is currently underway in Cape Town. The eight-part show will take the form of a mockumentary, with Anastasopoulos starring as titular character Tali. "Building on the phenomenal success of her SuzelleDIY character, Anastasopoulos stars as Tali, a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to property-agent fiancé Darren," reads ShowMax's press release. Julia Anastasopoulos and Ari Kruger...