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  • TWR Podcast: Netflix SA event, #MeToo, and the latest South African Uber rival

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, host Hadlee Simons is joined by Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm. Kicking off the episode, Hadlee talks the Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November. The Mate 10 packs a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit for AI, but what does that mean for consumers? On the agenda: Huawei Mate 10, Netflix SA, a local startup looking to take on Uber, and #MeToo Over on Ventureburn, Stephen details the local startup Scoop a Cab, set to take on Uber....

  • MiniMeme Podcast: Disaster Shark and other internet hoaxes

    Welcome to MiniMeme, Burn Media's podcast helmed by the junior staff where they talk about any topic that tickles their fancy. This week, it's all about internet hoaxes, big and small, that have shaped the way people use the internet (or just made us laugh, if we're honest). We talk: Disaster Shark, libertarian time traveller John Titor, Cole Sprouse's Tumblr experiment, and how "fake news" has made it all a lot less fun. Catch the full podcast here: Additional reading: GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online | Africa Check

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in South Africa? We will share the findings...

  • TWR #125: The Last Jedi trailer, Harvey Weinstein & RIP Windows 10 Mobile

    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, Julia Breakey, and Daniel Mpala in studio. Kicking off the agenda, the team talk the much-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Promising another technically beautiful film, the trailer also hints at themes yet to be explored in this generation of the franchise. We then move on to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which saw the powerful Hollywood producer outed for covering up decades of sexual harassment allegations. The story has a offered a dark look into the predatory...

  • TWR #124: ‘horrifying’ Oscar Pistorius movie, Google Pixel 2 & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the past week's news in all things tech and startups. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey in studio. Daniel kicks things off by detailing Ventureburn's currently-running Startup Survey. The survey aims to get a firmer grasp of the South African startup scene by examining its challenges, founders and funders. We then move on to Memeburn, where Julia tells us about the Lifetime Oscar Pistorius movie, which seemingly tells the prosecution's side of the story. The Steenkamps have issued a statement that they are horrified at the film, and the...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #123: Twitter, FNB & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, holidaying Hadlee Simons is back to host Andy Walker and Daniel Mpala in studio. The first topic on the table is Twitter's controversial move to 280-character tweets. Andy questions whether it's a bid to keep users interested in the platform, while Hadlee predicts that the move will bring in even less engagement than before. Up next is Uber's fourth anniversary on the continent, which brought with it the interesting story of a 3000km+ Uber road trip and one man's quest to...

  • The Weekly Roundup Podcast #122: Russian Facebook, killing Bixby & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Andy Walker hosts Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm in studio. We kick off the episode by laying out what we know about the cryptocurrency mining issue that saw our site temporarily disabled this week. We then move on to a Ventureburn story about ICOs and the emerging popularity of the cryptocurrency scene in South Africa. Over on Memeburn, Julia talks how Facebook enabled the Russian tampering of the 2016 US election. Receiving over US$100 000 in ad sales from the propaganda, the...

  • The Weekly Roundup Podcast #121: Water from air, Ted Cruz porn & the Apple launch

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Andy Walker hosts Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey in studio. We kick off the episode with a Ventureburn story about a Durban man's endeavour to solve Cape Town's water crisis with machines that turn air into water. The snag? They run on electricity that is created by using tons more water than what will be produced. Over on Memeburn, Andy talks us through how one US Senator got caught liking porn on Twitter. Immediately inciting a trend for the "Zodiac killer"...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #8: Should we take the likes of Jake Paul and PewDiePie more seriously?

    Traditional media (and the general population) have a tendency to dismiss YouTubers as silly and not worth taking seriously -- but they are entertainers connecting with massive audiences and what they do matters. In today's podcast, Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala discuss why and how YouTube should be considered with the gravity it deserves. Take a listen in the latest episode of MiniMeme. Additional reading: Social media is real life Cybercrimes and cybersecurity bill YouTube's community guidelines MiniMeme Podcast #5: Should Dunkirk have been more diverse?

  • Weekly Roundup Podcast #120: Nokia 8 in SA, ICOs and more

    Welcome to the 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. Stephen opens the floor with a Ventureburn story on the SA Reserve Bank and its unwillingness to protect initial coin offerings (ICOs). The stance comes as China bans use altogether, renewing concerns on the use of cryptocurrencies. Over on Memeburn, Andy talks his favourite subject of the week: weather. Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia are currently threatening life in the Caribbean, US and Mexico and each of their paths can be traced via...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #6: Is the AI-pocalypse upon us?

    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 artificial intelligence, its pros and cons, and what Elon Musk wants to do to our brains. Will robots effectively become slaves? Will they see us their God? Will they want to kill us? Mark Zuckerberg says no, Musk says yes, and we say: Let us know if you agree, disagree, or want to punch us in the face here or over on Twitter. Music by BenSound. Recommended reading: AI Open Letter -- Future of Life Institute Through Neuralink,...

  • 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...