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  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #108: Covfefe & water from fog

    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, Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey. Andy Walker opens the floor by elaborating on viral word "covfefe" -- the result of an unfinished tweet from US President Donald Trump. The tweet has since been deleted, but not before creating a stir on social media. Over on Ventureburn, Stephen tells of a former "beach bum," Grant Vanderwagen, who looks to end Cape Town's water crisis by turning fog into water. Investors have not yet latched on to...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #107: Cape Town’s water crisis & JUMO

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, 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 as Hadlee Simons parties it up at a work event. The team's main focus today is on the Cape Town water crisis, as we discuss ways we personally are doing our bit, how Derek Van Dam has put us in the international spotlight, and how one startup wants to solve the crisis with fog. Over on Gearburn, we talk about waterproof cellphones, and how much Julia thoroughly despised the Hisense C-30 Rock (whose...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #106: Google I/O & WannaCry ransomware

    This week, the trusty Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Stephen Timm. To start us off, Andy talks about WannaCry, the worldwide attack involving ransomware that targeted over 230 000 computers. The Windows attack even managed to hit the UK's National Health Service. The team then discuss General Motors pulling out of South Africa, and other international locations. Isuzu will be taking over GM’s light commercial vehicle manufacturing facilities in Port Elizabeth. Over on Ventureburn, Stephen talks about the GEM report that significantly fewer South Africans believe they have either the opportunity or the capability to start their own business. The report also...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #105: WhatsApp’s blackout, Windows 10 S & 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 show, we detail one of SA's biggest business deals this decade: the US$100-million sales of GetSmarter, a South African ed-tech startup, to a US company. Hadlee and Andy discuss Windows 10 S as well as the Microsoft Surface Laptop, which were both unveiled this week. With both Microsoft products having their ups and downs, the duo explores what makes them great and what makes them somewhat disappointing. WhatsApp was...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #104: Huffington Post SA, Xiaomi Mi 6 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week sees all hands on deck as Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Stephen Timm and Matthew Alexander in studio. Stephen Timm opens the floor, revealing what he learned at Cape Town's Fuckup Night. The event saw entrepreneurs discussing their biggest failures, and Stephen describes that of Nigerian entrepreneur Dayo Elegbe, who "couldn't sleep for three years." Next, Hadlee and Andy discuss the Xiaomi Mi 6, which is following the "disturbing trend" of removing the audio jack, but does seem to have...

  • Weekly Round Up #103: Big Naspers/Takealot deal, government backtracks on R1.5bn fund

    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, Matthew Alexander and Stephen Timm in studio. The team open with the latest Zapiro cartoon to cause an uproar on South African social media. The image, displaying South Africa as a woman being gang-raped, had many South Africans furious with the cartoonist. We question whether or not the cartoon was necessary, and whether public discourse was productive. We then move on to Naspers R960-million investment in Takealot. The company, which is notorious for shutting down e-commerce sites...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #98: WikiLeaks vs CIA, SA vs ad-blocking & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This time, the ever-present Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. The three regulars discuss the new Wikileaks deep-dive into CIA's spying scandal. We also take a look at an Effective Measure study about South Africans and ad-blocking (we really hate ads). We also discuss the booming success of Zelda and the dismal failure of its community being unable to take criticism. We also look at the Switch and see if it's worth the price or worth skipping...

  • Weekly Round Up #97: YouTube TV, Xbox Game Pass, Google Launchpad & More

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker, Graham van der Made and Julia Breakey. This time we discuss the possible effects of Trump's "travel ban" and how a Nigerian software engineer was forced to take a test when entering the US to prove he really was who he said he was. Over on Memeburn, we chat about YouTube TV and what it could mean for cable and other online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. We also discuss...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #95: LG Innofest, Nintendo Switch, Cyclone Dineo & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. This time we discuss Hadlee's trip to LG's InnoFest 2017 in Barcelona, and his experience around its new product announcements. Graham also discusses his hands-on review of the Nintendo Switch to round off our Gearburn coverage. Dineo, LG and Nintendo dominate this week's coverage Over on Memeburn, we chat fake news circulating on social media about Cyclone Dineo. We also discuss Samsung's group chairman's recent arrest. On a lighter...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #94: UberEATS expansion, Android Wear updates & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's edition, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van der Made. This time we discuss the PS4 Pro's so-called Boost Mode and how it will affect supported titles. Sticking with Gearburn, we also touch on Ubisoft's recent Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta. We also take a look at the latest Android Wear 2.0 update coming to smartwatches this year. Android Wear 2.0 will also see the introduction of new smartwatches to South Africa Moving onto Meme matters, we...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #93: Beyonce, Resident Evil & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's podcast, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van de Made. The team discusses Snapchat's new IPO, and what it means for the social network. We also take a trip to the movies, with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the overall success of its video game counterpart, Resident Evil 7. We also touch on social media's biggest announcement: Beyonce's pregnancy, and how it totally blew up Instagram and Twitter. Finally, also snigger at the VR-property scandal surrounding ZeniMax...