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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #115: SA drones, new WhatsApp features & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Daniel Mpala. Daniel kicks off the agenda discussing the drone startups taking South Africa by storm. Some, like Aerobotics and DroneClouds, help South African farmers, while others like Ranmarine help clean up ports and canals. Over on Memeburn, Andy talks the latest in WhatsApp news. Facebook's last bastion in China, the app has been blocked from sending images or video from the app. In more exciting news, though, it seems the app will soon allow...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #4: Internet privacy & what our phones reveal about us

    Julia Breakey welcomes Daniel Mpala to the MiniMeme podcast by inviting him to talk on what he is most passionate about: internet privacy. Daniel talks through the necessity of protecting your private information in the digital space -- and just how at risk we all are from losing it. Then, to get better acquainted, the two take part in a segment called Friendship APPtitude in which they go through their phones that reveal who they are as people. Finally, in their broke people form of a Rant Wheel, Daniel and Julia vent about everything from dumb tweets to WhatsApp broadcasts to Game...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #114: New YouTube #1, Netflix for indie games & 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, Stephen Timm and the newest Burn Media staffer, Daniel Mpala. First on the agenda is Psy's "Gangnam Style" losing its coveted most watched spot to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again". The new leader is on its way to cracking three-billion views, but that means little for the artists who have earned more streaming on Spotify than on the video platform. Next up, Hadlee talks of an incident in the US that saw Google...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #113: Spider-Man, SA’s Crypto players & more

    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 Julia Breakey in studio. Julia opens the floor with her review for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which she expects superhero fans to love -- though she may be biased in her adoration of Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Hadlee then moves on to discuss South Africa's cryptocurrency leaders. Some of the names on the list are doing surprisingly well in the international scene including the likes of Llew Claasen and Riccardo Spagni. Spider-Man, cryptocurrency heroes in South Africa, and Samsung's...