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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #111: Spur CEO speaks out & #SocialMediaBlackout

    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 Stephen Timm, Julia Breakey and Matthew Alexander. Stephen opens the floor with a Ventureburn story about how the Spur founder, Allen Ambor, did not sell his shares despite reports to the contrary. Ambor also refused to make a firm statement on that allegedly racist incident in March. Over on Gearburn, Andy talks of the claim that Steve Jobs created the iPhone in response to a Microsoft executive who he hated. Finally, Andy talks us through the attempted #SocialMediaBlackout...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #2: Films that inspire us (the youth)

    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 use Youth Day as a reason to discuss films that inspire them, the mouthpieces of South African youth. Matthew comes to terms with his obsession with Will Smith, and the fact that the Taken actor's name is, in fact, Liam Neeson. Julia discusses films that have inspired her both as a woman and an aspiring filmmaker. The team touches on the idea of identity, the depiction of mental health in film and TV, and...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #109: Cape storm, Knysna fire & WWDC

    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 Matthew Alexander in studio. The team opens the floor with a discussion on the Cape Storm that rocked the Mother City this week. Along with the storm came the spreading of fake photos (either photoshopped or pulled from other natural disasters) and Andy Walker talks us through how to differentiate between the truth and the lies. Hadlee then talks about Haven Night Shelter's Buy A Bed campaign that allows people to donate R60...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #1: why does Netflix kill its good shows?

    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 sit down to discuss this season's TV renewals and cancellations. Netflix has cancelled Sense8, but why has Supernatural lasted more than ten seasons? Julia opens the floor to rant about the loss of Sense8 (thanks Netflix) despite the renewal of shows that have no more story to tell like 13 Reasons Why. We then examine why solid shows may end and others like Supernatural have managed 13-season runs. Will the Winchesters ever be set free? Finally, we find ourselves meandering through Charmed nostalgia, Percy Jackson disappointment, dream...

  • 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...