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  • Samsung’s Bixby disses Apple’s Siri in voice assistant rap battle

    Samsung just couldn't resist taking a swipe at Apple's Siri using its own smart voice assistant, could it? Bixby, which launched this weekend in South Korea on the Samsung Galaxy S8, hides a rather innocuous diss within a command. Asking Bixby to "please rap" or "beatbox", the voice assistant drops rhymes that would put Pitbull out of work. But more interesting still is the message hidden within one particular rap. Users on the Samsung subreddit noticed that when the first letters of a rap's lines are read vertically, it spells out the sentence "I am better than Siri". That's rude, Samsung. Also, dope...

  • Thanks to Merriam-Webster, you can now officially call Apple fans ‘sheeple’

    You might've used the word sheeple to describe a certain population of buyers who regularly indulge in the likes of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. You might've been ridiculed for doing just that too. But thankfully, Merriam-Webster now gives you license to call Apple fanboys "sheeple". Wake up! 'Sheeple' is in the dictionary now. https://t.co/pbXVADEoBm — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 27, 2017 The near two-century-old company added the term to its online dictionary this weekend, defined as "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced" or "likened to sheep". But it's the example the company gives is what's really setting tongues a-wagging. Quoting CNN journalist...

  • The April Fool’s Day jokes that popped, tanked and made us sad

    The day that celebrates fake news has come and gone. It's now 3 April, and there's no need to cower beneath your bed waiting for April Fool's Day to end. We resisted posting our own April Fool's story because, well, it's not exactly a responsible thing to do in the current news climate. But that doesn't mean others shirked their responsibility. We take a look at some of the April Fool's Day pranks and jokes that popped, tanked and completely caught us off guard. What popped: Pornhub shares your naughty clips to Facebook Oh Pornhub. Never afraid of ruffling a few feathers, the adult...

  • This wearable makes your shoulders weapons of mass flirtation

    For some people, flirting comes naturally. But for the rest of us sorry sods, flirting is like a foreign language. Personally, someone could be hitting on me for three hours straight and I wouldn't be any the wiser. Four Innovation Design Engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London have designed a wearable to help out people like me. Or rather, they designed it to rejuvenate face to face conversation. "Unsatisfied that the world was moving towards a future immersed in virtual reality, and believing that this may lead to difficulties in communicating in real life," a press release reads, "[the...

  • Someone turned Donald Trump’s tweets into a beautiful emo song

    From YouTube channel Super Deluxe comes your new favourite emo song for when you're feeling that presidential teen angst. Picking up on the number of complaints Trump has tweeted post-election despite winning, the team "noticed that @realdonaldtrump's tweets are basically the lyrics to an early 2000s emo song." Super Deluxe posts everything from makeup tutorials to compilations of politicians avoiding questions, but this time they've likened Trump's tweets to the angry teenager who stomps into their room, slams their door and flips their fringe after a long day of no one understanding them. Donald Trump as an angst-filled teenager is the hilarious vision of Super Deluxe YouTube channel The channel...

  • 10 words/phrases we encounter too much at Burn Media

    Being a tech journalist is a dream job for me but, as with any job, it does have a few drawbacks. One of those is that you'll be bombarded constantly with buzzwords that mean nothing and add even less to the subject. In no particular order, here are a few words we wish would just go away. Creative - You hear this a lot when people describe what they do. This is right up there with "social media rockstar" and "design guru" as one of the most generic job titles around. Get a proper title. Lean - Olympic swimmers are lean. Assigning three jobs...

  • 10 things #HighSchoolTaughtMe according to Twitter

    Do you remember wearing tartan ties, knee-high socks, your locker combination, the faint whiff of baked pies at lunch time, the screams of kids playing football on the field, or the clip-clops of teachers' heels as they enter class? If you do, then you'll likely remember your days as a high school student. You do remember it, right? If not, Twitter's latest trend will surely help you out. For some, it would've been a good while since you last set foot in a classroom as a student, but that doesn't stop Twitter from remembering the good ol' days. The hashtag #HighSchoolTaughtMe began...

  • Pokemon Go gets childhood-ruining NSFW parody, continues odd trend

    If Pokemon Go hasn't yet ruined your childhood memories of the boy wonder Ash Ketchum and his troop of merry monsters, this surely will. Thanks to a few crafty comedians, a new Pokemon Go parody will be debuting on the internet soon, but it's absolutely, completely and utterly NSFW. If playing Pokemon Go at work hasn't got you suspended yet, this almost definitely will. Created by Brazzers, the video dubbed Pornstar Go: A XXX Parody, debuted on Monday and has been throwing a few meowths among the pidgeys, so to speak. The protagonist of the video (according to the NSFW trailer)...

  • #Brexit: Imgur reacts to the EU referendum in 15 witty images

    The conclusion to the #Brexit referendum and the United Kingdom's move to leave the European Union, has sent shockwaves through world economies, politics and of course, the internet. The pound sterling has since taken a tumble against the dollar, current UK prime minister David Cameron has announced his resignation in October, and #Brexit has been a long-standing trending topic on Twitter for the past two days now. But on some of the lesser-visited social sharing sites, users are reacting to the news the only way they really know how: images laced with sardonic humour. Related: #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story...

  • Boaty McBoatface is the perfect name for a $300m ship, says internet

    The internet really wants to call a US$300-million boat Boaty McBoatface. If you read that line without laughing, you did a whole lot better than me. Nevertheless, it's all true. British-based Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently opened up an online poll to help the organisation choose a new name for its massively expensive polar expedition vessel. Of course, this being the internet, the winner of the poll with an enormous 120 000 votes was Boaty McBoatface. Hell, we like the name, but NERC doesn't quite believe that it encapsulates the mission's values. "You won’t be surprised to know that we want something...

  • You can remove Zuma…from your browser

    Despite the best efforts from South Africans of all walks of life and political leanings, Jacob Zuma remains president of the country. It's tough, but it's reality. Luckily though, you can take some power back. Thanks to a new Chrome extension you can have a Zuma-free browsing experience. Okay, he'll still be president but at least you'll be a lot less angry during your work day. Built by designer and digital artist Mitch Said, the extension simply scans any page you're on and removes all mentions of Zuma. Even better is that you can actually see all the mentions...

  • State trooper lifts Wonder Woman, Captain America to kid’s birthday party

    Who says that the police is a useless force in the face of superheroes and their awesome power? What if said superheroes' their car breaks down and they have no conceivable clue about the workings of an internal combustion engine? That's what happened to Wonder Woman and Captain America this weekend on an interstate in New Hampshire. On their way to a kid's birthday party (naturally), the duo were met with car trouble, an evil force that no amount of good will, vibranium, or lassos could defeat. So, what did a passing local state trooper do? Pull over, to help the couple out....

  • Batman, Superman lose their patience with Jimmy Kimmel

    More footage of the upcoming battle of the titans Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. By now, you'll be able to piece together the entire movie from all of the trailers and footage, but, at least, this one comes with a surprise. Firstly, let's get through the standard BvS footage that aired on ABC. This extended fight scene features Superman beating the hell out of Batman, who then retaliates by... disappearing. It's all quite epic in that 43 seconds sort of way. The gritty, washed out look conveys the world what we've seen in previous trailers. You can watch the clip below. The...

  • Donald Trump’s Friends Day video will move you in unexpected ways

    Thursday this week marked Facebook's 12th birthday and its first inaugural Friends Day. People around the world got the chance to reminisce about some of the experiences they'd had with everyone they're friends with on the social network. It was great for most of us, but what about Donald Trump? That's the question YouTube comedy outfit Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues set out to answer. While we wish we could say that they found the real one, what they ended up putting together is pretty damn entertaining.

  • Meet Penny Sparrow’s ‘wonderful, thoughtful’ black friends

    It's fair to say that there's been more than a little anger and vitriol on South African social media over the past couple of weeks. It comes as relief then to discover that the country's citizens are capable of taking on that rage with honest-to-goodness humour. Video has emerged of Penny Sparrow's -- she of the racist Facebook post comparing black people to monkeys -- "wonderful, thoughtful" black friends. Read more: #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology The video stars young, black urbanites "Xola" and "Khanyise" and explains why Sparrow's posts were totally misunderstood. It also offers valuable...